My secret life as a sports reporter

Ready, set, Jump Ball!

This is Susie Reporter.  Reporting to you live from the Lake Linden gym, Thursday night, January 20th.

Susie Reporter is here for a high school basketball game.  Baraga versus Lake Linden.

Baraga Varsity boys stretching before the game

The tension is high.  This is the second match of the season.  Baraga won the first game, 59-41. 

The boys are ready to play.

Empty chairs on the side of the basketball court

Susie Reporter’s husband is taking pictures of the game, too.  He’s lined up at the end of the court, under the basket.  Where the action is. 

She sits in the stands, propped casually against the wall, aiming her long lens toward the Excitement. 

Boys on bench (with coaches)

All around Susie hears the murmur of fans.  They like to direct traffic.  They like to urge their team toward victory.  They tell the coaches and referees and players how the game should be going. 

Susie settles against the hard brick wall and tries to determine which setting on her camera will produce clear, crisp photos.  She looks for action shots.

She ignores the people around her who wonder why she is taking so many pictures.  She’s living out her secret life as a sports reporter.

Action shot. Get in there, Purple!

She missed the Junior Varsity game earlier in the evening because she discovered a library–YES!  A library!–in the Lake Linden school.  While her bona-fide reporter/photographer husband snapped pictures of the JV game, she found the library.

A library complete with computers.  A library about to hold its first official book club meeting of the year.

While the nice librarian situated our Susie behind an empty computer, the four book club members filed in.  Cookies and coffee and pop were offered.  A lively discussion began.

Of course, Susie offered her opinion about various books.  Of course she agreed to the delicious cookie–and then another one.  She could have lingered forever among the books and cookies and computers, but suddenly remembered her assignment.

She left the library with admonitions to write kindly about the game.  She agreed.

Avid basketball fan

Lake Linden (way, way north of Baraga–Google maps says it’s 47 miles) is situated on the Keweenaw Peninsula.  They get lots and lots of snow.  There was so much snow that Susie longed to take pictures and show her readers.  But it was after dark.  She had to settle for sports photos.

Lake Linden features one of the remaining old-time gyms.  You enter the front door and turn left toward the gym.  You face a rail which looks down on the basketball court.  You must walk down a narrow stairway to reach the gym below.  There you will find bleachers at court level.  (There are bleachers up above, too.  Although Susie Reporter has never sat there.  The action is downstairs, you know.)

Moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas peer down on the court from above

Susie would prefer not to attend basketball games.  She attended way too many basketball games over the years.  Her own children lopped balls toward hoops in high school all those years ago.  She has tagged along to way too many basketball and football and hockey games in her life, accompanying her husband on “dates”.  (She is not really a sports reporter, readers, but shhhh….do not tell.  She tries to make the best of whatever life offers.  So if life offers a basketball game in the Copper Country in January–well, she’ll try her best to be Susie Sports Reporter.)

One of the last of the old-time Upper Peninsula gyms

I’m sure you are all wondering who won the game.  Baraga pulled off the win:  71-55.

The reporters piled in the car and drove back home.  Susie wondered if she would get ONE picture her blog editor might like.  She wiped the cookie crumbs from her coat and the car headed south through the snow squalls.

Hundreds of Upper Peninsula parents and grandparents and friends were heading home from basketball games all over the peninsula. 

This is how many Yoopers spend their weekday nights in winter.

Signing off just as the basketball clears the hoop and the fans cheer wildly,   Susie Reporter

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24 responses to “My secret life as a sports reporter

  1. I KNOW!!! Now, you need one of these reporter fedora hats with the press pass or tag affixed on the bill! I like green girl best!

  2. Kathy – I love it! Your dialog and photos made me feel like I was there. I’ve never in my life seen a gym set up that way (2nd floor, viewing from above), how cool is that?!

    My favorite photo is “Avid basketball fan” — fantastic!

    • Don’t you love that her green lollipop matched her green dress? I wish I could have shown you her boots. Way cool. (It is a great old-time gym with a unique set-up.)

  3. Way cool gym, I’ve never seen one like it! Great shots too!

  4. Just popping in quickly to tell you that Susie is way cool and I love seeing such great shots of some of my former fave students. Wonderful stuff from the secret sports reporter. Yes! Back to football. Thanks!

    • Susie Reporter is glad that you got to see some of your former students, Ms. D. Glad you had a good weekend with your football games. Hope you were happy with the results!

  5. Nice job, Susie Reporter. :)

    I’ve been in gyms like that but darned if I can remember where (maybe almost any school gym in Ohio… is that a midwestern thing, I wonder?). Come to think of it, the Masonic Hall I was in a few months ago had a similar set-up even though it wasn’t a gym. Commonalities all around.

    Robin Reporter has attended (and will probably continue to attend) many a drum corp competition, making the best of it even though she thought she’d put in her time doing those things when her sons were growing up.

    The Avid Basketball Fan is precious. Wonderful. :)

    • I love it–Robin Reporter! Isn’t it fun to find such commonalities? I adored the Avid Basketball Fan. Although she turned around to peer at Susie just as she snapped the photo and Susie pretended she was taking pictures of the cheerleaders because she didn’t want to alarm the Avid Basketball fan.

  6. You know Lake Linden was the scene of my tragic basketball injury.. your blog was like reliving it all over again!

    • Dearest Kiah, Susie is oh-so-sorry to have made you re-live the scene of your tragic basketball accident when the basketball slammed into your chest and knocked you onto the court at age 15 and has caused challenges unto this day. She is SO sorry! She and her husband talked about the Tragic Basketball Accident earlier in the evening…but then Susie completely forgot about it in the excitement of the dribbling balls. (Besides, reporters aren’t suppose to include personal family history in their impersonal reports, are they?)

  7. Well done, Susie Reporter, you got some pretty great shots there. I really enjoyed being there with you, listening to your interior dialogue, and feeling as though I was standing by your side. I’d have loved to be there with my camera too – though if I was, I’d probably be on the opposite side of the court, covering the other angles, so together we’d get a great compilation of photos of the match! You make it sound like so much fun! Can we do this again? :-)

    • Hey, Reggie, wasn’t Susie Reporter lucky? And didn’t you like her story? Susie is happy that you enjoyed it. But–guess what!–you couldn’t have been on the opposite side of the court. You know why? NO ONE except the basketball players (on their chairs) are allowed on the opposite side of the court. That’s why it’s an odd gym. Very odd gym. As for doing this again, who knows? Get ready–I’m passing you the ball!

  8. Kiah…those were my very same thoughts when I read “Lake Linden basketball game”!!!
    Kathy…I hardly ever comment but I do read your blog everyday and I’m glad you’re back :)

    • Jeez, Jen, Susie completely forgot about that tragic accident when she typed in her report! (Bad mama, bad mama, lol…) I am so utterly happy that you are reading my blog, Jen! Thank you, thank you. That means something to me, you know. (And I always love looking at the pics of your little bebs on Facebook. They are adorable.)

  9. I’ve never seen a gym like that, with two separate levels… Fascinating… The only exposure to basketball I get is when my dad watches the UConn women’s team on TV – he’s a big fan. Nice pictures!

    • It is a fascinating gym, Barbara. You could show your dad these pics and ask him if he’s ever seen a gym like this? Thank you for liking the pics. Susie feels good about that. :)

  10. I did not read the blog but you have some great shot here! Well done!

    • Is that a play on words, Jeff? That Susie Reporter took some good “shots”? lol! Thanks for stopping by and peeking at the basketball action.

  11. I’m impressed at how shiny that floor is. The reflections add a nice sheen to your photos.

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