As I’m sure many of you have noticed, there’s an ongoing feature missing from today’s paper.
This week, I chose to not run a “Throwback Thursday” photo.
It’s omitted by design.
I’m sure some of you feel disappointed, but there’s good reasoning.
Hear me out, at least for this week.
Whichever community you live in, you encounter folks who share stories of the glory days.
They tell tales of back when their team seemed unstoppable, records were shattered and the state took notice of the local high school.
Whether it be 20, 30 or 40 years back, the stories live on through word of mouth.
We all know at least one of those people.
While I believe it’s vital to continue sharing those days and keep record of times past, I also think it’s more important to live in the present, appreciating the things that we can admire and cherish now.
For Crothersville High School students and staff, they’re living through some of their most prideful times right now — today — at this moment in time.
This past week, the girls basketball team’s story of winning the school’s first sectional title has been shared statewide — and beyond that.
Several television stations have visited the community for the Tigers’ story, and newspapers are flocking to Jackson County to get the scoop.
I shared the story via email with an acquaintance of mine from ESPN, who’s on the major network just about every day.
Needless to say, he’s a fan of the Tigers’ story.
Don’t believe the hype? Look no further than our Facebook page and Twitter accounts.
Our video of the final minute of play in Saturday’s game has reached more than 175,000 people.
Just 120 kids attend Crothersville High School.
On social media, the congratulations have even poured out from the Tigers’ biggest rivals, and the IHSAA also made sure to congratulate the school.
An accomplishment like this, if you’re lucky, you get to see once in a lifetime.
While the regional game is still ahead, it’s important to soak in all of the feelings possible during this time.
This past weekend, I felt a tremendous responsibility to share the Tigers’ story the right way.
It was something I’ve never felt in my time as a sports writer.
This was a momentous feat in history for the community.
We will continue to run the old, submitted photos starting again next week.
But today, be thankful for all that you have in the present and appreciate everything you have.