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  1. It was 12 years ago today that the GID suffered a devastating blow from which many thought it would never recover. The founder and guiding spirit of the forum, Tim Adams, passed away suddenly. Tim was a long time coach, and a tireless promoter of Indiana high school football. I consider myself very fortunate to have gotten to know him and call him a good friend. I know many of the people on the forum now joined after Tim passed, and they know him only by the occasional references on here. Perhaps others who knew him might share some of their recollections of this very good man.
    16 points
  2. THis is such a sad thing. I have certainly called the name Vernelson many times over the years at Linton/Sullivan battles. Jeremiah fought so hard to be a part of the Arrow football team... it was admirable to see how dedicated he was to get to suit up. He will be an inspiration for sure.. .and from what I am told he was just a stellar kid... made a difference in people's lifes every day. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and his teammates and friends. We may be bitter enemies ...the Miners and the Arrows.. in anything from football, cow-tipping to horseshoes and watermelon seed spitting... but when it comes to this...we are all human beings---and brothers and sisters in the ultimate game of life.
    8 points
  3. 7 points
  4. If you can’t have fun in a town named after milfs you gotta be a queer, I swear to God you do. I gotta go
    6 points
  5. The PAC made an argument that it was Indiana's best small-school conference this year https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/high-school/2022/06/23/ihsaa-sports-pac-4-high-school-titles/7698910001/ "The 2021-22 athletic season was a banner year for the PAC with four team state champions – Gibson Southern football, Forest Park girls basketball, Tecumseh girls basketball and Tecumseh softball – and one individual state champ in track and field with Forest Park's Rachel Mehringer (100m hurdles). Only the Circle City Conference (six) won more team state championships than the Pocket this year. Not bad for a conference with an average enrollment of 563 students."
    6 points
  6. This kid is this generation’s Jack Armstrong. For those of you young folks, look that up. An outstanding young man from little Pioneer High School, with his best football ahead of him and a degree from the prestigious Mendoza School of Business already in his pocket. What a great story. A true Notre Dame Man. https://mobile.twitter.com/AE_Kiser/status/1526399998287659009/photo/1
    5 points
  7. When I moved to Hancock County in 1998, I largely knew Tim as the really kind DC at Mt. Vernon who loved to talk football. A few months later, I went over to his classroom at MV and interviewed him about the GID for a feature story. We became fast friends, a friendship that developed even more when we became broadcast partners in 2006 when he retired. Tim was one of my best friends. We worked together in some fashion from then until he passed four years later. We always drove together to games and the rides with him were among my favorite times of the week as we'd talk football, family, faith and much more - he'd update me on the church he pastored near Connersville, we'd talk about his daughters and grandkids and my kids, share classroom stories, and most of all, talk football. We had an incredible on-air chemistry. I miss him every fall Friday night. I still use the broadcast equipment he bought for us those years ago. Nobody has been more passionate about promoting Indiana high school football. He did so through this site and many other channels. He was beloved by nearly everyone in the high school football community and we miss him.
    5 points
  8. Maybe institute a post multiplier for Northern and Central Indiana?
    5 points
  9. Our crew made a rare trip to central Indiana during the regular season one year to work Fishers @ Avon. Dave Shelbourne, formerly at Highland, was coaching Avon and Rick Wimmer, formerly of Merrillville, was coaching Fishers. When TA found out we were coming, he got all excited and promised to come over and see us. We had a great time chatting before the game. This picture of the coin toss be fore the game was taken by TA himself.
    5 points
  10. State baseball tourney just concluded - 3 of the 4 state championships won by private schools...ridiculous. 6 of the 8 teams in the state finals were privates, yet private schools compose a little less than 20% of the TOTAL high schools in Indiana. Privates are playing with a different deck of cards. If you think otherwise, please continue to keep your heads buried.
