It is still hard to believe that the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. After a long series filled with blowout games, we all got what we wanted in the instant classic Game 7 of this year’s Finals.
The Warriors started with two big wins to go up 2-0 before they lost Game 3 in a similar fashion that they won Game 2. Then the Cavs went down 3-1 in the series and it seemed like all hope was lost. Once again, the analysts made money by making crazy statements like “the Cavs are done” or “the Cavs have no shot.”
Sure, the odds were stacked against Cleveland, but haven’t we learned by now that anything is possible? Even if it includes the 73-win Golden State Warriors losing game 7 at home and dropping a 3-1 lead in the Finals. Yeah, it’s still hard to believe.
Game 7 was outstanding. It was a close game from start to finish and had an exciting ending. LeBron found a way to will his team to three straight wins in the Finals to beat a team that many have been stacking up as one of the top teams of all time.
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The Winder-Barrow High School baseball team didn’t take much time off following their successful 2016 season which culminated with a trip to the Elite Eight.
The Diamond Doggs have been busy on the practice field as well as with scrimmage games.
In addition, the team embarked on its annual trek to camp at Mississippi State University, something coach Brian Smith said is always the highlight of the summer schedule.
“It was another great camp,” Smith said. “They were preparing for their Super Regional. It didn’t affect the camp other than in a good way. We were able to sit in on their practices. It was a good atmosphere and there was good energy for the players and coaches involved. Arizona was coming in two days after we left.”
The Bulldoggs had a chance to compete against schools from Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and several other states. Smith said it’s always fun to compete against teams you don’t normally see on the field.
Following the came, WBHS returned home and has continued working.
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There will be a new defensive coordinator for the Winder-Barrow High School football program this upcoming season but all involved believe it will be as smooth a transition as possible.
Paul Hoch, who has been on the WBHS coaching staff the past two seasons, moves into the defensive coordinator role for the Bulldoggs, replacing Brandon Patrum, who has moved to St. Frances in Alpharetta.
“We will continue to be the Winder-Barrow defense you have been seeing,” Hoch told the Barrow Journal. “We will continue with the same scheme that has already been put in place. There may be a couple of new twists that will be different. Of course, those twists may have been added anyway as areas we needed to grow and improve on.”
Hoch said he and Coach Patrum worked closely together the past two seasons.
“Working with Brandon was very beneficial to me,” Hoch said. “I will miss him because I have come to respect him very much as a coach and will miss him more as a person.”
On the football field, Hoch said the Bulldoggs have some players “who can do good things on the defensive side of the football.”
“We may be a good bit faster than we were last year,” he said. “We will move some linebackers down to the defensive line. We want to be aggressive.”
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Jackson Herald reporter Ben Munro caught up with new East Jackson boys’ basketball coach David Akin last Wednesday to discuss his film study habits, his have-no-fear scheduling strategy and whether or not CDs are still part of his musical collection in 2016.[Full Story »]