Sports / Outdoors – 3/14/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 14, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: March 14, 2003

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Baseball Season Shapes Up


Have you ever been afraid to hope because you don’t want to get yours and others hopes too high?

Well, I feel like that for the baseball teams this year. Yeah, I know one win does not make a season. But, it could set the tone for the players’ confidence levels.

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Even though South Panola’s baseball team has lost a few, it went down to Meridian and played in the tournament over spring break.

The players did great. They held the No. 8 team in the state to one run. Yeah, Meridian beat South Panola 1-0, but to me that’s a major improvement.

So, while South Panola is going through the non-conference schedule and making others stand up and take notice, the conference schedule looms.

Only one team in the conference remains in the top 15 poll. Southaven is ranked No. 4 this week. How well South Panola performs in the conference will determine how long the season will be.

I was talking to some of the football players who showed up at the season opener. They wanted to support the baseball team because the players were at the football games supporting them.

One even said if South Panola makes it to the state championship game, they will sacrifice and show up with their shirts off. Since the state championship is played in May and not December, I can see how big of a sacrifice that will be.

SEC Basketball
I know many of you were as shocked as I was by the Georgia basketball team uproar.

I used to work at the University of Georgia so I like to see the teams there doing well. I don’t like to see the kind of situations where people take advantage of the athletes. As I have said in a previous article, after the usefulness of the athletes are over, they get dropped like a hot potato.

It’s not fair to the players. If they don’t get an education along with an athletic career, there won’t be anything for them after all the hype has died down.

I hope the younger players around the country take note and get their education the legal and sometimes hard way – going to class and studying.

See you on the sidelines…

All Pro Wrestling Featured Robert Gibson and "I Quit" Match
Jason Mattox Turns His Back on Audience and Has to Explain His Actions Next Week


On the ropes, over the ropes, on the floor, sometimes in the ring.

It was the return of All Pro Wrestling Friday, March 7 at the Batesville National Guard Armory.

A capacity crowd showed up for six big matches which included Loser Leave Town, Robert Gibson of Rock N Roll Express, and the I Quit match. In order to win one team had to get opponent to say I Quit.

Those who missed this action don’t have to worry. All Pro Wrestling returns to the Batesville National Guard Armory Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

A sneak preview reveals there will be a Batesville Back Alley Street Brawl and tv cameras will be rolling.

Also, for those of you who were insulted last week, Jason Mattox has to explain why he turned his back on the audience.

Don’t miss it!

SP’s Fondren Chosen to Play in Hawaii Classic
Shoni Fondren (l) keeps the ball away from an opponent this past season.

BATESVILLE – South Panola’s Lady basketball junior forward Deketria "Shoni" Fondren has been selected to participate in the 2003 Tourney Sport USA Hawaii Classic to be held in Oahu, Hawaii, July 13-22.

Lady Tiger head coach Ralph Stallings has been selected to be one of the coaches at the tournament. This will be Stallings third time to coach at the tournament. He did not coach in 2002 due to a previous speaking engagement.

Fondren was selected out of over 5,000 applications.

"I have never heard of this tournament before this year," Fondren said. "I’m happy about going."

In order to participate in the tournament, Fondren has to raise $3,378 to cover travel fees, boarding and food.

Fondren was one of those first 200 to respond to the invitation. On the last night a luau will be given in honor of the participants, according to Fondren.

Fondren needs the financial support of the family, friends, community and the churches in order to go on this once in a lifetime trip. In order to help, send checks paying to Deketria Fondren in care of South Panola High School, 601 Tiger Drive, Batesville, MS 38606.

Fight Night Returns

The boxers are already lined up for the sixth annual Boxing For A Cure, according to coordinator Rhandy Smith.

The event has become one of the looked for entertainment activities held in Batesville, but sponsored by the Kappa Alpha fraternity of the University of Mississippi.

Huron Smith Oil Co. joins with the KA’s to help pull off this big event.

Another big event drawer is the live performance of Cover Girls after the Friday night fight from 9 p.m. to midnight.

“Fight Night,” as it is fondly called raises tens of thousands of dollars which go to the research for Lou Gehrig’s disease and other neuromuscular diseases.

In the past local boxers have been able to participate in the event, but the fight cards are all full this year, according to Smith, so local boxers will not be able to participate.

The event is expected to draw thousands of people as they watch fights take to the square ring.

The fight will be held Thursday and Friday, March 20 and 21.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. each night. Boxing begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 p.m. Friday night. Cover Girls will perform live music Friday night from 9 p.m. to midnight after the fight. Admission is $10 per person at the door.