TCHS seasons begin this week
Whether it’s because of the late graduation date for 2009’s seniors or the unbelievably cool summer we’ve had, there’s no denying it seems like the high school fall sports season is coming a bit soon.
Trigg County High School’s golf team has matches this week, officially marking the start of the year. The boys and girls soccer teams have scrimmages this weekend, and volleyball opens play Tuesday. The first football scrimmage is next Friday at Marshall County, and cross country will hit the trail soon after that.
In two weeks, The Cadiz Record will publish its Fall Sports Preview, and I’m trying to make it something Wildcat fans will look forward to. The section will have a special cover that I hope to see hanging on walls, refridgerators and various other hanging-surfaces this year. The cover will feature several TCHS seniors participating in fall activities – those previously mentioned in this article (the ones generally referred to as “sports”) as well as cheerleading and marching band.
Before I go any further, understand that I don’t mean to demean cheerleaders and band members in comparison to typical athletes, and I hate to perpetuate the sterotype many people hold concerning those who participate in those activities.
I can’t deny my natural prediliction toward sports, but I’ve got a musical background, as well. I know how frustrating it can be to devote all the time and energy it takes to have a successful marching band and get less recognition and, seemingly, less respect than athletes. I won’t make the argument that band should be considered a sport, but the fact that it supports typical athletic endeavors doesn’t mean it deserves less attention. Cheerleading, to a degree, fits in that argument, as well, although I’ll allow for it to be considered a sport more readily.
Those kids deserve recognition, and because they are at their most visible during the fall sports season (cheerleaders in the winter, too), they’ll have their spot in the Fall Sports Preview.
As for that cover I was teasing a few paragraphs ago ... I think you’ll like it.
Cardinals make big moves
I’m a St. Louis Cardinals fan, in case you forgot.
With a handful of moves made in the last few weeks, the Redbirds appear poised to run away from the rest of the National League Central Division.
St. Louis picked up Julio Lugo, Mark Derosa and Matt Holliday without giving up anyone who was making much of a contribution this year, chief among them Chris Perez (struggling reliever with potential) and Chris Duncan (flash-in-the-pan, injury-prone outfielder who was only around in the first place because his dad is the pitching coach and his “uncle” is the manager).
Top prospect Brett Wallace was packaged in the Holliday deal. He’s the only one I’d want back, but with the potential resigning of Derosa for next season and the fact that Albert Pujols is (or at least should be) the Cardinals’ first baseman for the next decade or more, Wallace didn’t really have a position to fill with the big club.
Of course, a Cards run to the playoffs isn’t set in stone. Just when the new guys showed up and started hitting well, Brendan Ryan suffered a minor injury and Pujols and Ryan Ludwick hit a bit of a slump. The pitching rotation has been solid (and will be better now that Todd Wellemeyer is banished to the bullpen), but how long will that last? Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are solid every time out, and Joel Piniero has been suprisingly consistent. If Kyle Lohse can hit a good stride, I like their chances.
Past the division, though, the road is tough. Los Angeles and Philadelphia pose serious threats to anyone they might meet in the postseason.
No predictions yet. Maybe next month.
Big Blue is never far from my mind
As always around this time of year, discussion in this area revolves largely around Southeastern Conference football.
Of course, at least some discussion ALWAYS seems to revolve around University of Kentucky basketball.
On the gridiron side, SEC talk ran rampant last month with the drama of “Which SEC coach didn’t vote for Tim Tebow as pre-season player of the year?”
Did we care?
Turns out, it was Steve Spurrier, but he didn’t do it on purpose. So he says.
Does it matter? Was there any doubt that Tebow would be the pick heading into the year?
Maybe Spurrier accidentally gave Florida some unneeded bulletin board material, but I don’t think it’s even that serious.
As for UK, their football prospects this year are debateable. Mike Hartline has been named the starter at quarterback, and if he’s had as good a spring and summer as some like to say he has, maybe that’s not a bad choice. Of course, he’s got a couple of solid freshmen lurking behind him, and Randall Cobb can always (conceivably) run the Wildcat offense in a pinch.
As for basketball, what Big Blue fan isn’t looking forward to 2009-10? UK ended up with arguably the greatest recruiting class in the school’s history, perhaps in the history of the NCAA.
Keep in mind, if they want people talking about them as a national title contender again next year, they’ll have to pick up another top class since at least half of this one will be leaving for the NBA in 2010.
(Justin McGill is executive editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)