We work to prevent mistakes in print

Mistakes are prevalent in sports. We keep track of errors and turnovers and we’ve seen enough mistake pitches hit for home runs and errant passes turned into pick sixes.

Those of us in the business of writing about sports certainly are not immune to making mistakes.

I can imagine the remarks being made right now by some of those folks who like to sit out there and comment critically on errors made in newspapers and by on-air radio and television announcers.

Though all of us in the industry have been taught to be careful, and we have systems in place to try to spot errors before they appear in print, sometimes mistakes happen. When it happens in a prominent position in the newspaper, where everyone can see it, it becomes doubly embarrassing.

To make a long story short, we screwed up and listed an incorrect name on the cover of the 2017 High School Football Preview section which is a part of today’s Tribune Chronicle. Warren G. Harding senior Jalen Hooks was identified incorrectly and we apologize sincerely to him, his family and friends, the Harding football program and our readers.

The preview section is one that we in the sports department consult on a regular basis during the high school football season and each time we do, that mistake we made will be there to remind us to be more observant.

Aside from that error, we hope that all of you enjoy the football preview. We put in many long hours to put it together and we are thankful to the area coaches, athletic directors, school officials and even some professional photographers for their cooperation.

In next Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle, you will find a copy of our Keepsake section which includes team photos and rosters of area high school football teams.

Also, starting today and running each Sunday through Sept. 3, we will feature preview capsules of the other high school fall sports teams in the area.

The boys and girls golf seasons got started on Aug. 5, girls tennis started on Aug. 11, boys and girls soccer and volleyball started this past weekend, and cross country starts on Monday.

Today’s Tribune includes golf and tennis previews with the other sports being featured the next two weeks.

Coaches who have not yet submitted their information can still do so by e-mailing it to sports@tribtoday.com or faxing it to 330-841-1717.

We continue to work at bringing our readers coverage of our area high school student-athletes and we will continue to work at eliminating our mistakes.