I would like to open this website back up to try and introduce myself a little bit to the readers who may not know me, but have stumbled upon this website.
My name is Anthony Labor and I was born and raised in St. Albans where I grew up with a fascination for sports whether it was playing them, watching them or just talking about them. I grew up playing football for the St. Albans Steelers and then played in high school at BFA-St. Albans.
When I was a junior in high school, I was trying to find a career that I thought I would enjoy doing every day that didn’t seem like work to me, so I wouldn’t dread going to every day. That was when I signed up for a journalism class taught my Gene Sink at BFA, who also happened to be my advisor at the school. He knew I played football and was all about sports, so he instantly had me start writing sports articles for The Mercury school newspaper and it was then that I realized that was what I wanted to do. I took as many journalism classes as I could for my last two years at BFA and was the sports editor my senior year. During my junior year, I also started freelancing for the St. Albans Messenger covering high school sports for Josh Kaufmann for the last couple of years of high school.
After high school, I attended the University of New Hampshire where I got my degree in English/Journalism. While there, I learned a lot from a number of professors that had experience in the newspaper industry, including one who had worked for the sports section of the Boston Globe.
I had to also get an internship to count for one of my classes, so I ended up interning for the sports department of The Portsmouth Herald in Portsmouth, N.H. for a semester and that is where I learned a lot from some very talented people in the business.
After my internship ended, I continued to freelance for them throughout the last two years of college and continued to learn more and more about sportswriting. I graduated from UNH in May 2012 and started a full-time job as a sportswriter at The Eagle Times in Claremont, N.H. in August of 2012.
I took over as sports editor of the newspaper in October 2012 and worked there until the early parts of 2015 when financials started to take over. As much as I love sportswriting, unfortunately it didn’t pay the student loans, so I was having to work almost two full time jobs and got burnt out after three years of that.
I ended up moving back to Vermont and got a job with a railroad company in St. Albans, where I currently still work full time as a dispatcher. But I didn’t want to give up writing completely, so I started to freelance for the Messenger again.
The reason for me wanting to start this website again is with COVID-19 protocols really throwing a wrench into the winter season, especially without fans being able to attend, I thought the more different outlets we have covering sports in the region, the better, so I wanted to start this website up to add another outlet to the already great coverage from other outlets that are in the area. I wanted to create a free outlet for readers to try and keep up on local sports in the area since fans won’t be allowed at the local games.
Since I have a full time job and am trying to do all of this myself, my coverage will be limited to start the season at the very least. MVU and BFA-St. Albans will be my two main schools of coverage, but I am going to also try to keep updated on BFA-Fairfax, Enosburg and Richford as well and will hopefully be able to spread the coverage out by the season’s end (if the season starts that is). I will apologize for not being able to get out and about to every game personally, but I will do my best to spread things out and at least get information up on this website. This winter and all of its craziness will be a good test run to see how plausible it is to keep this going, and then will continue to see how everything works out in the future.
I have worked with a lot of very talented people since I started writing when I was 16-years-old and have learned a lot from them and this website will be a reflection of all that I have learned from them.
Again this site is free for all readers and I hope you enjoy this. I will be doing game stories, will try and get some feature stories up throughout the season as well and will be doing my “Question of the Week” column that I started with the Messenger a couple of years ago to try and interact with fans. I have also been in talks with the great people at Northwest Access TV (https://northwestaccess.tv/) to do some more very cool things with them, including some commentating with them and some other things but more on that will come later.
So that’s a little about me. I hope readers will enjoy this little site I have going here. I will start to put some content up here in the next day or two and fingers crossed the Governor gives the winter season the green light here very shortly.
In the meantime, if you have any story ideas or have any questions or comments about anything, shoot them over to Anthony.Labor61@gmail.com or on Twitter @AnthonyLabor.
Until then, hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.