This one goes out to the high school athletes across the Henderson County area.
Yes, they are the ones that I see on the field of battle throughout a school year.
You have made it to the end of another successful year, and you are being recognized for your honors.
I have already been to three athletic banquets this season to see the honors given to area athletes. I will get to see honorees from Eustace, Cross Roads and Athens in the next three weeks.
You may think attending a high school athletic banquet is boring, but your coaches, booster clubs and parents are proud of the year you have had.
The sports journalists enjoy the night also, since it gives them one last chance to showcase what you have done during the year.
For me, this is one of the final chances I have to visit with some of the seniors, and to put together one last All-Henderson County set of teams.
Yes, we still have two more teams to select, as baseball and softball will wrap up their year in June.
The year has seen a lot of great moments with district champions, area champions, regional qualifiers and state qualifiers across Henderson County.
Our athletes should be proud of what they have done this year. We have had lots of playoff action in all sports on some of the biggest and best stages.
We have had playoff series that fans wish would not have ended the way they did because they were the most competitive that I have seen in a long time.
New York Yankees second baseman Derek Jeter – who will be retiring from the game of baseball this year – said, “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
Following an extra inning season loss by the Athens Hornets against Chapel Hill in the bi-district round of the baseball playoffs, Athens coach Dallas Robertson said his athletes proved what hard work was all about.
“It is hard, and I told them that I would never forget them,” the coach said. “Being a first year coach, what is in your mind is what kind of a kid are they going to be, and are they going to buy in. I am extremely proud of what we did this year, and we just fell short.”
This quote is one that I see a lot of from our athletes because we have some of the hardest working kids, who will bounce back from an injury, and prove they belong on the field.
Our area coaches are some of the best motivators and teachers of their respective fields. It is amazing to see how grateful they are for the student athletes that come out to play for these great coaches.
It will be sad to see these final sports banquets from the county, as we wrap up another sports season.
It is amazing to see how proud each athlete is when they walk across the stage, and hug their coach, as they tell the crowd the accomplishments they have achieved.
It is also a special time, when you hear what each student has achieved in the classroom, while spending countless hours working on improving their skills in their sports.
The pleasure for me is to attend our schools in Athens, Brownsboro, Cross Roads, Malakoff, Eustace, Kemp, Mabank, LaPoynor, Trinidad and also Trinity Valley, and to hear thanks for all I have done to help in their success.
I may not be connected to most schools, but when I get a chance to talk with the student athletes about any topic in their lives, it makes me proud to know what they will do in the future.
As we say goodbye to our latest round of seniors, I want to say how proud I am of what you have done this past year.
I know your family, friends, coaches and fans are proud of you as well.
Joe Elerson is the sports writer for the Athens Review. He can be reached at email@example.com.
This one goes out to the high school athletes across the Henderson County area.
Rolling into something new
She did it.
My baby girl rolled over for the first time this past week while daddy and mommy were watching closely.
As other major news broke across the county, watching my baby roll over for the first time was by far the biggest news of the week for me. Odd.
Fanfare is a time to prepare for another season
I love to see the talent our student athletes have across Henderson County. To know that each player puts in the blood, sweat and tears to play for a district championship and hopefully a state title is something special to see.
Another great in the world of sports is a player who is retiring this season in New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
Jeter once said, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do — and I believe that.”
The greatest country in the world has hungry children
No child should go hungry. We are the greatest country in the world, yet we have hungry children.
An article I recently read said that if a child in school can't afford lunch, they will be given a sandwich and water. I was told the sandwich is cheese between two pieces of bread.
I hope everyone realizes that is what they serve in the county jail. Not that I know this from personal experience. I was told from someone who did know from experience.
Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase.
Hakuna Matata! Ain't no passing craze.
It means no worries for the rest of your days.
It's our problem-free philosophy.
Congratulations, if you have watched the Lion King a couple of times you now have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
It was a week in the depth of heat, then cooler
Sunday and Monday of this week have been very uncomfortable. The air conditioner at our house has been down, and the temperature outside and in the house have been way up.
Thank God for the blessing of the cool temperatures and the rain that fell on Tuesday, then on Wednesday. It changed things just a little bit.
Time away is necessary for everyone
I can remember as a kid writing essays on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” As the years pass, and we are more in-tune with the workplace, those vacations get shorter and shorter.
Do you ever have those days when you just need a vacation? Sometimes you just need to get away.
Taking time off work should be fun and rejuvenating. We all need a recharge every now and then. But vacations aren't what they use to be. We rarely disconnect ourselves from our jobs.
Student athletes: Time to wake up and get to work
Hey student athletes, it is about time for you to wake up and get to work.
Your summer is coming to an end, and the early morning wake up calls for practices are right around the corner.
I am talking to the football players, volleyball players, cross country kids, band members, drill team members and cheerleaders.
Remember who you are
Are you running so fast that you have forgotten why you started the race in the first place?
Life moving at a blistering pace that it is tough to keep up?
Maybe it is time to stop, take a deep look into the pool of water and remember. Remember who you are.
On numerous occasions, I have had to do just that. Ironically, various movies have caused me to look inside.
CSUMC provided a memorable experience
My wife Jean and I went to a very interesting, and what I consider a very unique event last Saturday night.
I had heard that the church where we are members, Carroll Springs United Methodist Church, was having an event in which people sitting in the audience would sing their favorite hymns into a microphone.
Independence ultimately won on battlefield
I always enjoy celebrating Independence Day, and hearing some of the stirring words written in the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that our Creator has given us certain rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The way I see it, if I have life and liberty, that gives me a pretty good start on the third one.
But as eloquent as our founding fathers were, and how moving the texts they left behind, one fact can’t be overlooked. Our independence was ultimately won and secured on the battlefield.
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