This past April 4 was a significant threshold in my life as the day marked the 20th anniversary of my starting at The Goshen News as a full-time sportswriter.
Most days it doesn’t seem like it has been that long since I walked into the newsroom bright and early on the April morning. Back them The News was delivered in the afternoon so the job required going in around 5:30 or 6 a.m. to start taking phone calls as coaches called in their results of athletic contests the night before.
How things have changed since then. Now the paper is delivered in the morning, I’m working nights and instead of taking phone calls the vast majority of results are submitted by either fax or e-mail.
While there are things to be said about how it has improved the process of taking results there are times when I miss the good ole days of talking on the phone. It was easier to stay in contact with coaches when you were talking to them on an almost daily basis. Another benefit was in the even to of a close baseball or softball game you coach ask questions about what happened. Who scored the winning run? How was the run scored? Did someone hit a walk-off home?
Those are all key elements that better inform our readers as to how their favorite local team won?
The early April morning 20 years ago was just the beginning of my full-time career at The News. I had been covering local high school sports on a part-time basis for The News since 1988.
I will be forever grateful to then-Sports Editor LeRoy Lambright for giving me this opportunity. It was his patience and that of then-assistant Sports Editor Stu Swartz, who later took over the department when LeRoy retired, that has gotten me to this point.