The perfect view for New Year’s action

Published 8:06 pm Wednesday, December 27, 2017

This time of the year is one to spend with friends and family. This past weekend was full of large feasts and ripping wrapping paper off of gifts. Many are back to work for a few days before it’s time to ring in 2018.

It can be relaxing for some or stressful for others, but there’s no denying that this time with loved ones is appreciated.

There are few things more universal than sports. Thus, it’s fairly common for televisions in houses to have games on during gatherings, even if it’s only in the background. The same can be said of restaurants of all kinds.

There is a slate of games for fans of all kinds coming up for the beginning of 2018. Football fans get to kick off their days early with early-afternoon college bowl games. One of the more enticing of those is the contest between Auburn and East Carolina’s rival, Central Florida.

Then, of course, that evening will see the Jan. 8 national-championship matchup set. Georgia and the Lincoln Riley-coached Oklahoma Sooners will square off. Following that is a rematch of last year’s title game: Alabama and Clemson.

There’s also college and NBA basketball and the NHL Winter Classic.

But the couch isn’t the best seat for the New Year’s sporting events. Jan. 2 marks the return of high school athletics. The first week of 2018 boasts some top-notch games right here in Beaufort County, making the local gyms the place to be for sports fans.

Northside and Southside both play home games on Jan. 2. In fact, the Seahawks’ meeting with local foe Riverside is the first time they’ll play at home this season.

It’s been a long time coming for Southside, and the week doesn’t end there. The Panthers will travel to Chocowinity on Jan. 5 to reignite that rivalry.

Setting up in front of the television may be the best way to take in some of the best that the pro and college ranks have to offer on New Year’s day, but be sure to get out and support local athletes once 2018 settles in.