Howdy folks, my name is Juan and I’m coming aboard as the new Sports Editor for the Register-Pajaronian.
It’s been a while since I’ve done some sports reporting, but I’m finally back, more ready than ever to get back into the action.
It’s going to be tough trying to replace former Sports Editor, Tony Nunez, and filling his shoes, but I plan on providing the same professionalism and dedication to prep and college sports just as he did.
I was born and raised in Watsonville, attended Watsonville High School — Class of 2000 — and have spent a majority of my life in town. So, I know what athletics means to people in this town and other communities surrounding it.
I began my journalism career with a background in sports reporting, but stepped aside for a little more than a year. I took on the education beat and produced multimedia projects at the Monterey Herald. It was great learning what goes on in the education system, however, my true calling was in sports.
The goal isn’t to change the entire sports section, but perhaps add a bit of spice and revamp it just a bit, including a new sports podcast, videos and other fun multimedia projects, including 360 and virtual reality videos that will bring storytelling to another level.
The podcast will be a weekly show featuring a local roundup of what happened over the weekend, sit down interviews on the Coach’s Corner segment and the featured games of the week, which will highlight a pair of marquee matchups during the week.
But for me, sports reporting is more than just writing about a game or a match between two opponents. Sometimes, it’s about connecting with student-athletes — occasionally some semi-pro and professional athletes, too — and allowing them to tell their journey and life experiences, even if it’s something outside of sports.
Plus, it’s great to see when student-athletes give back to the community, which is something else I’ll be focusing on.
The power of sports, I believe, can change the lives for some student-athletes, too. For example, who would’ve thought a soccer club full of troubled youths from rival gangs could play a sport they love, but also play on the same team?
Sports can push people who face uphill battles to challenge themselves, or others find athletics as an outlet to possibly get into college.
And finally, it’s great to see a school site such as Pajaro Valley High break ground for its own sports facilities, including a football stadium the Grizzlies can now call home.
But, that’s just a drop in the bucket of what’s going on. There are still plenty of other success stories and possible issues schools, athletic programs and student-athletes will endure in the near future and years to come.
That’s why I’m looking forward to providing the community with fair and honest news. I’m really excited to be working in my own backyard once again.
If you have any questions, ideas for a story or want to chat about what’s going on in the world of local high school and college athletics, shoot me an email at [email protected].
Thank you for taking an interest in prep sports and again, I’m not perfect, so please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
You can reach Juan Reyes at 831-761-7335