Thursday, November 28, 2013
Lots of help this season
Friday nights at the football field for your South Reporter folks have wrapped up for another year.
It takes a lot of long hours by a lot of folks, even beyond our immediate staff, to pull together what we think is excellent football coverage.
Most work 40-hour weeks or more and then spend three hours on Friday nights at the field, either taking photos or taking notes, and then spend extra time over the weekend writing stories or picking out photos and e-mailing them to yours truly.
Myself and sports editor Claude Vinson try to move around to different schools during the season. My wife Pam keeps the Facebook updates coming.
This year, quite often, I’d go to a couple of games in a night – taking photos at, for example, H.W. Byers in the first half and then moving to Holly Springs for the second half.
I could do that because I had a lot of good help from a lot of good people – most of them volunteers.
I’m hesitant to start naming names. You know who you are. We appreciate your dedication in helping us provide across-the-county coverage of these dedicated high school athletes.
It always makes me smile, when I’m walking the sideline at a game, and hear players say, “Hey, South Reporter.”
They may not recall my name, but they know the newspaper. And that’s music to my ears.
Then a mother will come by The South Reporter office and want extra copies of a certain week’s newspaper because her son’s picture was in the newspaper. That went on the refrigerator for sure.
I spent a lot of time late in the season in my Muck Boots – thanks to rain and colder temperatures.
But I never left the sideline, even if I struggled to write highlights on paper due to wet paper and spreading ink.
The press box is a last resort, no matter the weather.
The wettest game this year was H.W. Byers at Independence. The coldest was Marshall Academy versus Trinity Episcopal (state championship) Saturday afternoon in Clinton.
And while passing out “thank yous,” I have to mention the head coaches.
They work more hours than yours truly during high school football season, yet they still respond to my many text messages and cell phone calls.
Cell phones are one of the greatest inventions for newspaper personnel trying to get up with their sources.
It makes it so much easier – thanks to the professionals on the other end who don’t mind taking a few minutes, even late at night, or Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons, to give us a few comments or help us get all of our game stats complete.
As I’ve said before, The South Reporter does this for the players. The young people deserve it, whether in a win or a loss.
I keep saying, one week I’m going to count the number of names in the newspaper – and not just in the sports section but also others receiving honors and recognition. It would be overwhelming, and even more so if we were able to total them up for year.
Recording names, recording history – that’s why we’re here – since 1865.
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