William Blount's Caleb Harbin

William Blount’s Caleb Harbin tees off Aug. 6 during the Governors’ win against Maryville in the boys match at Royal Oaks Golf Course.

The William Blount boys golf team beat Maryville Thursday afternoon.

If this is the first you’ve read that information, it’s understandable. It was a bit hard to find in Friday’s edition. It wasn’t intentionally slighted, it was unfortunately a case where some holes in local knowledge and awareness of the importance of the information went unrealized.

So to give the Govs their due, Caleb Harbin shot a 39, Noah Jones had a 40, Billy West a 42 and Taylor York a 44 as WB edged Maryville by three strokes with a collective 165.

The fact it played second fiddle in Friday’s paper was a communication breakdown by the sports department —with any fault residing, in the end, at the sports editor’s desk. It was not a case of the-paper-loves-Maryville conspiracy. I lose track of who we in the media are collectively supposed to be conspiring to undermine, or favor, at any given time.

It’s become too difficult to know by the Internet blogs and spin masters if we’re undermining the current administration or playing apologist for it this week. I lost my secret decoder ring and can’t decipher the sinister secret instructions regarding the lies we’re scheduled to tell about Snow White and the 17 GOP dwarfs that was issued by the International Grand Poobah of Reporters and Editors.

For the majority who can see the ironic sarcasm of that un-admission, realize that for this sports department to possess any such organized favoritism for one school or another makes about that much sense as well. Look at the sizes of the schools or the population distribution, county versus city, and it’s pretty obvious that if — and I say IF — we were intentionally slanting our writing and prep coverage to sell more papers, it would not be to diminish one of the 32 largest high schools in this state.

Fortunately, we don’t do that. We try to provide the best coverage of Blount County prep sports that we possibly can within the limitations of expense and the ability to provide a daily publication you can read in under an hour.

So on Thursday evening we misjudged the importance of some content in a good story. Maryville was missing arguably its best golfer and WB took advantage. It was a good story.

More important than the girls outcome? In this case, it probably was in a news sense, but if we tossed it out on a web poll, it would probably be close a run thing.

As to where we go the rest of the school year, I’ll borrow the coach speak and say, “We’re going to work to get better from here. We’re not yet where I want us to be.”

NEXT UP: Area golfers have another chance to enjoy the golden part of summer on the greens for a good cause. The Daily Time Charity Golf Tournament is rapidly approaching. The tournament tees off at 1 p.m. Friday following a lunch provided by Subs & Such.

The inaugural event benefits the Empty Pantry Fund. Established in 1952 as a joint effort by the Jaycees and The Daily Times, the Empty Pantry Fund provides 1,400 Christmas baskets of food to underprivileged residents throughout Blount County.

Vanquish Worldwide and its sister companies are the signature sponsor for the event, as well as sponsorship from the Debra Whaley Team and Lambert Acres Golf Club. While it’s past the deadline, anyone wanting to jump in and help the cause can call 865-981-1132 to help with the late push.

GOLF CLAPS: While William Blount alum Peyton Sliger claimed the 100th Tennessee State Amateur this week, several other area golfers had good showings during the tournament held at Holston Hills in Knoxville.

Jake Headrick finished tied for 18th at 1-over after shooting a 5-under in the final round of the four-day championship. Alcoa alum Grant Daugherty was a stroke away from the cutline after the second round. Maryville College coach Ron Waters also missed the cut in a field that was cut by more than half in its first return to Holston since 2003.

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An East Tennessee newshound since 1990, minus a few years spent working the road race circuit in D.C. , Marcus has been a reporter, copy editor and sports editor, and is now a production manager of APG's Design Hub located at The Daily Times.

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