Right around this time last year I was privileged to write my first column for the Miner. I told the community of Kingman about how grateful I was for landing my dream job and how it felt like Christmas in the summer.
Despite those rare days when I don't really want to go some place that other people are expecting me to be, I can tell you for the most part I'm still giddy about what I get to do. I've had a lot of fun this past year, and I'm expecting even more to come my way over the next.
There is still a lot of work to be done to get the entire Kingman sports scene on the pages of the local paper, but I'm fairly pleased with the strides that have been made.
I've missed a lot of stories and will be striving to not miss so many this year. I'm hoping my work has shown the community I care about what's going on here. I've got the same excuses as most workers have about missed assignments so I won't spell them out for you. Despite my shortcomings, I'm fairly satisfied with the direction I've been allowed to take the sports page in. That has a lot to do with my bosses.
At least in this area, we are largely in agreement.
For those of you out there who think your team or organization has been getting the short end of the stick by me, I've just one word for you: Help!
Unfortunately, the sports department continues to be a one-person shop at the Miner, and for the foreseeable future, it will remain that way. That means I have to prioritize who gets coverage and when. It's a tough responsibility because I believe everyone should get in the paper. I truly do hate to see something or someone get overlooked.
Last year, the Miner fell short in covering the Northern Arizona Youth Soccer League, or NAYSL. This organization has more than 800 kids playing in its various divisions and should be seen in the Miner.
I'm happy to announce that today in the Scoreboard section of the paper you will be able to find the standings for NAYSL after only one week of play.
I had made brief mention to Evan Smith, volunteer extraordinaire for youth soccer in Kingman, that I would like to put these standings in the paper. After covering the opening ceremonies last Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised when I returned to work on Tuesday to find an e-mail from Cliff Angle, president of NAYSL, waiting in my mailbox with the standings.
This is a wonderful example of how the organizers and coaches of leagues and teams can work with me to get the job done. This is the kind of help I need.
Opening up that e-mail was like getting a present at Christmas. Even if it is summer.