For those of you who have not seen me around town or chatted on the phone or through e-mail, I am Erick Starkey, the new sports editor here at the News and I couldn’t be more excited.
I have been here at the paper for a little over a month now, with my first day on the job on June 26, and boy what a month it’s been. After taking a little bit of time to get my feet wet, I feel like I have been off and running, telling Knox County sports stories. I have been to several Little League games and practices, Dixie Days, football camps, Babe Ruth baseball games, not to mention the fair.
It has been a busy couple of months for me. At the start of May, I was still working at a twice-weekly newspaper in Torrington, Wyoming, and now almost three months later, I am married, been on a honeymoon, moved across the country back to my home state, and been at the job for a month.
The hectic lifestyle of following sports, whether in Goshen County, Wyoming, or Knox County, Ohio, is one of the draws that keeps me coming to work everyday, but what I continually enjoy the most is obviously sports, and the athletes and coaches that makes sports possible.
I, of course, want to keep readers up to date on last night’s games and what is up next on the sports docket, but I also want to shed light on those that make sports happen; those players, coaches, officials, etc. I will always be looking for the out-of-the-box story. Part of that is really plugging into the local sports scene and I feel like I have started that process and hope to continue doing so as we dive into the fall sports season.
Although I have been around sports a large part of my life, and my entire professional career revolves around athletics, don’t expect me to dunk a basketball or drive a golf ball more than 50 yards.
I love sports, I just haven’t been very good at them. That being said, I have a lot of experience on different fields, courts and pitches.
My athletic career started when I was young and I got into youth soccer at 5 years old. I continued playing soccer until my junior year of high school, so I have spent a lot of time on a pitch, but didn’t rack up mind-boggling stats. In middle school I dabbled in track, running distance events for two years, again, not exactly raking in the top finishes. I also wrestled in eighth grade, where I had a losing record, but still had fun.
The pinnacle of my sporting career was when I was a senior in high school, where I was a three-sport varsity athlete. I ran cross county, bowled and played ultimate frisbee during my final year in high school, having fun, but not having the most success.
I guess this was my longwinded way of saying, although I never accumulated great athletic success, I’ve made my rounds through quite a few sports and those that I haven’t played, rest assured that I took a try or two in pick-up games.
Now you know a little about me and my story, and I can’t wait to get out and know you and your story.