I thought I’d covered just about every sport.

Through my many years as a sportswriter, I’ve had the opportunity to write about a myriad of competitions from the youth level through the professional ranks. In my spare time away from my day job at Redstone, I cover sports as a freelancer upon request. Have laptop, will travel.

Of course there have been baseball, basketball and football games. And volleyball and softball and soccer and hockey and rugby and lacrosse and bass fishing and figure skating and triathlons and cycling and bowling. Of course there has been swimming and shooting and golf and wrestling and boxing.

I’ve covered track and field and cross country and recreational running and motorsports including NASCAR and drag racing. And there’s been tennis, gymnastics and handball.

But Feb. 26 brought a first for me when I had the opportunity to write about water polo for AL.com. I covered a practice of the James Clemens High School water polo team that evening at the Dublin Park Pool in Madison. James Clemens is the first high school in Alabama to start a club water polo team. The Jets, competing against high school club teams from Tennessee, opened their first season March 7 at the Huntsville Aquatics Center.

I had watched water polo on television during past Olympics. It’s physical and exciting. Water polo became the first Olympic team sport in 1900 in Paris.

James Clemens coach Eric Demirjian told me their number one goal is to establish water polo in Alabama permanently. I sure hope that happens.

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