Blanchard River Buzz

A blog for rabid sports fans in the Findlay Area. Maintained by Findlay Courier sports writer Jamie Baker. The opinions expressed are my own crazed ramblings and not those of my employer the Findlay Publishing Company and its subsidiaries.

Monday, April 23, 2007

My Softball Rant

It’s been awhile since I put together a good, solid rant.
Here goes.
One of the things we do in the spring, every spring, is put together a list of baseball and softball leaders for each Saturday morning’s newspaper.
We fax and email each area baseball and softball coach and we even run a notice in the newspaper telling area coaches we would be more than happy to run their stats in the newspaper each Saturday morning. If that isn’t enough, when they call in their games we remind them to send us their stats each week.
Guess how many area softball coaches reported their stats last week? Well, we got a whopping total of 7 stats for the 30 schools that we cover.
That’s totally ridiculous and unacceptable,
Any coach worth their salt has stats that are at least semi updated each week. I’m not sure what to think anymore. Are they too busy to send in stats, incapable of figuring them out or do they just don’t care or take the sport seriously?
I don’t know what the answer is but the baseball coaches don’t seem to have much of a problem sending their stuff in.
I’m beginning to believe if they don’t care why should we.

NOTEWORTHY: Helms and Sons out of Findlay was awarded the contract to put in Field Turf at Donnell STadium at a cost of $681,000. The project was rebid last week as the Donnell Foundation wanted to make sure "Field Turf" was installed instead of some knockoff artificial surface. It's too bad the outdated track at Donnell will stay.

Monday’s Baseball Scores
liberty-benton 8, arcadia 1
Liberty-Benton 411 000 2 — 8 11 0
Arcadia 000 000 1 — 1 2 4
WP — Lieb. LP — Kirian (3-1). top hitters: (L-B) Pasche 3-1B, 2 RBI; Koenig 2-1B, 2B. (Arc) Huffman 3B.
records: Arcadia 7-6 overall, 3-1 Blanchard Valley Conference.

arlington 3, mccomb 0
McComb 000 000 0 — 0 0 3
Arlington 210 000 x — 3 2 3
WP — Gast (2-0). LP — Phillips. top hitters: (Arl) Morehart 1B, REBI.
records: McComb 2-9 overall, 0-3 Blanchard Valley Conference. Arlington 6-2, 3-2.

van buren 20, hardin northern 0
Hardin Northern 000 00 — 0 3 1
Van Buren 265 7x — 20 17 1
WP — Herr (1-0). LP — Albert (0-3). top hitters: (VB) Tropf 2-2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Greer 2-2B, RBI, Stoffel 2-1B, RBI; Ma. Frazier 2B, 1B, 2 RBI; Pate 3B; Herr 2B, 2 RBI; Mi. Frazier 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Hardin Northern 2-9 overall, 0-4 Blanchard Valley Conference. Van Buren 10-3, 4-0.

CORY-RAWSON 4, VANLUE 0
Vanlue 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
Cory-Rawson 011 002 x — 4 7 0
WP — Caskie (2-1). LP — Alfred (2-2). top hitters: (Van) Lee & Kloepfer 2-1B. (C-R) Caskie 2B; Welch 1B, RBI; Michael 1B, 2-2B; Anderson 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Cory-Rawson 7-5 overall, 2-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Vanlue 10-5, 2-3.

Genoa 8, elmwood 6
Genoa 106 100 0 — 8 11 1
Elmwood 140 000 1 — 6 8 0
WP — Bassitt. LP — Rothenbuhler (4-2). top hitters: (Elm) Ben Hammer 2 HR, 3 RBI; John Aurand 2B, 2-1B, RBI.
records: Elmwood 12-5 overall, 3-2 Suburban Lakes League; Genoa 5-0.

north baltimore 10, hopewell-loudon 6
Hopewell-Loudon 012 030 0 — 6 9 2
North Baltimore 200 233 x— 10 9 0
WP — Cole (2-1). LP — Schalk (1-2). top hitters: (H-L) Z. Yost HR, 2 RBI; Schalk 1B, 2B, RBI; Clouse 3-1B. (NB) Emgard 1B, 2B, HR, 4 RBI; Cole 1B, HR, 3 RBI; Wymer HR, 2 RBI; Benedict 2-2B, RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 7-4 overall, 1-2 Midland Athletic League. North Baltimore 4-9, 2-2.

