One last visit to the goal line | Editor's Note

By Megan Managan | Oct 14, 2015

Next week, for the first time in eight years, when I head to work, it won't be to a newspaper office.

This Friday will be my last day with the Beacon.

I wasn't expecting to leave this place, this community and these amazing athletes anytime soon, but when the right opportunity comes along, it is really hard to say no.

When I joined the Beacon staff two years ago, publisher Paul Archipley wanted to add sports coverage to the Beacon, and it was a task I was delighted to take on.

Building these sports pages, getting to know players, coaches and this community has been amazing and something that gave me great pause when I was trying to decide whether or not to leave. Especially in the middle of a season, it feels like half of the story is unwritten.

Will the Edmonds-Woodway girls soccer team make a run at a repeat state title? Will the King's football team make a deep run to state and will the Knights volleyball team earn that state title after coming so close a year ago?

Will the Kamiak and Mariner football teams make a deep run to state? Will Mariner's Abbie Steinhauer return to the state cross country meet and will fellow Marauder Brianna Lucien win a third straight state swimming title?

Will the Glacier Peak and Archbishop Murphy football teams make a deep run to state? Will the Wildcats volleyball team earn a top finish at state and will the girls swim teams at Archbishop and Jackson fulfill their goals at state?

Those questions will be left to be answered by the capable person who steps into this role next.

In the last eight years, a lot of things have changed, not only in the newspaper business, but in the world and in my own little cosmos. I've moved across the state, lived in five different places, worked at three newspapers and covered thousands of sporting events.

I've watched teams become state champions, watched some of those same teams lose titles and heard the National Anthem performed more times than I can count. Along the way, I've had the incredible opportunity to do a job many dream of – tell stories for a living.

I covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which resulted in one of my favorite interview stories.

I did a very choppy phone interview with an American luger who was holed up in an Italian Alps resort during a blizzard. Thanks to the storm, we got disconnected several times, but each time he dutifully called me back (I couldn't make international calls out of the office). He hadn't seen his family in months, thanks to competitions overseas, and had just found out he'd be competing in Vancouver – his first chance to connect with his wife and young daughter in ages. Watching him race later that winter, even though he didn't medal, knowing his whole family was there watching, was a highlight of the entire Games for me.

While this job certainly isn't easy, the late nights, long hours and the standing in the freezing cold and rain, it isn't an experience I would ever change.

To every coach and player who has ever talked to me after a game, particularly a loss, thank you. To all the parents who shared ideas, scores, pictures and more, you've been invaluable.

To the staff at the Beacon, it's easy to come to work everyday when you enjoy the people you're around.

And to everyone who reads the paper each week, thank you for letting us into your homes. Newspapers and journalism might have changed a lot in the last eight years, but because of you, it's still going strong.

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