high school football

ESPN Solidifies High School Football Schedule

ESPN has finalized a slate of 16 high school football match-ups as part of its GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase.

Games will be televised either on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.  Coverage starts September 2nd.

Here is the schedule:

2011 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase Television Schedule:
Date Time (ET) Game Venue Network
Fri, Sept. 2 8:00 p.m. Evangel Christian (La.) at Union (Okla.) Union Tuttle Stadium, (Okla.) ESPNU
Sun, Sept. 4 2:00 p.m. Archbishop Wood (Pa.) at Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pa.) Antimarino Stadium,    (Pa.) ESPN2
Mon, Sept. 5 4:00 p.m. Dwyer (Fla.) at Glades Central (Fla.) Dr. Effie Grear Stadium (Fla.) ESPN
Fri, Sept. 9 8:30 p.m. Yulee (Fla.) at Buford (Ga.) Tom Riden Stadium (Ga.) ESPNU
Thurs, Sept. 15 7:30 p.m. Cherokee Trail (Colo.) at Mullen (Colo.) De La Salle Stadium (Colo.) ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 16 8:00 p.m. Hueytown (Ala.) at McAdory (Ala.) McAdory Stadium (Ala.) ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 23 8:00 p.m. De La Salle (Calif.) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium (Fla.) ESPN2
Fri, Sept. 23 10:00 p.m. Lake Oswego (Ore.) at Jesuit (Ore.) Cronin Stadium (Ore.) ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 30 8:00 p.m. Chaparral (Ariz.) at Notre Dame (Ariz.) Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.) ESPN2
Fri, Sept. 30 10:00 p.m. Servite (Calif.) at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) Fertitta Field (Nev.) ESPNU
Thurs, Oct. 6 8:00 p.m. Allen (Tex.) at Plano East (Tex.) Tom Kimbrough Stadium (Tex.) ESPN2
Fri, Oct. 7 8:00 p.m. TBD TBD ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 14 6:00 p.m. Hopewell (Pa.) at Central Valley (Pa.) Sarge Alberts Stadium (Pa.) ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 21 8:00 p.m. Bradley Central (Tenn.) at Cleveland (Tenn.) Benny Monroe Stadium (Tenn.) ESPNU
Thurs, Oct. 27 8:00 p.m. Aledo (Tex.) at Birdville (Tex.) Birdville ISD Complex (Tex.) ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 28 8:00 p.m. Bethany (Okla.) at Heritage Hall (Okla.) Heritage Hall High School (Okla.) ESPNU

Doing it for the kids

While searching for jobs (see earlier post), I came upon this Web site that I can be reasonably sure won’t be calling me after this post.

It’s called JuniorRank, and its raison d’etre is to extend the unfortunate practice of rating high school athletes down to kids who aren’t even old enough for a bar mitzvah.

At the site, you learn about the search for football players to fill the Youth All-American Bowl in January. These players are pre-high school, seventh- and eighth-graders. At the game earlier this year, the standout was Ray Lewis III, son of the Ravens’ Pro Bowl linebacker.

So the ranking of middle schoolers is bad enough, but JuniorRank isn’t stopping there. It is sponsoring a combine. The scouts will be out there measuring the speed, jumping and agility of children as young as 11. (more…)