This is as slow as it gets for those in the business of covering sports for newspaper and TV on the local level.
It won’t last long, but at least there is time for a couple of deep-breathing exercises between events.
Professional sports are rocking along, but that’s a matter for the Associated Press to handle.
Purely personal: I want to congratulate the Durant Daily Democrat for hiring Kevin Farr as sports editor. If you follow local sports, you know the coverage has been absolutely first class.
Unless you’ve been there and done that, you simply can’t understand the time it takes to do a good job of covering local sports for Bryan County.
Consider: Durant High School, Achille High School, Bennington High School, Boswell High School, Caddo High School, Calera High School, Colbert High School, Rock Creek High School, Silo High School and Victory Life Academy.
Back in the day, we also had Blue High School, Bokchito High School and Yuba High School.
Blue and Bokchito turned into Rock Creek and Yuba students went to Achille.
Boswell wasn’t originally counted as a Bryan County school, but is now.
The Bryan County Conference also now includes Soper High School and Tushka High School.
That’s 12 high schools, which doesn’t seem like all that many.
Caddo plays football and Victory Life did at one time.
All of the other schools play basketball, girls and boys. Now we have softball for the girls and baseball for the boys. Some schools have track programs and some have golf and powerlifting.
Durant High adds tennis, golf, soccer, track and field, cross country, wrestling and powerlifting.
In basketball season, you can count on several schools playing on the same night and not all against each other.
Some teams go hither, others yon. Throw in various tournaments and you have the same chaos that rules our government.
And for most of that, you have one sportswriter.
Heck, government might work better with a sportswriter in charge. Hard to see how it could be any worse.
I’VE HEARD for years fans talking about how glamorous it must be to cover sports and get paid for it.
When a game ends, those fans go home or out to eat or whatever. A sportswriter goes to work.
To do a halfway decent job requires hours of preparation prior to a game, followed by hours of writing, doing photos, and getting identification for those who will be pictured.
Lots of fun, yes. Glamorous, not so much.
If you follow Bryan County sports and find coverage of your team, take the time to say thank you to Kevin the next time you see him.
If you follow Bryan County sports and don’t find coverage of your team, take a deep breath before you rip the sportswriter.
It’s possible your information was not turned in to the paper. It’s impossible for one person to attend six basketball games in six different places at the same time.
Coaches or other designated persons have to make sure that info is turned in on time.
Newspaper deadlines are there for a reason other than simply making life difficult for sportswriters. If your information doesn’t make the deadline, it can’t make the paper.
Sportswriters do not get to set the deadlines.
Why don’t we have a take the sportswriter to lunch week?
SOUTHEASTERN’S FIRST youth football camp of the summer is set for Saturday.
The camp is for students in grades 1-8 and is held on Paul Laird Field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Camp cost is $40, which covers tuition, lunch and a T-shirt. Players will need to bring their own athletic attire, including cleats.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the southwest corner of the field.
For more information, contact Peyton Werner at 580-745-2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHEASTERN RODEO coach Christi Braudrick has announced a pair of summer horseback riding camps scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, June 20-22.
Classes will be held twice daily for beginners and intermediate riders. Camps are for ages nine through adult.
Beginners will work from 8-10 a.m. and the intermediate skill camp is set for 6-8 p.m. all three days.
Each camp is limited to 10 riders and camp cost is $150. All camps have a $75 deposit due by June 8 with the balance due on the first day of camp.
Campers are required to wear western boots and full-length jeans. For more information, contact Christi Braudrick at email@example.com.
THE 13TH-ANNUAL Southeastern Gridiron Shoot-Out is scheduled for Saturday, June 24.
The fundraiser will be held at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Resort. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start set for 9 a.m. Registration fee is $100 per player or $400 per team and includes greens fee, cart, breakfast, lunch and a registration gift.
For more information, contact former Savage quarterback Jeff Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org or message him on Facebook, or Savage Storm offensive coordinator Chad Speer at 580-745-2466 or email@example.com.
Harold Harmon is the retired Sports Editor at the Democrat and Sports Information Director at Southeastern