By Corey J. Corbin
Allied News Sports Columnist
BOYZ II MEN once carooned about how hard it is to say goodbye.
That's exactly how I've been feeling for much of the past week or so .... “How in the heck do I say goodbye to my readers in the Allied News’ coverage area?”
Even after all that time, I'm still not sure how my “goodbye” column to you, my faithful readers will go.
But let me start out with this, I was offered a full-time sports writer position with Allied News’ sister paper in New Castle — The New Castle News — on my birthday back on Sept. 5 and decided to accept it.
Since resigning as the Allied’s sports editor in the spring of 2009 to take a position at George Junior Republic, I have been chomping at the bit to get back into the sports journalism world full-time and The New Castle News offered me the opportunity to do so.
But accepting the position wasn’t without hesitation — and a lot of soul searching.
Did I want to drive a half-hour to work every day? Was I going to be out of my element at a daily newspaper rather than a bi-weekly like the Allied? How quickly would I come to know the history of programs like I do in Mercer County?
My affiliation with Allied News dates all the way back to the winter of 1997 when I signed up to cover Slippery Rock High School athletics for then sports editor Kay Dannels and continued through her successors Nate Summers and Ryan Briggs before assuming sports editorship myself in the summer of 2002.
Now nearly 16 years later, I find myself having to say goodbye to Allied News possibly for good.
I’ve loved my time with Allied News — and sister paper The (Sharon) Herald — and have forged a ton of friendships with coaches and athletes I have met along the way.
I will always cherish the conversations I’ve had — both on and off the record — and all the games I’ve covered during my time.
But a coach once told me (and I’m paraphrasing here) “God put the eyes on the front of our heads so we could look forward rather than on the back of our heads and have us look back to the past.”
With that in mind, I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life and career with the New Castle News and to the friendships I’ll be making in Lawrence County over the coming months and years.
Like I said earlier, I’ve struggled with how to say goodbye to the Allied, the coaches and athletes I’ve covered and to you, my faithful readers, so rather than say “Goodbye,” I’m going to borrow a phrase from my granddad Basil Corbin and say “I’ll be seeing you!”
Agree, disagree or just want to comment? Contact Corey at firstname.lastname@example.org.