In 2000, my father took me to Hillsboro Stadium for the first time so we could watch the OSAA quarterfinal football playoff game between Jesuit High and Central Catholic High.
That night, Jesuits Mike Hass turned in the greatest single game performance in Oregon high school football history, scoring seven touchdowns as a receiver and defensive back to move Jesuit into the state championship game.
It was a game that I would love to someday tell my children about. The problem was, I did not see any of it.
That night, an unholy thick fog settled onto the gridiron. The players appeared and disappeared through the fog like an army of ghosts. Whatever happened during the game was invisible.
So how do I know that I had been present for an historic event?
The next day I awakened and read the newspaper.
On the maiden voyage of the Hillsboro Tribunes sports section, I can think of no better allegory than looking through the fog of Hillsboro sports events and telling readers the stories that they would not otherwise know.
The job of a journalist is to write stories. In crafting words, if you posses a certain amount of alchemy, you can make the a story come alive. The stories that a good journalist tells are both informative and beautiful. More than anything, a good story will make a reader understand what it means to be human.
There is perhaps no form of journalism more suited to making readers understand what it means to be human than sports reporting. Much like war, sports gathers all of the emotions that people are capable of feeling into a crucible and allows the drama to swirl.
The goal of the Hillsboro Tribunes sports section is to make our readers feel all the joy, pain, sorrow, triumph and failure that sports has to offer.
When you put down the newspaper, we want you to feel that you know what is going on in the world of Hillsboro sports. Even more than that, we want to tell stories that stay with you long after you have read them.
As the Hillsboro Tribune begins, the city is entering the most exciting sports period in its history. With four local high schools, a short season A Minor League Baseball team coming to town next summer and former residents of Hillsboro impacting the landscape of sports on both a local and national level, there will be no shortage of stories to tell.
I encourage readers to get in touch with us. Let us know what stories you care about. Allow us to share those stories with the entire city.
Once, I was told that journalism gives people the key to understanding the world around them. I could not disagree more. Keys were meant for opening doors. This sports section will strive to tell people stories that can be used as dynamite to blow a door off its hinges so readers can look through that door and see through the fog.
And when the fog is lifted, we want the reader to find stories that show them what it means to be human, told with heart, guts and swagger.