I begin today assuming nothing and wishing to know everything. The Seattle area has more than 100 high schools, and all I can think about, with football about to kick off with seven football games tonight, is the countless people involved with those schools, and the stories they bring with them.
We are creating this blog to provide another avenue for those stories to be told, and to give you a place to debate and discuss the people and issues that matter to you most.
The only thing as new to Seattle as this blog is its author. So let me begin with a disclaimer: A week ago, my first foray into any mountain range ended here in Seattle. I’m a lifetime Midwesterner who grew up in the inner city and lived otherwise in the Plains, so the scenery continues to awe me, and I hope it never gets old.
In the past four years, I have written about high-school sports, in Missouri, Indiana and Florida. My roots are in St. Louis, one of the most soccer-obsessed cities in America. I have seen some of the country’s best athletes in Orlando, Fla., and my most recent stop was in Evansville, Ind., where hundreds show up for August football practices and in basketball season, 3,000 fans pack into the small countryside gymnasiums that inspired “Hoosiers.”
I won’t lie. After a week in Seattle, I don’t know much. I know Bellevue football has been dominant, but Skyline could test the Wolverines on Friday night. I’ll be there to see. I know if I had to name a girls’ soccer star from the West Coast, I likely wouldn’t go wrong with Issaquah’s Katie Deines, whom I saw in a scrimmage last night. And I know that the high-schools page at seattletimes.com gets more than 2 million hits per month, so there’s no lack of interest or dedication from this area. I couldn’t ask for much more.
So as we sit on the brink of another school year, I begin this blog with a question for you: What should I know? Don’t hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com.
On the blog, I will be bringing you morning dispatches from the previous night’s games, all the most up-to-date information throughout the day and links from around the state and nation that could affect high-school sports here in Seattle. The Times’ Sandy Ringer and Craig Smith, who have unparalleled expertise in the area’s high-school sports, will contribute their views, too.
Beyond that, this blog provides a place for discussion and debate of one of The Times’ most popular subjects: high-school sports. Feel free to comment here, and you can also join or start a discussion in the brand new High School Sports Forum. Every high-school team has a story that should be told in The Seattle Times, either online or in the newspaper, and the best way for that to happen is to let us know about it. So don’t be shy.
Go ahead and get comfortable. Feel your way around the space. It’s as much yours as it is mine.