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Our Opinion: Gridiron heroics

December 06, 2001

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.


Sports can be important in a young person's life. Taking part in such activities can teach them a great deal while giving them a positive way to spend their time. High school sports particularly help develop important skills young people will need as they grow, whether they go on to participate in college sports or go in other directions.

Certainly we see some young athletes who could go far in their chosen sports and we look forward to following their careers.

We look forward to the high school sports to come as the school year continues. We are confident we will see more of the same — student-athletes putting forth their best efforts.

We also are confident we will see more of our Valley high school teams going far into playoffs in their sports. We have a lot of talent growing in our growing Valley. We hope college recruiters will start taking a closer look at our isolated Valley.

Congratulations to the Wildcats and the Scots for jobs well done. They should be as proud or prouder of their performances as we are.

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