Sports / Outdoors – 2/25/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: February 25, 2003

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SP Lady Tigers Fast Pitch to Field Young Team, Coach Says

South Panola Lady Tiger seniors on the fast pitch softball team this year include Amanda Bolen (l) and Nicole Sturgis.


BATESVILLE – The 2003 South Panola Lady fast pitch softball season will not start until Thursday, Feb. 27, if the weather cooperates.

The Tuesday, Feb. 25, game against Hernando has been postponed due to the wet field in Hernando. A new date has not been announced as yet.

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Head Coach Kim Wilson said the weather has been a factor in outdoor practice to begin the season. So far the Lady Tigers have only gotten in a handful of outside practices since official practice began Jan. 20.

Wilson said as a team the Lady Tigers are not ready yet "because this weather is killing us."

"We have really been confined to indoors," Wilson said. "We have done a lot of indoor work but that is not comparable to being on the field."

On top of all of that, the Lady Tigers will field a young team of mostly sophomores and eighth graders. There are also one freshmen and two seventh graders on the team.

"You put all that group together and you have not only a different level of talent softball wise, you have a different maturity level issue to deal with as well," Wilson said. "We will probably have some hard times at first trying to get everybody on the same page as what we want to do."

Some of the players have never been in a fast pitch game," according to Wilson.

"They have played at J.P. Hudson, but they’ve never played the likes of Grenada and Southaven where you are playing Class A caliber teams. It will take some adjustment for them," she said.

Two seniors will lead the team, Nicole Sturgis and Amanda Bolen. Returning as pitcher is sophomore Camille Willis.

Set to back up Willis are Amanda Bolen, Leann Parrish and Summer Gee.

Tigers to host Wes Smythe Classic
Postponed Games Have Been Rescheduled in March

BATESVILLE – The South Panola Tigers were hoping to have a couple of games under its belt at this time, but the rainfall has delayed the season the a little bit.

More bad weather is expected and may cause the season to be delayed even further.

But in case that scenario does not happen, the Tigers will host the annual Wes Smythe Classic this week at American Legion Park.

Scheduled to participate in this week’s tournament along with the Tigers are Senatobia, Oxford and Lafayette.

Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. Oxford and Senatobia will play; at 6:30 p.m. South Panola and Lafayette will play.

Friday, Feb. 28, Senatobia and Lafayette will start at 4 p.m., followed by South Panola and Oxford at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 1, the games begin in the afternoon with the noon game between Lafayette and Oxford, followed by the 2 p.m. game with South Panola and Senatobia.

The postponed games will be played later in March. On Thursday, March 6, South Panola will play at Independence at 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 20, South Panola will host Grenada. At 4 p.m. the junior varsity will play. The varsity will play at 6:30 p.m. 

Cougars Participate in Tournament
Como Middle School hosted a round robin tournament early in February. Both boys and girls Como teams took first place honors.

The boys and girls teams from Coldwater Middle School placed second place while Tunica placed third.

The Lady Cougars defeated Tunica in the first round by a score of 41-25.

Portia Tucker led all scorers with 17 points followed by Joya Wilbourn with 9 points.

Other Como scorers include Jessica Wilson, 6 points; Shanketta Newsom, 4 points; Gernesha Edwards, 3 points and Erica Williams, 2 points.

In the championship game, Tucker led in scoring with 22 points helping to defeat Coldwater 44-34 for the championship.

Gernesha Edwards contributed seven points while Joya Wilbourn, Kishanta Bobo and Jessica Wilson scored 4 points each. Shanketta Newsom had three points. Other team members include Adelaide Gassion and Erika Williams. The Lady Cougars ended the season with a 10-3 record.

In the first round boys’ action, the Cougars never trailed the Lions of Tunica, defeating them 57-45.

In a close contest, Como was able to take over Coldwater in the last two minutes of the championship game.

Nicolas Black made his last four free throws to secure the win as time ran out for Coldwater.

Jarrod Petty led all scorers with 21 points.

Other scorers for Como were Nico Wooten 9 points, Nicholas Black 8 points, Travis Walker, 7 points, Mario Findley, 5 points; Rodricus Black, 3 points; and Laron Green, 2 points.

Other teams members include Marcus Wesley, Trenton Moor, Deundra Avant, Jarvis Taylor, Marvin Cox, Dexter Robinson, Brandon Lark, Kelvin Milan, Joshua Armstrong and Stevie Pryor.

The Cougars ended the season 10-3.