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Where has the season gone?

October 13, 2008

by Stephen Wiblemo

I can’t believe we are already entering the final week of the regular season for fall sports teams. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that I was working on the fall sports preview and getting my first look at all the Dassel-Cokato High School teams and athletes.

I have to thank all the coaches for their patience and assistance through this first season. They have been exceptionally helpful whenever I had questions, and for the most part, they have been great about getting me results quickly so that I can prepare them for my weekly issues.

That thank you is also extended to Activities Director Perry Thinesen. From the very beginning, in August, when he gave me a tour of the Charger facilities, he has made himself available to help me in any capacity I needed.

I also have to thank the Charger fans, and my readers, for their support through these first few months. I have received several compliments on my work, and I appreciate every one of them. It is sometimes said that mine is a thankless job.

Often, the only time writers receive feedback is when they screw something up or upset somebody. That hasn’t been the case for me.

Hearing those compliments not only lets me know I’m appreciated, but it also lets me know that people care about the work I am doing, and that drives me to work harder.

And when I do occasionally mess something up, people are very understanding, and I am more than happy to do what I can to rectify the problem.

Lastly, I have to thank the students and athletes that I write about. These are a tremendous group of young people in this community.

In the few years I have been a sports reporter, I have probably interviewed close to 100 different people, and sometimes getting clear answers from a young person can be a challenge.

The majority of the DC athletes I have interviewed so far have been well-spoken, articulate people. I can’t explain how much easier that makes my job, when I don’t have to paraphrase everything they say.

So thanks again to everyone for making this first season of DC sports reporting a pleasurable experience.

While I look forward to starting a new season with winter sports, I would prefer if the fall season went a little longer yet, maybe even into the month of November.