Warren wraps up 35-year career with Advocate
A tip of the cap to Marty Warren, whose 35-year association with The Advocate-Messenger concluded Saturday. Warren is putting down his pencil and unplugging his laptop after covering hundreds of games as a part-time sports writer for the Advocate, all while working “regular” jobs as well.
Warren, who played on Boyle County’s 1974 regional champion baseball team, was able to parlay his passion for sports into a writing gig at the Advocate a couple of years later thanks to Bill and Larry Vaught, the father and son who were the only full-time employees in the newspaper’s sports department for many years. He helped extend the reach of what the paper could cover and helped give its high school sports coverage a depth that remains second to none among Kentucky newspapers.
Sports editors have long relied on part-timers or stringers to help their papers cover more games, but there can’t be many who have been fortunate enough to find one like Warren who performed so well for so many years and who has developed a tremendous base of knowledge of Advocate-area sports over the last 40 years. He has interviewed generations of coaches and players, watched programs rise and fall and seen dozens of exciting finishes — and dozens of blowouts, too — and has made countless friends and precious few enemies along the way.
Fittingly, he wrapped up his Advocate career last week at his favorite event, the Boys Sweet Sixteen, where he helped our sister newspaper, the Winchester Sun, with its coverage of George Rogers Clark. He said he still plans to go to the state tournament each March and to get to some other games, too, but he’ll set his own schedule, and the best part might be that he’ll get to leave early if he wants to. After 35 years, he’s earned that.