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Struck Strikes Out: Setting the record straight

Thursday, September 25, 2008

For those area readers who sometimes wonder why their favorite high school team's game write-ups are not published from time to time - the reason is that the coach failed to submit the information.

There are some area teams' coaches each season who infrequently, or perhaps not at all, send us the game information. We have spoken to all the coaches we cover before the season, and to the athletic directors, and sometimes to the administration, and sometimes it's to no avail.

We cannot staff every game every night, we can't force the coach to get us the information, and in this age of technology, with e-mails, FAX machines, telephones, and even snail mail, it is hard to conceive why a coach could not get us the game information.

In addition, there's a growing trend of more and more absentee coaches, who have regular day jobs and do not teach at the schools where they coach, making it harder for them to communicate with us.

We work hard to cover as many area high school sporting events as we can, and if we receive the information, it is guaranteed to run on these pages.

As I've stated many times before, we build student/athlete scrap books. It's one of our missions.

Wednesday morning I received a voice mail from an unidentified and concerned woman asking why we haven't been reporting on her school's football and volleyball games. She was still talking when the recorder clicked off so I do not know if she left me a phone number, or her name. I appreciate and completely understand her call.

Parents and fans, if you're not seeing the results of your team's games on these pages, please talk to the coach in question. We all agree coaches have a very tough job to do, but one of those duties should be to provide the media with information about their games to the benefit of the players, parents, fans, schools, and communities.

And to the many coaches who faithfully report their game statistics - win or lose - we thank you from the bottom of our heart.

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