On (not) getting by as a Sports Editor at Northwood
When most people think of Northwood, they automatically are wowed by the academic rigor and achievements of many students. Athletics at Northwood, however, are seemingly an afterthought, a key aspect of school that has been constantly been overlooked.
Before we joined The Howler, we shared the exact same view. We had first-hand experience with the high quality of academics and the prestigious arts program at Northwood; however, we had heard very little about the achievements of the athletic teams of the school.
As the time came to decide the role we wanted to play in the paper, we gravitated towards the sports section, with each of us being avid followers of multiple sports at the professional level. Over the past two years, we have had the opportunity to create sports articles and edit for the sports page in the newspaper. From the first issue, we knew every single notion we had held about Northwood athletics was wrong. We came across exceptional athletes and coaches as well as teams that were winning championships, breaking school records and making headlines on a regular basis.
As we look back into the past two years, we have covered our fair share of memorable events. We were standing in the bleachers to witness both of Northwood’s game-winning touchdowns in the homecoming games against Irvine High School in 2014 and 2016. We were standing on the sidelines to report on girls soccer’s historic run to the CIF Finals last year. And we were standing in the gym to cheer on Northwood’s Boys Basketball team as they claimed another undefeated season in the Pacific Coast League last year. All of these events are a testament to Northwood’s great athletic program.
We have had the opportunity to interview passionate athletes and coaches to find out their background and achievements in the sport. It was through our experiences as part of The Howler that we learned that a Northwood student, in fact, played golf with Jordan Spieth, who became the youngest Master’s champion that same year.
Looking back at the athletes and accomplishments that the Northwood athletic program has produced, we realize that writing and editing the sports page of The Howler has certainly been an enlightening experience for us and hopefully for all the students.