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Former News-Times sports writer, 'a good guy for our kids,' is missed

Posted: Sunday, April 04, 2010



Today is a day that will bother me for a long time, because we all lose a good friend in the news business. News-Times sports writer Stephen Fastenau took the time to try to understand the dynamics of the local sports scene while not being afraid to see things as they were.

He was good guy for our kids. My son, Jay, like many other players, had gotten to know Stephen from seeing him at the ballpark for most games and because Stephen took the time to really talk to the players, not to just interview them for a story.

Jay was sad when he learned Stephen was leaving to take a job at another newspaper because they had a standing joke that if he was chosen for an Athlete Spotlight in his senior year, he wanted Stephen to write his article. Well, even though Jay would still like to earn that honor, he now knows that Stephen will not be the reporter.

When Lakeside hired their new baseball coach, Stephen was the first to see the good that coach T.J. Davis could bring to what some thought was an underachieving program and he was right. With his positive, energetic style Davis has turned Lakeside into a winning program almost overnight.

My only hope is that Stephen is taking this new job because it's a positive move for him and not due any misguided politics that can spew out of the local establishments from time to time.

We will all miss him around the ballparks, and the players will miss out on his efforts to see the real stories.

Thank you, Stephen, for your time and efforts in covering Columbia County sports.

Greg Aplin



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