Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – It’s arduous to imagine 2022 is nearly over and what a sports activities yr it was. Nice issues, good issues, not so nice issues and a few plain unhealthy issues occurred, however that’s what makes sports activities so nice. At Florida, new coaches debuted in soccer, males’s basketball and soccer, a sport that’s attempting to bounce again and regain prominence after two straight shedding seasons. Mike Holloway’s Gator observe staff gained nationwide titles and a extremely good gymnastics staff simply missed one.

The SEC had a very good yr. Georgia was the soccer champ and Ole Miss got here out of nowhere to win the faculty baseball title. And Daybreak Staley’s South Carolina girls’s basketball staff are the defending champions as effectively. School Soccer’s Playoffs will lastly develop its area and convention re-alignment has already begun and extra is on the best way. Stuff you by no means thought you’d hear like identify, picture and likeness, collectives, and shopping for gamers have turn into actuality all throughout the faculty sports activities panorama. Coaches make increasingly more cash and the amount of cash that school athletics generates is like monopoly cash. School sports activities and professional sports activities now kind a blurry line for followers to navigate. It’s massive enterprise. It’s the wild wild west the place gamers can choose out and switch on a dime and coaches can raid the rosters of different groups to acquire expertise. The strain to win is off the charts.

Some space highschool groups did effectively. Hawthorne is celebrating its first state soccer title and Santa Fe Excessive Faculty gained its second straight volleyball state championship. Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches that work so arduous to realize success. The World Cup noticed the US bounced early once more however the occasion was nonetheless thrilling nonetheless. The Golden State Warriors have been NBA champs, the Houston Astros gained the World Sequence and the LA Rams gained a Tremendous Bowl. The Colorado Avalanche gained the Stanley Cup and LIV Golf used Saudi cash to seize a number of the PGA’s greatest gamers.

However most of all, as this yr closes, I need to say thanks. When you take heed to my Sportscene sports activities discuss present on ESPN Gainesville, we are going to start our twenty fifth yr collectively. Who would have thought? I really like speaking sports activities with you. And a giant thanks to the folks right here at TV20 for permitting me to deliver you the Russell Report each week. And all of the folks on digicam and off that do such an important job. I hope your Christmas was nice, and I hope 2023 can be an important yr for you all. And thanks for letting me share the 2022 yr in sports activities with you! I’m Steve Russell, that’s the Russell Report!

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