Let's play ball
Carroll County students will be heading back to school this weekend, and while some of them may not be happy about it, I sure am.
Covering our local schools is a priority for both of our newspapers ó the Carroll County News and the Lovely County Citizen. Weíve made it a priority because we believe itís important, and because we know folks want to read about their childrenís accomplishments.
Now that Iím wearing the sports editorís hat in addition to serving as managing editor, Iím even more excited about back-to-school time because it means our local high school teams will be back in action soon.
It should be an interesting football season in Carroll County. The Berryville Bobcats built some momentum last year in their second season under coach Doug Shott and he seems pleased so far with their preseason practices. Of course, the Bobcats wonít get many easy games in the rugged 4A-1 conference, but they should benefit from some stability and continuity under Shottís leadership.
The Green Forest Tigers didnít fare as well last season, their first competing in Class 4A. But the Tigers could get a boost from a strong sophomore class, and I expect them to be more competitive this fall.
Of course, football isnít the only high school sport that will be starting up soon. Local athletes will also be competing in volleyball, cross country and golf.
One coach who seems especially excited about the upcoming season is Berryville volleyball coach Kristin Whetham. When I spoke with Coach Whetham last week, she talked at length about the talented, versatile athletes on this yearís team. Listening to her go down the roster, sheís not kidding. It could be a really good season for the Lady Bobcats.
I would like to mention how positive and helpful all the coaches have been. Whether itís been Shott helping identify players in photos, or Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop allowing us to take pictures during practice, or Whetham quickly returning a phone call on a Thursday afternoon, theyíve all been great and I truly appreciate it.
That carries over to the other sports and coaches, as well. They make my job much easier, and much more fun.
Hereís wishing all of our players and coaches a successful school year.