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Wednesday, August 28, 2002
It’s That Time Of Year Again…
The day when we try not to labor too much is just around the corner. And while Monday honors America’s laboring men and women, it also is the dividing line between summer activities – golf, fishing, amateur baseball and others – and a serious slate of high school athletics.

Oh sure, fishing and golfing continue, along with the lies. But little kids are more prone to throw Nerf balls around than the smaller, round balls. As Labor Day comes…and goes…thoughts about sports – at least in this region – center on football, volleyball, cross country and a host of other activities.

In no way should we forget about swimming or tennis, whatever season and whatever gender is involved. The same is true of all the other sports and activities scheduled over nine months. If you’ve never attended a hockey game or a swim meet, what the heck are you waiting for…do it this year.

Whether your kid is a wrestler or a gymnast, or a member of the student council or plays the whatchamacallit in the high school’s jazz combo, he or she is important. All of us should support our young men and women and remember how hard they work learning to hit a golf ball straight or memorize lines in a drama production.

Yes, we all have our favorite activities, and we tend to sometimes overlook the “minor” programs. But they are ALL major to the young folks who sweat and toil to do well. What I try to remind myself about is this: A teenager may run the wrong way on the gridiron, right instead of left for a pitch-out, for example…so the QB eats leather; or the spiker miscalculates on a crucial point and doesn’t clear the net with a shot. But most of the time they are all – each and every one -- trying to do their best!

We can’t always say that about professional athletes. (There’s an oxymoron for you!) And the same is sometimes true of some collegiate stars – who think they are wasting time until signing a big contract.

So we should support youth activities, during the school year and at other times, as well. I don’t know about you, but I get a chill when I attend a school musical or holiday program and hear some kid hit notes that I can only dream about. Likewise, every time a new football season comes around and I think one of my favorite teams is going to be…well, a bit on the mediocre side…it never fails but what I’m amazed at how well some of these athletes play the game.

Don’t forget who encourages, cajoles, and…yes, pushes…young men and women to do their best in sports and other high school activities: A corps of dedicated coaches, advisors and officials. They are underpaid and overworked – but they are involved because it is important!

I am probably on some of the wanted posters put out by MSHSL referees. But I also have to admit that for every instance in which I question their eyesight, I also have to say at least 100 times that they do a great job. And we need more dedicated men and women officiating games. (But maybe not like the guy who I saw work an amateur baseball game at the state tournament in St. Cloud!)

Take time…and make time…for the kids. Cheer for them, yell at them on occasion, but always make it clear that you support them, win or lose. Because even when your favorite participants don’t come out on top…they are still winners.

John Dermody is a freelance journalist who covers sports in the area. In the past, he has worked for weekly and daily newspapers, managed a bookstore, served as editor for the MEA newspaper, taught English on the secondary and college freshman levels, and generally served as a critic-at-large. For several years, he distributed coverage of amateur baseball to area newspapers. He has never been prosecuted for his views regarding a select few umpires and referees. He lives in Frazee.
Posted By John W. Dermody
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Bringing The Lumber
Hey! I like the new look of SportsCow.com! If you can't find something or notice a glitch get ahold of Kyle. He needs to know what you think. I like it in part because I don't have to try and update this part of the 'COW every week.

Soon you will see others contributing to this site.

Today, though I would like to say how much I enjoy covering the amateur baseball tournament with their wood bats. Good old baseball is back!

The cost has been hard on some teams, but this is how baseball should be played. Get 'em on. Get 'em over. Get em in!

Many more sacrifices, bunts, base running...the coaches are back in it...no more eight-run innings and no more .220 hitters powering 12 home runs a year.

Pitchers are more willing to throw strikes, the scores stay down, the defense stays sharp. I like it and hope it stays.

Enjoy the changes here on SportsCow.com and here comes the 2002-03 high school season.

YIKES!
Posted By Dan SKogen
Tuesday, August 6, 2002
Welcome To The New SportsCow.com
Welcome to the "new" SportsCow.com! As you can see, we've redesigned the site and added a few new features and ideas. We hope you like it and come back and visit often.

If you're here to follow your favorite amateur baseball teams through the Region 14C and 16C tournaments, you may have had some difficulty finding the information that you're looking for.

Here's what you need to do: When you click on your team's link, you should go to that team's "home page". From there, click on the "2001-2002" link and you should find the latest scores and upcoming schedule.

The problem is caused when we change from the 2001-2002 season to the 2002-2003 season in preparation for the upcominging our fall sports season. We apologize for any inconvenience.

SportsCow.com covers amateur baseball teams from Bluffton, Deer Creek, Huntersville, Menahga, Midway, New York Mills, Nimrod, Red Eye, Sebeka, Verndale, Wadena and Wolf Lake.

The summer of 2003 will be even better with the addition of coverage of local American Legion, Babe Ruth and VFW baseball.

SportsCow.com is now in its third year of covering local and high school sports. Check the site for the latest scores and stories on your favorite teams from Bertha-Hewitt, Henning, Menahga, New York Mills, Park Rapids, Parkers Prairie, Pequot Lakes, Pillager, Pine River-Backus, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek.

Once again, we hope you like the new look and features. If you come across any errors or problems, please email kyle@sportscow.com

Thanks again for supporting SportsCow.com and please be sure to support our advertisers!

Kyle Gylsen
SportsCow.com
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