I want to express my appreciation to the Madera Tribune sports department. As I was feverishly putting my granddaughter Kelsee’s scrapbook together, trying to beat her graduation day, I realized I would not have been able to assimilate her four years of playing volleyball, if it weren’t for your help. I know the many hours of her effort to accomplish her goal in volleyball, but I now know the countless hours that were put in by your sports staff as well.
The many amazing pictures that were taken by Wendy Alexander were so special. No one gets the action shots like Wendy. She has the incredible ability to catch those mid-air action plays like no one else. The team at times seems to sprout wings and fly. The expressions on the girls faces as they try so hard to get that ball over the net and the excitement when it gets there and they make that point or win that match. She gets it all. We are all so lucky to have this talent in our midst.
To Tyler and all the staff who wrote all the articles, thank you. I appreciate all of your personal time that you gave to cover the games and write the articles. It took me a lot of hours to put those articles in her scrapbook and reading each one took me back to each game. You did a fabulous job. Your coverage of the team and your support helped to make them accomplish the ultimate goal ... The goal that had eluded them for 35 years — valley champions. If you had not given the team the coverage that you did, the community would not have been aware of their accomplishments as they made their way to the top.
You got them the community support that showed up, in the gym, on game nights. The roar in that gym was tremendous and gave the team the energy they needed to win. This was definitely an achievement that they will remember the rest of their lives, as each one proudly wears her championship ring.
Again thank you ... As Kelsee continues her volleyball career at Cabrillo College, I will miss seeing all of you at the games and hearing Tyler say her name over the loud speaker, as only Tyler can. I will miss Paul Stanford and his articles, but, congratulations, Tyler, position well earned.