Rantoul is my hometown, and sports are my passion, so being the sports editor at the Rantoul Press was almost destined, right? Well, destined or not it happened. I am writing to you for the first time as the Rantoul Press Sports editor. Although it seems to be my destiny, I haven’t always been a writer.
After graduating from Rantoul Township High School in 2015, I went to Parkland College to study communications. I soon realized radio was something I was interested in. I then started my career at WPXN in Paxton before moving to Farmer City and working for WEXG. So bear with me as I dive into a career as a writer.
I’m sure you will see me wear gear for all my favorite teams, and trust me there is a lot of them, but just so you can beware, I am a Dallas Cowboys fan along with the Chicago White Sox, Blackhawks and Fighting Illini. I do like some teams that are not as popular around these parts like Notre Dame football and the Milwaukee Bucks.
My knowledge for sports goes back far beyond before I was born, and I have very good memories of games from years back. Obviously the best is Illini basketball 2005 Elite Eight against Arizona. Unfortunately, with the teams I choose to root for I have far more bad memories with games. A fair warning to everyone, the “Dez Catch” game from the 2014 NFL playoffs is off limits to talk about. And, yes, he caught the ball.
I am excited for this opportunity to begin my professional career as a writer and I can’t wait to make more memories with sports and share them with you along the way.
I have read the Rantoul Press my entire life, and I know how important sports are to this area, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, but I know I will give you guys my best effort and content. Go Trojans, Bunnies and Eagles! Contact Ryan Birch at Rbirch@News-Gazette.media and on Twitter @RyanBirchRP