November 10, 2010

Notebook: Big tripleheader planned

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The city of Shreveport, La. will be playing host to an Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas tripleheader of games the second weekend of Sept. 2011.

The event, called The Battle on the Border, will feature a three game series of games highlighted by a game between private school powers, Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian and Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian.

"The quality of powerhouse high school football teams selected and their respective fan base will surely take high school football in this region to new heights," Shreveport Mayor Cedric B. Glover said via press release.

The other games in the event will be between Shreveport (La.) Byrd and Marshall (Texas) High and Class 5A power Monroe (La.) West Monroe and traditional 2A threat Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist.

The tripleheader will be played on Sept. 12, but the time schedule and order of games has not yet been finalized. The games will either be played at 11 a.m., 3 p.m, and 7 p.m. or noon, 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.

If the event is a success, it could be expanded next season as two other Texas teams - Longview (Texas) High and Tyler (Texas) John Tyler - have expressed interest but neither could play this year as contracts were already signed with other opponents.

Connecticut: Coach apologizes for using play list

A Connecticut high school football coach has apologized for using an opponent's play list, which his team found during their game last month.

Southington coach D.J. Hernandez, a 24-year-old former University of Connecticut quarterback and wide receiver, was suspended for a game on Tuesday.

He admitted using the list of coded plays from an armband lost by a Manchester (Conn.) High School player. Southington (Conn.) High beat Manchester 28-14 on Oct. 22.

The suspension means that Hernandez will not be on the sideline Friday night for Southington's game against East Hartford (Conn.) High.

In an e-mail Wednesday, Hernandez says he realizes that he did not set a good example for his team, and promises to become a better coach.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference is expected to take up Manchester's formal protest of Hernandez's actions at a meeting on Nov. 18.

Mississippi: Hoops players sue coach for alleged whippings

Three Jackson (Miss.) Murrah basketball players have sued their coach and the school system over alleged whippings.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Jackson by attorney Lisa Ross.

Ross contends that a video clip shows a basketball player bent over as a man swings a belt, hitting him three times. The video was made available to Jackson media outlets.

Ross says the man in the video, which was recorded on a cell phone, is boys basketball coach Marlon Dorsey.

In the lawsuit, which gives only one side of the legal argument, the players contend they were physically and verbally abused by the coach.

Dorsey, who has admitted to whipping players, has been on leave since late October. On Oct. 28, school and district officials met with about 30 parents about the matter, but there has been no official word from the district on Dorsey's status.

A statement from the school district says the personnel matter cannot be discussed "because of employee confidentiality rights."

Corporal punishment has been banned in Jackson Public Schools since 1991. District policy says violation of that rule is punishable by disciplinary action such as suspension without pay and termination.

In a statement previously made to The Clarion-Ledger, Dorsey said, "I took it upon myself to save these young men from the destruction of self and what society has accepted and become silent to the issues our students are facing on a daily basis. I am deeply remorseful of my actions to help our students."

In a letter addressed to parents and others, Dorsey said the punishment was issued for a variety of reasons, including disrespecting teachers, stealing cell phones, leaving campus without permission, being late for class and not following the dress code.

Dorsey told the newspaper that he has been suspended with pay.

This is Dorsey's first year as head coach at Murrah; he was an assistant coach last year.

Wyoming: New football team gets tough welcome

Cheyenne (Wyo.) Cheyenne South will make its varsity football debut next season in Class 4A.

And its first three games in school history, as released this week by the Wyoming High School Activities Association, will come against three straight 2010 playoff qualifiers, including both of this year's state finalists.

Quite a welcoming present, indeed.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Cheyenne South will play at Casper (Wyo.) Natrona County in the first week, meet cross-town school Cheyenne (Wyo.) Cheyenne Central the following week and then travel to Sheridan (Wyo.) High for its next game. Casper, Central and Sheridan all made the playoffs this season.

Natrona and Sheridan will play for the state championship on Saturday in Laramie.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




 

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