The winter sports season is just about my favorite time of the year.
There’s never any shortage of action, with basketball games, wrestling matches and swimming meets five days a week, meaning it’s impossible to find anything boring about my job. I rather enjoy having something to do every night, and I especially enjoy getting to know the coaches and the student-athletes as they pursue their state championship dreams.
However, it does require a lot of work.
And that’s where you, the readers, parents, athletes, coaches and fans, come in.
I am currently the only person working full-time in the Transcript Bulletin’s sports department, and with three boys basketball teams, three girls basketball teams, three wrestling teams, three boys swimming teams and three girls swimming teams to cover — all of whom often compete at the same time — it is a lot for one person to handle.
Quite simply put, I can only be one place at a time. As much as I would like to be at a Grantsville girls basketball game, a Stansbury boys basketball game and a Tooele wrestling match all at the same time, it’s just not possible. I have to pick just one to attend in person. It’s never an easy decision. It’s not a choice I make based on any sort of bias — it’s usually based on which team I’ve covered the least up to that point.
As for the other two? I have to rely on coaches calling, texting or emailing me with statistics and comments about the game. It’s not an ideal situation, but I will stop at nothing to make sure every team in this county gets the coverage it deserves.
But you, the parents, athletes and fans, can also chip in.
I know a lot of you faithfully travel to every road game and never miss a second. I know many of you willingly spend your Saturday afternoons in sweltering small-town high school gyms at all-day wrestling tournaments, or in steamy indoor pools at swim meets.
Some of you even travel to the middle of nowhere on a Wednesday night to watch a non-region basketball game.
What I’m asking is this: if you happen to be one of those dedicated people, please reach out to me with any stats or details you might have. Yes, many of those details are now available online, thanks to modern technology, but I want to make absolutely sure nobody gets missed or left out.
The easiest way to do so is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by leaving a voicemail on my phone here in the newsroom at 435-882-0050, extension 5123. I will accept anything submitted by 11 p.m. Monday and Wednesday nights. If you want to send a full-length story, photos or even just a few statistics, I’ll accept all of them.
As I said above, I’ll do anything to make sure our local athletes get the credit they deserve. It may be more difficult since there’s only one of me, but I refuse to believe that it’s impossible.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. Over the next few months, you’ll usually be able to find him at a concession stand near you. Email him at dvaughan@