Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (October 20)

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball concluded the 2013 season with losses to Lewisburg and Hernando last week. Laurie Bishop’s squad finished the season 12-16 and 2-5 in division.

S-P SOFTBALL: Lady Wave softball finished the 2013 season in the first round to Columbus last week. Tupelo took Game 1, 2-1, but lost Game 2, 13-4, and Game 3, 15-1. Josh Hegwood’s team finished the season 15-8-1, and 5-1 as division champs. Here’s Gene’s recap from last week.

FOOTBALL: Tupelo left everything on the field Friday night. In an instant classic, South Panola narrowly defeated the Golden Wave, 14-8. THS will now regroup to host DeSoto Central Friday at 7 p.m. Here are THS-SP articles from last week from us, Brandon Speck, and David Wheeler: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Be sure to watch THS (7-1, 3-1) take on the Jaguars LIVE at

XC: Boys and girls teams both placed first in competition (JV, V) yesterday at Choctaw Trails in Clinton. Via @TupeloXC, boys placed 10 in the Top 13, and go 1-5 to score perfect 15 points. The girls placed 10 in the Top 12. THS will host the Ballard Invitational Saturday.

SWIM: Boys and girls swim captured North Half crowns yesterday in Jackson. Both teams will complete at Delta State University for state titles Saturday. The boys are looking for their seventh-straight title while the girls are looking for three-straight.

BAND: Out of nineteen of the finest high school marching bands in two states that made up the field of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s annual Dixie Marching Band Championship, Tupelo High School claimed the title, Grand Champion yesterday evening. Here’s the official press release.

TUPELO TIDAL TECH: Tupelo Tidal Tech received 3rd for the BEST Robotics Overall award in Starkville yesterday. The award was a combination score of a presentation speech, display booth design, research notebook, and a robotics course competition. Not bad for a first-time appearance in Tupelo High’s history.

REMINDER – Monday starts a new season for high school teams. Basketball, soccer, bowling, and powerlifting may begin after-school practices tomorrow.



  • Senior Crystal Coleman had a total of three aces, six digs, and 13 kills against Lewisburg and Hernando. Coach Bishop also says this season was special and memorable because of seniors Crystal Coleman, Kerrigan Buck, Morgan Hereford, and Nichole Davis.
  • Sophomore Ali Watts led off the bottom of the 7th with a double that later led to the game-winning run over Columbus in Game 1. Junior Paige Cox batted-in both runs in the 2-1 win. Coach Hegwood and Coach Roberson would also like to say “THANK YOU!” to seniors Reagan Aldridge, Abby Stafford, and Abby Cox.
  • Senior LB Ashton Wedel had 18 total tackles (nine solos, nine assisted) and a fumble recovery in No. 9 Tupelo’s 14-8 loss at No. 2 South Panola.
  • XC JV girls traveled to Clinton only to compete… themselves. Jesse Davis also won her first race of the season. Boys Darnell Collier won the guys race with a time of 16:34. According to Coach Begnaud, that’s the fastest time on that course by any THS runner since Max Holman in 2009.


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