Wyopreps.com Website Update
With this being my last entry into the website, I, Kevin Koile, figured that an update on what’s going on, should be in order.
After today (July 15th), I am no longer with the site. Wyopreps.com WILL continue, but not with me, and probably without video highlights. I am not exactly sure what the future holds, but I am weighing my options. I’m not even sure if I will stay in Wyoming or not, although I’d love to, because I’ve had a blast living in the Cowboy State.
In my 9 years of covering Wyoming high school sports for TV and Internet, I seen just about everything in just about every sport, except a walk off home run to win a game. I have recorded game winning (and championship winning) plays on both offense and defense. Buzzer beaters that did and did not happen. Great comebacks, horrendous chokes, blowouts, upsets, great calls, bad calls…in short, I’ve been there for the good, the bad and the ugly, in both boys and girls sports.
What I enjoyed the most in my video work, is that when I would go to a game (big schools…and in particular small schools), I would bring hope to an athlete. Hope that maybe a college scout was looking at them NOW…and not just at the state tournament, which is when they are usually noticed. So to those parents and high school coaches reading this, I tried to increase the chances, that some college coach, was evaluating the athletic potential of your son/daughter/athlete. I hope I made some good difference in their athletic future!
The other part I liked about the job, was that I could get to places and games, that most other media could not get to. Just about every team has some kind of local radio and/or print media coverage in their neighborhood (and some have live local video streaming too), but it doesn’t always spread well outside of the local community. To those local print media and radio stations…you’re awesome! There’s also very very few media outlets (TV, print, and radio) that cover all of what’s going on in Wyoming on a daily basis, and although they try, they can’t always get to the far away communities. Toss in whatever is going on at the University of Wyoming, or one of the junior colleges…and…well…they have their hands full at times (Nothing against UW or the JC’s. They are just as important). The other media have a time deadline to get their stuff in, and that’s the nature of the beast. I didn’t! It was that trump card, that allowed to stay at the game longer, and get more of what was going on.
Last but definitely not least, a big thank you to John Gabrielsen. A guy who came up with the idea to create wyopreps.com, so that there would be a way for everyone to know what was going on in high school sports. When he got it started, he had most of the scores, from the west side of the state, and I had most of the scores from the east side of the state. Joining forces turned out to be a great idea, and eventually it blossomed. After a while, maintaining the site, along with being a husband, father of 2 children and working a job, took its toll, and that’s where I came in to save the day. Bless his heart and soul…with everything that happened to him last year…for lack of a better term…he’s been through hell. Losing both your wife and mother in a short time frame…I shudder to think how that can unbalance a person’s mind. Gabe, you’ve fought your way through it, and you’re still fighting, but you’re winning. You’ll be a better person and father, then I’ll ever be, because of that!
I did what I could. Most of you were very appreciative, but you don’t need to thank me. Thank your team, for providing me with a great game to get highlights from…most of the time.
Take care and get ready for the next game!