Sentinel photo by Michael Haller. Le Mars first basemen Dayton Rand (4) looks to catch a throw from third basemen Race Streker (10) in Friday's loss to North Sioux.
Welcome to the first edition of the Seninel's newest blog: "Haller's Last Call"
As you may have read in last week's Tuesday Sentinel, I am the Sentinel's newest edition to the staff where I'll be writing for the sports page.
A quick rundown about myself if you didn't catch last week's paper, My name is Michael Haller. I am from the eastern half of Iowa, hailing from Muscatine (Near the Quad Cities).
I spent the last four years at the University of Northern Iowa where I was a part of the UNI Athletic Communications staff. One of my biggest takeaways from that job, was that there is more to sports than simply the numbers and wins or losses.
Hopefully, I'll be able to provide some interesting features about athletes and new sports articles for you guys very soon.
But for now, I'll start with this blog.
The goal is to be able to bring new blogs for the readers hopefully twice a week (you know, if you actually enjoy reading these).
While joining my colleague, Sam Tastad, in the middle of a season has been a real "hit the ground running" experience, here are my biggest takeaways from the first week on the job:
1) I have landed in a solid, competitive sports market
Coming from the eastern side of Iowa, I have little to no knowledge about the sports scene out here. I am used to reading about Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and the occasional Quad Cities team reaching state tournaments.
After watching just about every team last week, I have been highly impressed with how competitive it is amongst all the area schools.
Some notable performances include the Gehelen/St Mary's baseball game from Saturday, the A-W/ Gehlen softball game from last week and some incredibly impressive individual performances from a multitude of athletes.
I'm excited to see how these teams finish out their season and even more excited to be able to watch a full season from these athletes in the fall.
2) The people in this area have been incredibly welcoming
Again, coming from the other side of the state and having no family out here, I moved here without a lead as to what to do or what the area is like.
Whether it has been at restaurants, gas stations, concession stands or even walking around town, I have been greeted with smiles and the friendly "Hi! How are you?"
It has made me feel a lot better about moving so far from my friends and family. I can't thank everyone enough for the welcoming atmosphere.
3) I am going to need your help
Part of what makes reading news fun, or even writing the news, is getting feed back from the readers.
So, to end this blog, I'd like to extend an invitation to all of those that read the Daily Sentinel, to please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any suggestions or stories that you think should be wrote about.
Like I said earlier, there is more to sports than simply the numbers. More specifically, what I think is the most forgotten, the "student" concept of a "student-athlete".
So please, if you want to read any information about professional organizations, college teams, or have a story about an athlete in the community please let me know!
Again, my email is email@example.com.
Feel free to give a follow on Twitter as well: @hallerm22
Hopefully I will be able to do some live tweets from some games soon and provide some interesting statistics periodically for those who follow.
If you didn't already, be sure to follow the Daily Sentinel Sports Twitter account for the latest releases and everything sports: @LeMarsDSports
Next week I'll try to have something a little more sports related that may dive into some professional baseball, women's World Cup action, and hopefully a little more in-depth analysis of the upcoming play-offs for the area teams.
Thank you all for reading!