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  1. Ladies and Gents, it had to happen sooner or later...... Welcome Cody Parkhurst to the GID.
    9 points
  2. Coaching at the HS level is a HUGE commitment. Not just for the coach but for his family as well. I loved coaching, I loved practices, being around kids, teaching, watching them develop, watching them become successful you adults. What I miss most are the relationships with the kids, I think being around kids keeps you young. I miss the alone time with just the coaching staff, after a game or practice, game planning, practice planning, sharing fellowship, etc. You just reach a point where it’s like why am I doing this? The last year I coached we started the season on a hot streak, we were like 10-0 and ranked like 8th in the state. I had to meet with a parent who’s kid had started and played in every game, because the parent was unhappy about where the kid was playing. Long story short, I’m missing my own kid’s pretty successful college career to coach, and the resounding question in my mind is why am I dealing with this crap? I made up my mind during another such parent meeting and turned my resignation that night. I have had multiple chances to coach since, and as much as I would love do it, particularly with some of the people who’ve asked, I know what comes with it, and just decline. Coaching is the toughest job you’ll ever love. Unrealistic expectations, why isn’t my kid playing, why is my kid playing OF instead of IF, the social media posts (though I never had much issues with that) the massive amount of time away from family and friends, it just stacks up and people get tired of it. It is concerning to me, we are losing good young coaches across the board in all sports. A little caveat, last Thursday I had the plate for a big conference game that had championship implications. It was the best game I’ve seen all season, pitchers duel, 0-0 thru 7 innings. I personally had a great game, yes as an official you know when you walk off the field. In short it was FUN, which ultimately is why I’m there. However, thanks to one of the coaches, who starts bitching about “presenting the ball” in the bottom of the first inning, which is not a term that has been in the rule book in the 20 or so years I’ve been involved. And since he can’t get any satisfaction out of me on his made up term, it sets the tone for the whole night and by the third inning, we’ve degenerated to arguing balls and strikes. He just sucked all the fun out of it for everyone. The opposing catcher even asked at one point, what is that guys problem? I’m not going to lie, and I have shared with some AD’s I don’t know what my future in officiating is at this point. I haven’t even made up my mind whether I’m doing Football this fall or not yet, but I can assure you this, dealing with assholes is making the decision for me. FYI, I had to stop the game in the bottom of the 8th with the visitors up 1-0 because of rain. I won’t get a chance to see how it turns out.
    8 points
  3. I stepped away from coaching in 1985 because of greater job demands.... I had coached as a lay coach from 1978 to 1985. When I retired in 2017, I decided to get back into coaching full time because I was bored with retirement. I had coached various youth league teams on a part time basis between 1985 and 2017; however, I digress. I thought it would be better if I was an in the building coach so I went back to school at the ripe old age of 65 to obtain my Professional Educators License. This marks my fifth season at the secondary level as a coach of two sports. With all the ups and downs it has been a journey.... it keeps me young!
    8 points
  4. Bingo. This is precisely why I am leaving my current position at Whiting HS. I teach 3 middle school computer science classes (6th, 7th, and 8th). Then in the high school I teach an AP Computer Science class, a dual credit PLTW engineering class, and 2 robotics classes. I do not have a prep. With this work load I cannot be visible in the building. I tried to get my schedule to be more "coach friendly" but it wasn't feasible. So I finally had to make a change. Whiting is my alma mater and I've been coaching here for 20 years but something had to give. Tough decision but it's the correct one.
