The county’s two school districts came together Friday night for their 50th meeting on the football field. It brought back wonderful memories to many folks in the community — thinking back to the times they or their friends played, to when they sat in the stands as students.
So much has changed, from where the games are played these days to the uniforms. But school spirit hasn’t changed. Our children and grandchildren are as proud of their schools as we were.
In recent years, the two school districts have behaved admirably in wishing one another well. We were all so impressed a few years back when the Los Lunas team not only managed to make it into the state finals, but folks in Belen signed a huge banner to show their support. That’s the sort of county spirit we love to see.
Good sportsmanship has gone out of style in recent years. Pro football players disrespect one another and pro boxers bite one another’s ears off.
We hope that, with the Valencia Bowl established by the News-Bulletin and the school districts, people are accepting it as a way of saying, “Hey, let’s get out there and have fun because it’s a party everyone in the county is invited to.”
But, because we live in this place together, let’s also establish a tradition of good sportsmanship, honor and recognition of good play on both sides.