One year makes big difference in sports

Trudging up and down the hills of Otis Park in Bedford, one of the hilliest high school golf courses that I’ve ever encountered in my time as a sports writer, I found myself in a familiar place Tuesday.

Minus the calf-killing summits, Otis Park is a special place for me: It’s one of the first places journeyed to outside Jackson County to cover prep sports here in Indiana.

It’s the place where last year’s girls golf season ended, at the regional; and now the place where I start my second year of coverage as sports editor for The Tribune.

My first time at the park, I remember scurrying around the course trying to figure out who played for Seymour, Brownstown Central and Trinity Lutheran.

I was a stranger in a foreign land.

I had no idea what the girls’ uniforms looked like, who coached the squads and where the results were posted.

Everything worked out in the end, but it was a trial-and-error experience.

That’s no longer the case.

This time around, with experience under my belt, everything came with ease.

One thing to the next.

I spent a good portion of my morning speaking with the coaches and players, some new while others were familiar faces, trying to get a feel for the teams.

I recognized some fellow writers from other parts of the state and got the scoop on the schools they’re covering this fall.

I was able to take more quality photos and get more in-depth interviews.

Without question, a better overall package.

Progress.

What a nice change of pace from when I started.

It’s been nearly three months since the end of the spring sports season.

The first week was a nice break from the busyness of high school coverage, but that soon faded — I yearned for more sports.

We have nearly two weeks until the start of cross-country, football, soccer, boys tennis and volleyball.

Until then, girls golf is the name of the game with a handful of feature stories sprinkled in.

As always, like I said in my first column on Sept. 16, please contact me with any ideas for sports stories, suggestions or comments at jmorey@tribtown.com or 523-7069.

I will continue on working to better serve you, our readers, in any way I can.

This is your newspaper. Let’s do this together and make the 2015-16 school year the best yet.

Jordan Morey is sports editor of The Tribune. Send comments to jmorey@tribtown.com.

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.