The Lake Sunapee Champion has fielded an all-star team that’s delivering school sports news. Launched in September 2008, the Champion is available on-line. Check it out.
Champion Sports covers Kearsarge Regional, Newport, Sunapee and Claremont with game results, articles, schedules and tournament info, and it even spotlights athletes-of-the-week.
Editor and publisher Jeff Miller uses a simple but effective format, a weekly “sports letter”: The Cougar (Kearsarge Regional), The Tiger (Newport), The Cardinal (Stevens High School) and The Laker (Sunapee). In the future, it may expand to cover other area schools.
Each newsletter features professional reporting and vibrant photographs. Just choose the school and week you want to read about.
“I wanted to keep it simple for readers so I made it non-subscription and easily printable on a home computer,” wrote Miller.
Miller brings to the enterprise 15 years of experience reporting sports in New Hampshire and Vermont and plenty of local knowledge. He is a Newport graduate and lifelong resident.
For a majority of those 15 years of reporting, Miller was the sports editor for the weekly Argus Champion. When the Argus stopped publishing last year, Miller decided to make a move, to an on-line publication. It’s a concept he’d been thinking about for a few years.
“It seems to be the wave of the future in journalism,” said Miller to Sunapee News in an email.
“My top reporter is Poody Walsh from Claremont, who was the sports editor for of the Eagle Times for 30 years and is well-respected on both sides of the Connecticut River as an honest unbiased sport journalist.”
“He’s also my mentor,” added Miller.
For Sunapee fans, the December 24, 2008 Sports Letter is a “must read.” The headline: “A special kind of town – Sunapee has been blessed with great coaches through the years.”
The insightful article by Walsh is part of what makes the Champion a great read.
“As for photographers, I have Paul Howe, who spent as much time as me at the Argus, and Marty McAuliff, who was at the Argus in its final two years.”
Matt Reid, who also worked for the Argus, is another reporter for Champion Sports, which has garnered support from local businesses, the schools, coaches, parents and student athletes.
“This coming Friday the Newport boys basketball team is playing at Sunapee, while at the same time the Sunapee girls are playing at Newport,” noted Miller, who’s already working out how to cover both games and include some real-time reporting.
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