The Edmond Sun

January 1, 2011

My 2010 moment

Lance Moler
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — First off, I’d like to thank the Edmond sporting community for accepting me into their fold, or at least accepting me as much as possible for a journalist. It has been a great five-and a half months and I’ve had the opportunity to witness some prime time moments while at The Sun.

There are many of those moments that will stick with me for a long time — like getting to talk to North head football coach Jeremy Dombek after they beat Yukon in the first round of the playoffs, he was so excited to hear from me (unusual in my field) and so proud of his team after their gutsy performance. And, of course, following the Memorial volleyball team this year. I was amazed at how well they played and how much fun they had playing. The only bad part about watching them tear up the court was that you knew it would only last three sets.

But there was one moment this fall that beat them all. One moment that sent chills up my spine, and I’m a journalist who has been to hundreds of sporting events as a spectator, not a fan.

It was a Monday night, October 5 to be exact. Rhonda Lawson’s Santa Fe softball team had just come off a win over No. 2 Yukon and was hosting the No. 1 team in the state and crosstown rival Edmond North Lady Huskies.

I was there to shoot pictures and didn’t really care who won since they were both Edmond teams — I was just hoping for a good game.

North grabbed a 1-0 lead early and probably should have scored more off some hard hits if it weren’t for exceptional defense from Santa Fe’s Karly Nevez and Kayley Humann.

Then it happened. In the bottom of the sixth and down by a run, Santa Fe pitcher Madison Martin stepped up to the plate. If you’ve seen Martin, you know she isn’t very big. But what she lacks in size, she makes up for with heart. And with that heart, she eyed the pitch and knocked it over the left-field fence to tie up the ball game and send her coach and the Santa Fe faithful jumping around like the field was on fire. Even I, a jaded old newspaper guy, felt the excitement and I’ll bet, if they would admit it, the North fans got a little charge out of it (please, no phone calls needed).

Santa Fe ended up winning the game when Nevez scored off an error in the seventh, but I walked out of the park with a reminder of why we play and why we watch sports. And I also learned something as the newbie — every Edlam game is like a state championship.

Happy New Year!