The Newnan Times-Herald


Some weeks are extra special

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jun. 08, 2019 - 5:25 PM

When you have worked in the sports writing business for three decades, sometimes it's easy to put it on cruise control.

This week, however, was a pleasant reminder about what is great about this business.

Sure, each day can produce something different when you are a sports editor of a community paper, but this week was extra special as two awesome young women were recognized for their hard work.

To see East Coweta graduate Kelley Lynch and Newnan graduate Chalonda Goodman rewarded for their hard work makes covering sports so enjoyable.

The fact that Lynch is the National Gatorade Player of the Year for softball  and Goodman was elected into the Georgia Track and Field Hall of Fame are no brainers.

Both have excelled in their sport for years and without a doubt have earned their honors.

On top of it, they have done it with class and dignity.

Although I wasn’t around when Goodman was dominating high school track for the Lady Cougars, it didn’t take long to learn what a great talent she while running for her Dad.

Just to hear her story about how she overcame injuries to return to the track is inspirational.

Now as a graduate of the University of Texas, she is excelling in the business world while still juggling her track training with the hopes of making it to the 2020 Olympics.

After a short conversation with the new Hall of Famer earlier this week, I felt like I had known here for years.

She put me at ease as we discussed her career and her bright future.

Lynch was the most dominating softball pitcher I have ever covered.

Her ability to stare down opposing batters was truly amazing.

Her career achievement came with a heavy heart as she always played in memory of her Dad.

Lynch was always great for an interview. She was a beast on the softball field, but a pleasure to be around in post-game interviews.

The smile on her face lets it be known how much she lives for and loves the game of softball.

For Lynch, it’s just the beginning.

She will represent the United States this summer as a member of the 19-and-under international team, but that is only the beginning.

She will then head off to the University of Washington where she will pitch for the Huskies, one of the powerhouse squads in college softball.

These two special athletes have a couple of things in common, both have Olympic aspirations, and they sure have made Coweta County Proud.

(Doug Gorman is sports editor of the Newnan Times-Herald.)