• Panola College Drama's production of The Exonerated brought home 20 awards from the TCCSTA State Play Festival held at LCS-Kingwood this past week. Superior Production Trophy, Kyree Williams, Sophomore, was awarded the Bill Morton Acting Challenge Award (best actor), Avery Tindol, Superior-Acting, Darian Upshaw and Carenza Johnson, Excellence in Acting, The following students were awarded a Director's Superior in the following Technical areas, Ben Charrez,Stage Mangement, Mariah Fulbright, Assistant Directing, Christin Lindgren, Dramaturgy and Lobby Design, Alex Dutton, Lighting Design, Laura "Alfy" Lindsey, Sound Design, Keelan Moses, Costume Design, Nicole Cassell, Make-up Design Kaycee Ricketson, Scene Design, Ethan Xiu, Projection Design. Receiving the Respondents Award for Excellence in Tech were Kaycee Ricketson for Scene Design and Shadow Play Design, Ethan Xiu for Projection Design, Dewey Brannan III for Scrim Lighting Design. Panolal College's entire cast and crew received the Honor Crew award as well. PC Drama Director Karen King said, "I am so proud of these students. At the end of our production as the house went dark for the curtain call, the entire audience rose to their feet as one to give a standing ovation. It was an incredible moment for our students!" March 2, 2015

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Ponies bash TJC Apaches

With 11 wins and 9 losses in the record book, the Panola Ponies’ baseball team is two games above .500 for the first time this year. With a 7-3 conference record, the Ponies are in second place in conference, only a game behind the Navarro Bulldogs, who were swept by the Paris Dragons Saturday.

In Monday night’s non-conference action against the #1 Division III JUCO in the nation, 7 Ponies’ pitchers overcame the Ponies’ 6 errors, 3 walks and a hit batsman to hold the hard-hitting Apaches to three runs. Hallsville’s Jesse Hanson started for the Ponies for the first time this year and shut out the Apaches for two frames, surrendering no hits while striking out two. Giovanni Lugo pitched the seventh frame and took the win, pitching himself out of trouble despite two errors behind him. Promising freshman Adam Atkins closed out the eighth and ninth innings for the Ponies, chalking up three strikeouts.

Derrian “Boom” James led Ponies’ hitters with 3 hits, 4 RBI, and two stolen bases. Despite James’s early heroics, the Apaches’ lefty Erik Polivka and reliever Kyle Sargent stymied the Ponies for seven innings. In the eighth, the Ponies rallied with two out, plating 6 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Carthage’s Jacob Blissett delivered the key hit. On a 2-2 count, with the score tied 3-3, Blissett delivered a clutch single up the middle, driving in two runs. Trevin Sonnier and James also delivered RBI singles in the 7th.

Wednesday, March 13, the Ponies travel to Lufkin to play a conference double-header with the Angelina College Roadrunners, who are 3-5 in conference action. The Ponies return home Saturday to take on Baton Rouge Community College in a non-conference double header.

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