Sports / Outdoors – 1/24/2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – January 24, 2006

  From the 1/24/06 issue of The Panolian        

Volunteers set up fish habitat
     Volunteering to place trees for fish habitat at Sardis Lake Saturday were (l to r) Jake Dover, Jon Davis and Tyler Hardin. They are tying the tree to a concrete block to hold it in place when the water rises.
By Myra Bean

About 70 volunteers showed up at Sardis Lake Engineer Point and Teckville Landing to help put out trees for fish habits Saturday morning.

"It takes all of us working together," said Park Ranger and coordinator Gary Harding.

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One of the groups that volunteered to help was Boy Scout Troop 478 under scout leader Curtis Lauderdale.

Lauderdale had to work, so fathers Bart Broome and Jim Whitten oversaw the scouts.

Four of the scouts were working on life ranks which is one step away from Eagle Scout, according to Broome. Then a couple were working on their first class rank.

"In order to earn each rank, the scouts have to complete a community service," Broome said. "If anybody ever needs anything done in the community, give us a call. We need something all year long."

The temperature was around the mid 40s with a northerly breeze of about 10 to 15 mph that had volunteers donning coats, hats and gloves, along with the rubber boots in order to walk on the soggy lake bottom.

The lake level was low and that’s the perfect time to put out the 700 trees, according to Hardin. The trees were weighted down with concrete blocks so when the water rises, the trees will stay put.

The trees will be a habitat for the small fish to feed and for the bait fish, Hardin said.

ND Green Waves denied by one point
By Myra Bean

The North Delta boys lost in a squeaker to Kirk Academy Friday night, 49-48 at home.

The defense of both teams was top notch and the score was close throughout the game.

In the fourth quarter, Kirk had taken the one point lead but North Delta had a chance to score. Nathanael Abernethy scored for the lead with less than a minute left in the game but a charging foul negated the score. Kirk held the ball for the win.

North Delta held a 14-13 first quarter lead. Then the Green Waves outscored Kirk 10-9 in the second quarter for a two point halftime lead, 24-22. The teams tied in the third quarter with 10 points each but the Green Wave still held the slight edge, 34-32.
Though it was not much heat on Kirk’s part, there was just enough to outscore North Delta 17-14 to take the lead and the game in the final minutes.

Dakota Mabry was the game’s top scorer with 21 points. Green Wave Nathanael Abernethy scored 12 points, followed by Jacob Gurley with 11. Brandon White and Evan West chipped in two points each.

The Green Wave teams hosted Lee Academy Thursday night. There was not much any of the Green Wave teams could do with the Colts teams. The Jr. High boys lost 43-22 but were only down by five points at the half.

"Lee employed a 2-2-1 zone press and we had a hard time getting the ball down the court," said Green Wave boys head coach Brad Wilson. "We played hard and defended well. They are just a lot bigger than we are."

North Delta has been starting most seventh graders the last five games. These seventh graders have to play teams who are starting ninth graders.

"They hustled," Wilson said. "I am really proud of them."

Scoring for the Jr. High Green Waves were Bateman Greenlee, 11 points; Taylor Heron, 7 points; Hunter West, Geri Lamm, Brian Nickle and Corbin Baker, 2 points each; and Michael Magee, 1 point.

The Lady Green Waves fell 62-15.

The varsity Green Wave boys hustled from a seven point deficit in the second half to a two point deficit at the half, 21-19.

Lee had increased the lead to 29-21 at the end of the fourth quarter. The Green Waves lost by 12.

The Green Waves will finish up the regular season this week with three games.

Tuesday, they will be at Carroll and Thursday, in a schedule switch, they will be at Bayou for district games both nights.

Friday, they will end the regular season at home to host Tunica Institute.

Local Free Throw Contest scheduled
The local Knights of Columbus council from St. Mary and St. John churches will be sponsoring a Free Throw Contest for the youth of the area.

