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Friday, March 30, 2007

Discovering stories

One of the reasons why I wanted to become a journalist/sports reporter is I love discovering stories to tell.

Growing up in Michigan, I was amazed at the way Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom could tell a story in his columns.

There's no greater feeling than stumbling upon a story ready to be told, and I found two out at the Bossier Parish Relays at Haughton.

It's amazing we at The Times hadn't heard about Haughton's Khorey Mitchell. The kid is coming back from brain surgery and won the discus event on Thursday. Initially he was diagnosed with polyps in his sinus cavity, but they spread to his brain. Doctors performed brain surgery leaving a scar running down his temple. They also had to install a metal plate into his head. Khorey said there was a chance he wasn't going to be able to play football.

Then there's Airline junior Katie McCoy. McCoy wasn't a track athlete; she began the spring season playing softball. But, she wanted to make a change so she joined the track team.

In her first ever track meet, she threw the javelin more than 106 feet. That was 18 feet farther than the second-place finisher. I think she's found her true calling.

In both cases, these are amazing stories waiting to be told, and I can't wait to do it.


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