Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

I’m on vacation this week, so no long intro. Here are the final articles I wrote before heading home for some much-needed R&R:

Eufaula Classic crossed the line

McAlester United wraps season

Six Buffs named All-District

Eagle Hill “Fun Day” set for June 1

Buffs and Lady Buffs organize donations

Buffs prepare for summer football schedule

Cowboy Caravan fundraiser held in Krebs

Kelbie Moon helps South win at Eastern

Five make junior high rodeo championship

Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

This has been one of the stranger weekends I’ve faced since moving out to McAlester. It started Saturday night, when I watched a football game get so out of hand the referees ran away and the game had ended midway through the third quarter and without a winner. The strangeness continued Sunday, when the weather started turning bad all over Oklahoma and I quickly educated myself on exactly what to do if a tornado hit McAlester (other than poop myself).

I thought it had passed when I woke up Monday morning, but instead the weather somehow got even worse than it had been the day before. But for all the chaos going on elsewhere in the state, McAlester seems to have escaped with nothing more than a couple inches of rain.

When I looked outside Monday night, I simultaneously saw the sun setting hazily behind thick yellow clouds in the west, streaks of lightning and the grey-green clouds of a heavy thunderstorm to the east, and an actual rainbow shooting into the sky from the south.

If that doesn’t characterize the last 48 hours, I don’t know what will. Here’s what I wrote this week.

3 locals make, skip OHS Meet of Champions

Stuart’s Bowen leaving for Coleman

Dance sends Katie Sams to UCO

Rain cancels SEOBCA All-Star game

Pitt 8 announces All-Conference teams

Buff soccer player makes Olympic program

Dugout Club still seeking Sunbelt hosts

Box Score: Lake Eufaula Classic

Fighting KOs Eufaula Classic in third

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And so it ends. McAlester’s track and tennis teams finished their respective state competitions Saturday, marking the end of the 2012-13 high school sports year.

I’m sure I’ll write a few more stories on high school athletes throughout the summer, but the routine I developed throughout the year to stay on top of 12 schools’ worth of teams and players won’t be necessary again until school starts up in August.

The end of the school year comes with mixed emotions. Last summer’s work days tended to both start and end earlier, so in theory that means it’ll be easier to find time to exercise and perhaps even socialize a bit.

But I also really like covering high school games, and I’m definitely going to miss having so many potential stories at my disposal every day. I often worry about what I’m going to write about during the week, and all those games made it easier to fly by the seat of my pants in terms of coverage.

Now I’ll have to plan more, scrounge more, branch out more. I’m sure this will mean some headaches, but it’ll also make me a better reporter.

So bring on the summer! But until then, here’s everything I wrote during this final week of the spring high school season.

McAlester track qualifies nine to 5A state meet

2 Buffs, 6 Demonettes make All-Star Game

Baseball season starts for Boys & Girls Club

Buffs tennis heads to State

Dexter Brown shoots 267 at State

Savanna’s Loud goes to Hillsdale

Taylor Horne always dancing

Buffs’ Skimbo wins state high jump title

Emily Brooks wants a lifetime of golf

Lake Eufaula Classic All-Star Game set for Saturday

Buffs tennis finishes fifth at State

Weekly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

Between a furlough and a baseball doubleheader in Claremore, this might seem like a shorter roundup than normal. As the high school season finally ends — although actually it went by surprisingly fast — I anticipate a change in coverage strategies. Twice this past week I traded one story of 750 or 800 words for two stories of 400 to 450, and I expect such will be the case this week as well.

Not every story can be stretched to 750 words, and I think as long as the content is newsworthy and tells the story in full, a shorter story isn’t necessarily worse than a longer one.

Here’s all my content.

Savages and Bulldogs send 15 to State

Lady Buffs tennis reaches State

Know Your Foe: Buffs baseball heads to Claremore for regional

Meredith Saunier signs with Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Buffs’ Brown makes state golf tournament

John Homer keeps Jr. Buffs in line

Regional update: Demons and Miners lose

Buffs baseball swept at Regionals

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Apparently I forgot to publish last week, so this one is gonna be extra-long.

One of the stories below might put me in some hot water come Wednesday morning. But I figure if I’m gonna get readers mad at me, it should be over an issue I feel strongly about, and not, say, a dumb quote used in a meaningless column about youth basketball camp.

It shouldn’t be hard to figure out which story may not go over so well, and normally I don’t explain my writing choices. I’ve learned by now I can’t please everybody — a mother recently yelled at me because I wrote about her son during football season and didn’t want to do it again for baseball season — so normally I don’t even try.

But people may wonder why I care so much about this issue, and I’ll give my two reasons:

1) I was picked on mercilessly in elementary school for getting good grades. As such, I grew up hating seeing people being mean to other people — and really, what is prejudice but a form of meanness?

2) I’m Jewish. As such, I know very well how easily hateful language and segregating laws can transform into violence and death.

I’ll also add that if people in the majority never take interest in the issues of the minority, the minority will always be left unprotected against a majority that could enforce its will through means far worse than the vote.

Here’s what I wrote this week.

Jason Collins should open floodgates

Demonettes dreaming of state tournament

Drew House: “I can play golf ‘til I’m dead.”

Meghan Dewbery finds her own path

Addison Brown leads by example

Bowling Bulletin: Beer Money wins Monday Men’s second half

McAlester tennis sweeps Burn Out

Buffs walk-off against Highlanders

Buffs track season ends Friday

Beer Money wins Monday Men’s League

District update: Demonettes, Hornets and Lady Hornets win districts

McAlester splits soccer finale

Two Buffs coaches earn OCA honors

No-tap and kids in GBOF summer leagues

Playoffs update: Miners and Demons win districts

Motley brothers help Demons win district

Chargers run-rule Buffs, clinch home regional

Tannehill wins ORES State Track Meet

Lakewood’s John Perry signs with Mid-America Christian

News-Capitals’ Rachel Petersen wins state pool tournament