Sports / Outdoors – 8/8/2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 8, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – August 8, 2006

  From the 8/8/06 issue of The Panolian       

Season tickets for the 2006 football season are on sale through August 4, for people who previously held season tickets from last year.
     Tickets may be purchased for $45 from 8 a.m. to
2 p.m. Monday thru Friday in the high school office. Remaining season tickets will go on sale to the public on August 7.
     For more information, call 563-4756.
     South Panola will open the season on Friday,
August 25, in Clarksdale. The Tigers will play a pre-season scrimmage in Jackson at Hughes Field, where Provine plays.
     Participating in the scrimmage with South Panola and Provine will be Brandon High School.
South Panola High School baseball will host an "Old Timers Benefit Baseball" tournament on Saturday, September 16. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the South Panola High School Office, from Shelter Insurance, any player or parent.
     Fee includes admission and a chicken plate. Proceeds will benefit the four baseball players who were injured in a car accident recently.
     Any former South Panola baseball player is eligible to play. To play contact coach Brad Lightsey at 934-5000 or Ben or Randy Boren at Shelter Insurance 563-2772.
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.
National Prep Football Poll ? Preseason
By Jamie DeMoney

The National Prep Football Poll is compiled by high school sports journalist Jamie DeMoney with input from sportswriters, experts, and coaches. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10’s follow with 2005 won-loss-tie records:


1. Hoover, Ala. (14-1-0),
     seeks fifth consecutive 6A state title
2. Lakeland, Fla. (15-0-0),
     30 straight wins and back-to-back 5A crowns
3. Lufkin, Texas (14-1-0),
     15 returning starters from 5A/II state semifinalist
4. Westlake Village, Calif., Oaks Christian (13-0-0),
     led by Notre Dame-bound QB Jimmy Clausen
5. Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward (12-1-0),
     DB Nate Oliver will play at Ohio St.
6. River Ridge, La., John Curtis (10-1-0),
     20 state titles in 36 seasons
7. Pittsburgh, Central Catholic (10-2-0),
     RB Lamont Smith headed to Colorado
8. Southlake, Texas, Carroll (16-0-0),
     two-time defending Prep Poll titlist
9. Charlotte, N.C., Independence (15-0-0),
     has nation’s longest current win streak (92)
10. Duncan, S.C., Byrnes (15-0-0),
     four straight Class 4A/II championships
11. Batesville, Miss., South Panola (15-0-0),
     only Miss. team to win three straight state titles
12. Indianapolis, Warren Central (14-1-0),
     owns three straight 5A state crowns
13. Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure (14-0-0),
     winner of 95 of last 98 games
14. Jenks, Okla. (9-2-0),
     seven state championships last 10 seasons
15. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton (13-1-0),
     only 11 losses in its eight-year history
16. Concord, Calif., De La Salle (11-2-0),
     only school with six Prep Poll titles
17. St. Augustine, Fla., (15-0-0),
     defending 3A titlist
18. Cincinnati, St. Xavier (15-0-0),
     reigning Division I champ
19. Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna (11-2-0),
     plays No. 5 St. Edward on Sept. 23
20. Jersey City, N.J., St. Peter’s (12-0-0),
     has 52 straight league wins
21. Hampton, Va. (13-1-0),
     Prep Poll champ in 1996-97
22. Frankfort, Ill., Lincoln-Way East (14-0-0),
     won 8A state title in only its fifth season
23. Kingsland, Ga., Camden County (12-1-0),
     53 straight regular season wins
24. Orchard Lake, Mich., St. Mary’s (11-1-0),
     features blue chip WR/DB Dionte Allen
25. Philadelphia, Saint Joseph’s Prep (11-2-0),
     41 straight league wins



1. Hoover, Ala., 14-1-0
2. Lakeland, Fla., 15-0-0
3. River Ridge, La., John Curtis, 10-1-0
4. Batesville, Miss., South Panola, 15-0-0
5. St. Augustine, Fla., 15-0-0
6. Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna, 11-2-0
7. Kingsland, Ga., Camden County, 12-1-0
8. Belle Glade, Fla., Glades Central, 12-1-0
9. Bastrop, La., 14-0-0
10. Maryville, Tenn., 15-0-0

About the National Prep Poll:
Compiled weekly since 1987 and a property of World Features Syndicate, the National Prep Poll is the nation’s second oldest weekly high school sports rankings and are the only high school rankings distributed to newspapers and Web sites around the United States by the Associated Press national wire service. The National Prep Poll is the first of the three major high school football and boys basketball polls to released each week during the season.

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Note: Jamie DeMoney also compiled the preseason Power 50 national and regional rankings for the School Sports/Sporting News 2006 High School Football Preview Magazine. The publication (available in bookstores and on newsstands (or at ) NOW includes an in-depth breakdown on all 50 nationally ranked and 100 regionally ranked teams, including key players, strengths, weaknesses and overall outlook.


