Sports Desk: My Final Column Here at Eugene Daily News

Alex Shoemaker at the Fiesta Bowl
Alex Shoemaker at the Fiesta Bowl

Even wordsmiths find themselves speechless once in awhile. I’ve scrapped attempt after attempt at writing my final goodbye, but can’t really figure out how I want to say it. There’s no right way or magic formula to this sort of thing.

After two years with Eugene Daily News, the last year and a half as Sports Editor, I’ve accepted a job with the Buffalo Bulletin in Buffalo, Wyoming. This column will be my last article with EDN.

But rather than lamenting, I’d like to take this final opportunity to reflect on my time with the site and thank all those who were with me along the way.

Fiesta Bowl Press Pass
Fiesta Bowl Press Pass

My Time With EDN:

I joined EDN in October 2011 as a prep reporter, wide-eyed and ripe with excitement. I watched and reported as the Sheldon Irish football team fall just short of state title, only to win it the next year.

Just a few months later in March of 2012, I officially took over as the site’s Sports Editor. With that came the added responsibilities of not only covering these great local teams, but overseeing an entire department.

While head of the section, I’ve worked with an incredible staff including past colleagues who have gone on to work full-time at major sports publications.

Craig Loper covers the Oregon State Beavers at KVAL. Mike Denevi is part of the breaking news team at Bleacher Report. And Taylor Gelbrich works for Fox Sports 1. Also many of our current staff have bright journalistic careers ahead of them.

As Sports Editor I covered a 12-1 Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon Football team. I reported on the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the US Olympic Trials and so much more. Really when you look back at it, there has been some incredible sports action in Lane County for the past two years.

And it will only continue to improve. The entire University of Oregon athletic department is on the upswing, and with another Olympic Trial and the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships on the way TrackTown has never been so happening.

My Goodbye:

Lastly I want to thank everyone who has read my work over the past two years and found enjoyment in my writing. Without my readers, I’d just be an avid sports fanatic rambling about non-sensical sports happenings to myself.

I’ll also miss my coworkers and fellow sports team. Together we’ve watched EDN grow from a small up-and-starter to the best online-only news outlet in Lane County. I’m sure my replacement will not only take this incredible sports section even further, but the whole site as well.

Eugene has always, and will always be my home. I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I have faith in this organization I’m saying goodbye to and can’t wait to see what happens next.

Don’t be a stranger. To keep in touch, follow me on Twitter @MrAlexShoemaker

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