OSHA Approved Working Conditions

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

These signs were everywhere this weekend at the 2010 CHSAA State Cross Country Championships at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. I got a kick out watching just about every photographer I know getting their photo taken next to one of these. I’ll admit I couldn’t resist the urge either. The address was Aurora but from the looks of the surroundings I think I was closer to Kansas. This was probably one of the worst cross country races I have ever covered. With the exception of one school, most of our teams were buried in the pack finishing outside the top 10. It was windy, dusty and to top it off, the finish line was 100% backlit and filled with “CHSAA Personnel”. Apparently 12 people in red shirts standing on the finish line, blocking the line of sight of just about every member of the media is good for exposure. Next year I’m bringing a step ladder.

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State Softball

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Last weekend I covered the 2010 CHSAA State Softball tournament. In previous years I have had more schools than I have had time to cover over the 3 day tournament. This year was a little different. We only had 2 teams advance to state: Platte Canyon and Evergreen. Platte Canyon is 3A school and Evergreen is a 4A school in softball. That meant unfortunately that their games would be played at the same time at different complexes (AWESOME!!!). Needing coverage from both games, I would have to hustle between complexes to make sure we had enough content to fill the sports pages for 2 papers. If you have ever been to state softball, you know that the Aurora Sports Park is enormous and that there is the possibility of 12 games being played at once!

Both games started at 12:15. After watching Evergreen play during the season, I made the decision to start at their game and then make my way to the Platte Canyon game around the 4th inning. That is one advantage of being at a small town paper. You cover the same teams every week so you get to know how they play. My decision ended up paying off. Evergreen was eliminated in the first round. While covering Evergreen, I ran into the perpetual Colorado Springs Gazette intern, Brandon Iwamoto. Good luck with the job hunt. Anyway, on to the Platte Canyon game.

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