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Football section complete
August 23, 2012 - Ron Deuter
Here in the land of The Daily News sports department, the middle weeks of August rank among the busiest of the year as the fall high school sports seasons burst into action.
Tennis, soccer, cross country, volleyball and football from as many as 11 area schools. And it seems like it starts earlier and earlier every year.
This year was my first, since taking over as editor, in putting together the prep football preview section. It’s a time-consuming task, visiting each and every camp, interviewing coaches, taking photos, writing stories and laying out the pages of the tab.
And its all done under a major time crunch.
You try to hold off from visiting coaches until they at least get a chance to see their teams practice for about a week all while still trying to allow just enough time to get the info, turn it into a story and put on the pages ahead of deadline.
My wife, kids and boat saw very little of me during the past week.
Now that the tab is done and delivered, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of those who helped in the process.
First, I want to thank sports writer Burt Angeli. Through his diligent work in the past, the whole process is much smoother than it would be otherwise.
When I first started here four years ago, one of my first assignments was to visit a football camp. It went from a potentially nerve-racking experience to a breeze due in large part to the fact Burt had gained and maintained the trust and respect of our area coaches long ago. I was accepted immediately.
Putting the football section together is also easier thanks to Burt’s previous efforts. Whittling down what’s crucial, the type of photos to run and how to make the whole thing look. I have years of fine examples to reference.
Burt also gets a pat on the back for making the longest road trips this year, taking the West Iron County, Forest Park and North Central assignments this time around.
Our area coaches also deserve thanks for once again allowing us to invade practices to shoot photos and conduct interviews. I’ve yet to meet a local coach who was in any way difficult or unaccommodating.
I also appreciate the efforts of fellow staff in our newsroom. Angie Dubose, who soon will be sorely missed around these parts, found time to collect and type rosters. And news editor Jim Anderson (and Burt) assisted with final proofing.
Hopefully the supplement serves its purpose for our readers. I’m excited to see how the season unfolds. No doubt, we have some sure bets among our local teams. But I think there’s also a couple of squads who just might surprise some folks.
It should be fun to watch.
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