• Yesterday’s locker-room project was a lesson in teamwork, and not only among the Warriors. Facility renovations are supposed to be completed by Aug. 1; football training camp opens Aug. 2. But sometimes not all deadlines are easily attainable, especially when they involve appropriated funds and approvals and other such things. Yesterday’s attitude was: If we need to get the ball rolling, give us the ball. It’s not unique. For years, athletic-department staffers have worked events to help, which is why the basketball secretary is the sideline monitor at football games. When heavy rain flooded the athletic complex several years ago, staffers got together and cleaned. Sometimes teamwork trumps paperwork.
• There have been inner debates on whether to capitalize on the popularity of the softball program. It has long been a pro-bono sport — its value to the school and community outweighs the red ink it incurs. But should something so popular continue to be given away for free? (And, yes, wiseacres, we do get the irony here.) Maybe the answer is a compromise. Charge a small admission fee for adults; youths get in free. Or, as it was suggested at a brunch yesterday, offer seat-cushion rentals; more if the seat comes with a back.
• The volleyball Warriors have won only a quarter of their league matches, but yet they are very much alive in the hunt for one of the eight MPSF tournament berths. After a stretch of 10 consecutive matches against top-four teams, their final six regular-season matches are against teams jousting for the final two or three postseason slots. As it has been pointed out, the volleyball system is not the BCS, in which teams can be eliminated in the first couple of weeks of a season. With short training camps (five days for the Warriors) and limited scholarships (the value of 4.5 spread among 18 players), it takes a team a while to click and evaluations to form. Coaches have always viewed the season as a line of progression, which is why they freely experiment with lineups early. It also is why two-thirds of the MPSF teams are rewarded with league-tournament berths. And it is why the Warriors still have hope.
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Belated birthday wishes to Jeezy.
To paraphrase Rod Tidwell: You’re militant but we love you.
Your hard work is appreciated.