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I think it is great that The Register-Guard lets Chris Miller Chris Miller is the name of:
Cook deserved better
I was appalled at the itsy bitsy bit·sy
adj. bit·si·er, bit·si·est
[Alteration of bitty.] announcement in Tuesday's Register-Guard under the smallest possible headline: "Ducks sign Elmira softball softball, variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. Invented (1888) in Chicago as an indoor game, it was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground ball, kitten ball, and, because it was also played by women, ladies' standout."
This "standout" happens to be Alicia Cook, Class 3A player of the Year (2003) for the state of Oregon. Her team won the OSAA OSAA Oregon School Activities Association
OSAA Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (United Nations body)
OSAA Ocean State Aquaculture Association
OSAA Office of the Sergeant-At-Arms (Philippines) state championship her junior year and was runner-up her sophomore year. To me this meager mea·ger also mea·gre
1. Deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty.
2. Deficient in richness, fertility, or vigor; feeble: the meager soil of an eroded plain.
3. coverage was a slap in the face to the outstanding softball program at Elmira High School
Just one week earlier, the announcement of an all-Midwestern League football player committing to Oregon was on the front page of the paper, along with his photo. Then the front page of the sports section Noun 1. sports section - the section of a newspaper that reports on sports
sports page - any page in the sports section of a newspaper
newspaper, paper - a daily or weekly publication on folded sheets; contains news and articles and advertisements; "he read had a huge photo and over 30 inches of coverage.
Alicia's was just barely two inches. Fairness and gender equity in sports doesn't mean there are men, women and football.
Your paper has covered the Elmira softball program fairly well the past three years when Cook has been the star pitcher and also an outstanding hitter. The community knows her and the Elmira program. Cook will be an immediate impact player for Oregon. Her committing to Oregon deserved better coverage. I'd be happy if it were half as good as the all-league football player.
Menkens was first
Although I in no way wish to detract from detract from
verb 1. lessen, reduce, diminish, lower, take away from, derogate, devaluate << OPPOSITE enhance
verb 2. the significance of the civil rights complaint filed against the UO by Sally Harmon - in fact, I am very much in support of it - I do wish to set something straight. In his Nov. 13 article, Bob Rodman states that Harmon, "who became the first UO female athlete to win a national championship when she won the javelin in the women's national collegiate championships in 1981." In 1975, Michelle Menkens was the champion in the 50 freestyle at the National Intercollegiate Swimming Championships in Tempe, Ariz. She was inducted into the UO Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
Coos Bay Coos Bay (ks), city (1990 pop. 15,076), Coos co., SW Oreg., a port of entry on Coos Bay; founded 1854 as Marshfield, inc. 1874, renamed 1944.
Neher will be missed
Having worked closely with Ron Neher for several years in the 1980s, I know personally he was a great coach and really in touch with the kids at Pleasant Hill.
He is one of the most knowledgeable basketball coaches I've ever seen on the high school scene, and his players respected him both as a coach and a person.
I'm not sure what happened at Pleasant Hill, but Ron will be greatly missed by the students, the school and the community.