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Winning with Whitt-November 13, 2019

Seasons change.  Of course I’m talking about sports and not the weather.  We are in the beginnings of a transition from the fall sports to the winter sports, and with that change comes great anticipation and expectations.

 For many schools in our area basketball practices starts this week and the first games have already begun.  DeKalb, Redwater, and Maud have already made the change.  New Boston boys, Hooks girls, James Bowie girls have as well.  So pay attention to the paper in the coming days as I expect you will see many opportunities to see the teams playing in local and regional tournaments across this area.  

There are a few holdouts from the fall.  Hooks and James Bowie both made the playoffs in football.  At the beginning of the season neither team was picked to make the playoffs in their respective districts, but THAT’S WHY YOU PLAY THE GAMES.  I’ll give my end of the season review soon and give out my awards.  James Bowie plays Friday night in Mt. Pleasant and Hooks plays Friday night in Pittsburg.  Good luck to both teams.

The story so far this fall though has got to be the New Boston Lady Lions.  New Boston(as of Monday morning) is one of the best stories to come out of our area this school year.  The Lady Lions have dominated in district play and have shown the region that they are a team that you cannot overlook.  Already the Area Champions, they play in the regionals this week.  

In college football, it looks like the playoff picture is starting to take shape.  LSU is deservedly the top team in the country, but Ohio State is right on their heels.  After them are the usual suspects in Clemson, Georgia, and Alabama, but there are also a few teams that deserve some attention, like  Baylor, Utah, and Minnesota.  
Baylor squeaked out a win against TCU Saturday keeping them undefeated.  I think on paper they are the best team in the Big12.  We’ll see if that proves true on the field over the next few weeks as they play the hardest part of their schedule.  Without a doubt the Bears are the most surprising team in the Big12.  

For the last few years no one has paid much attention to football being played west of Oklahoma, but Utah is making a strong case for consideration.  The Utes have played a great schedule and are starting to gain traction in the polls.  If they run the table in the PAC, don’t be surprised if you hear their name mentioned more and more.

The team though that everyone should be paying attention to(I have been saying this for the last month) is the Minnesota Golden Gophers.  All this team has done is win.  Granted they have not played the hardest schedule, but they have beaten everyone they have played and with a huge win against Penn State last week, maybe they will finally get some respect by the polls.  I’m rooting for them that’s for sure.

On a personal note, I played my last football game of the season this past Friday night.  I still have one more year to wear the black and orange, but I will miss my teammates that are seniors that are moving on.  It was great to block for my quarterback Kole Dooley, and make holes for my senior running back Timon Proby.  

I loved watching seniors Riley Starrett, Robert Culpepper, Carter Wafford, Dylan Hanna, and Ladarious Stephens play.  I had the honor of playing on the Offensive line this season with four seniors.  Londell Howard, Dillon Kizer, Christopher McDaniel, and Jonathan Briggs.  Guys, it was an honor to play with you, I wish each of you the best of luck.  Go Bears!

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