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When we have local prep athletes fill out All-Area first-team surveys throughout a given academic year, they're asked, among other things, to provide three items on their bucket list.

One thing that comes up many times is visiting another country, or traveling the world in some fashion.

That's become a reality for 2017 Shiloh graduate Shayne Smith, a former Tri-County girls' basketball standout.

Smith is part of the USA Sports Tours & Events Division III women's basketball team for 2019.

This group will trek to Brazil next month for games from July 10 through July 15 in various South American cities. Among the stops will be Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Smith is a rising junior at Monmouth College. The guard was named to the 2018-19 all-Midwest Conference second team as a sophomore after averaging 14.6 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Scots.

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With the release of our 2019 All-Area baseball package on Sunday, the only remaining coverage from the 2018-19 athletic campaign arrives this upcoming Sunday, in the form of our Prep Year in Review.

This is a massive recap of the entire August-to-May stretch that was as we try to recall some of the best performances and moments from all involved in local sports.

It's a challenging undertaking — even more so than our All-Area packages — as the events that have happened more recently always are most fresh in the mind.

That means memorable occurrences in spring sports will seem to stick out more off the bat. But we'll do our best to make sure fall and winter get the appropriate love as well.

Hopefully, the end result will be a balanced look at all The News-Gazette's coverage bubble has to offer.

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I did want to briefly weigh in on something that made the social media rounds over the weekend: a fiery retort by former Centennial baseball star Luke Smith while he was competing for Louisville in the College World Series.

After Smith struck out a Vanderbilt foe in a win-or-go-home game (for the Cardinals, anyway), a camera caught him swearing in the direction of the Commodores.

I think this whole situation has been overblown by outlets with big followings, expanding a moment between opponents who had been jawing all night long to try and fit some sort of sportsmanship narrative. Smith's mouthing harmed no one, and this is something a camera could happen to catch at literally any high-level sporting event.

Choose to be offended if you want, but it feels like a waste of angst to me.

Prep Sports Coordinator

Colin Likas is prep sports coordinator at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).