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Posted: May 1, 2008 2:23 a.m.
Updated: July 2, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 

On Monday afternoon, I was looking for my transcript from Cal State Northridge - my alma mater.

Deep in a drawer at the foot of my bed, I found something else.

It was a picture of me, sitting on the 50-yard line at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii when I was a student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

It was the beginning of my sportswriting career.

A photographer from the Hawaii school newspaper - Ka Leo O' Hawaii, where I got my start - took the photograph.

It was long before anybody had heard of Colt Brennan.

I was covering guys like Nick Rolovich, who in his final college game threw eight touchdown passes to lead the Warriors to a 72-45 win over BYU.

Guys like cornerback Nate Jackson, who played through unfathomable pain.

And guys like Ashley Lelie - the receiver who later went to the NFL and when he declared his eligibility for the NFL Draft gave me the scoop. Ashley was a star, a great guy and skipped our shared Spanish class couple of times too many.

This is where it all started for me.

Is this where it ends?

I'm not sure.

But after today, you might not see my name in The Signal newspaper as I decided to resign as its sports editor.

Growing up in the Santa Clarita Valley, I said I'd never work here.

I wanted to make a name for myself outside of this valley.

But once I arrived in 2002 and once I became sports editor in January 2006, I didn't want to leave until I made some kind of mark.

I hope I have.

I've enjoyed covering your kids and yourselves. I've tried to fight for what's right and give you the best coverage possible, despite numerous obstacles.

I love stories about perseverance, hard work and dedication.

I wish I could have written those stories as well as Freddie Mercury wrote "We Are The Champions."

I've paid my dues -
Time after time -
I've done my sentence -
But committed no crime -
And bad mistakes -
I've made a few -
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face -
But I've come through

I share those sentiments in a lot of ways because I have persevered and come through.

Those that truly know me know this.

They know how dedicated I have been to this profession and this area.

I am convinced that the best area for preparatory sports in the United States is right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Over the years, I've met so many great people who I now call friends - athletes, coaches, parents - you all know who you are.

I was prepared so well for this job by talented sportswriters and managers who I still call friends - people like Jared Evans, Grant Gordon, Bob Dickson, Craig Leener and Andrew Barlam.

Last of the list but not least was my talented mentor - Grant Parpan, my predecessor as sports editor. He showed me that you work until your work is done. And when it is done, find more work. He showed me dedication and passion.

There were a lot of names you readers never saw - great interns who did the dirty work for our department - Jon Stein, Trevor Sojka, Lindsey Indermill, Chelsea Rhodes, Rob Weinrich, Joey Yanover and Cameron Barragan - all great kids who, if they choose, have a great future in a difficult profession, journalism.

There were photographers and night crew people who through hard work, encouragement and vision wouldn't have made this sports section what it has been - the best.

Then there were people like you - the reader.

Had you not read, complained, asked for more, opined or complimented, the drive to make this section a success would not have been the same.

I now close this farewell with one last short line that Freddie wrote in "We Are The Champions."

I thank you all.

Cary Osborne has worked at The Signal since August 2002 and been its sports editor since January 2006. He can be reached at borap13@juno.com.

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