By DAVID GRAVELY
Pulaski County High School finished up most of their spring sports this past week, with only a handful of track and field athletes remaining to compete for Region 4 and state championship victories.
The numbers are not good.
With the eight major team sports (football, baseball, basketball, girls basketball, soccer, girls soccer, volleyball, and softball) used as an example, the numbers are worse than I could have ever dreamed they would be.
After everything was said and done, Pulaski County finished these seasons with a record of 37 wins and 113 losses and one tie. Of those 37 wins, only 9 were against River Ridge District opponents. The Cougars finished the year 9-66 against RRD teams. Basketball, soccer, and girls soccer did not win a district game this season.
The playoffs were no better for Pulaski County. Those eight teams mentioned played in a total of nine playoff games. The Cougar football team won a first round game against Magna Vista before falling the following week to the Salem Spartans. Every other team fell in the first round of district tournament play and failed to advance any further.
Against AAA opponents, the Cougars went 1-3 overall. In AA competition the Cougars went 14-84-1, and against single A teams the Cougars went 23-20.
Of those 14 wins against AA schools, the Cougars only won in football (4 games), baseball (2 games), girls basketball (2 games), volleyball (2 games), and softball (4 games). Basketball, boys soccer, and girls soccer did not win a game against an AA team this season.
That means, if you’re going by the numbers, that this was the worst year for athletics for Pulaski County High School since 2007. With the assistance of a few coaches and the Pulaski County High School yearbook staff, I hope to have the complete records for every sports team since the day the doors opened soon.
There’s just not too much to be proud of in those numbers, hopefully next season will be a better one.
With all that said, I thought it was also interesting to note the reaction of some to these stories that I’ve put together over the past few weeks. Maybe the facts are just a little too much for some to handle, but they can’t be disputed if you’re being honest. That’s seems to be a little tough to do for some folks.
I’ve noticed an influx of “anonymous” messages and emails sent in to our website in response to these stories. One reader sent in a comment claiming to be baseball and basketball writer Rodney Young. Another one (which actually turned out to be the same person) sent in a message claiming to be me.
Hello? Is that you? Is this me? Is this thing on?
Why can’t people just say what they want to say? Why do they feel the need to take the cowards way out and hide behind a fake screen name or made up email address? If you BELIEVE in what you’re writing, why not be willing to put your name on it? Why not be willing to say what you want to say directly to those you’re talking about?
They won’t, and like every other website that allows comments I’m sure we’ll continue to receive them. It’s easy to hide behind that keyboard and snipe at the kids and coaches. It’s like poking a stick through a fence to make a dog mad, but the dog can’t see you or get to you. The only problem is that once in a while, that dog gets loose.
It’s also interesting to note that as hard as some of these people work to post their comments without their names on them, they seem to have no problems bragging about how they “stood up for the kids” when someone starts talking about the stories. Oddly, it’s those very kids who they claim to be standing up for that want the grownups to butt out. Maybe we should let the coaches coach, let the players play, and let the fans just cheer for a while.
The saddest part is that if those people would take just a portion of that time that they spend complaining about the coaches, complaining about the team, and trying to fluff up their childs personal stats to do something positive for the kids, it could be better for everybody. If they would stop worrying so much about “ME” and worry a little more about “WE”, then just maybe Pulaski County could get back on the road to winning some championships and titles.
The school year is almost over, and graduation is right around the corner. This week we’ll say goodbye to the Class of 2013, and look forward to seeing what next seasons Cougars will be able to accomplish.
I’m hopeful that between now and then, we’ll start to see some of the changes that need to be made for Pulaski County to get back on the right path.