|One Last Point: Fall sports coverage|
|Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer|
|August 28, 2013 12:04 am|
With the onset of September comes the beginning of fall sports.
Cross country, football, soccer and volleyball will soon fill the pages of the Curry Coastal Pilot with some of the greatest sports action ever — in Brookings.
The girls’ soccer team had its preview last week, football runs today and boys’ soccer, cheerleading, cross country and volleyball will follow before the season starts.
Fall sports present a number of challenges for the sports staff of any newspaper, and even more of a challenge for the Curry Coastal Pilot.
Most newspapers have to choose which high schools they will send a photographer or a writer to in order to get coverage of the games. Many times they will send a photographer to multiple games in the same night.
While the Pilot doesn’t have that much of an issue with multiple high schools — we only cover Brookings-Harbor High School and Gold Beach High School — we do have an issue with having only one photographer/writer/editor in the sports department.
Because it is a one-man department, I’m limited in what I can cover.
Varsity sports come first, with Saturday’s edition being primarily devoted to Friday night’s football game, the fish report and some coverage of Thursday’s volleyball and soccer games.
Wednesday’s edition is filled with Tuesday’s soccer and volleyball games and cross country meets.
Next is junior varsity sports which don’t see a lot of newsprint because they compete at the same time as the varsity teams. Finally comes area youth sports with specific attention paid to stories that come with photos and information attached.
I understand that fans and parents of the junior varsity and youth athletes want to see their kids in the paper: I would like to have the time to cover them, but I don’t.
That will allow me to get recognition to the athletes who deserve it.