Look for fall sports action to pick up this week as DeSoto County football teams have jamboree scrimmages planned for Friday and the first real games of the volleyball year can be played on Tuesday, although many volleyball teams were in jamboree action on Saturday.
Also Saturday, the Magnolia Heights softball team finished 2-1 at the Copiah Academy tournament to run their overall season record to 5-2. The Lady Chiefs defeated Stillman 7-4 and Amite 3-2 before dropping an 11-6 final to Parklane.
All of the Magnolia Heights fall teams and cheerleaders were introduced Monday during a Meet the Chiefs Night at Senatobia.
On the hardcourt, former Southaven Chargers basketball standout Terence Davis Jr. Sunday led the Ole Miss Rebels with 20 points, including the first nine points of the game, as Ole Miss opened its Canada tour with a 102-61 victory over McGill University in Montreal, Canada. It was the first game action for the team under new Rebels’ coach Kermit Davis. Ole Miss plays Concordia University in Montreal on Tuesday as it continues a pre-season international trip the NCAA allows schools to make every four years.
Closer to home, the deadline for youngsters to register for the City of Southaven Football program is Sunday, Aug. 12. A copy of a birth certificate is required to register if players have not played Southaven football before. Pee Wee and Little League evaluations are Monday, Aug. 13 and Junior League evaluations are Tuesday, Aug. 14, all at 6 p.m. and all at Cherry Valley. Evaluations are only for new players or players moving into a new age group for the coming season. Applicable ages are the player’s age on July 30. Online registration is available at southaven.org and for further information, call 662-890-7275.
On the baseball diamond, Myles Christian of Olive Branch, playing summer collegiate baseball for the High Point-Thomasville (N.C.) HiToms of the Coastal Plains League, has set a league season record for home runs with 18 dingers, the latest of which came Saturday night in a 7-1 victory over the Forest City Owls. An outfielder, Christian plays collegiately at Middle Tennessee State University.
Two members of the Memphis Redbirds have received Player of the Month honors from the parent St. Louis Cardinals organization. Daniel Poncedeleon, now pitching for Cardinals, was named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the month for July, while Redbirds outfielder Adolis Garcia is the team’s Minor League Player of the Month.
Single-match tickets for the Sept. 1 exhibition soccer action at AutoZone Park in Memphis between the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer and the USL’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC are now on sale. It will be the first professional soccer action at the stadium and a precursor to the new Memphis USL team, set to play there next year. The Memphis team will unveil its logo and team name. Call 901-721-6000 for more information.
The anglers remain out at Arkabutla Lake, according to this week’s fishing report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and they are getting some success on the water. Bass have been in their main lake summer patterns with white bass schooling on shad off sandy points early and again late in the day.
Best reports on crappie have come pulling crankbaits 10-12 feet deep off main lake points and the mouths of major creek arms, according to the Corps. Catfish have been caught with noodles or jugs, trotlines and/or rod and reel in creek or river channels or over main lake flats.
Along the outlet channel, there have been some reports of small crappie caught with jigs or minnows, and white bass have started to show up. Lake level Sunday morning at 7 a.m. was 221.5 with a slow fall.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.