Sports

Kane retires; Heinzer promoted

By From page A7 | December 14, 2011

Liz Kane, 70, retired Dec. 13 after 11 years as the Mountain Democrat’s fourth sports editor.

Working with Kane for the past 11 years is sports writer Jerry Heinzer, who took over as sports editor Dec. 14, announced Group Editor Michael Raffety. Heinzer also coordinates Oak Ridge High School sports coverage for Village Life.

Liz Kane began as a sports correspondent in January 1994 and five years later was hired for a part-time sports writing position. She replaced Pete Webster as sports editor when he retired in December 2000. She hired Jerry Heinzer in July as a full-time sports writer.

Heinzer, 51, lives in Shingle Springs with his wife Trish, a real estate agent. Both of their boys played baseball at Ponderosa High School. Riley, 21, is a senior at St. Mary College and Justin, 23, is a graduate of California State University at Monterey

Jerry Heinzer is a 1983 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Political Science.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Liz Kane,” Raffety said. “I valued her insights on local prep athletics and coaches. She also brought a sensitivity to the job that seemed appropriate for high school sports.”

Michael Raffety

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