    7 points
  5. Fully aware my opinion may not be popular with some.... RE: Teacher pay. Some of this is relative to the corporation contract structure. Speaking personally, we have a rather favorable contract structure for experienced teachers with a Master's. I do not feel "underpaid", considering I'm contracted for a little over 180 days a year. If you prorated my salary out over an entire year, my teacher salary is very competitive with most anything else I'd be interested or qualified to do. RE: Coaching pay. For the vast majority of coaches, the off-season commitment has increased exponentially over the years ....your coaching stipend has not. And because these commitments, by their nature, generally occur outside of the school day...it has a much more significant impact on your own family obligations. And its generally not compensated for. Now none of us got into coaching high school football to get rich. But I suspect the turnover your seeing is a direct reflection of the expectation that football coaches give so much more of their offseason time, while still expecting them to have full time teaching workloads and not increasing their extracurricular stipend to an amount commensurate with that time commitment. Off-season weights, off-season football workouts (now ok to do), a full summer weight and football practice schedule, multiple summer scrimmages, throw in a team camp, clinics, etc, etc ....My wife would trade my being MIA during two weeks of 2 a Days, for June/July rules going back to their previous versions. When you have kids with their own Winter, Spring, Summer stuff and a wife that works her own job, the off-season time starts to require sacrifices of more than just Dad...most of that load goes on Mom. We all know this, we signed up for it, we love the game; but a lot of coaches are finding that when it comes to raising a family in the 2020's...the balance just isn't there anymore. With some exceptions, your "mega-schools" will be able to manage this better due to a wide variety of resources, and your tiny schools, won't have as much commitment of time due to the number of athletes that are shared with other sports. Its the schools somewhere in the middle that are really putting the squeeze on their coaches. Of course there are exceptions to this. Notice I don't have any answers... People knock on some schools that created internal positions for head coaches, coordinators, etc. But the reality is, those schools understand what is being asked in terms of the time commitment to have a successful program. If your community has a football program with 75-100+ kids, with an expectation that it will be successful. You want good coaches with staff continuity, that's only gonna happen if the coaches feel the juice is worth the squeeze every year. In some places it isn't. (I'm sure there are a variety of typos, etc above....I don't have the energy to proof read since this was more or less a rant of 🤮mental word vomit)
    6 points
  6. Teaching is harder than it's ever been and teacher pay in Indiana doesn't compare well to surrounding states. Many schools haven't redone their coaching pay scales in 20+ years (hard to up coaching pay when teacher pay is lagging so far behind). Finding assistant coaches is harder than ever as the number of young people entering education continues to decline. Then there is the expectation by parents that with 2 assistants at the school and with your $7000 stipend that the program should resemble a small college, all while being one of the most widely criticized humans in a given school district............. it becomes a less and less attractive job every year. Some schools invest more than others and are rewarded with a stable coaching staff and with that stability often comes success. Other schools choose to constantly band aid the situation and ignore the facts of what it takes to run a competitive program in 2022. Those places will continue to struggle.
    6 points
  7. I was surprised and pleased to see the fine biography of Coach Spike Kelly. I suppose I am the only GID poster to have attended games when Kelly was one of the coaches. Being a lifetime Linton Miner fan, I experienced the difficulty of my team playing against the Sullivan Golden Arrows when Spike Kelly was there. Our series with the Arrows began in 1904 and Linton dominated the early years winning 15 of the first 19 games. As the article states, Coach Kelly came to Sullivan from Clinton in 1931, which BTW is my birth year. Clinton was also a Linton opponent in those early years. Linton defeated Sullivan and Coach Kelly in his first three years, the last being 27 - 0 in 1933 when, in the undefeated Wabash Valley Champion Miners only allowed 6 points all season. However, the tide turned in 1934 and Linton never defeated Sullivan again until 1945 when in the annual Armistice Day game, The undefeated Miners won 22-0 at Sullivan. That was after Spike had gone to South Bend Riley. I fondly remember that game as a HS freshman. The following year, the Miners opened the season against Kelly's No 1 ranked South Bend Riley team at South Bend. That was quite a trip from Southwestern Indiana to South Bend in those days. I went to the game as a member of the LHS band and along with the team, stayed overnight at South Bend. The game was a big deal for Linton and a great number of Miner fans made the trip. I recall there was a light rain throughout the game. Kelly's Riley team defeated the Miners 13 - 6. Along with the loss, Linton's all- state running back (he was called a halfback in those days) suffered a broken leg, ending his senior season. So, Spike Kelly's record was 10 - 3 against the Linton Miners.
    5 points
  8. Heard West Lafayette was caught eating burgers on Friday during Lent and excommunicated from the Catholic Invitational Sectional.
