Sports Editor’s Playbook, Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Patrick Newell

* Thursday, we publish the third installment in our series of articles profiling the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. In case you noticed, the athletes are appearing on our pages in chronological order dating back to the 1920s. Tomorrow’s athlete, Charles “Doc” Ulrichs graduated in 1945, and for those unaware, the Norwich High School football field was named in his honor about 30 years ago. It’s another interesting read recounting the accomplishments of one of the great athletes who performed at Norwich High School in the first half of the 20th century.

* Yesterday was the 26th day of April, and from my position behind the keyboard last night, it was significant. The spring sports season is nearing its fourth week, yet Tuesday was the first time a full complement of area teams played. When I say “full,” I mean it. Nearly every team in Chenango County in every sport took advantage of the fair climate, and if several local teams weren’t already playing each other, I might have incurred a sudden onset of carpal tunnel syndrome. I will often assess the amount of work I get done by the total word count. In high school and college, a 1,000-word term paper seemed excessive to me, and the time to research, write, and type the reports was exhausting. Last night, while busier than most, totaled over 3,500 words. That sum also includes the various box scores and results that were typed in. Over 20 years ago, I could not fathom putting that many words down on paper. Now, it’s all in a night’s work.

* Norwich hosts the annual REK Invitational Track and Field Meet on Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. The Norwich boys have won the overall title the past two years, but should receive a stiff challenge from B-G/Afton, who is making its first appearance in the meet. Norwich has several top-end athletes who should garner a fair number of victories, while the Bears sport remarkable depth up and down the roster. On the girls’ side, Oxford is expected to attend with sectional champions, Katie Woodford and Emily Woodford, headlining.