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  1. I saw Jasper had their lights on today, but I couldn’t get a photo as we were passing by.
  2. The lights at the Springs Valley football and baseball fields are lit to honor Coach Bowsman. #morethansports
  3. https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/2019/11/18/curt-hopf-transferred-forest-park-barr-reeve-because-bullying/4230908002/ The saga continues.
  4. Updated 11/15/2019 Curt Hopf remains ineligible. https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/high-school/2019/11/15/indiana-doe-denies-curt-hopfs-basketball-eligibility-appeal/4202269002/
  5. Gotta give props to Matt Theobald and his staff for bringing Hanover College back from a dark place. The Panthers won their second straight (first outright) HCAC championship this weekend by defeating Rose Hulman. Congrats to the Panthers coaches and players on a great achievement! Now keep the Victory Bell away from the college up north!
  6. If we are going to wade into the P/P-Public school debate I will chime in... I was the AD at little ole Vincennes Rivet located in Knox County. I can tell you most P/P schools do not openly recruit student-athletes, but they do recruit students. The recruitment of a student-athlete is a violation of IHSAA bylaws and in such instances the student-athlete is deemed ineligible. If all P/P schools recruited, then why aren't they successful in every sport? Where V. Rivet for example is competitive in most girls sports and boys soccer. Boys basketball, baseball, track, tennis and golf are all pretty low in numbers and unfortunately success. Open enrollment does not only help big city schools, it also helps some rural schools. This depends on where you are located in the state of course. I know students who cross county lines to go to a different public school, not the norm but it does happen. Since I now work in one of these small rural public schools, I see it firsthand. I know at least one of our students (a 7th grader) who is getting recruited to go to a different school for purely athletic reasons. One of this kid's coaches has said he makes trips to watch him play in travel tournaments so he stays in our school because other schools are recruiting him. The idea of vouchers is a whole different can of worms to talk about another day. I hope everyone has a fantastic day!
  7. I understand your point, however I am not sure it has so much to do with success as it does survival. Remember we are talking about the poorest county in the state, where undoubtedly many students have to work to help pay the bills or to buy the goods they want (i.e. a car, clothes, cell phone, etc.). I knew a student at my former school who never played a sport because he had to help pay the bills. It is unfortunate, but these families do exist and it affects more than just the sport teams. Student grades and college/trade school opportunities are hurt because a student doesn't have the "basic" skills.
  8. Would it be better to have an off-week for big schools in the season and then just push their regular season out one more week?
  9. For my health classes, I assign a weekly health article. Last week, I came upon this article which should help on the so called "War on Football." Enjoy! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191021082749.htm Adolescents who play contact sports, including football, are no more likely to experience cognitive impairment, depression or suicidal thoughts in early adulthood than their peers, suggests a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly 11,000 youth followed for 14 years. The study, published this month in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, also found that those who play sports are less likely to suffer from mental health issues by their late 20s to early 30s. "There is a common perception that there's a direct causal link between youth contact sports, head injuries and downstream adverse effects like impaired cognitive ability and mental health," said lead author Adam Bohr, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Physiology. "We did not find that." The study comes on the heels of several highly-publicized papers linking sport-related concussion among former professional football players to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), cognitive decline and mental health issues later in life. Such reports have led many to question the safety of youth tackle football, and participation is declining nationally. But few studies have looked specifically at adolescent participation in contact sports. "When people talk about NFL players, they are talking about an elite subset of the population," said senior author Matthew McQueen, an associate professor of integrative physiology. "We wanted to look specifically at kids and determine if there are true harms that are showing up early in adulthood." The study analyzed data from 10,951 participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), a representative sample of youth in seventh through 12th grades who have been interviewed and tested repeatedly since 1994. Participants were categorized into groups: those who, in 1994, said they intended to participate in contact sports; those who intended to play non-contact sports; and those who did not intend to play sports. Among males, 26% said they intended to play football. After controlling for socioeconomic status, education, race and other factors, the researchers analyzed scores through 2008 on word and number recall and questionnaires asking whether participants had been diagnosed with depression or attempted or thought about suicide. "We were unable to find any meaningful difference between individuals who participated in contact sports and those who participated in non-contact sports. Across