Sports edi­tor ku­dos

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Dear Edi­tor: I am writ­ing to com­mend you all on Josh Briggs’ sports re­port­ing of the lo­cal events of our com­mu­nity for the past sev­eral years. Case in point would be his cov­er­age of last week’s huge ri­valry game be­tween the bas­ket­ball teams of Newton and Rock­dale County high schools. Both teams are state ranked and his pre­view ar­ti­cles and post-game ar­ti­cles were very in­for­ma­tive, but also very in­sight­ful. You can tell that Josh puts his heart into the ar­ti­cles and gets to know the play­ers and coaches and sit­u­a­tions, un­like other re­porters. Josh re­ports from the heart and spends great time in get­ting de­tails and in­sights that make the paper come to life. He also makes sure that qual­ity pic­tures of de­serv­ing teams and play­ers are in­cluded in his ar­ti­cles, and he lis­tens to coaches’ in­put and helps us by en­cour­ag­ing our team with pos­i­tive com­ments about play- ers who did spe­cial things, etc. From time to time Josh also does spe­cial fea­ture sto­ries that al­low read­ers to see that there is more to it than just a game. Other pa­pers do not al­low for such.

These sto­ries of ath­letes over­com­ing ob­sta­cles and achiev­ing great things, I have es­pe­cially en­joyed.

Josh has gone above and be­yond to cover high school sports in this com­mu­nity, and I ap­pre­ci­ate your and his ef­forts in rec­og­niz­ing the ath­letic and aca­demic ef­fort of the young peo­ple of Newton County. Al­though one per­son can­not be at more than one game at a time, Josh and The Cov­ing­ton News have gone out of their way to cover youth sports in our com­mu­nity. Thanks so much for rec­og­niz­ing our hard-work­ing stu­dent-ath­letes and their spe­cial ac­com­plish­ments. Rick Ras­mussen English teacher, boys bas­ket­ball coach, Newton High School

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