What a decade huh? I’m referring to 2020. This year has been a [insert adjective]. I’m not going to list off the mentally draining gander that describes what 2020 has been so far.
We know. It’s all we see on the news. It’s all we talk about. It’s got us slouched in the shoulders walking around looking for the sun.
This week I will find the sun. This week, The Oconee Enterprise staff and myself have been on our vacation. GHSA’s ‘dead week’ takes place this week, so there isn’t any games or practices and not due to COVID-19.
On the other side of this break is uncertainty. Typically this week is the last breath before I take off and sprint full speed into the fall, winter and springs sports calendar.
Today, I’m holding my breath. I don’t know if the sprint will be sprint, a slow trout, a standstill or a series of short bursts.
I think about it daily. How can things go back to normal? When will that happen? Nobody knows. I have faith that things will be as they should be.
I know I’ll be more appreciative when they do go back to normal. I’ll be smiling at every four-game day I’m given. The heat won’t ever be a complaint again.
Rain delays, ha, I love them.
There are things I’m looking forward to. There are story lines that are scintillating. My hands shake the thought of writing about these intriguing happenings in the next few months. I can only give you an appetizer today. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the fall sports calendar is that Oconee County High School football program. They gave Blessed Trinity all they wanted in the Class 4A state championship game in December.
They graduated a few big time players. I’ll let you in on a little secret. They’re not going anywhere. ‘That’s all I have to say about that.’ Thank you Forrest Gump.The top two teams in Class A Private could reside in our little county. That’s right. Athens Academy returns with its giant offensive line, their dangerous wide receiver Deion Colzie and veteran quarterback Palmer Bush among other talented options.
They’ll be a factor. They’ll have something to say about who wins what in Class A Private. Prince Avenue Christian School’s Wolverines have been the team that people have been pointing and whispering about.
They played what could have been the game of the year against eventual state champions Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in the second round of the stat playoffs last year. Expectations are high and their 17 seniors are hungry.
North Oconee’s football program continues to climb. Now alone in 4A, they are sitting are the boiling pot of water on the stove. Athens Academy’s volleyball team will be a team to watch. They should be pretty much the same group they were last year. The Lady Spartans lost three seniors, but the return of a dominant freshman class and their anchor Ali Rumpel. They’ll be formidable.
OCHS’ volleyball and softball teams have new head coaches. NOHS’ softball team has a new head coach. Who knows what those teams will look like? The cross-country teams will be their usual competitive selves with new faces set to emerge. Who’s the next Graham Blanks?
Let’s be safe, so we can find out.
Jeremy Johnson is the sports editor for The Oconee Enterprise. Opinions expressed are those of the writer.