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Jenkins commits to ICC basketball

Tre Jenkins took a few weeks after falling to Starkville in the MHSAA 6A semifinals back in March to think about his future in basketball. It didn’t take long before he knew exactly what he wanted to do.

On Wednesday, the 6’2″, 165 lb guard from Tupelo verbally committed to Itawamba Community College men’s basketball in Fulton. Jenkins joins Golden Wave teammate EJ Fuller, who committed to ICC last month.

“When I took my visit to ICC, I loved how the atmosphere felt when I walked in the gym,” said Jenkins. “I’ve always wanted to play for Coach Pate.”

Jenkins capped his senior campaign playing in all 33 contests while averaging 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He was also selected to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area 1st team and the Clarion-Ledger’s #MSPreps All-State 4th team. Tupelo finished No. 3 in the final #MSPreps Super 10 poll of the season.

Grant Pate, who guided Tupelo basketball to the 6A finals in 2012, took the ICC men’s job in Fulton in the spring of 2012. The Indians finished last season 11-8 and 4-4 in MACJC North.


Tupelo announces 2016 football schedule

Head coach Trent Hammond is preparing for six home and five away games in 2016. On the other hand, the Golden Wave will travel to four division opponents and host three. Hammond, who will be entering his fourth season at Tupelo, went 6-6 in 2015, and has guided the Wave to the playoffs each season.

  • Tupelo will open the season hosting 5A Clarksdale August 19th. Last season, Clarksdale beat Tupelo, 28-25.
  • 4A Corinth comes to Tupelo August 26th. In 2015, Tupelo defeated the Warriors, 24-14.
  • Longtime in-county rival 4A Shannon will host the Golden Wave September 2nd. THS won last season, 55-16.
  • 6A South foe Brandon visits Renasant Field September 9th. The Bulldogs beat Tupelo 41-17 last year.
  • Tupelo will be open in Week 5.
  • Tupelo opens division play at home September 23rd with Hernando. THS won 31-17 in 2015.
  • The Wave travels to Columbus September 30th. The Falcons won 33-9 last season.
  • Southaven welcomes THS October 7th. Southaven defeated Tupelo in OT in 2015, 13-7.
  • South Panola comes to town October 14th. The Tigers blanked the Wave in 2015, 35-0.
  • THS will travel to DeSoto Central October 21st. THS beat DC last season, 34-32.
  • Tupelo Senior Night will feature Horn Lake October 28th. The Wave won at Horn Lake last year, 34-13.
  • Tupelo concludes the regular season at Olive Branch November 4th. THS outlasted OB 25-28 in 2015.


Tupelo football, soccer ink on National Signing Day 2016

National Signing Day always comes with anticipation and excitement. Tupelo High School football and soccer have had those two emotions all season.

Head football coach Trent Hammond had four seniors sign with respective colleges. DE/LB Kyree Bradford (Jackson State University), DE Chase Cannon (Northeast CC), CB/FS R’Darious Edwards (Northeast), and G/C Jarvis Smithey (Itawamba CC)

Kyree Bradford, 6’7″, 235, will join former Mississippi State football assistant and now head coach at JSU Tony Hughes. Bradford only played in nine games due to two hand injuries but he finished the season with 27 tackles (11 solo, 16 assisted). He also plays center for the No. 2 ranked boys basketball team.

Chase Cannon, 6’2″, 215, signed with Northeast Community College football in Booneville. Cannon saw action in all 12 games in 2016. He has also played tightend and offensive tackle since his sophomore year. Cannon had 68 tackles (45 solo, 23 assisted), two sacks, and three defensive touchdowns his senior season.

R’Darious Edwards, 6’2″ 153, will also follow Chase Cannon to NECC. Edwards had 38 tackles as an anchoring defensive back for the Wave. He played in all 12 games and helped Tupelo only give up 26.2 PPG in 2016. NECC is guided by Greg Davis who finished his third year with the Tigers.

