This weekly post will give you a review of last week, a preview to this week, and Blankets of the Week according to the head coaches of those sports.
Two fall sports opened their regular season this past weekend. Volleyball and slow-pitch softball both have eventful games/matches. Football and XC open up their regular season Friday and Saturday.
VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (2-3) defeated Hattiesburg and Starkville but lost to DeSoto Central, Our Lady Academy, and Lewisburg last week in the Set It Off Challenge at Ridgeland. They look to rebound this week with a home match against New Albany (5:30/6:30) and a JV tournament at Center Hill Saturday. Follow @LadyWaveVB on Twitter.
S-P SOFTBALL: Slow-pitch softball (1-1) opened their season with a loss Kossuth and a win against O’Brannon last weekend at the Kossuth Classic. The Lady Wave will host IAHS Tuesday and travel to Myrtle and South Pontotoc Thursday and Saturday. All games will start with JV at 5 p.m. and varsity will follow. Follow @LadyWaveSB on Twitter.
FOOTBALL: Golden Wave football traveled to Fulton last Friday. They scrimmaged against IAHS for two quarters. Here’s the Daily Journal’s recap. THS now looks to opening the 2013 season up against Lafayette County this Friday at 7 p.m. Lafayette defeated Amory 21-0 in a controlled scrimmage last Friday. The season-opening contest with the Commodores and the Golden Wave will be broadcasted live online at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.
XC: Boys and girls XC participated in intrasquad competition last Friday at Ballard Park. They will open their season at TCPS Saturday night. Follow @TupeloXC on Twitter.
BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:
- Senior pitcher Reagan Aldridge helped Lady Wave slow-pitch defeat O’Bannon, 16-1, with solo and a 3-run homers last week (first two home runs in her career).
- Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Wilson had team-highs with 18 kills and 15 digs in five matches at the Set It Off Challenge. Wilson’s five starts are the first of her varsity career.
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Tupelo’s coaching tree continues.
On Monday, Wesley McCullough, a ninth-grade assistant baseball coach and Mississippi Studies/Geography teacher at THS, was approved as the new head coach at New Site.
“Wesley was a great player in our program” said Tupelo baseball head coach Gary Enis. “I know he will do well coaching the game now. We wish him well with his new job, and we look forward to following his team’s progress.”
Here’s Itawamba Community College’s release by Mr. Adam Gore, Assistant Sports Information Director:
McCullough, a 2007 graduate of Tupelo, played two seasons as an outfielder for Coach Rick Collier and the Indians.
As a freshman, he batted .257 with 25 RBI and four home runs in 74 at-bats.
In his final season at ICC, he helped lead the Indians to the 2009 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship. He batted .286 with 32 RBI and four home runs in 112 at-bats that season.
As a senior at Tupelo, McCullough helped lead the Golden Wave to a 29-1 regular season mark, 34-5 overall record, and a division championship.
Be sure to also check out the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Tuesday for more on McCullough from Brandon Speck.
Laurie Bishop’s volleyball teams are no stranger to a busy but important summer. “Summer is our preseason. It’s a challenge to get in the gym on a regular basis but it’s a sacrifice players are willing to make going into the season”, said the third-year coach.
THS volleyball, who won the program’s fourth state title in 2011, has been practicing since mid-June. Players participate in drills, conditioning, game play and various team building activities.
The 22-7 team from 2012 lost six pivotal seniors. This year’s squad looks to rebuild with a few new faces. Seniors Kerrigan Buck, Morgan Hereford, and Crystal Coleman will be asked to provide the necessary leadership for this year’s team.
Bishop is prepping her team for an important set of summer league matches tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
THS volleyball will host their final summer league day Monday, July 22, and travel to team camp later that same week.
The 2013 season opens in Madison Friday, August, 16th at the Set It Off Classic. THS won the tournament in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2012.
Be sure to follow @LadyWaveVB on Twitter.