Sports / Outdoors – 3/2/2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 2, 2007

The Panolian: SPORTS – March 2, 2007

  From the 03/02/07 issue of The Panolian   

Mississippi High School Activities Association selects All-Star participants
Selected to participate in the Alabama/Mississippi All-star game held in Mobile, Ala. June 2 from South Panola are linebacker Chris Strong and tailback Jeramie Griffin.

Strong, 6’2", 250-pounds, has since transferred to Genesis One in Mendenhall. He participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game in San Antonio, Texas.

Griffin is a 6’1", 230-pound tailback who also played fullback.

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The Bernard Blackwell All-star Football game, featuring players from the North and the South in Mississippi will be played Thursday, July 19 at Mississippi College in Clinton. Chosen from South Panola are linebacker Kevin Young, 5"10", 180 pounds, offensive lineman Hunter Bailey, 6’2", 305 pounds, and quarterback Leroy Diggs, 5’11, 190 pounds. Diggs has been slated to play linebacker.

Lady Tigers continue dominance
By Myra Bean and Danielle Bean

The South Panola Lady Tiger fastpitch softball team continues its dominance from the mound.

After a 6-0 defeat of Cleveland Monday, the Lady Tigers are 8-0.

Whitney Kiihnl picked up the win, striking out an average of two batters per inning.

The Lady Tigers were leading 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, which proved to be their best inning of the day.

Kiihnl got on base first with a single and moved to second on a Kasey Kelsay ground-out to first.

Third baseman Haylei Plummer singled and drove home Kiihnl. Plummer came home from third on designated hitter Bethany Moore’s ground-out to third base, stealing second and third bases in the process.

Shortstop Hillari Plummer singled to left field and drove home Brooks from third base. Lindsey Thaggard doubled and drove home Plummer for the final score of the game.

The softball team will be participating in the Tupelo Softball Association (TSA) Tournament Friday and Saturday, sponsored by Tupelo Park and Recreation. South Panola will play one game tonight at 6 p.m. The Lady Tigers will face Tishomingo.

Saturday, the Lady Tigers will play three games beginning at 9 a.m. The first game is against Booneville. At 1:30 p.m. they will play Caledonia. At 7 p.m. the Lady Tigers will face St. Joe.

South Panola is in Pool C and all its games will be played on the Burger King field. Thirty teams will be playing in this tournament on six different fields.

The Lady Tigers will return home Tuesday to host Olive Branch in the first district game of the season beginning at 4 p.m.

Olive Branch lost to Senatobia 11-1 on Tuesday.

Mabry hits ND’s 1st homer of season
By Myra Bean

The North Delta Green Wave baseball team fell to Kirk Academy 14-7 Monday afternoon in non-district action.

Jim Tyler Dalrymple was on the mound for the Green Wave and took the loss.

Dakota Mabry hit the team’s first homerun of the year.

"We hit the ball better this time around," said head coach David Hardy. "We just couldn’t hold their bats down."

The Green Wave had 13 total hits in the game with Josh Garrott getting four.

At press time Thursday, the Green Waves were in a holding pattern due to the weather on its scheduled home opener against district foe West Christian.

A decision was not known on the game at press time. If the game was not played, it will be played today at 4 p.m. The scheduled game with Kirk will be rescheduled if possible. It is not a district game and does not have to be played if the teams cannot work it into the schedule.

On Monday, March 5, the Green Wave will be home again to host Desoto, Ark. in district action at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tigers play to tie with Cleveland
     South Panola’s Joseph Blair had four runs on Monday to held the Tigers defeat Byhalia 21-4. The Tigers host Horn Lake in the first district game of the season beginning at 3:30 p.m.
By Myra Bean and
Marlon Wilks

After playing Cleveland to a 4-4 tie Tuesday afternoon at home, the South Panola Tigers hold a 3-0-1 record.

Cleveland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. It took two runs in the bottom of the third and two in the bottom of the fifth inning for the Tigers to catch up.

Neither team could gain an advantage at the end of the game and thus it ended in a tie.

Tyler Benson had two hits for the Tigers, including a double. Ethan Bright also had a double.

Monday, the Tigers demolished Byhalia in a 21-4 rout. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday night but was moved due to rain.

The Tigers used a 10-run third inning to put the game away in a mercy rule-shortened game in five innings.

The Tigers had a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the third inning.

David Renfroe hit a two-run homer in the first inning, driving home Joseph Blair. Then Ethan Bright hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning. He drove home Blair who had walked and Renfroe who had doubled.

Blair and Renfroe scored four runs in the game.

Colton Ales picked up the win in his first game of the season.

Ales had three hits in the game, including a double. Also getting multiple hits were Renfroe, Mitchell Houston and Corbin Baker, three each; and Marty Stokes, two.

The Tigers will host Horn Lake in its first district game of the season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the team will be in Byhalia for games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6, the Tigers return home to host Southaven in another district game beginning at 3:30 p.m.

ND tennis opens Monday
The North Delta Tennis team opens the season Monday hosting Delta Academy at 3:30 p.m. at Trussell Park. Wednesday, the Green Wave will host Delta again at 3:30 p.m.
Memphis Tigers claim C-USA conference title
By Angie Ledbetter

The 7th ranked Memphis Tigers basketball team, (25-3, 13-0 in C-USA) won back to back conference games this past week and broke a record for the longest winning streak in the nation with 17 straight games. The Tigers have also won 29 straight games at home.

With that 13-0 conference record, they clinched their second straight Conference USA title, marking the first time in school history that Memphis has won consecutive crowns.

On Thursday, February 22, the Tigers hosted Rice (14-13, 8-6 in C-USA) and defeated them 99-63. Rice is currently in third place in the Conference.

In that game, Senior Jeremy Hunt (F) scored his 1,000 point and got a huge applaud from fans and teammates.

Hunt, a senior from Memphis graduated from Craigmont High School in Memphis.

For the 17th straight game, the Tigers hosted Houston (15-14, 9-6) on Sunday, February 25, at the FedEx Forum and won 77-64. Houston is currently in second place in the conference.

It was the last home game for the Tigers and the three seniors were honored: Clyde Wade, Jared Sandridge, and Jeremy Hunt all of Memphis.

When Hunt came out with his parents, he got a standing ovation from the 16,924 fans. Hunt has played for the Tigers for five years.

Also attending the game was Priscilla Presley, former wife of the late Elvis Presley. She presented a scholarship to a girl on the pom-pom squad and also gave a donation to the University of Memphis. The University of Memphis president presented Presley with a Memphis Tigers jacket.

The next game for the Tigers was Thursday on ESPN. The Tigers’ last game for the regular season will be on Saturday, March 3 at SMU at 8:30 p.m.

The Conference USA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be at the FedEx Forum from March 7 – 10.


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