Jarvis Smithey, 6’2″, 300, joins second year head coach Sean Cannon at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Smithey has played both offensive guard as well as center for Coach Hammond for three seasons. He was selected to the 1-6A All-Division 1st Team for 2015. The ICC Indians went 5-5 last season with a trip to the MACJC playoffs.

Tupelo soccer center back Cade Fremont, 6’0″, 175, also signed Wednesday to play at Delta State University. Fremont had one goal his freshman year, one goal and two assists as a junior, and six goals through his senior campaign. Fremont is the 12th signee under Coach Harris Faucette in the last 13 months. Tupelo boys soccer is 18-1-1 this season, 17-2-2 last season, and 12-3-2 two years ago. The boys host Madison Central in the 6A North Half Thursday for a trip to the 6A finals this weekend.


Tupelo soccer trio sign with Mississippi College, ICC

Tupelo continues its tradition to pump soccer signees on to the next level.

Lauren Kate Carter, Chase Huddleston, and Liza Wise decided on their colleges of choice Tuesday. Carter and Wise inked with the Mississippi College Lady Choctaws while Huddleston continued the Tupelo-Fulton connection with the Itawamba Community College men’s program.

Lauren Kate Carter, a four-year varsity letterman, will look to play midfielder for the Lady Choctaws in Clinton. Carter is the recipient of this year’s Wendy’s High School Heisman for Tupelo High and a finalist for Mississippi. She also led the Lady Wave with nine goals in 2014-2015.

Chase Huddleston will be Tupelo head coach Harris Faucette’s 11th signee in the last 13 months. He looks to fill the position of attacking center midfielder for Mike Sullivan’s men’s soccer squad at ICC. This is Huddleston’s first year with the Wave, but he has many accomplishments as a club soccer athlete. He has participated in the Olympic Development Program since 2010 as well as the National Premier League which consists of the top 32 teams in the country.

Liza Wise will join Carter at Mississippi College. Wise, a center back selected to February 13th’s Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star game at Clinton High, was a 1st Team honoree on last season’s Clarion-Ledger Best of MS Preps and Daily Journal soccer lists. She was also chosen Lady Wave Defensive Player of the Year three-straight years by her team.


Bogle signs with ICC soccer

Colby Bogle loves everything about Tupelo soccer. Those experiences are going to continue when he heads to Fulton next fall.

Bogle officially signed with Itawamba Community College men’s soccer Friday. The 6’0″, 184 lb. midfielder becomes the tenth Golden Wave player Mike Sullivan has offered in the last year.

“Coach Sullivan has been talking to me since the beginning of my junior year,” said Bogle. “It was not hard for me to decide if I wanted to continue playing with my former Tupelo teammates.”

Bogle, who’s one of 16 seniors in Mississippi selected for February 13th’s MAC All-Star soccer game in Clinton, finished with three goals and five assists in 2015. Through 11 games this season, he’s already matched those numbers.

“I’m really going to miss Coach Harris Faucette,” said Bogle. “His coaching, joking, and bus rides are things I will never forget.”


Little inks with ICC soccer

When Itawamba Community College signed a record eight THS seniors last spring, Logan Little decided he wanted to keep playing with his long-time teammates and friends.

The senior mid-fielder inked with the ICC men’s soccer program Thursday.

Little said ICC head coach Mike Sullivan offered him a chance to play attacking mid-fielder or forward when he gets to Fulton. That opportunity is exactly what he wants at the next level.

“After being around soccer for so long and Coach Sullivan found out what it meant to me, I knew ICC was my option,” said Little.

Little has led Tupelo to the 6A playoffs all three years he’s been a starter. His sophomore year, he had six goals and eight assists. As a junior, he notched ten goals and 16 assists with a Golden Wave team that finished 17-2-2.

Last week, Little was one of 16 North participates selected to play in this year’s MAC All-Star Soccer game in Clinton February 13th.


Tupelo’s Keith to head Mooreville football

When Tupelo Offensive Coordinator John Keith heard the head football job at his old high school would soon become open, he knew it was an amazing opportunity he could not pass up.

