This week is shaping into one like I’ve never had as a sport writer.
I’m writing a preview and a feature for The Press-Enterprise and HSGametime.pe.com ahead of a CIF-Southern Section championship football game which I’ll be attending and also writing about for The P-E.
In my 10-plus years of writing sports, I have never done that.
I’ve written columns about big races in Fontana and then been there on Sunday. I’ve written previews for any numbers of teams/events. But I’ve never covered a CIF championship football game. And I’ve certainly never written a whole package ahead of one.
The preview is due midday Wednesday, the feature midday Thursday, and I have until 10:15 PM Friday to file a game story from Perris Citrus Hill High School, the site of the game. The Citrus Hill Hawks (13-0 overall) host the Phelan Serrano Diamondbacks (13-0) for the CIF-SS Eastern Division title on the line.
Then, on Saturday, I’ll be at the CIF-SS Central Division title game in Moreno Valley, where Fontana Kaiser (12-1) hopes to dethrone host Rancho Verde (10-3), the reigning champions. I’ll be writing a deadline feature from that game for another media outlet.
Both games, however, pale in comparison to the CIF-SS Inland Division championship game. That one is in Murrieta on Friday, and will be a third consecutive meeting between Corona Centennial (12-1) and Vista Murrieta (13-0) in the Inland final. Centennial won in 2010. Vista took it convincingly last year. Friday night is the rubber match.
But for me it’s still two CIF title games in two days, thereby doubling my career number and making me (almost) feel like a full-time sports writer again.