One of my earliest, vivid memories with my grandmother growing up, who lived south of a tiny town called Valeda, Kansas, was putting together puzzles. Of course, I was 5 or 6 and she’d buy me the ones with my favorite cartoon characters with big pieces and completed in 10 steps if that.
Then there was her puzzle. It had a bunch of smaller pieces that took longer to put together, but when it came together what a big, beautiful picture it made. The sense of accomplishment in her eyes and smile after completing a puzzle was something I vividly remember at 35 years old.
When it comes to the 2020 high school sports season, right now, it feels like a lot of pieces are scattered and we’re uncertain what the final picture will look like before we even begin.
Now, is as great of a time as any, to announce the expansion of this site. When it comes to a niche corner of the state, this crew recognized that the coverage area was well saturated in traditional and digital media. From radio stations, TV and paper sports reporters to statewide social media platforms, trying to establish a platform that stood out was difficult. Yet, there was a following and desire for more MORE coverage.
Despite the hours of coverage, the numerous RT’s from many platforms, there seemed to be a common issue: connection. How does all of this fit together? How does it truly look in the grand scheme of things?
Today, we are excited to announce EasternKansasSports.com.
We will continue the same content you’ve come to expect: game previews, final scores, “Plays of the Week”, league players of the week, livestream broadcasts, coaches shows, and senior showcases. As well as an interactive & engaging presence on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.
Starting this year will be exciting content such as: regional classification rankings, regional stat leaders, all-region honors, recognition for college signings for all sports, and more. More, fresh content that connects our region’s student-athletes
A bigger platform to share a clear picture of how our student-athletes all compete together to represent the eastern half of the state.
To put that into perspective, we are expanding from 59 schools and 6 leagues to 163 schools and 19 leagues.
It allows us to share the accomplishments of more student-athletes. It also allows us to expand coverage beyond high school, but also “to the next level.” At the KJCCC, MIAA, Big 12, or wherever the path may take them.
My grandmother taught me that sometimes you have to start small and learn how the pieces fit before you move on to something bigger and more challenging.
Grandmother’s sure do know how to apply their lessons and help keep you motivated, even if they are no longer with us.
This is the 2020-2021 season of Eastern Kansas Sports.