The Weekly Take

To the readers of The Lumberjack, I would like to welcome you back for another fall semester.

I am Molly Smith, returning sports editor. In January, I introduced myself in this column and explained how and why I got here. Eight months later and my “how” has not changed, but my “why” has.

I am here because our athletes are more than the numbers on their jerseys. Our coaches are more than whistles on the sideline.

They are more than entertainment.

Their voices speak importance and their presence shapes the community.

This section will recap games and give you the full rundown on your favorite rivalries. But we will not stop there. We want to be the reliable medium that you get to know these people and receive insight on what goes on behind the scenes.

The sports world is busy during the last four months of every year, but our goal in the sports section of The Lumberjack is to display its information in a clean and refreshing way.

My assistant and I will work our hardest to do so. This is our assurance to you, our readers, in writing.

Meet the other half of the duo.

Hello everyone, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jacob Terrill and I am the new assistant sports editor for The Lumberjack. I am assuming none of you know who I am, so let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I am going into my junior year at NAU, but only going into my second year as a journalism major. I started my educational career at NAU as a business major, but after not enjoying accounting as much as I thought, I had to do some self-reflecting.

The one thing that has always been there for me is sports. From the time I can remember, the only thing I ever talked about was the incredible drive that sports gave me. After starting on varsity football from the time I was a sophomore in high school and making the starting five for basketball my senior year, it was time for my sports career to come to an end — or so I thought. Realizing that my chances of making it onto the Green Bay Packers weren’t too realistic, I decided not to give up on sports and chose another path.

My goal became writing and talking about sports all the time. I decided to pursue these things as a career. I chose to write about games and sit in front of a microphone, arguing about how I am right. So here I am, doing just that.