First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Grady Gar­rett, sports edi­tor

A high school coach re­cently emailed me with a ques­tion re­gard­ing a project he’s work­ing on; I’d call it a data­base of the school’s ath­letic his­tory.

As a jour­nal­ist, I love putting things into historical per­spec­tive — “first time since” types of de­tails — and also just find value in hav­ing on file some­thing like, say, a list of ev­ery wrestling state champ in Yuma County his­tory.

But the Ari­zona In­ter­scholas­tic As­so­ci­a­tion doesn’t keep, uh, the most ex­ten­sive of records, so it’s up to schools (or the lo­cal news­pa­per) to make sure their his­tory doesn’t get lost.

So hear­ing of some­body go­ing to the ef­fort it takes to lo­cate decades-old high school sports re­sults — sift­ing through on­line news­pa­per ar­chives is about your only op­tion, un­less some­body al­ready has what you’re look­ing for (I might!) — is awe­some.

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