Thursday, February 20, 2014
Rekindling an old fire
The basketballs are steadily bouncing these days. It’s tournament time.
Last week Holly Springs and Marshall Academy played host to the North A Tournament.
The ice and snow wrecked havoc on the original schedule – with games planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Thus the new schedule meant combining all opening-round contests for an eight-game marathon on Thursday, starting at 11 a.m.
Athletic director Susan Rodgers had asked my help as public address announcer for the tournament. It’s always hard for me to say “no” when it comes to volunteering.
I told her, of course, I’d have to work it around my newspaper duties – shooting photos and taking notes and getting stats and such. She gladly obliged, so good friend Gary Hickman and I split the PA duties.
To be honest, it kind of rekindled a fire that I developed back in high school.
As part of my business and office education classes, I worked an hour or so each day at the local radio station.
I started out helping with the recording of some advertisements and actually worked my way up to do a tiny bit of on-the-air disc jockeying.
The during-school job actually spread to some afternoon work, too.
Due to my role as editor of my high school newspaper and the encouragement of some teacher, I figured I would go into the newspaper business. But that tenure at the radio station almost made me change my mind.
Everyone always said, “You have the voice for it.”
What they meant was, “You’re loud.”
I’ve never really even needed a microphone.
Anyway, Gary couldn’t be there on Thursday. I got there a bit late, but handled the PA on six of the eight games.
Friday and Saturday, Gary and I shared the responsibility.
We both received some kind comments, and we thank you for those.
I know of a couple of blunders I made – one coming in the final game I announced on Saturday. I called the wrong name of a team that was playing on the court.
By then, my eyes and my mind were frazzled.
A lot of volunteers, school personnel and others from the community all pitched in to make the tournament last week a huge success. Hopefully, the event shed a positive light on Holly Springs for all of the guests.
To run a successful tournament, it takes people at the front door taking up money, concession stand workers, cooks and helpers in the hospitality area, security, clock keepers, score keepers, people playing the music during timeouts, those cleaning up afterwards and the list goes on and on and on.
And everyone, at all the schools in our county during tournaments or regular season games, helps out for one huge reason – our young people.
The tournaments continue this week – MA teams to state, while the other county schools begin district tournament play.
The South Reporter crew, as usual, will try to make as many games as possible. Even though it’s a hectic time of year, we love it.
This week the tournaments go from Independence, to Senatobia, to Coahoma AHS to Learned (in Hinds County).
Support your favorite teams. The student athletes deserve it. They’ve worked hard.
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