TO OUR FAITHFUL READERS:
We welcome you to another school year of coverage/following high school varsity athletic teams in the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic, Western Foothills 3A, Northwestern 3A-4A plus Draughn and Patton.
Our website is provided FREE to all readers, compliments of our advertisers – Dwayne Wilson Insurance in Maiden, Burke Mortuary in Newton and Maiden and The Athletes Lab in Maiden with additional support and working relationships with owner Dave Lingafeldt of WNNC 1230 am/101.3 FM and Lanny Ford, owner of WLON in Lincolnton 1050 AM and publisher of The Lincoln Times News.
These companies are owned and operated by journalist colleagues or former athletes or families of former athletes our editor and content coordinator, Chris Hobbs, has covered during a career approaching 50 years.
Hobbs covered teams that both Dwayne Wilson and his son played on at Maiden High, family members of Michael Burke and the Burke family at Bandys and star athletes Grant and Aaron Rembert at Maiden High.
Hobbs has shared work experience for nearly 50 years with Lingafeldt and covered Ford during his standout sports career at West Lincoln High and continues work of more than two decades with Ford after the latter entered sports media.
This is season and school year No. 48 for Hobbs, now in his seventh prep football season with our website after his 42 years in the newspaper industry at five different newspapers.
He was a sports editor at three different newspapers (for 21-plus years), an assistant sports editor and in his longest stay at one newspaper, lead prep writer for the Charlotte Observer (100 Piedmont N.C. schools) for nearly 15 years.
Hobbs’ tenure of 47-plus years makes him the longest-serving sportswriter in North Carolina (who is still active on a full-time basis) regardless of subject matter. To our knowledge, all those with more years are retired or deceased.
Again, thanks for visiting our website – Chris’ wife, Myra, and he are the only staff – and please let our colleagues you appreciate what they are doing.
HobbsDailyReport.com is one of the oldest privately-operated websites still devoted to regional high school coverage – 23 schools – and greatly appreciates the cooperation of those high schools as Hobbs, who just turned 65, hopes to reach his goal to 50 years of coverage before complete retirement.
Chris and Myra Hobbs