Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 16, 2021
This time, my schedule is staying full

When you lose an entire spring sports season, you forget just how busy this time of year really is.

The Sports Wrap section of today’s paper is nearly 2,400 words, according to my iPad. That’s roughly three times its regular length. And that’s with a number of games that got cancelled this past weekend, thanks to St. George’s once-in-every-10-years freak snowstorm. A former college professor of mine who umpires baseball games in southern Utah noted that it was the first time he’s ever had to call a game early because of snow. 

And, yet, it was still the busiest I’ve been trying to track down results of games I couldn’t cover in person in a long, long time. 

I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. Neither would the student-athletes or the coaches, I’m sure.

My goal is to get as many names and faces into this sports section as I can, while keeping in mind that I can only do so much as just one person. Things are about to ramp up, as I will be back to covering games in person next week after months of working remotely. Thankfully, the fact that Tooele and Stansbury have taken to playing 6 p.m. home soccer games enables me to cover multiple games in a day. It keeps me busy, but it also means I get to give more of our local student-athletes the coverage they deserve.

Clayton Dunn has been working his tail off to get as many pictures of our local student-athletes as he can, all while balancing his duties in keeping the Transcript Bulletin’s advertising department going and serving as associate publisher and co-owner. This season will have him even busier. He’ll be at a softball game, bounce over to the tennis courts, maybe catch part of a track meet, then bounce across the valley to get to an evening soccer game — all on a Wednesday night, meaning we’ll need the photos ready to go in roughly 12 hours. 

It’s an insane workload, yet he takes it on. And he’s not the only one who makes this whole thing come together twice a week, somehow. Tim Gillie makes sure my stories get edited, because even the sports editor needs editing sometimes, all while writing his own stories and editing everything else that goes in the paper. Mark Watson’s willingness to lend his expertise to covering games I can’t be at allows me to cast a wider net as far as getting more stories in the sports section.

John Hamilton and Liz Arellano make sure the newspaper looks good, with John designing the sports pages and Liz taking on the front page. Their jobs may fly under the radar to the casual reader, but I couldn’t do what I do without them.

That’s especially true during the spring sports season. It takes a well-oiled machine to have one person taking photos while others write and edit the stories and design pages. It can make for some chaotic moments, but the final product is well worth the grind, tension and general gnashing of teeth that go into it. 

And, again, there’s nothing I’d rather be doing that heading to a sporting event. After all — and it might be hard to believe, given the recent snow — things are about to get warmer. After spending the bulk of the last year inside, I’m looking forward to seeing a golf or tennis match under that Tooele County sun. I can’t wait to be back at a track meet or a baseball or softball game in the late afternoon. And now that Daylight Saving Time is in effect, early-evening soccer games might be downright pleasant, or at least less chilly.

I’ll be busy, but most of all, I’ll be glad to be there.

Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. He is glad that he has the help that he does to make these pages possible. Email him at dvaughan@tooeletranscript.com.

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