All-Area lists and I have a love-hate relationship.
Even drawing from the nominations of area coaches and putting in the exhasutive legwork of navigating archives and reviewing stats, the end-of-season lists never seem to come out perfect. And, really, how can they? The lists are both objective and subjective.
Objective in the fact that stats do weigh heavily on the decisions. Subjective in the fact of how we choose to uitlize those stats. For instance, team strength, strength of schedule, class size, talent around said player, team success, what stats should factor into the equation most, and so forth and so forth are all issues that factor into the decision. In a nutshell, it's impossible to devise a formula to accurately compensate for all the tangibles and intangibles in every athletic venue.
But that's true of any Best-Of list, from the prep to the professional ranks.
But being a company man, I'm proud of the Daily News' commitment to prep sports. Despite it just being a two-person staff, I feel our game recaps, roundup coverage and features are substantial. And most readers would agree that the epitome of that coverage rests in our All-Area lists, which cover a range of double-digit high schools and are inclusive to EVERY sport. As for the main sports -- think football, volleyball, basketball -- they are represented in the scope of big and small schools while also sheding light on the premiere coach of said sport.
Simply put, we put a lot of thought and effort into these lists. They'll never be perfect, but the picks are never made in jest. We're always open to recommendations to better these lists and receptive to constructive criticism. We have thick skin, which is required a lot of times in working at a paper serving the needs of so many programs.
So, have a complaint? Let us know. Have a compliment or attaboy to throw our way? We're listening.