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Prep sports have always been a passion

Those of you who read the sports section of The Dickinson Press on a regular basis have read my articles. I've been a part-time sports reporter since August 2006.

Those of you who read the sports section of The Dickinson Press on a regular basis have read my articles. I've been a part-time sports reporter since August 2006.

Though I'm not big on profound insight - not that you'd ever get any from a sports section anyways - I will say that when it comes to your job, you can't beat looking forward to work every day.

If you've reached that point in your life, then congratulations! You love what you do and that makes it that much better.

When I started my sports writing career at The Minot Daily News four short years ago, I was a sports simpleton just hoping I could pick up on the rigors of writing. I like to think of my writing as reflecting my own style - a method to my madness if you will.

As I take on my first official fulltime gig as a sportswriter effective the New Year, I look back on how it all came to pass and can't believe that I get to do something that I enjoy so much for a living.

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I chose not to do a who-I-am column when I first started here, so it's only just that I give some kind of introduction now.

I was raised all across North Dakota. I've lived in Fargo, Williston, Bismarck, Minot, Dickinson and Sherwood.

For the latter part of my life, I lived on a farm right outside Sherwood, a border town an hour north of Minot. I went to Sherwood High School, which is now part of the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood consolidation. I graduated in 2002 and I'm turning 24 next month.

I took some time off before attending Minot State University for two years. In 2006, I came down here to finish at Dickinson State and am just about there.

I've had the fortunate opportunity to be able to play sports in an area that was always competitive - northwest North Dakota. I was also able to write about some of those same teams.

But when it's all said and done, I'd like to be able to say I broadened my horizons and covering the southwest sports scene has certainly done that.

The sports down here are electrifying and should not be scared to throw their hat in the ring when considering the best in North Dakota.

A small glance at the teams in Region 7 says it all. The big school argument doesn't bode well here, not when big schools are knocking each other out of contention so often.

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I've dug down deep in the trenches of prep sports and I consider it a weakness when I can't name the state's best tennis players, swimming and diving stars, gymnasts or soccer teams.

Prep sports have become a hobby of mine and knowing them inside and out is part of my job description. I take pride in the fact that I can say that.

Coming from a town of 250 people, I know what small-town atmosphere is and Dickinson has it. Passionate urbanites may view that as a negative, but the friendly people make Dickinson what it is - a good place to live and a great place to raise a family.

I don't know if I'll ever experience the latter - though I am getting married in June - but I can say that wherever I go, I'll never forget the friendly people here ... never.

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