WELCOME TO THE LAUNCH OF TIOGA COUNTY SPORTS REPORT
Welcome to Tioga County Sports Report.
For those of you who may not be familiar with me, I am Tim Birney, founder of Valley Sports Report and now Tioga County Sports Report. I graduated from Waverly High School in 1984, from Morrisville State with an associate's degree in Journalism, and from Utica College of Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations.
I spent nearly 20 years in the newspaper business between The Daily Review in Towanda, and the Evening / Morning Times in Sayre. In 2009, I decided the future of this business is here "at your fingertips" on the Internet, so I launched Valley Sports Report.
Nine years later, VSR has become more successful and more popular than I could have ever imagined.
About 18 months ago, I decided it was time to launch another site, and finishing off Tioga County was the logical choice. I added S-VE and SVEC coverage to Valley Sports Report for the 2017-18 school year as a test balloon, and the results - both in terms of viewership and advertising - were fantastic, cementing my decision to launch Tioga County Sports Report, which will cover high school and youth sports in Owego, S-VE, Newark Valley, and Candor, and will have links to Valley Sports Report's coverage of Tioga and Waverly.
I turned to an old friend and former employee in Tim Taylor to serve as Managing Editor. Taylor, a Tioga County native, has more than three decades of sports writing experience and was the perfect fit for this site.
The goal is to provide the most extensive, thorough and accurate coverage of high school sports in the area.
We can't get to every game, so our efforts to provide the best coverage possible for the Owego, S-VE, Candor, and Newark Valley school districts is contingent on cooperation from those schools' AD and coaches.
There will be a few bumps in the road at first, but I'm hopeful the coaches in those school district will take a few minutes each night to make sure we have all the information we need, and you want.
For our new readers, and for those of you who may not know your way around the site, each school page (on the left side) contains a weekly schedule, a list of the coaches for the season, and the complete season schedules.
We'll keep the schedules updated daily, and as accurate as possible. How accurate depends on how quickly we receive updates from athletic director's offices.
And, perhaps most importantly, stories are posted throughout the day and night. So, check back frequently for the latest sports news.
I'd also like to take a moment to thank the advertisers who have taken the plunge with Tioga County Sports Report, including Williams Auto Group, Allstate Agent Aaron Lounsbury, Johnson's Pools & Spas, Tioga Downs, Tioga State Bank, Jey General Contractors, Elderwood, Iron Kettle Farms, The Spencer Agency, United Country - Finger Lakes, Laurel Properties, McAnn's Restaurant, and Larrabee's Truck & Tire Service.
I'd like to thank all our readers in advance, and ask two things of you. 1. Please buy locally, especially from our advertisers. 2. Please spread the word about Tioga County Sports Report, so we'll be around to provide the type of coverage student-athletes in Tioga County deserve.