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It Was Another Exciting High School Sports Season

Another great year in high school sports has come to an end and what a year it was. Almost every sport had some sort of incredible headline during the past ten months. It’s tough to sum up but that’s the purpose of this blog post so we will try our best to do so. Don’t be fooled though, high school sports will still be making headlines in the off-season with a lot of players declaring colleges or entering or having already entered professional athletic drafts – it should still be pretty busy, so keep your ears open all summer long!
 
We’ll start with baseball. This year featured an infielder, Brice Turang, only striking out in over a hundred at bats – an all time record for the high school level. You also had Birmingham becoming the first city section school in over fifty years to take home championships in both baseball and basketball. Speaking of basketball, you had LaMelo Ball scoring ninety two points (Yes, 92 points) in a single game. He also pulled down almost two million Instagram followers due to the fame of his brothers and father along with his big ninety two point performance in the past year.
 
Then you had football with one of the biggest upsets of the high school sports year. Quarterback J.T. Daniels completed seventy four percent of his passes and had an equally incredible running game behind him but Mater Dei lost to Bellflower St. John Bosco in the Southern Division One Championship. You also had a bunch of coaches in various sports retire after extremely long tenures including Jeff Stout and Dave White. No matter what you thought the best headline was, if you enjoy high school sports, I’m sure you had a blast this past season. Remember, the headlines won’t stop all summer either!
 

Casper College’s Cowboy State Games To Feature Karate Again

The annual Cowboy State games will be held in a couple of days and this year will feature karate once again after a several year absence. This years competition will include forms, breaking and sparring and the levels of difficulty will include beginner, intermediate and advanced. The competition will feature students enrolled in martial arts schools from all over the state. It will also feature competitions in judo and grappling this year.
 
THe Cowboy State games have been held annually since 1986 and in Casper since 1988. However, there was a hiatus from 2008 until 2014 but the games are back and better than ever now. This years games will play host to hockey, fencing, snowshoeing, karate, grappling, judo and many other competitive sporting events. 2017’s Games are expected to be the best yet as the Cowboy State Games has finally been given a considerable budget to operate on.
 
The Cowboy State Games are a recognized of the National Congress of State Games which has been responsible for the rise of several American Olympic athletes over the years. This years Games also expects a turn out of well over a thousand participants as well. Athletes who medal in the Cowboy State Games will be invited to participate in the State Games of America in Grand Rapids in 2018.
 
The success of this years games will be a big determining factor in whether or not future games will get the same budget or even happen at all. There have been no announcements so far about the future of the Cowboy state games.
 

High School Baseball Team Honors Fallen Five Year Old With Emotional Victory

A local Fredericksburg, Virginia high school baseball team won their scheduled game on Tuesday night but it was far from any ordinary victory. “Win one for Chase” was the moniker the team used to motivate themselves to secure the victory as Chase’s family looked on. Chase Beaty was a local 5 year old boy who had, just recently, passed away from an asthma attack. Chase’s family came out onto the field after the game to honor him by releasing several red balloons in his memory.
 
The real connection is that Seth, Chase’s elder brother, is a member of the baseball and football teams at Riverbend High School in Virginia. Since Chase’s tragic passing many members of the school, faculty, and athletic staff have banded together in an effort to raise donations for the grieving family. In fact, all of the proceeds from the game (concessions etc) were donated to the Beaty family.
 
The game really did honor Chase’s memory as the Bears came back late from down five runs to earn the timely victory. It was a very emotional night and display for everyone who was involved. The school plans to make a donation to the Beaty family as well in the coming weeks. Overall, the night was a great success as a considerable amount of money was, in fact, raised for the Beaty family as well as the fact that the team did “win one for Chase.”
 

Local Martial Arts Academy Teaches Martial Arts AND Life Lessons To Students

One Fort Worth TX area school is changing the game when it comes to martial arts instruction. Waugh Jiu Jitsu Academy is best known for teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to adults but now it is becoming well renowned for it’s children’s martial arts instruction. The actual instruction itself is top notch and fun for the kids involved but the classes go so much further than that. Orlando Waugh, chief instructor at Waugh Jiu Jitsu academy, also sits his students down and talks to them about the most pressing and dangerous issues facing their young lives during every class.
 
They discuss subjects like bullying, drugs, the pressure to succeed in school and in general. Waugh has always felt that it’s most important to have students who can defend themselves from bad decisions and pressures they encounter off the mat. “It’s important to give these kids the know how to do great things outside of self defense situations too” says Waugh who has been teaching martial arts for ever twenty years now.
 
This certainly isn’t the first martial arts instructor to do something like this but the local buzz about how Waugh’s instruction is what set’s it apart. “He really cares and the talks he has with the kids are really honest and impactful” said Tami Jones 39 of Fort Worth about Waugh’s unique teaching style. In general, the children seem to respond to Waugh even more during and after training once they have participated in one of these sit down talks with Waugh. He says that “I know I could have used advice like this when I was at that age so I’m just trying to pay it forward.”
 

An Inside Look At The Culture Of High School Football In Texas With These Facts


 

The following are the most interesting facts that we gathered about the infamous Texan High School Football culture:

 
1) It is in the Genes – Football is undoubtedly the most popular and a highly anticipated leisure activity in Texas. It is a globally accepted norm that on Friday nights, Texans are glued to their television sets to watch high school play-offs whereas their Saturdays are reserved for watching college games and the NCAA. Only a few lucky fans manage to reserve their seats in packed-stadiums to watch the entire match live.
 
