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Getting with the programs

It's always fun to get programs at different high school events. Foremost for reporters (and photographers) — we need those rosters to make sure we get the names and players correct in our reporting.

But a tremendous amount of work goes into those programs, compiling not just names and uniform numbers, but statistics, photos, records and the history of teams. It's also neat to see how the community supports the team through the different advertisements.

For those of you out there that are proud of your work, there is a contest for you. Entries for the third annual National High School Sports Publication Awards competition are due Sunday. The competition recognizes excellence in the preparation of high school athletic media guides and souvenir programs distributed in 2009. Go to for information.

Recently I picked up a basketball program for Middle College boys basketball that had bios and color photos of players while Medina's came with a convenient scoring sheet that included not just both teams but both junior varsity squads as well. During football season, the programs for schools like North Tonawanda and Lancaster can get pretty bulky.

If you have a favorite program, let us know about it below (and let the school know they should enter the contest).

---Keith McShea


Lancaster | Medina | Middle College | North Tonawanda
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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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