Bleacher Bits: Reporting is a matter of priority
First off, I'd like to congratulate all the boys and girls basketball teams that made it into the postseason.
Sometimes the practices came awfully early in the morning and the bus trips ended very late at night, but your hard work and dedication has paid off.
Congratulations to all the soccer teams who qualified for the playoffs as well.
There has been lots of running and sweating as well as bumps and bruises, but you've been able to play through it and play on.
Which brings me to some other sports just starting up, those of the spring sports season.
You won't be seeing me on any baseball or softball diamonds this week, or maybe even next week, but don't for a minute think I've forgotten about the teams or the sports.
Anybody who knows me or has talked to me during a baseball or softball game knows how much I enjoy covering the games under the warm spring and then summer sun.
But for time being, my focus is going to be on the basketball and soccer playoffs.
There are 20 teams, counting boys and girls squads, who qualified for the basketball playoffs, and at the time of writing there were still seven soccer teams alive in their quest for championships.
That's where I need to be for the next week or two.
I'll be on soccer pitches in the afternoon and in gymnasiums at night, often on the same day, because the efforts of those playing in the contests need to be recognized as much as possible.
Of course I won't get to cover every team, but I'm going to do my darndest to get to get to as many games as possible.
The sports pages will soon be full of baseball and softball stories, overage of golf and tennis matches or track meets. Those sports and the kids to play them are as important as any other sports or season.
But it's playoff time right now, and I want to capture as much of the postseason excitement as I possibly can.
Some of the athletes still playing basketball or soccer will also be starring on their teams in the spring, so once the winter sports season is done and all the teams are at full strength, it will be full-speed ahead.
CONTACT Craig Purcell at 824-1036 or email@example.com