Langston Wertz Jr. answers your sports-related questions. To ask one, go to the bottom of this blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Do you really think Knotts could thrive at a private school? If he went to one of the non-traditional private powers (Country Day and Latin) and won off the bat, then once again the whole private school recruiting athletes would come up. On top of that, if he went to a school, could he really attract talent from outside with such barriers as cost and limited size classes?
Yes, I think Knotts would do phenomenally well at a private school. I think his presence would attract more athletes to visit and would raise the profile of the school he’s at. Eventually I think kids would come early and get into what would become his middle school program. Think of it. If you’re a quarterback or a receiver, you could learn from Knotts from fourth or fifth grade potentially, instead of just 9-12. Cost would certainly be an issue for some families, but most privates have financial aid programs that mirror colleges. And if he went to certain privates, the costs are one-third of those at the more well known ones.
Q. Dude, don’t take this wrong but you overdid greatly some funeral. The way it was made out we thought it was a player but it was a player’s mother. OK, that’s real life and sad things happen but this is not a reason to make a big deal about it and mention it on TV, unless it was a player and we are glad it wasn’t. There are other players and coaches who lose parents or siblings all the time.
You’re right, we all lose people all the time. It’s a terribly sad fact of life. But I thought the
Q. I have to disagree. I thought both Hodges pieces were about the best things in the paper in a long way. I feel for the kid and I made a donation to his fund. I was happy and sad to read that. Good work Mr. Wertz Kudos.
Thanks. To me, those are the kinds of stories that matter.
Q. What are your thoughts on Aaron Brand and Jalen Simmons after Friday?
I think West Charlotte’s schedule –
Q. What do you think of the private school state title race? You talk alot about public schools so we need equal time right?
Sure, you do. Hmm, to me it looks like Charlotte Christian and Country Day are your favorites. Christian beat Country Day twice last year and returns a lot of that team, so right now I’d lean towards the Knights.
Q. Again the main underlying reason for CMS 1990s weakness except for WCs only state championship in 1995 under TK was dilution with the opening of new schools. The same scenario is occurring now as did then when 3 new schools opened with
I have to disagree a little. Back in the ‘90s, we weren’t opening schools like we are now.
Today we’re seeing schools opening at rapid rates but the population here is growing rapidly, too. Schools today are bigger than schools 13 years ago and the talent pool is deeper. I think we’ll see an initial dropoff in talent at some schools as they are broken up to create new ones, but in the past eight years we’ve seen CMS football explode to levels it has never reached – and this was seen during an era of explosive school building, too.
Q. Langston. I thought Taylor Caldwell was going to be Indy's main running back this year. However, it looks like he is just playing defense. Your thoughts?
Well, I did, too, but
Q. Hey LW - there is a nice private Christian school in Charlotte who is doing pretty well in football. Why does the CO refuse to give them their due? NO mention in the Sweet Sixteen this year, no mention of their talented players, no mention of their outstanding defense. What gives? I know they have never been a school you like, but do you hate Christian that much?
Hate the Knights? Naw. It’s early in the year and I haven’t seen them yet, but I’m sure I will. Christian appears to have a special team. Their schedule has been a little easier than some of the other privates, so it’s been a little hard to gauge them. I’ve voted for them in the Sweet 16 for the past two weeks though and to me, I’d look at the Knights as the NCISAA favorite.
Q. I think the reason people don't take Christian seriously is because in their first 3 games they played schools that their middle school team probably could have beaten. If you match up CD and CC, look who they play out of conference. Christian plays Augusta Christian, Westminster Catawba, a home school team and
Christian, if it continues to win, will only move up in the polls, both ranking and opinion.
Q. We are well aware the despot running this forum will disagree because he is one of the perceived guilty but the fair and equitable way to have handled CMS is a lottery system like the NFL. We believe CMS needs to consider implementing a lottery taking the best 100 players and divy them up behind closed doors with the coaches based on the schools individual records so true equality and fairness and the way even most youth organizations operate including the pros. It is always so hilarious to watch these hypocrites, including these at the CO, demand equality in the classroom but turn their heads to equality on the football field.
To quote one of my favorite athletes of all time, Mr.
OK, but the good news is we don’t have to play the they beat him and we beat him so we’d beat you game. Christian will play the CISAA teams and probably move to the playoffs. If they’re good enough, they’ll win it all.
Q. Yeah, everyone knows Langston is certainly impartial . . .and nothing about how bad the
The Charlotte Weekly does its own thing. We do ours. Our ranking is a regional ranking of 122 teams, theirs is a county ranking of 30. I wouldn’t compare the two. Am I impartial? Yes, I think so. I just want the best story. If you have a good story I’ll tell it. I told Willis Hall’s story last year when he was a junior at Christian, and we splashed it all over the front page. We had a huge photo of Luke Bard in our football Friday morning preview a few weeks back. We have covered Christian this year. I guess I don’t get all this Langston-hates-Christian talk, but you see what you want, right?
Q. The real Ardrey Kell has arrived? The real Mallard Creek has arrived? Lets just say the real Providence and South Meck have arrived and the real Vance North Meck has arrived because we know these other teams are now suffering because of these two "new" schools stealing all their players but life goes on ...
Stealing? It’s just growth, dude. What do you want? 500 trailers on campus; lunch rooms so overcrowded you cannot move? Wait, that happened at
Q. Love the Q&A. You need to answer more frequently.
I promise to do better. Thanks for the love though. We have fun with this.
Q. l don’t hear you say much about Anthony Carrothers, when you do its something negative before something good. How about a little press? He has earned it dont you think? He is a good kid.
What did I say negative about Anthony? He’s having a good season and if Indy wants to win a state title (and they’d better watch out for Fayetteville Britt if they get there; Britt runs a pretty cool spread offense), they’ll need AC to play well to help get them there. This kid has had plenty of press, some of it unwanted because he was a central figure in the eligibility investigations. We’ve written about him this year (he was one of my Little Big Men in the preseason preview) and we’ll write about him some more. He plays the glamour position for a glamour team.