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  1. I just got a chance to read this and I am so thankful to be able to meet people like this and work with some top notch school systems. A Positive Story.docx In this strange unpredictable world of Covid-19, I have a very positive story I would like to share with you. Last week my team, the Rensselaer Central Bombers prepared very hard for our next opponent, the Lafayette Central Catholic Knights. We were scheduled for a major Hoosier Conference showdown to be played at their place. My team came to school wearing their game jerseys all fired up for the big game. At 9:00am after my first class I teach, our school athletic director, informed me that the game had been cancelled by Central Catholic due to Covid issues. With less than 10 hours to go before kick off, I expressed to our athletic director that I would like to see if any team is out there available and willing to play on such short notice and he agreed. Within an hour we had our opponent. The North Knox Warriors had two games already cancelled on them this season due to Covid. Pike Central cancelled on them for last Friday. As fate had it, by 11am on Friday, our athletic director, Ken Hickman had reached out to North Knox’s athletic director, Kent Doades and the next thing I knew was we would be playing a football game on Saturday. With North Knox being 3 1/2 hours away, the next issue was where would this game be played? That’s where this story gets even better. Covington High School was contacted to see if they would be willing to host this game as a neutral site. The athletic director there, Trent McCormick was gracious enough to accept the game as a neutral site host. So, this past Saturday the Rensselaer Central Bombers and the North Knox Warriors got together in Covington, Indiana and played a 48 minute game of high school football. Both communities came to Covington to support their teams. For two teams that had never played each other in any sport, this was a first. Hats off to all three schools and their athletic directors and administration for allowing this to happen. Needless to say it was a beautiful afternoon of pads popping, fans cheering, and sportsmanship by all. It was a great time by all! I am not going to share the score with you because it doesn’t matter. What mattered was we played! Finally, thank you to all of you at the IHSAA for having the foresight to allow us to play high school sports this Fall. It has meant so much for our student athletes, coaches, parents, and communities. Through your guidance and leadership it is amazing to see us entering Week 7 in football. As Coach Brohm says so well at Purdue, “Let’s Play Football!” Respectfully Submitted, Chris Meeks Head Football Coach Rensselaer Central High School
    28 points
  2. GID Friends and Foes (Im sure there still lingering out there) 😁 I am letting you all know like I did the others on the leadership team a few weeks back, that come August, I will be beginning a new position within Rensselaer School Corp, going into El Ed PE which was my original degree 18 years ago, so will finally enjoy getting myself back into that, but leaving behind 13 years of running our Alternative School and Credit Recovery program which allowed me to be in front of computer 8 hours a day running our lab for all of that, so being a primary member of the leadership team made sense for me at that time, but not so much anymore as I just will not have the time that this site takes during the season to moderate, et. al that goes into the day to day, week to week, etc. s I want to thank @DK_Barons and @77Jimmie for allowing me onto their team back in 2010, its been a nice little run for myself around these parts and I will be still a member and retain my moderation tools, but will only be able to get on in a very limited basis moving forward and do not want to have folks wondering why I am not getting back to them in the typical ways that you have been accustomed to. Thanks to @Irishman all these years together running the day to day it seems, appreciate your support and accessibility brotha. Like I said, I will be on here and there throughout the rest of the summer and will help when I can until August but the slow phase out of my position within the leadership team. Thanks to the many members and supporters all these years, appreciate all of you. Hope many of you continue to provide your content and commentary within the confides of what Coach TA always wanted, a positive promotion of Indiana HS Football in your schools, communities throughout the entire state of Indiana. Cheers Coach Eric Nowlin
    22 points
  3. All I know is this RAY SKILLMAN must of been one whale of a coach!!!
    15 points
  4. Hey DT, Thanks for all the quality interviews and offseason content. I've learned a lot reading your writeups. Just want to let you know that they are appreciated.
    13 points
  5. Quite a few on this forum thought we wouldn’t get to this weekend with HS foootball. I was optimistic but had my doubts. 95% of scheduled high school games in Indiana were played. We still don’t know all the answers for this pandemic, but congratulations to every member school, coaches, staff and players on staying disciplined and being a valuable source of entertainment in your communities. Let’s hope 2021 is closer to normal(whatever that will be) and we are all in the stands cheering our student athletes.