Fremont st. joseph 20, st. wendelin 1
Fostoria St. Wendelin 100 00 — 1 4 7
Fremont St. Joseph 945 2x — 20 20 0
WP — Mills. LP — Reiter (0-2). top hitters: (FSW) Smith 1B, HR, RBI; Stuby 2B. (FSJ) Lewis HR, 1B, 5 RBI; Barbour 1B, 2-2B, 5 RBI; Mills 3-1B, 2 RBI; Gray 3-1B, 2 RBI; Rusher 2B, 2-1B; Crocket 2B, 3B.
records: Fostoria St. Wendelin 4-8, 0-2 Midland Athletic League. Fremont St. Joseph 12-5, 4-0.

New Riegel 7, Bettsville 3
Bettsville 000 012 0 — 3 3 3
New Riegel 012 004 x — 7 11 2
WP — Williams (2-2). LP — Hartsel. top hitters: (NR) Wagner 2-1B, 2 RBI; Mack 2B, 1B; Theis 2-1B, RBI; Wertz 2-1B, RBI. (Betts) Hull 2-1B.
records: New Riegel 8-6 overall, 3-1 Midland Athletic League.

miller city 7, continental 1
Miller City 014 020 0 — 7 11 1
Continental 001 000 0 — 1 4 1
WP — Hermiller. LP — Louiselle. top hitters: (MC) Vennekotter 1B, 2B; Meyer 2-2B; Pester 2-1B.
records: Miller City 6-7 overall, 3-3 Putnam County League. Continental 0-14, 0-5.

fort jennings 2, ottoville 0
Fort Jennings 000 110 0 — 2 5 0
Ottoville 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
WP — Weber (2-0). LP — Gasser. top hitters: (FJ) A. Chandler 1B, RBI; Kloeppel RBI; S. Chandler, Horstman, Krietmeyer 1B. (Otto) Looser, koch, Miller & Wurst 1B.
records: Fort Jennings 5-4 overall, 2-1 Putnam County League.

PATRICK HENRY 4, DELTA 2
Delta 000 0101 — 2 3 3
Patrick Henry 011 002 x — 4 7 1
WP — Nate Wilheml (3-0). LP — Vaughn. top hitters: (Del) Kelsey 2B. (PH) Kyle Reese 2-1B; Austin Bower 2B, RBI; Cody Meyer 2-1B, RBI.
records: Patrick Henry 12-4 overall, 2-1 Northwest Ohio Athletic League. Delta 3-1 NWOAL.

bucyrus 14, riverdale 0
Riverdale 000 000 — 0 2 7
Bucyrus 002 10(11) — 14 12 0
WP — Draper. top hitters: (Riv) M. Weber & Draper 1B.

PaulDing 4, Ada 3
Paulding 100 101 1 — 4 5 2
Ada 000 003 0 — 3 10 2
WP — Riley. LP — Allen (6-2). top hitters: (Paul) Sholl 3B; Riley 2B; Stoller 2B; Rocha 1B, RBI; Philpot 1B, RBI. (Ada) Sheldon 3-1B; Pedersen 2-1B, 2 RBI; Rouch 2-1B, RBI; Allen 1B, RBI; Bingman 1B, RBI.
records: Ada 11-2 overall, 3-2 Northwest Conference; Paulding 5-10, 2-1.

bluffton 7, spencerville 3
Bluffton 000 230 2 — 7 9 3
Spencerville 201 000 0 — 3 5 2
WP — Wietholter (3-1). LP — Keysor. top hitters: (Bl) Wietholter 3-1B, 2 RBI; Keeler 2B, 2-1B, 3 RBI. (Spen) Wiechart HR, 2 RBI.
records: Bluffton 5-4 overall, 2-2 Northwest Conference. Spencerville 4-5 overall.

ayersville 2, kalida 0
Kalida 000 000 0 — 0 5 0
Ayersville 001 010 x — 2 4 0
WP — Zachrich. LP — Basinger (1-1). top hitters: (Kal) Birkemeier 2-1B; Vonderembse, Rampe & Maag 1B. (Ayer) Fritz 2B, RBI; Cell 2B, RBI.
records: Kalida 8-4, Ayersville 14-3.

findlay 7, lima shawnee 5
Findlay 101 005 0 — 7 6 3
Lima Shawnee 003 002 0 — 5 8 1
WP — Armand (1-1). LP — Kopilchack. top hitters: (Fin) Corbin 2B, HR, RBI; Mowery 2B, RBI; Bjorling 1B, 2 RBI. (LS) Caprella 2-1B; Andes 2B.
records: Findlay 6-5, Lima Shawnee 12-6.

findlay jv 11, lima shawnee 5
Findlay 020 603 0 — 11 11 0
Shawnee 102 100 1 — 5 8 2
WP — Clay (1-2). LP — Anderson. top hitters: (Fin) Gilts 3B, 1B, 4 RBI; Craft 1B, 2 RBI; Arredondo 2-1B, RBI.
records: Findlay 6-4.