2) Elaborate Stadiums, Massive Funding and Media Connection – A popular film that was later adapted in the form of a hit-television series tiled, “Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team and a Dream” showcased the possessive passion that the people of Texas have about their local football teams. Interestingly, Texans are known for their exorbitant expenditure to promote the game. For example, Eagle Stadium was inaugurated in the year 2012 that involved an expense of a whooping $60 million by the Allen Independent School District. The funds for this overtly expensive stadium were contributed by the local residents of the area. Ironically, the stadium was forced to close down owing to structural issues, in the year 2014. A rival in McKinney, is all set to build a stadium that is not only bigger but also $10 million more expensive than the infamous Eagle Stadium. It boasts of 12,000 seats, a fifty-five foot wide ‘high definition’ video screen and an artificial turf.
 

Interesting Facts on the Deep Rooted Texas High School Football Culture:

 
1) Massive scoreboards are usually seen in professional sporting games. Nonetheless, in school level Texas football matches, such scoreboards with ‘high definition Jumbotrons’, are a common occurrence, clearly highlighting the popularity of this sport in the state. Over 25% of all school stadiums in Texas are fortified with artificial turf and over 14% have high definition scoreboards.
 
2) In the final matches, bands of rival football school teams are known to square off against each other to win the best band prize at the “Battle of the Flowers Festival”. This is an annual event involving over three thousand band players.
 
3) Texas is home for some of the largest football stadiums in the world. The Alamo Stadium seating 23,000 fans, is a classic example of the gigantic stadiums built for high school events in Texas. There are a total of 1305 stadiums in Texas alone and in total, they can seat over 4130440 fans. There are 9 high school stadiums in the state that can seat almost 17,000 fans. Interestingly, since the year 2010, over 60 new stadiums have been built in Texas.
 
4) It is also claimed that Texas has given the NFL the best quarterbacks. Some of the popular names include Andy Dalton, Josh McCown, Drew Brees, Ryan Mallett and Andrew Luck. When it comes to discussing the most dominant football team in Texas, then it has to be “Katy” (unbeaten three times and a winner of four state titles). Celina High School was unbeaten from 1998 to 2002, making their unbeaten winning streak to 68 games. As far as recognizing & rewarding individual players is concerned then Joe Routt (playing for Chappell Hill), was the first player to be inducted in Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
 
5) The Lone Star State is so passionate about football that several TV shows and movies such as “Friday Night Lights” are based on this sport. Ironically, the Halloween festival was once shifted a day ahead in Decatur, simply because it clashed with the final game. In fact, in small towns, the entire population can be seen cheering for their favorite football teams on Friday nights.
 
6) In the year 2013, the AT&T stadium recorded the highest number of attendees (54,357 – Arlington Vs Allen) during the high school football match. This attendance is greater than the total capacity of seventy eight stadiums put-together in the United States. The oldest high school football stadium, built in the year 1910 (also known as “Home” by the Yellow Jackets) is in the Lang Field of St. Anthony Catholic High School. It is fully functional and can seat 750 fans with ease.
 
7) School team rivalries in the game of football are prevalent and taken very seriously in Texas. The oldest rivalry began in the year 1900 between Yoakum and Cuero football teams that are in the DeWitt region of Texas. Interestingly, Cuero remained undefeated from the year 1969 to 2011 thereby creating an unmatched winning streak of 42 constitutive games. When it comes to judging the longest rivalry then, the contending teams are Bay City and El Campo of Huston. They have been at loggerheads since the year 1920. With special regards to higher-school rivalries, Denison and Sherman high schools top the charts, with their rivalries dating back to the year 1906 (with the exception of World War I being the deterrent to the annual matches).
 
8) Texas is a heaven for homecoming mums. Over here, homecoming mothers are decked with shiny plastic flowers, graduation caps, ribbons and other attractive ornaments, to cheer and celebrate the victory of their players. This is a cherished tradition in Texas wherein the average cost of such an elaborately designed costume is a whopping $300.
 
9) Texas is perhaps the only state in America wherein football players start rather early. You can easily witness players as young as four years of age, practicing this game in a professional football field. Besides, the fans watching the game are so passionate about their players that they brave rains, speedy winds and even blistering heat, to watch a match.
 
10) Another feather in the cap of Texas football is in the Bleacher’s Report, wherein thirty nine (3-star players) and three (5-star players) were recruited in the top 10 list for the year 2014.
 

Proposed Changes in Texas Football Culture:

 
Charlie Strong, the head coach of Texas Football, has proposed several changes in the trending Texan football culture. The biggest change that Charlie has proposed is changing the Texan mindset from the fortunes that this game has to offer to disciplining the players and teaching them to be responsible. He displayed his seriousness pertaining to discipline by suspending 7 top players for violating the rules of the game.
 

Charlie’s 5 Core Rules that would Change the Texas High School Football Culture Forever:

 
Rule # 1 – Players need to be honest with themselves as well as with others. They also need to be honest towards the game of football and play each match without using any illegal strategy.
 
Rule # 2 – The second rule of the game is to treat women respectfully. If any player is found misbehaving with women, strict action shall be taken against him.
 
Rule # 3 – Players shall not be permitted to take drugs. If found doing so, they shall be liable to face stringent action by the concerned authorities.
 
Rule # 4 – Football players in the state of Texas shall not be spared if they are caught stealing.
 
Rule # 5 – The last and final rule is that any player found in possession of a weapon shall be prosecuted.