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September 11, 2013

It's been a while, but I'm rambling

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CORBIN — It’s one of those days where I have space to write a column, but I have way too much going on in my head to pinpoint any one subject.

I like to call it rambling, so with that said away we go.

• The Endzone

I know we’ve harped on it and tried to make sure everybody in our coverage area knows about it already, but I really can’t say enough about our joint section with the Sentinel-Echo.

Since week one we’ve gotten numerous comments and suggestions on the section and I have to admit, almost every one of them has been positive.

If you’re not a reader of our newspaper for some reason or another, I feel like picking the Saturday edition of the Times-Tribune and taking a look at The Endzone will change your mind for sure. The section is chock full of information including everything from our staff’s weekly pick’ems to the weekly Tri-County power poll, which is updated at the end of play on Friday nights.

Another really cool part of our sports coverage is our Monday Morning Quarterback, which obviously comes out on Monday mornings.

Times-Tribune Sports Editor Les Dixon does a great job of breaking down the weekend’s stats, top performances and what to look for in the week to come. Les and I rotate weekends here at work, but I read his Monday Morning piece almost religiously.

• High school volleyball

With the high school volleyball season in full swing, I feel like it’s a safe time to give a little insight on what to look for and which teams you can look out for as the season starts to approach the midway point.

The best team I have watched play this season is the Whitley County Lady Colonels. Coach David Halcomb always does a phenomenal job of getting the most out of his players on and off the floor and this season has been no different.

Despite a recent loss to North Laurel, I feel like the Corbin Lady Redhounds are a very close second, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make the jump ahead of the Lady Colonels by season’s end. If you ever get an urge to see one of the best rivalries in high school volleyball, mark your calendar for a Corbin vs. Whitley County match and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Following what I consider a huge win over Corbin, North Laurel could be primed to make a postseason run if they continue to improve as the season moves along. Hats off to first-year coach Haley Ratliff for what she’s doing with a solid group of athletes.

Statistically, Lynn Camp is the second best team in the region with an 8-4 record, but the Lady Wildcats haven’t quite played the type of schedule as Corbin or Whitley County. I would put Lynn Camp, along with Harlan County, Jackson County and Middlesboro at the four through seven spots with Knox Central, South Laurel and Clay County rounding out the top 10.

• Cubs vs. Reds

I’m extremely excited to say that I’ll be spending today at the Great American Ballpark watching the Reds and Cubs battle it out for nothing.

Well, for nothing on the Cubs side of things any way.

As usual, my beloved Cubs are playing meaningless September baseball, but a win over the Reds always does the heart a little bit of good.

Although the Cubs have struggled (really stunk to be honest) this season, I feel like the powers that be are moving in the right direction and when the free-agent market opens up this winter, the Cubs will be major spenders and I’m not talking about guys like Alfonso Soriano.

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