blogging away

 

Up and running.

 

The Manchester Newspapers website is back up and running after some retooling so you can find a bunch of the Granville Sentinel and other items online.

What does that mean? Well, for one thing more photos. There’s only so much space on paper but I plan to be showing off a lot more of the photos I get at events that can’t fit into the paper. At time, football, field hockey and several other sports – we’re coming into basketball season – will have a gallery attached to them so readers can get a look. Check back with us to see about purchasing coverage photos.

That’s a Wrap.

Sports seasons are finished in Granville, the fall season anyway. Golf and football led the way as arguably the most successful teams with Matt Bernard bringing home a first-ever Wasaren League tournament title for the Golden Horde. The team also finished just out of the money for the league title, minus a late-season slide the team had another outstanding season under head coach Mark Valentine. Valentine is not just stating the obvious when he talks about how much work his team puts in in the off season because that’s the only way to succeed in a sport where it falls to the individual to get ready for the season long before the season.

On the gridiron the Torres team of Mario and Aaron brought home another winning season with Granville’s 5-4 finish. Although the team will once again lose a big group of seniors, the team has the beginnings on becoming a ‘program’ like the coaches have repeatedly said they want to create. The loss of a Codi Scribner, Jamie Hicks, Bryan Ricketts and Mike Resetar, not to mention Mike Fiacco and many other seniors will be a big hump to get over. However, the team was in the same situation coming off of the field after facing Hoosick Falls in the sectionals last year eyeing the loss of a great group of student athletes.

Torres said it best when he said the next season begins now (just before getting what must have been the coldest ice water bath ever at mid-field) and back-to-back winning season should go a long way towards coaxing out those reluctant first timers or players who’ve stopped playing football for one reason or another.

This is truly the tough part of high school sports. There is no draft, no source of talent but your own school population and there are increasingly parts of that population who opt out of playing sports of any kind.

Both teams return talent and should be able to build on the success of 2010 in 2011.

Good Luck.

More later…

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