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I’m sad to announce that I am leaving the Kentucky New Era.

When I walked into the Kentucky New Era offices three and a half years ago, I didn’t know what my time in Hopkinsville would be like.

Trying to figure out how to convey what a place has meant to someone is difficult, so I’ll do my best in these next several paragraphs.

I want to start by thanking every single student, coach, parent, administrator, colleague, fan and even troll, for making my time in Hoptown memorable. I knew the area was passionate about its sports but until I was in the driver’s seat, I truly had no idea.

The things that I’ve been able to see during my time here have been absolutely incredible. I’ve seen athletes do things on and off the field that would make any community proud.

I’ve seen state champions and overtime thrillers. I’ve seen walk-off home runs and touchdowns in the final seconds. But, at the same time, I’ve seen tough losses and injuries derail a player’s season.

I’ve seen a pandemic end high school careers early and more players than I can count take their game to the next level.

Again, the southern Pennyrile is a special place.

It’s given me friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life. I’m not going to name names, but you know if you’re one of them.

You’re the person I can call anytime and get a straight answer or the person that’s listened to my ranting about everything under the sun.

For that, I owe Hopkinsville a lot.

When I moved to central Illinois after I finished at Southern Illinois University, I met many people. I can count on one hand the amount of people I still talk to from there. For Hoptown, that’ll take both hands, both feet and then some because this place is special to me.

I won’t go on and on about what I’ll miss because the reality is I’ll stay close.

In closing, I want to thank my colleagues and fellow sports writers for everything they’ve helped me with during this stop.

I want to thank Bryan Edwards for everything he’s done during our time together at the KNE. I’m fully behind Bryan 100%.

I helped get him to Hopkinsville for a reason and now he won’t have me holding him back.

Thanks again Hoptown, I’ll see you at a game soon.

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