— Jay-Z, "Dear Summer"
It's over now.
But it's really just the beginning. Paid time off has ended. Now, it's time to get down to business.
I actually came up with that myself.
Granted, the quotes I advanced can't compare to Mr. Sean Corey's. But I did do a little razzle dazzle on the microphone coming up as a kid. But if you ever ask me to rap, I will look at you like you're stone cold crazy.
Nonetheless, the sentiment he expressed in his classic 2005 ode to the season that closes public schools and opens up the vacation flood gates at companies across the country, inspired me.
Maybe not officially, but it might as well be fall now. That means it's time to spring ahead into football season. After a June and July that included a wonderful "staycation" and a move (I'm now an Annistonian — Jacksonville, you'll always have a place in my heart), it's time to start producing the weekly notes column again.
• Maine event: Former Saks standout Elisa "Boostie" Boyd has signed a scholarship offer from NAIA University of Maine at Machias to play both basketball and volleyball.
Boyd, a 5-foot-4 guard, was a first-team selection to The Star's Class 4A-6A All-County hoops team this past season. She filled out the stat sheet, averaging eight points, 12 rebounds, four assists and six steals as a team captain during her senior season.
Boyd also helped guide the Wildcats to an area championship in volleyball as a senior and should serve as a nice addition to a Clippers team that went 9-19 overall and 3-4 in conference play last season.
• Wellborn alumni game: If you've ever played volleyball at Wellborn and think you still have some game, you can end the bragging, boasting and bickering once and for all on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Panthers are hosting an alumni game at Waldrep Gym on the school's campus. The event is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. Anyone who's ever played at Wellborn is welcomed. For more info, contact Melanie Brooks at 256-239-2618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Go camping: Come Saturday local prep softball players will have the opportunity to study the game of softball from some of junior college's best. Wallace State Community College at Hanceville, the 2009 runners-up and 2008 National JUCO champions, will host the Lady Lions Softball Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oxford Lake Park.
The camp is geared toward players in grades 9-12. Everyone will receive hitting instruction from Wallace State coaches and players including former Saks stars Cara Law and Nikki Forbus. Campers will also have the option to receive additional instruction in fielding, pitching or catching.
The cost for the one-day camp is $50 and $55 for walk-up registrants.
For more information, contact Wallace State coach Jayne Clem at 256-2295.