Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


April 20, 2013

Morgan: April’s grip

From sports to tragedies, month is noteworthy

Corsicana — I have to wonder if Charles Dickens was writing about the month of April when he penned, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”

When I think of the month of April, the first date that comes to mind is April 15, tax day. I think I need to find out which H&R Block office figures taxes for President Obama and Mitt Romney. I desperately need to get my effective tax rate down to match theirs. Maybe I can call John Bishop to find out. We’re talking winter of despair here (Yeah, I know it’s spring. Haven’t you ever heard of literary license?)

From now on, I’ll remember April for the Masters. Augusta obviously rings in the spring of hope, as in I hope I can win in the annual lottery for tickets. Next year’s lottery will have entries from everyone I know including my grandkids. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, knocking on wood, carrying a rabbit’s foot … anything I can think of. (“More tickets, please” … oh wait, that’s the wrong Dickens’ novel.)

April is definitely the season of Darkness: Columbine, the Branch Davidians, Martin Luther King’s assassination, Oklahoma City’s Murrah building bombing, the Virginia Tech massacre and now we can add the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion in West. Maybe tax day isn’t quite so bad after all.

April is also the month of the NFL draft. If you’re a New England Patriot fan or a Baltimore Ravens fan, then April could be the age of wisdom. No one does a better job of drafting these days than the Patriots or the Ravens. Of course, for those of us Cowboy fans, watching Jerry Jones work the draft board gives us the age of foolishness. Just remember Quincy Carter, OK?

With Corsicana being situated on I-45 between Dallas and Houston, you can see some of Dickens’ genius looking at the Rangers and the Astros. I’ll let you make the call of who has everything before them and who has nothing before them.

April brings the end of the NBA season for all non-playoff teams, including our Dallas Mavericks. For the epoch of belief, check out the work of Rick Carlisle. The Mavs ended the Dirk Dynasty phase by finishing at .500 (41-41) after starting the season 13-26 while Dirk missed the first 29 games. Losing the beards was no small feat going Dirkless for that long AND playing with a mishmash of one year contracts. The epoch of incredulity? Mark Cuban put all his eggs in the Deron Williams basket. (Dang it, my Easter metaphor would have been perfect if Easter hadn’t been in March!)

April also brings about spring sports to watch the grandkids play. My grandson, Hayden, is in his first baseball season of facing an actual pitcher, and his twin sister, Peyton has taken up golf getting lessons from former Ennis Country Club owner Lynn Monzingo. Talk about having everything before you …

As we endure the ups and downs of the month of April, let’s remember to pray for those from Boston and West. Pray for those who have already gone directly to heaven. And, pray for the authorities in search of the final perpetrator. If they can’t take him alive, then send them direct the other way. It would be a far, far better thing than the FBI has ever done before.

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  • CHS SotfballSpence.jpg GC Softball: Playoff Time

    There  were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
    For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NVSBAhearn.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game

    Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
    Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
    Then Ahearn found the cure.
    Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
    That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • KerensBBAnderson.jpg GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981

    The wait is over.
    And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
    “I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game

    The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings.  Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Rodeo clown.jpg Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back

    He's back.
    Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center  April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huggins rodeo Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo

    West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NC baseball Whoa 300th Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish

    Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mildred sending five to regional track meet

    Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.

    April 21, 2014

  • Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet

    Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.

    April 21, 2014

  • Area schedule for the week

    Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.

    April 18, 2014

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