SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Treasuring the moments

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 06:28 PM.

I'll long remember watching Baker School’s volleyball team win most of its 10 straight district championships and Crestview’s baseball team taking two district titles in three years.

However, I'll remember these special young people long after everyone forgets the records.

I've typed the names of countless athletes — including Baker's Haley Wagner, Katie Wickery and Garrett Sanders, Crestview's Micah Reed, Roman Donofro, Tate Sweatt and Kerrie York and Laurel Hill's Tommy Calloway, Garrett Alford, Haley Meeks and Nichole Bailey — more than any other sports writer in Okaloosa County.

Each time I've written these names, and the names of every other young man or woman I've covered, it has been a labor of love.

As parents, grandparents and others have tried to slow each moment for the Class of 2013, most class members have been anxious to move ahead and take their places on college campuses, in the military or the workforce.

Those of us who have been around the block a time or two — or three — can tell this class how quickly the years will pass and to hold tightly to each dwindling day.

But they won't believe how quickly time passes any more than we believed it when our parents and grandparents told us the same thing so many years ago.

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