This is my last article for the Princeton Daily Clarion. A new chapter in my life is about to begin and I’ll be moving this weekend, so my time with the Clarion has come to an end. And I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I was going to like covering high school sports when I accepted this job last year.
Boy, was I wrong.
This has been an incredibly fun time. If you would have told me that I would get to walk on the court at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse (twice) and wipe my feet on the crummy horseshoe at midfield at Lucas Oil Stadium (Go Chiefs), I wouldn’t have believed you. I also wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I’d cover a state championship team (shoutout to you Johnnie Bartley)., state track and field athletes, a state wrestler and much more.
This county is filled with so much athletic talent and it’s been a joy to watch. Not to mention it’s filled with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
I was originally going to do a “My Top-5 Moments” column like I normally do, but that’s pretty predictable in itself. So I just wanted to take this time to thank some people for helping my out on the first step in my journalism career.
Thank you to the three athletic directors Jon Adams (Gibson Southern), Jason Engelbrecht (Princeton Community) and Steve Kilian (Wood Memorial) for answering countless e-mails and answering phone calls when I needed any information. These three men have been nothing but helpful, especially early on when I was still trying to catch my footing.
Thank you to all the coaches that have coached here since I arrived. Every single one of you was helpful, never denied to comment and (95% of the time) answered your phones. And for that, I’m grateful. You guys have great teams and good things are right around the corner for most of them here in Gibson County. Keep it up.
Thank you to all the players. I know most of you weren’t excited to talk to me, but you all still did. Trust me, adding your thoughts into stories makes everything way better. Keep up the good work, guys and gals. I’m also sorry if I ever spelled your name wrong (Walker Nurrenbern, forgive me).
Thank you to all the moms (and a few dads). Thank you for submitting photos and telling me new stories and ideas.
Thank you to everyone that called in and told me my errors (except for one person. You know who you are). I try my best to be as accurate as I can, but sometimes mistakes happen. I’m only human after all. Calling and telling me my mistakes helped me not make them the next time around. As for why the World Series didn’t get in the paper on time was because our paper is done at 11 p.m. and the World Series didn’t end until after that. So, that was out of my control. But thanks for calling me and telling me that I didn’t know the World Series was going on. It’s not like baseball is my favorite sport or anything.
And finally, thank you to the Clarion staff. I know I was always kept to myself, but you guys definitely made this more fun. Dustin, thanks for always being a help and getting The Dude's a Fantasy Football Championship. To Pete Swanson, I’ve learned so much from just watching you. Honestly, probably more than I learned when I was in college. So to Pete, Dustin and the rest of the office, thank you for making my time here even better.
So yeah, I think that about wraps it up. All the photos with this article are some of my favorites that I’ve taken in my time here. It’s been a year and a half that I’ll never forget.
Thank you Gibson County.