by: MOLALLA PIONEER - Jim Beseda, Molalla Pioneer sports editorThree weeks ago, the Molalla Pioneer needed to find a replacement for sports editor Cory Mimms, who was leaving to pursue an opportunity with the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in California.

The process moved quickly, and I'm now beginning a new chapter in a newspaper career that was interrupted last August after I spent more than 30 years as a sportswriter for The Oregonian.

Since, I was doing freelance writing for several outlets, including the Associated Press and other Oregon newspapers, but I jumped at the chance to talk about joining the Pioneer.

I was born in Portland and attended Marshall High School. I earned a journalism degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where I also met a girl from Newport who is now my wife.

We live in Beaverton. We have two kids, Maggie and Joe, and a dog, Max, a standard dachshund with an appetite that lacks an off switch.

I have mostly fond memories of my previous job where I was privileged to travel the country and have a seat on press row for some amazing events, including:

n The Trail Blazers’ monumental collapse against the Lakers in Game 7 of the 2000 NBA Western Conference Finals.

n Oregon State’s 3-2 victory over North Carolina to clinch the 2006 College World Series championship.

n The Beavers’ 39-38 come-from-behind win over Missouri at the 2006 Sun Bowl.

Making the jump to a community newspaper has presented several new challenges, but the transition has been smooth so far.

The best part? I have another opportunity to do what I enjoy doing most — covering local sports teams and telling as many of their stories as possible.

Enough about me.

From now on, I’ll stick to writing about you. And, thanks for being a Pioneer reader.

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