West Gadsden football coach Joe Striplin reported in some news on his team as it readies for the 2014 season. Antonio Murphy, senior wide receiver, will be attending football camp at University of West Florida.
UWF has hired the school’s first football coach, Pete Shinnick, and will begin playing a full schedule in the fall of 2016. Quantrezz Knight (Jr/QB), Prazyio Mathews (Jr/LB/RB) and Karius McMillan (Jr/OL) will be heading over to FSU to rub elbows with Jimbo Fisher.
Coach Striplin also reported the hiring of a new receivers coach, Fred Jefferson. Jefferson formerly coached at Leon High School.
In case you are that organized person who is ready to pencil in pratice, game and playoff dates for next school year, the FHSAA has released their 2014-2015 calendar online at their website fhsaa.org. Key start dates for fall sports are Monday, August 4 and Monday, August 11. Football, volleyball and golf can begin organized practices on the first Monday in August and cross country can begin the next Monday. Remember, there are several forms needed before first practices so check out the FHSAA website or your school website; print them out and get ready!
It was bound to happen. High schools in Florida are now playing hockey. It hasn’t made it to the FHSAA (yet) but there is a league in central Florida. It’s called the Central Florida High School Hockey League and it has a full schedule of games starting early April and lasting until mid-June with finals. There are six teams from Daytona, Orlando, Jacksonville and Rockledge. Brighthouse Network even televised the championship game. If you dont’ believe me, check out their website at cfhshl.com.
TO HELMET, OR NOT TO HELMET:
Boys’ lacrosse has long worn helmets, along with other protective gear. Those wooden sticks hurt! Girls lacrosse, on the other hand, has traditionally not worn the helmets, nor most of the other gear that the boys wear. The FHSAA Board of Directors voted in June to adopt a new rule requiring that protective headgear be worn by girls while practicing for or competing in FHSAA-sanctioned activities. It’s purpose is to protect teenage girls from the hard impacts that can inadvertently occur in lacrosse, including blows to the head and lacerations to the face.
As a newly appointed member of the Board of Directors, I received a call over the weekend from an irate parent over the ruling. A group has formed to fight the ruling and allow girls to go helmet-free. I have researched the issue and can’t come up with a single reason, thus far, to reverse it. Safety is, and should always be, the #1 interest of all persons involved in athletics.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.” –Mickey Mantle