Other Baseball Scores
Allen East 5, Waynesfield 2
Anthony Wayne 6, Bowling Green 4
Archbold 6, Montpelier 5
Ashland Mapleton 12, Monroeville 1
Bellevue 4, Norwalk 3
Buckeye Central 7, Ontario 5
Cardinal Stritch 15, Toledo Woodward 0
Convoy Crestview 14, Lincolnview 4
Defiance 8, Fairview 7
Edon 10, Hilltop 4
Elida 15, Leipsic 3
Evergreen 10, Wauseon 0
Gibsonburg 8, Otsego 6
Hicksville 4, Wayne Trace 1
Lake 3, Lakota 2
Margaretta 4, Edison 2
Maumee 3, Sylvania Southview 1
Mohawk 8, Tiffin Calvert 4
New London 10, South Central 0
Norwalk St. Paul 11, Plymouth 10
Oak Harbor 15, Huron 5
Oregon Clay 11, Toledo Start 1
Perrysburg 13, Springfield 3
Pettisville 6, Stryker 3
Port Clinton 6, Sandusky St. Mary’s 2
St. Henry 6, New Bremen 3
Sandusky Perkins 9, Clyde 0
Sylvania Northview 13, Rossford 5
Tiffin Columbian 5, Galion 3
Toledo Bowsher 30, Toledo Scott 0
Toledo Christian 6, Liberty Center 3
Toledo Libbey 10, Toledo Woodward 7
Toledo St Francis 13, Toledo Waite 2
Toledo St. John’s 24, Toledo Rogers 1
Western Reserve 7, Ashland Crestview 4
Wynford 12, Lucas 2

Monday's Softball Scores
LEIPSIC 1, Pandora-Gilboa 0
Pandora-Gilboa 000 000 0 — 0 0 3
Leipsic 000 000 1 — 1 2 0
WP — Dani Mangas (4-9). LP — Basinger. top hitters: B. Schroeder 1B; Dana Mangas 1B.
records: Leipsic 4-11 overall, 1-1 PCL, 2-3 BVC.

arlington 3, mccomb 2
McComb 020 000 0 — 2 2 4
Arlington 100 000 2 — 3 7 4
WP — Rettig (3-1). LP — Wells. top hitters: (McC) Metzger 2-1B. (Arl) Glick 2-1B, RBI; Rettig 1B, RBI.
records: Arlington 8-5 overall, 2-4 Blanchard Valley Conference.

Van Buren 2, Hardin Northern 1
Hardin Northern 000 000 100 0— 1 5 3
Van Buren 000 100 000 1— 2 3 1
WP — Burke (7-4). LP — Messmer (8-5). top hitters: (VB) Meyer 1B; Wood 1B; Thornton 1B. (HN) Parsons 2-1B; Price 1B, RBI; Kr. Marquart 1B; Flowers 1B.
records: Van Buren 7-5 overall, 4-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Hardin Northern 9-5, 3-1.

vanlue 8, cory-rawson 3
Vanlue 110 033 0 — 8 9 5
Cory-Rawson 100 011 0 — 3 5 10
WP — Simon (4-3). LP — Bosse (3-5). top hitters: (Van) Hagerty 2-1B, RBI; Simon 2-1B, 2 RBI; Willard 2-1B; Thomas 2-1B. (C-R) Bosse 2-1B, RBI.
records: Vanlue 6-4 overall, 2-2 Blanchard Valley Conference. Cory-Rawson 5-6 overall, 1-4.

liberty-benton 5, arcadia 2
Liberty-Benton 002 010 2 — 5 8 0
Arcadia 000 100 1 — 2 7 4
WP — Dean (3-5). LP — Boes (3-5). top hitters: (L-B) Piper 2B, 1B; Harpst 2B, 3B; Meadows 2-1B. (Arc) Johnson 2B, 1B, RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 5-9 overall, 3-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 4-9, 2-2.

