Question: I continue to be astounded by the lack of coverage in the media given to Union Mine High School. UM's football team will be playing Grant this week for the Section II championship, and if you were to believe The Bee, the winner has already been determined. I know Grant is a powerhouse, but they have been for years. Where is the story in that? I invite you to visit the sleepy little town of El Dorado and come by UM. This year's senior class is really special. Not only do they have an excellent football team (as juniors they were in the section playoffs), they have an outstanding basketball team. Remember their "cagers" were in the Division III final four last year and lost to St. Mary's. This year they are sure to be the Sacramento area's top Division III preseason favorite. I've followed these kids since they were 7-year-olds playing soccer, through their middle school years playing basketball, Little League, and NCSA football, and now into high school. They are not only outstanding athletes, they are excellent students and all-around great kids. Please come up and have a look.
- Ric Williams
Answer: One of the frustrating aspects of covering a huge area and so many schools, is that we can only scratch the surface of what so many of these fine programs offer. But you'll be happy to know we have a feature running Friday on the Diamondback footballers, and we will cover the game Friday night. Of course, the Diamondbacks would get statewide recognition with an upset of the state's No. 3 team.
- Bill Paterson