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Lodi 49, Tracy 41 Flames top Bulldogs in a shootout

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Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:54 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Lodi Flames put a dismal 1-4 nonleague record behind them on Friday and opened the San Joaquin Athletic Association season in style, holding off a late Tracy charge in a 49-41 victory at Wayne Schneider Stadium.

Josh Mastro rushed for 186 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, and fullback Daniel Frazier carried 13 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

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  • Richard Banas II posted at 10:18 am on Mon, Oct 10, 2011.

    Richard Banas II Posts: 11 Staff

    Mr. Carlson-Granted, we would love to have a five or six person full time sports staff like the Stockton Record or Sacramento Bee has but that just is not possible with our budget and I can't speak for our owner and publisher, Mr. Weybret, regarding his decisions on how to allocate resources for the LNS news room and the sports department.

    As for the online version of the LNS sports section being updated throughout the weekend, the sports desk is closed from midnight Friday until early Monday morning and our current budget does not permit those follow up stories that you would ideally like to see.

    The idea of mentoring journalism students from various high schools has been tried before. While this is an excellent concept in theory, it is not very practical, especially with an inexperienced intern on those pressure packed football Fridays and concerned or worried parents waiting for their child to return home.

    Not all 16 or 17 year old students have transportation to local or out of town games nor do they have expensive wireless cards for their lap tops to file the story from the site of whatever game or match they may be covering unless they go to a free Wi-Fi hotspot.

    That does not mean I wouldn't love to have an high school intern besides me working the statistics book so I could concentrate solely on the game itself and the big plays that happen on offense and defense and special teams. That would be terrific and make my job so much easier.

    That is one of the biggest reasons defensive players seldom get a mention unless its a crucial interception or a big-play sack. I wish we could do more for the defensive players and the offensive linemen because they deserve it. Unfortunately, they usually toil in anonymity while the guys who score touchdowns get mentioned.

    Mr. Carlson, when you have been a sports writer as long as I have, one develops a thick skin and does not take reader criticism personal. In fact, it is constructive criticism such as yours that actually allows me to be a better sports writer. I'm not perfect and do make mistakes, but I never stop trying to improve and I am my own worst critic.

    Personally, I think we do a decent job reporting our local high schools with what we have available. Obviously, we can't please everybody, but we do try our hardest to include as many sports on every level as is possible.

    @Mrs. Edsell- With all due respect, the fact that Joey Armstrong was not going to return for his senior year due to his knee injury was big news that needed to be reported because it impacted the quarterback position for the Lodi High varsity in much the same way the loss of Peyton Manning at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts has done.

    However, this was only done for the pre-season previews and perhaps a mention or two after that where it was relevant. Obviously, the Flames have moved on after losing him and so have we because there has been no mention of him as of late.

    I appreciate your response. Thanks.

  • Julie Edsell posted at 9:15 am on Mon, Oct 10, 2011.

    Julie Edsell Posts: 36

    Mr. Banas:
    I understand that LNS did not write this article, but what about the games played in Lodi? Has LNS not written any articles, cause so far there has been nothing else listed but offense. At the first part of the season all the articles were about Joey Armstrong NOT playing, maybe you should have focused on the ones that ARE playing. Even Joey Armstrong could not understand why the articles kept talking about him when he wasn't playing.

  • Tom Carlson posted at 8:20 am on Mon, Oct 10, 2011.

    Tom Carlson Posts: 69

    Mr. Banas,

    3 points to your response.

    1. You agree with us then that the LNS does not do a good job of covering our hometown sports and that the owner of the paper has not devoted the proper resources to local sports?

    2. I understand the tight deadline for the paper to run on Saturday, but the internet can be updated an time, and there is plenty of time to get the other stories in on Monday.

    3. Instead of going to the Stockton Record for stories, why not get interns from the schools to write your stories for you? They are interested parties who would love the opportunity to get published. A student or two from each school with a laptop could have all your reporting in to you at the end of the game, as well as putting together stories during the week about the programs on campus. And not just for football, all sports would benefit. I am just venturing a guess here, but I would think that a story about the upcoming baseball season and Joey Armstrong's rehab progress would be of a lot of interest, and I bet the people who know more about this are on the LHS campus.

    As for me being a vocal critic about your reporting, this is true. But it has never been personal. I just think that a team is not made up of one or two players who get mentioned in the paper every week. There are stories about the teams that are not being told. I know almost nothing about Tokay or Elliot, except their records. Shouldn't a hometown paper tell people about their hometown?

  • Richard Banas II posted at 8:20 am on Sun, Oct 9, 2011.

    Richard Banas II Posts: 11 Staff

    Mrs. Edsell and Mr. Carlson- May I kindly direct your attention to the fact that this article was written by Stephen Roberson of the Stockton Record and not the Lodi News Sentinel. Also, we are a very small sports staff- one sports editor and just two sports writers, only one of whom is full-time- and do not have the staffing or budget to include all of what Mr. Carlson would ideally like for us to do.

    Additionally, we are on a extremely tight press deadline on Friday nights which require our stories to be filed by 10:45 p.m. which is an Herculean task given the fact that some of the games do not even end until 10:15 p.m. or even later if the game goes into overtime.

    Getting comments from players and coaches and crunching the stat numbers cuts even more into that tiny half-hour window and sometimes we have to wait until the coach finishes talking to his team after the game, which reduces the amount of time we have to write the story even further.

    Oftentimes, we have just 10 or 15 minutes, maximum, to write a 500-word story under extreme pressure and with five local high schools playing football each Friday night, we have only a certain amount of space to allocate to each team. Add photos, advertisements and junior varsity and freshmen game results to the sports section layout and our potential story space becomes even more limited.

    That is why we trade courtesy stories with the Stockton Record, because we cannot possibly cover every detail of every game with such a small staff. Mr. Carlson has been quite a vocal critic of the LNS sports reporting for years and I hope this enlightens him and Mrs. Edsell because what they really want is a big city newspaper coverage from a small-town newspaper and we simply do not have the resources for that.

    Hope this helps.

  • Tom Carlson posted at 12:34 pm on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Tom Carlson Posts: 69


    I hear you about the reporting at LNS. To say it is weak is being kind. 14 sentences in total. This is the hometown paper and they don't give enough space to the local teams. Considering there is plenty of cyberspace, they could put a few more articles on line. Like a player of the game? Offensive, defensive, and special teams players of the game? Complete stats for the game and year to date? Grading out the offensive, defensive and special teams efforts? They could do so much more for each of our teams in Lodi, but they have made a decision not to.

    For a real embarassment, take a look at the coverage for the JV and Freshmen. That is really sad.

    And we enjoy watching Cody play. He is a beast.

  • Julie Edsell posted at 8:29 am on Sat, Oct 8, 2011.

    Julie Edsell Posts: 36

    So not to take away from our offensive players, but so far there is never any mention of our defense. I realize that our score didn't show a great defense, but not to brag, but my son had a stellar defensive game last night. There were 2 funble recoveries last night by Cody Edsell and Greg Herzfeldt. Edsell also had a sack, caused the fumble recovered by Herzfeldt and had numerous tackles. Nick Mettler also has been playing some great football lately and is never mentioned. Taylor Herrin is an awesome defensive lineman. So it's not just about my son, we have a some great defensive players and they need to be given some credit.The Tracy Press listed Cody's fumble recovery in their article and had numerous photos.



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