Genoa 2, Elmwood 0
Elmwood 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
Genoa 110 000 x — 2 6 1
WP — Szypka. LP — Dauterman. top hitters: (Gen) Talmage 2-2B; Susor 2B. (Elm) M. Morgart 2B.
records: Elmwood 11-5 overall, 3-1 Suburban Lakes League; Genoa 12-0, 6-0.

new riegel 20, bettsville 0
Bettsville 000 00 — 0 0 4
New Riegel 466 4x — 20 10 0
WP — T. Mathias (5-0). LP — Hunker. top hitters: (NR) J. Mathias 2-1B, 3 RBI; Borer, Orians, Hughes, T. Mathias 1B, RBI; Kelbley 2-1B, 2 RBI.
records: New Riegel 13-3 overall, 3-1 Midland Athletic League; Bettsville 0-12, 0-4.

hopewell-loudon 11, north baltimore 4
Hopewell-Loudon 001 042 4 — 11 10 1
North Baltimore 000 301 0 — 4 8 10
WP — Smith (3-1). LP — Trevino (4-2). top hitters: (H-L) Smith 3B, RBI; Kapelka 3B, 1B, RBI; Richey 2B, 2-1B, 2 RBI; Brickner 2B. (NB) Trevino 1B, 2B, 3 RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 7-2 overall, 3-1 Midland Athletic League. North Baltimore 6-4, 3-1.

Fostoria st. wendelin 9, st. joseph 7
Fostoria St. Wendelin 200 041 2 — 9 10 1
Fremont St. Joseph 103 030 0 — 7 7 2
WP — Molyet (4-3). LP — Engemon. top hitters: (FSW) Schiefer 2B, 3 RBI; Geroski 3-1B, 2 RBI; Rutter 2-1B, RBI. (FSJ) Chudzynski 2-2B, 2 RBI; Walters 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Fostoria St. Wendelin 7-4 overall, 2-1 Midland Athletic League. Fremont St. Joseph 2-9, 1-3.

Carey 11, old fort 0
Carey 100 424 — 11 10 0
Old Fort 000 000 — 0 3 3
WP — Nalle (6-1). LP — Guth. top hitters: (Car) Holsinger 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Walter 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; Harley 2B, RBI.
records: Carey 13-2 overall, 6-0 Midland Athletic League.

Miller City 2, Ottoville 0
Ottoville 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
Miller City 200 000 x — 2 6 1
WP — Brown (6-1). LP — Miller (3-5). top hitters: (MC) Averesch 2-1B; Griggs 2B, RBI. (Otto) Hohlbein 1B.
records: Miller City 7-1 overall, 3-0 Putnam County League; Ottoville 3-6, 0-2.

ottawa-glandorf 10, liberty center 5
Liberty Center 100 021 1 — 5 -- --
Ottawa-Glandorf 020 521 x — 10 -- --
WP — Tousley (4-8). LP — Meister.
records: Ottawa-Glandorf 4-9.

Fostoria Senior 1, Upper Sandusky 0
Fostoria Senior 000 000 1 — 1 8 1
Upper Sandusky 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
WP — Seel. LP — Wetherell. top hitters: (Fos) Mora 3-1B; Cousin 2-1B. (US) Linhart 2B; Howard 2B.
records: Fostoria Senior 10-9 overall, 4-4 Northern Ohio League; Upper Sandusky 9-6, 5-4.

columbus grove 6, lima central cath. 2
Columbus Grove 010 041 0 — 6 8 1
Lima Central Catholic 001 001 0 — 2 7 0
WP — Bartz (3-4). LP — Patton. top hitters: (CG) Birkemeier 2-1B; Schroeder 2-1B, RBI. (LCC) Hoffman 2-1B; Diglio 2-1B.
records: Columbus Grove 3-4 overall, 2-2 Northwest Conference; Lima Central Catholic 0-7 overall.

paulding 12, ada 6
Paulding 005 006 1 — 12 15 5
Ada 005 001 0 — 6 5 3
WP — K. Carnahan. LP — Jenkins. top hitters: (Paul) Hornish 4-1B; Adams 2-1B, 3B; Simpson 2-1B, RBI; J. Carnahan 2-1B, RBI. (Ada) Fullom 2-1B, 2 RBI; Sibert 1B, RBI; Jenkins 1B, RBI.
records: Paulding 5-6 overall, 3-1 Northwest Conference. Ada 5-9, 2-3.

bucyrus 11, riverdale 5
Bucyrus 002 702 0 — 11 14 --
Riverdale 002 110 1 — 5 8 --
WP — Hargro. LP — Ke. Kotterman.

