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Writer feels blessed to be part of sports

When the sports writer position at the Clay County Progress opened up, I had no intention of being a sports writer. The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. Suffice to say, I had no idea what to expect but was excited for a new writing job, especially one close to home. Sports has always been a huge part of my family and my life. Growing up I loved to read, write and play video games and played nearly every sport there is. I love competition and the excitement shared by the spectators. (It’s great to see video games are growing to share in these aspects). To have the opportunity to relay my experience covering competitive athletic events has truly been a blessing. Not just for the obvious reasons of watching games, taking pictures and writing, but because of the energy in the air. The desire of the athletes to excel, the humility in defeat, the class within success.
I’m convinced high school sports are where the most raw emotion and talent is evident in sports. Being here in the small town of Hayesville one can see how families share legacies through sports and how friendships grow through working together as teammates.
At times I would jump up in excitement in support of the Yellow Jackets instead of taking pictures. It’s hard not to become a fan. They say it takes a village to raise children and Hayesville’s student athletes displays of dedication to sportsmanship are reflective of the town. Athletes at all levels represent Hayesville through both their athletic abilities and accomplishments as well as their positive attitudes and determination to succeed with class and honor.
This wasn’t an easy decision to make. An old sports injury of mine has been affecting me and I seek treatment in Florida. It’s been a hard decision but I have decided to put my health first. With my return, I will turn the page on my life’s book and see what lies in store for me next.
I will remember this time fondly and am glad to have had a warm welcome here in Hayesville.
Growing up I have always had a strong connection to the area and the mountains and now I am glad to say I feel more connected to the town and the people as well.
Although I’ve felt welcomed here, I miss the wealth of family and friends I’ve accumulated where I grew up. With that being said I will never forget my time here and welcome all of you to stay connected with me on my adventures through life on twitter @AndrewArias81. Also, make sure you follow @sportsguytrav to get the latest buzz on the Jackets. Who knows, you may even see me again at a Yellow Jacket event in the future. Go Jackets.

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997