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Marianna JV takes win over Malone in baseball

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The Malone junior varsity baseball team traveled to Marianna last week to take on the Bulldogs and left with a 7-4 loss.  Spencer Floyd was on the mound for the Tigers and took the loss, giving up seven runs, just three of those earned on three walks, six hits, and three costly errors. Floyd sat seven Bulldogs down on strikes with three of those in a row in the third and fourth innings.  Brady Donaldson got the starting nod on the mound for the Bulldogs and picked up the win. Donaldson gave up one unearned run on three hits, one walk, and fanned 10 batters, including striking out the side in the third inning in four and a third innings of work. Ben Herman came on to close out the two-thirds inning, gave up three runs on two hits and four walks. 

Malone scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Riley Robinson drew a walk and moved to second on sac by Tanner Padgett. Spencer Floyd helped himself out with a single, stole second and both runners scored on a triple by Jacob Dunaway.  Max Harkrider drew a walk and with one out and moved to second with two outs, when Javarius Gibson drew a walk. Ashton Baxter rounded out the baserunners when he walked to load the bases but a strikeout left the bags full of Tigers.  Marianna answered with three runs to tie the game in their half of the inning. Ben Herman got things going with a leadoff single and stole second base. Carey Griffin followed with a single before Brady Donaldson took advantage of a Tiger error and reached first safely with Herman scoring on the play. With one out, a sac by Blake Barber scored Griffin. Deacon Temples drew a walk with Brady Donaldson scoring on a wild pitch during his at bat. A single by Joshua Allen to the right side put runners on the corners but a strikeout ended the inning. 

Malone had a one-out walk to Tanner Padgett to start their offense in the second inning.  With two outs, Jacob Dunaway doubled but a strikeout left runners on second and third. Marianna countered with three runs in their half of the frame. Ethan Taylor singled, moved to second on a wild pitch before Ben Herman was hit by a pitch. A walk to Carey Griffin loaded the bases.  A fielder’s choice by Brady Donaldson scored Taylor and Herman with Donaldson and Griffin reaching safely. A wild pitch scored Griffin and moved Donaldson to third before the inning ended.

Malone and Marianna were both three up, three down in the third inning.  Malone scored their final run in the fourth inning. Spencer Floyd reached on an error to get things started and moved to second on the play. With one out, Max Harkrider showed he had watched dad coach for years and mimicked what he had seen taught in practice with a single to right centerfield. A single by Jarrod Southwell scored Floyd before a pair of outs brought the inning to a close. Marianna answered with a run. Trevon Goosby led off with a single and moved to second on an error. With one out, he was out trying to steal third. Carey Griffin singled to right field and moved to second when Brady Donaldson took one for his team. Tanner Spooner reached on an error that scored Griffin and moved Donaldson to second before a ground out ended the inning.

Malone added their final run in the fifth inning. Spencer Floyd took advantage of a Bulldog miscue to reach second safely. With one out, Floyd scored on a single by Max Harkrider. Jarrod Southwell followed suit with a single but a pair of outs ended the inning and the game. 

Marianna softball prevails on senior night against Sneads

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Senior night is a night set aside to honor those players who will be leaving their team after this year, to celebrate years bonding as teammates, going through wins and losses and hopefully celebrating another win as a team. Thursday night, the MHS Lady Bulldogs hosted their cross-county neighbor, the Sneads Lady Pirates and had a much tighter game than they had in mind.  Marianna pulled off the slimmest of wins, 4-3 to move to 22-3 on the season. Sneads fell to 17-7 on the season but had a feeling of accomplishment with a much tighter game than they played one month earlier when errors plagued the team in their 9-3 loss to Marianna. 

For the cross-county match, Sneads coach Shawn Graham went to his aces, Hannah Stephens and Marissa Baxter.  Stephens went two and a third innings, gave up four runs, three earned on four hits, three walks and struck out one batter. Baxter went three and two-thirds innings, gave up no runs on one hit, one walk, and struck out four batters.  Marianna’s coach Scott Wiggins countered with his ace, Chloe Temples.  Temples threw a complete game, gave up three runs on five hits, three walks, while fanning seven batters.

