Sports / Outdoors – 1/6/2006

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 6, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – January 6, 2006

  From the 1/6/06 issue of The Panolian    


     Batesville Casket is still celebrating the state championship win of the South Panola Tigers. The local Batesville plant got some huge support from the home office in Batesville, Ind., who sent this 45 feet wide, eight feet tall banner congratulating the Tigers.
     Showing their support are some plant Tiger fans (l to r) Doug Kunkel, vice president of manufacturing from Indiana; Ron Johnson, director of manufacturing from Tennessee; Randy Pope, Richard Carothers, Mary Lynn Turner, James Pegues, Fred Hentz and Chuck Grogan, director of Panola operations. The banner will be donated to the school within the next two weeks.
Sardis Lake’s ‘Trees for Fish’ event draws near
Crappie and bass fishermen have long known the value of placing brush and trees in lakes to provide cover for minnows and small fry. They could pick off the larger specimens that were hanging around the cover looking for an easy meal. In recent years, catfishermen have also realized that their favorite quarry also resides around these cover sites. As reservoirs age and the flooded timber and brush rots away, this protective cover becomes more and more important.

With these factors in mind, the Sardis Lake Field Office is sponsoring a "Trees for Fish" day to be held on Saturday, January 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Volunteers are invited to meet at Engineer’s Point or Teckville Landing, where cedar trees, wire, and weights have been stockpiled. Those who can are encouraged to bring boats or ATVs to assist in the placement of weights and trees; however they are not required to participate. Also, remember to bring extra life jackets in case you have other volunteers on the boat with you or your helmet if you are on an ATV.

Lunch will be provided at the Corps of Engineers Maintenance Compound near Sardis dam and at Holiday Lodge at Teckville Landing.

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For more information on this event, contact Gary Hardin at the Sardis Lake Field Office at (662) 563-4531.

Cougars teams fall to Independence Tuesday
By Myra Bean

North Panola was not able to get 2006 started on a high note as the girls and the boys lost to Independence Tuesday night.

The boys lost 67-52 and the girls lost 51-46.

In the boys game, North Panola was down one at the end of the first quarter, 10-9.

At the half, Independence had gained a little breathing space 31-24. Both teams scored 15 points in the third quarter to maintain that seven point spread.

It was the fourth quarter where Independence outscored the Cougars 21-13 for the big finish.

North Panola’s Roderick Jefferson was the game high scorer with 18 points. Bruce Wilbourn was the only other Cougar to score in double figures with 14.

In the girls game, the Lady Cougars tried to get back into the game at the end of the fourth quarter but the Independence defense proved too much.

Independence jumped out to an 18-11 first quarter lead. At the half, Independence held a 29-19 lead.

North Panola did pull within eight at the end of the third quarter by outscoring Independence 10-8.

North Panola even outscored Independence 17-14 in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Wildcats were able to hold on for the win.

Tinisha Williams of North Panola was the game high scorer with 17 points. Lady Cougar Daphne Thomas also scored 11 points.

The Cougars are participating in the Cleveland Tournament this weekend and will return to regular season play Tuesday when they host Olive Branch in non-conference action at 5 p.m.

Herring named to Gazette team
Southern Arkansas University placed five players on Don Hansen’s Football Gazette NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Team.

Defensive tackle Chris Herring was named to the Second Team defense, fullback Tony McDonald and offensive guard Kevin Berneathy were selected on the Second Team offense, and tight end Johnny Fields and offensive tackle Ed Primas were named to the Third Team offense.

Herring is a 6′-0", 307-pound senior from Courtland, who transferred to SAU from Ole Miss.

Berneathy was previously chosen a Daktronics First Team All-Southeast Region selection, and Herring was named to the Second Team.

Herring was also picked on the All-Division II Third Team defense. Herring and teammate Chris Turner will play in the Cactus Bowl tonight in Kingsville, Texas at 6:30 p.m. The game will be webcast. Go to for information.

