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PJ's Perspective: Coverage issues this spring

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PJ's Perspective: Coverage issues this spring
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

I'll keep this brief. When you're done reading this you'll know why.

For student-athletes, coaches and administrators it's been a rough spring. The historically foul weather has wreaked havoc with spring sports. The sporadic schedule has made things tough on sports reporters, too.

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I've received a number of concerns from readers wondering why there hasn't been much coverage of their favorite team or sport in recent weeks.

One reason is, because of the bad weather, we went without high school sporting events for an unusual number of weeks. The spring season has essentially gone from eight weeks to four weeks. If the teams don't play, we can't really cover them.

Another reason is we have a limited amount of space in the paper. We have 22 varsity teams active in the area this spring, not to mention numerous other club sports and activities and many youth sports teams, all of which we would like to include in the newspaper. However, with the space allotted, we can't write stories about each team every week, no matter how hard we try.

We are working hard and trying to do the best with the space we have. We care very much about the quality of our coverage and about promoting the many wonderful achievements of our area athletes.

Our goal is to publish all the results of all of our area high school varsity teams in the paper each week. As for what sport or game is the subject of a full story, we'll decide what is most newsworthy each week and more on those subjects. We hope to touch on each team at some point.

Our website will also continue to be a growing part of our coverage. Results from each night's competitions can be found online in the Scoreboard the following day. In addition, there are breaking stories on the Web and a full list of weekly sports announcements, along with other stories.

We certainly understand and appreciate our readers' passion for area sports and for the local newspaper. We hope you continue to enjoy our coverage. We hope you find that overall we continue to provide the community with thorough high school sports coverage.

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