Sneads had the crowd on their feet in the top of the first inning when Michaela Edenfield went yard on the fourth pitch she saw from Temples.  It sailed straight across the centerfield fence.  With two outs, Abbie McIntosh singled but a line out to first ended the inning. Marianna answered with a run to tie the game at one. With one out, Deana Holland reached on an error and stole second base. Chloe Temples singled to score Holland before moving to second on an error. With two outs, Sydnee Goodson singled before a flyout to right field ended the inning. 

Sneads was three up, three down in the top of the second inning. Marianna had a one-out walk to Anni Beebe for their only baserunner of the inning. 

For the second inning in a row, the Lady Pirates went down one, two, three.  Marianna picked up their final three runs in their half of the third inning. Deana Holland led off with a walk and stole second before Chloe Temples took advantage of a free pass to put runners at first and second. A double steal put both runners in scoring position for an RBI single by Gabby Bess that scored Holland.  Temples scored on an error before Kennedy Harris ground into a fielder’s choice where everyone was safe with Bess scoring on the play.  With two outs, Ashtyn Jeter singled, followed by Aisley Patterson-Rhodes taking one for the team. The bases were left full when the next batter ground out to second. 

Sneads had opportunity in the fourth inning but could not execute a run across the plate.  Marissa Baxter drew a leadoff walk but was out on an attempted steal of second. With two outs, Ayleen Faria took one for her team and moved to second when Kiara Garrett drew a walk.  Amber Clark drew a walk to load the bases but a strikeout ended the inning. Marianna went down in order in the bottom half of the frame. 

In the top of the fifth, Najah Dudley drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Perkins. A ground ball by Michaela Edenfield move Dudley to third but a groundout ended the inning with her on the bag.  Marianna was held to a leadoff single by Sydnee Goodson in the bottom of the frame. 

A two-out single by Kiara Garrett was the only baserunner for Sneads in the sixth inning.   Marianna managed a walk to Deana Holland in the sixth but she was left on second when the final out was made.

Sneads rallied in the seventh inning with two runs crossing the plate, however fell short of a comeback. With two outs, Abby Perkins singled and crossed the plate when Michael Edenfield sailed her second homerun of the evening over the right centerfield fence.  The next batter flew out to second to end the inning and the game. 

LEON NOBLES – leaving last impressions on students

During the past few years of testing and controversy surrounding the use of student achievement results for the evaluation of teachers, people naturally often think of the academic subject area teachers in the schools.   This same emphasis has meant, in some cases, fewer vocational programs which had made it possible for students to develop a broader range of abilities, combining the purely academic with the vocational and necessary social/ personal skills to help students demonstrate positive job-related behaviors.  The vocational/technical programs in high schools allowed interested students to use a variety of skills in participating in contests such as Public Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, Land Judging, Animal Judging, and many others. 

Students at Marianna High School during the years of 1967 to 1990 have no problem at all remembering one very capable, outstanding man who helped students parlay their interests into success in the Vocational Agriculture program.  While so involved, the kids often swept the local, district and state contests.  In spite of the sometimes prevailing attitude that FFA and Vocational Ag were strictly applied skills classes, Leon Nobles recognized the fallacy of that school of thought.  He knew that his program had much to offer to even the brightest academic students; thus, he actively recruited them for his organization and his classes.  His personality coupled with the challenge of competition created a Vocational Agriculture program full of students who could handle any academic challenge and did so regularly in their classes.  In addition to that, many applied themselves to learning just what was expected in order to win the contests and then acquiring that knowledge to a state of near perfection.

Leon Nobles was a man with a constant sense of humor and a wealth of knowledge about all things agricultural.  As a leader of the local FFA, Mr. Nobles spent hours working with students and their animals, drilling his team members on the nuances of Parliamentary Procedure, and keeping up the relationships with adolescents which helped make his program so successful.  Kids could not resist the draw of what he had to offer them in the classroom, the shop, and at organized contests.  

In addition to his students at school, Leon fathered two children of his own, Gene, who is now an engineer with David Melvin Engineering, and Brad, an administrator with local nursing homes.  Both boys recall following around with their granddaddy, their daddy, and numerous FFA students during the years they were growing up.  They, too, became students of their dad in the formal sense in high school but they had been learning from him and his real cowboy dad for their entire lives.  Trips to check on student projects and animals were part of the daily routine.  

