A bad time for an early deadline

September 7, 2009

by Aaron Schultz

Summer is coming to a close, the high school football season is upon us, the amateur state baseball tournament is wrapping up, and Labor Day weekend is here.

With everything that is going on this weekend, you would expect plenty of coverage in the sports section.

But that is not case, as you can tell by taking a look.

Nowhere will you find the scores for the opening football games for Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, or Watertown-Mayer, or even a photo.

Also, no state tournament coverage of how the Winsted Wildcats fared in their big showdown with St. Cloud Friday.

What’s the deal?

Well, this is the eighth year that I have been working at the Herald Journal over Labor Day, and for the eighth straight time I have dealt with this early deadline.

Due to the holiday, the paper gets printed early, so we have to have everything done by early Thursday evening.

Because of that, I have no choice but to leave out the football results, along with the Wildcat results.

Many of you may have grown accustomed to this, but for those of you who haven’t, it is kind of a pain.

However, if you need to find out scores from over the weekend, like I do, check out the blog at www.herald-journal.com.

I will be doing my best to update the site with all of the latest scores from the opening weekend of football, along with the latest Winsted Wildcats info.

For the complete game round-ups from Labor Day weekend, I’ll be running complete stories, with photos, in next week’s Herald Journal.

Thanks for understanding!

Where are the MCAA fall sports previews?

Inside this week’s sports, I have run conference previews for football and volleyball in the Central Minnesota Conference, and the Wright County Conference.

Yep, you guessed it, there are no previews running for the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, which the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity football and volleyball teams compete in.

Why is this?

Well, I just haven’t gotten enough information sheets returned from the coaches in the conference to run a worthwhile preview.

I received info sheets back from all but two coaches in football and volleyball in the WCC.

Meanwhile, in the CMC, five of the eight coaches returned their info sheets back to me in both sports.

Not perfect, but good enough to run a fairly decent article, I think.

Of course, I would have preferred to get in contact with every coach, but that just didn’t happen.

As for the MCAA, I only received three football info sheets back, and less than 50 percent for volleyball.

With that said, I figured I’d give it another week to try and get in contact with the remaining coaches in the conference.

Should I get a few additional info sheets returned next week, I’ll be running a preview story for the MCAA.

For those of you who follow the MCAA, I apologize again for not having those previews ready to go, but I hope with another week that I will be able to get more info back to make the story worth reading.

One final practice

As you know, the Winsted Wildcats are still battling it out in the Class C state tournament.

The tournament wrapps up this weekend, with the Wildcats still being undefeated.

As I write this, Winsted could finish anywhere from tied for fifth to state champions.

It all really started to sink in for me Wednesday night when we had practice in Winsted.

Numbers at practice were small due to many members of the team already at college, but it was still fun.

Then, as we sat around after practice, I started thinking, and it hit me, this was our final practice of the 2009 season.

A season that kicked off back in April, and has carried over into September.

What a great time this year has been, and how much fun it was to have a baseball practice in September.

As a member and co-manager of the Wildcats, I couldn’t be prouder of my team, no matter what happens over Labor Day weekend.

September baseball is the best!