These may not be the funnest days ever for area athletes -- two-a-day football practices can be grueling -- but it's certainly a fun time for our News-Gazette sports staff.
We're planning on doubling up on our prep coverage for many of the days between Thursday and when the high school season starts on Aug. 29. Some stories will be in our regular section and others will be available at this blog.
I'll be making the rounds at all of the schools in Vermilion County and Marcus Jackson will be everywhere else. Tony Bleill is preparing to get the inside scoop on each of the Champaign-Urbana entries in the Big 12 Conference.
Here's where the fun starts. Marcus will be writing daily updates from his journey in the sports section of The News-Gazette. I'll be blogging about my trips almost every day. And Tony? Well, we'll work him into the lineup soon, too.
Here's a handy guide so everyone will know what to expect and when to expect it.
Thursday, Aug. 14--Marcus Jackson at St. Thomas More
Thursday, Aug. 14--Fred Kroner blogging about Westville
Friday, Aug. 15--Marcus Jackson at Villa Grove
Friday, Aug. 15--Fred Kroner blogging about Georgetown-Ridge Farm
Saturday, Aug. 16--Marcus Jackson at Fisher
Saturday, Aug. 16--Fred Kroner blogging about Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac
Sunday, Aug. 17--Marcus Jackson at Unity
Sunday, Aug. 17--Fred Kroner will compile a notes package for The News-Gazette sports section
Monday, Aug. 18--Marcus Jackson at Paxton-Buckley-Loda
Monday, Aug. 18--Fred Kroner blogging about Bismarck-Henning
Tuesday, Aug. 19--Marcus Jackson at Tuscola
Tuesday, Aug. 19--Fred Kroner blogging about Salt Fork
Wednesday, Aug. 20--Marcus Jackson at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
Wednesday, Aug. 20--Fred Kroner blogging about Hoopeston Area
Thursday, Aug. 21--Marcus Jackson at East Central
Thursday, Aug. 21--Fred Kroner blogging about Schlarman
Friday, Aug. 22--Marcus Jackson at Arcola
Friday, Aug. 22--Fred Kroner blogging about Danville
Saturday, Aug. 23--Marcus Jackson at Blue Ridge
Saturday, Aug. 23--Fred Kroner blogging about Milford
Sunday, Aug. 24--Marcus Jackson at both Monticello and Mahomet-Seymour
Sunday, Aug,. 24--Fred Kroner will compile a notes package for The News-Gazette sports section
Monday, Aug. 25--Marcus Jackson at St. Joseph-Ogden
Monday, Aug. 25--Tony Bleill at Urbana
Tuesday, Aug. 26--Marcus Jackson at both Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon and Rantoul
Wednesday, Aug. 27--Tony Bleill at Centennial
Thursday, Aug. 28--Tony Bleill at Champaign Central
Thursday, Aug. 28--The annual News-Gazette special section on high school football will be printed
Friday, Aug. 29--Fred Kroner at Danville
Saturday, Aug.30--Coverage of Opening Night. We'll have at least a half-dozen reporters out and about. Included in the coverage will be Tony Bleill handling Normal West at Cham;paign Central; Fred Kroner covering Arcola at Salt Fork and Marcus Jackson writing about Rochester at Mahomet-Seymour.
Let the fun begin!