Compiled by Jamie DeMoney

1. Hoover (Ala.)
2. Lakeland (Fla.)
3. Lufkin (Texas)
4. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)
5. St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
6. John Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
7. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh)
8. Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
9. Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)
10. Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
11. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)
12. Warren Central (Indianapolis)
13. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)
14. Jenks (Okla.)
15. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
16. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
17. St. Augustine (Fla.)
18. St. Xavier (Cincinnati)
19. Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)
20. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
21. Hampton (Va.)
22. Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort, Ill.)
23. Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)
24. St. Mary’s (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
25. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia)
26. Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.)
27. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
28. Bastrop (La.)
29. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
30. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
31. Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
32. Canyon (Canyon Country, Calif.)
33. Washington (Massillon, Ohio)
34. West Monroe (La.)
35. North Shore (Houston)
36. Mount Carmel (Chicago)
37. Northwestern (Miami)
38. Maryville (Tenn.)
39. Brophy Prep (Phoenix)
40. Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colo.)
41. Garland (Texas)
42. Mission Viejo (Calif.)
43. Colerain (Cincinnati)
44. Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
45. Bakersfield (Calif.)
46. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.)
47. Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh)
48. Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.)
49. Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.)
50. Kennedy (Burien, Wash.)
Jamie DeMoney
National Prep Poll/ Football Monthly
P.O. Box 28008, Kansas City, MO 64188
(816) 746-6056 – (816) 746-8402 FAX
‘Tough’ Wilks ready to take on all comers
By Myra Bean

"I’m the best at what I do," said South Panola Tiger senior defensive end Marlon Wilks said.

Wilks answered the question of why he, at 5’9" tall, 190 pounds beat out others taller and bigger for that starting position.

Wilks has been playing for the Tigers since he was in the seventh grade. He has started at the defensive end position all of his years except his sophomore year.

He started the first three games of that year then played behind Brandon Burnett.

"I still got a lot of playing time that year," Wilks said.

What makes him so tough?

"I work out every day," Wilks said. "I push myself to the breaking point. I have not gotten there, but it has been close. I work out in the hot sun."

Wilks, who bench presses 275 pounds, was the third leading tackler on the team last year with 65 total tackles. He was second in sacks for the year with six and a half. He really made his mark in last year’s state championship game by stripping the Meridian quarterback of the ball two times.

He owns two state championship rings and expects to receive his third one following this season.

Wilks was candid when he spoke about the the undefeated record of the Tigers for the past three years.

He said yes it is hard for South Panola to keep up the undefeated streak.

He does not really believe anyone has a chance to take it from them this year.

"The thing about football is the best team will eventually get beat," he said. "It might not be this year but on down the road, someone might. The thing about it is if someone does beat us, it will be in the beginning of the year.

"We are going to keep winning championships," Wilks added. "We might not have a perfect season but we are going to keep winning championships."

In his role on the team, Wilks said the coach asks him to show others how to lead since he has been on the team for so long.

He said some of his teammates are hardheaded and that makes things a little tough.

Wilks gave some insight on why he thinks South Panola has been very successful over the past few years.

They will start the season at the No. 4 team nationally according to the National Tony Poll. The team is expected to be listed on the USA Today national preseason poll. They ended the season No. 6 in that poll last year.

"Other schools concentrated and focus on one thing ? that is to beat us," Wilks said. "We look at one team at a time."

The toughest team he thinks the Tigers will face will be the Starkville Yellowjackets team.

One of Wilks favorite players was former teammate
Marcus Johnson, who now plays linebacker for Northwest Community College.

"Marcus has a great attitude," Wilks said. "He was just a good person to be around."

When Wilks graduates, he does not know where he will attend college but he does want to teach.

He is the son of Marvis and Lee Wilks of Batesville. He has two brothers, a sister and a nephew. His grandmother is Mattie Wilks of Coldwater.

After redshirt season, Hallmark ready for DSU football
By Myra Bean

Cody Hallmark said playing college football is a dream come true for him.

"I’m blessed that I have the opportunity to play after high school," Hallmark said. "A lot of people don’t get to play. I’m thankful for it, too."

He signed to play with Delta State University following his senior season at North Delta.

During his freshman year, he was redshirted.

He will play at the linebacker position after playing the spring as a fullback.

He said things have been going good for him at Delta State.

"I had a real good spring," Hallmark said. "I am fighting for a starting position. I expect to get a lot of playing time on special teams and linebacker."

Hallmark described Delta State’s 2005 season as a "good team" which struggled some.

"We struggled a little bit last season, had a couple of injuries and lost a few close games," he said. "We lost a lot of conference games real close. Some turnovers cost us."

This upcoming year will be the second with the defensive coordinator, according to Hallmark.

"Everybody is finally getting adjusted to him," he said. "We will have a real strong defense this coming year. We had a lot better defense last year compared to past years."

Fifth year senior, quarterback Scott Eyster, is a real good leader, Hallmark said.

Since Hallmark was redshirted last year, he said he is looking forward to this year.

"It’s a real good school," Hallmark added. "I enjoy the atmosphere. I like the coaching staff. Coach (Rick) Rhoades is a real nice guy and he take cares of you."

Hallmark talked about the differences he has experienced in college football compared to high school.

One of the biggest differences he sees is that the players have to train a lot harder.

"Everybody you go against is as good as you are or a lot better," Hallmark said. "The speed of the game is a lot faster compared to high school. You have to really work hard in the summertime because you know everybody else on other teams is working hard too. I try to outwork them everyday in the weightroom, conditioning or whatever."

As to matching up with the other players on his team and other teams, Hallmark said he matches up comparably.

"In our league of football compared to D-1, a lot of people are not as tall," Hallmark said. "My style-wise I think I matchup pretty good. My strength wise I am stronger than some of them and of course some are stronger than I am.

"Speed-wise anybody coming up has to be able to work on their speed, footwork and quickness," Hallmark continued. "You have to be quick and fast to play at the college level. It takes some adjusting to. Overall, I think I have a good chance and will play all four years. I hope to be a starter next year."

Hallmark is majoring in physical education and is leaning toward coaching. He is the son of Rita and Johnny Hallmark of Batesville.

Hallmark reported to Delta State last week. The team started practice yesterday morning.

Delta State reported 121 players will make up this year’s team. The public will have a chance to meet the Statesmen on Thursday, August 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at "Meet the Statesmen Night".


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