In case you haven't heard or have not been reading The Bolivar Commercial's in-depth sports coverage, there are several athletes in the Bolivar County and Sunflower County areas that are still competing in athletics.
In fact this weekend, they will be competing for state championships in something other than football, basketball and baseball.
These kids will be on the track, and they deserve the same love and support that you would give if they were competing in the three major sports.
All track season, our schools have been performing well and on Saturday and Monday these young men and women will be running, jumping and throwing at Pearl High School in Pearl in the 2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association Track and Field State Championships.
I wanted all of you to know this because somewhere between football and baseball season we forget about the track kids.
I have shared my feelings on this subject in 2012 after the East Side boys, John F. Kennedy Girls and West Bolivar Boys all won overall team championships.
So here, I am again urging each and every one of you to send out your support.
Back in March, I was blown away with the abundance of support for three of our area basketball teams. All of it was well deserved, but I expect the same from everyone if the same happens with our track teams.
Just last week, the East Side Trojans won the 3A North Half Meet. West Bolivar Eagles and Lady Eagles finished second in the 2A North Half Meet. The John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets won the 1A North Half Meet, the Hornets finished second in the 1A North Half Meet and the Ray Brooks Tigers finished third in the 1A North Half Meet. In addition, we had several athletes from various schools qualify for the state championships by either winning their events or finishing in the top four. Recently in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools State meets, Bayou Academy's Anna Grace Cummins won the girls shot put in the AA State Championships and North Sunflower's Ronny Henley won the boys shot put in the A State Championships.
The beautiful thing about track and field is that even if a team fails to earn enough points to win it all, there are still young men and women who can bring home first place finishes and they deserve the recognition.
I know there may not be any parades thrown because we are coming to the close of the school year, but there should, I know there may not be any banquets held in their honor, but there should, I know many will not receive rings or jackets because they will receive a ribbon or metal, but they should.
When a child accomplishes something around here we should be proud as a community and we should go beyond to show them just how much we appreciate them.
Think about it and do what's right!
Donell Maxie is a sports writer for The Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at 843-4241 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.