Paying Tribute

JCC To Play Games Today & Saturday To Honor Late P-J Sports Editor

Jim Riggs, former longtime sports editor at The Post-Journal, was inducted into the Jamestown Community College Hall of Fame in September 2001. P-J file photo

Jim Riggs, former longtime sports editor at The Post-Journal, was inducted into the Jamestown Community College Hall of Fame in September 2001, a testament to the coverage he provided the athletics program from 1975 until his retirement in December 2014.

It can be argued that no junior college in the country received better newspaper coverage than what Jim provided the Jayhawks during those nearly 40 years, even though he was too humble to acknowledge it.

“When I started, all there was was men’s basketball,” he said the day of his induction. “Women’s basketball had just started. There wasn’t any soccer, there was no volleyball. … Now it’s a huge program. It’s nice to be involved with it.”

It’s easy to chuckle when one reads the quote “involved with it,” which may qualify as one of the biggest understatements ever recorded. Pressed further, Jim acknowledged that “it’s nice to know your work is appreciated,” but quickly added that he was surprised to be among the first two inductees into the school’s hall of fame.

“George is a natural because, without George, sports isn’t here,” he said of Bataitis, known affectionately as the “father” of JCC athletics. “A writer (being inducted) is sort of strange, but it’s a big honor.”

In Jim’s memory — he passed away in April 2016 — Jamestown CC will be the host for the Jim Riggs Post-Journal Weekend, a two-day event during which the men’s team will play Columbus State at 7 p.m. today and Lakeland CC at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The men’s games will be preceded each day by the Jayhaws’ women’s team playing at 5 p.m. Friday and at noon Saturday against Columbus State and Lakeland CC respectively.

The men’s team, under the guidance of interim coach Xavier Churnac, is 6-3 on the season and is coming off a 99-86 victory over Butler County CC on Wednesday night.

The women’s team, led by Coach Travis Wells, is 10-1 on the heels of an 89-42 win over Butler County CC, also on Wednesday night.

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