By Richard Wiens

Triplicate Editor

When do sports stories belong on the front page?

That's a question every newspaper ponders from time to time, especially when local athletes enjoy unusual success.

For some readers, the answer is never. Newspapers already have separate sports pages, and the front page should be reserved for more serious issues, they figure.

But one could also argue: always. After all, nothing brings a community together more effectively than its affection for local sports teams. Think Friday nights at Del Norte High School during football season, when it seems the entire county has congregated to cheer on the Warriors football team. Other athletic activities, at our schools and elsewhere, capture our attention throughout the year. So why not make them a regular ingredient of front-page news?

I find myself somewhere in the middle, preferring to leave sports stories on the sports pages most of the time, but certainly being open to exceptions.

These days, there seem to be ample opportunities for those exceptions. The Warrior boys basketball team is headed for the playoffs as league champions, following an incredibly successful football season. Stay tuned for more coverage, including some that might spill onto the front page.

Meanwhile, heavyweight wrestler Roger andquot;Bronkandquot; McCovey is already there. His No. 1 spot in last week's state rankings was simply too big to not run out front, and a full-fledged feature is coming up soon.

McCovey is a giant-killer in a couple of ways. First, he dominates a weight class that goes up to 285 pounds when he weighs a mere 240 or so. Second, he's ranked No. 1 in all of California, not just for schools the size of Del Norte High.

I'm not going to be the one to tell Bronk he doesn't belong on the front page.

Now you see it . . .

One of the community's biggest annual events, the Aleutian Goose Festival, is fast approaching. In fact, a reception honoring Lynne Parker, who was commissioned to design this year's festival artwork, occurred last Friday.

The festival, it seems, has caught the imagination of even the very young.

When an essay contest was held so that students could suggest themes for Crescent City's next mural project, one visionary young writer suggested honoring the upcoming festivities with a giant painting depicting the andquot;Illusion Goose Festival.andquot;