Sports / Outdoors – 2/18/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: February 18, 2003

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South Panola senior Tigers were honored recently at the last home game of the regular season. Graduating seniors include (l to r) Rickey Wright, head coach Wilbert Beard, Cory Blackburn and Patrick McKinney.

Baseball Looms On The Horizon


Though winter weather still hangs around, it’s time for us to go back outside.
The North Panola girls were the last of the high school teams to finish the 2002-03 basketball season.

Now the city league has to finish up its season in the next week or so.

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South Panola baseball team takes the mound Friday night on the road in Independence at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the Tigers will host its home opener against Grenada at 2 p.m.
Under new head coach Patrick Robey, the Tigers have been working very hard the past few months just for this moment. The team has had to learn some new things in order to prepare for the upcoming season.

South Panola will have a tough season with some state ranked teams on the schedule.

South Panola also welcomes back Jeff Walls to the coaching ranks. Walls is a former South Panola football and baseball player. He went on to get some collegiate experience under his belt. Now, he’s back to share that with the team.

A coach with some pro experience and Walls’ experience should even out the odds for the Tigers.

Not only that with the help of the Batesville Job Corps students, American Legion Field looks more like a competitive ball field. The new look of the dugouts and centerfield just might intimidate some of the opponents. We can only hope.

Not only will baseball get started so will South Panola Lady Tiger fastpitch softball. Fastpitch is getting more and more competitive each year. Even coach Kim Wilson has had to learn a few things to keep the team competitive with some of its state championship opponents.

For the first time ever, The Panolian is producing a Spring Sports edition for you to get a sneak look of the teams who will be playing this year. The edition will hit the streets Friday, Feb. 21, just in time for the opening of the baseball season.

Even though it’s the spring sports season, we still have to don the clothes we wore at the end of the football season.

Being inside with basketball kind of makes one timid to go outside in the cold.

See you on the sidelines…

South Panola senior Lady Tigers were honored recently at the last home game of the regular season. Graduating seniors include (front) Nicole Sturgis; (back, l to r) Vanterica Kirkwood, Stephanie Avant, head coach Ralph Stallings and Shamekia Lawson.

Lady Cougars’ hopes shattered

As the North Panola Lady Cougars advanced to the second round of the District 3 3A tournament, they were filled with hope and prospect. That hope dissipated as the Independence Lady Wildcats clobbered them by a score of 87-46, Thursday, Feb. 13, in Coahoma County.

It was rocky from the start, though the Lady Cougars only trailed by 14, at the half, with the score 40-26. The Lady Cougars were not prepared for the fast paced runnin’ and gunnin’ of Independence. Both teams met during the regular season, with the Lady Wildcats the victor in both contests.

"There will be a change in the second half," said head coach George Parks. The change went from bad to worse. The Lady Cougars appeared a bit sluggish and could not keep up with the Lady Wildcats. Frustration and exhaustion was apparent on their faces.

It was a disappointing win for some of the parents, also. They continued to encourage the team on, even after the loss became a reality.

Returning next season to give it another try is Whitney Whitehead, who scored 20 points and was 6 of 11 from the free throw line. She was the high scorer of the game and for most of the season, scoring as many as 35 in one game.

Senior Laquita Hardy pumped in 10, but that does not reflect how she hustled for the ball, and fought tooth and nail until the final horn sounded. Otisha Porter did not have her usual three point shootout night. She scored only seven points, but will be back next season.

Natonya Webb added two, as did departing senior Alicia Jackson.  Latasha Roberson, who will also return next season, along with Webb, scored five points.

They finish the season 11-20.



  NOV 14 4:00 A Grenada
  NOV 21 4:45 H Lafayette
  NOV 23 6:00 A Cleveland
  NOV 25 4:45 H Tupelo
  NOV 26 6:00 A West Point
  DEC 3 4:45 A Oxford
  DEC 10 4:45 H Horn Lake
  DEC 13     OPEN
  DEC 20 4:45 H Olive Branch
  JAN 7 6:00 H Calhoun City
  JAN 9-11 6:00 A Water Valley Tournament
  JAN 14 6:00 H Holly Springs
  JAN 17 4:45 A Olive Branch
  JAN 18 6:00 H Senatobia
  JAN 21 4:45 H Southaven
  JAN 24 4:45 A Byhalia
  JAN 28 4:45 A Horn Lake
  JAN 31     OPEN
  FEB 4 4:45 A Southaven
  FEB 7 4:45 H Byhalia
  FEB 13-14 TBA   Divisional Tournament


1 – 7th/8th Girls;   2 – 7th/8th Boys;   3 – Jr High Girls
4 – Jr High Boys;    5 – Varsity Girls;    6 – Varsity Boys
  NOV 12 4:00 3-6 H Strider
  NOV 19 4:00 3-6 A Calhoun
  DEC 7 11:00 1-6 H Lee (MS)
  DEC 10 3:30 1-6 A Marvell
  DEC 12 4:30 3-6 A Kirk
  DEC 14 4:00 3-6 H Bayou
  DEC 20 4:00 3-6 H West Memphis Christian
  DEC 21   1-6 A Magnolia Heights
  JAN 3 3:00 3-6 A Lee (AR)
  JAN 7 3:00 1-6 A Marshall
  JAN 8-11     A Magnolia Heights Tournament
  JAN 14 4:30 3-6 A Bayou
  JAN 18 4:00 3-6 A Indianola
  JAN 21 4:30 3-6 A West Memphis Christian
  JAN 24 3:00 1-6 H Marshall
  JAN 25 2:00 5-6 A Strider
  JAN 27 3:00 1-6 H Marvell
  JAN 30 4:00 3-6 H Kirk
  JAN 31 4:00 3-6 H Indianola
  FEB 1,3     A Jr. High Tournament
  FEB 4   5-6 H Magnolia Heights
  FEB 6-8       North AA Tournament
  FEB 11-12, 14-15 TBA   H North State AA Tournament
  FEB 18-19, 21-22 TBA     State AA Tournament
  FEB 24-MAR 1 TBA     Overall Tournament – MS College


  NOV 14-16 6:00 A Coldwater Tournament
  NOV 19 6:00 A Hernando
  NOV 23 6:00 H Coldwater
  NOV 26 6:00 A Olive Branch
  DEC 7 6:00 A H.W. Byers
  DEC 10 6:00 A M.S. Palmer
  DEC 13 6:00 H Lafayette
  DEC 16 6:00 A Coldwater
  DEC 20 6:00 H Coahoma County
  DEC 27 6:00 H M.S. Palmer
  DEC 28 6:00 A Rosa Fort
  JAN 7 6:00 A Charleston
  JAN 10 6:00 H Senatobia
  JAN 14 6:00 H Independence
  JAN 16-18 6:00 H NPHS Cougar Classics
  JAN 21 5:00 A Coahoma County
  JAN 24 6:00 A Water Valley
  JAN 28 6:00 H Charleston
  JAN 31 6:00 H Rosa Fort
  FEB 4 6:00 A Independence
  FEB 7 TBA A Senatobia
  FEB 11-13 TBA   District Tournament
  FEB 17 & 18 TBA   3A North State
  FEB 21 & 22 TBA   3A North State
  FEB 25-27 TBA A State Tournament – Jackson, MS