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What high school sports mean to me

What high school sports mean to me

Published: 2013-08-20 11:58:49
Updated: 2013-08-20 11:58:49

Posted at 11:58 a.m.

HSOT Jamboree: Garner vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Aug. 17, 2013)

HSOT Jamboree: Garner vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Aug. 17, 2013)


It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for high school football season. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at Carter-Finley Stadium covering Carrboro’s state championship attempt.

It always amazes me how much we look forward to football season and then how fast the football season goes.

You know, after seven years covering high school football, and high school sports in general, it is hard to remember all the games and the final scores, but what I really remember and value are the relationships, not only with the players and coaches but the supporters, administrators and fans.

Saturday I was standing in the rain watching football at the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree. There are so many great people who came up and said hello, asked how things were going, and wanted to know my thoughts about the upcoming season. Some of these individuals were players, coaches, fans and even officials (believe it or not, I actually like officials). Its times like that which really put things in perspective for me as to what the true meaning of high school sports is.

While the ultimate goal of everyone who ever puts on a uniform is to win games, what high school athletics are all about are the relationships that you have away from the field of play. Whether that relationship is with a coach or teammate, those memories will be what you carry with you and cherish long after your playing career ends.

There have been times where I have been critical of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, and rightfully so, but one thing that always sticks out to me is the line that high school athletics are “learning lifetime values.”

I was told one time by a teacher/coach, who happens to be a great friend and mentor, “Sports are an extension of the classroom.”

I hope that all the players remember that as your season gets underway in the coming weeks. Soak in all you can and enjoy every minute because one day, you’ll wake up and wish you could do it all over again.

Now, over the course of the year, I’ll be posting a column every Tuesday. Some will be my random thoughts and others will profile a team, conference, individual, whatever. I would love your input and the best way to send me your ideas are via twitter. Just use @Chris__Edwards (yes, that’s TWO underscores).

Finally, my picks for conference champions in the triangle area this season:

Cap-8: Leesville
Big-8: Cardinal Gibbons
GNRC: Garner
Pac-6: Hillside
SWAC: Middle Creek


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