After the tournament, the winning teams posed for photos. One group shouted "Daily Pilot!" instead of "cheese." That kind of recognition meant a lot.
Though there are too many people involved in this event to name them all, I want to give credit to Steve Virgen, our sports editor.
He and his team worked nearly a week straight, covering the Pilot Cup with so much enthusiasm it may as well have been the World Cup.
Our staff photographers, Don Leach and Scott Smeltzer, as well as our committed stable of freelancers, spent hours in the sun capturing scrapbook-worthy images.
Then there was Cara Stephens, our promotions manager, who coordinated the difficult logistics of putting together the event. She worked tirelessly with McIntosh and her counterparts at the city and in the school district to make it all happen.
This event has become a community treasure that grows richer with each year.
Open house at the plant
On Thursday, we held an open house at the Los Angeles Times Orange County plant in Costa Mesa. I got a chance to meet readers of all three of our community newspapers and our growing website, OCNow.
The feedback was amazing. Readers told me that they appreciate our commitment to community news and also said they like the regional news we are now providing on OCNow, which runs online and as a daily column in the Pilot.
I demonstrated the features of our new websites, and many folks told me how impressive the site looked.
There were a smattering of complaints, and I took those, too.
The story ideas came all night. We're going to get to some of them soon.
Turnout was strong, in the neighborhood of 150 people, which is not bad when you're competing with the NBA Finals.
Nothing is better for newspaper folks than to meet their readers face to face.
We plan to do another open house at the end of the year. I hope to meet more of the folks whose devotion to our newspapers and website keeps us in business.