    5 points
  9. Check out the first installment in our new series, the Legends of Indiana High School Football. We look back at Paul "Spike" Kelly, the hall of fame coach who guided Clinton, Sullivan and South Bend Riley to multiple championships over 30+ years, including three state crowns. http://www.almanacsports.com/article.php?news_id=2022051301 Please let me know what you think and who should be featured in the next installment? Thanks, Dan "Rudy" Engler
    4 points
  10. Take with these with a grain of salt as it is pretty difficult to find information on teams in the off season. Any insight is appreciated 6A favorites: Cathedral Can win it all: Ben Davis, Carmel, CG, Westfield, Warren Central Longshots: HSE 5A favorites: Decatur Central, Merrillville Can win it all: Michigan City, Valpo, FW Dwenger, FW Snider Longshots: Harrison WL 4A favorites: Roncalli Can win it all: Mount Vernon, East Central, Evansville Memorial, Leo Longshots: Kokomo, Brebeuf, Northridge, New Pal, New Prairie, Lowell 3A favorites: Chatard Can win it all: West Lafayette, Mishawaka Marian, Lawrenceburg Longshots: Western Boone, Danville, Tri-West 2A favorites: Andrean Can win it all: Evansville Mater Dei, Eastside, Fort Wayne Luers, Eastbrook Longshots: LCC, Indy Scecina, Linton-Stockton 1A favorites: Adams Central, Indy Lutheran Can win it all: Pioneer, Park Tudor, Covenant Christian Longshots: North Judson, Churubusco, Parke Heritage
    4 points
  11. 4 points
  12. Just a reminder for those playing along with DT's thought exercise - football is only one of 20 IHSAA-sanctioned sports and a school that may be struggling in football may still be a good fit in a conference in terms of geography, school population and competitiveness in other sports.
    4 points
  13. All opinions welcome, that's what makes for good forum. If there was no debate, there would be much less interest. Thanks DT for the rankings. It goes into depth we don't see in most other polls. If any poll is a joke, it's the AP and the Coaches Poll. Gibson Southern's reputation speaks for itself, those especially from Southern Indiana know that. If anything, appreciate a low ranking or no ranking at all. It'll probably just give GS the motivation they need, that they may not have had otherwise.
    4 points
  14. To add to this, I think there is a connection between what we are seeing as far as the toxic stuff and the stuff we are dealing with in our schools with the same types of behaviors.
    4 points
  15. I am not as tech savvy as most on here, but there is a great youtube video by coach Frank Martin (then of South Carolina) about referees and coaches. It is worth a listen.
    4 points
  16. One of the drivers behind the officiating shortage is the unreasonable behavior of fans toward sports officials. Many of those “fans” are actually parents or other relatives of players. If they act that way, in public, toward officials, I can only imagine how they act toward coaches when Little Johnny is riding the pines, or Little Suzy is batting 8th instead of cleanup. I’m sure @Impartial_Observercan share on that subject, as can many others.
    4 points
  17. Although it comes close at times, this is not facebook or any other social media platform where saying whatever you want about a coach or kids; ESPECIALLY based on hearsay, is not acceptable.
    4 points
  18. There is a PIONEER FOOTBALL Facebook group that has several thousand followers and whoever runs the page made a post about being switched from 2A to 1A. Using emojis, they expressed happiness with their 2A placement and anger with their 1A placement. There's no justification for placing Pioneer in what is basically the "region" sectional other than pure laziness by the IHSAA. The IHSAA needs to release a statement explaining their actions as it is very puzzling for all parties involved.
    4 points
  19. How? Cakewalk sectional then a CG with massive talent losses in regionals is all they could ever ask for. Dodging Cathedral/Ben Davis until Semi State
    4 points
  20. I've posed this question elsewhere, but is Pioneer really even in 1A? They won a regional in 2020 which would keep us in 2A unless I missed a different rule posting than what was originally released. Between 1A and 2A just line us up and we'll play whoever. Our biggest issue at the 2A level is simply depth. Big difference going against teams with 40-60 kids on the roster compared to us only having 20-30 kids JV-Varsity.
    4 points
  21. I would of loved to stay on a staff, but leaving the teaching profession and transitioning into the private sector was much higher on the priority list than coaching. Tough to rationalize making 40k as a teacher + a couple grand coaching over a career that gives you an opportunity to provide for your family in a manner I wanted.
