Natural transition into profession

I caught the sports bug early in my life. I could have played football or wrestled in high school if I really wanted to challenge the system. I love the game of football and Title IX came along when I was in high school. The only sport we had for girls was tracks. I participated as a thrower.
As much as I loved to play those front-yard, tag football games, which inevitably turned to tackle football, I was more into playing music in high school. I watched and reported on all the sports in high school. Played summer recreation softball.
I also discovered a love of writing. Literature history and life itself helped push me toward writing, as well as parents who put education above all else but who loved to have fun. Both were athletes in their own right as youths.
Having teachers who encouraged me to write and read just fanned the fire even more. Journalism was right there in front of me; waiting for me to reach out and make it my profession.
So I did. I put two things I love together and came out — a sports journalist. I still have a passion for music, but teaching it wasn’t my calling.
And here I am. I’m 30 years into my journalism career since graduating from Kansas State University.
It is 25 years and counting as the Register sports editor. I’ve always liked the sound of that.
I’ve never been the type of sports editor who sees the issues facing professional or college sports as the most important. I’m a small-town girl who realized how important community-based sports are from recreational sports — youth and adult, junior high sports, high school sports and, as the case in Iola, community college sports.
Yes, I love sports — some more than others. But it’s more about the people — athletes, coaches, parents, officials, administrators, community members and colleagues — I have contact with in doing what I love. I can’t think of a job I’d rather do.
They all impact me in how I live my life and do my work. I thank all those people who’ve made me a better sports journalist and a better person.