Thursday, February 21, 2013
On the road once again
It’s one of the wildest times of the year here at your community newspaper.
Not only are we trekking here and there to give our Marshall County basketball teams the best coverage possible, but we’re also working on the annual Profile Edition and doing the regular tasks too – like covering news, selling advertising, designing pages and so forth and so on.
Last week the editor’s portion of the basketball tour went to Booneville (Wednesday night), Walnut (Friday night) and Madden, where Leake Academy is located, on Saturday night.
My travels last week were basically good ones.
Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville is the regular host in Division 1-3A. It’s nice, but you know me, I prefer the older, smaller high school gymnasiums – the packed ones with the fans on top of the action and loud.
At Walnut, the host school (with the old-style gym) was extremely nice and welcoming to the press. Thanks for the hospitality – and the chicken and all the fixings.
One thing that bothered me, and this did not come from one of our county schools, was some players singing with a lack of respect and cutting up during the National Anthem. This is not the first time I’ve witnessed this. It probably won’t be the last. Nothing upsets me more when covering a game.
Where is Madden?
It’s in Leake County, close to where one of my good buddies edits the weekly newspaper – Carthage. Waid Prather and I go way back. I think he occasionally reads this column, so just so you’ll know, I’m the better-looking newspaper editor.
It’s about 10 miles from Carthage to Madden but it seems like forever – winding and winding road.
I made the long ride (about six hours round trip) with Tommy and Alice Ray, their daughter Wesleyann, and Darcie Gibson. Wesleyann recently had knee surgery and is on crutches. The parking attendants were extremely nice. Tommy told them we needed to drive up and let Wesleyann out at the door before finding a parking place. Instead, they gave us a parking spot very near the entrance to the gym.
Coach Craig Dailey calls Leake a “basketball mecca.” I’d have to agree. The sport may be loved and supported there better than anywhere I’ve ever been.
Leake fans are passionate about their teams. I stood near some while taking photos. That’s not easy when you’re there pulling for the other side. But I definitely appreciate their passion.
I checked out the hospitality room there, too. It was another good one – always hard to pass on free food. The ladies in charge were welcoming and kind.
Back home, on Sunday afternoon, I was wading through tons of photos from all the games and writing some stories, too.
Monday, I was putting the pieces of the puzzle in place to produce the sports pages.
It’s fun. Travels continue this week. But by the end of all this basketball, I will be ready for a break.
In the meantime, we’re getting close the deadline for our annual Profile Edition. Deadline is February 27 with a publication date of March 7.
It’s our biggest edition of the year, filled with special features. No doubt, it will all come together, amidst our regular newspaper work, thanks to a fine, veteran staff.
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