The contest will be open for all boys and girls ages 10 to 14. The contest will be held February 11 at the Batesville Intermediate School gymnasium.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and all participants are asked to be there at that time.

The Knights Free Throw Championship is an annual event with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions.

All contestants will be recognized for their participation in the local event.

The winners of each girls and boys brackets will advance to the district level. Last year there were over 179,000 youth participating in over 3,000 local championships.

All participants should provide proof of their age and have parental consent.

Great friends found in SEC officials
By William Correro

One of the many great things that come from being a football official in the SEC is the friends you make along the way.

The officials as a whole are very close and we are really like a big family but I’m talking about the others associating with the teams and the game. One group I always like to go out of my way to be friendly with is the visiting team’s ball boys.

In any SEC game there will be two ball boys from the visitors working on the home sideline.

These guys do a great job keeping their wits about them especially when their team is putting a hurt on the home side. For the most part they are like men without a country. But they do have four or five game balls in their possession.

Typically, it’s an informal barter session where during a conversation between periods I’ll offer to trade some trinkets and beads for a ball. By trinkets and beads I mean such items as a CBS or ESPN hat or tee shirt for one of the balls. Most of the time it works too. Some of the best acquisitions include an UT game ball from the 2001 Tennessee at Florida game and a Notre Dame ball from their visit to Tennessee last season.

I even have one of Alabama’s game balls from this year’s Iron Bowl. This is one I have to know to keep separate since Alabama is the only school who doesn’t have their name or logo on their footballs. Tennessee’s gold T and Ole Miss’ blue script logo or Auburn’s UA logo add to the collection but there is no Al the Elephant or even Alabama lettered on them.

But I do know it was the last ball passed by Brodie Croyle in their last regular season game. I asked the equipment manager at Alabama one time why they don’t have anything on them to which he said it cuts down on thefts. Not all the time though.

With all the required physical conditioning we have to do the associated doctors and trainers with each team are good friends too.

During my recovery from my ankle injury I was shopping for a better specialist and Dr. Jerry Punch of ESPN told me of one in Birmingham with the world-known practice of Dr. Andrews. I knew if I called for an appointment and told them I was referred by Dr. Punch they’d probably hang up on me.

So, I called my doctor friend at Auburn and asked him about it and he gave me their direct phone number. With that and mentioning my association with the SEC got me an appointment the following week. Great friends everywhere I go in the SEC. See you next week for one more time.

Steelers/ Townsend head to Superbowl XL
     Deshea Townsend (front, left) lines up in the right cornerback position for the Pittsburgh Steelers against Green Bay recently. Pittsburgh defeated Denver Sunday to win the AFC Championship and a berth in the Superbowl. Superbowl XL will be played Sunday, February 5, in Detroit, Mich. at 5:30 p.m. on ABC with the Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks. Townsend is a native of Batesville.
By Myra Bean

I like it when I hear other people also say, "We’re going to the Superbowl."

The underdog Pittsburgh Steelers (14-5) have put on a show the last two and a half games to earn a trip to the Superbowl, February 5 at 5:30 p.m. central on ABC.

Detroit Michigan is the setting for Superbowl
XL (40).

The Steelers won the AFC Championship after defeating the Denver Broncos in Denver 34-17 Sunday.

The week before, the Steelers held on to a 21-18 win over the No. 1 NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts.
Teresa Varley of wrote, "The Steelers were underdogs throughout the playoffs, coming in as the sixth seed, and never doubted for a minute that they could get it done."

The Steelers will meet the Seattle Seahawks, who will be making their first ever trip to the Superbowl.
This is the Steelers’ sixth trip to the Superbowl. Their last trip was a 1996 loss to Dallas.

Seattle ran roughshod over the Carolina Panthers 34-14 Sunday night.

Playing with the Steelers is Panola County native Deshea Townsend, who signed with the Steelers out of Alabama in 1998.

Deshea is the son of Willie Townsend and the late Lena Townsend of Batesville.

