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A look back at history

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By Brandon Mattingly

 

I’ve got to admit, I don’t know a lot about Washington County athletics history, but over the next few weeks I’m making an effort to change that.

My editor was kind enough to suggest a “Where are they now?” series involving athletes from Washington County’s past, and I must say, I loved the idea and it’s the perfect way for me to find out more about where WC sports have been.

You can take a look around the WCHS gym at the banners hanging on the wall and see the various eras when the school thrived in different venues. However, talking to former student-athletes about their time at Washington County, while catching up on what was in store for them following their days on the field or hardwood will certainly tell more of the story than any banner or team photograph ever could.

Too often professional and college athletes have their short time in the spotlight fade away, and the next wave of talented athletes are ushered in, and it can be far too easy to focus too much on who’s next, instead of enjoying some of the great sports moments we’ve already had. The same goes for high school as well, except that those Friday night stars are our family and friends, which is even more reason to remember where the community has been.

This series should be a way to rekindle some of those memorable moments, while also reminding us that student comes before athlete.

Just in the short time I’ve been a part of the Washington County community, I’ve already seen familiar names and impressive stats in the record books, but now I want to see the other side of Washington County athletic history. I want to actually see what it’s all about and I want to see where it’s been.

Clearly, I’m really excited about the potential of this series, even if solely from a sports nerd point of view, and hopefully I’ll be able to get a feel for some of Washington County’s rich past that so many of you have already witnessed once, but maybe forgotten about.