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Getting to the point isn't always about points

In one sense, the Fall 2012 season was just a big old bag of numbers.

So let’s start with some of the numerical highlights that made the just-completed fall season one for the memory books.

93 — From start to finish, at least for the Metro League teams and Valley Catholic, the Fall season lasted exactly 93 days, kicking off with a variety of jamborees on Aug. 30, and finally flickering out on Saturday (Dec. 1) when the Jesuit football team fell to Sheldon in the Class 6A state semifinals.

79 — This one marks the number of games, matches and meets that I saw all or part of during that stretch of 93 days, kicking off (for me anyway) with the David Douglas-at-Sunset football game way back on Aug. 31 and culminating with the aforementioned Jesuit-Sheldon football battle on Saturday afternoon.

7 — That number marked the high-water mark for my fall season coverage, a day affectionately known to me and some of my sports cohorts as “Soccer Saturday.” “Soccer Saturday,” in this case, came on Nov. 3 and was marked by the first round of the state soccer playoffs and the second round of the 6A volleyball playoffs. It is traditionally the busiest Saturday of the fall sports season and certainly qualified this year — on that day, I covered all or parts of seven different events, three boys soccer games, two girls soccer contests and two state volleyball playoffs.

26 — Coinciding with “Soccer Saturday,” the Nov. 8 edition of the Beaverton Valley Times was the unquestioned busiest week of the fall season for me, a week during which (in part in the paper and in part on our website) I published a total of 26 stories. More impressive even than that number, a whole bunch of those 26 stories included reports on two or more games played in the same week. In truth, it was a blur of note-taking, photography, editing and writing. And not much in the way of sleeping.

643 and 3,405 — These two relate to one of the most amazing athletes of the Fall 2012 season, Aloha senior tailback Thomas Tyner. While Tyner was unable to will his team to a second state championship in three years, it wasn’t for a lack of effort or success. Working behind Aloha’s powerful offensive line, Tyner — already the fastest 100-meter runner in Oregon history — set two new state records on the gridiron this fall. First, he went off for a single-game rushing record of 643 yards against Lakeridge on Sept. 14, scoring 10 touchdowns to help his team post an amazing 84-63 victory over the Pacers. And then, Tyner broke the state’s single-season rushing record in his final high school game, adding 164 yards in a playoff loss to West Salem that pushed his 2012 total to an incredible 3,405 yards.

241 — This may be my favorite number of all those related to my coverage of the fall season — it’s the number of player interviews I conducted over the course of the season’s three-plus months. It’s not the biggest of the numbers listed here, but is rightly the most important one to me. My job, as much as anything else, is about the incredibly talented and dedicated athletes of the Beaverton area.

And that last number points to my real point today — as much as my job is about numbers and yards and points and percentages and statistics, it is far more about the great people that I get to work with. It’s about my co-workers, the great coaches of the Metro League and at Valley Catholic, and the awesome, amazing, funny and surprising athletes of the best sports city in Oregon.

That’s what makes it worth doing.




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