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Everything posted by Wedgebuster

  1. That was not how your original post came across.............
  2. Both Barron boys are GREAT HS players, and I'm saying that as an NP guy. Sad that a Plymouth fan can't back their own player.
  3. My prediction is it will be closer than people think. New Prairie -6.5 2013 was a blow out 2014 we beat them by 2 and did nothing in the 2nd half 2019......? I think Coach Barron and their staff is pretty good, they will have a good plan.
  4. I wonder if Plymouth can withstand the early onslaught of NP? The speed the physicality, the unique offense, etc. I think Plymouth will eventually settle in, but will it be 21-0 or 21-7 by the time that happens?
  5. Will it be a repeat of 2014 when it took Plymouth a half to figure NP out? If I remember right the Cougars rushed for 300 in the first half and scored 35, but our lone score in the 2nd half was a safety on the older Barron boy. Plymouth threw it all over that night to the Drudge kid, he was a STUD. Weather going to play a factor Friday?
  6. Thanks! Really exciting to see Bart Ball take off at yet another school. If the run heavy offenses like Warsaw's and New Prairie's seem to have any weakness, its the DB's being very inexperienced and/or uncomfortable playing the ball in the air.
  7. As someone that no longer lives in Indiana, can someone give me a recap of the Plymouth vs Northwood and Concord vs Warsaw games last week? Always enjoy hearing about the NLC!
  8. Will Plymouth have anything for NP if those two meet up in the Sectional? What do you NLC fans that have seen the Rockies this year think?
  9. Ron Brown???? Great turn around at Triton. I know he is early in his career, but that program was on life support for a while and they won a sectional last year right? My names and years may be off.
  10. What about Jeff Adamson at Eastbrook? 270-88 in year 31. Plenty of consistency at a smaller public school. Very hard to not feel the talent gaps in a school that size, but every year he has them competing for a Sectional.
  11. This is week 3 in Michigan Benton Harbor had a great run a few years back under Elliot Uzelak, but he stepped aside when he confronted admin about the schools extremely low graduation rates, lack of certified teachers, class sizes, etc. They usually have plenty of athletes, until Coach U they have always had a hard time overcoming their own disorganization which is compounded by some of the very tough socio-economic circumstances of their students. School was recently almost shut down, lot of local pride seems to have saved it for the time being. https://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/uzelac-blasts-bh-schools-on-way-out/article_02314c23-0359-5c89-8734-9cf866aa6cc1.html Coach U's parting thoughts
  12. Lots of other options for kids to entertain themselves in 2019, with more and more parents saying "well I can't make them play if they don't want to...." They don't WANT to eat their vegetables or go to sleep either but you make it happen because its good for them. Drives me insane!
  13. I've always found listening to all the old Radtke stories to be EXTREMELY entertaining. The Bone Tree, the sideline explosions, the unapologetic way in which he operates. I was at the NP vs St. Joe playoff game in 2013, I think it was the Regional. NP is up by 2 or 3 TD's going into halftime and Russ is just killing his coaching staff on their way into the locker room. A complete undressing of adult men. So I see one of his staff members later that year and say "Hey, how is it working for that guy?" Thinking I would get some dirt,...... I got nothing but a GLOWING report of a man that all he wants is complete dedication and desire for perfection out of his staff and players. I find the chaos that seems to surround him, with the stark contrast of how tough and discipline that his teams play with to be one of the most interesting paradoxes in athletics that I've seen. Anyone care to share some good RR stories?
  14. How does Russ Radtke always seem to turn out just absolute Grinders? Everyone that said, "Coach Radtke will never relate to the millennial player" or "Kids don't want to run that style of offense" Dude just keeps right on ROLLING through the competition!
  15. My guess would be Monrovia is almost forced to stay internal when this is SOOO late in the year. With their string of success in recent years, I'm sure they have some very capable coaches on staff.
  16. Many don't understand this. It has lead to the sad state of Indiana public education. The pay freeze and no way to climb the latter without increased enrollment is a large part of why I'm no longer a teacher and coach in the great state of Indiana. Sad that so many don't realize how the system works.
  17. Sad that no one sees the negative effects of constant teacher turnover. I taught at my first school for many years, I knew the kids, the brothers, the sisters, parents, coached kids in multiple sports and at multiple levels. The relationships you develop cannot be understated. I could get kids to do things they didn't want to do, just because I asked them to, sometimes just with a look. Fast forward, I'm at my 2nd teaching job (in Michigan) and I've only been here a couple of years. I like the kids and they like me, but its not the same. Takes years and years to become part of a community or school system that is the community in a lot of rural areas. Deeply bothers me that those relationships are being robbed from Indiana's youth.
  18. SMH......in what world does it not make sense to incentive Professional Development like earning a Masters in your employees? Just another attempt to de-professionalize education.
  19. It was one reason why my wife and I chose to leave the state. Love Indiana and Indiana Football, but the teaching load and lack of salary accompanying it weren't something that I wanted to support my family on. In Michigan, I teach fewer students each day, for $12,000 more a year at a public school, and thats with a pay scale that continues to increase. The biggest issue for many Indiana schools is that teacher pay is tied to enrollment. If your a young teacher that gets hired for $35k your school's enrollment is stagnant or shrinking you may never receive a raise. As a teacher, I've dedicated my life to kids, but I didn't take a vow of poverty nor do I consider myself a missionary. We are professionals and should be paid accordingly. Not crazy amounts, but in accordance to the degrees we have and the amount of work that we do.
  20. I coach in Michigan now and I really miss the Indiana JV model. Here, our JV's play after the Freshman on Thursday night. The same opponent we are going to play on Friday. Not only does it lock JV football into being for 10th graders who play zero varsity, but it also takes away the emphasis of skill development and getting kids on the field at the JV level. Usually both varsity staffs are in attendance trying to see how the other team might align in the Friday game. Also has really made it tough for smaller schools to field 3 levels. Even if you can have 25 kids out for football as Sophomores, you can see where if the Varsity "takes" 4 of them, and a few get hurt through the course of the year, your quickly left with 15-19 kids to try to play a JV football game. Kids are forced to play out of position. Meanwhile a percentage of juniors spends a lot of that year not playing much at all accept during mop-up time. Its just soooooo stupid. Great Job on this Indiana!!!1
  21. In all seriousness. I miss the Indiana Catholics. Tough parents, tough kids, that just happen to like a good time. In the greater "God Rapids" area, I really think that Religion and the fear surrounding it makes kids afraid to throw all in and be passionate about something. We have trouble ever getting our full secondary or set of skill guys at a 7 on 7 because our kids go on multiple mission trips (or lets be honest mission tourism trips) during the summer. If they don't go, their going to hell, or at least that is what they are led to believe. We just have a bunch of nice kids that are scared of ever getting too excited about something for fear of getting their wrists slapped. I teach at a medium sized public school but we are basically a christian school without the bible class. I can't really describe it, but somehow the "vibe" between the two states seems to be very different to me. Pretty sure if Lowell or West Lafayette tried to be the "Devils" up here parents would move their kids out of district in mass numbers. A fellow Assistant coach on our staff put it best "If one of our kids somehow wandered into a hot piece of a$$, they would have to have their mom blow on it first" 😂 I'm not saying you need "bad" kids to be good, but I sure would take some right about now!
  22. Hey you guys could be in Michigan where we have nothing to level the playing field. No Success Factor, no Multiplier, nothing. As a result you get schools like Grand Rapids West Catholic winning 5 state titles in a row. 😒
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