Thursday, February 27, 2014
Following our teams
I received a text Thursday about 12:45 p.m., saying the basketball games in Clarksdale at been postponed.
I’d plan to make the trip to the District 2-2A Tournament, covering the H.W. Byers boys and girls and the Potts Camp girls.
Severe weather had been a big threat in the forecast for several days, and I’d been wondering if I’d drive right into it on Thursday afternoon.
Then just a little later, I received another text saying the games were back on.
Needless to say, I verified that teams from both our Marshall County schools had left on the buses before I headed to Coahoma Community College.
Come to find out, the host school was going to move the games back to Friday (semi-finals) and Saturday (finals) but the college had games slated for Saturday. So, the district tournament games would have had to start at about 9 a.m.
There was no sign of storms until I got to within about 15 miles of Clarksdale, riding across the flat land, and suddenly saw a streak of lightning. Another followed and then another.
As I told someone – “It was beautiful lightning but no doubt dangerous, too.”
Thank goodness, I made it inside the gymnasium before the storm hit that part of the Delta.
It was my first trip to Coahoma Community College since I was working as sports editor of “The Itawamba County Times about 26 years ago.”
The college gym, called The Pinnacle, is really nice, and the hospitality of the staff there hosting the tournament was supreme. The kind lady in the hospitality room even save me a couple of pieces of fried chicken that I enjoyed before my drive home.
That was the second of my three basketball road trips last week.
On Tuesday night, I joined the packed house at Senatobia High School for the District 2-4A Tournament. I didn’t make it in time (due to press deadlines) for the Byhalia Lady Indians’ game, but I was courtside snapping photos of the Indians versus Lafayette contest. I didn’t stay courtside long. The best spot for photos was in the bleachers.
A kind coach or administrator came up to me and asked, “What newspaper are you with?” and welcomed me.
I wrapped up the busy week at the District 2-3A Tournament in Independence Friday night. This gym was more packed than Senatobia and many of the fans were there to support the Holly Springs Lady Hawks and Hawks, both winning championships.
It was an electric basketball atmosphere. Independence has metal bleachers in its gymnasium and when the students and other fans get to stomping, it’s loud.
Once again, the tournament hosts rolled out the welcome mat to the press, and that’s appreciated. The athletic director walked by and asked me more than once, “How are you doing?”
And my quick stop in the hospitality room between games held me over until I could eat something else when I got home.
The basketball travels will continue this week, I hope, as many of our county teams participate in North State tournaments.
And in between all that, I have to assist the rest of “The South Reporter” staff in finishing our Profile Edition.
It’s busy, very busy, and I like it that way.
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