2010-08-05 / Sports

Sports VIEW

Bigger and better
Lisa Paine
Sports Editor

This issue marks another milestone for us at the View Newspapers Group, as we launch two new papers—the Swartz Creek VIEW and the Flint Township VIEW--today. The additions put the overall group at 18 papers covering nearly the entire Thumb area.

With the addition of Flint Carman-Ainsworth and Swartz Creek high schools in their respective new papers, the VIEW now covers 22 high schools in three counties: Almont, Brown City, Capac, Dryden, Imlay City, LakeVille, Lapeer East and West, North Branch, Marlette, Mayville, Peck, Carman-Ainsworth, Swartz Creek,

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Grand Blanc, Goodrich, Davison, Atherton, Bendle, Bentley, Faith High and Genesee Christian.

Our overall goal since the inception of the Lapeer Area VIEW in 2003 has been to carve out a niche in the high school sports scene. We’ve done that with great success, winning numerous Michigan Press Association Awards over the years for our comprehensive coverage of all varsity sports, numbering as many sports as we have schools presently. No sport is considered insignificant in our eyes and as many of the schools have successfully launched club sports that turned into full-fledged varsity sports, we’ve been there to document their growing pains. Lacrosse, rugby and waterpolo are just a small sampling of the successful programs.

It matters not to us who wins and who loses each week, because, let’s face it, someone is going to win, and someone is going to lose. That’s the nature of sport. It’s what happens during that process week-in and week-out that we enjoy watching, writing about, and documenting in full-color action photos.

We’re sometimes called biased, but in truth, that’s not possible in our

line of work. As reporters, we have

to sit on the neutral fence and not

take sides at any event. Everyone

wants their team to be on the

front page each week, and with

the structure of our community

papers, that’s often possible.

That’s not to say

that on some weeks

the trials and tribulations

of a struggling

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soccer or swim

team won’t also get that top spot. Sometimes the end result isn’t always easy to read about in print, but our goal is to demonstrate the representative sportsmanship, teamwork, and individual effort that is high school sports, regardless of the final score. Many of our coaches back up that same theory saying it isn’t about the wins and losses, but the efforts on the field and how the teams handle the highs and lows of the season.

We’re pleased to welcome Carman- Ainsworth and Swartz Creek into the VIEW family. These are schools many of you are very familiar with as opponents of the Big Nine Conference and Flint Metro League, or as non-league rivals.

All of our individual newspapers are online at www.mihomepaper.com, so check out our newest members of the family starting today.

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