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August 27, 2013

Be sure to pick up The Endzone this weekend

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CORBIN — Sports editorial By Chris Parsons

There are exciting things happening at the Times-Tribune as the 2013 high school football season gets underway and if you saw this past weekend’s edition of the newspaper, hopefully you’ll know what I’m talking about.

We kicked off the football season with a new addition to our coverage. In a joint effort with our sister paper, London’s Sentinel-Echo, we put together The Endzone, which is as thorough a prep football section as I think you’ll see in the state of Kentucky.

With eight high schools (seven football teams) in our coverage area, a lot of times it’s hard to give teams the space they deserve when it cone to coverage in our newspaper, especially on a Friday night when deadlines can creep up on you faster than old age.

I wish I could say the idea for The Endzone was mine, but that’s not the case. I was actually off on a mini-vacation when the specifics were hashed out, so I can’t take any of the credit for the idea.

I will take credit for some of the content since I contributed to the section, along with Times-Tribune Sports Editor, Les Dixon, writers John Stepp and Mitch Howard, and Sentinel-Echo Sports Editor, Denis House. Trust me when I say that an eight-page weekend sports section is something that can only come together when there are plenty of people pitching in to do the job.

In addition to coverage of each and every Friday night game, readers will get updated power polls based on Friday’s results as well as various feature stories that we feel like our readers will enjoy on a weekly basis.

To be fair, we’re even going to include teams that are on an off week by letting you know what they’re up to in practice and whether there are any injuries worth reporting on while they spend the week getting ready for the next game.

Another exciting addition to our coverage is the creation of another Times-Tribune Twitter account. Fans who follow @Theendzonett on Twitter can get the most accurate, up-to-the-minute scoring updates of games that are going on straight from the reporters covering them.

If that’s not enough football coverage for you, make sure you pick up Monday’s edition of the Times-Tribune for our Monday-Morning Quarterback where Les Dixon names our player of the week and gives an in-depth wrap-up of the weekend’s top performers, biggest surprises and which games to watch for in the upcoming week.

With football season underway it’s easy to forget about the other varsity sports going on right now in the Tri-County, but that doesn’t mean you should.

While we put a lot of effort toward covering high school football on Friday, we also go the extra mile during the week to make sure we get all of the fall sports in the newspaper as well.

Of course, we can’t be everywhere all of the time, which means we’re going to ask for a little bit of help from our area coaches, most of which already go out of their way to give us a hand. Coaches in our coverage area know how to get in contact with Les or myself on our cell phone and can also send either of us an email at ldixon@thetimestribune.com or cparsons@thetimestribune.com.

If there’s a game that isn’t on a team’s original schedule, please be sure to let us know and we’ll try and make sure it gets covered. If your team is out of town, keep us informed with a quick phone call and we’ll do our best to get the results in the newspaper the following day as long as deadline permits.