George MuhaGeorge Muha
George Muha: As I mentioned, I am the founder of Morris Sussex Football. I got involved in covering high school football because its been in my blood since I was an infant. Being the youngest of six kids, five of whom are boys and a girl who could kick all our butts, I grew up going to literally hundreds of high school football games. I loved the sound of marching bands, helmets cracking and amateur announcers calling the game; the smell of cigar smoke, mixed in with the aroma of grilled hotdogs coming from snack shacks and feel the home crowd huddling together to keep warm from the whipping cold air blowing through the stands. By the time it was my turn to put on a helmet my freshman year in high school I was convinced I was destined for stardom; after all, three of my brothers went on to play at the college level. But my personal accomplishments on the field were less than stellar. It turned out I was a mediocre player at best, helped mostly because of how incredibly slow I was. Coach’s favorite saying was, “Muha, if you were moving any slower, you’d be moving backwards!” It didn’t matter though, I loved being on the team and even was part of the 1990 State Championship season for the Hanover Park Hornets and got a ring of my own as a sophomore. That was an incredibly special season which probably solidified my passion for high school football. For years after my playing days, I would spend all of my lunch hours at work eating my sandwich over the
Laura ByrneLaura Byrne
newspaper seeing how my Hornets were doing. When my kids were young, I would drive down to the local football field and watch whatever local team was playing on Saturdays. Then one day in 2006, I volunteered to cover Mendham football games for the town rag. That gave me the opportunity to be on the actual sidelines again and I was hooked. Then, I created my first blog called Iron Hills Sports which has evolved into this this site.
L.A. Byrne: Laura (L.A. is her pen name), is our Editor in Chief and is the only reason Morris Sussex Football has any kind of credibility. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is young adult novelist, working primarily in sports-related fiction. She’s won many creative writing awards, including taking top honors from Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In addition to providing content to Morris Sussex Football herself, she directs and develops our volunteer staff. She has the unique ability to empower young people to carve out their unique creative paths.
Brian KenneyBrian Kenney
Brian Kenney: Brian is one of my oldest and best friends. Because I know secrets about him that could literally ruin his life, he is guilted in to participating with our weekly predictions. Admittedly, he is not the biggest high school football guru in the world, but he has the uncanny ability to predict games better than anyone I know. He also pulls insane facts out of thin air that always pass the smell check.
OUR CONTENT CONTRIBUTORS
One of the things that gives us the most fulfillment from this site is giving young high school and college aspiring journalists a place to get their feet wet in the world of sports journalists. Many of our content providers are volunteers who we develop and give creative freedoms to so they can see what its like share their talents on a big stage. L.A. Byrne mentors these young people so they know exactly what to do and reinforces them with positive encouragement and feedback.