Somehow, it’s been one year since I took over as sports editor at the Brazil Times.
Looking back, part of me feels like it’s gone by in a blink of an eye, while the other part feels like I’ve been here for a decade with all that’s gone on in the world.
I got my time in Brazil started with last year’s cross country semi-state that left me sopping wet after an all day downpour at Brown County. I, then, got to cover my first state finals the next week at LaVern Gibson.
That was far and away the coolest experience. I’m hoping we’re back there to see both Northview teams and a pair of runners from Clay City compete again next weekend.
After the winter months of seeing a lot of hoops and wrestling came the roller coaster ride known as COVID-19.
Sports shut down completely, ending the spring athlete’s seasons and careers before they had a chance to say goodbye.
I was crushed for them and still can’t imagine what that was like to go through. Talking with several of those student-athletes during that time, I was blown away by the outlook they had on the situation and how well they took everything that happened.
Getting to cover sports again at the end of August gave me perspective on how fortunate I am to have this job. Due to COVID, I went over five months without covering a game.
Heading into the fall season, I told myself, no matter what the score is, how long a game takes, how bad the weather is or how many miles I put on my car, I won’t take getting to write stories about the talented and deserving Clay County athletes for granted again.
It’s made for one of the most fun stretches of coverage I’ve ever had in my four-plus-year journalism career. A lot of that has to do with the plans put into place by the IHSAA, Clay County Health Department and the athletic departments at Clay City and Northview. They’ve done a fantastic job of ensuring the health and well-being of the athletes, coaches, fans and media members is their first and most important priority.
On the personal side of this tumultuous year for all of us, there was some positive news. My wife and I welcomed our first baby into the world at the beginning of April – smack dab in the middle of the virus wreaking havoc on the country.
He, somehow, is already going to be seven months old on Nov. 3 and is the absolute best.
My family and I have really enjoyed getting to know the Clay County community and hope to meet so many more when the virus is past us and in the rearview mirror for good.
For now, though, I say thank you for your support over the last year. I hope you, the reader, continue to turn to the sports section when the paper arrives in your mailbox or on your doorstep and enjoy the content that’s inside.
Here’s to another year.