Greetings, I'm Jared Peck, the new man behind @HLpreps
on Twitter and the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com.
I wanted to jump on here to see what the fans out there are talking about. Most of you I imagine are superfans of your schools and know more than I can possibly fit in my brain. I just ask for your patience with me as I settle into all that comes along with covering high school sports for the Herald-Leader. I'll make mistakes (and already have), but my primary function is to do what I can to tell great stories. That's what I'm going to try to do.
I am from Paducah and did in fact work with the great Joey Fosko at the The Paducah Sun. He was only a couple of years older than me and we went to the same high school (Lone Oak). When I became an intern and sports clerk at The Sun, Fosko had already turned his part-time clerking job into being the full-time cops beat reporter. He transferred over to sports shortly after. He had a photographic memory and an encyclopedic knowledge of local sports. He was a marvel.
I am following in the footsteps of Mike Fields and Josh Moore at the H-L. Both greats in their own right for different reasons. I'm told I have "very big shoes to fill." And I often feel like I'm standing here with small feet and no personality. I'll do my best.
As for my professional background, I worked as a city beat writer in Winchester and Mayfield in the 1990s before jumping behind the scenes as an editor and manager in Columbus, Ga. and Lexington. I've been at the H-L for nearly 20 years, mostly doing jobs that have since been outsourced to other parts of the corporation. As an editor, I wrote headlines including "Tubby Bolts From the Blue," "Horton Seals a Whew" and "Eighth Wonders."
The last few years I've been sports writing -- covering Internet viral stories along with the "non-revenue" UK sports and helping Josh with the high school beat, especially soccer since my kids play that sport.
So, that's me. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you out there. Let's have some fun.