Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, May 1 newspaper on Page B2.
Man, does it feel good to be back in Southeast Ohio.
Hello everyone. My name is Brock Netter, I’m 26 years old and I’m the newest sports editor at the Vinton-Jackson Courier.
I’ve spent the past two years working for The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Illinois, and I had the time of my life during my time there. But things change, plans change and you just have to go with the flow and hope for the best outcome.
Ultimately, the allure of returning home to Southern Ohio was something I simply couldn’t turn down, and when push came to shove, and I couldn’t be happier to be back.
To give you, the readers, some more information about myself: I was born and raised in Chillicothe. I played football and baseball before graduating from Chillicothe High School in 2010 and going off to college at Bowling Green State University. I went to BGSU for two years before transferring to Columbus State Community College.
I’m a Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan, but don’t judge me for that. I’ve suffered a lot in my 26 years of watching them lose time and time again. I must be asking for punishment, since year after year I continue to give them my heart — only for it to be broken over and over again.
Maybe things will be different this year, but I’m not holding my breath on it.
I’m also a big time WWE fan. My sister got me hooked on it when I was only five years old, don’t judge me for it.
And of course, I’m a huge Ohio State fan. You might not meet a bigger one than me.
I became a freelance sports writer for the Chillicothe Gazette in October 2014. It was a life direction I never saw coming, but one I’m glad happened. Sports have been my passion and have run through my blood ever since I was four years old. I always knew no matter what I did for a living, it would involve sports in some way, shape or form.
Covering all of the various high school sporting events brought such joy to me. The connections I made at all the schools I helped cover was undoubtedly the best part of the job.
I left the Gazette in March 2017 after three years of being a stringer and accepted my first full-time job as the sports reporter in Coshocton, Ohio.
It was a chance to take a sports section and turn it into my own creation. I like to think I did a good job, but that’s not for me to decide. Although I only covered three schools, I had a blast there as well giving those kids the coverage they earned.
I enjoyed any and every chance I got to talk to one of the student-athletes, coaches, students, parents or fans of those respected schools. All of them helped make my job such a pleasure, and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
After three months in Coshocton, I moved to Illinois and took over a sports section that covered 24 high schools and two colleges. What an adjustment that was. But I made it work, and for the last two years I worked tirelessly to give those kids as much coverage as I possibly could alongside one other sports reporter.
Coming from covering 24 schools across a 75 mile radius to now covering four schools in Jackson and Vinton counties is going to be a major change, but one I’ll make rather swiftly.
The timing of my arrival is undoubtedly strange, considering that the spring sports season ends in just a month. But I’m here and tournaments are just right around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited.
I will work my hardest every day to give the student-athletes the coverage they deserve. They are and always will be the No. 1 priority in my position. I look forward to meeting as many athletes as possible and watching them thrive in their element whether on the diamond, hardwood, gridiron and/or the track.
You can catch me at some game every night, and if you’re not sure where I’m at, follow me on Twitter (@SirBrockNetter) where I’ll have live updates so you won’t miss anything.
If you see me at a game, don’t be afraid to come up, say “Hi” and introduce yourself. Believe me, I’m not a hard guy to miss.
I’m easily approachable, very welcoming, and I always enjoying meeting new people and creating new friendships.
Well, I think I’m done boring all of you talking about myself. I commend and applaud anyone who took the time to read this entire story.
Off to work I go. It’s showtime!