Sports / Outdoors – 2/21/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 21, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: February 21, 2003

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SP Tigers Set to Open 2003 Baseball Season on the Road
Tiger Ream Plays Home Opener Against Grenada Saturday at American Legion Field

BATESVILLE – "We’re pumped," said Patrick Robey, South Panola baseball head coach.

The Tiger baseball team will open the 2003 season tonight on the road against Independence. The Tigers open at home Saturday, Feb. 22, against Grenada at 2 p.m.

Robey said he and assistant coach Jeff Walls had a long talk with the team on Wednesday about the upcoming season.

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"I think they are ready," Robey said.

Robey sees the upcoming season as a challenge to the team who has only recorded five wins the last two years.

The Tigers have three preseason top 15 teams on the schedule: No. 7 Tupelo, No. 14 Senatobia and No. 15 Southaven.

A complete baseball schedule along with all the spring sports can be found in a special Spring Sports Edition printed in today’s issue of The Panolian.

The schedule has not changed much from last year, according to Robey.

"It’s going to be a challenge everyday," he said. "There are not too many weak teams on our schedule, if any for that matter. Our schedule is set where you have to be at your best every day you play or you could easily get beat every day.

"Our guys are aware of that," Robey continued. "They’ve worked really hard getting ready, because they know what they have ahead of them. They had a real frustrating year last year. I think there is a bit of an insult factor where they are ready to get things turned around."

According to Robey, the players, for the most part haven’t taken anything for granted.

"We have had to stay on them and keep them motivated a little bit but for the most part they have done a real good job of getting ready," Robey said.

The team has improved tremendously, according to Robey, since he first started working with them last summer.

2003 South Panola Football Schedule

8/28 Clarksdale H
9/5 North Panola H
9/12 Carver (New Orleans) A
9/19 Greenville H
9/26 Horn Lake A
10/3 Olive Branch H
10/10 Columbus A
10/17 Tupelo H
10/24 Southaven A
10/31 Starkville H
11/7 West Point H

All-Pro Championship Wrestling will return to the National Guard Armory Friday, Feb. 28 with its biggest card ever. Bell time for the event is 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. All tickets cost $5.

South Panola Finalizes
2003 Football Schedule

BATESVILLE – It’s finally set.

The South Panola football schedule was finally set as of Tuesday morning, Feb. 18, according to South Panola High School principal Dr. Del Phillips.

There are a few surprises to this year’s schedule including a 7 p.m. kickoff time for all games.

"It is not state mandated," Phillips said, "But the Mississippi High School Activities Association is strongly urging all schools to start the games at 7 o’clock."

There may be some different kickoff times for away games, but those will be listed closer to the season.

South Panola will have seven home games this season. The beginning of the season when the Tigers play non-conference opponents has been totally revamped.

The Tigers will open the season at home against old nemesis Clarksdale on Thursday, Aug. 28.

It is confirmed North Panola will re-enter the Tiger schedule and be the second game of the season, September 5.

The Tigers’ first road trip of the season is a long one to New Orleans to play Rams’ running back Marshall Faulk’s alma mater, Carver High School.

According to Phillips, this should be a pretty easy trip, right down Interstate 55. Directions will be given closer to game date.

Greenville will close out the non-conference schedule on September 19.

The conference schedule is lined up as usual with the exception of the final game. West Point re-entered 1-5A and will be the final game of the regular season.




1 – 7th/8th Girls;   2 – 7th/8th Boys;   3 – Jr High Girls
4 – Jr High Boys;    5 – Varsity Girls;    6 – Varsity Boys
  FEB 18-19, 21-22 TBA     State AA Tournament
  FEB 24-MAR 1 TBA     Overall Tournament – MS College


  FEB 21 & 22 TBA   3A North State
  FEB 25-27 TBA A State Tournament – Jackson, MS