Posted: 1:48 pm Monday, January 6th, 2014

A welcome return to the sidelines 

By Jodie Wagner

Seventeen years ago I joined the Palm Beach Post sports staff for the first time, working nights as a part-time copy editor and sometime reporter covering high school sports, occasional spring training games and a Miami Heat practice or two.

I left a few years later for a full-time position in neighborhood news, but sports always remained a passion of mine. I continued to spend most Friday nights covering high school football games, and maintained a youth sports blog – youthsportsdaily.palmbeachpost.com – that remains active today.

During the past few years I’ve covered city government and community news, and have learned so much from those beats thanks to the assistance of a tremendous group of reporters and editors. Thank you especially, Tom Peeling!

However, when the opportunity presented itself to return to sports, I jumped at it.

I look forward to working with our local high school athletes, coaches, administrators and support staff. I hope to share their stories with our readers and report on their many athletic and academic achievements.

Thank you to everyone for welcoming me back.