Sports / Outdoors – 3/23/2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 23, 2007

The Panolian: SPORTS – March 23, 2007

  From the 03/23/07 issue of The Panolian   

SP golf team hosts meet at Sardis
     South Panola’s Jarrett Taylor lines up his shot on the seventh hole at Mallard Pointe Tuesday. His ball landed just off the green in the rough.
By Marlon Wilks

The South Panola golf team hosted a meet at Mallard Pointe on Monday afternoon.

The teams, including Senatobia, Winona, South Panola and Lewisburg, played nine holes for par 36.

South Panola placed third with an overall score of 211. Grant Goforth was low scorer for South Panola with 46.

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Senatobia shot 176 for the best score overall, followed by Winona with 201, then South Panola, then Lewisburg with 222.

The Golf team will play in Grenada Monday. South Panola will compete against eight other teams on 18 holes. The meet begins at 1 p.m. at Dogwood.

Tuesday, March 27, the Tigers will play at Wedgwood in Southaven beginning at 3 p.m. Four teams will play in that meet.

Green Waves fall to Bayou in shutout
By Myra Bean

Bayou Academy came to North Delta Tuesday for a district contest and walked away with a shutout win, 11-0.

The defending district champions Bayou Colts showed no mercy as they downed the Green Wave in five innings.

Evan West pitched the complete game for the Green Wave and took the loss.

Caleb Reed pitched the complete game for the Colts, striking out 15 Green Wave batters. Reed courted a perfect game with little exception.

Marring his game were a single by West in the bottom of the fourth and a single by Jon Michael Ware in the bottom of the fifth.

This was the first district loss of the season for the Green Wave as they go 3-3 overall, 2-1 district.

Thursday, the Green Wave traveled to Marvell for a district game, but the score was not available at press time.

Today, the Green Wave will host Marshall in non-conference action at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Tunica Institute will be in town for district games at 4 p.m. a nd 6 p.m.

Youth football leagues to sign up
Tomorrow local little football league teams will sign up for the fall season.

Pop Warner Football sign up and registration will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Batesville Boys and Girls Club on Highway 51.

There is a $50 sign up and registration fee. Age groups are 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.

Head coach for the 7-8 year olds is Tavares ?Little Joe? Lee. For more information call him at 934-4013.

Head coach for the 9-10 year olds is Roosevelt Jones. Call him at 609-6754.

Head coach for the 11-12 year olds is Fred Hentz and he may be reached at 578-2012 or call Eric Bibbs at 578-3114. Teams will start playing in August.

Sardis Falcons
The Sardis Falcon Youth Football League will sign up from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sardis Baseball Field on Highway 51. The teams will be 7-8-year-olds, 9-10-year-olds and 11-12 year-olds. For more information, contact coach Casey Childs 662-609-4505 or coach Chris Conner at 662-487-0302.

SPHS & SPJH Cheerleaders ’07-08
     The 2007-2008 South Panola Competitive Cheerleading squads were recently selected. South Panola High School squad members include:( front row, l to r) Courtney Abston, Kasey Kelsey, Haley Hood, Ashleigh Mason, McKenzie West, Ashley Robison, Lisa Park ; (second row, l to r) Jessica Fellows, Mary Wilson, Nikki Dillon, Kayla Hudson, Madison Tutor, CiCi Carver; (third row, l to r) Katelyn Meek, Jessica Gentry, Carolyn O’Conner, Meghan Mason, Ceciley Williams, Ashley Roberson, Kristen Olson, Shelby Patterson, Meagan Gazaway, Kelsey Havens; (fourth row, l to r) Fisher Sullivan, Olivia Battle, Jamie Battle and Kristy Burns. Chosen as captains are Nikki Dillon and Kasey Kelsay and cocaptains are Ashleigh Mason and McKenzie West.
     Members of the 2007-08 South Panola Jr. High Competitive squad include (front row, l to r) Lori Beth Gregg, Kayla Hubbard, Kelsey Champion, Kaylan Williams, Jessica Chambers, Madyson Rowsey; (second row, l to r) Cassie Gray, Brittney Eads, Alicen McGee, Skylar Stewart, Amber Swindle, Brittany Hawkins; (third row, l to r) Mallorye Moore, Madison Whitworth, Newman Whitt, Madison Aldison, Ashton Mills, Taylor Sheley; (fourth row, l to r) Sara Hill, Misty Clay, Anna Baglan, Amber Sharp, Blair Wilkinson, Holly Yancey, Rivers Brown.

Coaches for both squads are Tammy Wilkinson, Trey Griffin, Misty Kilgore, and Angela Hannaford.



SP Lady Tigers ranked No. 5
By Myra Bean

The South Panola Lady Tiger fastpitch softball team (18-2) entered the state rankings for the first time ever as the No. 5 team in the state.

The poll was released Thursday by The Clarion Ledger. South Panola came in one position ahead of head coach Ashleigh Hicks’ old team, Madison Central.

