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Coaches don’t have the luxury of looking ahead. That’s why you won’t hear any of the leaders of our local basketball programs pontificating about how far they’ll make in the state basketball tournaments of their respective classifications.

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Baseball has always been a favorite sport for me to watch. I have been fortunate in my sports journalism career to follow several quality programs and individual teams which have made strong postseason runs.

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The recent passing of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton brought back a ton of memories, not so much of the playing field, but from the radio.

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For a true rivalry to exist between schools, there has to be a certain level of competition. In other words, there needs to be an expectation that either team could emerge victorious.

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Maybe one year, the stars will align, the chips will fall in our favor, the ball will bounce our way, and one of our local teams will play for a Georgia High School Association state football title. 

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For many of us, the time is drawing near for those dreaded year-end appraisals, where we’re either patted on the back or kicked in the rear, or maybe a combination of both, for how we’ve performed out job throughout the years.

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The weirdest high school football season in state history officially ended in Walton County last Friday with George Walton’s quarterfinal loss to Calvary Day in Savannah. With 2020 behind us, and good riddance to ya, I’d like to take this time and space for a way too early look at the 2021 season. 

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No matter what happens in Savannah Friday night, George Walton Academy has far surpassed expectations for this football season. What’s more, expectations for next fall, if you’re inclined to look ahead, are through the roof.  

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As you might recall, we had quite the active football offseason in Walton County. Before COVID-19 burst onto the scene, the big news in the prep sports world was the turnover in head football coaches. Fully half (three of six) of our GHSA-affiliated programs hired new men to take over their …

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I’m not suggesting anything nefarious, mind you, like mind-altering drugs or witchcraft, but I swear that Mason Byron hallucinates when he’s on a football field. 

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It’s the penultimate Friday night of the regular season for our local high school football teams and, wouldn’t you just know it, all six still hold out hopes, if barely, of extending their season into the playoffs. 

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In a normal year, which 2020 is decidedly not, we’d be heading down the home stretch of the high school football season with region titles and playoff berths being contested for each week.

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Lost amidst the travails of its football program and the ravaging affects of COVID-19 is a steadily developing good-news story at George Walton Academy.

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I was wandering through one of the many historic downtown squares in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia, one summer evening several years ago when I ran across a drama group from the Savannah College of Art and Design. 

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You ever get into a rabbit hole while surfing around online? I’m guilty of it plenty of times on YouTube, but the one site I almost always get sucked into is the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

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After spending the past three weeks counting down my picks of the Top 10 high school football games featuring Walton County teams this fall, we’ve now reached the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Today, I’ll reveal the one showdown you’ll not want to miss. 

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As the weeks slowly pass, and the pandemic shows little sign of relenting, I’m slowly accepting the possibility of some quiet fall Friday evenings at home. Not that quiet evenings at home aren’t enjoyable. I’ve just never had one in the fall for as long as I can remember.