By Steve Breazeale
After nearly six years, I will no longer be the sports guy at Picket Fence Media. This will be the last piece with my byline attached to it, and it’s making me nostalgic. But can you blame me? San Clemente is essentially where I grew up.
After going away for college, I landed a full-time job here a year after graduating. Talk about being lucky.
Over the years, I’ve seen a lot and hopefully, if you’ve been following along, you got to read about it all.
I was there for the start of the San Clemente Sports Wall of Fame, which goes to show how diverse, and ridiculously talented, people from SC are.
I’ll remember the great white sharks (luckily not seen in person), world-class surfers (so many surfers) and the rise of stand-up paddleboarding.
I was there for the 2016 San Clemente High School football team’s march to a state title. Remember that parade down Del Mar? That was a scene straight out of a movie.
It’s a special place that’s always—although I never lived in the city limits—felt like a second home.
To all the coaches and students at San Clemente High School, thanks for allowing me to share your stories. The quality of talent and, most importantly, character that I’ve encountered in the student-athletes and coaches at SCHS is something everyone in town should be proud of. I just hope some of you can forgive me for misspelling a name or two over the years.
Same goes to all of the members of the community.
I never had to worry about what would fill up the next week’s sports page because you supplied me with so many stories. My inbox and voicemail were always full, which in this industry is a good thing.
This sports page will be in good hands with the new sports editor Zach Cavanagh taking charge. Thanks to all of my awesome and talented coworkers, past and present, who believe in the importance of local news and for helping me along the way. They’re a passionate bunch.
Thanks for everything, and thanks for reading.