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From Left Field

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By The Staff

Back to school, back to sports

Last week, all of us here in the office sat down for new photos. That’s my latest mugshot above. Once again, I forgot all about it being picture day and didn’t shave that morning or wear the right clothes. Some things never change.

I’ve never been one to enjoy having my picture taken. It felt like school picture day, and then suddenly I felt like I was getting ready for a new school year. And then it dawned on me - I am getting ready for a new school year and a whole new round of WC sports that comes along with it.

You know, after all these years, I got used to the idea of not concerning myself with the beginning of school. Once I graduated from high school, I thought those days were over.

Now I’m in the position of checking the calendar to see when the first day of school is and what I need to do to get ready for another year. It’s enough to make you want to shake your head back and forth rapidly to the sound of Hanna-Barbera cartoon effects.

The other day, I was hanging out in downtown Springfield waiting for something to happen that eventually didn’t happen. At the paper, we get calls like that from time to time.

Anywho, I was down by the judicial center when I heard somebody yell, “Jimmie!” I looked around and saw three young men who looked vaguely familiar, and it took me a second to place them.

It finally clicked in. It was Alex Simms who yelled at me. He was with his brother Ben and their friend, Steven Sexton. The reason it took me a second to recognize them is that Alex and Ben were sporting fresh mohawk haircuts they had gotten for football season.

Yes, you know it’s time for football when mohawks are in season!

Before the first homework assignment is handed out, before the first joke about how bad the cafeteria food is and before the first cry of ‘Mom, I missed the bus!’, young men and women are working hard on doing well this fall on the field and on the court.

I admire their energy for barely taking any time off and jumping right back into the swing of things.

Like most returning to school, I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and making a few new friends. This is the fun part of covering local sports - watching players evolve from kids to young men and women. Time flies!

So another year of Washington County and St. Catharine sports is set to begin. I hope I have everything I need for the new school year.

Digital camera? Check! Notebooks? Check! Pens and pencils? Check! Voice recorder? Check! Lunch box? Check! Wait a minute. Peanut butter and jelly? Hey, who made this poor excuse for a... Oh.

Nevermind.

And how was your summer?