The Tribune is grateful for your readership and it’s not something we take for granted. In addition to passing along some thanks, I wanted to tell you about some of our plans for 2012.
Our intern last fall, Damian Tromerhauser, is now a University of Nevada graduate and we are proud to announce he’s our newest full-time employee. Damian gives us three full-time staff members in our sports department for the first time in the history of the Tribune — or at least as far back as I can ascertain.
We have long prided ourselves as the best provider of Sparks-area sports news. With Damian’s hiring, we plan to give you even more and better coverage of our three local high schools — Reed, Sparks and Spanish Springs — as well youth sports and community features.
I want to share some of our new coverage ideas.
We’re planning to start up a “Regular Joe” feature. As the title suggests, this will be about a person who lives and works in Sparks and has an interesting sports-related story to tell. Everyone has a story to tell, even after their high school athletics days are over. We want to tell you those stories so you have more insight about the people in your community.
We’d also like to implement a “Where are they now” feature. These stories would be about graduates of our Sparks high schools, who are currently continuing their athletic careers in college or even in the professional ranks. We want to start compiling a list of such athletes. If you know of one, shoot me a note with his or her name, school or team affiliation as well as contact information.
We often hear from our loyal readers about how much they appreciate reading about the accomplishments of the athletes from Reed, Sparks and Spanish Springs high schools. We also hear from casual readers outside of Sparks, about how they wish their Reno schools could get the same coverage as the Sparks schools.
We won’t be branching out to cover the Reno high schools on a regular basis, but we will be able to cover three events from our local high schools even if they occur at the same time. This is often the case during the high school football and basketball seasons. Our bigger staff should better accommodate this issue and provide for fewer conflicts. In the end, that means more coverage of our local high school athletes.
We want to be your No. 1 source for sports news in Sparks and we’ll do our best to do be just that. We also want your help and feedback. Let us know what you’d like to see more or less of in our coverage.
We believe having a third reporter in the community will make us more visible and accessible to you, our readers. Feel free to tap any of us sports guys — myself, Damian or Aaron Retherford — on the shoulder and share a story idea or even just say hello.
We’re looking forward to a fun and prosperous 2012. We hope you are too.
Dan Eckles is the Sparks Tribune’s sports editor. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org