WALLA WALLA — After what seems to be an ever-shorter summer, the fall sports season is once again upon us.
McLoughlin High and Weston-McEwen high schools opened prep football action Friday night, and their volleyball schedules are also already under way.
Soccer play begins this week.
Washington schools open football play this week, with volleyball, soccer and even swimming soon to follow.
And various college sports are either underway or close to it.
The Union-Bulletin sports department makes every effort to report all results from area prep and collegiate varsity athletic competitions, and welcomes reports on other athletic and recreational activities from around the Walla Walla Valley.
The U-B has reporters and/or photographers at as many of those events as possible throughout the year, but with 10 high schools and three colleges with up to five sports apiece in the U-B’s circulation area, we have to rely on coaches of each team to report their results for publication when they don’t speak with a U-B reporter after their competition.
This reporting is vital to coverage of all sports in the area, and the Union-Bulletin has made available several avenues to do so. Coaches may use whichever suits them best.
First, a phone call always works. And even if using another form of reporting results, it never hurts to follow up with a phone call to make sure we received the information. Call 509-525-3307, or toll free at 1-800-423-5617, ext. 8, to reach the U-B sports department.
Failing that, my direct line is 509-526-8316, give me a call and we’ll get your results.
Email may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, which reaches all department members.
We ask that statistics traditionally included in U-B stories be included, along with game highlights and quotes.
Two years ago, the U-B added Coaches Corner to its website at union-bulletin.com to facilitate electronic reporting. Templates for each of the major sports are included at Coaches Corner, under the Sports link on the U-B website. A quick click on the template allows a form to easily be filled out, including statistics, game descriptions and quotes. The form is then sent directly back to the sports department.
More and more coaches are utilizing this avenue of reporting their game results, and we encourage coaches to give it a try.
If you have any questions about this, or any form of submitting results, please give me a call.
And if it works better for them, coaches can still fax results with the same information to 509-525-1232.
Regardless of how reporting is done, the U-B sports department asks coaches to submit results as soon as possible after competitions.
During the week, sports staff is in the office after 6 a.m., and we need results by 8:30 a.m. to get it that day’s U-B. There will not be staff in the office evenings, but electronic submissions may be made and we’ll write them up the next morning.
Sports staff is also in the office after 4 p.m. Saturdays to report Friday and Saturday results.
Coaches are our preferred sources for reporting their team’s results, but other interested parties are also more than welcome to contact the U-B sports department with tips on possible stories, as well.
That includes nominees for our weekly Male and Female Athlete of the Week feature, which highlights the athletes’ performances from the previous week. Include pertinent statistics of each athletes’ performance by Monday morning for nomination to that week’s honorees. The Athlete of the Week feature runs in Thursday’s Union-Bulletin sports section.
We appreciate all the help with reporting sporting results from around the Valley, the U-B wouldn’t be able to publish all the area stories without this help.
And good luck to all our area teams this year!