High School Notebook: Myrtle coach confident team can contend in 1A

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Myrtle cross country coach Chris Greer was pleased with the performance of his girls team in last week’s meet at Tupelo Christian Prep.

“They didn’t keep team points, but I think we would’ve won 1A,” he said.

Last year’s Class 1A individual state champion from Myrtle, Kitana High, finished 27th overall in the TCPS competition, which featured runners from all classes racing in the same event.

The Lady Hawks finished third overall – by eight points – last year in the MHSAA 1A State Meet in Clinton. TCPS won and West Union was second.

“I’ve got everybody back,” Greer said. “I feel pretty good about this team.”

Joining High in the lineup are Megan Lowery, Ivory Montgomery, Caroline Greer, Ellie Fitts, Deniesha Montgomery and Stephanie Floyd.

Floyd, a sophomore, placed 24th last season at the state meet and won the 3,200 meters championship in the spring state track and field meet.

Tupelo runners entered in Memphis Twilight
The annual Brooks Memphis Twilight Cross Country Classic, considered on the top high school and college meets in the region, is Saturday at Mike Rose Stadium.

Some of the teams entered in the high school division along with Tupelo are: Bentonville, Ark., Briarcrest (Tenn.) Christian, Homewood, Ala., Jackson Prep and Madison Central.

A full late afternoon and early evening of racing is scheduled for middle school, junior varsity, varsity and college teams, starting at 5:15 p.m.

Taylor Caldwell of Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy was the boys high school winner last year in 16:27.68 on the 5K course. Tupelo’s Andrew White, now a senior, finished 17th overall in 17:12.75.

Starkville’s Kate Mattox, now a freshman, placed 7th in the girls race in 19:37.88. Tupelo’s Christina Daniels, now a junior, was 35th overall in 21:01.96.

Wave swimmers host season-opening meet
Tupelo High opens its swimming season on Tuesday, hosting a six-team meet at City Park pool near Joyner School.

Golden Wave coach Lucas Smith has five teams signed up to compete against Tupelo – Amory, Mississippi School for Math and Science, Ripley, Starkville and TCPS.

“These meets are good for finding out who’s going to do what,” Smith said. “We’re going to be playing with our lineup.”

Division play tips off with THS at Horn Lake
The Class III, Division 1 volleyball season opens next week when Tupelo’s Lady Wave travels to Horn Lake for a Tuesday match.

Division 1, which includes defending state champion DeSoto Central and power Southaven, is considered one of the state’s toughest.

Tupelo returns home Sept. 7 to host its annual day-long Volleyfest.

Compiled by Gene Phelps