Commentary by Joe Williams: Notebook fills up in just a week
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
I’ve filled up a notebook in ten days. And that’s not a complaint. It is said that the best job is the one you love doing. If that is the case, at least so far, I’ve dropped into the greatest job I’ve had in a while.
There is always something going on and, when it doesn’t make a printed story, you’ll find it in our E-blasts or on the many scraps of paper and pages that I am known to scribble notes on. Speaking of notes:
Fairview Golfers learn the right lesson
Though classes don’t start for over a week, the high school golf season has already started. Earlier this week, the Fairview golf team lived an example of why the game is sometimes known as, “the gentleman’s sport.”
During a practice round at Montgomery Bell State Park, junior Colton McClure was playing with senior Zachary Simmons, junior Daniel Davis and freshman Seth Wagner when Colton discovered cash on the course. Without hesitation, McClure and his team turned the new found booty in to the club house to be returned to its rightful owner.
“It wasn’t much,” said Fairview coach Ricky Jones, “only $20 or so and a nice golf tool. We had just talked two days before about how you play the game of golf is how you will play the game of life. I’m proud they did the right thing. ”
The Major is Home
The Cal Ripken 9U Southeast Regional Tournament at Jim Warren Park last weekend was a huge coup for the Franklin Baseball Club and Franklin’s Parks Department. It was smooth and professional and hopefully opens the door for more such events in the future.
But maybe the best story of weekend came during opening ceremonies; Major Ed Baker is a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard, a well-respected high school coach and a longtime volunteer youth league coach in his hometown of Martin, TN. He has spent the last seven months on active duty in Kuwait, but returned home in time to be reunited with his family and his team at the tournament. He also threw out the first pitch-to his son Houston, a member of the Martin team.
There is still something in the water
Williamson County has a tremendous reputation for producing great sportscasters. Mike Keith, George Plaster, Bill King, Chip Cain, Courtney Lyle...the list is long. The next on that list may well be 12-year-old David Nichols.
During football season, Nichols splits his time between quarterbacking a Franklin Cowboys team and rocking the P.A. booth and he handled several of the assignments during the Ripken tournament. How good is he? He had parents and coaches requesting him for their next games.
I have had the honor of introducing our National Anthem in excess of 2,000 times over the last 30 years. And when I ask a group to stand, I refuse to add the now cliché line for gentlemen to remove their hats.
Someone asked me last week at Jim Warren Park why I didn’t, and I told them the truth: If you are a true gentleman, you don’t need to be reminded. If you need to be told, you weren’t raised right and it’s too late for me to help.
Joe Williams is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Herald.
Posted on: 7/31/2013