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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (October 6)

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (12-13, 2-3) lost two matches last week (Olive Branch and Southaven). The losses will put Coach Bishop’s team on the outside looking in when 2013 playoffs begin October 22nd. Tupelo hosts DeSoto Central Tuesday and travels to Lake Cormorant Thursday.

S-P SOFTBALL: Coach Hegwood’s team (12-5-1, 5-1) defeated Mooreville at THS Tuesday, 7-4, and Kossuth at KHS Thursday, 22-7, in four innings. The Lady Wave has won six of the last seven games. THS will host Kossuth Tuesday and Myrtle Thursday.

FOOTBALL: 6-0. When was the last time THS football started undefeated? Not sure, but we will do our homework. Trent Hammond and his team are making “Waves” this season. Last Friday, No. 10 THS (6-0, 2-0) defeated 1-6A rival Grenada (5-1, 1-1), 34-7. Tupelo will host the Southaven Chargers (5-2, 1-1) for Homecoming Friday at 7 p.m. The game will broadcast LIVE at

XC: Coach Sloan and Coach B’s teams competed at the Fayetteville, Arkansas Chili Pepper Festival race yesterday. They take this week off and travel to Clinton next week to run in the annual Choctaw Invitational.

SWIM: Lucas Smith and his teams competed at Rob Leake Park last Tuesday. Both teams are done until the North Half meet on October 19th.



  • Seniors Reagan Aldridge and Abby Stafford went 10 for 13 with 7 RBIs and 8 for 15 with 10 RBIs against Mooreville and Kossuth last week.
  • Sophomore quarterback Daniel Bristow went 13 of 15 passing for 258 yards and three TDs in Friday’s 34-7 win over 1-6A Grenada. Through six games, Bristow is 58 of 86 for 790 yards (.674 completion % and 131.7 YPG) with five TDs and one interception. He’s also rushed 32 times for 149 yards.


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Buckley chooses the University of Missouri for golf

Senior Hayden Buckley had a tough decision in front of him Tuesday.

University of Missouri or Rice University? Tigers or Owls? SEC or C-USA?

“Honestly, Missouri’s facilities were what got me ,” said Buckley. “I felt a lot more at home at Columbia, and I just went with my heart. I had a few other interests… LA Tech, Middle Tennessee, and Southern Miss, but I just couldn’t get away from the SEC.”

Buckley’s head coach, Mark Enis, was positive of Hayden’s constant habits on the course. “He’s one of the hardest workers we’ve ever had,” said Enis. “He has passion for the game and that makes his teammates better players.” Under Enis, Tupelo boys golf has won six-straight Class II titles.

Tupelo High will begin golf practice February 3rd, and the first match will be in March. “Our team’s goals haven’t changed since the day I got here,” said Buckley. “Obviously, we want to win a state championship this season, but we’d also like to win every match, too. It’s difficult, but I know we have the team to do it.”

FUN FACT: Hayden won a car… yes, a CAR, after being randomly chosen to compete in a punt, pass, and kick contest during halftime of a THS football game last season. Very cool.



Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (September 29)

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (12-11, 2-1) had an extremely busy week. They lost at Starkville, 3-1, defeated Columbus, 3-0, and went 1-3 at the Clinton Invitational at Mississippi College yesterday. Laurie Bishop’s team will host Olive Branch Tuesday and travel to Southaven Thursday.

S-P SOFTBALL: Lady Wave softball (10-5-1, 5-1) won Division 1-5A/6A Thursday night with a big win over Saltillo. They also defeated Saltillo earlier that week at THS. Josh Hegwood’s team hosts Mooreville Tuesday and travels to Kossuth Thursday.

