The saga of the incredible shrinking summer is coming to an end for high school athletes across the nation, including Louisiana.
Each year it seems like coaches, athletes, parents and sportswriters talk about summers getting shorter. I confess, I’m guilty of it.
But a quick check of the calendar shows that it’s been 11 weeks since Louisiana High School Athletic Association schools ended their spring seasons with baseball championships in Sulphur.
Perhaps the issue is not the short summer, but rather all the things we try to pack into it.
There’s 7-on-7 football, summer baseball, summer leagues for high school volleyball, basketball, baseball and soccer teams.
This list doesn’t include team camps for basketball, an entity that has grown in popularity over the last 10 years, or the individual skills camps football, basketball and baseball players typically attend.
The bottom line – the quest to become the best you can be on the high school level takes a lot of time and effort.
Former Brusly High softball pitcher Carli Jo LeBlanc continues to recover from injuries suffered in an auto accident.
Reports about LeBlanc on Facebook and other social outlets were positive through Thursday morning. Her teammates and coaches say LeBlanc, who was set to begin her freshman year at LSU in just a few weeks, is approaching recovery the way she competed – with tons of tenacity.
It was a huge blow for the Panthers when injuries issues kept LeBlanc from completing her senior season. With accidents and seriously injuries like this happen, it reminds all of us just how fragile life as we know it is.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to LeBlanc and her family in the days and weeks ahead. She has plenty of people pulling for her.
Since LeBlanc’s July 29 accident the Facebook page Prayers for Carli Jo has reached 96,858 and had nearly 4,300 likes. The latest status update generated 868 likes as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Camping varsity style
Some football teams engage in the preseason camp ritual. Whether a team goes to a rural camp or simply has a lockdown at school the goal is to do a lot of bonding and conditioning.
I can see both sides of this. Some love it; other prefer to get into more of a regular practice routine.
I’ll be writing more about that on Sunday.
Hornets seek girls coach
Scotlandville High needs a head girls basketball coach. Scotlandville Principal Howard Davis said the school’s previous coach, Cedric Hill, has returned to work in the private sector.
Applicants should be certified to teach physical education. Contact Davis at (225) 775-3715.
Here and there
There was plenty of recruiting news generated by last week’s prospects football camp at LSU. The 40-yard dash times are usually eye-popping.
However, the times posted by two local LSU commitments, Catholic High running back Derrius Guice and University linebacker-running back Dylan Moses, were particularly notable. Guice weighed in at nearly 220 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.32 seconds. Moses, who also weighs 220, ran a 4.39.
Also notable — University High will have artificial turf on its baseball field for the 2015 season, according to Athletic Director Jill White.