Two more Rock Bridge football game stories

The game stories just keep adding up. I guess I lucked out getting Rock Bridge football because they keep winning and I keep racking up the stories and experience.

This one was on RB’s victory over Francis Howell Central:

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/167817/rock-bridge-football-defeats-howell-central-moves-to-district-finals/

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The next one is RB’s district title victory over Fort Zumwalt West:

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/167958/rock-bridge-football-defeats-zumwalt-west-to-win-district-finals/

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High School Lowdown — Nov. 7, 2013

Here is a quick little number that I wrote up for what is possibly the final edition of High School Lowdown (the rest of the Columbia high school teams are finished playing for the season). Even though it’s short, I’m quite proud of this story considering the little amount of time and material I had to write it. It was almost like a quick blog post but with a feature lead combination.

Included with the story is a photo taken by Fareeha Amir.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/167631/rock-bridge-football-goes-back-to-winning-ways/

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Rock Bridge soccer story

This was my first time covering a full soccer game (my one and only other soccer story was a jamboree). The story came out better than I thought seeing that I didn’t take many notes because of the rain. Why, oh why, did I not go to the press box?

Included with the story are photos taken by Julia Sumpter.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/167630/rock-bridge-soccer-defeats-smith-cotton-in-district-semifinals/

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Game story on Rock Bride – Jeff City rematch

Another week, another game story. This one came from Jefferson City (I made a mistake on the byline and put Columbia) and was about the Rock Bridge football team’s vengeful defeat over Jeff City.

This story has become one of my favorites. I don’t want to spoil it, but my lead in this story was… different to say the least. I thought it was a fun lead to write, though, even if it was a bit cheesy. Take a look at the story here:

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/167508/rock-bridge-football-wallops-jefferson-city-in-district-quarterfinals/

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Reporting on the road

Over the last few weeks, I’ve taken my first shots at reporting and writing game stories on the road. Granted, they weren’t very far – both occasions were in Jefferson City and I live in Columbia – but still, a thirty minute drive means I’ll be writing somewhere other than the newsroom or my house. This Friday I’ll be traveling to St. Charles, Mo. to cover the Rock Bridge vs. Francis Howell Central game. St. Charles is about an hour and a half drive from Columbia. So far, I’ve developed a routine that has helped me report on the road.

-Leave early. If the drive is an hour and a half and the game starts at 7, don’t leave at 5:30. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the town and become familiar with it. Your navigation or Google Maps won’t always take into account the proper traffic or any detours ahead that you may face.
-Find the place you need to go first. When I went to Jeff City, I made sure to drive straight to the high school that I was covering so I knew how to get there and so I could see how the parking situation was going to be. You never know if your phone might die or something, so it’s good to find the place you’re going to first. Speaking of that…
-Make sure your phone and laptop is charged beforehand. Seriously, just do it.
-Scout out potential locations to write your story. When I went to Jeff City, I did what any normal person would do: hit up the local McDonald’s. In Jeff City’s case, there were two of them. I went by both of them though, and went in and asked if their lobby was open all night. This is important because one of the McDonald’s was open all night, while the other was only open until midnight. Obviously, I went to the one that was open all night in case I needed the time (although I knew I’d have my story done well before midnight).
-Make sure you have gas, or money for gas. You’d think this one is obvious, but sometimes when you’re in a hurry you forget these kind of things. Or maybe it’s just me. Probably just me.

There are probably a ton of other factors, but I either can’t think of them or haven’t come across them yet (after all I haven’t even traveled out of the state yet). If anything comes up, I’ll be sure to post it.

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A post on Arrowhead Pride about Sean Smith

Recently (Oct. 16, to be exact), I put up a fanpost on Arrowhead Pride about “The Awesomeness of Sean Smith” (yeah I know I’m terrible with titles). This post was special to me for many reasons.

First, it was simply my favorite post that I’ve written on that site. The writing came easy, and the pics were fun to make, even with my internet running slow making it hard to take the exact screenshots that I wanted. I was glad that I was able to put this kind of post up and show people the football knowledge that I have (which, ya know, isn’t a ton, but it’s above average, right?).

This post also stands out because it was the first post I made on Arrowhead Pride under my real name. I used to post under the name “WezKC,” but decided it was time to make the switch to get my name out there.

Finally, I love this post because of the attention and praise that it received. As soon as I posted it Joel Thorman of AP put it straight on the front page. He later emailed me and thanked me for my contribution, saying that the post had 9,000 page views. 9,000! (I’m sure 8,999 of those were me, though). It also ended up with over 200 comments.

So, I guess you could say that I’m quite proud of my work here. I hope to get a little more active on AP and make more posts in the future, and maybe I can become a household name there soon.

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A Bunch of Stories, Pt 2: Rock Bridge Volleyball

Here is another group of stories I’ve written but have taken forever to post up. This group consists of three game stories of the Rock Bridge volleyball team, which a very fun team to cover by the way. Not only are they fun to watch (they are super good) but the girls have always given me really good quotes. I haven’t had a bad interview with a volleyball player.

So, here are the stories. Again, I’ll put them up in chronological order.

This first one is Rock Bridge’s win over Blair Oaks on senior night:

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/166939/rock-bridge-volleyball-gets-emotional-win-on-senior-night/

Click here for a PDF.

This next one is on Rock Bridge’s victory over Holt in the quarterfinals of the Class 4, District 9 tournament (included is a photo taken by Mackenzie Bruce):

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/167350/rock-bridge-volleyball-rolls-to-district-semifinals/

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The last one is about Rock Bridge’s district championship victory (included are photos taken by Unho Yi):

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/167422/rock-bridge-volleyball-advances-to-sweet-16/

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