The spring season for high school sports has come and gone, as has my first full year of preps coverage at The Times.
In high school athletics, nothing hurts quite as much as coming one win short of a state championship.
I stood in the infield at the Georgia Olympics on Friday afternoon in Jefferson, watching closely as North Hall's Luis Gonzalez put forth an incredible final effort to surge ahead for an individual state championship in the 3200 meter run.
At the beginning of every season, every player, coach and fan has a goal they'd like to see their team achieve.
If Gainesville doesn't have room in its trophy case, a larger space might be more appropriate.
There are few better times in sports than the period immediately preceding the end of the season.
ATHENS - It was just a spring game.
I'm sure there are a number of varying reactions to the new power ratings system being implemented in Class A in the coming year.
In the classic 1989 film, Field of Dreams, one of the old ball players gazes out on that magical baseball diamond in the middle of corn fields and asks, "Is this heaven?" Kevin Costner replies simply, "It's Iowa."
It was my senior year of high school at Starr's Mill in Fayetteville, and my school's baseball team was 28-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation by Baseball America.
Growing up, my dad was never a catcher when he played baseball.
It's easy to become absorbed by the compelling draw to national sports.
After three days covering the Buford and North Hall girls (and watching a few other teams) at the state semifinals and finals at the Macon Centreplex, here are a few thoughts on the end of the high school basketball season.
To get to the state basketball semifinals in Macon - or even the quarterfinals in Dalton - teams generally need to have an established identity.
As you watched myriad college football games play themselves out over the long weekend, did you stop and thank the man most responsible for creating the modern game?
Strike up the band, the fight song play;
We made it, folks.
On the cusp of the 2014 college football season, SEC Banter had the privilege recently of touring the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.
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