Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (January 26)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (19-1, 4-0), ranked No. 4 is last week’s Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 1 in the Daily Journal, defeated Hernando and Scott Central last week. Despite allowing Dandy Dozen and Mississippi State commit Victoria Vivians to get 60 points, Tupelo played easily their best game of the season against the Lady Rebels at Ackerman Saturday. The Golden Wave (14-8, 4-0) jumped six spots in the Daily Journal’s area rankings to No. 4. Jeff Norwood’s team won a pivotal division game at Hernando and a hard-fought battle in yesterday’s Hotbed Classic against North Pontotoc. Both teams now prepare to host South Panola Tuesday. The girls will also travel to Pontotoc High to take on Memphis Central (TN) Saturday in the Robertson Challenge at 3:15.

SOCCER: No. 3 Golden Wave soccer (11-2-2) finished the regular season last week with a win over Pontotoc and a forfeit win against Grenada. The forfeit gave them the Division 2-6A No. 1 seed. N0. 2 Lady Wave soccer (13-2) defeated Pontotoc Monday but cancelled Thursday’s match with Grenada due to boys not playing. Both teams will host No. 2 seed Southaven from Div. 1-6A in 1st Round 6A playoffs tomorrow (Jan. 27th) at 4 and 6 p.m. Southaven-Tupelo matches will broadcast live at Winners advance to 2nd Round Saturday (Feb. 1st).

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (8-0-1) defeated Lewisburg and Neshoba Central at Strikezone in Southaven Thursday 8-0. High games came from Addison Gable (226), Taylor Russell (206), and Ashleigh Burns (178). Russell finished with a high series of 600.  The boys (10-0-1) defeated Lewisburg, 7-1; Olive Branch, 8-0; and Neshoba Central, 7-1. High games included Clayton Horton (247), Cody Chambers (219), and Drew Turberville (210). Horton took the high series with a 583. Both teams return to the lanes Thursday when they battle Starkville at Bulldog Lanes in Starkville.

BAND: Seven THS band members have been chosen for the Mississippi All-State Lion Band. This is the highest honor in the state for a band member. They will travel to Canada this summer for the International Lion’s Band Parade competition. Isaac Palmer, Patrick Knight, Zach Campbell, Treyce Bannerman, Kai Brieck, Deja Vaughn, and David Neely will leave for the trip June 27-July 9. Brandon Gregory and Diego Fleitas were also chosen as alternates.

MEET THE WAVE: Athletic Director Andy Schoggin has announced Meet the Wave 2014 information for spring sports. Baseball (9th, JV, and varsity boys), tennis, track (boys/girls), fast-pitch softball, archery, and golf (boys/girls) will be introduced in the THS gymnasium Thursday, January 30th at 6:15 p.m. Admission is $2 per person or $5 for each family. Coaches, players, and team rosters will be presented in an emcee format.



  • The entire Lady Wave basketball team did a great job preparing and playing last week.
  • Sophomore midfielder Logan Little scored one goal and had one assist last week.
  • Sophomore bowler Taylor Russell bowled a 600 series against Lewisburg leading the team to a decisive win. This was the highest series for the day by any bowler… including the boys.
  • Junior bowler Jake Houston had impressive spare shooting in Games 1 and 2 Thursday. He made five out of five ten pin spares.


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