It’s been a long time since I pulled off what you could call a sportswriters marathon. In this case it was going to be four games in a day with a men’s/women’s basketballl doubleheader in two different locations.
I did it while working in Fort Lauderdale. That one consisted of two district (what you call leagues out here) tennis tournaments, a baseball game and a softball game – all at different high schools. But I was 15 or so years younger and Florida traffic is nothing like California traffic.
The day started out at Chaffey College where the Panthers were playing local rival San Bernardino Valley. It was a good day for the Wolverines as SBVC swept the games, with the win by the men giving them a share of the Foothill Conference title and the win by the women giving them a sweep of 14 conference games. Pretty impressive in a tough conference.
The men’s game, scheduled to start at 3 p.m., tipped off 30 minutes or so late so I was already going to be under the gun timewise.
Sure enough, it’s 5:30 p.m. by the time I leave Chaffey, which is the exact time the Cal Poly Pomona women’s game against Humboldt State was getting underway.
I was able to get the Chaffey-SBVC men’s story done fairly quickly, by halftime of the women’s game. But I got to Pomona with 8 minutes left in the first half and still had to write the Chaffey-SBVC men’s story.
Got it done by the halftime of the Cal Poly women’s game.
Of course that one went overtime. Can’t cover four games in one day without one going overtime, right?
Then got that one written by halfitme of the men’s game.
It was a good night for the Broncos who also swept. Of course the men’s game didn’t finish until 9:45, so I had to write that one in 15 minutes.
If the first pair of games hadn’t been the two locals squaring off I probably wouldn’t have tried. But it’s nice to know I can still do it when duty calls.