FOOTBALL: No. 10 Tupelo football (5-0, 1-0) cleaned shop Friday night at Hernando with an impressive Division 1-6A 41-7 win. Coach Trent Hammond and his staff put together a nice showing after a bye-week. This was the second-straight week Tupelo had faced a team for the first time in their history (Saltillo, Hernando). Since Week 1, Tupelo’s defense has only given up a total of 20 points. Check out David Wheeler’s review and recap. Polls should be out Monday (AP), Tuesday (Mississippi Public Broadcasting), and Wednesday (Mississippi Gridiron). The Golden Wave return home for the first time since August 23rd to host a red-hot, undefeated Grenada Charger team. Friday’s game will start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast LIVE at at 6:50.

XC: Both teams experienced off-weeks. They now look to fully prep for Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Chili Pepper Pepper race. Lots of stiff bordering-state competition will be on tap.

SWIM: THS swim swept competition at their nine-team meet yesterday at Rob Leake City Park. Both squads showed impressive times despite having “no rest” according to Coach Lucas Smith. Be sure to read Gene Phelps’ recap here. THS hosts another meet with area schools swimming Tuesday at Rob Leake at 4 p.m.



  • Senior middle-blocker Kerrigan Buck racked up a total of 32 kills, 11 aces, and one block in matches against Starkville, Columbus, Madison-St. Joe’s, Germantown, Northwest Rankin, and Clinton last week.
  • Lady Wave S-P softball’s defense committed ZERO errors in their 6-0 division-clinching win over Saltillo Thursday.
  • Junior outside linebacker Justin Clifton had ten tackles, seven solo, and two tackles for a loss against Hernando.


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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (September 22)

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (10-7, 1-0) dropped their fourth-straight match last Tuesday at DeSoto Central. THS will travel to Starkville (13-7, 2-1) Tuesday, host Columbus (0-3, 0-3) Thursday, and travel to Mississippi College in Clinton Saturday to participate in the CHS Invitational Tournament. Tournament opponents include Northwest Rankin, Ripley, Clinton, Jackson Academy, Madison Central, Madison-St. Joe’s, and Germantown.

S-P SOFTBALL: Lady Wave softball (8-5-1, 3-1) defeated Oxford 17-3 last Monday, South Panola 23-5 in Game 1 of their double-header Thursday, and lost to SP 11-9 in Game 2. Tupelo’s Saturday game against IAHS was rained-out. Coach Hegwood’s team will host Saltillo tomorrow 6 and travel to the Lady Tigers Thursday. Monday’s game will broadcast LIVE at at 5:50.

FOOTBALL: After a bye week, THS football (4-0) will focus on the newly-6A Hernando Tigers (3-1). This will be the first division game of the season for both squads. The Golden Wave is currently ranked in three different polls: AP (No. 10), Mississippi Gridiron (No. 20), and Mississippi Public Broadcasting (No. 11). Last week, senior LB James Gilleylan was chosen at MLM Player of the Week and Farm Bureau Defensive Player of the Week with his performance against Saltillo. Craig Horton, Todd Jordan, and WTHS will broadcast Friday’s game LIVE at at 6:50 p.m.

XC: Tupelo produced yet another dominate performance at the Saltillo Invitational yesterday. Check out David Wheeler’s recap here. Both teams now look to prepare for a week off before traveling to Fayetteville’s (AR) Chili Pepper meet Oct. 5th.

SWIMMING: THS swim recorded nice showings in Starkville last Thursday when they swept the Starkville Invitational at the Sanderson Center on the campus of Mississippi State University. They’ll host Madison Central, Oxford, and Starkville at Rob Leake City Park this Saturday.



  • Senior volleyball outside hitter Crystal Coleman had five digs and five kills against DeSoto Central.
  • Senior softballers Abby Stafford and Paige Cox had eight hits, four RBIs six runs, and seven hits, five RBIs, and three runs respectively versus Oxford and South Panola
  • Senior Andrew White and junior Darnell Collier placed 1st and 2nd for the second-straight week, switching places from last week. In fact, the only Mississippians they’ve lost to in the last four races have been each other (twice each).


