Sports brings out the best and the worst in many people. For some reason, it seems that the relevance of a sport is lost and the desire to win prevails at all costs.
Last week, I wrote an article regarding the junior high football programs in the county. The article focused mainly on the Helper Junior High team because they had just competed in their final game of the year. Mont Harmon whom Helper played did win the game and this point was brought up in the article, but because the main focus of the piece was not directed toward the winning team, we were flooded with complaints.
Since Mont Harmon had one more game on their roster, I felt that I could focus on this team specifically this week and focus on what an outstanding season the team has had. But after being bombarded with complaints for last week's article, I feel a little awkward doing so.
In the previous article, I emphasized just what a class act the Mont Harmon football team is by inviting Helper to compete on the Pirate team during their final game of the season. This offer was made to allow students to join forces just as they will when the reach Carbon High.
I have heard several different stories on how this offer was accepted. Regardless, the gesture was honorable and I believe that acts such as these go beyond the realm of sports. Acts like this makes a team a winner, not a final score or region standing. Many in the community seem to disagree however.
The majority of complaints we received were about the newspaper not shining the light on the Mont Harmon teams winning record. Yes these kids have accomplished a lot and deserve recognition. That is exactly what we are going to give them this week. For many however, one article was not acceptable because it focused more on an admirable gesture than a winning record.
There are two junior high teams in the county. The newspaper staff regrets not covering the teams as well as we should have this year, but we recognize the need for improvements and intend to do so.
Helper Junior High's football team had not had any press all season until last week. Because we covered the team, it seems that the county is divided. The Sun Advocate wants to do the opposite, we want to unite a community and if we can do so by sports, then we will. In order for us to accomplish this we must also have the support of the community, including athletes, coaches and parents who represent one team or another.
In the end, we are all Carbonites and we will all cheer for the same athletes once they get to high school.