The Perry Chief has found the right fit to cover Perry and Woodward-Granger sports. Libbie Randall, a recent graduate of Central College, joined the staff earlier this month as the sports reporter.


As the sports reporter, Randall will be in charge of providing year-round coverage of high school sports at Perry High School and Woodward-Granger High School for the Perry Chief and for www.theperrychief.com.


“After Cesar Toledo left the Chief in mid-2016, I struggled with finding the right fit to cover Perry and W-G sports,” said Lisa Widick, Perry Chief publisher. “Both communities are very passionate about their high school sports and I needed to make sure the right person was hired to fill Toledo’s shoes.”


Widick believes she found the right fit for the job in Randall.


“Libbie grew up in and around high school sports and has a considerable knowledge of such,” Widick said. “What impressed me most was when she told me that she wanted to write stories. Real stories about real people. And she knew she wanted those stories to be in sports.”


Randall grew up in Solon, Iowa and said that she found similarities in the Perry community when she decided to join the Chief staff.


“When I found out about this opportunity, it really just seemed to be the right fit,” Randall said. “I like talking with people, and I like the close-knit community that’s here, I love covering high school sports. That was a huge part of my adolescence and growing up so I feel close to it, where at the same time, it will be somewhat of a new environment because I’ve never lived on this side of Des Moines before.”


Randall is the daughter of Brad Randall, who coached the Solon boys’ basketball team from 1994-2004, where he guided the Spartans to a State Championship in 2009, and was recently inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.


Randall said that she hopes to be able to connect with everyone in the community and says that she feels she will be able to bring relatability to the high school athletes and coaches after growing up the daughter of a high school basketball coach.


“I am familiar with the coaching culture, you know, what’s it like day-to-day, as well as games, whether winning or losing,” Randall said. “So I think I’ll be able to relatability and really form friendships and relationships that way.”


Many thanks go out to Cesar Toledo for covering the Perry and Woodward-Granger high school sports for the Chief. We wish him well.


Randall can be contacted at lrandall@theperrychief.com.