VanDyke: Thank you for sharing, Tri-Cities

Josh VanDyke • Mar 2, 2019 at 6:30 AM

I’ve always been taught to leave things better than I found them.

Whether it’s the places I visit, the people I meet or the things I do, I’ve always tried to live up to that creed to the best of my abilities.

For the past three and a half years, I’ve had the honor of providing a service to the Tri-Cities community, as the sports editor of the Grand Haven Tribune. Sometimes, I took some creative swings that produced quality content. Other times, I might have missed the mark.

Every time I stepped into my office, however, my goal was to produce something that was better than the last edition of the sports page. Now, I just hope I’m leaving the sports pages better than I found them.

Thursday night marked my last official shift as an employee of the Tribune, as I will be taking on a similar role in the Jackson area starting later this month. I hope you enjoyed reading my content as much as I enjoyed producing it for you.

The Tri-Cities area has had countless stories of triumph, heartbreak and determination within the realm of sports, and I thank each and every one of you who shared those stories with me and allowed me to recreate those stories for the local community.

I appreciate the coaches, who were willing to talk to me, even after a heartbreaking defeat; the players, who were brave enough to be open and honest with me after giving it their all every competition; and the parents and fans, who displayed their passion for local youth sports by picking up a paper, sharing an article online, or by simply attending the games and adding extra emotion to the events I covered.

I’ll never forget the Drawbridge Classics, the Battles on the Boardwalk, and the Battles of the Bayou, along with the district titles, the conference crowns or the Bucs Pride games. Those were the moments that usually brought out the best in the local community, as well as the teams, and pushed to bring out the best in me.

I might not go down in the history books, myself, but I appreciate you, the readers, for allowing me to be a scribe for a chapter or two in the Tri-Cities-area’s history books.

It’s been an honor and a privilege.

God Bless. Go Bucs and Go Lakers.

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