Districts – have they become unnecessary?

This past weekend the question about district track meets and whether or not they are even still necessary started to gain a little bit of steam. I even read Ron Powell’s (Lincoln Journal Star) article on how he sees things and have seen a little bit written on twitter and other comments made in a vague sense.

The purpose of the state meet is to get the best athletes to Omaha to compete against each other. I think we can all agree on that.

When district assignments are set at the start of the season, no one is really sure which district is going to be heavy with very good athletes in a variety of sports and which districts will be on the weaker side which will tend to give those athletes a better chance to qualify with heights, distances and times that don’t come close to matching up with the other districts.

I attended the C-7 at Sandy Creek where in the third flight five girls exceeded the automatic qualifying distance and punched their ticket to state. That was fun to watch!

Out of the other eight district meets in Class C, only four girls total made the qualifying distance and just two of them threw the shot further than one of the girls in the C-7.

To say the C-7 was stacked would be a very big understatement.

We went down this same road during the high school basketball playoffs where some subdistrict tournaments were loaded and others were very weak and we will probably do the same next year as well unless we start rewarding teams and athletes for their whole body of work and not just that one day at districts.

Aaron Boone, New York Yankees – Manager of the Year

Ok, you all know I am a huge, huge Yankee fan. But what Aaron Boone has done to this point of the year, with the unbelievable number of injuries he has had to deal with, I say give him the honor right now.

Just last night another Yankee went down for the count and the season when it was announced Miguel Andujar was going to have surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Just a few days ago, Aaron Hicks returned and pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga joined Andujar on the IR. It has been a revolving door.

Here is the Yankees injury list; Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Dellin Betances, Jacob Ellsbury, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Didi Gregorius, Troy Tulowitzki and Ben Heller. Seven of these guys were starters when the season started.

That list is includes the loss of 157 home runs from 2018, 28 pitching wins and over 500 RBIs.

So with all this happening to the Bronx Bombers they are probably having a pretty rough season, oh contraire!

Boone has the Yanks with a record of 26-16 and just a half game out of first place.

Now that’s coaching!

State Track

Well, it’s that time of year again, the state track and field meet gets underway today in Omaha.

The number of athletes is down, but we still have enough kids to keep us hopping around pretty good.

And of course with state track comes the threat of severe weather and this year is no different.

This is my 24th consecutive year attending the state meet and only a handful of times do I remember the action getting pre-empted because of storms.

The most was 30-45 minutes.

I have no idea what the NSAA will do if Saturday turns into the day that is being predicted for the Omaha area.

I have always said that if the tornado siren was sounded with over 10,000 people at Omaha Burke Stadium, I have no idea what would happen with people trying to exit out of there.

If you are traveling to the state meet be safe.

Have a good weekend!

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