BY JOANNA CHADWICK
The Wichita Eagle
The Wichita school district has contracted with Mid-America Orthopedics to supply athletic trainers to three high schools and oversee the athletic trainers at four other high schools.
Archive for June, 2010
BY JOANNA CHADWICK
Ah, I love sports. Love them. And then I read about a Canadian parents suing because their sons were cut from a hockey team. Now, I know hockey’s big in Canada, but really? Suing.
This seems ridiculous, but then again, we’ve seen ridiculous parents before, right?
It’s the last day of June. Unbelievable. Can you tell the days are already getting shorter? Sorry, that’s the pessimistic side of me that pops out every once in awhile!
So what’s on your mind today? We’ve had some good discussions on other posts about football safety and about whether transferring is the best decision. Feel free to jump in on those discussions at any point.
I started thinking about this post yesterday when I heard that there was a possibility of Heights rising senior Allegria Chisom transferring to Wichita Collegiate. It was reinforced today when I got on Twitter (you can follow me @joannachadwick) and read a link by @kcprephoops about Spearville’s Willie Cauley, who, heading into his sophomore season, was offered by Kansas State. Cauley has transferred to Olathe Northwest.
Here are my questions to you: When is it OK to transfer? Should there be a penalty for transferring in-district that is longer than the normal 18 weeks (think a large district like the City League)?
*We’ve got a nice discussion going on about the scary side of football. Feel free to pop over to http://blogs.varsitykansas.com/blog/2010/06/28/the-scary-side-of-football/#comment-69426.
*In actual sports news, John Kornelson is Kapaun Mount Carmel’s new cross country coach, replacing coach Damian Smithhisler.
I’m keeping with the theme I started the other day and keeping MY idea for the open discussion off sports — feel free to start any discussion that you want.
Here’s what I want to talk about — what movies have you seen or do you want to see this summer? What’s a movie, present or past, was one that you just had to see on opening night?
Wichita Collegiate soon-to-be senior Ashia Woods, a two-time Wichita Eagle All-state basketball player, has suffered a hairline fracture on her tibia. Coach Terrence Phox said she would be ready to go in six or seven weeks, but she can’t play volleyball or basketball until then.
Woods suffered the injury at Oklahoma’s team camp and is in a brace.
Also, expect a Woods commitment in the next month or so.
On a side note, Heights rising senior Allegria Chisom played with Collegiate at the OU team camp. I talked to Phox and Heights coach Kip Pulliam, and neither knows where the Northeast Magnet student has/or if she has enrolled.
I have a 7-year-old who absolutely loves football, who wants to play so much. I’m not ready for it. He’s only 7, no need to get him into football just yet, not even flag football.
Sidebar: My husband and I have a goal of being careful with our kids when it comes to sports, so as not to burn them out. We practice to get better, not to get a DI scholarship. We talk about having fun and having the right attitude, winning and losing with class (no score is kept when they play, but we all know what it is).
There’s a part of me that, as much as I love football, does not want my boys playing. I’ve seen too much on concussions, and now this, an ESPN story on Chris Henry.
Soccer might be the world’s biggest sport, but in the U.S., as we all know, it just doesn’t have the same sort of fan base.
My question to you, as soccer fans or not, does the World Cup — and the U.S. advancing to the round of 16 — increase interest in soccer? I know I’m probably stupid for even starting this because there are so many haters out there.
I’m covering the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission’s banquet on Thursday night at the Hyatt. I covered it last year, so I know it’s going to be enjoyable seeing. The Johnny Bench Award will also be handed out to the nation’s top college catcher (check out stories this week on the three finalists, two will be written by me).
Here are the finalists for top (just graduated) high school male athlete and top high school female athlete — Nicole Walden (Bishop Carroll), Tiffany Bias (Andover Central), Tricia Vogel (Clearwater), Joseph Randle (Southeast), Zach Nielsen (Bishop Carroll) and Jonathon Truman (Kapaun).
Check out this Q&A with Alan Schuckman, Bishop Carroll’s football coach. We’ll hit a soccer coach, a volleyball coach and a cross country coach in the next week or so. As always, feel free to let me know who you’d like us to interview.