I’m going to give you a little inside knowledge that I’m sure you’ve probably figured out already.
I want the sports teams from the high school and middle schools in Person County to do well — really well.
From the standpoint of the guy who works at the newspaper, better teams make for more interest in the community and typically, newspaper sales go up. There’s that and the simple truth that happier stories are a lot more fun to write.
From the standpoint of the guy who’s born and raised in Person County, there’s nothing better than seeing kids who I’ve known for years represent us beautifully and accomplish the extraordinary.
With all of that being said, I always need a break by the time we get to the end of May and the conclusion of the school sports year. I go at it pretty hard starting around the beginning of August and there really is no offseason or break for me as one season blends into another. That’s not a complaint because I love what I do, but it’s the nature of covering high school athletics as a one-man sports department.
By the time I’ve recharged by battery in July, I get excited thinking about what’s to come.
I start thinking about teams, storylines and I break out the highlighter and circle some games on the calendar that I think will be big.
There are so shortage of interesting stories to tell this fall, some more obvious than others.
We have a new football coach at Person in Joey Carroll and he’s bringing a new, fast-paced style of play with him from his previous job in Virginia. How will his new team take to this style? Will the offense thrive under this new scheme after struggling for the past several years? How will the defense perform without Josh Harris anchoring the middle of the line?
The Person volleyball team gets Amanda Ramirez on the bench after missing most of last season after the birth of her first child. How will the Rockets respond to her return? How will they replace Hailey Long? Are they ready to make a run at McMichael after finishing second to the Phoenix during the regular season?
There’s a new volleyball coach at RCS in Durham native Hayden Rigsbee and she inherits a team with not a lot of familiar faces on the varsity roster. How will the newcomers adjust? Will the overall feel of the team be better after a challenging 2018 season? Will this team be ready to compete with reigning state champion Falls Lake Academy in the North Central Athletic Conference?
There are so many more storylines heading into the fall and I’m working hard on this year’s edition of the Fall Sports Preview that will be hitting the streets on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Friends, if you’re reading on Saturday, we’re just nine days away from the first sporting event of the fall — the Battle of Volleytown 1 when Person makes the short trip across the tracks to challenge Roxboro Community School.
In just 13 days, the Person football team will make its season debut when it challenges former PAC-6 rival Jordan at Rocket Stadium.
Folks, it’s getting close and I’m getting pumped.
I hope y’all are, too.