This week has been a fun one for me.

I don’t stay home often at all; with church activities, games to be at, chasing my 5-year-old and having a family it’s hard to do.

So, to be stuck here was kind of a blessing in disguise. It’s been a crazy year and it was nice to HAVE TO stay home (though my office is at home so I didn’t really get out of work…except for the 10-hour power outage, but that’s a different story for another day).

While we were keeping warm, it was my manly duty to set the fire every day so that the wife and kids could enjoy it in the living room, and while I was working to light the fire I grabbed some old newspapers to help.

Of course I glanced over to the Sports section to see what was going on back then, and the first story I saw brought a big smile to my face. It was middle school track results and the eighth graders at the time were names I recognize all too well — they are the seniors I’m covering right now, the class of 2014.

The position I have here in our communities is so unique. I know that I’m blessed to be able to do what I do.

By vocation, I work with students in a church setting, trying to help them on their spiritual journey and prepare them for life after high school. In that I get to spend time with them at their sporting events, cheering them on and covering their accomplishments and learning moments.

It’s a cool gig, and taking a moment to see how much these students have grown over the last six years is pretty cool for me.

So I’d like to look back a bit today. Because of the weather, we have a slow news week so I looked in my archives to find some notable story lines and pics from the last few years of Anna and Melissa sports.

By no means is this an exhaustive list — I lost a hard drive in 2009 that took all of my info from 2007 until then — but these were some biggies.

Hope you have stayed warm and safe this week. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life every week in this small way, highlighting the accomplishments in the community and our students. In case I do not see you beforehand, have a Merry Christmas.

Marcus Elliott is the Sports Editor for the Anna-Melissa Tribune and an active member of the Anna and Melissa communities. He can be reached at