Posted by Bitter Much? on February 24, 2017 at 08:19:55:
In Reply to: Simple Solution posted by Doesn't take a genius! on February 23, 2017 at 21:14:22:
: Pretty logical that those "big name schools" aka "transfer happy -best team $$$ can buy schools" will last longer in the playoffs. Early round coverage should go to the smaller schools who may only get a round or 2. Promote "Girls Basketball" not just the so called ELITE teams.
: Then you go cover the later round match-ups in the upper divisions.
: I agree however that they need to spread the wealth around. Any coach can coach up a recruited "All star" team. Not that hard. Play typical club ball where you press, play pressure D, and just fast break and shoot 3's. The athletes will win 90% of the time.
: I did like the Cleveland / HW article however. Great idea! Thats the type of stuff that promotes "Girls Basketball" at its core......not the win at all costs schools who claim to be "Christian" but lie and cheat regularly for their athletic programs.
: : : : : : : : : Why is it that ONLY the cheating/recruiting schools get coverage? Viewpoint and Heritage Christian had great wins last night and NOTHING! So sad -
: : : : : : : : : Always Sierra Cyn, HW, Alemany, Oaks and Village - The dirtiest recruiting teams in the valley.
: : : : : : : : :: I was at the Viewpoint game and it was a great win for them. Those girls played their hearts out - and were extremely happy with their victory. I saw a high degree of skill, passion and team work, non-D1 school notwithstanding.
: : : : : : : This isn't hard to figure out.
: : : : : : : They are looking for clicks - and big games generate them. I read the stories on HW, SC, Alemany/Nade because they are the top teams in the top divisions.
: : : : : : : It would be great if these other schools got more coverage, but they only have so many reporters to cover games.
: : : : : : : And actually, there was a good blog post on Heritage winning.
: : : : : : : Saturday, the Valencia-Oaks game will get a story - 1AA semi-final with two Top 10 teams. HW-Etiwanda will get a story - semi-final in Open. And then the two City Open semi-final games will get stories - ECR vs. Palisades and Granada vs. Fairfax.
: : : : : : : Over the next couple weeks, Village, Heritage, Grace Brethren will keep getting coverage as they are favored to win CIF and do well in state. As less teams are left playing, it opens up coverage.
: : : : : : : But the bottom line is more attention gets paid to the better teams.
: : : : : : : All the ones you mentioned as getting coverage are in their Top 10. This happens everywhere at every level.
: : : : : : : Not saying it is right, it's just the way it is.
: : : : : : : Grace is division freekin 6, that's like watching Park n Rec. Sorry, just keeping it real.
: : : : :
: : : : : It was just an example. Yes it is Div 6, but they are 25-2 with a good chance to win CIF.
: : : : : But Heritage is in a low division too.
: : : : : So is Village. Some would argue Viewpoint is too.
: : : : : Now you are getting into the "Open or nothing" area, and I don't subscribe to that.
: : : : : The original poster's point was other schools except the "big names" (or in their view the recruiters) should get coverage.
: : : : : You want DN to send someone out to a Park n Rec game in the middle of CIF champions period??? Bwahahahaha, I can't stop laughing on that one.
: : : : Up to Div 4, but not below that due to their limited resources.
: : : Again you missed my point.
: : : I didn't say they were or should cover the teams in lower divisions as long as their are teams alive in the upper divisions.
: : : My point was, in reply to original poster, that some of the lower teams will end up getting some coverage as they keep playing and other teams drop out.
: : : This would include Viewpoint, Thousand Oaks, Birmingham, Village Christian, Heritage Christian, and yes Grace Brethren. Not sure who else I may have missed.
: : : But as long as anyone in the Daily News Top 10 - Sierra, Alemany, HW, Chaminade, Valencia, ECR, Granada, Canyon, AV, Oaks - are still alive, they will get coverage first.
: : : Of those, 8 are still alive in playoffs (AV and Nade are out) and 9 are possibly going to State (Sierra, Alemany, HW, Nade, ECR, Granada already in, Valencia, Oaks, Canyon can still qualify).
: : : The only team completely done for the season is Antelope Valley (sorry, couldn't resist).
: : Couldn't resist on knocking AV again. It's so nice to come on the forum now and not have to go through the posting/boasting of the arrogant AV parents.
First of all I agree that the best stories are the ones like the HW-Cleveland one and the other "human interest" stuff they do. There was a good story about a volleyball player who lost her parents when she was 10 and how she coped with it. There was one last year about the boy's hoops player at Valencia that had heart trouble as a freshman and came back as a senior after a lot of rehad/hard work. I'm a sucker for that stuff. No doubt we will get some more next couple weeks.
However, I cannot support "spread the wealth around". No, no, no. And my kid went to a public school that didn't get a lot of girls hoops press.
But guess what? As Sondheimer tweeted the other day - Not everyone gets a trophy when they get to high school.
It's the same with coverage. The coverage isn't going to be fair for high school anymore than it is for college or the pros. Where is the coverage for Pierce or Moorpark JC sports? Not much CSUN coverage either. Why?
The answer is simple. People want to read about top teams, top players, top games.
I have been to a lot of girls basketball games over the last few years for my niece and daughter - both theirs and their friends.
How many have had big crowds? I'm talking nearly full, loud crowds. Who was playing?
Sierra vs. Chaminade or Alemany or Windward or HW
Chaminade vs. HW or Alemany or Oaks
El Camino vs. Granada Hills
Valencia vs. Canyon
Alemany vs. Sierra or Chaminade or HW
Or one of those SS teams in an Open Division game or State playoff game.
It's just what it is.
It's why USC and UCLA get covered and Pepperdine and LMU don't.
If you want coverage, have your coach send in the score and some stats. They will put it on the blog at least and tweet about it. Most people don't read the paper anyway.
And if you don't think that works - go to their blog and search for Louisville and look at all the girls basketball coverage they get on their. Same with Heritage and Grace Brethren this year. And Viewpoint.
Lastly, coverage is sport specific. Westlake volleyball and soccer gets a ton of coverage. Girl's hoops - zip. Royal soccer and water polo gets stories. Girl's hoops - crickets. The last couple of years Viewpoint has had several volleyball games covered. The only Chaminade volleyball games that were covered were because of who they were playing, not them. Chatsworth softball and baseball get coverage. No other sport there does. I can go on and on.
My advice - go enjoy your son/daughter/relative/friend/family/school play and cheer hard for them to win. High School sports, and most athletic careers are over way too fast. It took me way to long to figure that out.
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