Vermont has a rich history of weekly newspapers in the state. In Hardwick it's the Gazette. It has a circulation of 2,500 and it only has a half dozen employees.
"This is the sports department," Dave Morse said.
Including Dave, he pretty much is the sports department.
For the last 20 years his column called Morse Code has been a must-read in the paper. In this week's column there is criticism of the Vermont Principals Association.
"The VPA doesn't allow host schools to open gyms until half-hour before game time, but it's cold outside," said Dave.
That's about as harsh as Dave gets.
Reporter Joe Carroll: Why do you love sports so much?
Dave Morse: The people, the children, I'm very fortunate to come back here.
Dave worked for the Rutland Herald in the 1970s. He was briefly married. After his divorce he wanted a change, so the country boy went to New York City. For years he worked in the Big Apple in public relations.
Joe Carroll: You've gone full circle haven't you?
Dave Morse: Yes I have, yes, I have.
Dave yearned to come back to the Green Mountains. The 75-year-old thinks of his job as more than writing about sports.
"I like to talk to a kid after they lose a game. He didn't lose today, we're just going to retool and go after it again," said Dave.
He's an unabashed supporter of high school sports, especially Hazen Union High School in Hardwick. He gives grandfatherly advice and support to the children.
"Somebody has been in my life, I hope I'm in their life," said Dave.
That somebody was Dave's uncle who took the 10-year-old in when his mom died. His father wasn't in the picture.
Joe Carroll: Do these kids become your friends?
Dave Morse: Oh absolutely!
For a guy with no children, he has a very large family. A few weeks ago at the high school, it was Dave Morse Day. A portrait of Dave was signed by the students. It's his prized possession.
"It means everything, I said that night, I know everyone here, obviously a lot of people know me," said Dave.
Early spring is an exciting time in the basketball season; Dave will be traveling a half-hour away to Barre.
"I've been coming here since the mid-fifties as a high school student," said Dave.
It's the division four semi-finals. First up is Danville against Rochester.
"I can't believe I'm still here! I just can't believe it," said Dave
Tonight history might be made.
"He's 43 away," said Dave.
Pavin Parrish from Rochester is in the running to break the record for most points by a high school player in Vermont.
Parrish breaks the record, but Rochester loses the game to Danville.
"I savor every single time I come here," said Dave
Memories made by young athletes in an old gym. That's special to Dave. Dave says his favorite sport is baseball, you will find him at the local park in the summer. You may be wondering if Dave ever played sports. He says he wasn't very good at them
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