    5 points
  11. Got any pictures of you in your costume and makeup? Would love to see those.
    5 points
  12. That's because he's Scottish.
    5 points
  13. I don’t think it’s that simple. I swear to God it’s not. Fans have gotten worse and can be rickys and I’ll say it right to their face
    4 points
  14. I have to ask…… What does a free FB group cost to purchase?
    4 points
  15. https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/news media/2021-22/062322.BasketballFormat.pdf The Committee approved modified restrictions on Indiana schools competing against schools from beyond the 300-mile travel limit. IHSAA schools will now be able to participate against out-of-state schools from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are in good standing with their state association, the venue is within the 300 mile limit, is and is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA. Also, Indiana schools may now host out-of-state schools in Indiana from beyond the 300-mile limit as long as they are a member in good standing with their own state association and the event is sanctioned by the NFHS and IHSAA.
    4 points
  16. My partners and I are mulling the possibility of a statewide high school football weekly podcast. A general outline of content would include the following : * Statewide "Big Game Friday Night Recap" * Regional Analysis (Northwest Indiana/Northeast Indiana / Central Indiana/Southern Indiana * Top Individual Performances * Conference Race Update * IFCA Rankings Update * Coach Interviews * Media Interviews (Greg Rakestraw/Lance Scheib/Paul Condry/etc) * Open Topical Discussion (Classifications/SF/PPs/Seeding/etc) What else would you tune in to hear about?
    4 points
  17. Little known fact TA had a soft spot for Softball players, my daughter was just starting her career when she met TA. Whenever I talked to him after he met her he always asked me how she was doing and how her career was going. I often thought of the big guy watching her play throughout her career. TA had a heart of gold and he did what he did for all the right reasons. Geez what was Jimmie in this pic, about 12?
    4 points
  18. Just stopped in for a visit. Left a few topics behind for you to mull over. Its good to rehash some of these topics so the newbies can get a sense about what this forum is all about.
    4 points
  19. You actually started 2 threads on contraction at the same time? Bobref and YG...where are you??
    4 points
  20. Personally, I hate the Facebook groups. It’s harder to keep track of the posts because they’re not separated by topic and it’s just way easier to miss posts. Also, I feel like the overall IQ is much much lower on there and I don’t have the patience for it.
    4 points
  21. Well my grandpa always said never say never but there are many many variables to life and career (no matter what the job). From reading your posts over the years, I understand that you kind of take the position that for a young coach...the next bigger "thing" should be the main focus. For some perhaps but many times it is not, in fact in the Teaching and Coaching profession in our fine state you might be able to say that even MOST of the time it is not. Coaching in HS has a very complex set of variables maybe more than many other careers. I have laid these out multiple times and won't bore folks here with it again. Long story short, I think Coach Hart has found a great place to raise a young family and he isn't the first professional to make that decision about the South Gibson area.
    4 points
  22. HHF Week 1 Spotlite Games ********************************** With Week 1 just ten weeks out, its not too soon to take a look at some key matchups to open up the 2022 Indiana High School Football Season Below are several good matchups to keep an eye on : Elkhart at Concord New Elkhart head coach Romison St Louis makes his debut with the Lions against the very solid Concord team from the Northern Lakes Conference. Key opening contest for Elkhart to see what direction the new staff will take this rising program. Evansville Memorial at Jasper Huge week 1 matchup between SIAC favorites. Jasper still smarting from last year's first round playoff exit after ripping through a 9 and 0 conference slate. Memorial returns several D1 level players. Greenfield Central at Plainfield Travis Nolting has been building the GC program to this point and will have his biggest, deepest, strongest and fastest roster since arriving four seasons ago. Brian Woodard enters his final season at Plainfield and the Quakers will contend in the Mid-State Conference with speed to burn and several talented offensive athletes Hamilton Southeastern at Lawrence Central Key HCC-MIC matchup featuring an HSE team that will challenge Westfield for top honors in the HCC and a Lawrence Central outfit that features one of the states most dynamic players in Defensive End Josh Mickens. Andrean at Merrillville Neighborhood rivals clash featuring the state's top player Drayk Bowen of Andrean, and elite D1 prospect Justin Marshall of Merrillville. Pirates depth and