Never Alone

MYANE SIGNS WITH HEN­DRIX

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS WEEK - By Mark Humphrey

PRAIRIE GROVE — Base­ball in­cludes solo home runs, strike­outs, field­ing or throw­ing er­rors, or be­ing stranded on base but through highs and lows of the game Si­las Myane never feels iso­lated.

He wears a wrist­band for every game which de­clares, “You are never alone,” as a re­minder of Ec­cle­si­astes 4:9-12 (NIV).

“Two are bet­ter than one, be­cause they have a good re­turn for their la­bor: If ei­ther of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity any­one who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down to­gether, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be over­pow­ered, two can de­fend them­selves. A cord of three strands is not quickly bro­ken.”

“I haven’t taken it off in over a year,” Si­las said.

Si­las’ fa­ther Lee Myane is pas­tor of Prairie Grove United Methodist Church. Asked if be­ing the son of

a pas­tor comes with a cer­tain set of ex­pec­ta­tions, Si­las is quick to an­swer.

“I would say so, def­i­nitely,” Si­las said. “Peo­ple ex­pect me to make good de­ci­sions and act a cer­tain way.”

That doesn’t daunt him in the least.

“I like the chal­lenge,” Si­las said. “It keeps me ac­count­able.”

Si­las re­cently signed a na­tional let­ter of in­tent to play col­lege base­ball. The story broke with an an­nounce­ment by Prairie Grove coach Chris Mile­ham on the Prairie Grove Tiger Ath­let­ics’ Face­book Page, “Con­grat­u­la­tions to PG Tiger Si­las Myane as he has of­fi­cially com­mit­ted to con­tinue his education and base­ball ca­reer at Hen­drix Col­lege!”

“He’s a good kid, he’ll have op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther his education at a school that caters to what he wants to ma­jor in,” Mile­ham said.

Si­las plans to ma­jor in Com­puter Science. His ca­reer goals for base­ball are to earn a start­ing po­si­tion at Hen­drix.

“I want to start as soon as I get there,” Si­las said, adding, “That’s go­ing to take work to get there.”

Be­yond that, grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, get­ting mar­ried, hav­ing kids and en­joy­ing a good fam­ily are on the list.

Si­las’ fa­ther, Lee Myane, ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Prairie Grove base­ball coach Chris Mile­ham for help­ing find the op­por­tu­nity.

“Thank you Coach Mile­ham for mak­ing this pos­si­ble for Si­las,” Lee Myane posted on the Tiger Base­ball Face­book page. “He loves base­ball. Get­ting to con­tinue play­ing has been his dream since he was seven years old.

Our fam­ily can’t say thank you enough for your sup­port of his dreams.”

Si­las thanks his par­ents, coaches, friends, small group at Prairie Grove Methodist Church, and Coach Chris Rhoel, his travel base­ball coach at Ben­tonville.

Through 23 games this sea­son, Si­las has scored 26 runs on 16 hits with 3 dou­bles and 7 runs bat­ted in. The 26 runs scored are by far-and-away the most of any Tiger. The next clos­est player is sopho­more Kyle Fi­dler with 15 while ju­nior Drew Cates has 12 and se­nior Cole Simmons 11. Si­las has 13 stolen bases, tops on the team. His field­ing per­cent­age is .947 for the Tigers

Prairie Grove ex­pe­ri­enced a resur­gence af­ter fall­ing to 6-8 los­ing 4 of 5 games over spring break while com­pet­ing in the Coach Bob In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment in the Phoenix, Ariz., metro area. Com­ing out of spring break the Tigers were 4-3 in their first seven games.

Among Si­las’ high­lights as a ju­nior were a 22-of-65 per­for­mance at the plate for an av­er­age of .338, good for a tie for sec­ond on the team. Si­las belted 12 RBIs and 2 dou­bles achiev­ing an on-base per­cent­age of .450. Si­las stole 11 bases in his ju­nior year and turned 10 dou­ble plays as a sec­ond base­man, which was al­most half of Prairie Grove’s to­tal of 22.

A high­light of Si­las’ base­ball ca­reer at Prairie Grove was qual­i­fy­ing for the state tour­na­ment in his fresh­man sea­son, some­thing he wants the team to ac­com­plish this sea­son.

“That was some­thing I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber,” Si­las said. “It’s a goal again this year to make it to state. We haven’t been to state since my fresh­man year.”

The Tigers, ranked No. 3 in reg­u­lar sea­son 4A-1 team stand­ings, take on No. 6 Ber­ryville on Thurs­day in the first-round of the district base­ball tour­na­ment at Lin­coln at 7:30 p.m.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Prairie Grove se­nior Si­las Myane re­cently signed a na­tional let­ter of in­tent to play col­lege base­ball for Hen­drix Col­lege, of Con­way. Myane leads the Tigers in runs scored and stolen bases this sea­son.

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