Rowan County a unique place to work
I’ve told people to break it down into three words.
The most asked question I’ve received so far is how to pronounce my last name. I must say the Rowan county populace has had some interesting interpretations. Sometimes I say B and then buy a vowel and you’ll get close. There’s been “Butt-sesi” at little league games a few years back. The three words I’m referring to are Bee-Says-See. However, after 28 years of having it butchered, you’re happy if they just get in the ballpark.
I was named the Post’s sports editor last Thursday. I’m grateful to Editor Elizabeth Cook and Publisher Greg Anderson for believing in me and glad to work in a area passionate about its local teams.
Speaking of which, It’s an unusual niche we have here. I was a little hesitant to move to a town I wasn’t familiar with several hours away from friends and family. Now I’m glad I did.
When Ronnie Gallagher was telling me about the job, he mentioned N.C. High School Athletic Association Associate Commissioner Rick Strunk has said Rowan is the best county in the state for prep sports. The evidence — based on the winning, loyalty and passion — suggests he’s right.
Within the last 10 days, we’ve seen state championships in individual and dual-team tennis and golf at Salisbury High. Carson volleyball was in the state championship match for the second-straight year last Saturday. North Rowan football has spent much of the season ranked No. 1 in 2A and has a chance to finish the regular season unbeaten Friday. In December, the Sam Moir Christmas Classic will be played in front of thousands of fans, and across the street during the summer, the Rowan Legion team has a loyal following every night.
There’s a daunting aspect to follow someone as beloved as Ronnie. “The Ronz” passed away in August, his memory still fresh in our conscience at the Post. It’s still weird to look in the sports corner and not seeing his signature shaved head and mustache.
If there’s a Post Hall of Fame, Ronnie would have his own wing full of sports sections full of six-column headlines and huge Jon Lakey photos. Assistant Sports Editor Mike London is bound for that same fame, having a monumental impact on me.
As for the future, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. High school coverage is going to be the bread and- utter for any small-town sports section. The model that Ronnie put in place has been well-received for some time. That said, we want to embrace the digitalization of the Salisbury Post. The Post isn’t just a newspaper anymore. It’s a website, a mobile app, Facebook pages, multiple Twitter accounts and the like. We’re a media umbrella and we can reach you in ways we couldn’t before.
We want to incorporate other sports into Roaming The County — our video show that highlights an area football team — like we did with Carson volleyball last week. The cover shoot for the basketball preview is Wednesday and we’ll have video of coaches and players for you on the website that night.
We still welcome your input. My phone number and email address are at the end of the column. And you jcan ust call me Ryan. We’ll work on the whole last name thing.
Ryan Bisesi can be reached at 704-797-4258 or firstname.lastname@example.org