Best of the less-read
The sports stories you may have missed in 2004
We traditionally cover the best of the previous year in the New Year’s edition. That would be today, and if you’ve read any of the rest of the paper, you’ll notice that theme. I’m going to follow suit, but I’ll throw in a twist.
I’d be flattered to think that everyone who reads the paper reads the sports page every day. But I’ll be realistic and predict that my articles get a glance a couple of times a week.
My New Year’s column is about some of the best stories that may have just been glanced over this year. I’ll call this column “The best of the less-read stories from 2004.”
n Dick King’s 300 game, April 23 — I was at home after work when I received a call from the bowling alley. The person on the phone told me that Dick King had just bowled a 300 game. To be honest, I didn’t want to go because I was settling in for the night. I’m glad I ignored my initial thoughts and decided to go. I knew enough to know what a 300 game was, but I didn’t know how rare it was in Craig. As far as anybody knew, King’s 12 strikes in a row were the first in Craig Bowling Association history.
Josh Dalton’s Olympic invitation, March 18 — The Special Olympics is designed to build self-esteem and promote exercise among those with disabilities. I could tell those goals were reached when I interviewed Josh Dalton about his being selected to compete in the 2005 Special Olympics Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The Moffat County High School senior has seizures and mental and motor-skills disabilities, but those disadvantages were overwhelmed by excitement when he talked about his trip. He will be leaving in late February to represent his country in snowshoeing.
Ed Stehlin’s retirement, May 29 — I know that the swimming community was aware of Stehlin’s retirement, but beyond that I’m not sure. Stehlin did his job quietly. He coached swimming at MCHS for 13 years. I chose this story as one of the best of the less because unless someone knew Ed or a swimmer he coached, I don’t think they could fully appreciate what he had done for the athletes he coached.
Wrestling team finishing second, Feb. 23 — Having a three-year state championship reign broken was the obvious news that came from the state wrestling tournament. Yet, I think there was a better, less-read story that came from the runner-up finish. The Bulldogs lost by 10 points even after three seniors left the team during the season. It took a lot for the team to overcome that adversity. I think Tim Yount, who does all of the wrestling rankings for the state at On The Mat Rankings, said it best when he told me, “Your Bulldogs are going to make me look bad by outperforming themselves again.” He predicted they would finish fourth.
The story that everybody read was that the team failed to win again. The one that I saw was that they failed to give up and nearly won it anyway.
If any of these stories were glanced over by you but still sound interesting, check out our Web site, http://www.craigdailypress.com. They can be found by my name or by the date in the archives. Thanks for reading this year, and I’m sure we’ll have some more best of the less-read in 2005.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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