First the facts, the sectionals at LaSalle and Heidecke have been postponed again, this time for Tuesday when the weather looks better.
Second, I was caught off guard by St. Charles North coach Tim Pinks Friday. His boat of kids won the Shabbona Lake sectional on a 4.1-pound largemouth caught by Derrick Hoffman.
That's Pinks holding the sectional championship trophy with his guys.
But here's why I was caught off guard by Pinks.
Afterward, I was trying to get some insight from Pinks, who also coaches on the St. Charles North football team, on why they were fishing up in the no-motor zone at Shabbona. And he gave the usual explanation of expecting the water to warm quicker on the north end.
Then he drifted into just a wonderful free-assocation of why they were there. And i failed to get my tape recorder out in time to get it all.
The essence was all the signs of wildlife there: kingfishers, turtles sunning themselves, ``just a neat spot.'' My fault that you can't catch the complete feel of his sense of why they should fish there.
If you do enough outdoor stuff (hunt, fish, hike), you know what he was saying, there are times you just sense or smell that this is ``The Spot.''
His comment reminded me of back in the early and mid 90s when I had the high school baseball beat for a couple different newspapers.
I just used to love to talk with LT's baseball coach Terry Sullivan or Montini's Bill Leeberg, both English teachers who could drift out of normal coach speak on any given day and wander into some strange lands.