Meet Mark

I'm on the right, interviewing Phil Wilder, cross country coach at Lexington's Dunbar High School, at a 2008 regional meet.

I'm on the right, interviewing Phil Wilder, cross country coach at Lexington's Dunbar High School, at a 2008 regional meet.

Ask me when I fell in love with sports and you may as well ask when I first registered a pulse. I can’t recall ever being without either.

As a boy in suburban Chicago, I grew up watching the Cubs AND the Sox (baseball), the Bulls AND the predecessor-Zephyrs (NBA), the Blackhawks (NHL), da Bears AND the Cardinals (NFL).

Nearby Northwestern University provided my collegiate fix, where I’d meet the top 50-or-so pro football rookies as they practiced twice a day over three weeks for the annual College All-Star Game.

If only my athletic skills had matched my sporting opportunities!

Instead, I may have been the skinniest and slowest high school football player ever, my Little League-curveball never curved and my ability as a distance-runner/high-jumper was good enough to win a grand total of ONE high school competition.

At the University of Akron, I set an NCAA record that may never be broken: Slowest distance runner in a sanctioned competition.

And I’ve never stopped loving sports.

While in college, Track & Field News magazine provided me with the opportunity to write about up-and-comers as well as world-class athletes.

Since graduation, sportswriting has been my occupation – from the Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph (1974-77) to the Anderson (S.C.) Independent (1977) to the Lexington Herald-Leader (1977-).

My job (my hobby) has taken me to 11 Olympics in eight countries, a Super Bowl, World Series, NCAA Championships and countless other high school and collegiate events.

Olympic sports covered include Alpine skiing, baseball, basketball, bobsled, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, field  hockey, figure skating, freestyle skiing, gymnastics, ice hockey, judo, luge, Nordic skiing, rowing, shooting, ski jumping, soccer, softball, short-track speedskating, swimming, tennis, track & field, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling. There are more, but you get the point.


Hope you find my blog to be of interest.

I also now have a personal web site:

2 Responses to “Meet Mark”

  1.   jack birdwhistell Says:

    Mark, I read your article about the ‘Hustlers’–a couple of G’town college guys there. Question: where do they play the games?

    Jack Birdwhistell

  2.   Mark Maloney Says:

    Hi, Jack,
    The Hustlers will play home games at Henry Clay High School.

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