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GazetteXtra | Let’s applaud academic achievements, too

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

When I picked my son up from basketball practice the other night from Madison West.  I noticed a few buses.  I counted 8 buses.  I asked my son  ..

” Why are these buses here at this time of night? ”  It was a little after 7 o’ clock.     He said  ‘ oh that’s the mathletes.”    After talking with him a bit longer I found out there was a math competition going on at West that night and its a common thing for them to have competitions.    I asked him if they the students from the math program that take part in this like being called ” mathletes.”

He said no one he knows minds it in fact the kids he knows on the math team like it.  It was clear from talking with my son that the mathletes get just as much if not more respect than any ‘ athlete.’  .  Because its true that with math not everyone can do it,  either you are good at it or you are not.

Mathletes.. pretty darn neat!!!

I really like the fact that Madison West has more academic clubs than athletic programs.

Madison West has had some athletes go on to play in the N.B.A.  and the N.F.L.    but they have had many more kids excel and reach ‘ celebrity’ status because of their academic accomplishments than the athletic accomplishments.

Academics must come first.

Applaud those schools who put academics first.

( hint Evansville does not put academics first.)

GazetteXtra | Let’s applaud academic achievements, too.

Danny, 6-year-old teased: Band of elementary schoolmates rally around boy to stop teasing

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2013 by chasinthenews

These are very wise young people.  Evansville could use some kids like this at the Junior High and High school level.

Danny, 6-year-old teased: Band of elementary schoolmates rally around boy to stop teasing.


” WE get these kids ready for college.” Nothing Less Than 3.0– Proud Mom Moment

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2013 by chasinthenews

Please excuse me as I continue to have my very proud MOM moment!!!!  My son who is a freshman at Madison West has made the Madison West basketball team!!!   This is a big accomplishment and one to be proud of.   There were  around 60 kids who tried out, and in the end he made the team!    But he has always worked to get better in this sport, and has improved every year he has played.

We had our first parents basketball meeting last night.   I am  SO super impressed with the way the athletic program is run at West.   During last night’s meeting there was more talk about expectations for its players than really any talk about basketball.    They expect ALL their players to keep up a 3.0 average, which they monitor.   IF a player does not have a 3.0 they are required to attend tutoring sessions .   They expect nothing but exemplary behavior from their players on and off the court.

Several times I heard ” We get these kids ready for college.”    There was such a focus on academics it was so nice to hear.   They pointed out that Madison West is in one of the toughest divisions in the state , and it takes kids that are not only good with the basketball , but kids who are just as academically skilled.

These coaches realize these kids are going to need something for life after high school.

The athletes at Madison West are definitely held to a higher standard than what the athletic dept at Evansville requires.

Evansville could stand to take some lessons from them with their anemic requirement of only maintaining a 1.5 g.p.a. to play sports.   Pathetic.

The right to play sports. Madison West VS The Evansville School district.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2013 by chasinthenews

Hands down  Madison West wins.     Why?   Because they expect their student athletes to be accomplished off the field as well as on.   They set the bar high ( at least higher than Evansville.) .

IF you want to play sports at Madison West,  you must have a 3.0 grade point average vs Evansville’s measly 1.5 G.P.A.. NOW I will state I do not know if this is school policy or just determined by the coaches.  I have looked through their policies and have not found any ‘ required’ grade point average.  I do know at the Basketball meeting this week parents and students a like were told 3.0 is the rule.

NOW that makes absolute sense.   Does it not?    Students should have to prove they are capable in the classroom as well as the field/court.   NOW in Evansville I made the comment that none of these kids are going to end up in the NFL or NBA.   They just are not.   BUT  the Madison school district has graduated several kids who are currently playing in the NFL and the NBA or who have.

I am sorry the competition and talent level is just that much higher in Madison,  and so should be the grades. Madison West has also graduated authors, actors, musicians and a big part of that was the high expectations put on them by the school.

Evansville is just embarrassing it self by not expecting these student athletes to excel on and off the field.  It shows in so many ways in the low test scores, and the number of kids who actually go to a 4 year college, or tech school and complete it/graduate.

I would think Evansville parents would want better, and I feel sorry for the parents who have fought the school district on this for years, and have had the door shut in their face.

Cast, Evansville/Albany can’t slow Logan’s Tillman : High School Football- No surprise.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2013 by chasinthenews


It’s time for a new coach.  In all the years grovesteen has been in Evansville he has never accomplished much of any thing, except for the occasional conference title .     Those have been fleeting in recent years.   It means nothing to get to the play offs if you get no where.   It’s strange for how weird this town is about football they have not demanded more from the football coaches.  The kids deserve better.




Cast, Evansville/Albany can’t slow Logan’s Tillman : High School Football.

Utah high school football coach suspends entire team | SI Wire

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by chasinthenews

Utah high school football coach suspends entire team | SI Wire.

He absolutely did the right thing.   Evansville coaches would never have the guts to do this, even though at times they should.


The Miami Heat BUY another title.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by chasinthenews

The miami heat was NOT the better team last night.   They got to the play offs by buying their way in.

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