Sports / Outdoors – 3/21/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 21, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: March 21, 2003

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Green Wave Defeats Eagles 13-11 in Seesaw Game
North Delta’s Dakota Mabry takes a flying leap to slide home safely Tuesday, March 18, against Marvell. The ball was almost to the pitcher’s glove when Mabry started to leap. The Green Wave won 13-11..

BATESVILLE – Though it was a battle to the end, the North Delta baseball team emerged with a 13-11 victory over Marvell Tuesday, March 18.

The Green Wave (2-0 overall, 1-0 district) had to overcome some destructive defensive errors in order to defeat the Eagles in this first district matchup of the season.

Hal West came in to relieve Hank Spragins in the fourth inning. Spragins relieved Cody Hallmark in the third inning. West got the win for the Green Wave.

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Marvell jumped out to a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the second inning. After a week off for spring break, the Green Wave bats got to connecting with the ball. With two outs against the Green Wave, Hank Spragins singled and drove home Robert Dunlap. Dustin Maples stole home on to cut the Eagle lead 3-2. Then on a 2-1 pitch, Cody Hallmark doubled and drove home Pittman Harrison and Spragins to take the lead, 4-3.

In the bottom of the third inning, North Delta added three more runs.

SP Downs Desoto Central in Rematch


SOUTHAVEN – The South Panola Tigers are 6-5 after a 12-1 defeat of Desoto Central Tuesday, March 18.

Justin Davis was on the mound for the Tigers and picked up his second win of the season. He is 2-0.

Hitting for the Tigers were Walt Love, 2 hits, 1 double, 2 RBIs; Bradley Striplin, 2 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs; Dustin Tidwell, 1 double; Tyler Brewer, 1 triple, 1 RBI; Ryan Willis, 3 hits, 2 RBIs; and Nick Walton, 2 hits.

The Tigers hosted Grenada in a make up game which was postponed due to bad weather at the beginning of the season Thursday, March 20, but the score was not available at press time.

The Tigers will be home Friday, March 21 to host Desoto Central at 4 p.m. and Hernando at 7 p.m.

The Tigers travel to Tupelo Saturday, March 22 for a junior varsity game at 11 a.m. and a varsity game at 1 p.m. The Tigers return home Monday, March 24 to start the district season.

South Panola will host Olive Branch at 4 p.m. in a varsity game and the junior varsity at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, the Tigers will host Horn Lake at 4:30 p.m. in a junior varsity game and at 6 p.m. in a varsity game.

We Are at War


Though decisions have been made to keep to ball game schedules during the war in which the United States is now engaged, does not mean the sports world is ignorant of the war.

It means the people in sports have decided to continue to do their jobs as the rest of the people in the nation are continuing to do their jobs.

There are a lot of people who disagree with the war. That’s okay as long as the nation now comes together and support the troops overseas who are fighting this war. Many from this area have been activated and sent overseas to have a large impact on the outcome of this war.

They need to know their people are behind them. They need to have the self-assurance their families and friends who may not agree with their decisions still support their decisions.

They need to know that the people looking after their spouses, children and parents are a solace to them and not tearing down their decisions in words and deeds to their families.

In other words, those who have silently or vocally in deed or words opposed the decision to go to war, need to say "Okay, I did what I felt was right, but now it’s time to accept what’s going on."

The photo on below was forwarded to me from William Correro who writes the Referee Notes during football season.

It’s a powerful photo to remind the troops and the American people why a war is now going on.

Some people may be like me who have mixed emotions when it comes to wars of any kind. But to those who lost loved ones 9-11-01, I think they appreciate people who are willing to see justice done.

So there will be a lot of interruptions of normal television events in order to keep the American people informed about what’s going on overseas. It’s a very scary situation for those who have loved ones on the frontline.

Some of you remember being on the frontlines or backlines or in other support areas in other wars in which the United States has been involved.

People are willing to give their lives for the cause of freedom. It is only right we give them 100 percent of support from America.
God bless America!