LAPEER — View Newspaper Group sports editor, Lisa Paine, has been nominated for the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) annual Special Recognition Award.
The award recognizes special contributions to the sport of volleyball. North Branch Area Schools’ varsity volleyball coach and athletic director Jim Fish nominated Paine. His nomination letter cited Paine’s “numerous articles extolling the virtues of educational athletics.” Fish’s nomination also said of Paine, “She takes painstaking measures to make sure all schools and all sports get fair and consistent coverage… She truly cares about the student-athlete and promoting all that is good about sports.”
Paine joined the Lapeer Area View as a part-time sports writer in March of 2004 just seven months after its inception, and six months later was promoted to Sports Editor. She currently manages the sports sections for eight of the View Newspapers including The County Press. Paine and her staff cover 22 high schools over three different counties. She is an avid sports fan, die-hard Michigan State fan, horse owner, shooting sports enthusiast and hunter and played tennis in high school. She’s a past member of the Michigan Archers and National Field Archers Associations.
“Playing high school sports is a privilege, not a right. I’ve always been struck by the way in which schools promote their student-athletes; one half student, one half athlete,” said Paine. “The athletes we cover in the pages of our sports sections aren’t just quality athletes, but outstanding in the classroom.
“Many earn all-academic honors during the school year, and for those who move on to play at the college level, book smart means they are also being recognized for staying academically eligible and applying themselves just as hard on the playing field as they do in the classroom.”
“It was a very pleasant surprise to learn of my nomination,” said Paine. “As readers of our papers know, we have earned numerous sports writing and photography awards as judged by our peers in the annual Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper competition, but to be recognized by someone I work with all year long in the athletic arena is pretty special.”