    4 points
  22. Just awful. Prayers to their family.
    4 points
  23. Gonna throw in MY answer.... Baseball: 38 Years (9 State Finals) Football: 22 Years (3 State Finals) And apparently I am now a "Senior" citizen.... 56, I guess I am OLD now. 😒
    4 points
  24. Hoosier Highschool Football Preseason Top 10 By Class **************************************************** Hoosier Highschool Football 6A Preseason Top 10 1. Cathedral - Irish step up to the states largest class and are positioned to challenge for 3rd consecutive state championship with deep and talented roster. 2. Carmel - Hounds have some top playmakers on defense and should be difficult to score on this year. 3 Westfield - Jake Gilbert's team has been 6A runnerup two years running and the Rocks will once again be in the hunt as they reload 4. Center Grove - Trojans slip back a notch after 2 year undefeated run . Team will be much younger and will improve over the course of the season after a brutally tough early schedule. 5. HSE - Michael Kelly's program has been coming on strong and the Royals will challenge Westfield for the HCC title. 6. Warren Central - Last years young and inexperienced team is a year older and much more ready to compete at a higher level in The MIC. 7. Ben Davis - Giants working hard to improve weakness on the offensive and defensive lines. Lots of skill position talent. 8 Brownsburg - Bulldogs always have Top 10 talent but sub par post season performance has kept the program a step below elite status. 9 Zionsville - Eagles lose some high end D1 talent but the roster is deep and plenty of impact players return as the team steps up to Class 6A after two state final appearances in 5A. 10 Lawrence North - Pat Mallory's team is looking to break into the top half of The MIC and the Wildcats continue to close the gap. HHF Class 5A Preseason Top 10 1. Merrillville - Pirates drop down to Class 5A due to declining enrollment and become immediate state title favorites. MHS must replace some huge offensive backfield production and mammoth lineman Kenneth Grant. MV is becoming a transfer destination for lots of NWI football talent. The rich get richer. 2. Decatur Central - Two way impact player Aycen Stevens returns to lead a deep and experienced DC team that knows how to win. 3. FW Dwenger - Top 5 fixture will reload and make a run at The Summit and a long post season 5A run, if they can get out of their sectional. 4 FW Snider - Snider loses Indiana bound tackle DJ Moore but the Panthers have plenty of talent in reserve as they return to contender status. 5. Plainfield - Coach Brian Woodard will be running the program for his 17th and final season and will have one of his best teams. PHS should challenge DC for a Mid State Conference title. 6. Valpo - Valpo loses more offensive line talent and RB Hayden Vineyard but Bill Marshall's team will adjust and compete, as usual. 7. Mishawaka - Keith Kinder's team is poised to take over in the NLC 8 Michigan City - Jaden Hart is a hilight reel and MC will once again challenge, but needs to shore up a defense badly exposed by Zionsville in the 2021 semi state. 9 Columbus East - Olympians still adjusting in the post Bob Gaddis era, losing some city momentum to rival Columbus North. East should get back on track this year under 2nd year Head Coach Eddie Vogel. 10 Castle /Evansville North - interesting 5A power struggle developing between these two SIAC programs . Castle is the traditional power and North is coming on under Joey Paridaen. HHF Class 4A Preseason Top 10 *************************************** 1. Roncalli - stacked roster with huge lines on both sides of the ball. Need to be replace skill position losses but Royals will bludgeon most opponents due to sheer power advantage. 2. New Palestine - Dragons return to 4A with a vengeance and with multiple D1 players to wreak havoc on The HHC. 3. East Central - One of the states most consistent programs and always a threat to make a deep post season run. 4. Mt Vernon Fortville - Defending state champs get a chance to prove they have long lasting resiliency and are built to last. 5. Kokomo - Wildkats drop down to 4A and Austin Colby has athletes and a system that is ready to compete for a championship. 6. Jasper - Wildcats were shocked in the sectional opener last year and ready for a strong comeback in both the SIAC and the state tournament. 7. East Noble - very similar to East Central. Solid organization from top to bottom with a tremendous staff and great resources. 8. Evansville Memorial - the Tigers continue to play up in class and outperform on the field consistently. Big strong offensive line with D1 talent. 9. Lowell - Keith Kilmer's Red Devils are one of the top programs in Northern Indiana and will have to replace RB Joey Heuer to contend with Andrean and Hobart in The NCC. 10. Mooresville - QB Nick Patterson is the engine behind Mooresville's high powered passing game. Pioneers again will contend in The MSC and in the post season . 