Spring break blues

Published 9:38 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2007

By By Matthew Nascone
Spring break may be a great time for high school students to go have fun at the beach and leave their troubles behind them, but for a high school sportswriter, it is not too fun.
This week marks the spring break vacation for the two Escambia counties that are split by the state line.
Now this may be a great thing for every Escambia County High School and Northview High School baseball and softball player, but to me, it is a pain in the backside because I have no one to talk to about sports.
My life is sports and when there is not much to cover, my life gets quite boring. And that is why I apologize for the picture album this issue of the Advance sports section has turned into. But that is what happens when the high schools are not in session and there is not much else going on in Atmore sports wise.
But if anyone does know of anything going on this week, please let me know so I can get it in there for you. And what I don't understand is that I never had the luxury of a spring break because I was playing baseball and we would always be playing in some tournament.
I guess times have changed in the five years since I graduated from high school because I always loved going off somewhere and staying in a hotel for a week while I played the greatest game in the world.
But I guess the parents did get kind of angry because that meant they had to travel all across the state following their kids. I loved it and I wish the schools around the area would play some games like that so these players could experience the tournaments.
Anyway, I know that Northview plays tonight and tomorrow night and the Academy has three games this week, but it just does not seem right to not have a tournament during spring break. I want this for nothing else than because I want something cool to cover and write about. And tournaments always have at least one interesting aspect about them.
I know this may be a selfish column, but it is just kind of a boring time of the season and I can't wait to get back to the normal hustle and bustle of having a ton of games to worry about and report on. It is an extremely fast-paced world when there is enough going on and this lull is not a cool thing.
That is one thing no college sports beat writer ever has to worry about because when these athletes hit college they are playing no matter what is going on with the school schedule. And then in the pros, they even play on such days as Christmas and New Years.
But don't get me wrong, I love covering sports here in Atmore, but I just wish there was more going on this week that I could write about.
Good luck to all the teams who are playing, but I cannot wait until everyone is playing in the playoffs and moving on to the finals.
Well, here is to the sports world in the Atmore area fueling up and coming back strong next week and on into April.
Matthew Nascone is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123.

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