The Q Factor

It’s always interesting when you have to say hello to new people – when you make new friends. I’m admittedly an “introverted extrovert” – I like meeting new people, but I have to break out of my own shell to do it. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

The best way to introduce myself is to just jump into it. Hello, Titus County! My name’s Quinten and I’ll be toting the load for a little bit as your sports guy. I’ll also work on a few stories around the area when needed.

As a sports guy, I know how to turn my shy nature on and off. You’ve got to – people want to tell you their stories and they want you to report them as best as you can. That’s always been my goal – to take stories and report them to the best of my ability. I want to tell you the awesome things happening in Titus County and surrounding area.

A little bit more about me: I’m fairly local. I was born at Titus Regional Medical Center and grew in Naples. I graduated from Paul Pewitt in 2001 and I’m a proud graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe ‘em, Jacks!). I covered collegiate sports at Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas.

I’m the son of Kerry and Lisa and older brother to Casey. My mom was a substitute teacher at Mount Pleasant High School; my brother graduated from MPHS.

My family means the world to me and my brother is my hero. Anyone that knows him knows why. I’ll probably explain at length one day.

I spent 10 years at the Cherokeean Herald in Rusk as well as 10 years doing play-by-play broadcasting for KWRW/KTLU Radio in Rusk and Jacksonville. I’ve also done public address announcing for 10 years at several high schools.

While I was in Rusk, I created the Cherokeean’s annual football magazine and served as editor of the first six editions. I try to cover every game and event with care and with enthusiasm. The most important game is always the next one. For as long as this is my beat, I’m not here to bash anyone, regardless of the score. I’m an optimist – there’s always the next game.

The size of the school doesn’t matter to me. Sports news from Mount Pleasant is just as important as that from Chapel Hill, from Harts Bluff and from Paul Pewitt. The community is diverse and wants to know about the surrounding areas. That’s East Texas – we root for everyone until we play them.

My family says that I’m a sports nut, and that’s true. I watch it all – when I was in junior high, I even sat down and enjoyed camel racing.

I also love reading; I’m an aspiring author. I enjoy working with computers and cameras. I enjoy a good play or movie and have been known to break out of my shell creatively from time to time.

I understand how big sports are in East Texas and how they can bring a community together. I love what I do; I do what I love.

I’m also pulling double duty – I’m also the sports editor at the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, owned by the same group that owns the Tribune. I love what I do so much that I’m going to try to do both for as long as I possibly can.

That’s where I’ll need your help. There are a lot of things going on and I am just one man, unfortunately. (I will neither confirm or deny wanting to clone myself to be everywhere at once.)

If you’ve got something going on in sports – from a team advancing in the playoffs to stats and box scores to catching that huge fish or bagging that 12-point buck, I want to know about it! Feel free to send me your sports news at sports@tribnow.com and I’ll do everything I can to ensure the feat gets recognized.

If you want to write as a stringer for a league or school, definitely send me an email and let’s see what we can work out.

This is your sports section – I’m just the guy who cleans it up and makes it look nice. I look forward to telling your stories for as long as you’ll let me.

Mount Pleasant Tribune

PO Box 1177
Mount Pleasant TX 75456
903-572-1705