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Athlete of the Week explainer
There has been confusion in the past about how we select the GameTimePA.com Athletes of the Week and how they are different from the YAIAA Athletes of the Week that you, the viewer, vote on every week here on this blog.
So here's a breakdown of the process.
GameTimePA.com is the home of high school sports coverage for four newspapers: York Daily Record/Sunday NewsThe Hanover Evening SunChambersburg Public OpinionLebanon Daily News
The YDR's and the Evening Sun's athletes of the week are the ones you vote on here, on the Varsity Beat blog. The nominees can be any kid from any one of the YAIAA's 23 schools, plus Northern York or Red Land. (Here's a list of former winners.) These also are the athletes you'll find listed at the bottom of the front page in Tuesday's print edition of the York Daily Record and Evening Sun. Chambersburg names a female and male athlete of the week from about 12 schools in Franklin and Fulton counties.Lebanon also chooses a female and male athlete of the week from the schools in Lebanon County that are a part of the L/L League. Over in Lancaster, reporter John Buffone adds his picks, too.
Finally, all of these athletes, typically about 10, get their names thrown in a regional pool for a chance to be named the GameTimePA Athlete of the Week. This means athletes from York, Adams, Franklin, Fulton and Lebanon counties are competing against each other. These winners are picked by each of the four sports staffs on a rotating basis.
In short, a player who is picked as the YAIAA Athlete of the Week might or might not be chosen as the GameTimePA Athlete of the Week.
I hope this clears things up. If you're still unsure, don't hesitate to give me call (771-2058) or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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