Sports / Outdoors – 7/11/2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – July 11, 2006

  From the 7/11/06 issue of The Panolian  

The South Panola High School softball team will host a fast pitch camp Monday through Thursday, July 10 to 13. The camp will be held at Trussell Park from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
     Children ages 6 to 13 are eligible to participate. Each participant needs to bring a glove. Snacks will be provided. The fee is $70 and can be paid the first day of camp.
     For more information, call Lady Tiger head coach Ashleigh Hicks at 601-508-0830.
SP cheerleaders sell ads
The South Panola Cheerleaders will sell ads for the football program for the South Panola Tiger Football team beginning June 19 thru July 13.
    Anyone interested in purchasing ads may contact any high school cheerleader or Tammy Wilkinson at or 662-563-4503. Ads may be purchased for businesses or for individuals. No political ads of any kind will be sold.
The South Panola Cheerleaders will sell ads for the football program for the South Panola Tiger Football team through July 13. Anyone interested in purchasing ads may contact any high school cheerleader or Tammy Wilkinson at or 662-563-4503. Ads may be purchased for businesses or for individuals. No political ads of any kind will be sold.
The South Panola High School baseball program will host a Fall Instructional League every Tuesday in September 2006 from 2 to 5 p.m. Children ages 10 to 13 can participate. The cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt. T-shirt sizes will be taken the first day of the session.
     The dates of the sessions will be September 5, 12, 19 and 26.
     Sessions will stress baseball fundamentals such as fielding, throwing, hitting, pitching and catching as well as squad games.
     For an application or more information, contact head baseball coach Patrick Robey at (662) 934-2104. Registration deadline is September 1.
SP Fastpitch Camp
     Grenada softball coach Leslie Lancaster (front, center) assisted camp attendees including (front, l to r) Caroline Dickins, Lancaster, Laura Evins; (back, l to r) Ellen Farrish and Latara Ferrell.
Metaphors/similes may be outdated for youngsters
By Robert Neill

I had the privilege to not only speak at length to, but to engage in dialogue with, a number of teenagers a few weeks ago. We were discussing the art of writing in general, in particular the use of similes and metaphors. I suggested some examples. They had no idea of what I was talking about.

Of course, I am "getting pretty long in the tooth" myownself, but still I figured kids today knew something about country living, and about animals other than dogs and cats. I actually had to try to explain some of the sayings that were common in my day, and still are common amongst my generation.

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You try explaining to a bunch of teenagers the significance of "He’s happy as a dead pig in the sunshine!" Matter of fact, I’m not sure that I could explain that one to grown-ups. Few of today’s teenagers have ever slopped a hog, and can conjure up no image of the contented "Oink" of a huge porker lying half-submerged in the cooling mud of his pen on a hot summer day. Nor have they any idea of that smell.

"Clumsy as a hog on ice" would also be a foreign concept to most youth. Heck, with the lack of winters these past few years, we might have to explain ice that doesn’t come from a refrigerator! Your Uncle Bob has actually walked across 150 yards of ice on an offshoot of the Mississippi River, to get to my truck on the Arkansas side.

I once saw a couple of The Jakes, Adam and Clif, drive a jeep across the ice of the swamp, knowing that at any second vehicle, guns, and boys would disappear, but they made it.

One time a pack of deer dogs jumped a herd of wild hogs, along with a dozen deer, while I was hunting on the north rim, and from my high perch, I got to see not only hogs on ice, but one big doe actually landed flat on her back when her feet slipped as she hit the ice of the frozen-over lake.

The dogs were in a little better shape, but hogs and deer ain’t made to run on ice! That doe laid there looking "Dead as a doornail" while the dogs slipped and slid by her in pursuit of the rest of the herds.

Most teenagers have never even seen a mule, much less witnessed one eating briars. But I’ve watched mules chomping happily on sawbriars along a fenceline, with their lips pulled back so as to not get stuck.

"Grinnin’ like a mule eatin’ briars" has a meaning for me. I’ve also duck hunted in the Louisiana marshes with a Cajun who bragged that his pirogue could "Follow a sweatin’ mule down a dusty road," and the way he poled us through the marsh muck, I had to believe it.

Some of the small-town teens knew what chickens were, though most youth figure chickens are fist-sized, and smaller, birds with brown on the outside that come in red and white buckets in both regular and crispy species.

Very few connect chickens with feathers, much less believing that they lay eggs. When you say "She’s runnin’ around like a chicken with her head cut off," youngsters can’t conceive of grabbing a pullet by the neck, swinging it around until the body detaches itself, then watching as the fowl selected for Sunday dinner runs around the yard for a few moments without a head.

Actually, I never saw any farm-raised folks cut the head off a chicken; you always wrung their necks. But maybe the town folks chopped their chickens’ heads off.

I grew up in an era when hawks and owls were regarded as predators of the chicken flocks, so I know that owl is white meat and tastes okay.

Yet the expression "Drunk as a boiled owl" still escapes me. Big Robert had been an alcoholic who quit "cold turkey" when I was five, and convinced his sons that "Neill men can’t drink," so we don’t.
However, Daddy worked with AA the rest of his life, and I heard sayings like "Three sheets in the wind and the fourth one flappin’," which is obviously a sailing ship metaphor, and "He’s so drunk, he couldn’t hit the ground with his hat," which tells its own story.