    13 points
  6. Congrats to the Frankfort Hot Dogs for having their first winning regular season (5-4) since 2009.
    13 points
  7. Just wanted to give a hug shout out to the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and fans from Eastern Hancock last night. After the tragedy of having one of students passing away in the stands before our game last week, the EH faithful brought a sign to the coin toss honoring her. These kind of acts are what makes the game worthwhile. Need more of this kind of being humane to one another on and off the field.
    12 points
  8. Bud Wright Stadium - home of the Sheridan Blackhawks. Still active, but I think 9 state titles and 2 runners-up allow you that honor.
    11 points
  9. Dunno anything about any of that but I am anxious to see Phallic Academy’s mascot.
    11 points
  10. ...for the downtime this week. My main reason for making this post is really to test. This 'thing' has been a pain in my back side this week. Carry on, enjoy yourselves.
    10 points
  11. Is this an airport? Bus or train station? I never understand the mindset of people wanting to announce their departures from social media sites....lol For a guy that hates what he calls the "bro culture" or the "look at me" type athletes; creating a "look at me" topic is not only funny, but ironic.
    10 points
  12. Just goes to show, Catholics do more with less.
    10 points
  13. I think there are more than a few P/P supports left. That said, the same old arguments year after year got old and only takes a page or two to burn out now days when it comes back up. Perhaps everything that can be said regarding contraction has been said as well, I'm not sure. I think the GID has played a large part this season it helping to coordinate Covid Replacement games....that is a huge value add in my eyes.
    10 points
  14. You should talk to the Frankfurts people and get a wiener pass. I swear to God you should!
    9 points
  15. Hey all! I realize I've been lame and absent for quite abit. Life summons I guess, but football season is upon us...so I plan to be active as I can! Anyway... I was made away of the passing of Tom Dawson. The name prolly doesn't shake any thoughts, but he was very active as well as a moderator at some point as "ItIsWhatItIs" and before that as "USNAVRET". You might have been aware that he had been fighting cancer for a long time. He wasn't able to go to games last year because of the Covid scare. I feel badly that I hadn't kept in touch with him. But this medium was our main place to meet and talk. Granted, he could be a little over the top in his posts, and certainly was a hardcore Linton Miner advocate... he was a great guy in person, and I know I will miss his it is what it is ness..... My thoughts are with his son... a former Linton player.. and of course his family. He also was a veteran who served his country well. Godspeed Tom. We'll carry the torch! Miner Pride
    9 points
  16. I don’t have a problem. The Indy schools play the best football in the state. They should dominate.
    9 points
  17. There may be a few communities where basketball gets the support, but one thing we learned from this football season; football drives the budgets of many more schools, AND the budget of the IHSAA. The IHSAA could afford to cut off the basketball tournament last season, BUT the football season had to happen, or there would have been a high number of schools in trouble financially. Even though crowds were limited at football games, they still drive the budget. So, while the sentimental game may be basketball, the one that pays the bills is football.
    9 points
  18. Sorry you feel that way In nowhere in you posts did it show any promotion of Indiana HS Football. You do you though. always have, and for the record, I simply asked to refrain from comparing school based on how many black athletes they have. If that makes me a snowflake, so be it, but I felt it was the correct call for where that rabbit hole was going. For the record, there was no threat of banning, or anything such. A simple request was made by me, but go ahead create your standard Martyr complex, its your go to playbook.
    9 points
  19. Yes because the state takes such great care of its teachers 🙃
    9 points
  20. It’s obvious the captain is pretty pissed. I swear to God he is!
    9 points
  21. Pony up as a booster and maybe you will get more.
    8 points
  22. Coaching youth sports in 2021: God’s work
    8 points
  23. Since we're in a teacher shortage, I'd say that it's not silly to say that it carries over to the coaching side.
    8 points
  24. You might as well submit it all. If you don't give it to us, someone else will. We should share all film. IF you don't share it all, there are ways to get it all. Someone always owes someone else a favor or has a connection. I don't think we had any less then 6 films of any opponent we played in the playoffs. Share it all, Endzone and sideline. May the team that prepares the best win!!!
    8 points
  25. I was never offered the position. I was asked to be on the interview committee and I declined. My exact quote was "You guys did a pretty good job last time around. Find us another Dave Sharpe!"
