Prep Notebook

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Playoff pairings shape up
for girls slow-pitch softball
The MHSAA slow-pitch softball playoffs start Tuesday in classes 1A through 4A while the 5A-6A playoffs begin Oct. 8.
The teams will play a one-day, best-of-three series in each round, leading to the state championship series scheduled for Oct. 15 at the Veterans Fields Complex in Jackson.
Matchups that were set as of Thursday by the MHSAA:

Class 1A: Blue Mountain at Falkner, Wheeler at Smithville, Jumpertown at Ray Brooks, Houlka at Myrtle.
Class 2A: East Union at South Delta, TBA at Walnut, TBA at O’Bannon.
Class 3A: Winona at Kossuth, TBA at Leland, TBA at South Pontotoc, Leflore at TBA.
Class 4A: Rosa Fort at Tishomingo County, North Pontotoc at Louisville, Corinth at Greenwood, Houston at New Albany.
Class 5A: TBA at New Hope, Neshoba Central at TBA.
Class 6A: Clinton at Grenada.

Gordon wins 600th game as softball, baseball coach
Robert Gordon won his 600th career game as a baseball and softball coach on Monday. The 38-year-old has coached slow-pitch softball and baseball for 14 and 13 years, respectively, at Myrtle High.
When his softball team hosts Houlka in a first-round playoff series on Tuesday, don’t expect to see Gordon with bleached blonde hair in the dugout.
“That was just one of those baseball things the guys put on me,” said the coach, who sported blonde hair, along with his players, during the 2010 MHSAA Class 1A baseball state championship series. “I won’t be doing it.”

Ripley wrestling event to benefit Tiger athletics
A pro wrestling event is set for 8 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Ripley Civic Center as a fundraiser for Ripley High School athletics.
Many big names on the wrestling circuit are scheduled to participate, including Carlito, Buff “The Stuff” Bagwell, Rick Steiner and Jay Lethal.
VIP tickets are $15 and feature ringside seating, 6 p.m. entry into the arena for a “Meet and Greet” with the wrestlers, and two bonus matches.
Advance tickets are $10 while tickets at the door will be $12.
Tickets can be purchased at Bailey’s Country Cafe (Boone-ville), Grant’s Electronics (Ripley), Jimmy John’s (Corinth) and Fun World (Tupelo).

Wave hosting NW Rankin Oct. 8 in playoff opener
Tupelo’s Lady Wave volleyball team (26-1) will host Northwest Rankin at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the first round of the MHSAA state playoffs. In the other first-round North match, Southaven travels to Madison Central.
The winners advance to the semifinals scheduled for Oct. 11 at a site to be determined. The championship match is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Mississippi College in Clinton.