Start­ing a new sports sea­son

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO SPORTS ED­I­TOR

I saw my school bus drop­ping off back-pack clad young­sters the other day.

As a mat­ter of fact, I no­ticed the lines at Chick-fil-A are smaller, and the drive to the mall park­ing lot has be­come less er­ratic from Mon­day through Fri­day from around 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

That all means school is back in ses­sion, which — now that I’m not in school — is great news. It not only sig­nals the end of say­ing Hail Mary’s ev­ery time I ap­proach a fast food or mall park­ing lot, and pre­par­ing to hear the lat­est Twi­light news while wait­ing in line to see a late night movie but also the be­gin­ning of a new sports sea­son.

Since I was brought over to The Cov­ing­ton News in Fe­bru­ary, the 2012-13 year also marks my first full year delv­ing into all that is New­ton County prep sports. Sure I’ve done the end of win­ter and all of spring sea­son but now that I am here from the first game to the last I am able to get fully ac­quainted with the coaches, play­ers and fans of Al­covy, East­side and New­ton High Schools.

It will also give coaches, play­ers, fans and our read­ers a chance to get ac­quainted with The News’ cov­er­age this year.

This up­com­ing year will mark my 13th in­volved with prep sports as a jour­nal­ist, and hope­fully it won’t be an un­lucky one. Since this is my first full year in Cov­ing­ton, I’ll give you a quick back­ground.

I have cov­ered high school sports in Cen­tral Florida, the Tampa area, south Ge­or­gia, metro At­lanta and Rock­dale, see­ing sev­eral state cham­pi­onships and sev­eral “re­build­ing years.”

I have been around sports long enough to know that the score, and your in­ter­est in it, will last only un­til the next day. But if I can bring to life the play­ers and coaches, tell you what East­side did to pull off the dra­matic fourth-quar­ter win or

why the Ea­gles are in a four-game skid, than you’ll look for more.

I would also like to bring the community to the fore­front a lit­tle more, and hope­fully, as we did with the Dixie Boys World Se­ries, work with New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion to bring their sports and the faces of their ath­letes to the pa­per through as many pic­tures as pos­si­ble.

Since I’ve been here, The News has im­ple­mented such things as my col­umns in this space, which I hope to use as an­other tool in break- ing down the story of New­ton County sports, Cov­ing­ton Col­le­giates, where you are free to see what the area’s for­mer stand­outs are do­ing and are also free to let me know what they are up to and an out­door sec­tion where the pic­tures of your hunt are wel­come.

Along with all those things, one of my goals will be to start a di­a­logue through Face­book and Twit­ter.

The Dixie Boys World Se­ries started that trend with some feed­back from you.

Hope­fully, dur­ing football games, if you’re not in at­ten­dance, you can check The Cov­ing­ton News’ so­cial me­dia pages for score up­dates, or if you are in at­ten­dance reach out and see what I see on the side­lines or hear in the press box.

For in­sight into what the coaches think af­ter a game, we would like you to come to The Cov­ing­ton News first through Cov­ and so­cial me­dia.

Since I first started in this busi­ness, it has be­come more of a two-way street than ever. I would like to ex­pand on that in my first full sea­son here, so feel free to com­ment, send in sug­ges­tions and keep up with us at Cov­, Face­book and Twit­ter to make 2012-13 not only a mem­o­rable first year for my­self but one that will cap­ture mem­o­ries in print for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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