This will be Deshea’s first trip to the Superbowl and therefore, he is probably taking Batesville and Panola County with him.

Even though there are still some Colts and Manning fans out there, I know a big part of the county is rooting for Deshea and the Steelers.

Get set with your Superbowl party stuff – before the game – so you don’t miss a minute of exiting action.

As for the entertainment, Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville will sing the national anthem; Stevie Wonder will perform pregame; and the Rolling Stones will be the halftime show.

SP Tigers give crowd overtime thriller
By Myra Bean

It was another overtime thriller for the South Panola Tigers Friday night.

The Tigers defeated the J.Z. George Jaguars 59-41 Friday night at home. The Tigers had to play without Rodney Gray and Shawn Daniels for undisclosed reasons, according to Coach Charlie Howard.

The Lady Tigers had little trouble with the non-conference foes and won 47-24.

South Panola jumped out to a 7-2 first quarter lead but the Jaguars caught up and made it a one point game at the end of the quarter, 13-12 Tigers.

The game was tied once at 14 in the second quarter before the Tigers took off and built a 23-15 lead 3:12 left in the half. The Jaguars took a deep breath, held the Tigers scoreless in the last few minutes and pulled within two points at the half, 23-21 Tigers.

J.Z. George took the lead in the third quarter on a steal and a slam dunk with 7:05 on the clock, 25-23. Going into the fourth quarter, the Jaguars led 35-31.

Howard activated Antonio Allen and Michael Broadnax from the B-team to play some critical minutes in this game.

With 5:40 left in regulation, Cordell Austin hit a three-pointer to bring the Tigers back within one point, 37-36.

The Jaguars scored on back-to-back field goals for a 41-36 lead, then Austin slamdunked a stolen ball for the 41-38 Jaguar score.

After a Broadnax free throw, it was Austin again for the tying basket at 41 with 3:08 left in the game. The Tigers retook the lead with 2:11 left in the game on a Larico Treadwell free throw, 42-41.

The Tigers led 44-41 before a Jaguar field goal for a 44-43 Tiger score.

Another Treadwell free throw game the Tigers a 45-43 lead, but the Jaguars scored the tying basket at 45 with 51.9 seconds left in the game. The Tigers had the ball with 8.5 seconds left to go but the Jaguars stole it but were not able to get a shot off for the win.

The teams kept up the pace throughout the overtime period. The Jaguars broke the tie 47-45. The Tigers, on back-to-back field goals with a steal by Austin with assist to Anthony Nelson, led 49-47 with 2:44 left in overtime.

The game was tied again at 49 with 1:01 on the clock. Both South Panola and J.Z. George missed field goals but the Jaguars fouled and put Nelson on the line.

With 3.3 seconds left, Nelson hit both free throws for the win.

Lady Tigers
The Lady Tigers had a good practice session with the Lady Jaguars.

The teams were neck-and-neck throughout the first half. South Panola had a slight 11-10 first quarter lead and a 15-14 halftime lead.

The lead changed hands twice in the first quarter and was tied four times before a three-pointer by Tenisha Mitchell with 46.5 seconds left.

The Lady Jaguars led once in the second quarter for about a minute then the Lady Tigers retook the lead for the halftime score.

The Lady Jaguars also led for a little in the third quarter on a 6-2 scoring run for a 20-17 lead with 5:41 left in the quarter.

The Lady Tigers retook the lead for good on a Kim Sanford offensive rebound and field goal with 3:50 left in the third.

When Lady Tiger head coach Ralph Stallings found the right combination of players for this game, the Lady Jaguars did not have a chance in the fourth quarter.

The teams will be in Horn Lake tonight for district games. Both teams need this pivotal win for the district standings. South Panola split with Horn Lake December 6 when the Lady Tigers won and the Tigers lost.

Horn Lake boys lost to Holly Spring 58-50 Friday while the Horn Lake girls won 61-53.

Game time is 5 p.m. The Tiger teams will be in Charleston Friday for games beginning at 5 p.m.




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