writer Jim Steele (MHS class of 1979...check the class picture
in the MHS hallway for a good laugh) will provide thorough
coverage of Rebels. Steele has won over 40 state awards for
sports writing, photography and design. In 2004, Steele was
named Tennessee's top sports writer by the Tennessee Sports
Writer Association. In 1988 and 1997, his sports section was
judged best in the state by the Tennessee Press Association. He
also won five straight first-place honors for best football
section in the state, six times in a nine-year span and
runner-up the other three years. He was a finalist for Sports
Writer of the year six times, runner-up four times before
winning in 2004. He also received the TSSAA's A.F. Bridges Award
and the J.A. Abernathy Award from the McKenzie Touchdown Club.
Steele has covered a variety of sports at a variety of levels
from Little League all the way up to the Big Leagues. He has
interviewed such notables as Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning,
Ozzie Smith, Jack Buck, Mark McGwire, Rick Pitino, Pat Summitt,
to name a few. His work has appeared in almost every major daily
newspaper in Tennessee, on regional and national radio as well
as ESPN television. He begins his 30th year in sports media this
season and has been a part of radio, TV, newspaper, magazine and
Internet media in that time. Steele is a fan of the Cincinnati
Reds, Miami Dolphins, the Tennessee Vols (when they don't stink)
and Duke basketball. He is a fan of all sports, but lists
baseball, tennis, football and basketball among his favorites.
Thumbing his nose to Father Time, he's always looking for a
tennis game or a batting practice partner.
Matt Swinea is the staff photographer and standout video editor for mckenzierebels.com. He is the mastermind for video productions you see here on mckenzierebels.com. He also serves as Bethel College's sports information director. He is a recent summa cum laude graduate from Bethel College and earned his first undergraduate degree from Athens State. Matt covers McKenzie athletics for the Carroll News-Leader. He is an avid hockey fan and is a coach for several youth leagues and still plays in local roller hockey matches. Matt is a fan of the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs.
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