Thursday, March 6, 2014
Road show continues
Last week I figure I worked in the neighborhood of 75 hours. But keep in mind, it wasn’t a typical week.
We had seven high school basketball teams participating in north half competition. Plus, your newspaper staff had to produce 22 extra pages – the Profile Edition, “A Slice of Life in Marshall County.”
I need no pity for the workload. For the most part, it’s not work, it’s fun. Instead, give all your attention to the young athletes in our county. They’ve worked hard and they deserve pats on the back, congratulations and thank yous for their dedication, on and off the court.
Last week’s road show started for me on Monday night. I drove north on Highway 311 and then hit 72 for a bit until I arrived at the home of the Lady Lions. They scratched the Baldwyn Lady Bearcats from the post-season. I’m practically on a first-name basis with most of the good folks at Byers. They know their newspaperman.
Tuesday night, I went west in the county as the Byhalia Indians hosted Itawamba AHS. I’d been looking forward to this one – wondering if I would see any old friends from Fulton (where I lived for five years). I did see a few and it was good to renew old acquaintances and share some smiles. The Marshall County version of the Indians had no trouble getting past the Itawamba Indians.
I took a night off Wednesday, except for working on the Profile Edition until time to go to Bible study. Thursday was the biggest of the Profile days. But it all came together well, thanks to teamwork here at The South Reporter.
Thursday night, DeMill Dixon and I made the longest of the road trips last week – to the Delta for games of the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals and the Byers Lady Lions.
Even though I’ve been to Clarksdale many times, it was my first trip to Coahoma County High School. I liked the gym, and the hospitality was just fine, too. Plus, Marshall County claimed a couple of wins.
It was a late night. We got back to the office about 11:30 p.m., looked through some photos and I got home a little after midnight.
Friday morning, it was back to the Profile, which we wrapped up that afternoon.
Friday night, I went in a different direction, east on Highway 78, turning south on 15 and arriving at Pontotoc High School.
The folks in Warrior land have always been friendly.
One gentleman at the gate thought I might be a referee – since I was carrying a bag.
“No, camera,” I replied. “I’m with the press.”
I didn’t tell him that I actually long to be a referee in my next life – maybe a good retirement job.
The Indians, plugged as underdogs, sent Greenwood packing and joined in big celebration with a large group of supporters as they wrapped up a state tournament berth with the semi-final win.
The Indian fans were ecstatic, to say the least, but showed a lot of class. And the security at Pontotoc High handled the celebration well.
Saturday evening, I returned to Pontotoc and thank goodness, I left early. I thought the game started at 7 p.m. I got there at 6:20 and the first quarter had just ended. Come to find out, both teams agreed to move it up to 6.
At the same time I was traveling last week, so were Claude Vinson and Willie Ann Shelton, following Holly High.
It was a crazy, tiresome but enjoyable week.
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