Sports / Outdoors – 4/6/2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 6, 2007

The Panolian: SPORTS – April 6, 2007

  From the 04/06/07 issue of The Panolian   

SP prevails over Hernando 7-5
     South Panola’s Colton Ales makes it home safely amidst a dust cloud Monday night against Hernando. The Tigers won 7-5 and are in a Southaven Tournament this holiday weekend.
By Danielle Bean

There was a major jungle cat battle in Batesville Monday afternoon as the South Panola Tiger baseball team hosted the Hernando Tiger team in non-conference action, defeating the out of town Tigers 7-5.

The game was rescheduled from last Saturday’s rain out.

Hernando is one of those Desoto County teams who knows how to swing the bats. South Panola has learned how to swing just as well in the Hernando defeat.

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The game was tied 3-3 after the first inning. Hernando came out with hot bats getting five hits and scoring three runs.

The Tigers answered with three runs of their own, going through the first eight batters.

Catcher Mitchell Houston walked to get on base. Shortstop David Renfroe got hit by a pitch to advance Houston to second. Pitcher Heath Bolton got hit by a pitch to load the bases with Colton Ales coming in as courtesy runner.

Right fielder Joseph Blair hit a single RBI (run batted in) to drive home Houston for the first run and reload the bases. Designated hitter Marty Stokes walked and scored Renfroe.

Ales scored the tying run on a passed ball.

"Heath (Bolton) settled down in the second inning and didn’t allow a hit," Tiger head coach Patrick Robey said.

Bolton picked up the win for the Tigers on the mound pitching the complete game in seven innings and striking out 11.

The second inning was also big for the Tigers. With two outs, the Tigers rallied and scored three runs.

Second baseman Monroe Harrison walked but got put out going to second base on a Tyler Benson fielder’s choice.

Bright singled and drove home Benson. Bolton singled and drove home Renfroe who had walked. Bright was also able to score for the sixth run.
The bases were loaded when the Tigers’ Moore made the third out.

The Tigers’ last score came in the fourth inning. where Bolton walked and scored on a Moore double RBI.

Hernando went through three pitchers and finally were able to stop the Tigers’ scoring spree.
Leading hitters for South Panola were Renfroe with two singles, Bolton with a single and a triple, and Moore with two singles.

The Tigers are playing in the Desoto County Tournament this holiday weekend.

Thursday the Tigers will play Jackson County, Mo. at 5:30 p.m. at Horn Lake. On Friday the Tigers will play Desoto Central at 11 a.m. at Desoto Central. Following the 11 a.m. contest the Tigers will play Farmington, Mo. at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, the Tigers return home to host Olive Branch in the last home district game of the season. The Tigers need to win next week’s games against Olive Branch to extend the season to the playoffs.

Friday, April 13, the Tigers will be in Olive Branch to finish up that three-game series.

Next Saturday, the Tigers will play the final home and regular season games hosting Water Valley at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Batesville Jr. High
The Batesville Jr. High team will participate in the Oxford Tournament tonight and tomorrow. They play tonight at 5 p.m. The game Saturday will depend on the results of Friday’s game.

Monday, the Jr. High Tigers will end their season hosting Oxford at 5 p.m.

SP Lady Tigers
The South Panola Lady Tigers hosted Southaven last night in a pivotal district game, but the score was not available at press time.

The Lady Tigers (22-4) will be back in action Tuesday to host Horn Lake in the final district game of the season at 5 and 6 p.m.

Next Thursday, the Lady Tigers will end the regular season hosting Hernando at 5 and 6 p.m. Playoffs begin April 14 with places and times to be announced.

North Delta Baseball
The North Delta baseball team will return to action Tuesday at Desoto, Ark. for district games. Thursday, the Green Waves will host Marvell in the final home game which is a district match at 4 and 6 p.m.

The final two district and regular season games will be played April 17 and 19. North Delta will play at Tunica Institute on April 17 and at Bayou April 19. Times to be announced later.



SP tennis downs OB
The South Panola tennis team is still enjoying a stellar year as it downed Olive Branch 4-1 Tuesday to go 6-0-1 overall, 4-0 district.

Remaining undefeated on the season is Grant Goforth who won his boys singles match over Mattias Thisner 6-1, 6-0.

Also undefeated is the girls doubles team of Marlee Goforth and Ashley Roberson who defeated Camilla Ibarra and Joanna Sudduth 6-1, 6-2.

Regina Rehorovska got a little revenge in her girls singles match from March 8 by defeating Ashley Schedorf 6-1, 6-0. Rehorovska lost that earlier match between the two girls.

Also winning their mixed doubles match were Blake Goodwin and Alyssa Boren 6-2, 6-2 over Cameron Taylor and Rachael Merritt.

The lone loss of the evening was the boys doubles match of South Panola’s Roy Lozano and Manuel Henrich 6-1, 4-6, 4-6 to Jonathon Gill and Anibal Ordonez.

In Jr. varsity action, J.P. Wallace and Nikki Reinemann won their match 8-5. Jordan Williams and Jonathon Ware fell 5-8.

The Tiger tennis team hosted Horn Lake Thursday in a district match but the score was not available at press time.

South Panola will host Southaven in a district rematch Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m.

Rebel Club presents ?Rebels on the Square?
The Panola County Ole Miss Club will sponsor Rebels on the Square Monday, April 9 at Capers beginning at 6 p.m. with a social hour. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with special guests from Ole Miss including athletic director Pete Boone; defensive coordinator John Thompson; and head track coach Joe Walker.

Entry fee is $15 per person which includes hors d’oeuvres. Attire is casual for the evening.

A post meeting party will be held at Tavern on the Square, Downtown Batesville.

For more information, call Tom Womble at 563-8736, or Gina Kilgore at 563-2210,

Price picked third in WNBA draft; banquet set
CLEVELAND ? Ole Miss’ Armintie Price was selected third in the WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky here Wednesday. She is the highest pick ever for a Rebel and the first to be drafted since Saundra Jackson in the 2002 third round.

In addition, Ole Miss legend Jennifer Gillom was a two-time All-WNBA honoree with the Phoenix Mercury and later suited up for the Los Angeles Sparks, while Yolanda Moore was a league champion with the Houston Comets, where she played under former Rebel mentor and WNBA Coach of the Decade Van Chancellor.

A 5-foot-9 guard, Price is just the second player in NCAA history to record over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals, joining Cheryl Miller. As a senior, she was named First Team All-America by

Price completed a stellar college career this year by leading Ole Miss to its first Elite Eight appearance since 1992, defeating Oklahoma, Maryland, and TCU in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

While waiting for the Draft to begin, Price told ESPN that "it’s like knowing you passed the test, but you’re waiting for the grade." After her selection by the Sky, she said, "I got an A plus and a smiley face!"

The Ole Miss Fastbreak Club for the Women’s basketball team will host a banquet, Sunday, April 15 at 6 p.m. in the Indoor Practice Facility.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For reservations call 800-523-0874 or email

3 on 3 basketball starts tonight
Three-on-three Basketball will be offered at Patton Lane Park every Friday April 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. All age groups are welcome. Each divisional winner will receive a t-shirt. For more information, call Terry Townsend at 563-7180 or Otis Cooper at 563-2326.



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