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Tupelo football in the polls

One thing that comes with success is the confusing nature of different polls. Tupelo football (4-0) is in the middle of three major polls in the state. Let’s break them down, shall we?

THS continues their third-straight week in the Mississippi Public Broadcasting poll, this week at No. 12. They’ve risen each week since entering No. 24 in week 2. Since then, they’ve been No. 23 in week 3 and No. 16 in week 4. Views the entire list here (via @RobbyDonoho at WCBI).

A panel of Associated Press state sports writers released the selections of the top high school football teams in the state yesterday. THS entered for the first time at No. 10. They received votes in the Class 6A rankings, too. View the entire list here. (via Northeast Mississippi’s Daily Journal)

The Mississippi Gridiron introduced THS at No. 20 this week‘s MHSAA Top 20. This is Tupelo’s first ranking in the 2013 poll. They also feature them at No. 10 in 6A. Learn more about Chris Brooks and the Mississippi Gridiron here.

The Golden Wave also remain at No. 2 in the Daily Journal’s 5A/6A poll via Brandon Speck.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (September 15)

VOLLEYBALL: Coach Bishop’s team fell to 10-6 on the season after losses to Ripley, 3-2, Tuesday and Southaven, 3-0, Thursday. They will travel to DeSoto Central Tuesday for a non-division contest.

S-P SOFTBALL: Coach Hegwood’s team (6-4-1, 1-0) lost a hard-fought scuffle with Mooreville, 10-5, Thursday. The Lady Wave will travel to Oxford Monday and South Panola Thursday. Both will be pivotal division contests.

FOOTBALL: They win in Lee County again. Coach Hammond’s 16th-ranked group, now 4-0, defeated Saltillo, 29-10, Friday evening. This was the first time both teams had ever faced one another. Relive the night’s tweets here. Be sure to read David Wheeler’s recap here and here. THS will have a week off before returning to action next week when they open division at newly 6A opponent Hernando.

XC: Coach Sloan and Coach Begnauds’ teams took 1st place finishes at Saturday’s Pontotoc Invitational. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and David recapped it here. The squads now prepare to travel to Saltillo Saturday.

SWIMMING: Both boys and girls teams competed in Oxford and both took 1st place finishes. Teams competing included Hernando, Oxford, and Cleveland. THS swim will travel to Starkville Thursday and will compete in Mississippi State University’s Sanderson Center complex.



  • Junior middle blocker Georgeanna Bowen collected three aces, 11 kills, four blocks, and one dig against Ripley and Southaven.
  • Seniors Abby Cox and Abby Stafford had three and two hits respectively against Mooreville.
  • Senior linebacker and University of Tennessee-Martin commit James Gilleylen had three tackles, one sack, four assists, one tackle for a loss, one pass deflection, two blocked punts, and one touchdown off a blocked punt against Saltillo.
  • Junior girls runner Mika Takahashi placed 2nd overall and ran a personal best of 15:22 to lead THS in the Pontotoc Invitational Saturday. For the boys, senior Michael Robinson finished 7th overall and ran 16:55.


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Reliving last night’s football win through tweets

What a win.

Tupelo and Saltillo squared-off for the first time in football history and it wasn’t a disappointment. THS took over the second half and won 29-10. The entire environment at SHS was electric and wild from the beginning. Let’s take a look back at it through memorable tweets.


Thanks to everyone for making it exciting!


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (September 8)

VOLLEYBALL: THS opened division play at Horn Lake Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over the Lady Eagles. Gene Phelps had the recap. They hosted their annual Volleyfest Saturday and went 4-1 on the day. Here’s that recap. Coach Bishop’s team will travel to Ripley Tuesday and host Southaven Thursday.

