Vaught's Views: We depend on coaches' help

December 21, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Often I'm asked by concerned parents, players and/or fans why results of a particular game or match are not in the newspaper.

The answer is easy - the results are not reported.

Trust me, no one wants the results of every area high school sports contest in the newspaper more than our sports department. But it is also physically impossible for us to be at every game involving nine high schools.

That's why we depend on coaches to report those results. When they don't, the results are not available for you to see.

The next question is always why don't coaches report. I wish I knew.

Sure, coaches are busy, but so is everyone else, and making sure game results are reported to media outlets is a part of every coach's duties. If a coach doesn't want to make the call, then simply let an assistant coach handle those duties whether it is calling us, another newspaper or TV stations.


Lincoln's Kolasa always calls

On a recent day, six area high school basketball teams played in tournament games. Only one coach - Lincoln County girls coach John Kolasa - reported the results. Even though his team lost by a big margin, Kolasa called just like he always does. He's as dependable as a morning sunrise. Win or lose, Kolasa calls.

We try to make it easy for coaches to call. We have voice mail, e-mail and a fax machine. All are available 24 hours a day. Coaches can also call the sports department between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday or from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

One thing I know is that players, parents and fans want to read those results. It doesn't matter if a team won or lost. Every game is important to the participants.

Coaches in some sports report games better than others. Danville wrestling coach Jeff Selby knows he has to report results to publicize his team because he has the only wrestling team in the area. He always reports.

Boyle County and Danville swim coaches make sure their results are here. Football coaches regularly call.

Coaches in other sports are more hit and miss. Some call every time, some seldom call. Some call after wins, but never losses.

High school sports are important to us

High school sports are important to us. Writers Mike Marsee, Hal Morris and Marty Warren regularly cover games in every sport. Photographers Clay Jackson and Edwin Findley are at games several nights a week.

We understand the significance of high school sports coverage and what it means to the athletes to be able to read about their accomplishment. We also understand that others want to read about their feats even if they are not at the games to watch the teams play.

So the next time you are looking for results of a game in the newspaper and don't see anything about it, take time to ask the coach if he or she reported the game by the deadlines that we have. I can guarantee you the answer will be no. If it's not, let me know and I'll find out what happened.

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