PREP NOTEBOOK: Area well-represented in MAC softball games

By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

The 28th annual Mississippi Association of Coaches Girls Slow Pitch Softball All-Star Games are scheduled for Saturday at Newton County High School in Decatur.

There will be four games played, starting at 1 p.m. with the 1A/2A/3A North-South game. It’s followed by the 4A/5A/6A North-South game.

An introduction ceremony will follow the second game at approximately 3 p.m. Immediately following, the second games will be played, starting with the 1A/2A/3A.

The Northeast Mississippi players in the 1A/2A/3A game are: Alison Atkins, Hamilton; Lauren Baldwyn, Nettleton; Bailey Bogue, West Union; Kaleigh Tackett, Nettleton; Emily Cook, Myrtle; Sheneria Tyes, Baldwyn; Miah Edmonds, Mooreville; Julianna Garner, West Union; Kaitlin Robertson, North Pontotoc.

The 4A/5A/6A selections are: Chelsea Gates, Houston; Bailey Oswalt, Amory; Lauren Cavender, New Albany; Josie Booth, Amory.

FedEx Forum will host Baldwyn vs. Wheeler

Defending Class 2A boys state basketball champion Baldwyn returns to the FedEx Forum in Memphis this season for a regular-season game.

The Bearcats’ opponent in the 1 p.m. contest on the Memphis Grizzlies floor will be Northeast Mississippi rival Wheeler. Baldwyn played a game in the venue two seasons ago.

Tickets are $25 each, which includes the Baldwyn-Wheeler game and the Grizzlies Houston Rockets game that night. Tickets can be purchased through Baldwyn High from now until Nov. 11.

The Bearcats will also sell tickets at the gym from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

Doc Vandiver Classic has attractive lineup

Basketball schedules are starting to trickle into the office. Here’s a look at some of the matchups for the annual Doc Vandiver Classic, scheduled for Dec. 7 in Baldwyn.

The defending 2A state champion Baldwyn Bearcats play Huntsville, Ala., while the defending 1A state champion Biggersville Lions play Shannon’s Red Raiders.

The nightcap will feature a boys game between the Tupelo Golden Wave and Corinth Warriors.

MHSAA has considered Tupelo for state swim

The MHSAA Class I and II Swim Championships were held last weekend at Delta State University in Cleveland for the third consecutive year, but that could change next fall.

Tupelo’s new swimming facility is under consideration as a host for the event. MHSAA officials have toured the Tupelo venue.

One of the concerns the MHSAA has is seating for fans, which Tupelo’s facility will have. DSU also has seating for fans.

The meet has also been held over the years in Biloxi and once in Laurel. The MHSAA could look at swimming the Class I and II meets at different sites.