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Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: January 12, 2013 - 2:05 PM

Every year when football ends there are numerous all-conference, region, district and state teams that are announced. In Missouri there are two all-state teams, one from the media and one from the coaches association, while in Kansas there are several produced by various media outlets and the state coaches association.
Needless to say there are a lot of opportunities to be named all-state on both sides of the state line. Personally I think that is a good thing. While I am not of the opinion that watering down the postseason with more teams is good, having more individual honors at the end of the season is a good thing.
At the same time when different groups of people are putting together a postseason all-anything opinions are likely to vary. Each year I receive a handful of emails that ask why player x can be on the first team on one all-state squad and on the second team on the other.
Those emails don’t bother me at all. People are passionate about high school football and I enjoy their interest in the process. The nuts and bolts of the process is very similar when the media and coaches associations get together but how they look at prospective players can be different.
For the media the only time we see a player is on the field between the lines. Even though we may make it out to practice occasionally that isn’t our job. Our job is to report on the game and what unfolds during those 48 minutes.
The coaches have a much different perspective. These men spend dozens of hours with these players each week before the games kickoff. What a coach sees at those times helps to influence their opinion of a player.
The beauty of the postseason awards is players can be rewarded for what they do between the lines and the extra effort that they put in during the week. Basically when a team is announced either it is neither perfect nor totally wrong. It’s somewhere in between. It helps to recognize achievement and bring attention to a great sport and that is a good thing no matter who is deciding whether a player is a first or second team all-stater.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send email to