What makes a coach special is when it's obvious that he or she has a positive effect affect on the student athlete that reaches outside the boundary of the playing surface. And when that is achieved that's when the kids run through the proverbial "brick wall" for them.
There was a time when AAU had a purpose and its purpose was genuine, that time has long passed us by. It's not oil that greases the AAU wheels, it's cold hard cash!
Football season in Tuscarawas County officially begins with the Times Reporter All Star Football Game. It's mood setter for Friday nights in the fall, and scratches that football itch fans get after the NFL draft. It is all so the last time some of the area's best will ever put on the pads again. Some will go play football at the next level and some have put other goals at a bigger priority for their future, it is especially meaningful for them.
Since I started covering High School sports the toughest thing to do was to cover my daughter and be able to portray her success without giving off the impression of being biased. If anything I went out of my way to make sure that never was the case which probably did her a disservice in the end. As I was writing the blog last week for the first time I just stepped back and took a look at her career taking dad out of the equation. And without a doubt, if I looked at it through just a media persons eyes, Aaliyah Currence would be at the top of the list for people I would want to interview for their successes on and off the field.