Following the Golden Wave’s third consecutive playoff appearance, Keith was approved Monday as head football coach at Mooreville High School.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be the head football coach for the Troopers,” said Keith. “It is a chance for me to return home and hopefully give back to the community that helped me become the person I am today.”

While under Trent Hammond at THS, Keith helped the Wave reach the 6A championship game in 2013 and winning records all three seasons. Keith has also had assistant coaching stints at Southaven (2005-2006), Shannon (2007), and Amory (2008-2012). At Amory, he helped guide the Panthers to the 4A North Half title game in 2011.

“Tupelo has been great to me. I have truly enjoyed the work atmosphere.”

Keith graduated from Mooreville in 1997, and was a student assistant for the University of Mississippi football team from 2000-2001. John and his wife, Janelle, have two daughters… Analynn (8) and Meredith (6).

Mooreville competes in Class 3A-Region 4. The Troopers went 3-8 (2-3) last season under Kevin Austin.


Thompson runs with UNA

Bre Thompson only ran one year with Tupelo cross country but she impacted her team and the entire program.

Thompson signed with the University of North Alabama women’s cross country team Friday in the Media Center. She placed 15th overall in 6A and 1st for THS in this year’s state final in Clinton. She also placed 2nd overall in the 2015 New Albany Southern Tees Meet, and 22nd overall at the 2015 Nike Feet Coach Wood Invitation in Gainesville, Florida.

“Cross country has changed my life for the better,” said Thompson. “It has brought me responsibility, discipline, and most importantly, new friendships. I have met so many great people that will hold a very special place in my heart.”

The University of Northern Alabama is located in Florence, Alabama, and is the state’s oldest four-year public university. The women’s program finished 7th at the 2015 NCAA D-II South Regional Championships last weekend.

Since 1993, Tupelo XC boys and girls have accounted for a school-record 33 state championships.

“I can’t wait to see what the rest of my running career holds for me at UNA,” said Thompson.


Russell picks UAB bowling

Taylor Russell had a tough spring season with injuries but when she visited UAB, she knew it was all worth it.

Senior bowler Taylor Russell signed with the University of Alabama in Birmingham Thursday. The 4-time MHSAA Class II state champion is ready to make an immediate impact with the Blazers.

“Tupelo has given me the chance to participate in a great team atmosphere since 7th grade,” said Russell. “I am ready to see what bowling collegiately has in store for me.”

Russell’s high career game is 290 and her high school average is 207. She was awarded the Pop Star Award for Mississippi’s best high school girls bowler from 2010-2013. She also won the Junior Gold Championship in the U15 girls division in 2013 and 5th in 2012.

UAB started its Division I bowling program in 2011. They finished 2013-2014 with a record of 41-55. Earlier this year, UAB president Ray Watts cut bowling, rifle, and football to even out the men’s and women’s teams. Six months later, they were all reinstated. Rifle and bowling will begin competition in 2016 while football will be 2017.


Garrett signs with Memphis baseball

Tupelo baseball coaches knew Jason Garrett had an arm early in high school. Memphis will get to have that arm and 90 MPH fastball next season.

On Wednesday, Garrett, a 6′ 1″ 190 lefty pitcher, officially signed with Memphis baseball in front of his fellow teammates and first-year Tupelo coach Justin Reed.

Garrett, who’s accounted for ten wins, three losses, and an ERA of 3.2 in two seasons, also plays first base. He has notched 50 strike outs on the mound, and hit .325 with 15 doubles, two triples, and four homers at the plate.

“Having played baseball since the age of four, one of my goals for as long as I can remember was to be part of the Tupelo baseball program,” said Garrett. “That privilege has enabled me to reach another goal; baseball beyond high school. I am very excited about my senior season, and really looking forward to being a Memphis Tiger.”

The University of Memphis plays in Division I’s American Athletic Conference and finished 37-21 (12-12 AAC) last season.