Prep pulse: August 27, 2018

Prep pulse: August 27, 2018

Among the many pieces we dedicate to area high school sports is our Athlete of the Week feature, which began last Wednesday with Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley boys' golfer Connor Birky and Tuscola girls' golfer Claire Ring.

Sometimes — well, all the time — it can be quite a challenge to choose just one boy and one girl out of so many local competitors. All of these kids work hard to be the best they can at their respective events, so it's tough to say that two people each week are at the head of the pack.

That's especially true during the fall sports season. With nine different ventures going on — football, volleyball, boys' and girls' cross-country, boys' and girls' golf, boys' soccer, girls' tennis and girls' swimming and diving — there's always the chance an athlete or two slips below the radar any given week.

As such, I'd like to invite individuals who have an Athlete of the Week suggestion to chip in with their thoughts.

The easiest way to do this is via email, where you can reach me at

Now, I'm looking for big accomplishments with each of our Athlete of the Week choices. A football running back with 200 rushing yards in a game. A volleyball player with 20 kills in every match that week. A broken school record. A personal-best that led the team to victory.

No one is excluded from Athlete of the Week consideration, although we make sure not to repeat honorees during any given season. However, we want to make sure those selected are truly deserving of the recognition.

I'm not saying it's a guarantee that if you send me an athlete's name, he or she will be an Athlete of the Week. But if you know of a very impressive performance that you think could be worthy of the position, feel free to drop me a line.

We plan to run the Athlete of the Week feature in each Wednesday's News-Gazette, and you can also see every week's entries at

By the same token, if you don't see the statistics or results published for your favorite team, I encourage submission of those as well (to If we don't receive them via email, we can't run them. But we will print them no matter who gets them to us.