High schools need level playing field
I applaud Mr. Gaskins’ article of Nov. 27. His remarks of the joke that is the IHSAA football finals is right on the money.
However, unlike Mr. Gaskins, I did attend the finals in Indianapolis this past weekend, as well as the 2011 finals.
One only has to look at the teams who have played in the past. One only has to look at the schedules and player rosters. If you happened to look at the IHSAA finals program, you would know what I mean. These teams are either in the finals or have won the finals.
The kids I saw playing in 2011 and 2012 seemed to be bigger and faster and, dare I say, more talented. They played better than IU and Purdue.
Private and parochial schools absolutely have a wider geographic area to draw from. Anyone who would tell you otherwise is in some serious denial.
In California, where I am from originally, we played against private and parochial high schools. Bishop Amat High School in Southern California comes to mind as one of the perennial powerhouses. And it has been that way for as long as I can remember.
If I wanted my kid to play college ball and assuming he had talent, his best chance would be to play for a private or parochial school.
Athletic scholarships? You bet! I guarantee a lot of these athletes are on some kind of “athletic scholarship,” whether or not it is called such.
Mr. Gaskins closes his comments with the following: “If parochial schools swept all five titles in 2013, maybe we’d get the change we needed – separate classes for private schools.” DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH! We are not the only state with this problem.
It is not even a matter of sour grapes. How about working with a level playing field?
Good job, Mr. Gaskins.
Dave Watanabe, Kokomo
High schools need level playing field
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