Sports / Outdoors – 3/9/2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 9, 2007

The Panolian: SPORTS – March 9, 2007

  From the 03/09/07 issue of The Panolian   

SP Tigers fall to Southaven
By Danielle Bean and Myra Bean

Ethan Bright hit his seventh homerun of the season, but it was not enough against the hot bats of Southaven Tuesday afternoon.

South Panola (6-1-1) fell to Southaven 14-8 in six innings.

"We just couldn’t stop the bleeding," said Tiger head coach Patrick Robey.

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Southaven opened up with seven runs in the top of the first inning on mostly double RBIs (runs batted in). Southaven hit five doubles and three were RBIs.

South Panola answered with four runs in the bottom of the first. Leadoff batter Mitchell Houston doubled to get on base. He came home on a Tyler Benson double RBI. David Renfroe hit a single RBI to drive home Benson. Bright’s homerun scored Renfroe.

The Tigers put up three more runs in the bottom of the third inning and one last run in the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom of the third, courtesy runner Montez Austin running for catcher Joseph Blair, scored on a Cody Alford single RBI. Monroe Harrison and Corbin Moore scored on a Houston double RBI.

Tyler Benson singled to get on base in the sixth inning, working his way around the diamond to score on a passed ball.

Colton Ales was the starting pitcher and took the loss for the Tigers. Whit Whitten and Brian Fortner pitched in relief.

The Tigers will travel to Olive Branch tonight for a district contest beginning at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity game.

Saturday the Tigers will travel to Cleveland East Side for a varsity doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. to make up a rain postponed game from earlier in the season.

Monday and Tuesday the Tigers will play in the Madison Central Big Blue Classic.

The Tigers play Houston, Tenn. Monday at 3:30 p.m. At 6:15 p.m. the Tigers will play Desoto Central. On Tuesday the Tigers will match up against Florence High School at 10 a.m.

SP Lady Tigers go to 13-0
By Myra Bean

The South Panola Lady Tigers remain undefeated at 13-0 with an 11-1 seven inning defeat of district foe Olive Branch Tuesday.

The Lady Quistors scored their lone run in the bottom of the first inning to tie the score at one.

The Lady Tigers scored five runs in the third inning to lead 7-0. They added three in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Pitcher Whitney Kiihnl upped her batting average to .533 with five hits, including two doubles and two RBIs (runs batted in).

Third baseman Haylei Plummer hit a triple and Casi Brooks hit a double and one RBI.

Kiihnl picked up the win striking out 18 batters, walking two and allowing three hits.

The Lady Tigers played Southaven Thursday night, but the score was not available at press time. The Lady Tigers will host Olive Branch in another district game Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m.

Friday and Saturday the team will participate in the Clarkdale Tournament, near Meridian.

North Panola players are being highly recruited
By Myra Bean

North Panola football players Bruce Wilbourn and Templeton Hardy are beginning to reap results from their participation in a national combine in January.

The two attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas, which was held in conjunction with the annual football game. The combine showcased the talents of the top 500 junior football players from across the country.

Different recruiting outlets have Hardy, 6’4", 285 pounds, entertaining scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma and San Diego State, according to Cougar head coach Vincent Johnson.

Other schools showing interest include Texas A&M, Louisville, Ohio State, Missouri, Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin, University of California, UCLA and Iowa.

He made an 18 on his ACT and is holding a 3.2 grade point average.

"His athleticism, size and being an NCAA eligibility qualifier makes him attractive to these schools," Johnson said. "Before the summer is out, I expect him to have offers from those other schools."
In addition to those scholarship offers, Hardy, along with Wilbourn have been invited to a series of camps.

An extension of the combine is the Air 7 Quarterback University camp. Wilbourn has been invited to attend one of four camps held across the nation. The camp he will attend will be held in Texas.

Other camps both have been invited to include the Nike Camp in either Athens, Ga. or Ft. Worth, Texas; Adidas Elite Camp in Knoxville, Tenn.; and Combine in New Orleans or Dallas.

Wilbourn, who made a 17 on his ACT, has not received a scholarship offer yet, according to Johnson, but he is being highly recruited by each of the previous schools.

"Before the season starts, I think Bruce Wilbourn will have just as many offers as Templeton Hardy," Johnson said.

