Instead of readers getting a choice of reading my coverage of a game between, for instance, Capital and Huntington, and flipping over to the Gazette to read Rick Ryan's account of the same game, they can read about Capital vs. Huntington and George Washington vs. Cabell Midland, since one of us will be in one place and the second in another.
The Gazette has typically covered five-to-six games per Friday night in recent years.
This project enables the number of games to be covered in the Saturday Gazette-Mail to balloon to a planned average of nine per Friday night.
Since there are never any more than seven games being played in Kanawha and Putnam counties on any given Friday, this assures the expanded area will receive more coverage throughout the season.
Game coverage is not the only thing that will be accessible on the site. Schedules, statistics, feature stories, previews, the weekly Daily Mail Poll, statewide scores, rosters and other information will be made available as well.
Perhaps the most noteworthy development is the inclusion of video to the site. Interviews, game highlights and even user-submitted video will be included, giving the site a social media element as well. A companion YouTube channel has been created to make video easily accessible as the season evolves.
The possibilities for greater prep coverage are astounding, and more ideas are continually being added to the mix in discussions here at the home office on Virginia Street. We want to make sure we can walk before we run, however, so those will be announced in time.
The bottom line is this: The past few years have seen an upswing of social media enterprises and fly-by-night projects that pander to the reactionary, short-term passion of high school sports fans. What is better, however, is when a staff of professionals who know the state as if it's their own driveway can supply those fans with something they not only can access quickly, but also can refer to once the moment has passed.
That's what we can do with our "hundreds."
Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.tay...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter @ItsreallyDT.