I had the pleasure of working at two state playoff sport contests and was very impressed with the class of competitors, coaches and parents at each.

I had the pleasure of working at two state playoff sport contests and was very impressed with the class of competitors, coaches and parents at each.
The state golf championship for Class 1 was a three-day event and was held in Springfield. I saw competitors working together with officials to make for a very positive and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
The spectators were fantastic with a gallery full of parents, grandparents, friends and relatives who cheered on all of the athletes.
Since the tournament, I have received numerous e-mails from all over the state to thank the Missouri State High School Activities Association for putting on such a positive event.
I also announced the Class 4 sectional track meet at Blue Springs South High School. As always, Mark Bubalo and his staff did a great job of running a competitive and interesting meet.
The competitors put forth outstanding performances. The coaches of all the various schools participated in a timely and professional manner.
As you all know, I have been very vocal in the past about poor sportsmanship, but these two events were an example of sportsmanship at its finest.
It appears that the effort by MSHSAA and high schools to promote good sports is beginning to pay off.  All levels of high school competition should continue to emphasize the importance of sportsmanship.
At the state level, athletes, coaches and spectators should be able to show this quality at its highest form. I am certainly all about criticizing people who cross the line in a negative way, but I think it is equally important to shout out kudos to those who make high school athletics a true positive learning environment.
• Next year, the state golf tournament will add a sectional tournament prior to the state championship. It should be a very positive addition for all high school  golfers.
For those who make it to the state level, the pace of play should be faster and more enjoyable for the top golfers.
• I agree with the comments by area baseball coaches that the state needs to implement a 15-run rule after three innings in high school competition.
No one benefits from a team winning by such a large margin.
• My quote of the week is from former NBA guard Calvin Murphy: “I judge a  person’s worth by the kind of person he is in life – by the way he treats his fellow man, by the way he wants to be treated, and by the way he respects  people around him.”