This fall the Globe’s high school standings will be based entirely on game results and not on Sunday phone calls or emails from league representatives. It’s actually something we started in January with winter sports. And even with a few speed bumps, it was incredibly successful. We think the change has been a huge benefit to school fans looking to see where their team stands every day of the week, not just on the one day standings are updated.
How does it work?
When coaches call in their games scores during the week, our database will compile the standings and they will be available 24/7 on Boston.com/schools. This is what we’ve done the past three years for football, then began with winter and spring sports this past year. We’re now expanding that system to include all sports. But we still need league representatives. The only information we need, however, are the league’s leading performers, whether hitters, pitchers, goal scorers/assists, goalies, or runners.
What are the benefits of doing this?
Under the old system, standings we took on Sunday afternoons were only accurate until a team played its next game. This meant that after a big Tuesday of soccer, fans had to wait until the following Monday’s paper to see the league standings. Now, after you watch your team beat its cross-town rival and your coach calls in the score, you can go home, click on Boston.com and see the league standings.
What are the drawbacks?
If your school doesn’t call in the scores, then your record will be 0-0 all year (unless an opposing coach calls in the game against your team). Even if a league representative insists your team is 10-0, the only way we can make the standings agree is to get the scores of the 10 games.
How do we get you any missing scores?
Scores can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to designate the home and away teams and the date of the game.
As with any new system there will be an adjustment period. But we hope you agree, accurate standings seven days a week are better than just one.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.