Daily light sports
Well sort of.
Nearly three years ago I started my tenure at the Waxahachie Daily Light on Sept. 18, just in time for the Indian football game against Lancaster.
I was accompanied by the former sports editor at the game before breaking out on my own the following week as Waxahachie traveled to Midlothian.
Flash forward three years and my final Ellis County football game to cover was back in Midlothian, this time for Midlothian against Saginaw.
It has been a fun ride in Waxahachie, but I am sad to say it is over.
My wife and I are moving back to East Texas as she will be pursuing a career in cosmetology while I will be working for a local paper in a hybrid, jack-of-all-trades position.
Waxahachie High School grad Billy Wessels is the new sports editor for the Daily Light and will do a great job.
Wessels, a TCU journalism graduate, has covered high school sports for several years for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Change is never easy, but the addition of Wessels to the WNI staff is a strong move that will help the paper in its pursuit to keep local news/sports first.
Wessels was an intern with WNI while at Waxahachie and has a strong knowledge of what the community expects from its paper.
When I first entered the Gingerbread City in 2008 I did not know what to expect, or how the community viewed its paper.
I learned quickly.
I was greeted by coaches, parents and local sports fans and challenged at the same time.
Over the last three years the Daily Light has earned several awards for its sports coverage and I am thrilled to have been a part of that.
There are several fond memories that race to mind when I think back over the last three years, but the top moment came away from the playing field.
During the 2010 football playoffs I was covering Maypearl and received a phone call from Waxahachie volleyball coach Sandy Faussett asking me to emcee the end-of-year banquet.
I was a little nervous, but accepted the request with a lot of reservation.
The night went off without a hitch as I challenged the Lady Indians to take the next step and win the state championship.
At 26-3 this season it looks like the team took the challenge to heart.
It is hard to say what that night fully meant to me, but it is by far my fondest moment in my three-year stay in Waxahachie.
Thank you, Waxahachie, for all the support you have shown me and the Daily Light. I will miss covering your Indians, but I will always have a spot in my heart for the green and white.
Chad Wilson is the former sports editor for the Waxahachie Daily Light and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He earned more than 10 awards for his work with the paper.