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The DISH is back for the 2007 High School season

It's been a while and with the football preview, which comes out on Aug. 29, I have been inexcusably absent from this blog.

No more.

In fact, I want to announce some new features coming up.

This season, much like the UM blog on our site, I will be hosting live blog chats to answer questions for one hour each week live from YOU the high school sports fan.

In addition, I will be traveling with the Booker T. Washington football team as they travel to Summerville, South Carolina next week. The Tornadoes are making history as Dade's first team to play on national TV on ESPN.

And when I say traveling with I mean literally. I will be hopping on the bus with the Tornadoes and brining you live chats during the trip. Ask players questions. We will be promoting the times for these live chats in the next few days in the paper as we promote our coverage of this game, which takes place next Saturday, the 25th, at noon in Summerville.

For those of you wondering if this game counts. It does. South Carolina starts their regular season a week earlier than Florida.

Summerville is a favorite this season to win a state championship in South Carolina. Their top WR A.J. Green is rated one of the top three in the nation and is a Georgia commitment. Their QB Reid McCollum has committed to South Carolina to play for coach Steve Spurrier.

And most notably their coach John McKissick is the winningest football coach at any level - 530 wins.

This is the first run at a behind the scenes look at how a game like this is put together. In September, the Herald will also be covering Northwestern's trip to Dallas to play Southlake Carroll in what some are already billing as the national championship.

During this season, I will also have Q&A forums often to give people insight on the personalities of some of Dade's top athletes and coaches.

Dade's preseason starts Thursday with three games, including the battle of Patriots as American travels to Miramar at 7.

American coach Morty Bernstein stepped down recently as he and his family have moved to Michigan where his wife and former FIU tennis coach, Ronni, accepted the tennis head coaching job in Ann Arbor.

Bernstein compiled a 51-37 record in nine seasons at American and led the Patriots to six winning seasons, one district championship and four playoff appearances.

The Dish wishes coach Bernstein and his family the best.

Also like to congratulate Matias Asorey on his new post as FIU assistant men's soccer coach. Over the past two years, Asorey did a great job at Varela, winning a state title last season and winning The Herald's Soccer Coach of the Year.