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End of the Bates era hard to accept

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webmaster | 05/19/12

It’s the end of a tremendous era for me. I almost didn’t see it coming, but it is sadly over.

I realized in watching Tyler Bates play in Thursday’s baseball playoff game, that I will never again have the pleasure of seeing a Bates play for Madera High.

There has not been a year, or even a season, in the past decade that I didn’t have a Bates to watch play for the Coyotes.

When I took the job as sports writer for the Tribune in 2002, I had never covered high school sports. Heck, I had never written anything as I was a former commodities broker who lived a nine-iron from the beach in Santa Monica...


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