Farewell, for now

October 30, 2013 10:23 am

This isn’t an easy thing for me to do, but after more than four years of being at The Observer, I am moving on.

Thursday marks my last day at the paper. I have accepted another job opportunity in the area that I couldn’t pass up.

But it wasn’t an easy decision. Four years ago I was a college senior when Sports Editor Paul Harder and editor Ted Kramer took a chance on me.

I was young and didn’t know what to expect at the time, but I can honestly say these last four years have been a blast. I have learned a lot over that time, and I hope I became a better reporter. 

One thing I do know is I’ve been one lucky person.

I have had the opportunity to cover some incredible games and incredible teams.

I have been fortunate to get to know some great coaches and watch some talented athletes.

I’m going to miss a lot about the job, if that’s what you want to call it. But the thing that I’ll miss the most is the people.

Some of the best coaches in the state reside in Eastern Oregon, and I’ve learned a lot working with them. Their knowledge and insight about their respective sport is impressive.

There’s a reason there are so many successful teams in our area.

I still plan on attending a lot of local games, because after a while it just becomes a part of you. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself without sports.

I’m also going to miss working with all of the incredible people at The Observer. There have been a lot of changes at the paper since I started there in 2009, but everyone there works hard to deliver you the best paper possible.

I hate to call this a goodbye, because I’ll still be around. If you see me at a game or just out and about, feel free to say hello.

I’ll always make time to talk sports with anyone. It’s what I’ve been paid to do the last four years.