Schickler: Celebrating my 11th anniversary
Updated 1:02 am, Friday, September 2, 2011
Eleven years in Westport.
It's hard to believe in many ways, but yesterday was my 11th anniversary as sports editor of the Westport News.
Considering the high turnover in the industry generally and at community newspapers particularly, that's quite a while. Since my first day, I've worked for five editors.
During my 11 years, I feel I've built a following in Westport and Weston. Many people in both towns recognize me, and that's a good feeling.
For the most part, I've enjoyed covering all of the local teams. It's been a pleasure working with most athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, Westport School Superintendent Elliott Landon and last but certainly not least, many of the parents I've met.
On the field, the past year had many highlights. I especially enjoyed covering the Staples boys basketball team because it played with heart and won 16 games, despite having a 5-foot-11 center (who was very genrously listed at 6-foot-1). I also relished covering the Weston girls basketball team, which had the potential to win at least one title, only to see its chances wiped out by injuries.
Other teams I liked covering were the Staples boys and girls lacrosse teams, Weston girls lacrosse and tennis teams, Staples boys and girls tennis teams, Staples boys and girls soccer teams and Staples and Weston girls swimming teams.
The 10 coaches I've enjoyed working with the most: Staples girls basketball's Ed Huydic, Staples boys soccer's Dan Woog, Weston girls lacrosse's Megan Murphy, Weston volleyball's Jamie Charles, Staples boys tennis's Kris Hrisovulos, Staples girls track's Jesse McCray, Staples boys lacrosse's Paul McNulty, Weston gymnastics' Salina Tavella, Weston girls basketball's Dan Rosen and Weston boys basketball's Ryan Errico.
A special shout out also goes to Staples boys cross-country and track coach Laddie Lawrence, who has a great wit and Weston girls track coach Matt Medve, who good-naturedly ribs me when he sees me. Medve, like Lawrence, is a class act and fun to talk with.
A lot has changed in Westport and Weston and at the Westport News since I took over as sports editor 11 years ago. There are more teams now, and and more qualify for league and state playoffs.
The paper changed from a tabloid to a broadsheet and moved twice. Even with new formats and new addresses, the biggest change has been how we cover and deliver sports news. That is because of technology and the worldwide web.
Ten years ago, the paper came out on Wednesdays and Fridays. Deadlines didn't allow us to get Thursday games into the paper. So it often made little sense to cover a Thursday game whose significance would be trumped by a Monday game.
Now, we've gotten web savvy. We can post that Thursday game to our web site soon after it's finished but still use the more recent Monday game for Wednesday's print edition.
In fact, there will be many games that will be web-only articles, which gives the teams even more coverage. We recommend fans check out our web site -- www.Westport-news.com -- for constant updates
I enjoy working with Fairfield Citizen sports editor Pat Pickens, New Canaan-Darien sports editor Jon Chik and Norwalk sports editor Doug Bonjour, as well as Stamford Advocate sports editor Chris McNamee, Connecticut Post High School sports editor Gino Moretti and Danbury News-Times sports reporter Kevin Duffy.
Last, I'd like to thank my past editors Christina Hennessy, Will Rowlands, Frances Moore and Gary Jean-Faivre, plus current editor Jim Doody and John Schwing, supervising editor of Hearst's Connecticut weeklies, for giving me the chance to work at and continue to work at the Westport News.
It's been an interesting and fun run, and I'm confident it will continue as such.