For the next couple of editions I have added the role of sports editor to my duties, as regular sports guy Ben Stoterau is on vacation. Whenever Ben is gone for any period of time and I am called on to fill in I gain a greater level of respect for what he does. While I enjoy reading sports and watching all kinds of athletic events, writing about them is a different story altogether. I’m just not that good at it.
I am amazed at sports writers who are able to come up with new adjectives to tell what is essentially a similar story from one game to the next, and keeping up with all of those statistics is mind numbing for someone who has never been good at math.
So, I hope you are willing to muddle through what is printed on the sports page in today’s edition, as well as what you read this coming Monday.
Thankfully, for all of us, Ben is going to be back next week.
This week’s sports page is featuring results from the state track meet, and I want to congratulate the Cardinal athletes who saw great success this past weekend at that venue.
I have to admit I was anxious to hear the results of the boys 800 for two reasons.
First of all, Ryan Phillips, a Cardinal track member was running in the race, and every event a Cardinal was competing in held my interest.
There was, however, a second reason – family.
I first noticed the familial connection in this past Thursday’s state preview story when Ben listed the top runners in that event. Among the names was one who most Gazette readers would not recognize, but for a few of us the name Bryce Omtvedt is important.
Bryce, who ran for Mankato Loyola and actually graduated from high school this year, is the son of Mike and Rhonda Omtvedt of Madison Lake.
Mike, who is a Belview High School graduate, is the son of Diane Olsen and the late John Omtvedt. The Omtvedts have been family friends for years.
Yet, it is through Bryce’s maternal line where the connection is even stronger. His mom, Rhonda, is my first cousin.
So, watching two people you know in the same race creates a bit of a quandary. (I was actually hoping the two of them would have tied.)
Ryan actually finished fourth and Bryce was sixth, with a .25 seconds separating them.
While I did not print it there is a great picture Cathy Prouty took of Ryan and Bryce standing next to each other on the podium.
For me, it just made sense for it to turn out that way.
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By the way, I want to personally thank Cathy Prouty for bringing in the great state track photos you see on today’s sports page.
While I am able to take plenty of photos when people are standing still, getting the kind of action shots Cathy took is an art I have not yet achieved.
That’s just one more reason why I would never have made it as a sports reporter.