Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

One of the lesser reasons I chose sports as my journalistic focus was so that hopefully I’d never have to cover something truly horrifying. Journalists always have to be objective, and often even dispassionate, but I never wanted to have to truly sacrifice my emotions to cover something that would otherwise upset me.

As the bombing of the Boston Marathon showed, not even my beloved world of sports is safe from the ever-encroaching terror of modern life. Realizing that has left me feeling, in the words of the column I wrote for Wednesday’s paper, “hollow.”

People told me that column was very well done — “perfect,” even, according to my editor. And while I appreciate the compliment, I’d happily and instantly trade a well-written op-ed for the three lives lost — including an 8-year-old boy and a Boston University grad student — and more than hundred shattered by what happened on Monday.

With a heavy heart, here’s what I wrote this week.

Savannah Cannon “one of the best”

Buffs tennis finishes fifth at Ada

Doug Hummel bowls double 300s

Buffs’ Pratt wins powerlifting national

Cowgirls lose to Lady Pirates in Moss tourney opener

Bowling Bulletin: Team 4 wins Senior Men’s League

Kaleisha Johnson signs with Murray State

Jr. Buffs’ Smith no-hits Eufaula

Stuart places third at Moss tourney

MHS hoops holds banquet

District tourneys begin for softball and baseball

Crowder softball run-rules Hartshorne

Joy destroyed at Boston Marathon


Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

I got all of my work done early enough in the day so that I could cover McAlester’s noon game of a home doubleheader, which it won, 20-0. But after that, I had a choice: I could cover what would probably be another uninteresting Buffs blowout, or I could hit the road to appease a smaller group of readers and maybe catch a more exciting game at a regional baseball tournament.

I took the latter option, driving an hour to Preston to cover a Hartshorne baseball game. And as I’d hoped, I got a 4-1 pitchers’ duel that was way more interesting.

When I got back to the office, I discovered that McAlester had won its second game, 25-0, making the game I covered actually the more competitive of the two. So I think I made the right choice, but there was a cost.

Two hours of driving both ways meant that I worked for almost 12 hours Saturday. And with a furlough scheduled this week, I have very few days to get myself back under 32 hours.

I don’t mind working long days in themselves, but I’ll definitely pay for this one later in the week week, either by not being able to write as much or by needing to ask for overtime — something I absolutely hate doing.

Here’s what I wrote this week!

Turnout low for Pitt 8 softball and baseball

McAlester Gamerz continues to grow

Ngoc Nguyen finds “better life” in McAlester

Bowling Bulletin: Misfits win Mix & Mingle League

Jaci Bigham wraps career at ORU

Bulldogs win Wetumka opener

Kyle McDonald loves to field

Buffs trounce Knights in district doubleheader

Pirates beat Miners in Stuart Tournament final

Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

OK people, it’s 2013. Why haven’t we figured out how to control the weather yet? It’s hard enough trying to stay on top of 12 schools’ worth of teams. But figuring out what’s been rained out and what hasn’t, especially on the weekend? Now it’s just ridiculous.

With my mini-rant now finished, here’s what I wrote this week.

Skye Edwards “sets a precedent”

Victor Martin keeps tradition going

Messy brackets bad for tourney

Loretta Medina always on the move

Lady Buffs unveil 2013-14 pom squad

Buffs win home tennis tournament

Eagle Hill Disc Golf Club plans first 2013 events

Haileyville’s Martin throws no hitter

Bowling Bulletin: Position rounds shaping up