Month: February 2007

Attention Springfield Catholic School Parents

News Release By A Catholic Parents Group:

The School Board of the Springfield Catholic Schools is being asked to consider adding boys’ soccer as an extra-curricular activity in the High School. The Board has scheduled a “Listening” session on Thursday March 1, at 7pm, at the High School. This will be an unofficial meeting for anyone interested in expressing their thoughts for or against soccer.

The final decision will be made at the School Board meeting on March 15.

We anticipate that some people feel that the football and/or cross country teams could be adversely affected if boys are given the choice of soccer rather than being forced to play football or cross country.

There is also a sentiment that starting a new activity would send the wrong message to current and future teachers whose starting salary is below the public schools. We anticipate, based on our girls’ team and other boys’ teams, that the cost of soccer would be $5,000 to $7,000 per year depending on equipment replacement costs.

We have also been told that, while the current group of parents are enthusiastic about the sport and willing to assist financially, future parents of soccer players may not be as enthusiastic or generous in support of their childrens’ activities.

We encourage parents–no students, please–of all Springfield Catholic Grade School students, 1st through 8th grade. We do not believe that that it is necessary for the students to attend, but it is very important that all parents attend, as an indicator of their desire to offer their children THE CHOICE to play soccer for their High School and are willing to support it well into the future.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Tammi Millsap by clicking here.

Hope to see you Thursday, March 1st, at Springfield Catholic High School, where you will be given the opportunity to provide for our students a CHOICE to CHOOSE the sport they would like to play. Thanks!
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Greenwood Lady Bluejays Debut

Greenwood Lady Bluejays

I thought I’d begin my coverage of this Girls season, my third, by stopping by to see the newest addition to Springfield Soccer, the Lady Bluejays of Greenwood Laboratory School. After an initial effort to start a girls team in 2005 that was sidelined by economics, the parents have stepped up to provide another athletic outlet for the young women at Greenwood. With eighteen out on the first day of practice, and with several others expected once basketball ends, Coach Chris Shull and assistant Melinda White had an enthusiastic group running through their paces on Monday.

There are three seniors, Chelsea Hacker, Maddy Jansen and Sarah Johnston who are pictured in the back row of this team photo (Chelsea is fifth from the left, Maddy sixth and Sarah seventh). I’ll be digging into the details later in the preseason. For now, welcome to the Blue Jays and the start of a new tradition. The first game will be Monday March 26th against the West Plains Zizzers. Good luck ladies!
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Rudy Fotsch, Parkview Soccer

A shout out to Rudy Fotsch, a sophomore at Parkview HS and member of the soccer team there. He is featured in the Monday Springfield News-Leader for his groundbreaking research in attracting sharks. Working with teachers at both Parkview and Glendale, he’s conducting marine research in Springfield, MO with help from Wonders of Wildlife.

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Southwest Missouri Class 2 Girls Soccer Preseason Poll

The Coaches have been busy in anticipation of today’s start of the Spring season. Anyone see the girls on an early morning run on their way into work today?

1 –Waynesville – Finished last season 18-6-0, return 16 players among them Katie Pritchard who scored 53 goals and Tasha Lord who registered 22 assists. Keeper Crystal Huthcinson also recorded 11 shutouts. Several of the girls just won a district championship in basketball and appear to have figured things out.
2 –Glendale – Last seasons District 11 champion Falcons return four players which include standout keeper Laura McElroy and field general Lou Opfer. They also welcome a very strong freshman class. Missing will be Megan Garrad, Lou’s link in the middle.
3 – Kickapoo – Last seasons State Quarterfinalists lost several key players to graduation and star defender Whitney Hall to injury but still have Chelsea Russell and Katy McLain to lead the team.
4 – Rolla – Lost 8 starters to graduation and star Katelin Bramel is in a cast, they return starters Calli Collier and Kellie Lemen, but no keeper to replace all-stater Emily Moorkamp has been identified yet.
5 – Lebanon – To some the Yellowjackets might be a longshot but to those in the know, Lebanon will be a very good team in the Ozark Conference this year. They return several key young players and played very well towards the end of the season last year. Look for the Jackets to surprise some teams this year.

Thanks to the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association who provide the polls and in this case the summary as well. The All-State polls are also provided by MSHSSCA and in order for a player to be eligible, the Coach must be a member to vote. It’s just one of many services the organization offers to the game. Join!hottest escorts