I went to work for the Union-Bulletin on Sept. 1 of 1968, and my very first assignment was to interview Whitman College coach Roy Thompson at a practice field adjacent to Borleske Stadium for a story in the next day’s paper about the Missionaries’ football team.
A few days later, I met Felix Fletcher at the Wa-Hi campus and interviewed the legendary Blue Devils football coach for a preview story I wrote on that weekend’s game.
As I look back now after all of the years, I’m gratified to know that was a pretty impressive one-two punch to start out one’s daily newspaper journalism career.
With the exception of one hot summer spent in Phoenix, Ariz., in the early 1970s, I’ve worked for the Union-Bulletin ever since that first day of September in 1968. I’ve gone from part-timer to full-timer to sports editor and now, in my “Golden Years,” I’m once again on part-time status.
And enjoying every minute of it.
In this most recent — and last — role with the U-B, I get to write columns and feature stories on a regular basis, stories I never seemed to find the time to write as the lead person in the sports department. At the same time I am able to keep a hand in the daily operation of the paper by helping out whenever the staff is shorthanded or the workload is heavy.
My strength as a small-town sports journalist, as I see it, is that I know the territory. Sports traditions run deep in this valley, and I’ve been a first-hand observer over the past 45 years. I try to put this knowledge to good use whenever I can.
My wife Margaret and I have seven children, 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who keep us busy. We also love to travel, which we are now able to do more often.
In my spare time, I’m a regular at the YMCA fitness center and a semi-regular on the golf course.
Bobbi Hazeltine knows what it takes to win an NWAACC Championship — first hand and vicariously.
Michelle Ferenz is excited and happy that her Whitman College women’s basketball team has the opportunity to host an NCAA Division III regional tournament this weekend at Sherwood Center.
WWCC loses to Clark, 64-56, in the NWAACC Championships despite a team-high 18 points from freshman Karli McHone.
Coach Bobbi Hazeltine couldn’t find a thing to complain about here Saturday afternoon in the moments after her Walla Walla women’s basketball team dominated Treasure Valley 70-46 in the first round of the NWAACC Championships in the Toyota Center.
The WWCC women open the NWAACC Championships against Skagit Valley at noon on Saturday.
There were times at practice during the recently completed basketball season when veteran Walla Walla coach Jeff Reinland must have felt like pulling out what’s left of his thinning hair.
When Whitman College tipped off its 2013-14 women’s basketball season with a 77-76 victory over No. 5-ranked St. Thomas, Minn., at the Whitworth Classic in Spokane back in mid-November, Missionaries coach Michelle Ferenz surely knew that something was up.
Bobbi Hazeltine and her Walla Walla Warriors will head into next week’s NWAACC Championships in Kennewick with a full head of steam after handing Columbia Basin its first league loss of the season.
Sophomore Dallas Reich scored a career-high 27 points Saturday afternoon in the Dietrich Dome, but it wasn’t enough to offset another Walla Walla defensive meltdown.
Forward Jessica Siler scores 22 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, as WWCC overcomes a one-point halftime deficit.