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Column: Perfect season ends with perfect edition

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What’s the perfect ending to a perfect season?

If you said “commemorative edition,” you’re good.

If you said “52-page magazine with a glossy cover and everything you could possibly savor about a 15-0 state championship season,” you’re even better.

We’re talking about the legacy that the Columbus East football team leaves behind, and we’ve chronicled “The Perfect Season” as a keepsake that will be fun to read for years to come.

Emotional photos.

Thrilling game accounts, especially the come-from-behind championship win against Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger.

Season statistics.

Rosters, player photos and team photos.

Player profiles.

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

A limited number of copies will be available starting Tuesday at both The Republic, 333 Second St., and at Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road.

Cost is $9, with the high school receiving a percentage of all orders.

When the season got underway in August, I knew the East team had the potential to have a memorable season. Even after watching the title game itself, the scope of it all didn’t truly hit me until I had a chance to read every word in the magazine’s full-season recap, which was in the proofing process last week.

The stories are engaging.

The photos are powerful.

The Republic’s coverage of East football this year was incredible. And its coverage of North football was just as good, by the way.

I was reminded of the high quality of our sports report last weekend at the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet.

That’s when The Republic was honored for having the best sports section among all daily newspapers in Indiana with a paid circulation between 14,000 and 34,999. Interestingly, one of of the publication dates we entered was our dramatic coverage of Columbus North’s boys soccer state championship from October 2012.

Before I move on to a completely different topic, however, I wanted to also make readers aware there is one additional special opportunity for fans besides the commemorative magazine.

One can order from one to 450 photos taken over the course of the 2013 season. It’s a do-it-yourself ordering process; just go online to

And as a P.S. regarding last week’s column, the first Columbus High School championship was won during the 1933-1934 school year in boys golf. I inadvertently left off the “-1934” part of that description in last week’s column.

Weathering the storm

Have you had your fill of snow yet? Frankly, I have.

But I was reminded how much Republic readers depend on last week when digital audience numbers came out.

Our school-closing notifications received 59,761 views from Dec. 5 to 12. The biggest days, Dec. 8 and 10, each got more than 10,000 page views.

Admittedly, some of those views are probably duplicates — coming from students that looked once to see if school was closed that day, and then looked again to make double sure.

But even so, that’s a ton of interest — so much that it might even rival high school football!

Tom Jekel is editor of The Republic. His column appears each Sunday. You may reach him by phone at 379-5665 or by email at

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