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High School Sports Season Begins

August 14, 2012 - Michael Palmer
High School Sports Season got underway Friday as golf kicked off their season. Soccer begins Thursday then Cross Country, Football and Volleyball the following Monday.

The Times Leader is the undeniable source in the valley for prep sports and once again I am proud to be a part of the staff that gets the job done.

The excitement level for the upcoming football season is high.

While the season doesn’t officially kick off until next Thursday. However, The Times Leader has everything you need to prepare for the upcoming campaign inside of its Tuesday’s edition. The Times Leader’s annual Pigskin Preview will be published Tuesday Aug. 21.

The magazine features previews and pictures from 32 area high schools as well as seven colleges. For the first time, the Pigskin Preview contains information on all 48 football-playing members of the OVAC. On top of the prep previews, in-depth previews on seven colleges with area interest. Along with the previews, readers will also find a feature story on area coaches spotlighting their accumulated records at their respective schools To help celebrate the tab’s unveiling, The Times Leader is hosting a tailgate party in the paper’s parking lot Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. For just $3, an individual receives a hot dog, bag of chips and a pop plus a copy of the Pigskin Preview. The proceeds of the tailgate party benefit the paper’s Newspapers in Education program.

Local coaches will notice that our staff will be short a veteran this fall season as Rich "Hoot" Gibson is sidelined on the Disabled Reserve with an illness.

Hoot and myself were tabbed for many assignments together over the past 5 years and our stops at the Forum in Cambridge will always be fond memories as we discussed the music world and tried to solve all the other problems which came up in conversation.

The most missed Friday night ritual will be Hoots - Name That Tune - where he identified the most obscure B side tunes from the 1960s with his mental catalog of rock and roll knowledge which few possess.

Anyway .... I hope the drought is not busted by Friday night monsoons this season.

I can't wait, let's go.


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