overall physicality have helped them dominate this series recently. Bowen will need to be the difference maker to get the Niners over the top Brownsburg at Ben Davis With Center Grove finally out of the way, Brownsburg may now have a path to the 6A state championship as the Bulldogs have a deep and solid team with an experienced quarterback and several D1 prospects. Giants will again be talented and will keep it close Carol at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Lures is loaded and a solid 2A favorite from the north. Caroll needs to win this game and do what it is supposed to do as a 6A School playing at 2A School, public or private. Castle at Evansville North The focus will be on Joey Paridaen's North Huskies who have been building for the past several years and have a big, deep roster and are ready to make a move towards the top of the SIAC. Castle is a conference blue blood and won't roll over easily. Columbus North at Decatur Central DC is a 5A State title contender with Cathedral finally out of the way and up in 6A. The Logan Haston era begins at Columbus North and the Bulldogs will be looking to make a very strong first impression. Harrison at West Lafayette Big test for a big and strong Harrison team that intends to make a push towards the top of 5A this season. Coach Terry Peebles will have his biggest and deepest roster since he arrived at Harrison. WLF will reload and continue to be the 3A school that plays 6A football week after week. Cathedral at Lafayette Jeff Another Lafayette school in the spotlight as Jeff gets a chance to show a statewide audience what it can do against the 2 time defending 5A state champs. Cathedral will roll out another powerful roster and feature the states top QB prospect in Junior Danny ONeil. Chatard at Brebeuf The Trojans drop back down to 3A while the Braves step up to 4A in a big week 1 PP clash . Big test for Brebeuf to see if its program has risen to the excellence and consistency levels that Chatard displays every season. Kokomo at Leo Kokomo drops down to 4A and becomes an immediate state title contender under Austin Colby. Former Northrop HC Jason Doerffler takes over at Leo after Jared Sauder stepped down after 13 seasons and will be looking to take the Lions deeper into the state tournament. Great week one matchup! Mt Vernon and Noblesville The Marauders will hit the field for the first time as defending state champs, and despite several big holes to fill left by graduation, Vince Lidy has big numbers and plenty of talent to make another run this fall. Noblesville has 3 D1 offensive linemen and a stable of quick and elusive running backs returning in what will be a pivotal season for HC Dave Sharpe's program. Lowell at Crown Point Expectations are rising as Craig Buzea enters his second season at Crown Point. Buzea was hired to lead the program to DAC titles and state playoff runs, simple as that. 4A Lowell is a formidable opponent and this rivalry, the state's longest, always produces a low scoring dog fight. Rensselaer at Kankakee Valley Former Lowell HC Kirk Kennedy returns to Northwest Indiana as the head honcho at KV, and excitement for Kougar football is at an all time high given Kennedy's state title pedigree. The Bombers hold their own in this 2A-4A rivalry, and Chris Meek's team always comes to play, especially when the Cracker Barrel is on the line. Delta at Muncie Central Delta debuts as a 3A program and Chris Overholt has a team that can challenge in the post season. New Coach Kyle Padgett will hit the field with his Bearcats for the first time in a major rebuild that should happen quickly and decisively for MC. These two will likely be conference opponents in the not too distant future. Warren Central at Center Grove Not too long ago this was the marquee matchup in the state. WC just announced it is dropping CG from its schedule after completion of its MIC commitments. CG getting backed into a corner recently. Booted by The MIC. Turned down by the HCC. Dropped over the past several years by Whiteland, Decatur Central, Roncalli and now Warren. No wonder the CG AD decided to head back to the farm. Knox at Winamac Russ Radtke has not had his usual success since taking over at Knox. Josh Burgess debuts as the new HC at Winamac. Both schools have their sites set on a run at the HNAC title, along with Triton, Pioneer, LaVille and North Judson in what should be one of the states best conference races. Linton Stockton at Parke Heritage Brian Oliver's Miner Machine keeps grinding out wins (91-22 in 10 years at LS) and Dan Rector takes over at PH following the departure of Brian Moore, who built the program into a 1A contender over the past 4 seasons, including a 10-3 mark in 2021.
    4 points
  23. An invisible fence. Trained my hound dog on one in 2 days…
    4 points
  24. The Sullivan High School family lost one of its loved ones as Senior to be Jeremiah Vernelson passed away recently from a rare form of spinal meningitis. A page has been created to help support the family during this difficult time. Jeremiah played football and baseball for the Golden Arrows.