10 . Hobart - Brickies have returned to consistent contention under Craig Osika and Trey Gibson is ready to run wild in his senior season. HHF Class 3A Top 10 Preseason Poll ******************************************** 1. West Lafayette - Coach Shane Fry's program develops college football players at the same rate as high level 6A schools. The team was knocked out in Round 1 last year by eventual state runnerup Brebeuf, and the Red Devils haven't forgotten the sting of that loss. If WLF can avoid sleep walking thru the Hoosier Conference schedule, they will be ready to make a run in November. 2. Bishop Chatard - The Trojans have won 12 state championships in 3A, so it doesn't matter who has graduated and who is coming back, they will be in the mix. 3. Lawrenceburg - Rock solid public school program with a hard nosed take no prisoners approach . Head Coach Ryan Knigga is 99-35 in 12 years at the southeastern Indiana school. The Tigers are lazer focused on returning to the state finals for the first time since 2016. Big, deep roster with lots of talent. 4. Delta - The Eagles have been off the grid for several years but declining enrollment has pushed the school down to Class 3A, where combined with a big group of returning starters could be a lethal combination for Coach Chris Overholt's team. 5. Mishawaka Marian - The Marian Knights have been on a roll under Coach Mike Davidson, and last years heartbreaking 1 point loss to Brebeuf in the 3A Northern Semi State was a hard pill to swallow. The Knights will be young but have big game experience. 6. Danville - The Warriors have big time numbers, with over 100 kids in the high school program, huge for a 3A school. Talent level is increasing along with the numbers and Coach Jayme Comer has a team that will be the favorite in the Sagamore and a post season tournament challenger. 7. Western Boone - The 3 time 2A champs return for their second season in 3A after posting a 7-5 record in 2021, closing with a sectional loss to Brebeuf. The Stars will be a little more comfortable this time around and settled in their new surroundings. This program operates at a very high level and has ultra high expectations and aspirations. 8. Heritage Hills - Todd Wilkinson's program has run into the Gibson Southern machine over the past few years but remains solid and competitive and always has its eyes on the post season. With Brady Allen out of the way, the Patriots path to post season success is reopened. 9. Gibson Southern - Very rarely do you get to coach a once in a lifetime athlete, and Titans Head Coach Nick Hart has experienced that first hand during his time mentoring the Purdue bound Allen. Don't expect GS to roll over and hand off the 3A South mantle to HH or anyone else. The program is deep and talented and the Titans will show up to defend their 2021 3A state championship. 10. Hanover Central - Brian Parker is building a 3A powerhouse at Hanover Central and the program has gradually and methodically stepped up its level of play in the 5 years since Parker took control, culminating in last years 11-2 record. HC will be playing its final season this year in the small school Greater South Shore Conference, before moving over to the Northwest Crossroads, home of Region bluebloods Lowell, Hobart and Andrean HHF Class 2A Preseason Top 10 ****************************************** 1. Andrean - defending champs have the states top player in Drayk Bowen and Niners fully expect to be in LOS to defend their title. 2. Evansville Mater Dei - Wildcats will want another shot at the 59ers and big 6-5 QB Mason Wunderlich could be the difference maker 3. Fort Wayne Luers - Luers is loaded with speed and skill and will be a top contender positioned to challenge either of the top 2 teams. 4. Eastbrook - Jeff Adamson crossed the 300 win threshold in 2021 and his team is looking to make another strong post season run. 5. Eastside - Took Andrean to the brink last year. Todd Mason's program is elite and will compete. 6. Indianapolis Scecina - Crusaders caught fire in the '21 post season and look to continue the trend 7. Brownstown Central - Braves drop down from 3A to 2A but still have a huge PP hill to climb. 8. Linton- Stockton - Miners always in the hunt 9. Lafayette Central Catholic - Knights looking to get back into the post season mix as they continue to adjust to 2A. 10. Triton Central - Tim Able's team finished strong in 2021 and has plenty of experienced talent returning. HHF Class 1A Preseason Top 10 **************************************** 1, Indianapolis Lutheran - The Saints are becoming to 1A what Chatard, Roncalli and Cathedral have been to their respective classes over the years, the BIG GOG in the house. Bigger, stronger and faster than everyone else. Could be a dynasty in the making. 