No, not the hard rockband formed in Memphis, Tenn., in 1985. It’s not the Japanese meaning for tiger.
But you know what the word means? No one truly knows the meaning, but it’s North Marion’s favorite hitting drill come time for Midnight Madness.
During the fifth annual Midnight Madness, North Marion’s football team continued the tradition started with coach Gerry White.
They begin the start of high school football “full-go” practices with a heavy dose of smacking each other around.
The event is taken so heavily that players prepare for Midnight Madness as if it were a real game.
“I wake up and talk to a bunch of my teammates,” North Marion’s starting linebacker and fullback Noah Redmond said. “This is where we get one another pumped up for the this. I get J.J. Rogers, Ryan Elliott, (Chase) Banker — we get each other pumped. Then you walk in here and Coach (Brad) Harker will get you fired up. It’s just awesome.”
Once the players walk onto the field, it’s go time.
The very first drill every year? Tora. Tora.
“I like the Oklahoma drill because we get to run the ball there,” North’s star receiver Banker said. “But, love Tora Tora. This is where you can hit the bloody snot out of our guys.”
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The situation was the same in both games of the doubleheader. The way the Bees’ handled it, though, was quiet different.
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It couldn’t have happened the way it did even if No. 6 Ritchie County had drawn it up.
The bases were loaded. There were no outs. And by a swing of bad luck a fly ball was dropped in the outfield as two runs came across to score, propelling the Rebels to a 5-4 win over No. 9 North Marion in the final game of the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School Saturday.
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Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.
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Tori Postlewait made a deal with her great-uncle, Kenny Carpenter, before her freshman season.
If the Bees’ pitcher tossed a no-hitter, Carpenter promised to give her $20.
Well, it took four years, but it’s finally time for Postlewait’s great-uncle to pay up.
East tennis splits with Polar Bears
Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont split a pair of tennis matches Thursday, with Fairmont Senior winning the boys’ match and East Fairmont taking the girls’ competition.
In the Bees’ 6-1 girls’ victory, Cara Laswell took second singles, 8-2. Erica Gorman won third singles, 8-1. And Carrington Reese won fourth singles, 8-3.
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The mercy rule has been a familiar part of North Marion’s softball season.
Through the first seven games, the Huskies regularly pounded their opponents with stingy defense, sharp pitching and timely hitting. Rarely did a game go all seven innings for the previously undefeated team.
East can’t overcome No. 7 Lincoln, falls, 4-0
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