    4 points
  25. I respect various opinions and see both sides. I have a very different perspective on the reps impact. Many years ago, had a son that was a soph on a 5A state championship team. Because they were very good and opened up leads sometimes pretty quickly, he got tons of experience getting friday night reps in the 2nd half against starting lineups and second string players. There is no doubt that experience helped him prepare to be a 2 years starter for that program his junior and senior years. Playing against freshman and other sophs during Saturday's JV game did not offer that caliber of experience. Was it essential? Perhaps not, as the majority of his development came in practice against older state championship caliber players. But was it a plus for his development beyond playing JV ball? Absolutely. I guess I am old school and during my days, played on both ends of wide score margins. I survived and wasn't harmed long term to experience some beat downs. We all know life itself will offer some beat downs, and calling time out or simply ending it early isn't always or even typically an option. I thought your 10 run rule in baseball was a good comment....but unless things have changed, I believe both teams still have to play 5 full innings.
    4 points
  26. Why do school members get a say in this? Shouldn’t the athletic director have final decision? In the real world a direct supervisor would decide hiring decisions.
    4 points
  27. Its an absolute travesty that the IHSAA is sitting by and doing nothing while Indianapolis private based institutions move to take over the lower class football post season tournaments. Indy schools own Class 6A, with Ben Davis, Carmel, Center Grove and Warren Central capturing all 10 state titles since this class came into existence. Cathedral, Zionsville and Decatur Central sit on top of 5A, with Roncalli likely soon to join. Chatard, Brebeuf, Roncalli and Cathedral have dominated 4A for decades. Chatard owns 12 3A state titles. Now the IHSAA is clearing the path for Indy to take over the smallest classes as well. Covenant Christian and Indianapolis Lutheran are hybrid football factories built to win state championships. Neither , nor should any other private school, be allowed to compete in Class 1A. Private schools have emerged much stronger and much deeper in the post pandemic period. The gap between private school football and public school football in Indiana, especially at the lower class levels, is wider now than it has ever been. Class 1A football was designed for small rural communities that would do everything they could to scrape together 25 to 30 players to fill out a roster , and hopefully survive a full season plus a tournament. We are now seeing a 1A classification with private school rosters of 50 to 60 players, many recruited locally and on scholarship, playing in multi million dollar facilities with huge coaching staffs, the best equipment money can buy, and massive levels of administrative and community support, levels that very few public schools can match. Its flat out wrong, it goes against the good intentions of competitive balance initiatives, and it needs to be rectified. A 2.0 enrollment multiplier will force all PPs up a class, address the competitive imbalance realities that currently exist, and restore Class 1A to its rightful place as the home of rural, outpost football in Indiana. IHSAA , Commissioner Paul Neidig and Assistant Commissioner for Football Robert Faulkens, its time to act and protect small school football in Indiana. Its not healthy for the sport to concentrate all the power and success into the Indy Metro Area. This approach discourages participation in other areas of the state. Do you really want that as part of your respective legacies? GID readers, if you agree, email Neidig and Faulkens and let your thoughts on the subject be known. pneidig@ihsaa.org rfaulkens@ihsaa.org
    3 points
  28. 3 points
  29. You know absolutely nothing about the perches I have sat on in my career. Very ignorant statement. I do have a couple of big fat rings from lofty perches but I have also been among the worst teams in the state. Football is good for kids in high school. Even bad programs. I have no clue why you keep bringing it up. What a horrible way to look at life.... you aren't good so quit trying. Maybe you played once upon a time but you seem to have missed the point of high school athletics. I usually scroll past your nonsense but I think its important to speak out toward nonsense from time to time. If you quit posting today about your lunatic proposal that ADs across the state should stand up an listen no one would miss them. Its a dumb idea you made up.
    3 points
  30. So not many Band & Choir students on free lunches??
    3 points
  31. A good, sustained youth program takes A LOT more than most people on the outside imagine ... especially beyond the stuff on the field.
    3 points
  32. Really, really silly rule that holds Indiana back (among other things) yet in the event it was overturned there still wouldn't be a team in this state dumb enough to schedule IMG. IMG plays non-prep schools for two reasons; 1) to beat you by 50 points and 2) try and poach your states best players.