    8 points
  26. I thought not having defined districts was one of the advantages only the the p/p schools had...
    8 points
  27. I usually try not to "fall into the trap", but I have some time. We started our Mater Dei experience in 1983 as part of the Cluster system. They cursed us, spat on us, berated us and beat the crap out of us for many years. After 8 straight losses over 19 years, we finally turned the tables, winning six of the next ten. Yes, they have a bigger roster. And no they don't have kids who would rather play video games than excel at school and extracurriculars. Their parents don't pay tuition for them to be slugs. While the public school enrollment is increased with a diversity of kids who will never play anything. (If we could only ship them to Sullivan or Jasper!) Granted, over the years Mater Dei has lost some kids to the glitz and glamor of other schools. But the tradition which is Mater Dei will never die. So if you want to beat them stop worrying about the number on the sideline and focus on the 11 guys on the field. And by that I mean YOUR 11. Stop the run, change coverages, disguise coverages and "Run the damn ball!"
    8 points
  28. This is an unfortunate decision that was made for our kids and our community on Tuesday afternoon. We learned of a case that was stated to positive on Monday afternoon involving a player who played about half of the games live plays. It has been deemed on our end that any player who was on the field, (making contact with the other player or not) must quarantine for 14 days. Our health dept. weighted very heavily on this as well as out county Doctor. It was stated very early on this week that no test will allow an individual to returned. Unfortunate because a cross county team was able to do this for volleyball about 2 weeks ago by our county health dept. If the 6 foot rule were in place like in a classroom setting, we would of lost 4-5 players who were in the bubble at any point. If there was a 25 or less second contact rule instead of the 15 minutes we would be at ZERO players. Our kids have handled the situation with a ton of respect and understanding tough many are very hurt as they have grown tremendously over the year and felt we could compete to win for our schools first sectional title.
    8 points
  29. The biggest super spreaders are you and DTs. I swear to God you are
    8 points
  30. DT need to have a fishing instruction video because he catches a lot of fish on here with very little effort
    8 points
  31. The fact that we beat the virus for the most part. I didn't believe we could get past week 5. great job by administrators, coaches, players and officials to get us to this point!
    8 points
  32. Numerous players on our team have been hit by “close contact” quarantine about 4-5 times this season. (Not to mention the regular injuries.) We have had a cancelled game and opponent changes as late as Wednesday, so this has been a difficult year. Please keep in mind no matter what we are going through, we have an impact on these kids. The tweet below has been the a bright spot for us this season.
    8 points
  33. That spelling is definitely questionable, I swear to God it is
    8 points
  34. @captainobvious Feel free in 2021 to join the ranks of our GID pollsters, I am sure I would look like this 1. Eastbrook 2. Center Grove 3. 1985 Bears 4. 1972 Dolphins 5. 1988 Fighting Irish 6. 2009 Crimson Tide 7. 1962 Packers 8. 2007 Patriots 9. 1989 49ers 10. 1992 Cowboys
    8 points
  35. Warsaw at Michigan City should be a good game up here in northern Indiana.
    7 points
  36. Will never understand how IMG and their 20-30 D1 athletes beating an Indiana school on national television by 4-5 scores is good for Indiana football. But that's just me.
    7 points
  37. The sun goes down, the lights come on and for several hours you can be lost in the ambiance of a High School game.
    7 points
  38. Speaking specifically on football.....It was either the spring of 2016 or 2017 (I can't remember) Coach Mike Johnson came down and did a mini clinic for our region. He had moved on to Logansport but he used clips from his athletes at Pioneer. It was excellent. He was very nice, and he answered every question with no hesitance to who might be listening. It was evident that the athletic culture at Pioneer was BOOMING. Fast forward to the fall of '17 we met Pioneer in the semi state game....One of the best teams we put on the field in our time at MC got handled. We had a definite size advantage and even took an early lead before the dam broke. To this day our staff frequently talks about HOW FREAKING HARD that team played, and still use it as a measuring stick. The WHOLE team played so dang hard and fast all night...it was overwhelming. And to top it all off, they were genuinely good kids. Kind between plays, sportsmanlike and tough between the whistles. SO, whats the point?.......Culture keeps you relevant even in years you may not be as talented. Athlete development is part of culture. Years and years of excellence and doing things the right way all ties back to culture. Add a cycle of a great athletic classes and you get what they have. Pioneer has 25 straight winning football seasons....and as long as they fight to maintain that culture, I don't think they'll really ever have a bad year.
