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.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
Scoring, rebounding, you name it, graduation is certain to take a heavy toll on this year’s amazing Whitman College women’s basketball team.
Trading the sands of Florida’s beaches for the those of the Arizona desert wasn’t the only major change in big league pitcher Eric O’Flaherty’s life during baseball’s off season.
The Missionaries face a Wisconsin-Whitewater team that might have some hidden advantages.
Basketball has always been big in the Ferenz household.
WALLA WALLA — Veteran DeSales baseball coach Kim Cox will have to replace seven of his nine most productive hitters this spring.
The DeSales softball team has had to overcome injuries, as two would-be starters sustained knee injuries during basketball season.
George Bridges took over as Whitman College’s president in July of 2005.
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.