Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, February 23 2012 at 4:23 PM, Updated: Thu, February 23 2012 at 4:55 PM
A Klamath Basin sports icon is getting some national exposure today... OIT men's basketball coach Danny Miles is the subject of an extensive story in today's 'New York Times'.
Danny Miles has always been a modest man. While the 'Times' story focuses on Miles' great success on the court for the past four decades, Miles only has praise for writer Greb Bishop.
"I really felt he got the feel of the community. And you know, we're going through difficult times in this community, economically - but i thought he really captured a lot of that."
Fans of Miles have been waiting for the story to be published for nearly two months. OIT student Nick Odeh is one of those fans...
"I think it's big. I mean, it's nice that even though we have a small town touch, that big media like the New York Times really appreciates Danny Miles the way we do."
Miles just wrapped up the regular season with a 26 and 4 record, and the Hustlin' Owls are headed into the playoffs with eyes on another national championship. But again, Miles remains modest.
"I think our teams are fun to watch, and we play hard every night, and play together - and so it's fun coming to work every day."
Here's a link to the New York Times story on coach Miles:
Oregon Tech whipped the College of Idaho last night in playoff action by a score of 79 to 53... The Owls will take on Eastern Oregon at home this Saturday.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.