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High School Football

Football Coach Quits After Making Racist Comments

Former coach Larry Dauterive

Former coach Larry Dauterive

Larry Dauterive resigned as East St. John High School’s head football coach last Friday. His resignation came after a meeting with the school superintendent regarding his recent racially prejudiced comments.

During his speech to the New Orleans Quarterback Club, Dauterive spoke about what it was like for him as a white man to coach a team of predominantly black players. He considered himself an important role in their lives saying that he is, “the only Papa they got.”

Although it sounds prejudiced to say that a team of black football players come from mostly single-parent families, Dauterive insists that it’s the truth and that it’s hard to ignore. Fabricka Anderson (one of the parents) said, “I think a lot of what he said was true, but it’s not just in the African-American community, and if what he said steps on our toes, than we kind of need to step up.” Read the rest of this entry »

High School Athletes Shouldn’t Try to Beat the Heat

high-school-footballToday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that 31 high school athletes have died from heat-related injuries in the past 15 years. “One death due to heat-related illness is too many,” says Michael McGeehin, director of the CDC’s Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects. “Heat-related illness is preventable. The more we know about how and when it happens, the better we can prepare people who may be most at risk.”

The study showed that 66.3 percent of heat injuries occur in August, mostly affecting football players. Athletes who play high school football are 10 times more likely to suffer from heat illness than students who play eight other high school sports. Thousands of students suffer from heat illnesses of differing severity each year, particularly during off-season summer conditioning.  Overweight players are at a much higher risk.   Read the rest of this entry »

Best High School Football Teams in the Country

As the football season draws to an end for many and other teams head off to post-season games in hope of claiming their state title, it’s interesting to look at rankings and how much they have potentially changed over the season.

At the beginning of the football season, I mentioned rivalsHIGH, a website that ranks high school football teams from around the nation. I just recently looked at the rankings again and noticed they have changed some.

Here are the top five schools for high school football teams, according to rivalsHIGH:

1. Trinity in Euless, TX

2. St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, FL Read the rest of this entry »

A Senior’s Farewell to High School Football

This past week has been the craziest week for marching band.

Monday we had Band-o-rama (which is when all the bands in USD 259 get together to perform their half time shows), Wednesday we had a marching competition in Andover, KS and on Halloween, of all days, we had our final football game. Unless we win and go on to regionals.

But the thought that this is not only my last football game, but my final performance with marching band is a sad thought for me. For three out of the four years of my high school experience, band has been a big part of a lot of what I’ve experienced. Although I’m not too worried about how well I play my clarinet, but rather I have enjoyed band mostly because of the friends I have made through it and the experiences I have had while in band. Read the rest of this entry »

Homecoming Spirit Week!

All year, I anticipate the Monday morning I get to roll out of my bed, brush my teeth and hair, slip on shoes, and walk out my front door in my PJs because of Spirit Week!

Every year, we have spirit week before our 2 homecomings and prom! This year the weekdays’ themes include Twin Day, PJ Day, Hippie/70s day, Blue and White day, and College Sport day. Although the days aren’t the most creative, I still enjoy showing school spirit by dressing up for 3 or 4 of the days, if not all 5! This year for twin day, I surprised my band director by dressing up like him. If you knew Mr. Hamant, you would understand just how funny this really is. That is the most I have ever seen him laugh all 4 years I have been around him.

Spirit week is so much fun because not only do you get to show school spirit and dress ridiculous some days, it also sets the mood for homecoming! I am so excited for homecoming because it will be one of the last for high school I attend! It’s sad to think about, but also exciting because this time next year I’ll have started college! So spirit week has so many different meanings to me. But most of all it gets me pumped up for the homecoming game Friday night and the homecoming dance on Saturday night! It’s a great time to hang out with my friends and forget about everything for one night. I can’t wait to get the party started!

rivalsHIGH and the Top 100 High School Football Teams

Football on Friday nights is one of my favorite things to take place during the school year! The stadium lights, playing with the marching band, screaming and cheering with friends and schoolmates, and nachos make for one fun night! But have you ever wondered how your team is doing, not only in your region, but on a national level?

RivalsHigh will take High School Football Lovers within the United States to a list that ranks high school football teams. Each Monday during the football season a network of high school site publishers, recruiting analysts, and the AMP team publishe the rivalHIGH 100- the top 100 High School Football Teams in the nation.

friday night football

As I looked through the top 100 teams, I was disappointed to see that no Kansas schools made it onto the list. At the bottom of a recent list though, it does mention that Hutchinson, KS was ranked number 92. Although it is no where near the top of the list, I thought it was just awesome to see a Kansas town even mentioned. When I reviewed the “Heartland” list to look at schools in the Midwest, Hutchinson is ranked number 20. So even though it’s not a Wichita School, at least a Kansas school is mentioned!

If you are ever curious as to how your school’s football team is doing on a national level, stop by rivalHigh and check out their rankings! You never know when you might come across your school or a school in your area.

euless trinity high school

This week, the top 10 are:
1. Trinity – Euless, TX

2. Armwood – Seffner, FL

3. Byrnes – Duncan, SC

4. Bastrop – Bastrop, LA

5. St. Thomas Aquinas – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6. Gateway – Monroeville, PA

7. Plano – Plano, TX

8. Poly – Long Beach, CA

9. De La Salle – Concord, CA

10. Lownds – Valdosta, GA


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