Jeff Harvey

I want to start this week’s column with an update on Concord University assistant track and field and cross country coach Jonathan Gore at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Toyko.

Gore finished seventh in the T64 classification 100-meter race with a time of 11.08 seconds. In his second event, the T64 classification 200-meter race, he finished fourth with a time of 22.06 seconds, missing a podium finish by less than a second.

I want to congratulate the Princeton Senior High School Tigers on their victory Friday night over Bluefield by a 39-36 score. The winning score in this up-and-down game was a last second field goal by Casey Geso.

I know far better than to bury Bluefield after one game. Princeton had played and won big the previous week against Lincoln County. I think both Princeton and Bluefield will be in the state playoffs in their respective classifications at the end of the year.

PikeView has some work to do after losses to Summers County and Van. I don’t understand how the points system works which determines the playoff teams. Actually, I’m not sure whether it’s points or rankings in polls which determines who makes the playoffs.

The above few paragraphs show why I focus on professional sports most of the time in this column. I will say that I’ve found that local coaches, athletes and media are, as a rule, nicer and calmer than their national counterparts despite being stretched further due to more limited resources.

The big papers and networks have a larger scope when it comes to sports, but, to be frank, are harsher to their subjects (which is true outside of sports as well).

As recently demonstrated by ESPN in its recent power plays in giving Stephen A. Smith his way and canning Rachel Nichols (unrelated as far as I know), large media has a lot of agendas besides reporting the news. Whether or not that’s good, I don’t know.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Tims. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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