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Well, as you can tell from the title, I have something good to write about this week and something I would rather not have to write about. Let's start with the good.
The great part of this past week was the Marion County Lady Knights softball team and the way they competed in the 20th District Tournament. They played great softball, first against Campbellsville, where they won 10-0 in only five innings of play, and then against Taylor County, where they won a close battle 3-2. They are a very young team, with only one senior graduating this season, but they play like an older team. They encourage each other and pick each other up when a mistake is made. I enjoyed watching the Lady Knights and Knights play softball and baseball this season, and even though the Knights weren't able to get past the first round in the district tournament, they played a great hard fought game against Adair County.
The hard and disappointing part of this week is that in two days, I have to say farewell to a friend that I have recently got to know pretty well. This friend is Jennifer May, the athletic trainer at Marion County High School, who is moving back home to southern Illinois to take a job at Morthland College.
Now I have really only known Jennifer well for a few months although she has been here since last July. The spring sports season was when I actually got to know her as we sat or stood together at baseball and softball home games, and track meets, as I shot the pictures and she was ready in case of an injury at that particular event. I have also bummed a ride a couple of times from her when there has been more than one event at Marion County in one night, riding the Gator back and forth from baseball to softball to track.
Jennifer, "Jenner the Trainer," as my 3-year-old daughter Karli calls her, is a great person that I hate to see leave Marion County. I have enjoyed hanging out with her these past few months, and I just regret that I didn't get to know her earlier during the fall and winter sports seasons. Jennifer has come to the house for cookouts and has gone to church with my family and me a couple of times, and we are going to miss her, as many others in Marion County will as well. She is definitely dedicated to her job and cares about the athletes at Marion County High School.
Although I hate seeing her go, I want to say congratulations to Jennifer on her new job at Morthland College in West Frankfort, and I wish her the best of luck. I know she will miss Eugene and me picking on her at baseball games, and I hope that Jennifer will stay in touch and visit when she can.
So there you have it, the good and bad parts of last week and this week. Congratulations to the Lady Knights softball team for winning the 2012 20th District Tournament title. Hopefully, as you are reading this column, the team will be preparing to play in the championship game of the 5th Region tournament. And goodbye to Jennifer May as she leaves Marion County to take on a new endeavor. Congratulations and good luck!