Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

So as you’ll see below, I covered the crap out of the Pitt 8 Conference Tournament. But while I was there, I had a very awkward encounter.

Because on most days only about 10 minutes separates the end of one basketball game and the start of the next (tournament or otherwise), I always try to grab the coaches and players I want to interview as soon as the fourth quarter ends. Normally the coaches ask to talk to their teams first, so really I have only about six minutes to do five minutes’ worth of interviewing.

In an effort to conserve precious seconds during the Pitt 8, I usually positioned myself right by the doors of the teams’ locker rooms so I could grab the coaches as soon as I came out. And almost every time, this wasn’t a problem.


When I asked one coach if I could ask him a few questions, he said “No, I just got beat by 40,” and walked away.

While I certainly understood the coach’s reaction, I nevertheless grew quite angry. Other coaches, after all, had lost by greater margins and didn’t give me the cold shoulder just for trying to do my job.

Generally speaking, I both teams playing are local I don’t interview players on the losing team out of deference to the feelings of a 16-year-old kid. But I’d expect a grown man or woman to be able to put their frustrations aside for two minutes and let me do exactly the same thing I would do if the coach had won.

I considered throwing a line like “Team A so dominated Team B that after the game, Coach B refused to answer questions” into my game recap. I even wrote the “I just got beat by 40” quote down so I’d get the wording exactly write later on.

In the end, I didn’t use it. I used the winning coach’s interview and more of my own reporting to flesh out the story, and I let Coach B get away with blowing me off.

I think this was the right decision, as calling out the coach would’ve just made it harder the next time I covered that team. Still, this was the first time ever a coach had simply refused me and stormed off, so it was a very frustrating experience.

Here’s what I wrote for the News-Cap last week.

Pitt 8 Conference Tournament, Day 1

Cheyenne Conklin signs with Carl Albert

Pitt 8 Conference Tournament, Day 2

Pitt 8 Conference Tournament, Day 3

MHS moves wrestling meet to Jan. 31

Pitt 8 Conference Tournament, Day 4

Pitt 8 Conference Tournament, Day 5

Pitt 8 Conference Tournament, Day 6

Bowling Bulletin: Grease Lightning still leads Powder Puff League

Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

Last week may have been the single busiest week of my now six-month career at the McAlester News-Capital. Not only did I crunch six team’s worth of interviews for my Pitt 8 Conference Preview (thanks to Brandy, James and Jeane for all their help!), but I also had to work in a feature for our “Accent” section in Sunday’s paper (thanks to Kevin for all his help), another feature for our upcoming women-geared “Bella” section, plus not totally neglect my daily coverage of local teams (which included my first printed sports column!).

All of that translated into a lot of long days and late nights stacked up against each other, and by the end of it, I was pretty fried.

And then the Patriots lost.

So in many ways, an exhausting week. Still, I think all the work turned out pretty good!

Here’s what made it online.

Pittsburg splits home-tournament openers

Haileyville 1-1 in Dee Foster first round

Haileyville, Pittsburg win Dee Foster Invitational

Stuart boys win Moss tournament

Cougars edge Buffs in final minutes

Blakely and Lady Cougars too much for Lady Buffs

Who watches the watchmen?

Bowling Bulletin: Wimberley’s Furniture has banner Thursday

Meredith Saunier sees the whole court

Darrion Brown works his way back

Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

After a lovely vacation spent in sunny Los Angeles, I returned to work Saturday. And what better way to commemorate my return to theMcAlester News-Capital than with a roundup of my most recent articles!

Kiowa Cowgirls put team first

Zach Skimbo puts it all together

Cowboys finish 2012 10-5

Union ends Kiowa win streak

Twice across the ocean

Spiro defense exhausts Haileyville

Buffs take second in home wrestling tournament

John Newport wins local bowling tournament

Lady Dawgs pound Lady Outlaws

Rebounds cost Savanna against Eufaula

For Terry Martin, 299 is better than 300