I am not the biggest Utah high school basketball junkie. For this reason, I find Kamrani's lead captivating, because it brings the reader back to August when this run started. The opening sentence reads: "Before all the dunks, before all the long-range 3s, before the rabid defense, Quincy Lewis gathered his guys on an August afternoon and told the Lone Peak Knights their main objective."
This was not just a game recap. It was great story telling. I believe Kamrani knew this story would garner national attention and his use of short concise sentences added dramatic pauses in the reading. To close out the piece, he simply uses a eight-word sentence. Powerful.
How big was this in Utah? This article had videos and a photo gallery with all original content. This is what I like to see from a news site. I was a big fan of Kamrani on camera to start the recap video. I always think it is great for a writer to add perspective to his work in other forms of media like a quick recap video. Patrick Leary and I have a weekly web show for the Marquette Tribune, where we recap and preview Marquette basketball action. We have toyed with the idea of doing a rapid reaction video after basketball games. It would be similar to Kamrani's video.
I chose to focus on the Salt Lake Tribune's high school basketball focus, because looking into their coverage brought me back to the days when I wrote for NYHoops.com (now defunct) and tracked high school hoops in the New York City area. It's always nice to reminisce and think back on the good old days.