Two towns, one paper; why can’t everyone just get along?
I was at a high school soccer game recently, and I realized that some people in this community are so blinded by the light of their own world that they cannot see the bigger picture.
For those folks who don’t pay attention, our community has a rivalry in its midst.
I know it’s hard to fathom, but the Truckee High School and North Tahoe High School sports programs are not always the best of friends.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of watching the state soccer finals in Las Vegas.
While enjoying a well-fought match by two quality teams, I couldn’t help but notice a parent pacing the sidelines, mumbling, cursing and talking to himself because his child’s team was not playing up to its usual caliber and, in fact, was losing.
At one point this enraged parent had to tell himself to calm down.
It’s a fact, people get fired up over our resident rivalry.
Players get jacked for the games, fans turn out in droves, parents lose their voices yelling at officials and coaches eyes well up after games ” win or lose.
At one time, each team had a dedicated sports section in its local community paper.
That time has passed.
We now have one paper. And whether you want to admit it or not, it serves the entire region ” our community.
People from both Truckee and the North Shore like to claim that the paper doesn’t report on their community.
They obviously don’t read the paper every day.
I realize it must be a major bummer to lose your cheerleader sports section that makes your team sound good even if it gets blown out 55-0.
How dare we make both teams sound good.
Even if those are the facts and they both are good.
Among other things, I report on soccer.
I’m fortunate enough to have the pleasure of reporting on the top two 3A teams in Nevada.
In the last 10 years, nine boys and nine girls Nevada 3A soccer championships have gone to Truckee or North Tahoe teams. That’s six titles for Laker boys and five each for Laker girls and Truckee boys and girls.
That is almost exactly even between the two programs.
It’s no wonder these teams seem to hate each other.
Yet it just so happens that most of the people involved with these two teams are friends, neighbors, colleagues and during the spring maybe even teammates on club teams.
Yet every fall these people all seem to be out for blood, whether it be red or blue.
Eventually, our community is going to have to accept the fact that its newspaper is just that, a NEWSpaper. It’s not a yearbook. It’s not a community-owned fluff tab.
And it is definitely not a little note to make us all feel better about ourselves.
If two great teams play each other, they’ll both be represented as such. Great plays will be praised and harsh ones will be criticized.
Local fans should rejoice and celebrate together that their kids are the best at what they do, all of them. Our area brought home two academic state championships from Las Vegas ” as earned by Truckee’s boys and girls teams ” and a state championship won by North Tahoe’s boys.
Maybe instead of looking for validation that yes, your team is in fact good ” as if the players didn’t prove that on the field, where it matters ” you should celebrate the fact that your community has produced some of the greatest athletes in the state.
That is a winning situation for everyone.