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Grand Ridge takes two from MMS volleyball

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The homecourt advantage mattered not to the Grand Ridge Lady Indians when they took the court against Marianna Thursday.  They made a statement early that they were in it to win it and the intimidation worked on the Lady Bullpups.  ‘B’ team fell in three sets, winning set one 25-16 before dropping set two 19-25.  Set three was all Grand Ridge, 1-15.  The ‘A’ team won the first set 25-22 before Grand Ridge took set two in overtime 24-26 and set three was once again all Grand Ridge 1-15.

In ‘B’ team action, the Lady Bullpups were led by Amari Brown with eight aces, followed by Gracie Charles with two aces and one block.  Riley Commander had one ace and one assist while Trista Williams added one kill.

Caleigh Davis led the Lady Bullpups in kills with three, and added one block.  Kinsey Smith had two aces, one kill, and three blocks, while Kate Myhill had one ace and one kill.  Sydney Powell and Abby Cozart both had two aces, while Becca Morris and Angie Ubias had one each.  Lauren Brock had one ace  and three assists.

Stats were not available for Grand Ridge but every effort will be made to obtain them for the next game.

MMS volleyball starts season with a win over Cottondale

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The Marianna Middle School Lady Bullpups volleyball team kicked off their season with a road win over cross county Cottondale.  The ‘B’ team won in three sets with the ‘A’ team bringing home the win in just two sets.  

In ‘B’ team action, after falling 25-22 in the first set, the Lady Bullpups came back to take set two 25-8 before closing out the game with a 16-14 overtime win. 

Amari Brown and Mia Merrifield led the team with two kills each, followed by Trista Williams with one kill.  On board with four assists was Riley Commander, followed by Jenna Jarrard with one assist.

In ‘A’ team action, the Lady Bullpups took just two sets to make a statement and pick up their first win of the season.  They won set one 25-22 before taking set two 25-19.  Kinsey Smith had three kills and one block, followed by Caleigh Davis with two kills and one block.  On board with two kills was Sydney Powell, followed by Kate Myhill with one kill. Lauren Brock picked up eight assists on the night.

Cottondale stats were not available.

On Board the Indian Hospital Ship, “Madras”

Wartimes during WW1 were much more severe and handicapped than one today could possibly imagine.  Supplies were more limited than today, ships and other transportation was much more primitive than the state of the art ones of today, and medical supplies today are more attainable than during WWI.  Below is a hint of what it was like aboard a hospital ship in 1915. 


Life on board a hospital ship

The hospital ship, Madras, subscribed for and maintained by the residents of the Presidency, did much good work since the early days of November, 1915 in transporting sick and wounded soldiers from Africa and the Persian Gulf back to India. As an instance of what the Madras is capable, it may be mentioned on a trip from Mombasa to India she embarked a British officer, thirty-eight British rank and file-of whom seven were convalescent and one insane- six Indian officers, 144 Indian rank and file, and sixteen followers. The majority of the patients were medical cases, many of which were suffering from a very severe type of malarial fever which is prevalent in East Africa. It appears that 180 of these patients came from the base hospital at Nairobi and made the journey to Mombasa by special East African ambulance train. Almost immediately after completing this voyage the vessel left for Basra, in the Persian Gulf, in response to an urgent request.

As regards to the actual work the Madras, there was a considerable amount for the staff to do even when in dock. There was usually some pretty important work to perform, such as adapting or converting the cabins in order to make them comfortable and useful.  Apart from such major work, there were always minor works- repairs, to apparatus and equipment 

Then there were hospital stores and supplies to replace and supplement, Red Cross gifts consigned to various destinations to check, and such like things. During all this time, too, the ships coaling, watering, cleaning, and retouching and, possibly, painting was proceeding. 

The sick come alongside in barges, steamers, or smaller craft, and are told off into various medical or surgical wards, as the case may be. Students and war boys turned to and carry the kit of hose too ill to manage their own. Stretcher cases were slung on board by steam winches and were then carried by a stretcher squad of students to lifts, which lower them to their respective wards. 