Other Softball Scores
Anthony Wayne 10, Bowling Green 1
Archbold 13, Montpelier 1
Ashland Crestview 10, Western Reserve 0
Ashland Mapleton 2, Monroeville 0
Bellevue 5, Norwalk 0
Buckeye Central 9, Ontario 2
Cardington 23, Mansfield St. Peter’s 15
Convoy Crestview 2, Lincolnview 0
Crestline 2, Colonel Crawford 1
Delta 6, Patrick Henry 0
Eastwood 13, Fremont St. Joseph 3
Elida 8, Parkway 5
Emmanuel Baptist 12, Toledo Rogers 2
Evergreen 10, Wauseon 3
Gibsonburg 1, Otsego 0
Jeromesville Hillsdale 8, Ashland 4
Lakota 14, Lake 4
Lexington 8, Orrville 3
Lucas 7, Wynford 4
Margaretta 10, Edison 3
Marion Harding 23, Mansfield Senior 0
Mohawk 18, Tiffin Calvert 1
New London 7, South Central 0
Oak Harbor 1, Huron 0
Oregon Clay 5, Fremont Ross 0
Perrysburg 10-4, Bowsher 0-2
Port Clinton 7, Sandusky St. Mary’s 0
Rossford 4, Sylvania Northview 0
Sandusky 10, Lima Sr. 0
Sandusky Perkins 10, Clyde 0
Springfield 6, Perrysburg 4
Sylvania Southview 7, Maumee 4
Tiffin Columbian 9, Galion 2
Willard 11, Shelby 8
Woodlan, Ind. 15, Wayne Trace 2

13 Comments:

  • At 11:27 AM, Anonymous John said…

    Agree with you, Jamie.

    All I can say is, thank goodness for Jeff Garber of the MAL. He somehow gets the baseball and softball coaches (the vast majority, any way) to send him their stats on a weekly basis, so he can compile them and ship them out to the media and other interested parties. I wish other leagues did the same.

    And since we're ranting, why can't coaches get the first names for the opposing players. Heck, I even have some coaches who don't give their own players' first names when they turn in game results.

    Note to parents: If you think your kid's team gets minimal or no coverage in the paper, the above is probably reason No. 1.

    Having worked for the Courier in the past and still working in the sports writing world, it is NOT our job to look up the first names when we're working and your team's coach faxes in a partial box score 10 minutes before deadline and calls the next day to complain about not seeing a write-up in the paper.

    If you want a good example of how to do it, talk to New Riegel softball coach Jamie Lininger or Elmwood softball coach Matt Hoiles.

     
  • At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Have they gave a reason the track is staying?

     
  • At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    While I agree that the coaches should do a better job reporting info to the paper. Let me give you some possible reasons why they don't.
    There is that perception that all the sports departments do is sit there at night waiting for the phone to ring. Why not personally cover more games?
    Secondly, look around, how many coaches are in their first and second years? There is a real shortage of quality softball coaches. Most are roped into doing it because there would be no program without them. The last thing they want to do after a game is compile statistics.
    Another reason, and this is something that's always bothered me as a coach, everyone gets too wrapped up in individual stats. Coaches preach team, team, team to the players, yet three kids get their name in the paper all the time. I know I've declined giving individual stats for some of the little league tournaments because I don't like to single out one kid in a team victory.
    Finally, first names. Isn't there a roster of players for each school in a databank at the paper? I know the football and basketball tabs name most of the key players from the schools covered. It rubs people the wrong way when you blame them for not providing information you already have. Hope this rant wasn't too bad, just thought I'd give some possible thoughts from the other side.

    JDee

     
  • At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, another thing I'd like to mention. My son plays in a baseball league that has a web site where coaches update the statistics. The software does the calculation so it's pretty easy to use. What if there was something like this at the paper, where coaches would just log on to a web site, put the stats in from that game and the totals would be calculated. You'd have a continous update of stats, so all the coaches would do is update game to game. Just an idea.

    JDee

     
  • At 3:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jdee I have to agree with you. Instead of waiting for the coaches to call, how about calling the coaches? That would at least show some interest and make them seem like reporteres instaed of waiting to be spoon fed.

     
  • At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    No, that's not what I meant. Most people don't realize how much busy a sports dept. is. I just said there is that perception out there. No, the reporters should not have to call coaches to get the info. My point is you have to make is as easy and convenient as possible. One solution is that if the coach does not want the responsibility of getting info to the paper, is to appoint a team parent to do this.

