And to the South Shore, bidding you a fond farewell
Well, it has been just over a year since I first arrived on the South Shore and now my tenure as the Tahoe Tribune sportswriter is coming to a close.
Although, my stay here wasn’t as long as I first anticipated, it was an exciting and crazy ride.
There was the time I was nose-to-nose with the Incline football coach last fall and the time where I witnessed Whittell High baseball claim the 2A Nevada state baseball title in the sweltering heat of Mesquite, Nev.
I met some interesting people here and had some unforgettable experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.
I was introduced to the bizarre world of professional boxing and saw the glory and beauty of Little League baseball.
I had the opportunity to rub elbows with some the world’s elite and most famous athletes as well as some who will be making their names known on the world scene in January in Salt Lake City.
There was the opportunity to witness the Greatest Track Team in Olympic history return to the site where all the glory started.
There was the time, the Whittell Warrior basketball team rose from a mediocre regular season to ride a postseason wave to the state semifinals and finish third.
There was also my trip to the beautiful vacation hotspot of Elko, Nev. to follow the Ross brothers, Cavin and Brad, in their run at state titles.
I will never forget the look on Brad’s face when he found himself on the floor in a tipped-over chair at the seafood buffett at the Red Lion Casino.
There were the endless quotes from Bull Durham by senior right-hander Brandon Lee and the grief Warrior coach Don Amaral gave me for not selecting his star pitcher as Athlete of the Year.
Oh, those freezing days in the scorebox at Warrior field that I shared with the duo of Lindsay Wines and Brian Rippet, the dynamic scorekeeping tandem, watching both football and soccer games.
The guts and determination of Caitlin Fagan is what every athlete should possess no matter their talent level.
And the endless praise Dan McLaughlin had for his girls on the state champion Warrior volleyball team made for great quotes.
The South Tahoe Viking basketball team always impressed me with their tireless effort and hustle ’til the end. Chris Ortiz always had at least one great quote win or lose.
If every city had people who were dedicated to the youth and sports like Dominique Westlake, Mark Shehadi and Anthony Davis, this world would be a better place. Keep up the good work, guys.
As for the staff here at the Tribune, they are a cast of characters who are both eccentric and hilarious.
Colin, please, if I ever return to the staff here, play more music than just String Cheese and Phish … for the love of God!!!
Keith, now after driving Highway 50 every day during the summer, I understand the real definition of road rage.
Christina, I love your dogs, but I’ll have to think twice about sitting for a whole week.
Gary, man, our softball team rules!!!
Tim, I’ll have to leave you to tell all the future sportswriters about the rat/dog.
Pat, I just have one word for you….HI.
And last, but certainly not least…Steve, you made working here a lot of fun. Thank you for every thing you’ve done for me and I’ll see you in January when the Ducks are winning the National Title at the Rose Bowl…GO DUCKS.
Thanks South Tahoe for everything.
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