The 2001 high school football season has ended, bringing to a conclusion a year filled with excitement and the kind of sportsmanship that youth athletics are meant to foster.
We wish to congratulate the Brawley Union High School Wildcats and the Vincent Memorial High School Scots for the efforts that led to them far into the CIF San Diego Section playoffs. While both teams were defeated last weekend, bringing to a close their seasons, we hope the athletes do not feel defeated. You can bet both teams will be strong again next year, as head coaches John Bishop at Brawley and Jaime Santos have shown they can build programs with lasting power.
The coaches and players at Brawley and Vincent worked hard to get as far as they did, proving that working as a team can accomplish much over a season. We would offer that same praise to all local football teams, who — whether they had winning seasons or not — proved that youth athletics make a difference in young peoples' lives and in communities.