(Dacota Haynes/ Northwest Sports Desk)

Hello Canyon County,

My name is Dacota Haynes. I was born and raised in Longview, Washington. I grew to love sports by playing them myself and watching my brother (who had MLB potential) play.

My Sophomore year of high school, my brother went down the wrong path and I had finished up my playing days, during my 15-year-old year at the Longview Babe Ruth baseball club. That school year is when I had figured out what I wanted to for my career. All throughout high school, I was in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). I would stay after school every day, and write journals of sports. There would be stats, depth charts and articles. I was big into sports, but never saw myself as a player. I am dedicated toward the success.

For many years, it had been my dream to attend the University of Oregon. Which I had been accepted into, but I felt like Northwest Nazarene was a better community for me. I’ve really had some good success here at NNU, when it comes to my relationship with God. I grew up in the church and didn’t start attending a Nazarene church until my Sophomore year of high school. So, I guess you could say that was the year that God, really started showing me his love, as well as my future.
Where I have broadcasted before?

In the summer of 2017, I started out as the mascot for the Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League. Then I was up in the press box for the summer of 2019.

Over the past couple years, I have done some play-by-play work here at Northwest Nazarene University. I have been doing play-by-play for NNU Baseball, NNU Women’s basketball, and this year I have been doing play by play for the NNU Softball team.

Last spring, I was supposed to broadcast for NNU Baseball, until Covid hit. After, I never got to broadcast a game so I never really got the chance to do much play-by-play for the Nighthawks!

How dedicated am I to the craft? While I was broadcasting with the Black Bears in 2019, I wasn’t sure which scorebook I wanted to use full-time. Until I came across the Bob Carpenter scorebook. That’s when I found that this scorebook fits my style best.

This summer I was hoping to stay in Idaho whether it be finding a full-time job. Or finding a job with the Spuds or the Boise Hawks. I’m now very excited for this opportunity, to be with the Spuds this summer!

Favorite Spud Foods?

As you know from my video:

I really enjoy eating my spuds baked with chili and cheese on top, while sipping on an ice cold Dr. Pepper.

However, my favorite way to eat them is through tater tot casserole. This is by far probably my favorite meal of all time.

In my spare time, I like to do anything outdoors or play the play station. My favorite games on the system include MLB The Show 2021, and NBA 2k21. Sometimes, I’ll sit down and watch the Seattle Mariners or the Portland Trail Blazers play. Those are my two favorite sports teams.

In the morning, I like to sip on a cup of freshly-brewed coffee while scrolling on my phone.

Since my Freshman year here at NNU, I have always had a podcast. It started out with NNU Sports Talk, then that switched to Hawk Talk, then to 3D Sports Podcast. Currently, I am the Founder of ‘The Dacota Haynes Show‘ as well as the Co-Host of Final Take.

But I can not wait be on the headset for you guys and gals this summer. Go Spuds!