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COLUMN: Summer brings new face, coverage to News

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By Metz Camfield

As I sit at my computer staring at the cursor blinking endlessly before my eyes, I wonder and agonize as to what my first column for The Anderson News should be about.

I covered the UK men’s basketball team last season for the University of Kentucky student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, how about a piece on my opinion of whether or not head coach John Calipari will leave for the NBA?

No, I don’t want to dive in to such a sensitive subject around the Bluegrass in my first meeting with you all.

Instead, let’s go with an introduction of myself, and what I will be doing here at The Anderson News during my 10-week internship.

My name is Metz Camfield, and I was born and raised in beautiful Crozet, Va., a small town just outside of Charlottesville, Va.

I grew up on a 222-acre farm nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains with angus cattle, two ponds, about 60 acres of woodlands and an endless supply of beauty and adventure for a young kid to bask in.

In high school, I was the sports editor of our student newspaper, “The Western Hemisphere.” During my senior year in high school I got an internship with a local radio station and did interviews with the University of Virginia men’s soccer team. I also produced UVa baseball games for the station.

This fall I will be entering my senior year at the University of Kentucky. I came to UK to pursue a career in print journalism, specifically sports journalism. Last year I was the assistant sports editor at the Kentucky Kernel. In my time at the Kernel, I have covered the volleyball and baseball teams in addition to covering the men’s basketball team this past year.

This summer I will be interning for 10 weeks with The Anderson News and I hope I’ll be able to use that experience in providing extensive coverage of Anderson County Little League baseball.

With the hot summer months just around the corner and America’s Pastime in full bloom, I will be camped out at MainSource and Davenport fields with the pings of the aluminum bats.

I still remember growing up and playing soccer at my high school and having our games covered by the local newspaper. It was a thrill for me as a player, and I hope I can capture the excitement of the little league games with my stories.

I will be attending as many games as I can each week and we will devote two pages of the newspaper each week to the major league division of Anderson County Little League baseball. There will be game stories and player features along with other feature stories. Already in my time covering the league I have met many very nice players, coaches, managers and umpires, and I look forward to meeting more.

Take this week’s little league section as an hors d’oeuvres of what’s to come. The goal is to provide you all with a new entrée you can’t wait to get each week.

If coaches, managers and parent representatives can send me game scores and statistics after each of their games, the coverage will only grow and be better.

Let’s play ball.

E-mail Metz Camfield at mcamfield@theandersonnews.com.