Anthony Gentile: One last story before the buzzer sounds (column)
This is the last article I’ll write as sports editor at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. It’s shocking for me to see that sentence in writing, even though I’m ready to embark on a new challenge and begin a new phase in my life.
My first day at the Tribune was Aug. 28, 2014 — a day later, I was on the sidelines for South Tahoe football’s season opener. My last day at the paper was Wednesday, Dec. 7 — and in two-plus years, I can say I’ve honestly enjoyed every moment along the way.
Through all the wins and losses, highs and lows — and countless outdoor adventures — it has truly been a pleasure telling the stories on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. I’ve had the chance to say some goodbyes, but there’s ultimately one thing I want to say to everyone involved with this community’s local sports — especially at South Tahoe and Whittell high schools.
Thank you for letting me tag along for the ride season in and season out, sharing in the joy of the successes and the pain of the disappointments. That extends to literally letting me hitch a ride on bus trips to Las Vegas for state playoff contests — games that didn’t end so well, but memories I’ll look back fondly on.
Thank you for embracing and appreciating my work from my arrival on the South Shore. I have a passion for community journalism, I pride myself in the quality and professionalism of my writing — and the support from the local community let me know that I was conveying exactly that during my time here.
Objectivity is a hallmark of journalism, but I can honestly say I didn’t follow that completely while covering sports for the Tribune. Win or lose, I would tell a story as it unfolded — but it was certainly more fun when the local boys and girls were on the right side of the scoreboard.
Thank you to the coaches, players and parents who I’ve gotten to know during my stay here. The interviews were sometimes awkward and always enjoyable — even if the best quotes never made it to print.
And thank you to both high schools for the atmosphere and culture that I enjoyed being around and being a part of — even if a small one. I’ve never considered a career path other than sports journalism, and truly enjoying being in these settings made me want to pursue something new — teaching.
I’m going back to school to get a teaching credential, and moving back to my hometown of San Diego to do it. Living in this community has really underscored for me the value of family and friends, and I’m going to be making this career change while being close to the people that are most important in my life.
With that, I do have a request for the local community when it comes to sports — root for each other. The South Shore is a special place, and it’s even better when everyone is on the same team.
And that team includes me. From far away, I’ll miss this mountain town and the people I’ve gotten to know within it — and will always be rooting for future successes when it comes to the Vikings and Warriors.