As many of you already know, today is my swan song at the Quincy Herald-Whig.
I’ve accepted a job at the Columbia Daily Tribune and will begin working there in early December. I’ll join the Tribune’s team of reporters that covers the University of Missouri. I’ll serve as the No. 2 beat writer on MU football, assisting the Tribune’s MU football beat writer David Morrison. I’ll also be the beat writer for MU non-revenue sports.
I won’t wax poetically in this farewell. I just want to say thank you to the readers of this blog, the Herald-Whig print edition and whig.com. In the past three-plus years, there have been 628 posts on this blog. The following for Topp’s Tips was relatively small at first, but it grew steadily. By this fall, this blog was routinely pulling in more than 1,000 hits per week. Again, thank you. I enjoy blogging, but it’s always more enjoyable when you know someone is on the other side reading.
In some ways, being a sports writer at the Whig is easy. It’s easy because there are great athletes and great teams to cover. I enjoyed having the opportunity to tell their stories.
Since starting at Whig in August 2010, I had the pleasure of covering 12 teams at state events. That included seven teams that won state championships. I also had the pleasure of covering the Quincy Gems’ 2011 Prospect League championship and the Culver-Stockton college men’s basketball team that reached the NAIA Division I quarterfinals in 2013. Those teams and the athletes who played for them will stick with me for the rest of my career.
Again, it’s been a pleasure to tell the stories of the teams and athletes in this area, and thanks for reading.