Changes on prep row

I know some of you have been following our ongoing labor situation here at the Contra Costa Times and the Bay Area News Group-East Bay. I know that because a few coaches have asked me about it. As for me, well, you’re stuck with me but in much the same vein as my colleague Jimmy Durkin did over at Prep Corner last night, I wanted to acknowledge the four guys we’re saying goodbye to today.

From our staff here at the Times, we say farewell to Bill Kruissink and Ricardo Sanchez Jr. Most of you know Ricardo as Mr. Volleyball here on the blog but his girls hoops coverage was among the best in the area and we’ll miss him. Also, we’ll miss his all-around game in our Friday pickup basketball games. Good luck in SoCal.

As for Kruissink, well, the guy is probably the biggest reason I have my job right now. I started writing for the Danville Times weekly when I was a junior at Cal and we took on some incredibly fun story ideas in the nearly two years under his supervision. It wasn’t until I actually joined the paper full time that I knew how much legwork went into setting that stuff up for me. I know he went to the mat to get me hired full-time when I graduated. Plus, he was there covering the game when my baseball team won its first league title since 1991 and he delivered one of the most memorable Two Geeks performances in history. BKR, we’ll all miss you.

To the Deen (Steve Herendeen) and the Whistle (Dennis Miller), we’ll miss you guys. I’m in the same boat as Jimmy when I look back on my playing career and I’m fairly sure Steve covered a few of my games as well. As for the Whistle, we all knew who to go to when we needed some Valley knowledge and losing that wealth of information is going to hurt. Also, who else do you know that takes his own pictures for the Athlete of the Week section? We’ll be seeing you both down the road I’m sure.

So, life goes on I suppose. We are now a much leaner (it’s impossible for us to get meaner) machine and we’ll be re-evaluating our focus in the weeks to come. You’re going to see some changes and I’d ask that you bear with us as we figure out how to do some of the things we do with less people. One thing I’ll try to keep doing is this blog and maintaining our online presence because I know there are people out there reading.


  • Dave Atchley

    Wow,… this is not good news for the volleyball news readers. Please extend a hearty “Thank You” to Mr. Ricardo Sanchez for his work on the weekly ‘Girls High School Volleyball’ updates and his unofficial polls. I will miss his enthusiasm and now you need to figure out a way with reduced resources (staff level) to keep those of us with daughters on local HS teams informed on all the competitive leagues throughout the East Bay and Tri Valley areas.