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Monday, November 28, 2005
Ready For Winter?
As I write this, we are under a storm warning and travel is not advised.  It must be time for the winter sports seasons to begin.

The "down time" between the fall and winter sports seems to get shorter and shorter every year.

It could be that time goes by faster as we age, but I prefer to think it's because we've had more area teams go deeper into the fall playoffs the past few seasons.

As always, the change in seasons brings other changes as well.  A number of teams will be under the direction of new coaches this winter.  One of the most noticeable changes will be in Henning where Neal Oscarson will no longer be coaching the boys' basketball team.

Since I first started covering high school sports for KWAD in Wadena in 1985, I've had the opportunity to see one of Neal's teams at least once nearly every season.

His teams were always well coached and you knew they would give you everything they had, even if they were outmatched talent-wise.

I could always tell that Neal really cared about the kids and I appreciated his honesty.  If his team wasn't going to be very good that night, he'd tell you.  But he'd make sure to do it with a laugh and a smile.  And you knew that he was thinking of ways to make the team better.

Another big change for basketball fans this season will be the use of two 18-minute halves this season, instead of four eight-minute quarters.

I don't know if I'll like the new format or not, but I do know that I like the idea of experimenting from time to time to see if there's anything we can do to improve the game...and that's goes for all of the other sports as well.

Teams that don't have much depth will probably be at a disadvantage.  It will be interesting to see how the coaches manage their substitutions and also their timeouts.

I encourage you to attend as many games as you can.  Cheer for your players and teams, but also recognize the other team when it makes a good play.  And no, the refs aren't out to get you.

If you (or your parents) happen to bring a digital camera to a contest, please email a photo or two to kyle@sportscow.com.  I'll include as many as I can through the winter.  I can't offer you any financial reward, but will give you photo credit and that exposure to the millions of people around the globe that visit SportsCow.com has to be worth something, right?

Have a great winter.  Drive safely.  Stay Warm.  Good luck and have fun!

Kyle Gylsen and his wife Jackie own and operate SportsCow.com and a new site called VikinglandSports.com.  He also does sports play-by-play for KWAD/KNSP/KKWS in Wadena.
Posted By Kyle Gylsen
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