MHSAA NOTEBOOK: ‘Them Blankets’ get to play another day

By NEMS Daily Journal

PEARL – “Them Blankets” can come out for one more time this baseball season.
In what has become a popular moniker for Tupelo High athletics, the Golden Wave faithful will ride its social media phenomenon into Game 3 of its baseball team’s MHSAA Class 6A state championship series against Petal on Saturday afternoon at 4 at Trustmark Park.
The Tupelo baseball team defeated Petal 4-3 in Thursday’s Game 2 to force the winner-take-all Game 3.
A Pontotoc High grad – who has since become a Golden Wave super fan and is married to a Tupelo High grad – had a lot to do with the popular nickname.
Braden Bishop, who is now an economics teacher at Tupelo High, made a comment in frustration after his Pontotoc Warriors lost a basketball game to rival Tupelo.
He thought Tupelo’s logo at the time looked more like “a blanket” than “a wave.”
“Shortly after that we just started calling each other ‘Blankets’ and ‘Warriors,’” Bishop said of the on-going feud between his brother-in-law, Whitney Black, a Tupelo High graduate.
Class of 2010 THS graduates Hayden Sowers and Jeremy Gardner made a push for the “Blankets” to become known as “Them Blankets.”
“Them Blankets” has since become a popular hashtag on Twitter and a T-shirt.

No-go for Game 2
- Mantachie High senior shortstop Zack McCoy will be a no-go for this morning’s Game 2 of the MHSAA Class 2A state championship series against Taylorsville.
He sprained his left ankle when making contact with the first-base bag while running out a ground ball in the third inning of Wednesday’s Game 1 at Smith-Wills Stadium.
“If it goes to a Game 3, I’m going to play,” said McCoy, who was on crutches during Thursday night’s Mooreville-Sumrall Game 2 and described his left ankle as being a blackish color.

Robertson shines in playoffs
- For Falkner pitcher Will Robertson to end his senior season with 216 strikeouts is an impressive feat.
What’s equally impressive is when most of his strikeouts came.
Robertson struck out 118 batters during Falkner’s playoff run to the Class 1A championship series during the past month. That accounts for 52 percent of his strikeouts for the entire season.
“The good Lord above has helped me do all that,” Robertson said after his Eagles were downed by Nanih Waiya 8-0 in the second game of the Class 1A title series. “He kept me healthy all through this.”
Robertson has signed to play baseball at Northeast Mississippi Community College next season.