2. Adams Central - The Jets hung with Lutheran in the finals last year but ran out of gas and were out - athleted in the end. AC is the Norths best and most complete 1A public program. 3. South Adams - Where you find Adams Central, you will find South Adams riding side saddle. The two are inextricably linked, and will remain that way until one plays its way up to 2A. 4. Covenant Christian - 2020 state champs will reload for another run in 2022. Lots of speed and skill on this roster. 5. Pioneer - Panthers are back home in 1A after a two year hiatus up in 2A where they played very well. Not as much star power as in past years but plenty of grit and fight will keep them in the chase. 6. Providence - Could be a sleeper coming down from 2A. They play a tough schedule with lots of bigger Kentucky opponents so they are a mystery until the post season arrives. 7. Park Tudor - Breakthru 8-3 season in 2021 under Spencer Summerville and they played Lutheran tough in he sectional. 8. Tri - Titans won 11 games and reached the state title round last year. Big 6-3 RB Parker Burk returns for what should be a huge senior season. 9. Monroe Central - John Hochstetler runs a quiet, below the radar unspectacular program that wins consistently. 10. South Putnam - Chuck Sorrell has a deep and experienced team returning from a group that has won 20 games over the past 2 seasons.
    3 points
  25. I was quick to bitch about the current state of affairs, I thought I might share a little glimpse of the reason you do it. Last night I had the pleasure to work a game where the HC was a kid I’ve had a relationship since she was about 8. I coached her in HS, saw her play a lot of games in college, as she was in the same conference as my daughter. She’s currently serving as interim HC as the HC has had some health issues. She is expected to be named HC. One of the highlights of my career was being able to shake her hand at the plate meeting and refer to her as coach. I think the best way for me to sum up the current state of affairs is, sports to me has always been about relationships. The main problem as I see it is the toxicity involved doesn’t foster the creation of relationships. Coaches, officials, and parents need to figure out, everyone is here for the same reason, and ultimately it will be the kids who suffer if we continue down this path.
    3 points
  26. How much better is it to wear that white hat and stay out in the middle of the field, pretending you don’t hear the asinine comments, and trying not to laugh? 😂🤣😆
    3 points
  27. I'll just say that no one down here expects GS to take any steps backwards. They have PLENTY of good football players that have just been waiting their turn for Friday nights. (And if not, well this would be the time to insert a transfer joke, but I ain't gonna. Turning over new leaf this year) From the outside looking one might think losing a D1 arm would bring them back to the pack so-to-speak, but us PAC folk know better.
    3 points
  28. “17 D1 players.”
    3 points
  29. https://www.maxpreps.com/in/fort-branch/gibson-southern-titans/football/21-22/stats/ Seniors get more action. Defense #3 in tackles All conference returns (missed last 2 games). (40 solo, 13 assist, 21 TFL) #4 (39 solo,8 assist,2 TFL)in tackles returns LB with significant varsity experience. Another DL/LB with significant varsity experience other than clean up. Another DE with significant varsity experience other than clean up. We will have secondary questions to figure out....but we could go with a couple 2-way guys (blasphemy at GS!) Offense #2 in total yards All conference returns 1324 (AP) from scrimmage returns. #4, #5 and #6 receivers return for totals of 461, 362, (missed 4 last games), 256, return. #1, #2 and #4 rushers return for totals of 863, 362, 357 2 Offensive linemen that started full or part-time return. Thoughts Expect total yardage to be near 50% from runs and 50% from passes this season. Expect a very physical and aggressive front 7...we will match up nicely against the guys in our conference who might want to ground and pound. Losing QB1 was huge after one of the best senior performances by an Indiana QB I have ever seen, but he won one sectional for us. In 2015 we lost all 11 Defensive starters and was good enough to win sectional the following year had our QB not broken his collar bone. Look at what Lawrenceburg lost this season and they are ranked #3...come on man. Also, a very successful JV team with upper classmen waiting their turn who made some varsity squads look really bad in the 3rd and 4th quarters: JV rushing 1675 for 12.8 yards per carry very talented group. JV receiving 687 for 14.9 yards per reception. Junior QB hasn't lost to a PAC opponent from 3rd through 10th grade. Junior QB 44/87 641 yards 51% 12 TD 4 INT Freshman year he got contact traced out for 2 games. He will probably be just about anywhere on the field this season....plenty of RB though.
