Posts Categorized: Editorials

SiskiyouYouth on Twitter

Yes, it’s true. I’ve finally broken down and joined the world of Twitter. I do so with some reluctance. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because of the constant headlines with some narcissist celebrity tweeting their every move, and worse yet, their every thought. I mean, who wants to join that crowd?
However, I’ve been persuaded… Read more »

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When I first took a look at the football schedule for opening night, I thought, “Well there goes that plan to cover every game in Siskiyou County.” How was it going to be possible to cover six games in four different locations in one night? I was pretty disappointed because you know if “Siskiyou” is… Read more »

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What every B-Ball player should be able to do

Opinion by Ray Wolf
There is one thing in basketball that every player should be able to do–every player. You don’t have to be tall, fast or strong. The shortest, slowest and weakest player on the court should be able to do it, and do it well. You don’t even have to be all that coordinated… Read more »

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Miners lose volleyball match, win at game of life

Opinion by Ray Wolf
The Yreka Miners volleyball team hosted the Lassen Grizzlies for what more or less amounted to the Northern Athletic League championship match. Lassen won the match 3-2. It was a great athletic competition between two skilled teams. I’d love to write about that, but there was something far more important than the… Read more »

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SB 1221 “anti-hounding” bill hurts deer and hunters

Opinion by Jacob Harris
September 21 marked the opening day of the general deer hunting season and local hunters are already feeling the effects of a recent bill passed by our California state legislature. SB 1221, which bans the use of hounds while hunting bears and bobcats, took effect January 1, 2013. California became the fifteenth… Read more »

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What makes a great coach?

Opinion by Ray Wolf
A week or so ago, I posted an article on what coaches believe makes a great athlete. Topping the list of attributes were genetics, work ethic and mental toughness. This time around, I asked athletes what three things they think make a great coach. About 50 athletes responded. They ranged from sophomores… Read more »

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Coaches’ keys to being a great athlete

Opinion by Ray Wolf
Earlier this month I took a few days off, sort of. With a few minutes of time on my hands, I started to think about some of the great athletes that we’ve seen over the past few years in Siskiyou County. Those thoughts led to wondering what exactly makes one athlete great,… Read more »

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The baseball “central venue” myth

Opinion by Ray Wolf
I remember when the North Section decided to have “central venues” for the baseball playoffs. I remember thinking, “Finally, now if they would just do it for all sports.” Then I started seeing how this all worked. Last season Yreka had to travel to Butte College to play Sutter, which of course… Read more »

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It would be a lot more fun if…

Opinion by Ray Wolf
As parents, it’s our job to teach our kids about many different parts of life. Every once in a while, however, it’s our kids that do the teaching, and we are the recipients of their wisdom.
A few years ago, I got one of those lessons from my stepson. He probably doesn’t even… Read more »

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Askeland responds to article on All Section team selection process

Opinion by Ray Wolf
A few days ago, I posted an editorial questioning the legitimacy of the selection process for All Section teams. The next day I received an email from Kevin Askeland, who politely took exception to the suggestion that the process wasn’t legitimate. He also provided some detailed information on the history and selection… Read more »

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Mythical All-Section teams not a legit process

Opinion by Ray Wolf
The Redding Record Searchlight recently posted the “All-Section” teams for football and volleyball at their website, redding.com. I’ve seen these selections before and always sort of questioned how they came up with an all-section team when the people voting on it are attached to a few large media outlets in Redding, Chico… Read more »

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Repost: What’s the purpose of high school sports?

A year and a half or so ago, I posted an opinion piece, “What’s the Purpose of High School Sports?” To date, it’s the second most read article ever on SiskiyouYouth.com, and more than one coach has made it mandatory reading for players. Last night, I received an email from a coach suggesting that I… Read more »

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North Section basketball playoff rankings/seedings better than football, but still reward mediocrity

As usual, I’m less than happy with how the North Section determines playoff seeds. In Division-V basketball there are two problems.
First, it’s the only division where winning your league gets a team an automatic home game. This often leads to a better team hitting the road—a team that actually earned a home game based… Read more »

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Self esteem, achievement and competitiveness

Opinion
I’m about to get in hot water with this one. I just know it. Let me start with a question. Do we as parents, educators, and coaches want our young people to have self esteem based on the everyone gets a blue ribbon approach? Or, do we want our young people to grow their self… Read more »

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North Section football playoff ranking system is a joke…how to fix it

Opinion
I’ve been meaning to write this for years. Yes, literally “years.” Finally, I’ve had enough with the North Section CIF system for football playoff ranking. The North Section’s way of determining football playoff teams is seriously flawed. It rewards mediocrity and it often denies good teams a fair shot at making the playoffs or being… Read more »

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