1,000th Post: Letter from the Editor
Dear Tiger Nation,
We have now reached 1,000 posts on wstxsports.com. It has been a blast doing this for three years, and I am glad that many of you have enjoyed the product we have been putting out for the better part of three years. It’s amazing to see how far WSTX Sports has come, and it’s all because of you.
WSTX Sports was founded by Class of 2013 St. X graduate Clay Bollinger. Clay was a quarterback for the football team, but every moment that was not spent on the field or in the film room was used to get this program off the ground. Clay wasn’t a journalist; he just loved St. X. You will never find a bigger fan of Tiger Tech than him.
If it wasn’t for Clay, we would not exist, let alone be where we are today. He wrote countless articles for the website, and on this very day in 2012, he created and tweeted the first tweet from the WSTX Sports Twitter account, an integral part in getting our content out to you, the fans. Even now, two years removed from St. X, he is still sending me amazing graphics to use and making sure I know what’s going on, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. The dedication and enthusiasm he showed and is still showing is just awesome, and although there has been some opposition towards him since he left, I will always be in Clay’s corner. He started something great completely on his own, and because of him, Saint Xavier High School has yet another asset unrivaled by any school in the state.
After Clay graduated, he handed the program down to Evan Shaheen, a 2014 Tiger Tech graduate, and Evan picked up right where Clay left off. A year later, Evan handed it to me, and now we are here. I have had so much fun covering St. X sports; it’s really how I found my niche among my class. Unfortunately, my time at 1609 Poplar Level Road is dwindling, and I need to begin preparing the next crop of writers for the next several years.
I am in the process of handing WSTX Sports down to Cole Bollinger, Clay’s younger brother and a writer for the site. I foresee a lack of manpower next year that may be serious enough to jeopardize the site’s existence. I was a sophomore when Clay started it, and it’s been an unbelievable experience to be a part of this. I don’t want it to end, and I also don’t want to throw Cole in the fire with no one to turn to.
So I want to take a thousand words or so to tell you why you can be a part of WSTX Sports. You have to be a student at St. X to write for the website, but for anything else (tweeting, taking pictures, making videos, etc.), you just have to be a fan of St. X.
This isn’t journalism. For a long time, I thought it was, but it’s not. And that’s not a bad thing at all. It simply means you don’t have to like journalism or want to be a journalist in the future to enjoy being a part of WSTX Sports. Being a journalist or having journalistic skills will make it easier, but by no means do you have to involved in journalism to be a part of this program.
I took Clay up on his offer to be a part of WSTX Sports because I wanted to be a sports journalist, and I saw this as my first opportunity to create something resembling sports journalism. Thinking about it now, that’s not why I do it.
I’m not going to be a journalist. I do it because I love the guys I watch and write about. Sure, I wanted to analyze teams (both positively and negatively) and give Tiger Nation an accurate vision of the teams they would be watching, but that’s not really what happened. As I later found out, I would not be allowed to write any negative analysis, even if it was true. But that made me turn to my favorite part about doing this: championing the athletes and coaches that make Saint Xavier High School one of the greatest athletic programs in the world.
There have been so many great memories (and there will probably be a few more before I’m done) from working with WSTX Sports. I am around guys at their highest points and their lowest points, and it is amazing to see them grow. Some guys even treat me like I’m part of their respective team, which couldn’t be further from the truth. I think about moments like the 2014 Baseball State Tournament in Lexington this past spring. I went down to Lexington three times in three days to watch St. X claim it’s first baseball state championship in 33 years, and when Sam Springer caught the final out to seal it, there was a dogpile. Josh Finerty, instead of heading straight for the pile, found me on the far side of the field, picked me up and carried me into the pile himself. I will never forget that. I have been on hand for a Rugby State Championship, a Lacrosse State Championship, and a Volleyball State Championship, and being around the guys on the top of the mountain was unreal.
This athletic program, every sport, down to JV and Freshman, is the best.
I realize now that I never have been a journalist. I’m not an objective observer who reports 100% accurate and unbiased information; I’m just a fan that wanted to support his school’s athletic teams. That is why I say anyone with a passion for St. X can do this. It isn’t exclusive to the best writers or personalities in the school or the future journalists in the school. If you love St. X or St. X sports, you have a place here.
Again, I want to sincerely thank you, Tiger Nation, for supporting us and making us what we are today. You were responsible for a couple eye-popping numbers: In 2014, we had over 40,000 different people visit the website and an all-time high 9,725 views in one day. Those stats would not exist without you all.
I just hope this can continue to be a useful resource for everyone representing the Green and Gold.
To the fans: Keep on being the best fan base around. The support is unparalleled.
To the students of Saint Xavier High School: You can make a difference with WSTX Sports, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what sport you like. We are always in need of your help.
Peace and Love,
Contact Jacob Hayslip via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (502) 295-4953.