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  1. WKY, I think you're pretty spot on here. It's the getting started part. We may never do that this fall season for anything. If one school goes to the public school governing body, say Fern Creek and JCPS just for examples. If Fern Creek were to say, we are not fielding a team this season, that could be all that's needed to generate the instability for JCPS to say no, we aren't going to have a 2020 FAll Season for anything. I really hope I'm wrong, but we are on the down side of the tetter-totter right now and ALOT of positive signs (testing trends, etc) and no player/staff positive tests need to happen for a sustained period of time for that to happen. We are now into August with proposed games roughly a month away. JCPS will not be going to in-person school for at least 6 weeks or basically early October. If you can not hold on-campus classes, how can can you administer football games? Don't get me wrong. I'm not wanting that; quite the opposite, but those are the facts and the up-hill climb we are facing. It's tough!
  2. LTR, If the season can be played, BG has some seniors that should lead the way: QB Conner Cooper - terrific feet; came through big time in the playoff game vs South, but didn't play real well vs CovCath (join the crowd) but should benefit from not being in a platoon system this season. TE - Jordan Dingle is being recruited by alot and is worthy of that. I suspect he will be the decoy for alot this season and how much he plays on defense will be interesting to watch. WR - Dez Wilson - deceptively quick and elusive. Should be his best season. RB - Javey Bunton - very underrated. Played awfully well vs South Warren and South Oldham in the playoffs last year. DL - Bridger Knee - wants it! see his twitter. dedicated and will command double teams this year. LB - Rece Jones - best defensive player BG has. Tough as nails. S - Eli Burwash - terrific athletic and better baseball player. Sees the field well and makes BIG hits! Holes - I know they have some good guys coming back on both lines, but not all of them. Also Christian Conyer a CB transferred to South Warren and that hurts for obvious reasons as the young man is a very talented player and will take over for Dunn for South next year! Very difficult schedule, but am glad there's a game after the Trinity game as I already know how that one will turn out. There are some good ones coming up too! Remember the last name Flippen - he'll be a good one! Also Matrix Halcolm JR RB, but should get some time at a wideout spot some this year, is a diamond in the rough.
  3. Great news @Colonels_Wear_Blue Thanks for sharing! If we have a season, I really think McCraken can make some noise outside of Jefferson County in 6A. And that game with Mayfield the first game will make alot of people mad because you know they will restrict attendance and you could sell A LOT of tickets for that game!
  4. What does that do for spring sports? If they are accustomed to playing/practicing on the football field. Likely they'll have to move elsewhere or share. I don't see football sharing very well. Will be interesting. Also football players who typically play in the fall and maybe lacrosse in the spring. Now will likely have to choose which one.
  5. https://www.wlky.com/article/first-turf-field-in-jcps-unveiled-at-dupont-manual-high-school/33316896 It is actually a reality now. The new turf field at Manual's Rachel Baker Field is in! The first turf field for JCPS! It is a really nice field! I hope it spurs many more. The above WLKY article was based at a ribbon cutting I got to attend (only 50 could attend due to Covid). It was totally privately funded by Manual Field Hockey and Girls Lacrosse Booster Club coordinated fundraising. No JCPS funds at all were used for this project, although Mr. Polio and JCPS was very supportive of this effort. Of the $866,000 project budget, just over $600,000 has been received. If Covid had not hit, I think the fundraising efforts could have been complete by now.
  6. 94, I thought Ballard always played Manual during the season. Are they just a random opponent now?
  7. According to a twitter feed I see every so often, construction on the new stadium has started and I assume they plan to be ready by the fall.
  8. https://www.wdrb.com/news/manual-high-school-breaks-ground-on-new-turf-field-for-field-hockey-girls-lacrosse/article_c17e9884-9ba2-11ea-ab1e-677d930188aa.html Manual Field Hockey & Girls Lacrosse Teams joined fundraising efforts and have collected just over $500,000 to offset the $800,000+ overall cost of the new turf field. The new turf field will go in over the old field hockey field known as Rachel Baker Field at West Hill Street & South First Street on Manual's campus. Initial ground work is already underway after a May 20th ground breaking. This field will be completed prior to when school is scheduled to begin in August. This is a really big deal and is a very long time in the making. Fundraising efforts continue and if you have any fundraising tips for us please PM me. Hopefully this will spur other JCPS programs to try and replicate these efforts to have more turf fields in the JCPS arsenal.
  9. Hey Brown, do you know if the summer football camp circuit will be allowed to happen this year? I ask because I think this is a young man that blows up on the national scene if he's allowed to participate in those. Best of luck!
  10. @NLTanker1, who would you say at this point looks like the strongest out of state challenge? Not looking forward to the last regular season game of the season.
  11. Sorry it's taken so long to get back to this, but I did look him up! Pretty impressive! I love to learn about sport pioneers from the past carving out a trail for others to follow. Must be great to have someone with that much experience as your head coach as well! Hope all is well!
  12. All sports who already lost the entire 2020 Season! (except basketball, but arguably the most important part of the basketball season)
  13. I feel the same way about lacrosse. I was coaching my daughters Freshman team at Manual and really disappointed we didn't get to compete this spring. But moreso sad for the seniors, who put significant time and effort into being on the team for 4 years. Next year will be better!
  14. Congratulations to Jantzen! HUGE accomplishment! I have seen him play about 5 times (3 or 4 of those against BG). He is a good offensive and special teams player due to his athletic abiility alone. But on defense he is special. Always takes the correct angle to bring down the ball carrier. Very good leaping ability to swat down passes. Not sure he's as good as Clayton Bush was at anticipating where the ball was going but but he is developing that. Easily one of the best players in the state!
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