Sports / Outdoors – 2/14/2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – February 14, 2006

  From the 2/14/06 issue of The Panolian        

District Results – Tupelo High School
South Panola results
     The South Panola powerlifting team claimed the District 1-5A Championship Trophy Thursday in Tupelo. Team members include (front, l to r) Cameron Wagner, Larry Milton, Alfonzo Tucker, Deshun Sandridge;
(second row, l to r) Laroyis Chapman, Marricus Flowers, manager; Xavier Lee, Allen Burnette, head coach
Arnie Oakes
(third row, l to r) Travius Butler, South Oakes, David Harris, David Baker;
(fourth row, l to r) assistant coach Pat Oakes,
Vandell Pollard
, manager; Jarred Draper and Johnathan Wilson.

Name (Weight) Squat / Bench / Deadlift Total Place
David Harris (148) 325 / 190 / 385 900 3rd
Travius Butler (148) 260 / 175 / 335 770 5th
Alfonzo Tucker (132) 215 / 150 / 315 680 3rd
Laroyis Chapman (132) 240 / 150 / 290 680 4th
Terrance Griffin (165) 325 / 215 / 420 960 2nd
Larry Milton (198) 450 / 315 / 405 1170 1st
South Oakes (275) 555 / 365 / 560 1480 1st
Josh Forehand (275) 480 / 325 / 465 270 2nd
Cameron Wagner (308) 560 / 320 / 480 1360 1st
Deshun Sandridge (308) 550 / 285 / 430 1265 2nd
Basketball teams enter district tournaments
By Myra Bean

NOTE: North Panola lost to Senatobia 60-57 Monday. More details Friday

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The South Panola basketball teams started to Clarksdale Friday but were told to turn around due to the expected accumulation of snow.

That game is not expected to be played as district games start tonight for South Panola.

"No regular season games can be played after the district starts," said head girls basketball coach Ralph Stallings.

The South Panola Lady Tigers, seeded No. 4 in 1-5A Division 2, will face the No. 1 Olive Branch Lady Conquistadors at 4 p.m. The winner will meet the winner of the No. 2 Horn Lake vs. No. 3 Southaven game Friday at 6 p.m.

The No. 2 South Panola Tigers will play the No. 3 Horn Lake Eagles tonight at 7:30 p.m. The winner will face the winner of the No. 1 Olive Branch vs. No. 4 Southaven game Friday at 7:30 p.m.

North Panola
District play has started for the North Panola basketball teams.

The Cougars, No. 4 seeded, played Senatobia, No. 5 seeded, last night but the score was not available at press time.

The winner of that game will face Holly Springs tonight at 8:30 p.m. Holly Springs earned a first round bye as the No. 1 team in the district.

Independence, the No. 3 team and Palmer, the No. 6 team, also played yesterday as did Byhalia, No. 2, and Water Valley,No. 7. The winners of that game will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The championship district game will be played Friday at 8:30 p.m. between the winner of the North Panola/Holly Springs game and the winner of the game played on Thursday.

The third place game will be played Friday at 5:30 p.m.

The North Panola girls, No. 7, will play Senatobia, No. 2, today at 4 p.m.

Water Valley, No. 3, and Palmer, No. 6, played yesterday. Independence, No. 4, and Holly Springs, No. 5, also played yesterday. The winner of the Independence/Holly Springs game will meet No. 1 Byhalia tonight at 7 p.m.

The winners of the Water Valley/Palmer and Senatobia/North Panola games will meet Thursday at 6 p.m.

The district championship game will be played Friday at 7 p.m. The third place game will be Friday at 4 p.m.

Super Bowl Son
     Willie B. Townsend (left) was able to visit with his son Deshea of the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steeler team after the Super Bowl February 5.
Cowboy remembers Coach Vaught
     Former Ole Miss players and coach (left to right) Cowboy Woodruff, Allen Green and John Vaught.
By Myra Bean

If you say the name Cowboy Woodruff in this area, many people know who you are talking about.

Though James Lee "Cowboy" Woodruff now lives part-time in the Memphis area and part-time in Destin, Fla., memories surfaced of his years as an Ole Miss Rebel after the death of his former coach John Vaught last week.

Woodruff was not able to attend the funeral as he had a family funeral of his own to attend. He did have fond memories of Vaught that he shared.

"He was very much a gentleman," Woodruff said of Vaught. "Coach Vaught was a very beloved man. He was a CEO – definitely one to be respected."

Woodruff told of the time when Vaught signed him to the Ole Miss Rebels in 1956.

"He showed up at our house at 6 a.m. and ate breakfast with us," Woodruff said. Vaught would always refer to that time when he met Woodruff in later years, Woodruff said.

Vaught coached the Rebels through what has become known as the glory years. Woodruff played on those national championship teams of 1956-1959.

"Coach Vaught recruited the best coaching staff in the country and managed very, very well," Woodruff said. "We had the same staff year after year. He was very good at the blackboard as far as designing plays and so forth."

Woodruff spoke of how Vaught would take another team’s defense and tear it apart.

"The plays would work out just exactly like he said it would," Woodruff commented. "He was definitely a great coach. He was playing golf up until two or three years ago. He kept himself in very good shape."

Woodruff also spoke of Vaught’s sense of humor and how he introduced him at one alumni meeting.

Woodruff recalled Vaught said, "Cowboy was a great football player. He was the only player we felt obligated to explain why we wanted to run that play."

Woodruff explained that he was an engineer and liked to break the play down.

"It was not easy to put together a football team back then," he said. "Mississippi did not have a lot of money but he basically started it all."

Woodruff’s father, Lee Thornton "Cowboy" Woodruff, also played with Ole Miss from 1927-1929. Senior Woodruff played professional ball with the original Philadelphia Eagles which is now the Washington Redskins team.

Younger Woodruff inherited the Cowboy moniker from his father and he played professional ball with the Houston Oilers and the Canadian League team Edmonton until he tore his knees up, he said.

In 1959, Ole Miss was ranked No. 1 in the polls but the lowest the team was ranked that year was No. 5.

Woodruff played with players with the familiar names of Billy Cannon, Charlie Flowers, Chancellor Robert Khayat, Jake Gibbs, Bobby Franklin, Allen Green and Billy Brewer.

Twenty-two players from that team played two or three years in the professional leagues, but there was no Super Bowl at that time.

Other notables of that era included Ole Miss beating Texas in the Sugar bowl Woodruff’s sophomore year 37-7. In his junior year, they beat Florida in the Gator Bowl 7-3, and in his senior year, defeated LSU in the Sugar Bowl 21-0.

"Coach Vaught told us before the LSU game if we won that game we would be No. 1 in the nation," Woodruff recalled.

"Coach Vaught was very affectionate," Woodruff remembered. "He would always speak and give me a big hug. We will definitely miss him."




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