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Looking for ways to give you more than the score

September 24, 2006|by MARK KELLER

As sports writers and editors, we try to give readers more than just the average game story. We try to provide a unique insight to the games we cover.

We try to give readers more than the score.

Hmm ... that's catchy.

Actually, "More Than The Score" is a new feature that is running Monday through Friday in The Morning Herald and is designed to give readers a glance inside the lives of local high school athletes, showing what some of their interests and passions are outside the arena of sports.

We've run one week's worth of these features and gotten a good response from readers. We've also received e-mails from a few athletes who want to be featured in "More Than The Score."

That's the primary reason I'm mentioning "More Than The Score." We want to hear from more athletes, from throughout the Tri-State area. So, if you are a high school athlete on a varsity sports team this fall, send us an e-mail at sports@herald-mail.com. Give us your name and phone number and we will be in contact to put you on the "More Than The Score" hot seat.

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We've also shaken up the way we are running our sports columns. Beginning today, our five writers will rotate in this space, while writing columns during the week as needed or desired.

One reason for the change is to give our beat writers a little more time on those beats. It also gives us more flexibility to write columns throughout the week, rather than sticking to a rigid schedule as we have done the last few years.

The hope is to have a column every Sunday and occasional columns on weekdays that are timely and newsworthy.

The football doubleheader that was played Thursday night at School Stadium was a great idea that came together almost out of desperation.

North Hagerstown's game against Thomas Johnson was in limbo because Mike Callas Stadium wasn't quite ready for the Hubs to use.

South Hagerstown already was scheduled to use School Stadium on Thursday night. Friday was out due to the observance of Rosh Hashanah. Saturday was impossible because the championship games of the Washington County Soccer Tournament were being played at South.

One option that was initially approved was for the Hubs to play TJ on the field the Washington County Junior Football League uses at Marty Snook Park in Halfway. But North would have lost all of its gate revenue by playing the game there, so that idea was reconsidered.

All of which led to the North-South doubleheader. It's an idea that could be pulled off in the future, if the schools are open to it.

Then again, the last thing North wants is to have to play another "home" football game at School Stadium.




Mark Keller is sports editor of The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2332, or by e-mail at keller@herald-mail.com

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