Letters to the sports editor: Sunday, Aug. 4

August 4, 2013 

STATESMAN COVERAGE

As a local sports enthusiast and advocate for local student athletes to “Go On,” I would like the Idaho Statesman to know they really do an injustice to some local sports and athletes. This paper has the ability to be a tremendous promoter of local talent.

Of course, we recently had Joe Martarano and Mason Smith who were recognized due in large part to their own personal investment to travel and be seen. If you provide even half the promotion you give the Broncos and Hawks, more local talent would be recognized.

This valley is very rich in baseball tradition, and quite frankly, your coverage of it is deplorable. I would like you to see the complete front page photos and write-ups of the July 26 Idaho State Journal sports section.

The American Legion baseball district “C” is the largest (16 teams) in the state, and is broken into two divisions, East and West (eight in each). Your coverage of the district play is nearly inexcusable. I would like to reference the cheesy article written by your sportswriter of the East vs. West district “C” championship game.

What a slap in the face of your local athletes!

Craig Kawamura, Boise

KUDOS TO VOLUNTEER

I just wanted to give props to Leland Sasaki, who has worked tirelessly as a teacher, coach and baseball/softball field groomer. Vallivue was fortunate to get him in the late 1980s.

He began revitalizing “Sasaki Field” at the middle school when it was the high school diamond, was instrumental in designing the new baseball field when the new Vallivue High School began operation and helped to take care of the softball diamonds.

Sasaki works his magic on the fields, and it is his labor of love that makes his infields like putting greens and his designs on the grass like a professional field. Sasaki emphasized the importance of doing things the right way and making sure that the playing surface was safe to play on.

For many years, Sasaki put in the work voluntarily and did it without drawing attention to himself.

Well done!

Mike Sasaki, Boise

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