Question: While I'm not a huge sports page reader, I do browse for local information, as I know many of the kids in my town who play sports. In the
Tuesday April 24, 2007, the Preps Plus page listed "Who's Hot?"
showing a look at the area's top performers. In the high school
women's soccer list, there is not one player from Davis High listed
in spite of at least two of this year's DHS players scoring in or
above the range you show. Mari Egan has 25 goals and Julie Gallaudet
has 22 goals. Yet you list players from other area schools such as Vanden, Vacaville and Dixon.
So what's up with that? I find this to be a common problem in the Bee in general. Often local coverage of Rocklin or Lincoln or Placer or Colfax makes the newspaper, but very little from Yolo County. I've never figured out why that is and over the years I have written and asked, but never got a reply. This time it seems particularly bizzare to me because if you really did a
story on the top women's soccer players at local high school, you'd
be hard-pressed to miss these Davis High players. Is there an explanation for this strange pattern?
- Cynthia Goldberg, Davis
Answer: We have a cooperative agreement with Maxpreps.com to provide our spring stats for girls soccer, baseball and softball. Most coaches participate and input their results. However, a few do not, including the girls soccer coach at Davis.
For some coaches it's a philosophical issue. They don't want their players to focus their attention on stats and/or they worry about other coaches scouting them through their statistical reports. In some cases, it's a matter of time constraints. A coach can't find the time or a parent volunteer to do it. As for the coverage of Yolo County schools, we certainly aren't trying to ignore or exclude their accomplishments, and I agree we can always do better. But with limited resources and the growing number of schools and sports, it sometimes comes down to the coaches who are the most proactive in keeping us informed of what's happening with their teams that get the coverage. Also, until this school year, much of the high school sports staff focused its energies in the regional editions, which are published in Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento counties.
At one time, when our regional publications were known as Neighbors, we had a Yolo County edition that extensively covered the sports programs at Davis, Woodland, River City and Winters. But that edition was dropped many years ago as our focus shifted to the heavy growth taking place in Elk Grove and south Placer County.
- Bill Paterson