Both Herring and Berneathy were First Team All-Gulf South Conference choices, while Fields and Primas were Second Team All-GSC picks. Berneathy was a Second Team Football Gazette All South Region pick and a Second Team All-GSC selection in 2003.

Herring had 40 tackles, 29 solos, 13.5 tackles for 58 yards in loss, 6.5 sacks for 37 yards in loss, two pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and one blocked kick. He led SAU in tackles for loss, was fourth in the GSC in tackles for loss per game (1.23), second on his team in sacks, and seventh in the GSC in sacks per game (0.59). He led SAU in quarterback hurries, and was third on the team in total tackles.

Herring headed an SAU defensive line that helped his team to rank third in the conference, and 22nd nationally, in rush defense (107 yards a game), third in the GSC, and 30th nationally, in total defense (308.1 yards per game), and fourth in the GSC in pass defense (201.1 yards a game).

By virtue of being named to the second team, Herring, McDonald, and Berneathy will now advance for consideration on the Football Gazette’s All-America team.

     The smack of the baseball on area fields heralded the start of spring practice for baseball and softball teams. North Delta head coach David Hardy worked on fielding the ball with his team. North Delta will kick off the season February 21.
     Hardy will field a young team this year, he said, with only three returning starters from last season. Many junior high players will be seeing time in both the high school and B-team games, according to Hardy. The seventh graders will be the largest grade on the team this year.
Green Wave teams fall to Chiefs
By Myra Bean

Magnolia Heights took the North Delta Green Wave teams to a clean sweep Tuesday night for the second time this season.

In a rematch of November 21 non-conference games, not much changed between these two teams.

Lady Green Waves
The Lady Green Waves lost 55-37. The 37 points were scored in three quarters as the Lady Waves were held scoreless in the first quarter 21-0.

At the half the Lady Chiefs led 37-8. The Lady Green Waves picked up some momentum in the second half to make a good showing.

The Lady Chiefs shut down the North Delta inside shot and forced them to go to the outside shot which was pretty much non-existent until the final two quarters.

Ashley Golden led the Green Waves with 12 points followed by Nikki Darby with nine. Other scorers were Casey Whitworth, 5 points; Beth Ann Youngblood and Melanie Gaters, 4 points each; and Austin Jenkins, 3 points.

Jr. High Lady Green Waves
The junior high Lady Green Waves played Magnolia Heights close through the first three quarters but lost 38-23.

At the half the Lady Chiefs led 14-12.

North Delta tied the score in the third quarter at 14 on a Lauren Kimsez field goal.

The Lady Green Waves kept on their toes and stayed within four points until the last minute of the quarter. The Lady Chiefs pulled out to a 26-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Even though North Delta did show some defense, the offense fell to the Lady Chiefs as the junior Lady Waves were held to only two points in the final quarter.

Green Waves
The Green Wave boys lost 79-49 to the Chiefs. The Green Wave were held to seven points in the first quarter and did not score until the 4:14 mark.

North Delta’s starting line up averaged 6′-1.25" but was not able to stand up to the Chiefs’ hustling and battle under the goal.

North Delta made a little headway in the second quarter but could not hold up to the 26 points the Chiefs scored to lead 54-23 at the half.

Not much changed from the first half to the second for the Green Waves as they lost for the second time this season to Magnolia Heights.

Jr. High Green Waves
The junior high Green Waves put up a good first half against the junior high chiefs but lost 60-37.

The Chiefs had a 30-20 lead going into halftime.

Magnolia Heights had a height advantage over the young Green Waves and forced turnover after turnover in Chiefs territory. The Chiefs employed the pressure defense which worked wonders for the team over the Green Waves.

The varsity Green Waves are involved in the Kirk Tournament the rest of the week.

The girls played Kirk Academy and lost 38-25 Monday night and dropped to the loser’s bracket.

The Lady Waves played Thursday night but the score was not available at press time.

The boys had a first round bye and played Kirk Academy Wednesday night and lost 59-40. They play Thursday night but the score was not available at press time.

The teams will return to regular action Tuesday in Cleveland to take on Bayou Academy in district contests beginning at 4 p.m.




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