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Raw Chatter

It's a hectic time of the year for me.

I feel like a little of me is here and a little there.

The reason is simple: It's high school football season again.

It's also time for girls' softball.

As has been the case the last three seasons, we'll once again cover three different teams in football -- Thomson High School, Briarwood Academy and Warren County.

As for softball, coverage will be provided to the Lady Bulldogs at Thomson High, and the Lady Buccaneers at Briarwood Academy.

Though these sports keep me very busy, I'm thrilled that we at The McDuffie Mirror are able to provide such extensive coverage of those sports in our newspaper. I enjoy writing stories that involve our young people.

And I enjoy making student/athletes feel good about themselves and what they're doing to represent their schools and their communities.

There's nothing like the feeling of covering prep sports or college sports.

And speaking of college sports, once again, I look forward to providing our readers with special feature stories about local prep stars who are now playing on the college scene.

During the football season, I'll attempt to showcase as many of those area players as possible.

Additionally, we're going to provide a lot of more coverage of Georgia Southern University's football games this season.

Such coverage will include special feature stories on two former Thomson High players, Darius Eubanks and Will Anderson. Both players are now with those GSU Eagles.

When it comes to prep football coverage, it officially began for me on Monday night, when the Briarwood Academy held its annual scrimmage game against John Hancock Academy of Sparta.

I'll have photos and a story about how things went for the Buccaneers in their pre-season encounter in next week's edition.

Meanwhile, I'm still preparing this year's special football section that will run in our Aug. 20 edition. That's right -- Aug. 20!

For me, it's sooner than that because of all the work that so many other people have to do as far as production goes.

Despite all the work that goes into producing a special section like our annual football tab, it's still a pleasure to work on it and highlight so many local players.

It's self-rewarding when they come to me and thank me for a story that I wrote about them.

In fact, it actually helps inspire me to continue to find more young athletes and write about them, too.

As for the softball season, both Thomson and Briarwood are expected to be blessed with a lot of talent this season. Both teams made it to the state playoffs last year and we plan to offer as much coverage as possible to these two teams this season.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a lot of stories to gather and write!

Web posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009

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