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About Osage

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  1. New club team

    I didn't look that far down in the results... yes, strength at the 13s and 14s would be encouraging, and in fact a little surprising... the Sports Performance model historically hasn't lent itself well to competing in the lower age divisions. Did the exodus you were talking about in those ages show up in Alliance's first weekend?
  2. New club team

    AES results suggest it wasn't a great opening weekend. On the one hand, it looks like the 18's team had a good run in pool play, then were rewarded with the opportunity to get rolled in the first round of gold bracket by the K2 18's (who, to be fair, are probably a top 20 team nationally this year). But the rest of the TP teams looked outmatched against middling competition, just looking at scores and results.
  3. New club team

    Wasn't there, but AES results make it seem it was a real cakewalk for the Alliance teams. Surprising, I would have thought Tsunami and Union would have made it competitive.
  4. Franklin

    I missed the Army All-American game. How did Max do?
  5. New club team

    Looks like most of the TPV top teams, including that 16's team, are registered for the K2 event next weekend (Jan 20-21). Unless they played an event that was not tracked in AES, I think this would be the first competition for the club.
  6. TSSAA please help with Officating

    I've seen maybe 25 games at the varsity and sub-varsity level this year. In a few cases, officials are clearly mailing the effort in. That is inexcusable. MOST of the time, though, they really are doing their best. But we are talking 60+ year old guys who simply can't keep up physically with the pace of play, so they end up out of position to make a call. In those cases, they either guess or punt (IE, call nothing). The solution here is, obviously, to make it more worthwhile / accessible for younger officials. How to do that is less obvious to me. This isn't limited to high school, mind. I was at the Vanderbilt / Tennessee game last night and saw exactly the same phenomenon.
  7. New club team

    No TPV teams are in this event. Based on the acrimony between Trigg and Alliance, I would be surprised if TPV played in any events where they might run up against an Alliance team, especially events hosted (or in this case, co-hosted) by Alliance.
  8. New club team

    Has TP published any information? Schedule? Rosters? I found the web presence on the Franklin Fieldhouse page, but that is even less useful than the Alliance website (which is really saying something).
  9. Franklin

    This thread has become clickbait by this point.
  10. New club team

    Sports Performance founded JVA as an alternative to USAV competition when their club director was banned.
  11. New club team

    Speaking in generalities, your observation mirrors mine. I'd be less inclined to give Alliance credit for the ball control of those kids at that age... in a lot of cases, you are talking little sisters or daughters of volleyball-playing parents. But I don't think you mean that the group regressed... they just didn't progress as much as the other kids over years/ That's what I meant in my earlier post about the tendency to take physically mature / athletic kids at young ages and populate your top teams with them. It's tempting, because that group will have a lot of success early. But then clubs with different paradigms (take lumps early, train kids with eye towards success as 16's and beyond) will generate more college-bound athletes. Assuming that's the goal, of course, which maybe it isn't.
  12. Memphis East

    You can argue that TSSAA is incompetent, greedy, useless, or any number of unhelpful things... but the idea that they aren't doing anything is pretty laughable.
  13. New club team

    Interesting event in Knoxville at the end of April. TPV will be there, along with top teams from Alliance, Munciana, KIVA, Sting, A5, K2, and the Carolinas. Should be a good barometer.
  14. Memphis East

    Let's see if this link works: Memphis East basketball transfers Wiseman, Boyce ruled eligible
  15. Franklin

    I don't think anybody has any news. The story is dead. To summarize: - Jake is moving to Marrietta - Coach Webb is excited about 2018 - Franklin isn't returning much size next year