In the words of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: “See You in September” — actually, it'll be August.
I have enjoyed writing this past year, mainly because of the responses I get from wonderful readers of the Yuma Sun. Your emails and letters more than make up for the lack of salary the Sun pays me.
Before summer really begins, I want you to follow the career of one young man.
You know sometimes Yuma gets a bad rap because many of our teams seem to succumb to Phoenix schools — no, not you, Rhett. Sometimes we struggle in individual sports, too. But a runner has stepped forth that should make us all be proud.
Bernie Montoya may be the best high school distance runner in the United States of America. Yumans, think what that means. If you are the best in the country at anything, you are what we say in football, “one heck of a stud.”
This kid not only shreds the competition in Phoenix — how I loved writing that sentence! — but takes on and defeats runners from the other 49 states.
I know Eddie, Jesse and Matt do a great job of covering Bernie in the sports pages, but readers, let's follow the phenom when he runs for Arizona State. Bernie, I have a feeling our buttons are going to burst with pride when we see you on the stand receiving your medal at an upcoming Olympics. The best thing about Bernie Montoya, from all reports, is that he is a fine young man. Bernie, you make all Yumans proud.
For all of us who brave the heat this summer, Yuma has a lot to offer. Where else can in America can you play a round of golf in 2-1/2 hours for next to nothing? Go see Oscar Chavez down at Parks and Rec. Just because the temperature exceeds 110 degrees — it's a dry heat — there is plenty to do. This is for whoever puts the paper together: Don't put Jean Wilson's outdoor column anywhere but on the sports page. I'm not a bass master, but she is a sports writer, put her on the sports page. I don't want to have to search to find out how deep I have to put my night crawler on my line.
I have a new job this fall, when I'll be coaching the Kofa Kings football team. I'll still have time to write a weekly column for the Sun.
It's been a pleasure, have a great summer.
John Blabe is the head football coach at Kofa High School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.