Today, The Sheridan Press says so long to sports editor Brad Estes. His reporting, column writing, photography and design/presentation skills are terrific.
Most know that he grew up here, played a variety of varsity sports for the Sheridan Broncs, was the sports editor for the Branding Iron while at the U. of Wyoming and returned home to work for Sheridan Media before joining us, about two years ago.
Being a sports editor of a community daily newspaper isn’t easy. (I’ve done it.) There are the demands of covering three school systems’ sports teams, men and women, a local community college sports programs, men and women, recreational league sports, local hockey leagues, sports features about the local athletes, UW sports (men and women), local golf (men and women), outdoor sports and all the other that falls in between, like local dart leagues, for example. He also managed the coverage of national sports, like the Broncos and Rockies and all the others.
It is a position where sources are paramount, duties that are filled with get-it-right, get-it-now deadline strictures. One of his gifts: a work ethic. Notably, he started our sports agate/info page, expanded our local high school and college and professional rodeo coverage, wrote a sharp, wry column and followed up on former local athletes who had gone onto college athletic programs. He traveled to tournaments, big games and other events to deliver the sports news to a demanding readership, literally working day and nights — that’s usually when the games are.
When a local team won a state championship in one sport or another — all three did so in his tenure — it fell to Brad to put together a commemorative special section that will no doubt be recalled and revisited during family and school reunions to come. The position requires much commitment, sometimes overwhelmingly so, in that he’s also dealing with school patrons, parents, readers, coaches and other interested fans.
Brad’s not all that sure where he’ll end up in the next phase of his life, he’s got options. But I’m thinking he’ll succeed and will return home now and then to parents, brothers and sisters and many friends he developed while the sports editor here.
We wish him the best.
The Press has hired a successor to Estes, Tanya Hamner of Lyman. Ms. Hamner is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wyoming and a 2007 communications graduate of Northwest College. While at UW in pursuit of a degree in agriculture communications, she was involved in the UW Cowgirls’ volleyball and basketball teams, providing digital marketing, photography and reporting. She has a “passion for athletics.” More on Ms. Hamner to come. She begins in March. Notably, too, she is the first person of her gender to be named the Press’ sports editor.
“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.”
—William E. Vaughan, newspaper columnist, Kansas City Star, 1915-1977