|Friday, November 29, 2002|
|Winter Sports On SportsCow.com|
|Believe it or not, the winter sports season is already underway and SportsCow.com is ready to provide the best coverage possible.|
I'm very excited to say that I (and my web designer/programmer) am in the process of adding conference standings for all of our area winter sports teams. But schools today may play in different conferences for different sports, so if you see a mistake, please let me know.
Same goes for the schedules and scores that you may see on the site. Trying to cover 13 schools and all of the different sports is a difficult task, so your help is appreciated. If you see something that you don't think is right, contact me and I'll try to correct it.
If you know a score, let me know. Better yet, if your coach doesn't yet know about SportsCow.com, let him or her know about the site and encourage them to send in results as soon as their event is over.
My number one priority is to provide up-to-date high school sports information that is available at the click of your mouse.
But to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't be opposed to making a couple of dollars while I'm at it. So if you'd like information about advertising on SportsCow.com (rates are as low as $35 a month), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any suggestions on how to make the site even better, contact me at the above email address.
Thank you for your support of high school sports!
|Wednesday, November 6, 2002|
|The Twins And 200,000 Teenagers|
|We can't spell most of their names, but the baseball summer of 2002 found us falling in love with young looking, bubble gum chewing, former hockey players, minor leaguers, and pizza delivery guys.|
The 2002 Minnesota Twins ran away with the Central Division, gave us all hope and a sign of things to come. Through too many injuries and season-long setbacks, the Twins prevailed in a weak division.
After knocking Oakland out of the playoffs, the Twins fell to an explosive Anaheim team. But was a fun ride, as it always is when we see the professionals, the best in the business, playing hard, because they love the game. It was fun because baseball had given up on the Twins and it was fun because we all wanted Ron Gardenhire to have a great first year.
Get 'em on...Get 'em over...Get 'em in.
Even though we know the Twins will not be able to keep everyone, we do know they will stay competitive for the next several years, as they rebuild the next fun team down in the minors.
Baseball is unique for a number of reasons, but it still drifts through my house on a warm summer night, as I drift off to sleep with the sound of "there is goes"!
Thanks to the Twins for the memories.
Now...What would you do to entertain over 220,000 teenagers? Well, the Minnesota State High School League would organize, administrate, officiate and schedule all kinds of sporting events.
According to the MSHSL, in the 2001-2002 school year 220,207 students also participated in athletics. That's a great number! As expected, with its six classes, football led the way with just over 30,000 players. Volleyball was next with over 15,000 girls participating.
Rounding out the top five were boys' basketball, baseball and girls' track and field.
Some of the numbers might surprise you. There's almost 6,500 in dance line and over 7,000 in soccer. There may even be those less attended events like Badminton, Lacrosse, Nordic Ski Racing, and Synchronized Swimming.
This is not an easy job...making sure students are eligible, healthy and given the opportunity to have a complete high school experience.
Some of my best memories of high school are certainly as a participant in sporting events.
I know I have ridiculed the League for some of their decisions, have given them grief for trying to be all inclusive, but look at the numbers.
It is certainly not an easy job, but working for over 200,000 student athletes must be a very rewarding job.
Dan Skogen is Sports Director/Operations Manager at KWAD/KNSP/KKWS in Wadena.