New beat, new opportunities

Kat Ladwig
Kat Ladwig

by Kat Ladwig

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Now that the spring sports season is wrapping up, this is a good time to introduce myself as the new sports reporter for the ECM Post Review.

I started writing for ECM Publishers part time as the sports editor at the Forest Lake Times last September and just began working full time between both papers, covering Forest Lake, North Branch and Rush City area sports.

Now that I have made it through each high school sports season at Forest Lake, I can’t wait to get to know the North Branch and Rush City area and its coaches in time to produce the fall sports preview.

To give my readers a sense of my background in sports, I will start with the basics.

In 2007, I graduated from Albert Lea High School in southern Minnesota, where I played basketball, volleyball and softball and earned accolades in each sport. I also played two years of club volleyball for Southern Minnesota Volleyball out of Rochester and for Minnesota One Volleyball in Woodbury.

I began writing for the school paper after suffering a season-ending knee injury my sophomore year of high school, and soon after I was offered a scholarship in news-editorial journalism and broadcasting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I graduated as a Husker last May with a journalism degree. While in Lincoln, I covered Nebraska football, volleyball, baseball among others while running the club volleyball team until another knee injury, this time career ending, forced me to focus on academics yet again.

That being said, Husker football is in my blood (my boss limits my Nebraska references), but I really am a home-state girl at heart.

Between growing up on the sidelines of Gopher basketball games, sporting a Cris Carter jersey most of my childhood, cheering for my all-time favorites Corey Koskie and Michael Cuddyer of the Minnesota Twins (of which my two dogs are named after) and crossing my fingers that the Timberwolves can wrap up some decent-at-best draft picks, it’s safe to say I belong back in the north.

This brings me back to the Post Review.

I am thrilled to be covering this readership’s area sports and hope to gain many contacts around North Branch and Rush City to guide me along the way. Feel free to contact me about events or standout individuals whom you feel deserve recognition for their achievements in the athletic arena.

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