Nice to meet you, Sealy

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Hello Sealy, I'm Cole, it's nice to meet you.

Now that's something I've never done before, introduce myself to a new state.

Up until this point, I have called Milford, Mass., my home every day.

I played baseball as soon as I could pick up a bat and started shooting hoops in the driveway soon after. My mom wouldn't let me or my older brother Mitch play football until we were in fifth grade, but I strapped up as soon as I could.

When I got to high school I was still playing football and baseball but after getting cut from the freshman basketball team, I bought a pair of track spikes although I never ran more than 400 meters at a time.

My senior year I was named a captain of each team and before I knew it, it was over.

I grabbed my diploma and picked up my cleats for two more years of summer baseball at the Legion level. I didn't start much but came off the bench to serve as a base-running specialist after injecting life into the team from the top steps of the dugout.

After rain tampered with the state tournament, our field served as a worthier location to host the State Final where we eventually took down Newburyport to hoist the trophy on our own field.

The following year we didn't make it as far but at the end of the season banquet, I was awarded team-MVP honors (more so for my contributions from the bench) and shared a trophy with the likes of big-leaguer Chris Colabello in what would be the last season of competitive baseball I'd play.

After that, I knew I wouldn't be going far away from the field as I aimed my sights a little higher at Fenway Park, and shifted my focus from playing right field for the Sox to instead covering the team from the press box.

I went to college just outside of Boston in Milton and learned a lot both journalistically and about life. A lot of people's impact on me over those four years at Curry College will continue to resonate with me however far away I will be from the place I'll still call my second home.

Something I have been doing for a while is writing and covering high school sports. I got my start at the Boston Globe through connections at Curry and I was able to return to the Friday night lights I so fondly remembered.

Now I get the chance to lead a sports department in a place where nobody cares more for their high school football programs. I can give nothing but thanks to all those who led and supported my journey to this opportunity and to Karen Lopez and April Towery for taking a chance on me. If Pete Rose were a betting man, I'd like to think he'd support their wager.

I look forward to meeting some of you and telling more of you all the sports news from the area.

Go Sox.

Cole McNanna is the sports and education editor of The Sealy News and can be reached at cole.mcnanna@sealynews.com.

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