Chances are, you’ve already seen my name on bylines in the Gateway. I started as a government and schools reporter and made the transition last week full-time to the sports desk. I’ll take this opportunity to introduce myself.
I’m 22 years old, graduated from Gonzaga University in May, and I currently reside in Tacoma. I grew up in Fircrest and graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 2009. I played basketball there for three years and ran cross country my senior year.
I wish I could say I shattered records and commanded national recognition, but that would be a lie. I played golf, baseball, flag football and more as I grew up.
My passion has always been basketball. I’ve always loved sports, and I hope that shows in my writing.
I’ve always admired the Gig Harbor area and its sports teams. I can remember when Bellarmine played Gig Harbor or Peninsula in football or basketball, and it was generally one of the more talked-about games of the season.
The Gig Harbor area has a rich tradition of athletics and a community that’s very involved and enthusiastic about its athletes. Whether it’s the thousands of fans, students and community leaders who come out in droves for the Fish Bowl, or the hundreds of supporters who cheer on the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Team, this is a special community that embraces sports.
While I just moved over to the sports job, I’ve had the good fortune of covering various athletic events and teams for more than a month now. I’ve been amazed at the generosity and passion of the students and coaches I’ve had a chance to talk to, at both Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to dispel any notion that I, or anybody here at Gateway, has a bias toward either school. I’ve received a few complains recently from people who say we don’t cover Peninsula as much as Gig Harbor — the reasons they’ve given have varied, but none have been rooted in truth.
From my short time as a sports reporter so far, I’ve enjoyed speaking to Peninsula coaches and players just as much as their Gig Harbor counterparts. I have no reason to favor one school over the other, as I didn’t attend either one. I enjoy working with both programs.
People might not always know, but we really do try very hard to give fair and balanced coverage to both schools. The thought of giving preferential treatment never even crosses our minds.
That being said, I’m excited about the opportunity to cover sports in this community. It should be a match made in heaven.
Please feel free to contact me with any concerns, questions, suggestions or comments at any time.Sports reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.