    3 points
  30. Still trying to figure out what Hart vs Wilkerson head to head records have anything to do with thread? GS pride hurt by being ranked below HH in a meaningless preseason poll? 😃
    3 points
  31. Looking forward to all the talent coming back in the SIAC this season. Lot of it untapped, underrated, or unknown at this point. Here is just the returning SIAC All Conference players: QB 2nd team - Jr. Cameron Tilly - Castle - (not playing this year) At Large - Jr. Mason Wunderlich - Mater Dei RB 2nd team- Jr. Jaiden Thomas - Bosse WR/TE 1st team - Jr. Leo Collins - Memorial 2nd team - Jr. Weston Aigner - Castle G/T 1st team - Jr. Drew Weinzapfel - Memorial 1st team - So. Timmy Dixon - North 2nd team - Jr. Jack Cassidy - Memorial K 2nd team - Jr. Tyler Sitzman - Mater Dei DL 2nd team - Jr. Kelton Farmer - Memorial 2nd team - So. Jayden Hazelwood - North LB 2nd team - Jr. John Purdy - Castle DB 1st team - Jr. Bralen Bair - Jasper 2nd team - So. Roland Vera Jr - Reitz P 2nd team - Jr. Charlie Kabrick - Jasper
    3 points
  32. You are correct, Churubusco would be a longshot to win 1A beacuse they're in 2A now.
    3 points
  33. Does the GID keep stats on, for example, the earliest in a poster’s GID career to have a post removed? Asking for a friend. 😆
    3 points
  34. PAC returning ALL Conference players for 2022 Large School division selections by position Offensive line: Abe Thomas (Mount Vernon) Jr OL/DL, End: Quarterback: Nicot Burnett (Mount Vernon) JR, Clay Conner (Boonville)SR Running back: Sean DeLong (Gibson Southern)JR Kicker: Defensive line: Ty Whitledge (Gibson Southern)SR, Reece Wilder (Boonville)SR Inside linebacker: Ethan Yarber (Mount Vernon)SR Outside linebacker: Braydon Durham (Heritage Hills)SR Defensive back: Punter: Honorable mention: Rueben Gutierrez (Washington) OL/DL SR, Kaleb Ice (Princeton) WR/DB SR, Jayce Perkins (Washington) RB/OLB JR Small School division selections by position Offensive line: Isaac Wittman (South Spencer)SR , Alex Stiff (Tell City)SR, End: Quarterback: Running back: Jed Galvin (North Posey)So Kicker: Defensive end: Linebacker: Reid Schroeder (Southridge)SR Defensive back: Braden Howald (Pike Central)SR Punter: Kyle Olmstead (South Spencer)SR Honorable mention: Liam Stone (North Posey)QB JR, Jackson Graff (North Posey)WR JR, Yamil Arroyo (Southridge)RB/OLB JR, Tyler Fetter (Forest Park)RB So, Trent Cail (Tell City)RB/LB So
    3 points
  35. A look at our State rings that were given out last night!
    3 points
  36. Sectional 1 - Someone not named Merrillville............Love it! Sectional 3 - should give Temptation and I something to banter over for old times sake. Sectional 2 - what's not to love? Carroll, Warsaw, Penn, and Elkhart. If that's not a crapshoot, I don't know what is. Sectional 4 - Carmel vs Westfield in the opening round. Not sure whether to laugh or cry. Seeding anyone?
    3 points
  37. 3 points
  38. I don’t know if it matters, but it looks like Southridge would have bumped regardless of success due to enrollment. This would leave Pioneer as the only team in the state affected by the 2020 points. As others have pointed out the IHSAA needs to provide an explanation on what’s going on. If there is this much confusion why not just wipe the success factor slate clean and restart with this cycle to get aligned?
    3 points
  39. https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/quick resources/Enrollments & Classifications/2022-23 2023-24/2022-23 2023-24 Football Assignments.pdf The link has been updated to reflect Pioneer now in 1A sectional 41.
