JOCK TALK with Joel Charron – The final Jock Talk

I really thought my final week at the River Town Times was going to be easy.

I thought I’d just show up to the games, do my thing, then go home to write the story.

It wasn’t until I showed up for last Tuesday’s boys’ volleyball game did it hit me… I really was going to miss writing sports for this town.

Looking back at everything, I was front row and center for several memorable moments in Amherstburg sports history.

Do you remember when the Olympic torch came to town or when the General Amherst Lady Gens won their 10th straight WECSSAA AA championship? What about when Glen Holden’s 2010 Midget Major OMHA champions and you definitely can’t forget about Matt Fox’s OMHA and OHF champions the very next year?

Please tell me you remember Skate Amherstburg’s epic 40th Ice Carnival in the brand new United Communities Credit Union Complex?

And I’m pretty sure no one will ever forget the day Kevin Westgarth brought the Stanley Cup home and shared it his moment with all of us.

These are just a few events that just come to mind… trust me – there is a whole more.

My point is I always felt very lucky and honored to write for the River Town Times and that was all because of Karen Morrell and Karen Fallon.

Karen Morrell, thank you taking a chance inexperienced yet passionate young man.

Karen Fallon, thank for taking me under your wing and installing the confidence I needed to run the paper.

Although my position was more public there was certainly more to the RTT than my ugly mug.  Not enough praise goes to the real unsung heroes of the RTT, Peggy Thompson, Darlene Kopacz and Michelle White.

I can’t go without saying thank you to Ian Phillips. Ian was my proofreader, he caught my spelling mistakes… trust me, there were a lot of them.

Ronnie G, I’m going miss our sideline discussions. Thank you for guiding me along the way.

Last but certainly not least I would like to thank all the athletes that I have covered over the years. Every single athlete, on every single team that I ever covered, I want you to know that you are the reason why I always had a smile on my face as I swung my camera bag over my shoulder every morning.

I lived for the moments you gave me.

I’ll never forget Alex Popel’s OT Silverstick winner or the first time I saw Aleah Marton run the point for the Lady Gens. Mark Beaudion’s “Super Slam” against Tecumseh will always live forever as will Michael McNorgan pick-6 against Essex.

I was more than proud of Brandon Allen’s Team Canada accomplishment and ecstatic to see Kayla Daguerre come of age right before my eyes.

Watching Max and Macaul Reiner share the same basketball court was a special treat and I will always wonder when the Girard Brothers (Mitch, Todd and Sam) will stop growing.

I can still see Alex Temesy chipping his tooth after his face bounced off the Amherst gym floor diving for a loose ball against Cardinal Carter and Eric Rogic turning in spectacular performance between the pipes against a very good St. Thomas team.

Your sporting accomplishments became some of my favorite sports moments and I can’t thank you enough.

Amherstburg is filled will some truly amazing and gifted young athletes and I am more than grateful I was there for a while to tell their story.

Thank you Amherstburg, I hope you had as much fun reading my stories as I did writing them.

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