I’m once again joining Random 5 Friday with Nancy of A Rural Journal. Check out her website for more bloggers joining in with their own randoms.
|I didn't have any basketball photos to share. So I'm sharing a photo of my messy work desk on a layout day. The proof sheets are on my desk. The InDesign program with a newspaper page is pulled up on my computer.|
Last week, my editor called me into his office.
“What’s your word for this year?” he asked.
“Adventure,” I said.
“Well, I have an adventure for you,” he said, and laughed.
“Oh, you’re going to give me a horrible assignment, aren’t you?”
“Oh, no, no. It’s going to be fun,” he said.
He asked me to cover the state basketball finals.
Why is this assignment significant? I’m not a sportswriter. I’ve never covered a basketball game. I’ve never written about a basketball game.
But my editor has to be out of town this weekend, and both the Altavista boys and girls teams were playing in the state semifinals last Friday in Salem.
If either or both teams won, I would have to go to Richmond on March 15 to cover the game or games, along with the other staff writer, who would take photographs.
The girls lost, but the boys won last Friday.
So I’ll be on the road to Richmond tomorrow to the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
I’ll sit in the press row with the other reporters and follow the game, then interview coaches and players afterwards.
I’ll write a short overview for the website, and then on Monday, I’ll write the full story for next week’s paper.
My co-worker, who will be doing the photography, is an old hand at covering such events, so he’ll be a big help.
I understand the game—I love the game! And I’m going to do my best to write a great story.
The Altavista Colonels will play the Radford Bobcats.
Altavista won the state title last year in the Group 1A division. Radford won the state title last year in the Group 2A division.
After last year’s games, schools were reclassified, and Radford got moved to the Group 1A based on size of school.
So in a twist, the game will feature two defending state champs.
I’m nervous, but I’m also looking forward to the experience. It will be an adventure—doing something I’ve never done, watching the game and trying to capture it in words, being a part of all the excitement.
I’ll have to maintain my professional distance while I’m covering the game. So let me give a shout out now: Go, Colonels!
What adventure do you have planned for this weekend!