    3 points
  33. But at some point, there's a certain threshold where # of boys shouldn't really matter. If you have 1500 boys in your school, that's enough (or should be) to field a more than competitive football team. I don't have exact numbers, but I would imagine that most 6A schools have at least 100+ football players in its program grades 9-12. Some schools might dress 80-100 kids Friday night, but in reality you're really only relying on maybe 40-50 kids who see the field on any given Friday night. If you have 2500+ kids in your school and can't find 40-50 decent to good football players to the point you're not competitive on a Friday night that's either a culture or coaching problem. SES at a 6A school is all window dressing. There's more than enough affluent to middle class schools with 2500+ kids who have average to bad football programs right now.
    3 points
  34. I'm just here so I don't get fined. And so HHF takes the PAC off "steady" and into "thriving", because we don't want the SIAC being perceived as the better GID conference.
    3 points
  35. It’s a combination of both. I’ve said this from day one. Cathedral is not a public school. Completely different topic. You have both, you are an annual contender. (Carmel) You have one (SES) but not the other (Center Grove), you are a contender more often than not. You have one (enrollment) but not the other (Ben Davis, Warren) you are a contender more often than not. You have neither, you are irrelevant (Tech). The right coaching staff matters, no doubt but the very definition of “coaching” is much more complex at some places more so than others. There are exceptions (as @Footballking16loves to point out) but these are pretty proven at the 6A level. While many students at Center Grove and Carmel are wondering what dessert they are going to order, those at BD, Warren and Tech are simply wondering where their next meal is going to come from. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
    3 points
  36. Some of these coaches are pretty smart guys. What I don’t understand is how anyone with half a brain can’t see what sort of attitude this treatment breeds. Combine this with promises of NIL deals and you are making it very difficult for these impressionable 18 yr. olds to avoid an entitlement mentality. The result is that the concept of “team” is lost. Football is the most demanding sport in terms of teamwork leading to success. @temptation’s observation above expresses it succinctly. That attitude is absolute poison in a program. It’s a pretty tough sell to get a kid to embrace the attitude that he’s a cog in the big machine, when everything else you’re saying and doing tells the kid the opposite.
    3 points
  37. The AD's I know would tell you to take a flying leap.
    3 points
  38. Its media driven. Social media provides the platform for these kids to profess to the world "how blessed they are to be honored with a scholarship offer from Southwest Technical State College of the Ozarks" At this level, does anybody really care outside of the kids immediate family and maybe a few teammates and friends?
    3 points
  39. Or if you go 4/12 from the free throw line, you’re unemployed…
    3 points
  40. I will wear a Castle hat for 1 week and an MD hat for another if Rode gets cleared.
    3 points
  41. There are now 26 separate lawsuits pending.
    3 points
  42. Well, if you want to get out of the influence from those people, invest in electric cars and nuclear energy.
    3 points
  43. Keep in mind there are a lot of kids they just can’t recruit due to admission standards.
    3 points
  44. Look for the Broncos to move to Bentonville, AR soon. The indoor stadium will be shaped like a giant warehouse. The 50-yard line exclusive seating with service to your seat will be known as "Sam's Club".
    3 points
  45. The utter hyprocrisy of the NFL....they know how to market, and that's all. Sounds pretty darn disgusting.... https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34054310/cleveland-browns-qb-deshaun-watson-saw-least-66-massage-therapists-17-month-period-report-says
    3 points
  46. Sounds to me like this law wasn't even needed. If anything it will potentially drive businesses from coming here.
    3 points
  47. I don't buy into the reps thing. I've been on both sides of the mercy rule. The winning team is hoping to get the game over without getting any of their guys injured and the losing team is just wanting to get out of there. Most teams sub down anyways once it starts, that's what JV & Frosh games are for. A team getting mercy ruled multiple games who wants more Friday night reps is a team that needs to get more reps in the off season so that it doesn't happen. Never hear the argument that baseball teams getting 10 run ruled are losing at bats. I don't care what the point total is but there are still too many games ending in 50 plus, 60 plus, 70 plus win margins to not get it going in the first half.
    3 points
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