Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Tradition

EDITOR:

This letter is in response to the removal of “history” at EDHS. Being a former player/student that played football at ED back in 1981-1984, I once again hear that the pictures that recognized players that made All League status or better have been removed from being viewed by others. I know that Mr. Barnes has been blamed for this and no doubt he has some involvement in the process, but there are others that have their hands in the process as well. They know who they are.

EDHS has a rich history. Unfortunately, the football program has not had as much success as some of the other schools in the district. Every coach, faculty member, etc. has the right to do what they see fit in order to better the school. This removal of the pictures has been going on for many, many years. I have some of my own ideas on why some do it. Tradition is one thing that was/has been taught to me by my parents, leaders I had while serving in the USMC, and my coaches in football (Mike Coulson, Gary Kenworthy, Dick Perry) that I still carry with me to this day, maybe to a fault. Most of, if not all, has been removed from the football program.

I am glad to see there are people out there that care about the past winning tradition that ED had. This season will mark the 30th anniversary of the only championship ever won at ED in the 100-year history of the school. I was a very proud player on that team and no matter what is done with the “Wall of Fame,” no one can ever deny that it happened. I wish the best to the current staff/players this season. Some day a new coach will come in and tear down the current “tradition” being implemented and the players being recognized will also be forgotten.

I would like to share one story about how I was coaching one year at ED. A former player was at the high school with his young son and decided to bring his son in the weight room to “show off” to his son, because he too had his picture up on the wall. I saw the sad look on his face, when he saw that the pictures were removed.

Best of luck Cougars!

MIKE WATKINS
Pollock Pines

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