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Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp and his club have taken a 2-1 lead in the Pacific Coast League championship series against Fresno. Game four of the best-of-five series is Saturday night with a possible game five, if needed set for Sunday afternoon.  

Lake Cormorant and Hernando took to the volleyball court Thursday morning in front of a crowded Lake Cormorant gymnasium crowd in another school day contest that has become popular for DeSoto County schools to have during the fall season.  
Lake Cormorant, a state Class II runner up last season, stopped the Class III Lady Tigers 3-1 in the match. The Lady Gators took the first set 26-24, but Hernando rallied for a 25-17 win in the second set.
Lake Cormorant the claimed the final two sets, 25-22 and 25-18 to come away with the match victory.  
Elsewhere, Center Hill swept Senatobia 3-0 with scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-21; Lewisburg took a 3-0 victory from Olive Branch with scores of 25-21, 25-13, 25-11; and Evangelical Christian defeated Northpoint Christian 3-1 with set scores of 26-24, 12-25, 25-20, 25-20.
In the Lewisburg match, Noa Parks again led the Lady Patriots with 11 kills, Morgan Lee served four aces and had 14 assists, while Erin Sutton offered eight digs as Lewisburg improved to 12-2.  
In girls’ softball, Magnolia Heights swept a conference doubleheader from Washington School 10-9 and 5-0. The Lady Chiefs were playing for long-time coach Jim Patterson on Jim Patterson Day at the school and in Senatobia. Patterson has been a part of Magnolia Heights athletics for 35 years.
Northpoint Christian girls won a seven-team golf meet Thursday with a team score of 86 for the nine-hole event.  The Lady Trojans edged University School of Jackson, Tennessee by two strokes. 

REDBIRDS PLAY FOR TITLE THIS WEEKEND: Game three of the Pacific Coast League championship baseball series between the Memphis Redbirds and Fresno Grizzlies was played at AutoZone Park Friday night with the Redbirds coming through with a walkoff squeeze bunt scoring Alex Mejia in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 2-1 victory and a 2-1 lead in the series.
Game four is Saturday evening at 6:35 p.m. and a possible deciding game five is Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m, all in Memphis. 
Of note, the Redbirds were offering $1 ticket specials for lower level seats for all of the weekend games. More information is available at

RANGERS WIN AGAIN: Northwest Mississippi Community College defeated Mississippi Delta 59-16 in Moorhead Thursday night, as the Rangers ran their season record to 3-0. The Rangers wrap up a three-game road trip on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Copiah-Lincoln.  
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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