I always knew I wanted to be a writer.
At the young age of, oh, let’s say 6 or 7, I would never be seen without some type of notebook in my hand. I would always be writing some kind of childish story, much like a fictional journal.
As I grew older, writing became second to sports. Baseball gloves, basketball shoes and football pads took the place of pens, pencils and paper. In eighth grade, though, writing made a comeback in my life.
We were studying poetry. Of course, what eighth-grade boy likes to read or write poetry, right? I griped and complained and surely drove my teacher nuts, but when it came down to it, I wrote about the one thing I knew: sports. I can recollect poems about football and maybe a short story or two about baseball in our short writing lesson. I would turn those in reluctantly, not thinking that they may one day be something of importance.
Soon, through years of creative writing and actually working on the craft while at West Virginia University, I found an even better way to combine the two things I love. Sports writing became my passion and became the career path I had set my sights on.
After getting my start with up-and-coming online publications, I’ve worked furiously on landing that first paid writing job. It wasn’t easy, but when you’re working toward what you love, it hardly ever is.
It took long hours that combined homework, a regular, steady job, and many freelance projects on the side. I’ve covered everything from WVU football to the Washington Wild Things, with anything thrown my way in between. I’ve spent the past nine months writing for local websites and even managing a San Diego sports website from my home in Morgantown. Yes, that sounds like a rough task, but it was a rather successful one that led to bigger and better outlets.
Several ventures and outlets later, I’ve been welcomed into a new home at the Times West Virginian.
I’m very grateful for the chances I’ve been given over the course of my travels, and I’ve been very blessed to come to the Times West Virginian as a sports writer, something I’ve been working toward so vigorously since choosing this profession.
I’m excited to come into this community and to become a respected voice that you enjoy reading with your morning coffee or whatever other ritual you bring your newspaper along for.
Email Matt Welch at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @MattWelch_TWV.
I always knew I wanted to be a writer.
University hands Huskies first loss; East edges Elkins
The mercy rule has been a familiar part of North Marion’s softball season.
Through the first seven games, the Huskies regularly pounded their opponents with stingy defense, sharp pitching and timely hitting. Rarely did a game go all seven innings for the previously undefeated team.
Huggins signs junior college guard
Coach Bob Huggins completed his 2014-15 West Virginia University recruiting class on Wednesday and deemed it a success after receiving a signed letter of intent from junior college guard Tarik Phillip.
Phillip joins Jevon Carter of Maywood, Ill., and Daxter Miles of Baltimore’s Dunbar High and out of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts in the 2014-15 recruiting class.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing
The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.
Pirates shut out by Reds’ Cueto, 4-0
Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the NL wild card game, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
FURFARI COLUMN: Comparing pay of coaches and professors
• A beautiful lady came up to my table last Sunday at brunch in the Village of Heritage Point’s main dining room with a message.
COLUMN: Extend summer practices without over-extending athletes
Last week we told you about a proposal that would extend the summer practice period for West Virginia high schools.
It’s already cleared the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Board of Control. Now it’s up to the West Virginia Board of Education to decide if the current three-week window should be expanded by five weeks.
Bussie looks forward to WNBA
On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Jackie Robinson’s impact extends beyond baseball
It is Jackie Robinson Day as I sit here writing this today, and I feel as though I am doing it in a world gone mad.
Every player in Major League Baseball wore No. 42 on Tuesday in honor of Jackie Robinson, the man who took racism’s best shot and integrated the game that was known then as the National Pastime even though it was as white a Ku Klux Klan robe.
Pirates finish off suspended game, fall in nightcap
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete
The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
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