Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 22, 2021
Former sports editor returns for another short stint

If the Milwaukee Bucks can come back and win in the playoffs after being down 2-0 against Brooklyn and 2-0 against Phoenix to claim their first NBA title in 50 years, I suppose I can come back as sports editor at the Transcript Bulletin for a short time.

People have told me how much they enjoy reading about local sports or seeing photos of local high school athletes published in the paper. Plus, I can use a little more pizza money.

I worked as sports editor at the Transcript Bulletin for about seven years if I remember correctly and it was a whole lot of fun when local teams claimed victories, and not so much when teams suffered heartbreaking losses.

But even the top teams don’t claim the ultimate prize, i.e the Phoenix Suns or Utah Jazz. Both Phoenix and Utah swept the Bucks during the regular season, but Milwaukee put it all together when it mattered the most.

Nothing against city council meetings or county commission meetings or planning and zoning meetings, but I prefer sports. I also don’t mind feature stories about people who do unusual things or work outdoors in the wilderness. Anything outdoors is good, such as the story I did on Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge out in the west desert

When I worked at the Ogden Standard Examiner we called the sports department the “toy section” of the department store — nothing but fun and games.

A cool thing about Tooele Valley is the growth, albeit many don’t like the growth of Tooele Valley. Enrollment at local high schools is bursting at the seams, and soon we will have a fourth major high school in the valley. 

Tooele and Stansbury will jump to the 5A classification this year which should be challenging and exciting. Grantsville High School athletics should continue to excel in 3A competition. 

I love the fall with cooler temperatures and the start of football around the corner with the bands, colors and pageantry that go along with it.

If you have a super cool sports story idea — let me know.


Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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