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I have put so much time and effort writing about other people that you readers probably have no idea who I am. Well, considering that sports have slowed down a bunch because of the COVID-19 outbreak, I figured this would be a good time to slow down help you get to know who’s been reporting on your local sports news the past six years.
Let’s start at the beginning. I was born in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 1991. I spent seven years growing up in the southern part of Maryland before my dad got a job in Cary, so we moved to Apex.
Growing up in Maryland and having almost all of my family from there, I am a huge Maryland sports fan. My favorite football team is the Washington Redskins. There was a time when I could proudly make that statement.
My favorite baseball team is the Baltimore Orioles, but the Washington Nationals have grown on me. And no, I am not a bandwagon fan. I am well aware they just recently won the World Series, but I have been following the team for almost a decade.
Since I’ve spent most of my life growing up in North Carolina, I have learned to love the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets. I’m also a UNC fan when it comes to sports. Go Tar Heels!
My two favorite sports to play are probably football (tackle) and Ultimate Frisbee. I also enjoy playing soccer and basketball. I love putt-putt golf more than actual golf. I do like driving the golf cart around though.
I went to Middle Creek High School and was on its football team. I got to be a part of the program’s first-ever conference championship season.
After I graduated from high school, I went to UNC-Wilmington where I majored in creative writing and minored in journalism.
I got into sports reporting through our school newspaper, The Seahawk. My very first sports story was a profile piece on a soccer player who transferred to our school from Virginia Tech.
In my senior year, I won Reporter of the Year for doing an investigative piece on why UNC-Wilmington doesn’t have a football program. To sum it up in one word: money.
Before I started working on that story, I had no idea how much money it takes to start a football program at a college. It’s a lot!
Winning Reporter of the Year caught the attention of Wilmington’s local newspaper, The Star-News. I was brought on as an intern where I got paid $1,000 a month to cover their local sports. I even covered surfing, twice, and field hockey.
That experience eventually led me to here at The Wake Weekly. I was first brought in as a sports writer Aug. 15, 2014. My very first article was covering a Heritage High School football game.
Then a little over a year later, I was promoted to sports editor and I have held that title here ever since.
I currently live with my parents in Willow Spring, which is about an hour drive away from Wake Forest. My fiancee, Symone, and I plan on moving up here to Wake Forest after we get married this September.
When I’m not writing about sports, I write fiction novels. I have actually published five novels. My latest one, “The Four Relics: Shadows Over Notros,” I wrote with my fiancee.
My other hobbies include playing video games, collecting comic books and watching YouTube. As an extrovert, I am so ready for this coronavirus pandemic to be over with so I can intermingle with people again like in the good old days.
Another big thing about me is that I am a Christian. I gave my life to Christ when I was 9 years old and I have been following Him ever since. I’m a part of Grace Ministries USA, the organization that writes the devotionals you see in our newspaper.
I currently go to The Point Church in Fuquay-Varina. I help them lead Bible studies, watch over the preschoolers and also greet people as they walk in. Well, I used to do all that before the pandemic.
I love the Wake Forest community and all the sports that go on around it. I have been a part of Wake Forest’s football state championships, their boys soccer state championship, Heritage’s girls soccer state championship, Franklin Academy’s boys and girls state championships and their girls cross country state championships.
It’s been a joy to see the coaches and student athletes celebrate their success. I’ve been following them for almost six years, so I know the long journey they have all been on to get to that moment.
That’s what makes my job fun. I get to be a part of the biggest moments of their life. It’s so cool to see that as a local sports editor. Those instances make it all worth it to me.
Well that’s a little bit about me. Let’s hear from you! Are there any sports stories you would like to share with us? E-mail me your thoughts and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Marty Simpkins is the sports editor of The Wake Weekly. He can be reached at 919-424-1779 or firstname.lastname@example.org.