Observer staff writer Langston Wertz Jr. answers your sports-related questions. Have one? Post it as a comment at the bottom of this blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q. I understand the logic of falling in the polls when you lose, it just seemed odd to me that (Country Day) fell out of the polls after winning a game against a state champ after only falling 3 spots after losing the previous week to a school in Tennessee.
“You are looking at it in a vacuum. That’s the issue. We cover 120 plus schools. When one loses, other teams that are unbeaten have to get a look, especially early in the season. And you’re also looking at the poll as if one person names it. It’s a vote, as I’ve said many times, and everybody has their own thoughts about what qualifies one team over another. And your Bucs did work their way back into the poll.”
Q. Langston, what do you think about Mooresville and their chances this season?
A. I like the Blue Devils. That running back, Jishaun Pinkston (pictured above), has – what – 1,219 yards and 17 TDs right now. He’s No. 2 in the state in yards and touchdowns I believe. Mooresville is 5-1 and looking pretty strong. I think they can definitely compete for a league title and with a big weapon like Pinkston, who can go 90 yards in one play like he did against Northwest Cabarrus Friday – on the first play of the game – anything can happen.
But what I’m interested in right now are great players on not-so-great teams. Know anyone like that? Email me at email@example.com
Q. LW, we pay CMS bureaucrats six figures to create the mess of two games in 48 hours? There were so many alternatives to this and it looks like they didn't even pay attention to the calender....We would probably have a city championship, private-public matchups, and other improvements if we got some new blood in there. What do you think?
“I think Vicki Hamilton and her crew are top-notch. They have a lot to deal with, with a system this large, more than you know. I agree we should’ve avoided this situation. I know CMS is loathe to play Saturday, because it’s hard to get game officials, police, etc, but I think I might’ve exhausted that option. My suggestion was to play Wednesday-Monday-Friday, which I think would’ve worked, but you’re also dealing with out-of-county teams who may not have wanted to move this week’s games to Monday to accommodate the change. It’s reason 471 why I want all CMS conferences in fall 2009.
“As far as the city championships go, sooner or later I hope the Ads and coaches realize they can seriously butter their bread by going that route and create some events the city will get excited about. All this I don’t wanna play because private schools recruit needs to stop. Players will always change schools, public to private, public to public and private to private. Them playing two weeks out of the year won’t change that.”
Q. Hey I'm all for a city championship too especially in foot and basket-ball. I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and we have them there at Heinz Field. It's huge! My question is this: thanks for the great suggestion about playing Wednesday then Monday. Why CMS didn't think of that? They should hire you. I thought Shelby was the best program around here. Someone is telling me that Indy is better. Your thoughts?
“Why didn’t CMS think of Wednesday-Monday-Friday? They have have I don’t know. Hire me? Well, I have a job now….Shelby has won more games and state titles than any program in our area. I’d say they are, historically, the King Daddy. Indy has won seven titles in eight years.
“City championship? We need one. I know they are huge in Pittsburgh, perhaps bigger than states. I’d just love to see Charlotte teams – every year – win at least one big trophy.”
Q. Langston, Wednesday-Monday makes to much sense not to do it....Seen you have been covering soccer (your favorite sport) lately. Why no love for South Meck? We do have a big game coming up this week, you know. You covering?
“See above for the football reschedule comments. Thanks for the love on soccer. And we did cover the South Meck game you speak of.”
Q. what does dale ross have against you?
“I don’t think he has anything against me. Ross is a chief poster at Carolina Varsity. He is passionate about certain teams and kids. That’s his right. I cannot share that singular passion however and have to report in a more neutral manner. In doing so, what I say or don’t say may not be congruent with him.”
Q. Hey Langston,last year you guys posted an article with all the state records for football. Where can I find that and are you going to put up an updated article sometime this year?
A. State records for football are nchsaa.org Last year I published county records for football. Which did you want?
Q. I have a good question: How can you show Vance cheerleaders on TV and not talk about the game or have any thing about the two schools in the Saturday blitz. Are the two schools that bad? Let me guess you guys boycott some teams like (Vance). For a school to be in the heart of University City you guys look around them for some reason. Guess I have to be a reporter to know why. But in the mean time can you but something about them in the paper sometime this week the kids I know where looking for something about their school last week.
“I would disagree. Vance gets its share of coverage. They get covered about every week in the University City neighbors. Dan Tierney has written about them quite a bit. We’ve covered their games. I can’t speak on coverage on TV. I’m not responsible for it. I simply appear on the program and offer my thoughts when asked. And you all know my stock answer now. If there’s a great human interest story at Vance – or anywhere else – let me know. I’ll write it and (hopefully) put it on the front page with a big ol’ picture.”
Q. Of course the Sat. Sports Section is primarily about Cht. Christian's Football game. There are other BIG top private schools in Charlotte playing Friday Night Football. There has been minimal coverage on Country Day all football season. No matter who we play there is no coverage but Christian playing anybody in the state of NC and you cover it. There has to be some equality in sports coverage. We all know that you, Langston, has a special interest in Christian, relationships with their coaches, players etc. Isn't journalism suppose to be non-bias? Let's see you write some articals spot lighting Country Day. We know that you will cover our homecoming games because we are playing Christian. But could we have some coverage before them. We are a great and strong team. We deserve some space in the paper. I am not trying to tell you how to do your job, But guys let's look at the season articles and let them say speak for themselves.
“Last week, the big private game was Latin-Christian. Country Day-Vee Cee Cee doesn’t doesn’t inspire the same kind of passion, nor warrant the same kind of coverage. We tend to try to give the biggest “pop” to the biggest games. We can’t cover every game. We’ve lost staff this year and we are no longer doing the Blitz section that gave us more room. Hopefully we’ll return to that next year. I know a lot of you have said you miss it.
“It’s funny because if you look at the older Q&As, Christian people are on here saying I ignore them and I favor other private school teams. You say I like Christian above all others. Maybe that means I’m getting it about right?”
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