The greatest aspect of athletics is high school sports – whether it is volleyball, football, basketball, track, golf or wrestling – there is nothing more pure or essential to the athletic life than the days when we were young and playing for our storied teams.
That said, let me introduce myself as your new sportswriter for Sidney and the surrounding area.
For me, sports is the best kind of writing. It is equal parts passion, mathematics, precision execution and exuberance.
The best part of all of this thing we call sports journalism is being able to feature and highlight the young men and women who give their all for team and teammates.
In the first five days I have been here, I have already seen it and experienced it, courtesy of the Sidney Lady Raiders volleyball squad and their command performance against Gering on Tuesday.
On Thursday, I get to see the volleyball team from Potter-Dix ply its trade against Crawford in Mitchell.
From what I have heard, the Lady Coyotes are one of the best volleyball teams in Nebraska, so it should be a great game to cover.
All in all, it's a pretty good time to be covering sports in Cheyenne County.
After a very long drive from California, about 1,400 miles to be exact, I drove into Sidney a week ago. Upon my arrival, I discovered one of the most beautiful places one could imagine; from the rolling hills to the occasional bluff and butte, Western Nebraska is God's country.
I decided to move here from my hometown of Greenville, Calif. after coming to realize that the Golden State truly is the land of "fruit and nuts" where taxes are far too high, liberalism is expressed as a virtual religion and awards at sporting events are not given just to the champions, but for "participation."
In short, I had to get out.
Getting out meant finding a place where I can write about sports in an environment where it is celebrated, exalted and considered an integral part of the community.
It turns out that I may have found that perfect place, here, in Sidney.
Going forward, I truly hope to build a bigger bridge than already exists between the Sun-Telegraph and the community, schools, parents, coaches and athletes. If there is a compelling story you want to see featured, send me an email or call me and let's talk about it.
I'm here to bring the sporting life of Cheyenne County to its full and complete glory. It's all about giving recognition to those players and teams that leave it all on the court or the field of their chosen endeavor.
I hope to meet you all in the coming months and make this sports section the best it has ever been.
Until next week, good luck out there.