By Wayne Allen
As summer turns to fall, and area high schools come back into session, one thing people look forward to is high school football. The Portsmouth Daily Times (PDT) Sports Department has taken measures to increase coverage of local teams.
Some of the ways the PDT Sports Department will increase coverage include the publication of a comprehensive fall sports preview. The preview will not only feature in depth previews of area high school football teams, but will also include schedules soccer, golf, cross country and volleyball. The preview is scheduled to be released Sept. 5.
When asked how this year’s coverage will be different, PDT Sports Editor Chris Slone said, “This season we will be able to report Friday night games and publish the content for Saturday morning newspapers.”
Slone said the department is also developing a weekly podcast called the PDT SportsCast, which will be available at www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com and on iTunes.
“We are very excited about the new developments and we are planning on providing the best coverage possible,” Slone said.
The PDT Sports Department consists of Slone and Alex Hider who works as a content producer.
In terms of coverage, “Alex and I will be covering a game every Friday night. We’re exploring options to bring some stringers on board to help with coverage,” Slone said. “Alex and I look at the weekly matchups and we determine what we think will be the best games during that week. We consider many factors when determining games, such as rivalries, playoff implications and so forth. We also make it a point to try to cover each team at least once during the season.”
The start of the 2015 season will be Slone’s third season of covering high-school football.
“I coached football for three years, one at Russell (Kentucky) and two at Kentucky Christian University, so I have a solid background in football,” Slone said. “I have been married since 2010. I have a four-year old son and a son on the way, due end of November.”
Slone has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Morehead State University.
The start of the 2015 season will be the start of Hider’s second full season of covering area high school sports.
“I’m originally from Cincinnati, and played football all throughout high school. From there, I graduated from Ohio University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. There, I spent time covering OU athletics while interning with ESPN Cleveland and USA Today College,” Hider said. “My goal is to bring you all the latest local sports news in the most innovative ways: through print, photo, video and audio.”
The PDT Sports Department has 16 teams within its coverage area.
Hider and Slone acknowledged the difficult task of trying to cover an abundance of teams each week. They are inviting area coaches and staff to send box scores to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. They said if box scores are sent, more teams can be included in Saturday’s paper.
There will be some Saturday games covered by the department, and that coverage will appear online shortly after the game concludes and will appear in the next edition of the Daily Times. PDT Sports Department coverage of local games and be found at www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com.
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Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT