Madras native takes over as sports editor
Like many young athletes who grew up in Jefferson County, Steele Haugen's name appeared countless times in the Madras Pioneer sports section over the years. Now, readers will see his byline and cutline in the paper each week.
Haugen, 23, a 2013 Madras High graduate, was recently hired as the Pioneer's new sports editor. He replaces Will Denner, who began working with the paper in November 2016.
Most recently, Haugen worked for the MAC Recreation District and Kids Club as a youth recreation leader. He coached and officiated organized sports, while also running open gyms. He was an assistant offensive coordinator for the Madras High football team during the 2017 season as well.
Haugen played football and basketball during his White Buffalo high school career. He played quarterback and safety for the Buffs, helping the team reach play-in games in 2011 and 2012. The 2012 team is the last from Madras to make the playoffs.
"In high school, I would read the Madras Pioneer sports section a lot to see how my team did," Haugen said. "Hopefully, I can do the same for these kids."
In addition to covering prep sports, Haugen plans to bring his love of the outdoors to the sports section, particularly hunting and fishing.