Welcome our new sports reporter

Hello fellow citizens of Marshall!

My name is David Merrill and I am the newest member of the sports staff at The Marshall Independent.

I can’t stress enough how excited I am for the opportunity to meet all of the athletes and coaches in the area as I begin covering their games and working with them.

Let me take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

I have been around sports all of my life and they have always been my passion.

I grew up in Omaha, Neb., where I played on the tennis team and also wrote for my high school’s newspaper.

I was one of the rare cases who found what I love to do early in life and carried that passion on to college. While being a journalism major at Iowa State University, I covered sports for the campus newspaper, helped with photography and made appearances on the campus station’s weekly sports radio show called, “Cyclone Sports Live,” where we discussed all things about Iowa State athletics, as well as sports across the professional and national college ranks.

Upon graduating from Iowa State, I took my first job out of college at a weekly newspaper called The Custer County Chief in Broken Bow, Neb., where I served as the sports editor.

The coverage area there was a little smaller than this one here in Marshall with nine high schools centered around a town with a much smaller population of 3,500.

That job definitely gave me the true idea of what small town values are all about. I left that position in November 2013 to find a job with daily newspaper, which landed me here in Marshall last Thursday.

While I enjoy almost all sports, my favorite is basketball. There’s just something about the idea of five players playing together as one unit that has always appealed to me. With all due respect to other sports, basketball, when played the right way, is a perfect example of how no single person is greater than the sum of the team in order for it to be played correctly.

I know I might be in the minority when I say this, but I love the NBA and my favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, before an angry mob comes all over town looking for me, lets take a second to remember that the Lakers started in Minneapolis before moving to the west coast in 1960.

While they may have gone Hollywood, the true roots of the team remain here.

Other teams I root for include the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, as well as the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Iowa State Cyclones, North Carolina Tar Heels and Creighton Bluejays. As a kid, I was hooked on the way Ken Griffey Jr. played baseball, which led to me to becoming a Mariners fan.

I’ll wrap this up by stressing my excitement for being here in southwest Minnesota and I ca’t wait to get out and get to know people in the communities we cover.

I wish all of our area teams the best of luck the rest of the season.