Leading the poll was Oak Grove, East Central, North Pike and Long Beach. After Madison Central were Enterprise Clarke, Harrison Central, Brandon and D’Iberville.

The Lady Tigers played another tough game Monday, but defeated non-conference opponent Cleveland 2-1. Cleveland scored one run in the bottom of the second inning and held that lead until the top of the seventh inning.

Senior center fielder Leann Parrish hit a single and drove home designated hitter Bethany Moore and first baseman Lindsey Thaggard for the winning runs.

This was a rematch from February 26 when the Lady Tigers won 6-0 with little problem.

Monday, South Panola had a total of five hits, including Parrish’s, by Whitney Kiihnl, Haylei Plummer, Casi Brooks and Moore. South Panola also committed two errors and Cleveland had none.

Kiihnl picked up her 18th win of the season, striking out 14 batters and allowing one run and no walks.

The Lady Tigers have won three games in a row, following two losses which halted a 17-game win streak.

The Lady Tigers were in Horn Lake last night to take on the Lady Eagles in district action, but the score was not available at press time.

The Lady Tigers will play in another tournament tomorrow in Grenada. At 11 a.m., they will play Brandon and at 1 p.m. New Hope.

Tuesday, they will be in Grenada for non-conference action at 5 and 6 p.m.

Tigers split series with Horn Lake
By Danielle Bean and Marlon Wilks

It took two innings to break the 11-11 tie between the South Panola Tiger and Horn Lake baseball teams, but the Tigers did it and won 12-11.

The two teams met March 2 and the game ended in a tie because darkness fell and there were no lights on the field.

In Tuesday’s game, Montez Austin, courtesy runner for third baseman Marty Stokes, scored on a single RBI by Tyler Benson in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The teams then played the regularly scheduled district game and Horn Lake won 9-3.

Horn Lake scored in the top of the first inning from third base on a balk by Tiger pitcher Heath Bolton and on a passed ball.

The Tigers (10-5-1 overall, 1-3 district) answered in the bottom of the first inning on a Hunter Self run. Self was the courtesy runner for catcher Mitchell Houston. Houston got on base on a walk.

South Panola did not score again until the bottom of the sixth inning. First baseman Ethan Bright was hit by a pitch and Bolton followed with a single.

Stokes grounded out to right field and drove home Bright. Left fielder Tyler Benson hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Bolton scored.

David Renfroe relieved Bolton at the plate in the top of the sixth inning and Horn Lake welcomed him by scoring six runs.

Colton Ales pitched the final inning and Horn Lake scored one run on him.

Derek McCollum pitched for Horn Lake and picked up the win.

The Tigers return to action Friday in Horn Lake for the final district game of this three-game series at 5 and 7 p.m.

Saturday, the Tigers will host Charleston in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, South Panola will travel to Southaven for the second game in this three-game series at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Southaven won the first matchup 14-8 on March 6.

SP hires two new coaches
South Panola head football coach Lance Pogue has been busy filling vacancies in the coaching staff.

With the imminent departure of Trenell Edwards to be head coach/athletic director at 1A Durant High School and Michael Fair to Carroll County Farm Bureau, Pogue had to work quickly to get people into place for spring practice.

William Stewart, offensive line coach at Pontotoc and also a Tupelo Mudcats player, has been hired as an assistant coach.

Also hired was Trey Dickerson, head coach for two years at Lee Academy in Clarksdale and former five-year offensive coordinator at Northwest.

Both hirings were approved by the South Panola School Board Tuesday night.

Annual St. Jude Bass Classic to be held for 35th year
The 35th annual St. Jude Bass Classic, the nation’s oldest and largest charity fishing event, will be held on Sardis reservoir on May 27, 2007. The tournament is a pick-your-tournament format with all proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Total contributions to the hospital from the tournament now exceed $2,000,000. All area anglers should be reminded that the St. Jude Bass Classic’s early entry deadline is midnight march 31, 2007. The entry fee prior to this date is $225 per two person team. Beginning April 1, 2007 the entry fee is $250 per boat.

The 2006 tournament raised 485,000 for the hospital. In spite of record gas prices, 660 anglers from 13 states participated in last year’s event.

Anglers from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas were present.

The Grand Prize in 2007 is a fully rigged 519 Ranger boat powered by a 200 Mercury Optimax outboard riding on a deluxe Ranger Trail trailer. This Grand Prize will be awarded to one lucky participant who is present at the random drawing held at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

All participants will receive lure packs from Strike King and each boat will receive a gallon of Pennzoil synthetic blend outboard oil compliments of Pennzoil and windward Petroleum. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top 50 teams.

These awards will be provided in part by Bass Pro Shops, Strike King lures, Oxford Publishing, and Pure fishing. In addition, the winning team will receive two Ware eagle aluminum boats and trailers with 9.9 Mercury outboards. The tournament is limited to 350 boats.

For more information or to enter this event anglers may call Dennis Morlok at 662-781-9201. The tournament is limited to 350 boats.




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