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Quite a duo saying goodbye

This coming fall, I'll be well into my 23rd year as a member of the Sauk Valley Media sports staff. I imagine in many ways it will be like the previous 22. I'll still cover a football game every Friday night. The occasional soccer match, volleyball game, or golf tournament during the week will be thrown in for good measure. Hitting deadline each night will be a headache, as it always is, and a reason for celebration when it is done successfully. Yet there will be something very different about this coming fall. Two of my favorite coaches to deal with here at the paper, Pat Lessner and Val Gassman, are hanging it up after combining for more than a half century of service to their schools.

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