And so it ends. McAlester’s track and tennis teams finished their respective state competitions Saturday, marking the end of the 2012-13 high school sports year.
I’m sure I’ll write a few more stories on high school athletes throughout the summer, but the routine I developed throughout the year to stay on top of 12 schools’ worth of teams and players won’t be necessary again until school starts up in August.
The end of the school year comes with mixed emotions. Last summer’s work days tended to both start and end earlier, so in theory that means it’ll be easier to find time to exercise and perhaps even socialize a bit.
But I also really like covering high school games, and I’m definitely going to miss having so many potential stories at my disposal every day. I often worry about what I’m going to write about during the week, and all those games made it easier to fly by the seat of my pants in terms of coverage.
Now I’ll have to plan more, scrounge more, branch out more. I’m sure this will mean some headaches, but it’ll also make me a better reporter.
So bring on the summer! But until then, here’s everything I wrote during this final week of the spring high school season.