SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Signing day is special

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 05:46 PM.

Signing day always raises mixed emotions in me. I'm happy for the young men and women as they fulfill their dream, but it's hard to see some kids go.

Crestview shortstop Dakota Dean signed a baseball scholarship with Louisiana State back in November. It seems as if Dean and Henderson have been high school players forever.

Dean and Henderson started for the baseball team since their first game freshman year. Henderson was a starter on the football team from his high school career's first day.

The 2013 baseball regular season starts Monday, and I'll savor the final weeks of watching Dean and Henderson play high school ball. I will think about their journeys that I've had the opportunity to cover.

There are times when I like to just drop by a practice and watch high school athletes enjoy their sport. Yes, these young men and women work hard to play their games, but in high school, games are still just that: games.

I'm not saying there's no pressure on high school athletes to win or achieve at a high level. However, it's not the same kind of pressure that goes with being a scholarship athlete.

Let's celebrate the best of our best high school athletes. The world is theirs for the taking today, as they prepare to step away from the security of home and embark on their college careers.

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