Sports Day-ly: This is Goodbye

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By Denton Day

By: Denton Day
Sports Editor

I’m not really going to beat around the bush here, you see the title and at this point you’ve probably guessed what this is.

Unfortunately, my time as the Sports Editor for the Bedford Bulletin is coming to a close at the end of next week–Friday, October 26 night at like 11 p.m.-ish to be exact.

There are a lot of people I want to thank, but we’ll get to that in a little bit. This job itself has been a dream come true. I look back at the past 13 months and have nothing but positive memories and tangible signs of growth for myself as a writer.

When I graduated from Liberty University in May of 2017 I was basically jobless. I ended up working at a summer camp for my fourth consecutive summer, which was three summers longer than I originally planned, while I searched for a radio job.

I’m a natural radio guy at heart but when I graduated I knew I wasn’t a great writer and I was hell-bent on changing that–also, getting a job in radio proved rather difficult.

I remember when I took this job. I was fresh off the campus of Liberty University and incredibly eager to get my career started.

Quickly, I came to the conclusion that the best way to improve my writing was to take a job that forces be to write multiple articles every week. So that’s what I did.

 It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I would have never guessed that I would have enjoyed covering volleyball, softball, soccer and basically every other sport other than football and basketball–which are my two favorite sports.
In fact, after one spring season softball became one of my favorite sports to cover. All three Bedford County schools had really good softball teams, which was awesome. Top to bottom it’s probably the strongest sport in the county.

Okay, I need to stop rambling. You don’t have all day. I don’t have all day. But I do have a lot of people to thank.

First and foremost, thank you to Jay Boundurant and Tom Wilmoth for hiring me and taking a chance on a guy that was on a quest to be a better writer. Another big thank you to Mary–we’ve worked together for a full year and I have no idea what your last name is, sorry–for teaching me how to handle the demon that is InDesign and always making sure my spacing looked good.

To the Athletic Directors Lori Mattson, Jedd Zaring, Adam Sparks and Chris Madden, thank you all so, so much for helping me gather information and constantly being a pleasant face at all of the events.

Thank you to all the coaches. I know that coaching is technically a second job for all of you and I understand that I can be a pain hassling you all for quotes. But I’ve never had a bad or rude experience with any of you. Thank you for that.

Finally, a very special thanks to all of the wonderful photographers that I have worked with. Barry Cox, Chappy Merritt, Sherri Funk, Laura Pribble, Victor Newman, Sandi Codrea and anyone else who has ever sent me pictures to use, words can’t possibly describe how much of a help you all have been. The paper could not survive without you.

(For anyone that I forgot to mention I hope you can find some sort of forgiveness in your heart for me.)

Now, as far as my next step–talk about burying a lede–I’ll be moving back to Washington D.C. to join the Sports Newsroom at Sirius XM. Along with that I’ll continue to be up every Sunday morning hosting In My Opinion with Denton Day on SB Nation Radio from 9-10 a.m. That plug was completely shameless. Feel free to go check that out.

D.C. has always been my home and always will but Bedford County will forever hold a special place in my heart. There are a lot of great people here and a lot of talented athletes.

Thank you!

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