Sportswriter Shaun Scott (pictured in the Air Jordan T-shirt), who went through a weight lifting/conditioning session with the Bellevue Christian Vikings football team in July of 2018, is leaving Sound Publishing after 59 months on the job. Photo courtesy of Zeus Aguilera

Sportswriter Shaun Scott (pictured in the Air Jordan T-shirt), who went through a weight lifting/conditioning session with the Bellevue Christian Vikings football team in July of 2018, is leaving Sound Publishing after 59 months on the job. Photo courtesy of Zeus Aguilera

It has been a great ride, Bellevue

Sportswriter Shaun Scott says goodbye after 59 months on the job.

Time sure does fly.

Flashback to August of 2014: I made the 34-mile drive from where I live in Puyallup to the Bellevue Reporter office in Factoria to interview for a sports reporter position with Sound Publishing. After going through the interview process with publisher Bill Shaw and editor Craig Groshart, I accepted the job and hit the ground running on Aug. 22.

A little more than 59 months later, my time at Sound Publishing is coming to a close. I have accepted a social media coordinator position in the Puget Sound region. My final day at the four newspapers I work for (Bellevue Reporter, Issaquah Reporter, Snoqualmie Valley Record and Mercer Island Reporter) will be on Aug. 2.

Covering sports in Bellevue was a fantastic experience. I had the opportunity to cover a plethora of phenomenal teams and athletes over the years. While covering titles and individual achievements of local athletes was enjoyable, what I will cherish most from my tenure at the newspaper are the relationships cultivated with members of the community.

Each time I attended a football, soccer or basketball contest at Newport High School, I would visit with Bellevue resident Steve Goucher, who worked security/crowd control at the majority of the home contests. Goucher, who played minor league baseball in the early 1990s, is a great storyteller. Wes Newton, who is the athletic director for the Sammamish Totems, is someone I always enjoyed visiting with at Totems athletic events. Newton works countless hours to ensure everything is running smoothly at every single athletic event. Like I’ve told Newton before, I can see him running the sports show at Sammamish for the next several decades.

Most of all, I want to thank you (Bellevue readers) for allowing me to tell your stories. I did my best to go beyond the scores and stats. It was an honor being your sportswriter, Bellevue. I will never forget it.

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