On reaching the ward the men are classified by regiments to their various beds. The sick has to sometimes come a long distance to reach the vessel and frequently arrived in an exhausted condition. 

Among the trips completed by the Madras were those to East Africa and Zanzibar in November 2015, to British Mesopotamia in March 2015, and to East Africa and the Persian Gulf in April 2015. 

Frank ‘Pete’ Ingram Tough on and off the field

Coaches and teachers come in all shapes, sizes, personalities, and demeanor.  Some are just big ole’ teddy bears who through their tough exterior reach even the most unreachable student/player who sits in their classroom or plays under their leadership.  Frank “Pete” Ingram was one of those coaches/teachers who although he was tough as sixteen-penny nails, students and players alike had the utmost respect for him and gave him 100% whether it was in the classroom or on the football field at Marianna High School.  

Ingram was an assistant football coach at Marianna High School in the 60’s and 70’s and taught Industrial Arts,  a class no longer taught in schools per se today.  Computers and technology have long since replaced that class.  In ‘shop class’ students learned basic home repairs, just enough woodworking skills to keep you from cutting off a finger, and a little bit about machinery.  

One of Ingram’s students from the 60’s was Philip Childs, whose dad Bobby Childs just happened to be principal at MHS.  Philip readily admits 40-plus years later, “I was looking for an easy ‘A’ and I thought that was the class for me.  I had Coach Ingram as a football coach and we got along so I thought that class would be a piece of cake.  I didn’t get an ‘A’ there but I can sure tell you I was proud of that ‘B’ I left there with.  I walked out of there knowing a whole lot more than I knew when I walked in.  He was the same on the field.  You miss a tackle or a block--you knew it.  But on that same page, if you threw a dang good block, you got a high five from him. Coaching and, heck, teaching for that matter, was way different then; there wasn’t any political correctness.  If you were messing up, you paid the consequences. Daddy, momma, or nobody was going to call anyone to save you.  He made a man out of many a teenager.”  Those were the days of routine paddling for the slightest bending of the rules like leaving your shirttail out or wearing no socks. And Coach Ingram did not shirk from this duty, as many a formerly sore-bottomed boy can attest to this day. 

Pete’s love of his alma mater never faded. He followed Memphis State University in that school’s prosperous years and not so prosperous years.  Pete shared that same love of his Bulldog family; he was a die-hard Bulldog fan for life. He went to college at then-Memphis State University where he played football as a MSU Tiger. Longtime friend and former student Billy Padgett speaks fondly of Ingram, “Pete had a heart of gold, and he loved Memphis University and Bulldog football till the day he died.  When he was so sick with leukemia he wanted to go back to Memphis University just one more time and I took him.  He was as happy as he could’ve been.”  Football season would find him glued to multiple TV screens, often at the home of one of his former players, Larry Hatcher. 

Donald Vickery played football with Pete and graduated with him in 1961 from Marianna High School.  Vickery shares memories of Pete as a teammate and life-long friend, “I played with Pete. We graduated in 1961 and won the Northwest Florida Football Championship in 1960.  I played right end and Pete played fullback.  He was about the best friend I ever had.  When we all graduated, we had all played football for about four years together and had a bond.” 

Padgett and a few close friends hosted a celebration for Pete in the late 90’s with students and players from years past gathered to share memories of Bulldog football and MHS.  Those in attendance shared stories from Pete’s first year till his last year on the grounds of MHS.  Pete Ingram really did get the chance to “live like you were dying.” Some who didn’t know of his illness wondered why he just gave them a bear hug. He died in the early 2000s.

Pete would never have called himself a legacy, not even close. But the legendary impact he had on his players and students fits the bill for a legacy.  Perfect, he was proud to say he wasn’t, but sincere and loyal were attributes he carried to the end.  Don’t look for his grave; his family said he was cremated and his ashes spread over the Chipola River—as the Bulldog, Tiger and Marion Street Marianna native had wished. 

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