The Daily Globe has new sports editor

For those of you who have seen a new byline above sports stories in The Daily Globe, your eyes have perfect 20/20 vision.
That byline belongs to me, Jeff Arenz, the new sports editor here in Worthington.
I have come to southwest Minnesota to work and live among you, the readers of The Daily Globe. Even though this is only my second week in Worthington, I have 16 years of sports journalism experience.
I have covered sports at the recreational, middle school, high school, collegiate and professional levels. The topics that I have written about include auto racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, bowling, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.
Originally from the north central Illinois town of Streator, I moved to Worthington from a city very similar in population. Living here is not any different than the type of environment that I had growing up.
Through the course of my career, I have been fortunate to learn the skills necessary to not only creating sports stories, but also I have picked up a thing or two about producing a quality sports section.
Three times in the last six years, the Illinois Press Association (2006 and 2007) and the Michigan Press Association (2010), have honored my sports sections with first- and second-place awards for daily newspapers (located generally in small towns) with circulation of less than 10,000 subscribers.
I could not have done this all by myself.
Since this is a week of Thanksgiving, I am thankful to some people in my life who have always loved and supported me, no matter how much anxiety I have caused them.
To my dad, Leonard Arenz, who is responsible for my common sense approach to life, even though I didn’t follow in your footsteps, I know that we both will be successful by applying hard work and passion in both of our chosen fields.
To my mom, Judy (Sarosinski) Arenz, who has the strongest will of anyone I’ve ever met, I know that, by applying the lessons you have taught me in life, there is no way I will ever fail.
To my grandmother, Ann (Treshak) Arenz, who babysat me when I was a toddler, I know thunder will never harm me because, “the angels are bowling up in heaven.”
To my grandfather, Leonard Arenz, who died of cancer in 1977, you were taken away from all of us way too soon.
To my grandmother, Frances (Rizzo) Sarosinski, the greatest Italian cook who has ever lived, I will carry on your feisty spirit forever.
To my grandfather, Edward Sarosinski, the man who could build and fix everything, I miss not being able to curse at our favorite sports teams any more while telling jokes, often dirty, in the same breath.
Be sure to thank people who matter in your life this week.
DG Sports Editor Jeff Arenz may be reached at 376-7328.

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