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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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    Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
    The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
    They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
    Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.

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  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College

    She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
    That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
    The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
    “I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region

    Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a  strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.

    April 15, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0

    Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.

    April 15, 2014

  • Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day

         From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
        The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.
       

    April 12, 2014

  • GC Softball: Hubbard, Curtis shut out Axtell 3-0

       For Hubbard’s Olivia Curtis the magic number was 15 -- as in 15 wins and 15 strikeouts.
        But don’t stop counting now. There’s plenty left for Curtis and her Hubbard teammates who have made the most of their stretch run in the district race, and capped off a huge week with a 3-0 win over Axtell on Friday.
     

    April 11, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Kerens' Anderson pitches perfect game (ADDS Dawson baseball)

    Brett Anderson threw a five-inning perfect game Friday at home to lead Kerens over Neches 11-0 in a key district game that leaves the Bobcats in first place with a two-game lead.

    April 11, 2014

  • CHS Baseball: Tigers lose to Nacogdoches 4-1

    In a battle for first place in the District16-4A race, Nacogdoches and pitcher Brigham Hill stopped Corsicana’s Tigers 4-1 Friday to take over the lead in the district with a 6-1 record. The Tigers are now 5-2 and face Lindale, which is also 5-2, at Price Field on Tuesday night to try to gain ground in a tough district race.
      

    April 11, 2014

  • Kerens bb 4-10-14.jpg GC Baseball: Kerens closing in on first district title since 1977

    Step by step, inch by inch …
    That's how the Kerens baseball team got here, right here on the threshold of what could be the program's best season since 1977.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • GC Track & Field Roundup: Kerens girls win district

    The Kerens girls ran away with the District 18-1A track & field meet at Cayuga, scoring 134 points to beat Dawson (108), Cayuga (101), Cross Roads (93), Hubbard (91), LaPoyner (42) and Wortham (16).

    April 11, 2014

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