Wilbourn and Hardy will be expected to lead the Cougar team next season, Johnson said. Spring practice begins April 30 with a spring game scheduled for May 18 at North Panola against M.S. Palmer of Marks.

Cougars chosen for All-Star game
     Signing to play football at East Mississippi Community College from North Panola is quarterback Perry Trammell (front) while position coach Lee Jackson, mother Wanda Trammell and head coach Vincent Johnson witness.
By Myra Bean

Three North Panola High School seniors have been recognized on a national level.

Jarvis Taylor, Perry Trammell and Denard Presley have all received invitations to participate in the National All-Stars Football Classic and College Scouting Combine.

The regional game and combine will be held in Cookeville, Tenn. July 12, 13 and 14. Other regional games will be held in Orlando June 8, 9 and 10; Arlington, Texas, June 21, 22 and 23; Youngstown, Ohio June 28, 29 and 30; and Normal/Bloomington, Ill. on July 5, 6 and 7.

The National All-Stars Bowl has been around since 1989 according to its website, .

"The NationalAllStars .com Bowl for high school seniors is held throughout the United States and provides outstanding exposure to college football," the website stated. "The games are regionalized so that prospects are showcased in each area of the nation. This allows college coaches to take a closer look at players in each region of the country."

The website said this bowl game is one of the most exciting and fastest growing events in high school athletics.

"Most participants are outstanding prospects that have not received deserving exposure and the opportunity to be fully showcased to the college level," it stated.

A testing football combine is included with the weekend festivities and game, normally held the Thursday before the game.

"The combine will provide another opportunity during the all-star weekend to receive even greater exposure," the website said. "Players will have their athletic ability verified by the coaches on hand, and, will be reviewed under the watchful eye of college coaches. In addition, participating college football programs and their coaches will receive all verified results. Our High School Testing Combines are held exclusively at the Bowls."

Some of the perks of the combine include:

  • All college teams invited to attend;
  • Outstanding exposure to all levels of college football;
  • Colleges receive invitations complete with combine rosters, player data sheets and testing information; and
  • College programs can receive all combine testing results.

"National All-Stars was founded as the first real organization that will help athletes in their goals to receive top level exposure and every opportunity to participate at the next level," the website said.

According to the website, through the all-star games and other valuable resources, an athlete’s presence and exposure will increase substantially.
"Our total program is tested and proven as college players have signed NFL pro contracts and high school players have signed NCAA Division 1 scholarships," the website said. "We put athletes in front of the people that count and on a program that takes them through the correct and exact steps toward success.

We have assisted thousands of athletes in their pursuit of better athletic opportunities and we will continue to help those that desire to take more control of their future," the website concluded.

In addition to that honor, Trammell and Taylor signed to play college football with East Mississippi Community College in Scooba this fall.

Grizz continue to lose close games;
Gasol sets record
By Angie Ledbetter

The Memphis Grizzlies returned home on Saturday, March 3, to the FedEx Forum to face the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons walked away with a close 92-89 win before a crowd of 17,191 fans.

The game came down the very last second when Mike Miller (F) for the Grizzlies attempted a three-pointer to tie the game for a possible overtime showdown but missed.

The Pistons came into this game on top of the division with a 36-20 record. On the Piston roster were three players from Mississippi.

Lindsey Hunter, guard, No. 10 from Utica. He attended Murrah High School in Jackson and went to college at Jackson State. He’s in his 14th year in the NBA.

No. 12 Ronald Dupree, forward, is from Biloxi where he attended Biloxi High School. He went to LSU for college. He is in his fourth year in the NBA. The last player from Mississippi is No. 24 Antonio McDyess, foward, from Quitman. He attended Quitman Consolidated High School and went to college at the University of Alabama. He is in his 11th year in the NBA.

The Grizzlies had four players scoring in double digits. Miller was the leading scorer with 24 points. Pau Gasol put up a double/double with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Hakim Warrick had 13 points and Rudy Gay had 12 points and eight rebounds. Lawrence Roberts was key on defense with nine rebounds.

With Gasol’s 16 points in the loss to Toronto 94-87 Wednesday night, Gasol became the Grizzlies’ all time leading scorer with 7,809 points passing former Grizzlies Shareef Abdur-Rahim’s 7,801 points.

Tonight the Grizzlies will be in Atlanta for a
6:30 p.m. tipoff.


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