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Thanksgiving is over, but a busy time has already been had

Let me say it for you: Could Thanksgiving really have been here and gone?

Which means the number of days between now and the new year are dwindling quite quickly.

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These past couple of weeks have been filled with wrapping up the season as we bring in the select best players from many sports to take pictures. Up to this point, with very few teams left to do, the operation has run very smoothly and to my count, only one athlete failed to show among the near 100 honored. As I said, there's a few still to be photographed next week, so I'm hoping I haven't counted the chickens before they hatched.

Anyway, I had the honor of talking with a couple of young men, on this abbreviated week, for stories that appeared or are appearing in these pages.

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It was Monday morning that I was able to catch up with champion powerboat driver Jimmy Shane. And most appropriately, I chatted with him in the warmth of Monday's unseasonable weather outside his parents Shane Sheet Metal Company in Havre de Grace.

It really is a joy talking with Jimmy, as he's very easy to talk to and very knowledgeable about his abilities. Counting the season that just ended, two seasons ago, Jimmy brought his then Graham Trucking sponsored boat to Havre de Grace. That was the year he had won the World Championship in Qatar. In fact, he had won two, as the race schedule was a little out of sorts, I recall.

The point is this: Other than a wife and child who are also in Havre de Grace for the holiday and a boat with Oberto sponsorship, Jimmy was the same guy Monday that he was back in April 2013. Very humble and very realistic about his and the team's results this season.

A National High Points championship, his second straight, is a big deal. The first knowing of a high points championship came a long time ago. That driver was Jimmy's father, Stuart Shane, the famed driver of the legendary Hi-jacker hydroplane.

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Stu started it all, but wife Robin, daughter Kelly and of course, Jimmy, have carried on the Shane racing legacy quite well.

Later that day, I was also able to catch up with Chavez Cheatham, a former Aberdeen football player who is making a name for himself as a member of the Shippensburg University football team.

Cheatham was notified last week that he had been honored as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for the East Division.

That's a big deal, too. Cheatham admittedly had no idea such an honor was coming his way. He did say that coaches had told him that if he worked hard, he could be an all-conference performer. Obviously, Cheatham listened and went out and performed. Congratulations to Cheatham and his family on this special award.

Can I also say another good word or two about the Bel Air football team? The Bobcats gave Franklin everything they had last Friday, but fell a little short. If nothing else, the Bobcats have seen the measuring stick.

Moving up to Class 4A next fall will be an interesting challenge, not only in football, but in other sports as well. I believe the Bobcats will handle it.

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