It’s hard to believe but at least one area school has already started its fall sports seasons.
Magnolia Heights has begun competition in girls soccer and in softball with play in the past week being successful on both the field and diamond.
The Lady Chiefs softball team has won six of its first seven games and entered the week with a 3-0 record. Magnolia Heights took home the title of its own tournament Saturday with a 10-0 victory over North Delta.
Meanwhile, the MHS girls soccer squad also has not tasted defeat in the early part of their season and has a 3-0-1 record.
The Lady Chiefs won the Brookhaven tournament with a 4-0 shutout win over host Brookhaven Academy.
A big story is coming out of Olive Branch this week, as D.J. Jeffries, considered one of the top high school senior basketball players in the country, re-opened his recruitment and decommitted from Kentucky.
Jeffries had last spring announced his commitment to Kentucky, where he would play for coach John Calipari.
However Monday afternoon Jeffries wrote on Twitter that he would be open to looking at other options.
“After careful consideration prayer and countless hours of consulting with my family I decided to reopen recruitment,” Jeffries wrote. “It was a hard decision but I am confident that taking my time to choose the right school for me to better myself educationally and athletically is the right choice.”
That opens up the possibility of Jeffries looking more seriously at Memphis, where his AAU coach Penny Hardaway is now coach of the Tigers. Stay tuned…..
Summer play is where the top guns in high school basketball go in the off-season to hone their skills. One such player who did that this summer is Calvin Temple of Center Hill High School, who has spent the summer playing for the Hawks Elite AAU squad based out of Alabama.
In high school, Temple played briefly for Olive Branch as a sophomore then had to sit out a year of Mississippi high school ball in his junior year while dealing with eligibility issues as he tried to transfer to Center Hill. Instead, Temple went to Aspire Basketball Academy in Louisville, Kentucky for his junior season.
He started eight of 10 games for Aspire and averaged 13.1 points per game and 46 percent from the three-point line. Temple scored as many as 24 points in one game for the Kentucky school, playing its first season of prep basketball.
Eligibility issues apparently settled, Mustangs coach Newton Mealer is expecting big things from his shooting guard this coming season and Temple’s summer work has attracted the attention of a number of college basketball teams. The latest on that list is Louisiana-Monroe, which has offered him a Division I scholarship to play there next season, according to social media reports this weekend by ULM and Mealer.
Twin brothers from Hernando are returning to compete on the same campus this season after spending the last couple of years on different campuses pursuing their sports of choice.
Ross and Brendan Painter are former Hernando athletes who will now compete at Arkansas State, as Ross transferred to Jonesboro this spring after playing for the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers. A football tight end, Ross will be part of the Red Wolves football team this fall.
Brendan has been a right-handed relief pitcher at Mississippi Delta Community College the past two years and will join the Red Wolves baseball program this fall.
In the golf world, a reminder that entries continue to be taken for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 12th annual State Qualifying Golf Scramble, set for Monday, Aug. 27 at Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Olive Branch. The top four winning teams (top two gross score and top two net score finishers) will advance to the FCA State Playoff, Monday, Sept. 17 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. Proceeds supports FCA in Northwest Mississippi. For more information, contact Cecil Sowell at 901-409-1927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another tournament to consider is the 11th annual Wedgewood/North Creek Pigskin Classic golf tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26. The format includes a two-person scramble on Saturday and a two-person low ball format on Sunday. Call Wedgewood at 662-895-7490 or e-mail email@example.com to enter.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.