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08/24/2014 - From The Press Box: GAME WEEK IS HERE!

 I haven't competed in high school athletics in nearly two decades and even to this day, I still get butterflies when the fall sports calendar gets going.

Only reason why I still get butterflies is I'm in the broadcast booth covering these games and with it comes lots of preparation.

All that aside, it's time to get back into the Friday night ritual of going out to an area high school football game to watch what is still pure about athletics, period.

This year, you can join myself and John Harris for the play-by-play of most of the games carried on LincolnPrepSports.com and some that will be simulcasted through radio stations KFOR 1240 and ESPN 1480.  Occasionally, Ben Hurt will provide analysis for some games and Max Baker along with Michael Snow will help provide coverage of other games carried on the web.

I grew up watching high school sports and developed a great appreciation for that level of competition way before I entered the halls of Northeast High School in the early 1990s.  Don't get me wrong, I loved watching college and professional sports but there was nothing like going to a game on a Friday night and root on the team that represented your neighborhood.


Today, that seems like a foregone conclusion.   While open school districts are the norm, there are schools that still maintain a neighborhood or "small town" image.   Attendance is down at many games, except for the big rivalries (Southeast and Southwest, for instance).  I think parents nowadays have so many things going on in their lives (trust me I know how it goes) that they're hurrying from one place to another for themselves or kids, they don't encourage their children to go watch a high school football, basketball or volleyball game.

Why is it that Texas, for example, is the mecca for high school football and yet they have so many college and professional sports teams?  There's a never ending answer to that question.

Here in Nebraska, if it's not scarlet and cream, it's no big deal.  At least that's the impression I get from many folks.

High school sports, especially football, should be the delicious appetizer before the main course meal served on Saturdays and Sundays.  Hey, I can remember when some high school football games were played at Seacrest Field on Saturday nights.  Those usually happened after Nebraska played an afternoon game, home or away.

My challenge to you, the reader, is this.  Get your datebook out, check and see what you have available on Friday nights from 6:30pm to 10pm.  If you have nothing, then go out and watch some great kids play football this fall.  During basketball season, do the same thing, but between 6pm and 9pm.  Admission is reasonable at many schools.

I guarantee you, this is probably a better way to get your son or daughter to watch and see what they could work on in the backyard or gym.  


GAMES THIS WEEK


I'll be out for the season opener Thursday night at Seacrest with Omaha Central in town to play North Star.  Kickoff is at 7pm here on LincolnPrepSports.com and we'll have our free mobile feed streaming to all iPhone, Droid, Tablet and iPads, in addition to our main feed.  Then we'll bring you the city's oldest football rivalry on Friday afternoon with Northeast and Lincoln High at 4:30pm.


ALS CHALLENGE

If you're wondering if I've given in to dump a bucket of ice water on my head to help raise awareness about ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, signed, sealed and delivered.  Not only did I dump ice cold water on myself, but my wife, Jami, and our son, Jered.  At the same time, we donated to the ALS Foundation.   I did my part for a great cause and feel good for doing it.  Now, SOMEONE HAND ME MY BEACH TOWEL!


ONE MORE NOTE

The last name of Stivrins is synonymous with sports in Lincoln.  I've mentioned it time and time again in past articles.   Alex Stivrins, who played on East's 1978 state championship basketball team and 1980 runner-up team before playing college ball at Creighton and Colorado and spent 11 seasons in the pros, has a daughter that's verbally committed to play college volleyball at Nebraska.

Lauren Stivrins will be a 6-4 sophomore for the Chaparral High School volleyball team this season in Phoenix, Arizona.  She's verbally committed to play for Head Coach John Cook and will be part of the 2017 recruiting class.

Lauren's older brother, Lucas, is a member of the University of Nevada men's basketball team.

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