The Review received a statewide honor last week when reporter Greg Selber was named the Putt Powell Sports Writer of the Year by the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Former Econ football coach Oscar Salinas, now plying his trade at La Feria High School, was instrumental in organizing the effort and nomination that led to this honor. The award will be presented in Fort Worth in July.
The long-running accolade is a first for the Review, as Selber becomes only the fourth Valley journalist to win it since its inception in the 1950s. He has been a well-known fixture on the Rio Grande Valley sports scene since 1989.
Originally from Austin, he has worked in print (Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, the Edinburg Review), on television (KMBH, KGBT, KRGV), on radio (KSOX, KURV), and online (965sports.com) as well as writing for a variety of magazines (including Valley Athlete and McAllen Magazine). He was the original play-by-play voice of the Harlingen WhiteWings of independent baseball in 1994, and has broadcast hundreds of other athletic contests in his career, including professional boxing.
Selber is a tenured professor at The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg where he teaches reporting and is the adviser of the student newspaper, The Pan American. He has won five Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club, was named the Sportswriter of the Year (RGV Basketball Coaches Association) and Sportswriter of the Decade (Edinburg ISD), and was once a finalist for the Golden Hoops Award from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
Perhaps his signature accomplishment came in 2009, with the publication of “Border Ball: The History of High School Football in the Rio Grande Valley,” a 460-page historical survey of football in the area.
Selber continues to be active with the Review, 956sports.com, and the weekly series “Sunday Sports Extra” on KGBT-TV Channel 4 in the fall. He is working on a sequel to “Border Ball,” on high school basketball in the Valley, and is one of the few sportswriters in the state who still takes his own photographs along with covering games.