Time to get reacquainted with Hillsboro
I much prefer hellos to goodbyes. I tend to find new beginnings exciting, somewhat overwhelming and invigorating and not tinged with the sadness that can accompany farewells.
Given that I started my position as sports editor of this newspaper just a week ago, I have already spent alternating intervals feeling excited, overwhelmed and invigorated while trying to get a handle on the local sports scene as the Hillsboro Tribune increases production to a weekly printing schedule.
Luckily, I do not come to this area as a stranger completely unfamiliar with Hillsboros sports history, rivalries and top-notch athletes. In fact, Hillsboro Washington County, really is home to me. I have spent the past two and a half years as community sports reporter at The Bulletin in Bend, but I have spent most of my life in this county.
I grew up in Aloha and graduated from Westview High School, where I participated in cross country, swimming and track. Back in those days, the Hillsboro schools were still part of the Metro League, so I spent four years competing against Spartans, Jaguars and the Crimson Tide (Liberty opened not long after I graduated). Some of the highlight moments in my own athletic career transpired on the tracks at Glencoe and Hare Field which I would say is my personal favorite track and field venue aside from, perhaps, Hayward Field in Eugene.
And I have even more direct ties to Hillsboro through my family, who moved here the summer after I graduated from high school. That fall, my sister started her freshman year at Hilhi, where she spent four years as a standout soccer player and track sprinter, and my knowledge of the Hillsboro preps scene deepened. The area has a lengthy legacy of outstanding coaches and athletes such as Ad Rutschman, Mark Neffendorf, Tiffeny Milbrett, Ben Petrick and Colt Lyerla.
In my new role as sports editor of the Hillsboro Tribune and also of the News-Times in Forest Grove (where I worked briefly in 2010 before moving to Bend), I look forward to learning even more about sports in western Washington County and sharing what I learn with you. I welcome your comments, suggestions and story ideas.
Chances are, if you come across something that piques your curiosity, it will be of interest to me and your fellow readers as well.
So I would love for you to introduce yourselves to me at games, meets and matches, email me tips on stories, and help serve as my eyes and ears here in Hillsboro. After all, I am one and you are many.
Besides devoting a great deal of attention to our vibrant local preps scene, I am looking forward to integrating coverage of my beats from back in Central Oregon community sports and cycling into the Tribune sports section. I feel that doing so will provide both a more broad and deep look into the community in which we all live.
After all, sports do not begin in high school nor necessarily end when we graduate.
Feel free to let me know what you, your neighbors, your friends and your relatives in Hillsboro are up to. People all over this town of all ages are competing in their chosen sports and recording accomplishments of note. I look forward to working with you and sharing your stories.
And so, hello: This is going to be fun.