Magazine article American Journalism Review

Still in High School

Magazine article American Journalism Review

Still in High School

Article excerpt

Ask Ted Silary if he remembers a Philadelphia prep basketball player from a while back--say a guard who didn't score too much--and in a flash he'll not only rattle off the player's name and stats, but probably the names of his teammates, too.

Last month, Silary, the Daily News' longtime scholastic sports editor--read: high school sports junkie--was honored by Philadelphia's Inter-Academic Athletic Association as "Person of the Year," an award recognizing his roughly 29 years of high school sports reporting.

"People have been coming up to me and saying, 'Congratulations on being Person of the Year.' And I say, 'Ah, it's been a weak year,' " Silary jokes. But seriously, he says, "I go back watching Inter-Ac sports to 1960, since I was in fourth grade.... [So] it means the world to me."

Silary, 49, started covering high school sports in 1971 when he was a junior at Temple University. Working part-time for Montgomery Newspapers, a publisher of daily and weekly papers in the Philadelphia area, he earned about $8 for covering a weekend football game. The following year, he was hired full-time, and three years later he landed at the old Philadelphia Bulletin.

By 1977 he had been hired by the Daily News, where he's been covering the beat ever since.

"It's really unusual that you get a big-city newspaper that covers high school sports to the extent that Ted Silary does it," says Bill Gallagher, director of athletics at William Penn Charter School, one of the Inter-Ac schools and Silary's alma mater. …

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