Viking Salute To Dave Wedeward ~ Janesville Gazette Sports Editor

Longtime Gazette sports editor to retire on November 1, 2011

Dave Wedeward [above] has spent 46 years at the Janesville Gazette. For the last 39 years he has been sports editior of Janesville's daily paper. The Edgerton native has been a long time promoter of high school sports and his columns and paper have given exposure to all schools and sports in the Gazette area. From football to track and field Wedeward has made first class coverage of high school athletes a priority. His columns and the papers weekly features have given exposure to the positive accomplishments of athletes in all sports in the Southern Wisconsin area. Wedeward's last day as sports editor will be November 1.

The Gazette is now a morning paper. Wedeward comes to work in the early afternoon, takes a break for dinner, then returns to the Gazette until the next days edition is ready for press. Coaches, athletes, and sports fans will miss the passion that Dave Wedeward had for their sports. Whether covering the Badgers at the Rose Bowl or phoning a high school coach late in the evening to make sure that accurate results were published Wedeward attacked his job with a passion that benefited all communities in the surrounding Janesville area. Countless athletes, coaches, communities and sports fans can thank Wedeward for his leadership in promoting the positives of high school athletics.

In 1996 Wedeward was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame with a Citation Award.

The Janesville Parker Football Progam salutes Dave Wedeward for an outstanding career. We all wish him the best in his retirement.

Gazette article on Dave Wedeward by Gazette writer Frank Schultz