Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sports on the front page?

At the top of our Sunday Page A1 is Lake Orion High School's dominating victory that sends the Dragons to the state finals Saturday at Ford Field. Yes, there is a lot happening in the world with the struggling automakers, job losses and the transition to a new president, but the prep football triumph warrants a front page display. Lake Orion is seeking its first-ever state football title - that in itself is news. This traditionally strong program with thousands of followers is on the verge of taking the next step. The interest in this story extends far beyond the high school walls. These types of playoff runs bring communities together and more than just the players, their parents and their classmates are interested. Obviously, Keith Dunlap and the rest of our sports department will continue their stellar coverage in the days leading up to the big game vs. Rockford. Don't be surprised if the news department pitches in with some coverage, too, as we set the scene from all angles. Sometimes, we hear from readers who urge us to keep the sports on the sports page. For the most part, we do. But we have an obligation to pursue the news that everyone is talking about. In this case, it's the exciting ride of a group of teens making their community proud.


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