Farewell and good luck to LHJ Sports Editor
I hope at some point in the last five years you have had the opportunity to read some of the great sports stories written by our sports Editor Nathan Percy. Not just to find out about the amazing athletes from our three high schools, but to enjoy some of the best prep sports coverage in community newspapers today.
I say this not just to promote the pages of the La Habra Journal, but rather to highlight the amazing job done by Nate. I have known Nate since he first came into my journalism class at Fullerton College in 2009. I have seen him develop as a sports reporter over the years. Now, it is a bittersweet time to say goodbye to him, but know it is a good move.
As of May 26, Nate will be covering sports for the Orange County Register. Please, hold your boos. It is a good opportunity for a full time position as a higher-profile news outlet that is expanding. He will be moving to new territory too as he will work out of the San Clemente office covering prep sports in South Orange County.
You may not have known it, or even really paid attention to it, but the Brea native gives his all when he covers these stories. He has traveled as far as Bishop and San Clemente to cover games by our local teams. He has covered three sporting events in one day (on many occasions), writing and posting the stories online by that evening.
He’s a great reporter who knows how to get accurate information and tell compelling stories. Coaches and athletic directors have grown to know him, and you’d never see him without a notepad and recorder. Many comments we receive are in regard to the “great” sports coverage in the Journal.
He also has overseen the creation and development of our Twitter account, and due to his constant updating and that of the reporters he oversees, he has created an indispensable source of information for some in the community. He has worked hard to make sure that results were posted immediately to inform the La Habra community.
With all that success, Nate remains one of the most modest, hardworking and focused sportswriters I have known.
While it will be a challenge to fill his shoes, as his former instructor, I can’t help but be so excited for this opportunity for him.
We will miss him and his writing in the LHJ, but look forward to watch his continued growth and cross paths with him when La Habra schools play schools like San Clemente, Dana Hills, J Serra and other South County schools.
If you want to come by and wish him luck and thank him for his sports coverage over the years, we will be celebrating a going away party for him at Pepz Pizza on June 7. It will start about 4 p.m.
Everyone at the La Habra Journal wishes Nate well and good luck in his new venture.