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Neutral sites don’t make ‘cents’

Steve Yingling

After the Vikings’ debacle against Douglas on Thursday at Whittell High School, I guess it goes without saying that it wouldn’t have mattered where the football game was played.

But the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association should use Douglas as an example of what to avoid in the future. If a school is unable to hold its home games, the opposing school should be made the hosts.

Douglas’ football field has been unavailable for use this fall because of the installation of an all-weather track and new playing turf. The project has taken longer than anticipated and the Tigers are hoping to play their final home game on school grounds on Oct. 26.

Neutral playing sites become a hardship for two schools instead of one because spectators from both sides must travel to the game. Also, in this day of astronomical fuel prices, it doesn’t make sense for both schools to be traveling to a playing site.

While schools from around the Northern Nevada League have been sympathetic to the Tigers’ plight, Douglas could have coordinated the project so it wouldn’t have interfered with the football season.

Get on the Peewees’ bandwagon

Although it’s been a difficult football season on the South Shore with only one victory between STHS and Whittell high schools, there is much to cheer about for one of the area’s Pop Warner teams.

The South Lake Tahoe Peewees, who are coached by Shawn Miller and Scott Morgan, are proving that helmets don’t need a Reno, Carson or Douglas logo on them to be successful.

The Peewees are in a three-way first-place tie with Truckee and Douglas at 4-0 in the Sagebrush Empire League. South Lake Tahoe will meet one of the other unbeatens at 10 a.m. Saturday in Truckee. The road task won’t be easy as the Wolverines haven’t been scored upon in their first four games.

Give up a day of watching USC, Cal and Notre Dame on the tube and head over to Truckee and cheer on the Peewees.

MTV should have focused on Concord school

There has been little reason to watch MTV since those distant high school years, that is until “Two-A-Days,” a documentary on the 2005 Hoover High, Ala., football team, began airing on the music channel this fall.

The show has given viewers an inside look at one of the country’s top high school programs and enough private details of students’ lives to make a few parents shudder.

But MTV obviously knows music better than sports.

How MTV decided on focusing the show on Hoover instead of De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) is disappointing. De La Salle won an all-time sports record 151 straight games from 1992 to 2004 and is a seven-time national champion.

Without a doubt, De La Salle is the most respected high school football program in the country and MTV missed a great opportunity to provide more insight into this incredible program.

Oddly, De La Salle replaced Hoover atop the USA Today national poll earlier this week as the Alabama school was defeated 28-14 last Friday.

Congratulations to Haase

Lastly, there was some great news for area sports fans in the Tribune’s birth announcements in Thursday’s paper. Former STHS basketball star Jerod Haase and his wife Mindy welcomed the birth of their first child, Gavin Lawrence, on Sept. 13.

The child’s middle name should help appease Kansas basketball fans now that Haase is an assistant coach for North Carolina.

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