    JDee

     
  • At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why should the coaches have to call in the scores? There job is to coach, not to do the job of the reporter. To whine that nobody calls in scores is amazing. If you need a score, call the coach or assistant coach. How hard is that?

     
  • At 9:38 AM, Blogger --J-- said…

    Wow, I didn't think this post would mushroom into anything of note.

    They haven't given a reason why the track at Donnell is staying. Personally I think it should go but I'm not sitting atop that pile of Donnell Foundation dough.

    As for getting out and covering games in the spring. We will once the tournament gets underway and league races will be decided.
    There are 2 factors to consider though...

    TIME
    Take Monday for example. There were 20 baseball and 20 softball games on the schedule. We had a 3-man staff. One edits and puts the stories on the pages and the other two are responsible for taking the 40 games in essentially a 4-hour window and writing them. Plus one of us had to write a column and work on getting everything for the Prep Extra page done.

    Also there are also other things to do like tennis other local sports to write up as well. Not to mention advance prep work we do like making sure we get the sectional pairings this weekend, responding to reader emails, writing and planning future stories.

    SPACE
    In Monday's paper it was just about all local sports (5 pages) except for a baseball roundup and Cavs story. Let's face it newspapers are in the business of making money. Extra space costs more money and if the advertising revenue doesn't cover the added space then who can blame a newspaper for not having more space? We usually have 3 pages a day and most of that space is alotted to local sports.

     
  • At 9:49 AM, Blogger --J-- said…

    Yes, it is the coach's responsibility to call the games into the media. That's part of the job and any athletic director will tell you that's one of the things they require from his or her coaches.

    The OHSAA has a pamphlet for schools called "Working with the media" good guidelines for coaches to follow.

    As for compiling stats online. Good idea JDee. Actually, we'll probably be upgrading the Courier sports website before the next school year. We are proposing to have a site for each school in our area with team rosters, schedules, results etc probably to start next school year.

     
  • At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hope keeping the track does not mess up the idea of making the stadium a better venue.

     
  • At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great idea with the web site, that will be great. As for coaching calling in stats. It's like you dreaming of 10 sports pages, nice idea but not realistic. Most schools are lucky to get someone to just coach the team. It's not like people are standing in line to coach high school track, baseball or softball.

    JDee

     
  • At 12:49 PM, Anonymous John said…

    JDee,
    I would love to see some sort of Web site set up where coaches would send in their results so they could easily accessible. The problem is, the same coaches who don't report their game stuff now probably won't update their team's info on the Web site.

    And, yes, many (not all) newspapers have rosters for spring sports teams.

    But there are problems:
    * Which "Smith" kid did what. Hopewell-Loudon has twin girls — Carrie and Courtney Ritzler — on the track team. Their coaches do a pretty good job of at least putting Ca. and Co. Ritzler in the results, but other schools sometimes just list Ritzler or event C. Ritzler.

    * Time. Again, as Jamie said, time is a big factor when you're working on a deadline. It may not seem like much, but looking up names takes a while and that's time I could be using to write about the event. As an example, Mohawk, St. Wendelin and Bettsville had a track meet Monday. I spent about 30 minutes tracking down the first names of every kid (boys and girls) in the meet before writing the story. And that doesn't include fielding calls from coaches.

    * Space. I know, every parent and coach would like every player who did something in a game or meet to get mentioned in the story. A lack of space prevents this, but they do get in the box score agate section (if a paper offers that). It may not seem like much, but if everyone got in the paper, stories and write-ups would be HUGE and the sports department would need at least twice as many pages. That sounds nice, powers that be at newspapers will not let that happen unles the ads are WAY, WAY up.

    Don't get me wrong, JDee. Many coaches go the extra mile and provide full names and all the info. But the ones who call in at deadline with the ever-so-popular line "I've got a score to report" (usually a JV or junior high coach reporting something from a day or two ago) always gain a special place in sports writer's heart.

    JDee, if you're one of the coaches who takes the time and effort to report everything, thank you. We need more like you.

     
  • At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    john,

    Yes, I'm sure the same ones could probably care less that anything is in the paper. Again, it's not a high priority and it's tough for a school to make it a priority when they feel fortunate to even find a coach.
    I've already made my plea to jamie for box scores. You can see much more of what happened in a full box score than a line score. If your worried about space, don't even write a paragraph about the game, just put the box score in. A full baseball box scores are in USA Today everyday and take up only a 1/2 page.

    JDee

     

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