    3 points
  40. Wouldn't it be great if the IHSAA issued a statement explaining the situation? Obviously nobody knows why Pioneer is now down along with Chatard. It also seems that no one has a clue as to why LCC is up in 2A. Heck, Pioneer has been in 2A, back down to 1A, aligned in Sectional 34 in 2A, and the realigned into a 1A sectional...all in a 4 week span. So does the IHSAA even know why?
    3 points
  41. Chatard back to 3A is definitely a winner after only one year in 4A.
    3 points
  42. Administrators ego's are effecting this as well . It used to be when a teacher came in for an interview one of the questions asked was what sport could you coach ? Now I told a fellow young coach/teacher , don't even mention coaching unless they bring it up and most won't anymore . Head coaches need guys in the building and principals refuse to help, principals want to find a teacher on there own. I've seen numerous times were guys coach at one schools and teach at another and get constantly passed over for multiple positions in the district , good teachers already a little extra invested in that districts students can't get a sniff because there name was brought to an admin . its funny the misconception around many Football coaches . I've always said could you imagine the way the administration and the school cooperation as a whole would look at a teacher who - lets say was say "in charge of the year book" or the "Sophomore class sponsor and they spent even half the time outside of school with the students that Football coaches do? They would win teacher of the year every year. Its sad but I've always said most go into Administration for 1 of 3 reasons 1) The are tired and/or not very good in the classroom 2) They want Admin level money 3) Both 1 and 2
    3 points
  43. Added this in another thread, but for the NLCers Andrew Mevis (K): Undrafted Free Agent: Jacksonville Jaguars via Iowa State and Fordham and Warsaw Community High School Mevis finished his only season in Ames (as a graduate transfer from Fordham) 20-of-23 on field goals, including 2-for-2 on kicks of 50+ yards, and was perfect on PATs. Mevis was arguably the best kicker in the entire draft, and will presumably have a shot at taking the starting job since the Jaguars released longtime kicker Josh Lambo midway through the 2021 season. His younger brother Harrison is the kicker at Missouri and will likely be a front-runner for the Groza award this season.
    3 points
  44. Just change a few words here and there, and you’ve described the officials shortage in a nutshell. Makes me wonder if there isn’t a common cause in there somewhere.
    3 points
  45. Hearing Chatard, Guerin and Mishawaka Marian are in same sectional. It’s a straight shot up US31.
    3 points
  46. One thing I've started seeing, and it seems to be with a preponderance of teams from outside of Indiana at travel games, is parents aggressively challenging almost every call that the umps make and starting early in pool play to set patterns of intimidation. Saw over the weekend where parents were sitting on the fenceline between home and the dugout ... and not in the bleachers ... and yelling about everything including where the umpire was standing in the field. The plate umpire finally had enough, ejected one of the people and called for a supervisor. From what I could hear of the discussion, it was apparent that this program had been doing the same thing the day before in pool play and it was just the one obnoxious parent ... it was programmatic. Sad thing is it was just an 11U game. Luckily I've only seen the item above, kids disrespecting the umps, a couple of times over the year, but I have noticed more and more kids talking back to their coaches or acting out during games and doing stuff like turning away from the coach when he's talking to them, talking back, throwing helmets, not giving the coach the ball when he comes to the mound to change pitchers, etc. I can't believe parents let their kids do that; especially in a game situation. My older boy was with me in the stands at the younger one's game one time when a kid on the opposing team started pulling some stuff like and yelling at his coach about being pulled from a game. didn't help that the parent was also yelling at the coach for "taking him out too soon." Realize that the kid had just given up his fifth consecutive hit in the inning and had already walked a couple of batters. I looked at my older boy and shook my head. He looked at me and said, "That wouldn't happen with us [he and his brother]. We'd be out in the car in the parking lot and getting ready for a long ride home and it would have nothing to do with the coach's decision." I told him, "D*mn right!" They both know, with a dad as a former coach, that my philosophy is you don't embarrass your coach in public and you don't challenge his calls. If you disagree, you, the player, schedules a meeting with him and go to his office or stay after practice, and discuss it with him as adults ... even my 11 year old. Parents need to be better so their kids can be better so the kind of stuff in your post don't start becoming acceptable behavior as they get older.
    3 points
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