Sports / Outdoors – 4/18/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: April 18, 2003

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Knights Come From Behind to Defeat Green Wave

North Delta’s Pittman Harrison makes it to third safely against West Memphis Christian Tuesday afternoon. Assistant coach Ronald McMinn (l) helps the official make the right call.

BATESVILLE – It has been a hard week for the North Delta Green Wave against district teams.

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The Green Wave (5-8 overall, 3-5 district) lost to Bayou Academy 9-7 Monday in Cleveland. Then, West Memphis Christian came to town for a double header Tuesday and downed the Green Wave in a sweep 16-12 and 18-8.

"Our pitchers just wore down," Green Wave head coach Rick Johnston said.

The Green Wave needed the win over West Memphis Black Knights in order to qualify for district play.

The Green Wave led Bayou 7-0 in the fifth inning, but due to some defensive errors, Bayou was able to turn the game around to its way of looking. The Green Wave had defeated Bayou earlier in the season 7-4.

The Green Wave had the Knights on the rope in both games. North Delta led 7-0 in the first game going into the top of the fourth inning.

The Green Wave scored runs in each inning up until that point.

The Knights found the pitch they could hit and got back in the game. They went through the batting order and scored six runs in the fourth inning.

Tigers Fall to Vicksburg
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VICKSBURG – The South Panola Tigers (13-14, overall, 2-4 district) ended the season on a low note.

The Tigers traveled a long distance to face Vicksburg for the final game of the season Monday, April 14.

The two teams were tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. With two runners on base, a Vicksburg batter hit a single and sent the winning run home for the win.

Ryan Willis pitched for four innings and was relieved by Walt Love who pitched two and one third innings.

The Tigers had 10 hits in the games but were only able to get in three runs.

"We played real well," Tiger head coach Patrick Robey said. "Vicksburg is a very strong team, but our players showed a lot of class. I am pleased how far we came this year from last summer. Our kids are excited about this summer."

The South Panola baseball coaching staff will conduct a baseball camp June 2 for children 8 to 14-years-old at the American Legion Field from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After the camp, there will be a parent/youth league coaches clinic.

"All parents of players and youth league coaches are strongly encouraged to attend," Robey said. "This is to let the youth league coaches know how we train our team."

A sign-up form is located on page B5 of today’s edition of The Panolian. Otherwise, pick up a form from South Panola High School.

Cost of the clinic is $30.

Also, there will be a summer American Legion Jr. baseball program. Information and tryouts will follow at a later date.


Top runners

These South Panola track team members placed first in the district track meet held at Olive Branch Wednesday, April 16. These along with 10 other track team members qualified for the regional meet to be held in Columbus, Saturday, April 26. South Panola also qualified to participate in 20 of 33 track and field events.

Team members include (front, l to r) Candice Conner, 3200 meter and 1600 meter runs; Shemika Flowers and Tasha House, 400 meter relay team; (back, l to r) coach Trenell Edwards; Javar Pollard, 100 meter dash, 10.8; Deketria "Shoni" Fondren, 400 meter relay team, high jump and 100 meter dash; Tiffany McKinney, 400 meter relay team; and head coach Lucian King. Not pictured is Justin Lee, pole vault.


DSU’s Lightsey Named
GSC Player-of-the-Week

CLEVELAND — Delta State starting pitcher Brad Lightsey (SO, R/R, 6-3, 195, Batesville) is the Gulf South Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 13.

Lightsey is the second DSU hurler to claim honors this season. The sophomore returned from a two-week layoff, leading the Statesmen to a 4-0 shutout of Central Arkansas. Lightsey posted a complete-game, seven-inning victory, scattering four hits, allowing one walk and striking out six batters. He is currently 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 10 appearances this season.

The Statesmen enter this weekend series with Arkansas Tech ranked second in the nation and currently own a two game lead in the GSC West Division.

Brad is the son of Robert and Carol Lightsey of Batesville.

Green Wave Golf Team Wins Tourney
North Delta team members who won the golf tournament held at Panola Country Club include (l to r) Will Crowley, Scott Powers, Jeremy Aldridge, Drew Baker and Clint Egbert. Not pictured is Tripp Sanders.
The North Delta Green Wave golf team defeated five other teams to win an invitational tournament held at Panola Country Club, Monday, April 14. The Green Wave team shot a 287. The course had a par 284.

Other team scores were Strider 331, Kirk 339, Bayou 356, Delta 363 and West Memphis 491. Only the four lowest scores of the team counted in the final score.

Green Wave Jeremy Aldridge was the medalist by shooting below par, 69. Other Green Wave team members were Drew Baker 71, Will Crowley 73, Scott Powers 74 and Tripp Sanders 92.

The Strider team, shooting a 331, included John Roberson 76, Julius Roberson 79, Jess Hardy 87, Bailey Peters 87 and John Hobson 110.

Kirk, shooting a 339, team members include Michael Littrell 80, Tucker King 83, Austin Smithers 83 and Jake Miller 93.

The Bayou team shot 356 with team members Brady Pate 82, Dean Ladner 87, Scott Hays 90, Pierce Wortham 97, Will Pentecest 97 and Nash Knightnon 99.

The Delta Academy team, shooting 363, include Lee Thompson 84, Timmy Ellis 91, Ty Austin 92, Christopher King 95, Zack Lambert 96, Chandler Crawford 103 and Jasper Cobb 111.

West Memphis shot a 491 with team members Adrian Pardo 109, Mick Kahn 122, Seth Jewel 130, Robert Dunn 130 and Jeb Bond 162.