S-P SOFTBALL: THS lost a tough battle to Baldwyn Tuesday, 11-0, but won a huge contest against South Pontotoc in eight innings Thursday, 5-4. The Lady Wave will hosts division foe South Panola Tuesday and hosts Mooreville Thursday and Saturday. Tuesday’s division game will be broadcasted LIVE at by WTHS at 6 p.m.

FOOTBALL: Trent Hammond’s team improved to 3-0 on the season with a blowout win at Shannon Friday night. Here’s a look back at David Wheeler’s summary. Tupelo now prepares for another in-county but an undefeated rival off HWY 45 North… the Saltillo Tigers. This will be the first time they’ve ever met in high school football history. WTHS will broadcast the game LIVE at Friday at 6:55 p.m.

XC: Both teams competed in Moulton, AL Saturday. Boys and girls teams will compete at Pontotoc High School this Saturday.

SWIMMING: Both teams opened the 2013 season with wins at Rob Leake City Park last Tuesday. Read Gene’s summary. Boys and girls teams will travel to Oxford Saturday.



  • Softballer Katie Rieves had the game-winning hit, Abby Stafford racked up three hits, Ally Watt had three RBIs, and Avery Goggans finished a key outfield assist against South Pontotoc.
  • Senior running back Quinn Tiggs had seven rushes for 141 yards with one touchdown along with two receptions for seven yards against Shannon. For the year, Tiggs has rushed 34 times for 315 yards (9.27) with three touchdowns.
  • Junior setter Alexis Zosel guided her team with a total of 11 kills and 12 aces in last week’s six matches. She also averaged 20 assists a match.


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Lady Wave volleyball goes 4-1 at Volleyfest

Laurie Bishop’s team began their first match of the day at 8 a.m and concluded around 8 p.m. Saturday was a fairly busy day for all 15 teams at the 14th Annual Tupelo Volleyfest.

Between those 12 hours, Tupelo volleyball (10-4) defeated Caledonia, Middleton (TN), Lafayette County, and Cleveland. Their final match featured an exhausted but strong-willed THS, the No. 2 tournament seed, losing to Starkville (18-25, 27-26, 9-15) in a fabulous three-set semifinal match. Starkville, the No. 6 seed, eventually lost in the tournament title match in three games against back-to-back Volleyfest champs, No. 1 seed Ocean Springs (23-25, 25-17, 15-13).

“I’m proud of our team, winning in straight sets throughout pool play to earn a bye in the tournament,” said Bishop. “Starkville played a strong, smart match against us and then had an impressive match against a powerful Ocean Springs team.”

Starkville head coach Lauren Love was pleased with her players, too. “Runner-up is the best tournament finish for the program in at least five years. We are very proud of our girls. We worked hard and made some big plays,” said Love. “More importantly,  we learned more about our team and what we can do if we play together and take care of our side.”

Ocean Springs head coach Brooke Engle didn’t get to make the trip but was extremely pleased of her team’s second-straight tournament title. “I am very proud of them for rallying together and winning without me,” said Engle. “They have so much potential. They showed not only themselves but everyone there what they’re capable of doing.”

Lady Wave volleyball returns to action this Tuesday at Ripley and Thursday when Southaven comes to THS. The match Thursday will not be a division game.


Tupelo football moves up one spot in MPB poll

A day late but the Mississippi Public Broadcasting poll is still good news for Tupelo.

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Special thanks to @PineBeltSports.

Tupelo entered the poll last week at No. 24 after defeating Lafayette County, 36-21, in Week 1. They defeated Center Hill, 27-3, last week.

Seven of the top 10 teams in the state are 6A schools. Interesting enough, THS travels to No. 1 South Panola October 18th and hosts No. 3 Olive Branch November 8th.

Tupelo (2-0) will now travel to Shannon (1-0) this Friday to battle the in-county Red Raiders. Shannon was off last week and defeated Aberdeen, 21-14, in Week 1. The Red Raiders are coached by former Tupelo wide recievers assistant coach Darryl Carter.

You can watch the game LIVE on