The conventional wisdom is that it takes 10 years or 10,000 continuous hours of practice to become an expert in one's field of choice. So why is it that the returning players for the Kingman High football are mostly absent for summer training?
A comment on Wednesday's story about the Bulldogs asks, "Why would kids want to show up for a loosing (sic) program?"
How about for pride, to demonstrate a little courage or to become a pioneer. The kids could go out there to show not only their town, but the state as well, that they believe in themselves and are willing to risk it all on the field. They can put in motion the true turning of the corner with the program, and when KHS returns to prominence, have people say that it all began back in 2010.
Coach Rob York has put together an intense schedule to improve the program, but he needs his upperclassmen to show up. At Wednesday's passing tournament against Parker, Mohave and River Valley; there was only one returning player for the Bulldogs on the field.
That's not going to cut it. York has received a positive response from the incoming freshmen. In his summer school class, out of the 35 players enrolled, 20 of them are freshmen. If the upperclassmen aren't interested in turning this Titanic around, then I implore York to let the underclassmen do it.
It's been done before at KHS. Lin "Bearcat" Parker did it in 1976 and 1977. It was a rough two-year stretch for KHS when the Bulldogs went 2-18 over that span. Parker didn't get to stick around to see his project through; he was forced to resign after the '77 season. That's a story I'll tell you about later this summer. However, the 1979 team enjoyed a No. 1 ranking during the regular season and advanced to the state playoffs with just two losses that year.
Currently, KHS is standing still, and it just cannot afford to do that. The Bulldogs have gone 1-15 over the past three years in the Northwest Region. Heck, even defending Class 5A-II state champion Scottsdale Chaparral isn't standing still. The Firebirds were in a passing tournament this past week with Brophy, Chandler, Mesa, Pinnacle, Notre Dame and Basha. KHS has too long of a way to go to be standing still.
I firmly believe that if the best athletes at KHS would play football, the Bulldogs would have a good team. But all of them are needed. And if they're not going to do that, let the freshmen learn now what it takes to play varsity football.
It's up to you, upperclassmen, to make a difference. You can decide to become just another class during a long dry spell for KHS football, or you can decide to be a Bulldog who growls and protects its turf rather than a Bullpup who whimpers in the corner.
That difference can be made immediately by attending the Kingman Bulldog Mini Camp next week. The camp runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. all week with the exception of Wednesday, when KHS attends a passing tournament at Mohave.