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In Appreciation

Local sports writer Ken Blanchette passed away recently at the age of 70. He started writing in 1985 through 2012. His love for high school sports was obvious and ran deep. It gave him the opportunity to spotlight high school athletes.
     In 2001, Ken and I met at the professional level. “Let me know if you need stats on a game,” he would say. Ken was kind, humble, thoughtful, unselfish and willing to stay in the background, always giving credit to the athletes. We covered countless games together, did pre-season interviews and often shared notes, game results, etc. As a mentor, he guided me through meetings with coaches after a difficult loss. “You have to report it whether it was a good win or a tough loss,” he reminded me.  Despite working for different newspapers, Ken and I formed a unique bond. He will be missed.
-Robert F. Mingolelli
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