Yet another high school sports season is rapidly nearing an end.

Yet another high school sports season is rapidly nearing an end.

Many athletes have felt the great pride that goes along with working toward team and personal goals. The lessons learned by high school athletes will be used to establish a foundation for the future.

I have noticed that fewer and fewer high school athletes participate in three sports. A three-sport letterman is practically as extinct as a dinosaur. It probably appears to many readers that I am living in the past. That might be correct. I just feel it is a shame that so many capable athletes no longer even attempt to participate in three sports.

From the time kids begin to play in organized sports, they are encouraged by coaches to specialize in a single sport. They are advised that in order to reach their full potential it is necessary to concentrate on only one sport year round.

It often starts as early as third or fourth grade. It is difficult for me to believe that at that young age, anyone could know in which sport they might hold a lifelong interest. The fear held over parents and athletes is that it is the only road to a college scholarship or to the big time.

It is an extremely weak argument. I have spoken with hundreds of college coaches and they nearly always are most interested in athletes who have competed in more than one sport.

This past winter I talked with two college coaches who divulged that they loved multiple-sport athletes. The feeling is that an athlete who competes in more than one sport is typically a more highly competitive athlete. They develop flexibility in adjusting to different situations.

Legendary NFL coach Tom Landry once stated, “We like competition, we think it brings out the best in people.” When I was coaching, my philosophy with the players was the more you go to the well, the easier it is to drink the water. Multiple-sport athletes just seem to react easier in tight situations.

I am sure that my take on sports specialization with young athletes will fall on deaf ears. But if you look at the athletes who will be drafted in the 2011 NFL draft, a major percentage of them have been multiple-sport athletes in high school. To the three-sport athletes of the 2010-11 high school sports year, congratulations – you are special!

- You have to love the 2011 edition of the Royals – they battle to the last out.

- The NFL draft has become a national phenomenon. It makes it even more difficult to understand the lockout between the NFL millionaires and billionaires.

- The NBA season goes so long that it almost seems year round. However, the playoffs do hold some great matchups.

- The NHL playoffs have been super exciting for hockey fans.

- My quote of the week is from two-time Olympic gold medal pole vaulter Bob Richards, the first athlete to appear on Wheaties cereal boxes: “If you want to be the person you ought to be, you’ve got to welcome competition.”