Sports / Outdoors – 4/1/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: April 1, 2003

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Myra Bean to Embark New Career


You know five years is a pretty good run for just about any job.

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My time at The Panolian has been split when I left for a year a half from November 1996 and returned in February of 1998. I first started at The Panolian in January 1992.

As then, I find myself wanting to explore some more possibilities in the different job markets.
I still find myself at the ripe old age of 39 trying to decide what I am going to do when I grow up. I have gone through so many phases while I try to mature.

I like to do a lot of things. Sometimes I like to work and interact with people a whole lot. Then I find myself wanting to work alone and try some creative writing and stuff like that.

When you have bills facing you each month, it does not leave you with a whole lot of options to just drop what you are doing and explore a new career option.

One of my most treasured dreams is to write a novel. It’s just that I do so much writing at The Panolian that I don’t get a chance to explore other options on my off time (what is that?)

Writing can be so draining when you are trying to think of things to keep the readership interested. Also, this is a job in which I get to wear many hats: writer, photographer, layout, graphics and sometimes receptionist.

With that in mind, I will take a few months off to pursue another career, though still in the writing field.

I want to see how far in this field I actually can go. It is a risk and many times I am not a risk taker. Doing something you know you will succeed in is not really taking a risk. I know there are lots of things in the writing field out there and I feel I need to experience as many as I can to know whether I am in the right place.

There are so many things going on in the sports world just in Panola County, publisher Jim Beaver will have to replace me in order to keep everything going.

I wish that new person all the luck in the world and hope that everyone will work with the new person as well as they have worked with me.

I know the coaches have to get used to another person and it may or may not be an easy transition. But it can be done.

If you know someone who would be interested in this position, please give the editor a call.

The one thing I have always wanted since I worked at The Panolian was for April 1st to fall on a publication date and this year it did.

So to all the faithful readers of this column:


Lady Tigers Fall
to No. 1 Southaven
Camille Willis pitches for the South Panola Lady Tigers against Southaven, while Kelly Cosby (r) mans first base.

BATESVILLE- The No. 1 fastpitch team paid a visit to South Panola Thursday, March 27.

Southaven visited and showed no mercy to the South Panola Lady Tigers (5-6) with a 13-0 shutout.

The Lady Tigers did manage to get on base a few times, but were not able to get a run home.

The Lady Tigers will repay Southaven a visit Thursday, April 4 at 4 p.m.

Tigers Downed by Ranked Southaven and Tupelo
Though it was a close one, South Panola first baseman Eric Neth, No. 5, was just in time to get the Southaven runner out at first. Acting as backup were (l) pitcher Ryan Willis and Nick Walton, second baseman.

BATESVILLE – The South Panola Tiger baseball team had a busy weekend with some top ranked opponents.

The Tigers ended the weekend with a 10-9 overall, 1-1 district record.

Friday night was a return of winter weather as the Tigers hosted district foe No. 3 ranked Southaven Chargers.

The Chargers did not have a very easy time of it with the Tigers, but did win 7-1. The Tigers’ lone score came in the second inning. Southaven was consistent and scored two runs in the first inning, one in the fourth and fifth innings each and three in the sixth inning.

Walt Love pitched five innings and was relieved in the sixth by Ryan Willis.

The Tigers continued play Saturday by hosting the No. 10 ranked Tupelo Golden Wave.

The Tigers lost 10-2. Eric Neth was the pitcher for the Tigers. Tupelo jumped out to a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning.

On a sacrifice fly to center field, Luke Kiihnl drove home Walt Love for the Tigers’ first score in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Tigers put up their second score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tyler Brewer doubled and drove home Barrett Johnson, pinch runner for Bradley Striplin.

ND Manhandles
Delta Academy 9-4

MARKS – The North Delta Green Wave baseball team (3-1 overall, 1-1 district) continues to see success due to the play of the defense.

The Green Wave defeated Delta Academy 9-4 Friday, March 27 in Marks.

"We didn’t hit the ball as well as I expected," said head coach Rick Johnston, "but that’s part of being a young team. We made some good defensive plays in the field."

Hank Spragins picks up the win for his first of the season.

With multiple hits were Pittman Harrison and Cody Hallmark with two each.

"I am pleased where we are," Johnston said. "We just have to start hitting the baseball. With the B-team games, we are also trying to develop some depth in the pitching staff."

Stands come down…

The former visitor stands at the South Panola football stadium came down last week by the hands of the South Panola School District maintenance staff.

The stands were dismantled and moved out of the way in record time to make way for the installation of the new stands. The east side of the stadium will become the home side and be ready for the first ballgame Aug. 28.