High School Notebook September 7, 2013

Tupelo’s swimmers facing tough month
Tupelo High’s swim teams kicked off a competitive September by winning their season-opening meets.

Coming up, the Golden Wave and Lady Wave travel back-to-back weeks to Oxford and Starkville. Tupelo returns home Sept. 28 to host a large invitational meet that includes Madison Central.

“We will find out where we are as a team the next three meets,” coach Lucas Smith said. “These small meets are really no indication of where you are. I don’t how much we’ll score at a bigger meet.”

The Lady Wave won by 52 points over second-place Starkville while the Golden Wave down the Yellow Jackets by 88.

“This first meet was good for us,” Smith said. “It uncovers stuff you don’t see in practice. It’s going to take a lot more work to get where we’ve been in the past.”

Tupelo’s boys and girls teams are the two-time defending MHSAA Class II state champions. This season’s state championship swim meet is scheduled for Oct. 26 at Delta State University in Cleveland.

Amory, Smithville need 18 innings for decision

Let’s play 18 … again.

Amory needed 18 innings last week to defeat Monroe County rival Smithville 5-4 in slow pitch softball.

In the spring, Kossuth’s baseball team won the North Mississippi 3A championship with a 5-4, 18-inning, 5-hour victory against Independence. The Aggies went on to win a state championship.

The Kossuth-Indy game was the second longest in state baseball history.

The Lady Panthers clinched last week’s victory on Josie Booth’s single in the bottom of the 18th.

The game, which lasted three hours, saw 344 pitches and 40 hits by both teams.

“One thing about it is that we don’t have to travel far to play good competition,” Amory coach Chris Pace said, referring to his county rival. “We’ve been very fortunate since I’ve been here to have that with Hatley, Hamilton and Smithville. It’s a game every time we play them.”

Lady Wave Volleyfest scheduled for Saturday
The 14th annual Tupelo Lady Wave Volleyfest is scheduled for Saturday at the THS gym.

The 15-team field begins pool play at 8 a.m. The championship series, featuring the top two teams in each of the three pools, is scheduled for evening play.

The Gold pool members are: Tupelo, Lafayette, Cleveland, Middleton, Tenn., and Caledonia.

The Blue pool members are: Ripley, Ocean Springs, Clinton, Pontotoc and Starkville.

The White pool members are: Olive Branch, Belmont, Madison Central, Water Valley and Tishomingo County.

Tupelo entered the week with a 5-3 record after wins last week against Belmont and Corinth. The Lady Wave opened division play Thursday with a match at Horn Lake.

Compiled by Gene Phelps