Kids have been in school two or three weeks now, but nothing signals the start of fall like the opening of the high school football season.
The smell of new notepads, the cleaning of camera lenses, the search for WiFi access.
Journalists have been in preseason mode, too.
While players strap on their gear for Friday’s openers, The Eagle Sports department is also preparing to provide the complete and deep high school football coverage that has always been a source of pride.
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We’ve produced eight pages of high school football coverage each Saturday morning for four years. That includes collectable poster pages and a two-page photo spread from Eagle photographers that captures the excitement of Friday night football. You’ll also find a weekly high school football column from Bob Lutz and a longer Saturday football profile of a player, coach or team from high school sports beat writer Taylor Eldridge.
You may recall that we began printing our paper in Kansas City earlier this year, which has required earlier deadlines. This fall, we have adjusted those deadlines so we can continue to bring you complete high school football coverage. We will also adjust deadlines on Saturday nights so we can bring you full coverage of many nighttime kickoffs from around college football, including Kansas, Kansas State and the Big 12 Conference.
Those deadline adjustments will mean your Saturday and Sunday editions of The Eagle may arrive a little later than normal. We hope you’ll agree that complete football coverage makes that a worthwhile tradeoff.
Of course, our full high school coverage is also available Friday nights on Kansas.com, VarsityKansas.com and the VarsityKansas app available for smartphones. We’ll constantly update the sites during games, and you can find a live chat that compiles Twitter feeds from all of our reporters and photographers who are covering games. It’s the best immediate source for scores and highlights from around the Wichita area.
After games, visit Kansas.com for a continually updated list of Kansas high school football scores, and we’ll post coverage of Wichita-area games as soon as they’re ready. Game coverage also includes photo galleries and videos, plus Taylor’s two-minute rundown of highlights from the evening.
Our laptops are fired up and memory cards are clean. Let’s get this season kicked off.