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Local Column

Sahly: Finding new ways to showcase young athletes

It’s been a few years since I served as sports editor at the Daily Chronicle, but I still remember some of the phone calls.

They came from parents in our community, mostly with younger kids, wondering why we focused so much on the high school and local college sports when there were plenty of good youth sports teams in DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa that deserved just as much of a spotlight. These kids work hard, too, right?

I’d have to explain that with an army of reporters, or another 12 hours to the day, we could find a way. But I didn’t have either at my disposal, and so we have to focus our resources on what our audience cares about most.

While both sides of those conversations understood where the other was coming from, it always left parent and editor a little dissatisfied.

This week, you may have noticed on social media and on our website that we’re finding some space for the young ‘uns in future editions of the Daily Chronicle.

Parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, friendly neighbors, etc.), if you’ve got a favorite photo of your child in action in local youth sports, visit and you’ll find a place to submit that shot to our community gallery, brought to you by our sponsor for this, Kishwaukee College Athletics.

We’re picking one winner at random every week, and that photo will be featured in a future edition of the Daily Chronicle.

The response so far has been fantastic, and so I want to first say thank you to those who have submitted a photo. As of this writing, we have more than 20 photos to choose from for next week. The winner will be picked Monday, with the first photo slated to run in the June 28 edition of the Daily Chronicle.

And if your photo doesn’t get selected? Don’t worry. We’re making this a weekly thing going forward, so keep on sharing photos of your children in action.

This is a community filled with young children in athletics, and the Daily Chronicle is proud to be committed to finding ways to positively showcase them in our paper.

• John Sahly is the Managing Editor for Digital for Shaw Media. Follow him on Twitter
@JSahly and contact him at

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