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t's certainly been enjoyable and busy latelyPosted Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 3:15 PM
There are few things in the newspaper business that compare with the spring sports season -- and this year has been no exception.
Let me preface this by saying there are a few more than just the ordinary elements involved, this year especially.
Just in case you haven't noticed, our long time Sports Editor B.J. Hargis has been sidelined due to illness. His recovery is going well and he hopes to be back at the helm of the sports ship very soon.
But in the meantime, there's been a lot of very helpful people who have helped me take up the slack.
First let me start by thanking our boss Chris Pruett for having the patience to withstand having me as the lone sports writer for the last couple of weeks.
Chris has offered as much help as I've needed, made arrangements as needed and had complete faith in what I'm doing.
Next I'd like to thank one of our news writers, Mark Stalcup, who was thrust into the sports department at almost a moments notice.
Without his help over the last weeks, things might not have gotten in the paper on the scale that our readers deserve and respect.
Special thanks to Nick Schneider who pitched in over the recent Memorial Day weekend to pinch hit for us at the Linton baseball sectional.
He was kind enough to provide needed art and stories where he could.
Two others need to be thanked as well, Shad Cox and Heather Graves. Their abilities with a camera far outweigh mine and if not for them the pictures to a couple of events would likely not have been included.
Thanks to both of you, you have done a stellar job.
Now comes the big one, one that without who's help and dedication none of this would have come together in totality (aside from those of Chris Pruett and the others).
As many of you might have noticed recently there's been a new name popping up under pictures.
My wife Donna has started taking photos for me.
Her skills with a camera far exceed mine in so ways too numerous to mention.
But that also goes along with the patience she's shown me over the last 23, soon to be 24 years.
The woman loves taking pictures. But even more she enjoys meeting and seeing people at the games and events we cover.
Her skills are natural with a camera. Unlike mine which are adequate.
So thank you my dear for all that you do and for all that you put up with as both my wife and photographer.
Thank you Lady Miners
The spring sports season has given us a very special ride for those following the Lady Miners softball team.
This Saturday they'll take a return trip to Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis and try to capture the title that eluded them last season.
From a personal standpoint I'd like to say thanks to them for giving me such great stuff for stories -- and for the opportunity to cover a state championship game this weekend.
Pep rally scheduled
In conjunction with the state finals, Linton-Stockton High School will have a community pep session at the Roy Clark Building on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
I encourage everyone to attend and congratulate not only the Lady Miners, but the sectional baseball champion Miners as well.
Congratulations to both teams on a fine job and fine season.
Good luck Coach Berns
Finally, I'd like to say a public farewell to Bart Berns, who is stepping down as head baseball coach at Linton-Stockton.
For the last six years I've been associated with Bart and the job he did. And sadly, it was only one year that we got to be on the same side.
Bart you've done a lot of good things, so enjoy your retirement.
Have a great summer
Finally, I encourage all fans to rally together and have a great summer.
When the last out is made and the final putt is dropped by the two remaining area golfers in the IHSAA tournament -- Chase Rhoten and Ben Boyd of Linton-Stockton -- don't forget to reflect and be thankful for all of the good things these young men and women did this past season.
Rick is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached via E-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (812) 847-4487.
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