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7/5/2014 11:18:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Give our high school athletes the coverage they deserve

Over the past few years I cannot understand why there is so much Ottawa coverage outside of the courts in NewsTribune. 

What is especially upsetting to me is the number of players selected to all area athletic teams from Ottawa Township High School and Marquette Academy. I’m not questioning the athletes or their accomplishments, but somehow I feel the athletes in the normal NewsTribune area of western La Salle County and Bureau County are overlooked with the inclusion of the Ottawa Schools.

Two cases come to mind:  The all- over football team of two years ago when 15 of the 30 selections were for Ottawa or Marquette Academy and this year’s boys baseball team with seven of 18 choices from the same two schools. 

It is very frustrating, I feel, for the athletes and fans of the schools in our local area to see this especially since schools, such as Mendota, La Salle-Peru, and St. Bede are not included in the all area athletic teams of The Daily Times.

If you read and look at the news in The Daily Times it is rare for them to include any news west of Utica.

I can’t understand the NewsTribune philosophy of so much news covering of Ottawa and in my opinion is the ignoring of towns in the normal NewsTribune coverage area. 

I have followed and covered high school sports for over 30 years and I personally feel athletes from western La Salle County and Bureau County that were deserving all athletic area team selections were not selected because of all the selections for Ottawa.

Personally I think the NewsTribune needs to get back to doing what they do best — covering La Salle, Peru, Oglesby, Spring Valley, Princeton and other area local towns and leave the Ottawa coverage to the Daily Times. 

Mike Brown,

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: CRobinson

Mike, great comments and true. The NT keeps begging for readers in Ottawa and neglects many deserving athletes in their main subscription areas. You should ask how many they have in Ottawa versus Princeton and other areas west of Ottawa. Grossly unfair.

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