Question: Is there a way that high school freshman and junior varsity football results could be published in The Bee? Countless youth participate daily in character building sports and receive little or no recognition compared to juvenile delinquents committing crimes in our community. A monthly summary or coverage of key games would be great.
-- Chuck Moore, Sacramento
Answer: Unfortunately with space and staff limitations, we face a constant battle just to try to keep pace with the 75 varsity football programs in our coverage area.. This area continues to grow by leaps and bounds and new high schools are added every year. While I agree that getting recognized in the newspaper or on television is a nice bonus, kids don't play for the publicity. They play because it's fun, a chance to be part of a team and an opportunity to represent their school.
Question: When will people start taking notice and show Valley High School some respect? They have had more players go to a D-I college than any other school in the Elk Grove area.
-- Martin Reynaga, Sacramento
Answer: We live in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world and the Vikings haven't been able to win the key games, especially in league, despite their illustrious history.
The opening of a number of new schools in the Elk Grove area and a period of coaching instability at the South Sacramento school have combined to hurt the once-formidable program. During one stretch, Valley had six head coaches in seven seasons. Chris Oswald, now in his fifth season, has produced stability but not wins. His record entering the season is 11-28-1, though the Vikings have won their first two games this year. If the Vikings can land one of the three playoff berths in the very tough Delta Valley Conference this season, they will get plenty of respect.
Question: Something that has always bothered me is the lack of coverage that Grant High School football gets. Grant has put out some awesome talent. Give them some love. Don't overlook them this year.
--Mike Pina, Sacramento
Answer: No one is overlooking the Pacers this year. They may have one of the most talented teams in their already marvelous history and have moved up to No. 5 in the state.
On the contrary, some already are taking us to take for giving the Pacers too much coverage in comparison with the other top schools in the area (can you say Nevada Union?).
In the past several weeks, both in the Regional section and the main Sports section, we have had several sizable articles about the Pacers. Some Grant fans criticized us for not covering the Pacers game against Valley Christian in San Jose. While it was an important contest, we had several key games going on in our own back yard that deserved coverage.