Tiger bashing wearing thin on athletes | SummitDaily.com

Tiger bashing wearing thin on athletes

The Summit High School, Varsity Baseball Team

In journalism the most important part of the story goes at the beginning. We, the Summit High School baseball team, found it disappointing that Jason Starr felt the most important thing about the SHS baseball team was the three players who are no longer there, not the ones who are.

Mr. Starr said “Good thing John Padjen doesn’t know what he’s missing.” This was in reference to Ryan Clift, David Sustad and Anje Sramek, three seniors who chose not to play baseball for SHS in 2003. Casey Anderson, Cole Denckla, Jordy Lynch, Ryan Norton and David Payne are five seniors who did.

“But the players remember,” Starr wrote with regard to our team knowing how talented the three above-mentioned players are. We, as a team, are not concerned with our three former teammates; instead we are focused on our season.

Our goals are to be the first winning men’s team at SHS in the Jeffco league and to make the state playoffs.

This article was another example of Mr. Starr’s glaring lack of journalistic integrity. In his tenure at the Summit Daily News, Starr has again and again taken the low road on SHS athletics, choosing to focus on the negative rather than the positive.

When Tyler Lantz filled in as goalie for the SHS hockey team, Starr dedicated more of his article to Rick Odria’s absence than Lantz’s stellar play. When junior Corey Olson came in late in the game against Englewood, Starr wrote that his first pass was intercepted, not that he went 5-6 the rest of the game.

Starr could have talked about the rigorous conditioning our team has taken on, or that on certain occasions, we have been at the school as late as 9:30 p.m. because of a lack of gym space.

Starr also could have focused on coach Padjen’s successful career. Starr also failed to mention assistant coach Ben Lustig or give notice to the four talented sophomores who are getting a chance to play varsity baseball.

Instead Starr chose to talk about three players who made significant contributions while with the team, but for various reasons are no longer here.

Our team is made up of 11 very talented players, and we believe coach Padjen’s coaching style will help us win more often than we lose.

Our practices and games are open to the public. We encourage the community to support us. As most of our games are on the road, we understand that will be difficult. From now on we will do our talking on the field.

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