Friday, August 27, 2010

Football Season Opens Tonight

I'll be on the scene at Elk Grove High School as the Herd will host Ponderosa to begin the 2010 campaign.

I have read the comments under our stories about the Herd football program on EGCitizen.Com. I cannot believe the attitudes towards Coach Chris Nixon and baseball coach Jeff Carlson.

I wish when I was in high school I had coaches as good as both of these guys. It really comes down to a couple parents who are unforgiving using the online comments on the Citizen website as their pulpit.

Whereas the Internet offers everyone a forum for their opinions, making false, insulting comments anonymously is chicken. Use your real name and use the online forums. Then we'll take your comments seriously.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Injuries On E.G. Football Team

on the eve of the 2010 high school football season comes word from Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon that two key players may not see action Friday night. Stud running back/defensive back Deon Ransom turned his ankle in last Saturday's scrimmage against Del Oro and isn't full speed. During Wednesday's practice senior quarterback Archie Schuster rolled his ankle.

In a text message to me, Nixon said he may hold both out of the non-conference game and go with sophomore Jacob Hinegardner at QB and another soph, Robert Frazier, at RB.

The Thundering Herd debuts their new pistol offense at 7:15 p.m. Friday night.

On another note the new snackbar/bathroom facility won't be completed. You'll find a row of portapotties. No telling how they'll handle the sale of their hotdogs and hamburgers.

Once completed the new facility will be really nice.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chuck Roast Is In Roseville

A friend in the newspaper industry, Chuck Roast (aka Bill Poindexter), is in Roseville. A great writer and long-time newspaperman has been through a couple years of tough times with the downsizing in the industry. However, he's now back in the saddle as the sports editor of the Roseville Press-Tribune.

You can read his stuff in the Folsom Telegraph and the Auburn Journal, as well. Those papers are all owned by the same company.

Bill will be covering the Sierra Football League this fall which might be the best football conference in the Section - Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Nevada Union, Woodcreek - all quality teams.

Read Bill's stuff at RosevillPT.Com.

His son, Eddie, was a pitcher on Laguna Creek's baseball team, graduating a couple years back. Younger son, Anthony, will also be a pitcher for the Cardinals one day soon. He's a freshman.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Recruiting at Cosumnes Oaks?

I am watching a report from the local football community which alleges that Cosumnes Oaks' coaches have been actively persuading parents and students to attend their school.

C.O. does have an open enrollment policy, however, it is against CIF rules when a coach places "undue pressure" on a student or his/her parents to attend a school solely for participation in a sport.

I have more specifics which I don't want to write here, however, I will say I recently wrote an article for the Citizen in which I found out that most of our EGUSD high schools had poor participation in football by its incoming freshmen. Our Division I and II schools such as Franklin and Elk Grove, had only 15 or 20 freshmen working out with them this summer, down from around 45. This fall there will not be any freshman-only teams in EGUSD.

When I checked with Wolfpack coach Ryan Gomes he claimed he had 50 freshmen coming out for football, more than EG, Franklin and Laguna Creek combined. And, C.O. is a D-IV school.

This led to me asking questions and finding out lots of interesting things. Gomes, himself, isn't really responsible for the alleged "undue influence" but he may have to answer for it.

Football Season

The fall football season kicks off Aug. 27 locally. I'll be covering Elk Grove vs. Ponderosa at EGHS for the Elk Grove Citizen.

I hope the Herd shows they are still one of the top football programs in the area this season by performing well on the field. With now 10 high schools in the school district the talent is spread amongst all of them and so it is likely the Herd, nor any of the other local high schools will have the dynasty label attached to it like what Grant or Del Oro has.

It's interesting Elk Grove, Sheldon, Pleasant Grove and Monterey Trail are all in the Sacramento Bee's pre-season top 20. I think the Herd and the Eagles will be there at the end of the season, along with Cosumnes Oaks. The other two are good teams, but probably not worth a top 20 listing.