    7 points
  39. "Stop, don't, come back."- Willy Wonka See you in three weeks when you return from your most recent self-imposed banishment.
    7 points
  40. Since this seems to be the new trend on the board, let's see what is the most mismatched conference lineups might be. I mean...really make them bad. Bad travel, mismatched size, mismatched success...etc. Let's see how bad we can Frankenstein this up. Example: The Four Corners Central Conference Evansville Reitz East Chicago Central Angola South Dearborn Indianapolis Tech East Central Turkey Run
    7 points
  41. The Separated at Birth Conference: Southwestern (Shelby) Southwestern (Hanover) Eastern-Greene Eastern (Greentown) Covenant Christian Covenant Christian DeMotte Carroll (Flora) Carroll (Fort Wayne) Evansville Harrison Harrison (West Lafayette) Jeffersonville Lafayette Jefferson Mount Vernon (Fortville) Mount Vernon (Posey)
    7 points
  42. On behalf of the folks here at GID, take moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and everything else in between. May you all enjoy this time of year. Cheers Coach Nowlin
    7 points
  43. If it gives kids and schools that can't play football an opportunity to do so, who cares how many points they score? I am all for it.
    7 points
  44. I think the biggest concern initially is that the health dept and the health director have already set a precedent with an county school on how to handle the situation with regard to a close contact. By making a complete reversal with no reasons or ability to discuss with anyone outside of a closed room is not the transparency that many on here talk about wanting their local governments and schools to have. Even with covid a lot of things must of changed in those two weeks to go from letting a group get tests to keep tournament hope alive to not even considering or looking at multiple angles of film to determine who may or may not be considered a close contact. At the end of the day we have 20 kids out do to "close contact" many of which never came with in 5-10 yards of the individual. They are out of school and isolated away from peers unnecessarily and no one would even look to give them a chance or time to consider their level of contact. Its is to late for our team who I personally feel got the short end of the stick. I hope though that discussions can be had in the near future in our county, and maybe yours, to come ups with ways to help kids stay in school and give them opportunities that our team was denied.
    7 points
  45. Seeing South Side take care of business 30-20 against New Haven made me want to revisit a structure change in the SAC. New Haven isn't a bad football team, they just ran into a one win team that had to go through the toughest schedule in the state outside of the Indy area. New Haven joining the SAC makes sense to me for a few reasons: 1. They are basically Fort Wayne anyway. Downtown NH is only 10 minutes down the street from Downtown FW. 2. New Haven joining the SAC would amp up their level of competition. Therefore raising the bar for their athletic programs and making them better. 3. Joining the SAC with another team would give the conference 12 teams. Two divisions and the opportunity to play outside competition..........which would make ALL SAC teams better. The other said team would be Leo. That community is only 5 minutes down the road from the fastest growing area of Fort Wayne (Carroll district). It's a great community with an excellent athletic program. They would fit in nicely with the SAC and basically a burb of Fort Wayne anyway. Division I (Large School) would consist of Carroll, Homestead, Northrop, Snider, North Side, and Dwenger. Division ll (Small school) would consist of South Side, Leo, Wayne, New Haven, Concordia, and Luers. Each division is required to schedule two opponents from the other division and are allowed two games outside of conference. Think Snider vs Penn, Homestead vs Westfield, Dwenger vs Chatard, or Carroll vs Elkhart. All in all it would make the conference better.............. that's not even debatable. Unfortunately it will never happen though. The SAC is happy with a 10 team football conference for ease of scheduling. But ease of scheduling also equates to less interesting games and lower bar to measure themselves against.
    7 points
  46. Can you help me cleanse the fecal stains in my undies?
    7 points
  47. This is the second 40+ year streak broken by the Wildcats in 2020. The previous streak, one slightly more dubious, where the Wildcats had not won an SIAC game in over 40 years, went by the wayside earlier in the season with the opening game victory over Memorial
    7 points
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