Northeast Times, they are a-changin’


I’ve al­ways been a North­east Philly gal.

Grow­ing up in Mill­brook, I played soft­ball loc­ally for Our Lady of Cal­vary, Naz­areth Academy High School, Phil­adelphia Spir­it and the Philly Flash. And as long as I can re­mem­ber, I’ve al­ways ad­mired the pas­sion­ate play­ers of North­east Philly’s sports scene.

Which is why, in 2007, when I was offered a po­s­i­tion as sports ed­it­or of the North­east Times, it was a dream come true.

I loved the idea of re­cog­niz­ing loc­al ath­letes who have over­come obstacles to pur­sue their ath­let­ic dreams. I cher­ished every play­off and cham­pi­on­ship game that I had the op­por­tun­ity to cov­er. I ac­tu­ally looked for­ward to get­ting up at 9 a.m. to cov­er the an­nu­al Thanks­giv­ing Day foot­ball games.

But now, al­most ex­actly five years after I covered my first sports as­sign­ment for the Times, I am leav­ing to pur­sue an­oth­er op­por­tun­ity. Next week, I will of­fi­cially be­come ex­ec­ut­ive ed­it­or of the Wire, a hy­per loc­al pub­lic­a­tion that cir­cu­lates to more than 150,000 homes throughout South Jer­sey and is owned by Broad Street Me­dia, which pub­lishes the North­east Times.

While I am ec­stat­ic to tackle this op­por­tun­ity, I know that I am go­ing to miss the won­der­ful world of sports journ­al­ism. I’ll miss the sounds of pads crash­ing on the grid­iron, the smell of in­field dirt on the dia­mond … but most of all, I’ll miss all of you, the neigh­bor­hood ath­letes and coaches. 

I want to thank the ath­letes throughout the North­east for giv­ing me such won­der­ful memor­ies. Your hard work and ded­ic­a­tion have been truly in­spir­a­tion­al. I wish you all the best in your fu­ture en­deavors, ath­let­ic­ally and aca­dem­ic­ally.

To all of the coaches that I’ve had the pleas­ure of work­ing with — es­pe­cially Frank­ford’s Juan Namnun, Fels’ Mark Heimerdinger, Judge’s John Dun­lop and former North Cath­ol­ic boss Jerry Brin­id­isi — thank you for your time, con­sid­er­a­tion, and, most of all, thank you for al­ways put­ting your stu­dent ath­letes first and help­ing them suc­ceed over the years. I will miss your pas­sion and love for the game.

It has been a priv­ilege to ob­serve firsthand all of the tal­ent North­east Philly has to of­fer. Thank you for the won­der­ful memor­ies. Thank you for mak­ing my dream job a real­ity for the past five years. •• 

The North­east Times has named Ed Mor­rone the new sports ed­it­or. He can be reached at em­or­ or 215-354-3035. Melissa Yerkov can be reached at my­erkov@ya­


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