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.
The Touchet High School football team fell to Neah Bay in the Class 1B 8-man state championship, 36-18, on Friday.
After quarterfinal disappointments the last two years, nine Touchet seniors hope to close out their prep football careers by winning a state championship Friday in the Tacoma Dome
Indians coach Gary Dorman was an assistant coach on the team’s last six trips to the 8-man state championship game, and is now in charge as Touchet face Neah Bay on Friday in Tacoma.
Whatever happens Friday afternoon in the Tacoma Dome, emotions are sure to be raw on the Touchet sidelines.
Red Devils coach Tony McCaulley has a good scouting report on Touchet as they face off Friday.
Touchet overcame four first half turnovers and 30-6 deficit to defeat Rosalia 62-36 here Saturday night at Edgar Brown Stadium and earn its first trip to the gridiron classic since 2002.
Rosalia enters the semifinals fresh off a 76-32 win against Colton last weekend.
Stingy defense and hard-nosed offense propels Touchet into the state semifinals, 36-14, over Wilbur-Creston.
West Valley High School in Spokane will be the site of this weekend’s Class 1B quarterfinal football game between Touchet and Wilbur-Creston.
Touchet’s defense terrorized Sam Schafer, Odessa-Harrington’s junior quarterback, in a 68-14 Indians victory.