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Archive for January 29, 2007

Jan. 29, 2007 — What’s wrong with this picture?

Spent a few minutes this morning looking through the National Federation’s website to see if there had been any published result of the voting last week regarding the mandatory imposition of eyewear in field hockey.

At the same time, I looked through the roster of the High School Hall of Fame, which includes honorees from the athletic, fine arts, and administrative wings of school activities covered under the aegis of the Federation.

The athletes and coaches, especially, are amongst the best ever at their craft — John Wooden, Jack Nicklaus, Dan Gable, Jesse Owens, Cheryl Miller, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

But if you look through the rostrum of honorees, there are two groups conspicuously absent: field hockey and lacrosse players. Field hockey luminaries such as Constance Applebee, Sharon Landau, Nancy Williams, Audrey Latsko, Haley Exner and even Olympian Tracey Fuchs are completely absent (although Fuchs’ coach Nancy Cole is a 2006 inductee).

Now, the absence of lacrosse figures is understandable, given the fact that the Federation hasn’t sanctioned the sport in the United States until a few years ago. However, given the 102-year history of field hockey in this country, the lack of field hockey representation in the NFHS Hall of Fame is unacceptable.

What is needed are compelling nomination packages submitted by the general public, using this form.