Unfortunately, Leon passed away as a young man, one week before Brad’s 16th birthday.  Brad shares lots of memories of his dad, “He was so big into ag, we hung right along with him. We went everywhere with him.  He would go check on his students’ cow and pigs and we were right there with him.  He was big into hunting and fishing, a little cattle here and there.  He was of course a big ‘Gator’ fan and we didn’t have but three channels back then so most of the time the Florida games weren’t on t.v. so we would listen to the games on the radio.”  Brad knows his dad would be instrumental in helping him raise his three children, Trenton, Hannah, and Halli.  Brad is married to Katrina Nobles.

Leon’s oldest son, Gene Nobles, also has some awesome memories of his dad when they were growing up, “Our lives were full of outdoor life, mostly from working cows to raising animals. We had quail, rabbits, chickens, and ducks.  We fished and hunted pretty much all the time.  Life was definitely an adventure.  We learned a lot on the farm from working cows from my dad and my granddad.  One thing stands out, we worked field trials and we would run fox trials.  We were taught and judged field trials from horseback.  Those were things that we just learned from being around him.”  Gene was 20 years old when his father passed away. He and his wife Kimberly have three children, Len (that comes from Leon Eugene Nobles), Sydnee, and Cole.  

One of his very successful students was Tommy Lassman.  Lassman has fond memories of Nobles, “He was an FFA sponsor.  It was as active a club as there was at school.  We competed in several things, like livestock judging, and we had a Parliamentary Procedure team of six. While he (Leon Nobles) was there, we had a run of 12 years in a row where the MHS team won the district championship and we would make it to state and get to compete at state competition.  I remember during our ad class and in practice for Parliamentary Procedure after school, we would practice Roberts Rules of Order book.  That was the book you used to follow and that everybody utilized that book.  We would drill and drill, and it gave lots and lots of information about planning, and the order of running a business meeting and this is one thing that always stuck in my mind.  We would be cutting up because we had done this so much, and Leon would come in there and he would get so frustrated with us, he would say, ‘How you practice is how you are going to perform.’”  What he was trying to get across to us was if you are not serious now, then you are not going to do well when you perform.  That has always stuck with me.  I use it today when I coach little league.  I tell my players that.”

No matter who you ask, everyone has fond memories of Leon Nobles, both in the classroom and out. He was most definitely the teacher who made a difference.

First Lady Barbara Bush visits Marianna/Jackson County

For those attending or working at Golson Elementary School in 1990, they witnessed and were a part of history that has yet to be repeated in this county. First Lady Barbara Bush made a visit to Marianna and brought her literacy program to life in Melody Pender’s class.  Mrs. Virginia Braxton was the principal at that time. Bush’s husband, George Bush was on the campaign trail working for Bill Grant who was a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives race. 

The First Lady arrived with spectators filling the fields around the airport for an opportunity to not only get a glance at the wife of the U. S. President but an opportunity to speak with her. The entire arrival was captured on video with local Marianna resident Sherri Standland Johnson sharing her copy with the TIMES so that we could provide our readers with the detailed account of her arrival. Fastlane Computers was more than happy to transfer the video to DVD format. 

As Mrs. Bush descended from a private jet, she immediately addressed the crowd gathered at the Marianna Airport, “Thank you very much for this excellent and superb welcome. This has been one of the great weeks of my life. First of all, at the World Series and now I’ve come to Marianna, Florida.  I know, I know that the President will be so jealous when he hears about this welcome.  This is the biggest I’ve ever had. I want to thank you very, very much and I certainly want to thank the school superintendent (Bill Peacock) for coming out to greet me.  And I want to thank Leslie for giving me her wonderful essay she wrote. I am very proud to have that. You know you always work hard, but I don’t think George Bush ever wanted to be President of the United States when he was your age, he just worked very, very hard and he did the best he could in everything he did.  So, if all of you are doing the best that you can, maybe you will be the President of the United States.”

The First Lady said, “I’m down here today, and I don’t know if I can say this, but I am down here today campaigning for Bill Grant who is a great friend of the President’s and a fabulous man and the only reason I dare mention this is that we consider him superbly qualified man so all of you get out there and go door-to-door for this wonderful man.”

The video clearly shows First Lady Barbara Bush mingling with the crowd gathered at the airport before heading to Golson Elementary School where she read to children in Melody Pender’s second grade class.  

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