What happens when seven area entries win state championships AND five other entries place second?
First, it means that particular area is extremely strong.
Second, it means little chance for coverage for all of the other deserving medalists from third to nine.
That was the dilemma I was faced with on Saturday as the best year ever for Central Illinois athletes took place at the 40th IHSA girls' state finals in Charleston. Too many good things were happening.
I had a page to fill for Sunday, which included photos and a couple of charts. I could have just as easily filled another complete page.
Something had to give and, unfortunately, it was recognition for many of the state medalists outside of the top spots on the awards podium. The results were all on the scoreboard page, but I wish there could have been more coverage of the other tremendous success stories.
I remember years, not that far back, when I was interviewing athletes who placed fourth or fifth and they were the main focus of the story. With so many multiple winners, that was not possible this year, so, I apologize.
I know it's difficult for coaches, parents and the athletes themselves to understand. Why wasn't there more coverage of the nearly three dozen area girls who earned individual medals? It was a choice we made so as to not short-change the state champions and the runners-up.
It was a tough call to make because I would have loved to have shared the other good news stories that hit the track this weekend. Please know the reduced coverage doesn't reduce the significance of the achievements.
Congratulations to all who not only earned medals, but also qualified for state. What a tremendous accomplishment. And, what a terrific group of area athletes we've had to write about this spring.
Well done, ladies.