the board, across all measures, they looked more or less the same later in life," said Bohr. Football players -- for reasons that are not clear -- actually had a lower incidence of depression in early adulthood than other groups. Those who reported they did not intend to participate in sports at age 8 to 14 were 22% more likely to suffer depression in their late 20s and 30s. "Right now, football is in many ways being compared to cigarette smoking -- no benefit and all harm," said McQueen, who is also director for the Pac-12 Concussion Coordinating Unit. "It is absolutely true that there is a subset of NFL players who have experienced horrible neurological decline, and we need to continue to research to improve our understanding of that important issue." But, he said, "the idea that playing football in high school will lead to similar outcomes later in life as those who played in the NFL is not consistent with the evidence. In fact, we and others have found there is some benefit to playing youth sports." A recent University of Pennsylvania study of 3,000 men who had graduated high school in Wisconsin in 1957 found that those who played football were no more likely to suffer depression or cognitive impairment later. But some pointed out that the sport had changed radically since the 1950s. The new study is among the largest to date and looks at those who played football in the 1990s. The authors note that, due to the design of the dataset, they were only able to measure "intended" participation. (Due to the timing of the questionnaires, however, it is likely that those who reported participation in football actually did participate.) They also could not tell how long an adolescent played, what position or whether a concussion or sub-concussive head injury was ever sustained. Further studies should be done exploring those factors, they said. "Few current public health issues are as contentious and controversial as the safety and consequences of participation in football," they concluded. "Research on the risks of participation weighed with the risks of not participating in sports will enable parents and young athletes to make educated, informed decisions based on solid evidence." A new CU Boulder study, looking at the long-term mental and physical health of CU student-athlete alumni, is already underway. Story Source: Materials provided by University of Colorado at Boulder. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.
  10. https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/2019/10/24/curt-hopfs-dream-to-play-for-barr-reeve-denied-by-ihsaa/3831819002/ Summary: Curt Hopf was ruled ineligible in August and the IHSAA held steadfast with their decision. The Hopf's will go to the next step in the process.
  11. I was a 3 sport athlete and never asked for break. I understand we live in a different world with different physical and demands on student-athletes. (But our coaches were smart with the physical demands of the players.) We made deep runs in the football playoffs my Junior and Senior years, and afterwards, the basketball coaches had us football players do more mental reps and less physical work (Walk through plays, practice skill development and develop teamwork, over conditioning). The non-football guys had only a little conditioning after the football guys showed up. When we hit Christmas Break, the coaching staff "flipped the switch" and started hammering conditioning during those 3 hr practices. (We did not play in a Holiday Tourney and only had 1-2 games over break.)
  12. Luke Schmidt from Jasper was a beast in the Jasper system.
  13. How about we get back to talking about HH and Jasper? There was an entire thread about Jasper and Vincennes Lincoln joining the SIAC over the PAC. Go post that stuff over there.
  14. I understand your point, but Football, Basketball, and Baseball Sectionals are almost all SIAC schools, so to me (outsider perspective) yes.
  15. I am sure it will be on 104.7 WITZ Southwestern Indiana's Powerhouse! With Walt Ferber and the Coach Terry Gobert!
  16. Being a part of this great game for about a decade was an awesome experience. I played in 2 of these games and coached in 8. It was always fun to see the kids get fired up to compete with one another. I remember playing middle school, freshmen and varsity sports against great players like Cole Seifrig, Ryan McMannaway and others. It is a shame this series will be ending, however it (joining the SIAC) was in the best interest of the Wildcats. I hope this is a slobber-knocker, and a fitting end to the series.... (for now, I hope!)
  17. 1A/2A Football is always a crap shoot. You never know who is going to show up and stand out. Valley will be tested a lot this week with Paoli in the Orange Bowl. Good luck to everyone this weekend! We have great weather for it!
  18. Are the Southport and Columbus North games just 2 years or will they be longer?
  19. I became a basketball official after making the move back to the classroom from the AD role. I said my purpose in becoming an official was to help out at the younger levels, 5-6, 7-8, Frosh and JV. After doing this for 3 seasons, I have great respect for the officials who do varsity sports. I also have great respect for those doing it for a long time. Fans are completely disrespectful! I will gladly listen to a coach and to some extent a player, but when I hear it from fans, I don't go back. My goal is to help fill the official shortage, but $50-70 a night is not worth being yelled at or saying I screwed their team. I am reffing younger kids, I really don't care who wins. As far as accountability, I know the varsity and JV officials talk and ask each other questions in games and after games to make sure the rules, calls and technique is correct.
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