But the one I never figured out was, "He’s drunk as Cooter Brown." Who in the Sam Hill was Cooter Brown? For that matter, who was Sam Hill?

There’s an old expression describing a very hard rain which involves a cow and a flat rock, but we ain’t going there.

Yet we could use a good old "toad drownder" about now, here in the Delta, couldn’t we? Sure as God made little apples, we could!

 SP offensive lineman claims 4th quarter for the Tigers
     South Panola offensive lineman Hunter Bailey is getting ready for his senior season as a Tiger.
By Myra Bean

The unsung heroes of any football team, the offensive line (OL) are the major force on the South Panola football team.

Strong is not good enough for the OL. They have to be stronger than the defensive linemen they are going against.

Running backs, quarterbacks and fullbacks are very cognizant to thank and recognize the front line when a key block opens up a hole for some yards and even for a score.

Tiger senior Hunter Bailey is a perfect example of a team leader for the OL. He is 6’2" tall and has received an offer from Mississippi State to play collegiate football, though he has not announced if that will be his future choice.

Bailey benches around 400 pounds but the coaches do not require a certain weight for the linemen or for them to lift a certain amount, according to Bailey.

Bailey, strong tackle, is a third year starter on the line for the Tigers.

"In order to carry the team, we have to block and work hard," Bailey said. "If we don’t get our job done, we don’t win."

Winning is a tradition at South Panola that has only escalated in the last four years. The Tigers are riding a 45-game win streak as of last season and are 59-1 in four seasons.

Bailey expects a tough upcoming season especially with Clarksdale and Moss Point having the toughest defensive lines. He also expects those two teams to be the toughest opponents of the season.

South Panola has a change in schedule and will face Clarksdale in the first game on Friday, August 25. Originally, it was announced the game would be played on Thursday night, but Clarksdale cannot play on its field on Thursday night.

The Tigers will play the home opener against Moss Point on September 1.

The OL watches film to scout out the defenses it has to face each week.

"We look to see if they are getting blocked or not getting blocked, if they are giving the offensive line trouble or are making plays," Bailey said, speaking about the opponent’s defensive line.

Michael Fair coaches the Tiger offensive line and Bailey said Fair asks the OL to work their hardest.

"We just have to play hard," Bailey said.

Bailey was not full of a lot of words about his actions in practice or on the field. According to him, Bailey wants his play on the field to speak for him.

Members of the Tiger team attended the Ole Miss camp last week and will go to Millsaps this week.

Bailey said the camp was mostly techniques and they were shown how to work out properly.

Some former players he said he looks up to were Josh Boren and Garret Stone, recent graduates of South Panola.

"They always work hard and I looked up to them." Bailey said.

Bailey said he now sees himself as a leader.

"As a leader, I always have to be there." he said. "I have to be a step ahead of the other players and show them what they need to do."

Tough games do not bother the Tiger OL, according to Bailey.

"That’s why we work hard in the offseason so we won’t be as tired as other teams," he said.

"We own the fourth quarter."

Bailey is the son of Phil and Sherry Bailey of Batesville and Suzanne Hardy of Grenada.

He has two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

He is the grandson of Harold Wayne Bailey of Crowder and Billy Sam and Catherine Walton of Grenada.

Memphis Motorsports gears up for NASCAR weekend
MEMPHIS, TENN. – Track officials announced today that the newly-crowned Miss Tennessee, Blaire Pancake, will serve as Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly 200 on Saturday, July 15, at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Pancake, 23, of Chattanooga, won the Miss Tennessee 2006 title last Saturday in the annual pageant in Jackson, Tenn.

One of her first official duties, however, will be to preside over NASCAR’s pre-race ceremonies.

Pancake, a summa cum laude graduate of The University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and concentration in archaeology, won the talent preliminary competition of the scholarship pageant and will serve for the next year as spokeswoman for the Governor’s Alliance for a Safe and Drug-Free Tennessee.

The O’Reilly 200 – NASCAR’s run "under the lights" in Memphis – comes complete with a massive installation of temporary lighting, the promise of cooler conditions after sundown, and a post-race concert with the Stars of American Idol. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, and the racers will take the green flag following Miss Tennessee’s "command" at 8:15 p.m.

For tickets or more information, call toll-free 1-866-40-SPEED or visit .

Memphis Motorsports Park, celebrating 20 years of racing in the Mid-South, also announced that Sonic – America’s Drive-In has committed to two more years in the fast lane as the Official Drive-In Restaurant of Memphis Motorsports Park.

In addition to signage, print advertisements and tickets, Sonic and Memphis Motorsports Park partnered to expand the Sonic Family Four-Pack, offering the special ticket package to both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly 200 (July 15) and the NASCAR Busch Series Sam’s Town 250 (Oct. 28). Race fans who purchase the Sonic Family Four-Pack receive four race tickets to either race, plus coupons for four Sonic hamburgers for only $99, while supplies last.

Sonic also takes ownership of the ever-popular Kids Zone, located trackside for kids of all ages on NASCAR race days at Memphis Motorsports Park. The "Sonic Drive-In Kids Zone" is a free interactive kids amusement village that provides a safe, fun environment so that the entire family can enjoy race day together.


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