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High School Sports

November 30, 2008

Winter sports are here

DUNCAN — The chill in the air is bringing warmth to the high school athletic fan’s heart. Winter sports are here at last.

The area basketball and wrestling teams will end a lengthy lull in the sports calendars by suiting up in full force this week. The aroma will fill gymnasiums from Idabel to Guymon and life couldn’t be any better. How’s that for some Thanksgiving attitude?

Over the course of the past two weeks, we as The Duncan Banner, have compiled previews for the winter sports section which appears in today’s sports page.

The great thing about high school sports is that every season brings a new story line and that will be the case this season. The first part of the season will be spent wondering who will step up and fill scoring roles. Who are those newcomers that are going to have an impact and which teams are strong playoff contenders?

Early in the season a couple of boys teams have made themselves interesting. Empire is employing a no-holds barred offensive style and Bray-Doyle has had a couple of freshmen step up.

Other storylines that will be fun to follow are Casy Rowell’s chase for a third straight state championship in wrestling, a resurgence in Duncan basketball and Velma-Alma’s rebuilding efforts. And those are just a few, I really could go on and on so feel free to insert your own storyline.

For this, the fans can give thanks.

Throughout football, more than one administrator talked about how much a good football team can do for school morale. The kids behave better and everything runs smoother. If football did not turn out all that swell, basketball and wrestling teams give schools another chance to find that pride and keep the year on track. For that, I reckon the administrators give thanks.

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

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