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Friday, August 17, 2007

Central football likely will be missing a top receiver and a former starting quarterback.

Central football coach Lawrence Brookins may have some skilled positions to fill after last year's playoff run.

Brookins said at Thursday's picture day at the high school that leading receiver George Hamilton III relocated to Tampa, Fla., with his mother and sister, while the only player in school with significant experience at quarterback did not come out for the team.

Brookins said it's still possible Hamilton, who caught 32 passes for more than 560 yards, could return.

"George right now is out of the picture, and we are preparing as though he's not going to be with us," Brookins said. "He called me the other night and we talked for -- heck -- almost an hour. He really wants to come back bad."

One-time starting quarterback Garrett Stevens decided he will not play this fall, Brookins said. Stevens, a senior, started for much of his freshman season in 2004 and split time in 2005 with Blake Slattery, who took over starting duties last fall in his senior season.

Slattery passed for more than 1,500 yards while leading Cape Central to a 4-7 record and a Class 4 District 1 championship.

With the quarterback position up for grabs, senior Chase Johnson has emerged as the early favorite to lead the 2007 Tigers offense. Johnson lined up last year as a receiver. His only experience at the quarterback position came at the junior varsity level, Brookins said.

Sophomore Raymond Woldtvedt and freshman Andrew Williams also have taken some snaps in practice. Williams is the son of Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Williams.

"Andrew is already 6-foot-3 and wears a 16 shoe," Brookins said. "He throws a pretty good ball, and he's really smart."

Central graduated leading rusher Hykeem Hammonds, who gained more than 600 yards last year.

Tennis, anyone?

Tigers tennis coach Annette Slattery said her team will return its top three players from last year: senior Sarah Ford, senior Lindsey Pingel and junior Christen Edmonds.

"I have three seniors on the team and a group of eight juniors," Slattery said. "The juniors are very competitive and pretty evenly matched, so on any given day you don't know who's going to step up."

In the swim

The Central boys swimming team was not at picture day Thursday, as coach Dayna Powell's team had its photos taken last week.

Central will have some new competition this year in Southeast Missouri with Jackson adding a boys program. The Indians team -- which was in double digits for the number of swimmers on the team, Powell had heard -- also will include some athletes from the Gators Swim Team and the South East Aquatics League.

Poplar Bluff dropped boys swimming, leaving the region with three boys teams -- Central, Jackson and Notre Dame.

Central has 13 swimmers for the second year since swimming moved to the fall.

"We're a little bigger [in numbers], and we have just about everybody back," said Powell, who graduated three from last year's team.

That won't be the case for Powell when she switches over to the girls program in the winter. In addition to graduating Texas A&M-bound Hannah Kinder, Central will lose sophomore-to-be Susan Beth Scott, who will train with the national team for the Paralympic Games in Beijing. She is competing this week at the Paralympic competition in Rio de Janeiro will spend the next year in Colorado Springs, Colo., to prepare for Beijing.

"It's the chance of a lifetime," Powell said. "Having her and Hannah leave in the same season is tough. We're happy to have Hannah moving one to a great opportunity, and for Susan Beth, it's the chance of a lifetime. Hopefully, we'll get her back next year."

Scott joined Kinder at the state meet last year for Central.

With Jackson's addition of girls swimming, the region may have as many as six teams with Central, Notre Dame, Poplar Bluff, St. Vincent and Saxony Lutheran having fielded teams last year.

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Central football will never return to it's proud tradition until a new coach is named along with the entire staff replaced. Athletic director Mark Ruark should be searching now for someone to take the role as soon as the season ends. The community will never get behind the Tigers football program that has produced .500 and below ball clubs routinely, even if they do win a very weak district.

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 10:17 AM


Since the 2000 season the Tigers have made it to the quarterfinals three times and sectionals twice. If you can't behind that, then you are not really a "tiger fan." Proud tradition? From 1969-1999 the tigers only made the playoffs seven times. This includes zero appearances in the 90's and only two playoff appearances in the 80's. I would say the the tigers since 2000 are making their own tradition.

-- Posted by cgfan on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 10:58 AM

Good point cgfan. Cape Central football has always been competitive but I would not call the program "tradition-rich." Under Brookins, the Tigers have been as good as they've been on a consistent basis in more than 30 years.

-- Posted by semohoops on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 2:09 PM

My question about the article is why we took the space to talk about players who are not there. Forget about them and talk about what we do have this year. almost the entire offensive line is returning along with linebackers and good skill players to make up for what we lost.

-- Posted by Lion83 on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 5:24 PM

Why are we talking about players who are not there, forget about them and talk about what we do have. Almost the entire offensive line is returning with linebackers and good skill players to replace what we lost. In response to tigerfan87 I partially agree with you. The program is not that good under Brookins and will not get better. In fact it will probably get worse from what I have seen. having moved from Illinois and seen programs Like DuQuoin, Harrisburg, Anna-Jonesboro and Carterville, Central's program is not that good

-- Posted by Lion83 on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 5:44 PM

I need to learn how to post comments better and not repeat myself.

-- Posted by Lion83 on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 5:53 PM

Is Brookins' record any better than Dements was? I've heard several people who claim to know this type of thing say that Dement had a better program but ticked off a board member, so he was sent packing.

Our sons played for Brookins, and you can believe about 1/4 of what he says in the paper and in the pre & post-game interviews on the radio.

There are serious problems in the CHS athletic program. But nothing will be done. Our kids suffer and so does our schools' reputation sports-wise. A clean house is desperately needed but won't happen.

-- Posted by SEMOfan80 on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 9:45 PM

ok, how about kadeem hammonds, on facebook he is saying he's all state and he's the fastet person alive over on facebook. i know he's hykeems brother but is he any good?

-- Posted by theredhawk on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 9:59 PM

Kadeem was Hykeem's twin brother and graduated with his brother

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 3:24 PM

Dement 33-27 Brookins 39-39

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 4:43 PM

1. dont say coach b is the reason 4 central not winning like they use to. becu my freshmen here we had mitch and ty craft tyrone reece brandon twiggs marcus rice markell top level talent we ust lost all of that and we are doin our best with what we go we did win districts last year...... and yeah i am all state in track not football stupid

-- Posted by CapeTiger4 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 8:32 PM

Sorry CapeTiger4 but the people you mentioned were not all that great. They were good but not great. That's the problem. All one heard was how great they were, there was no team concept on the field which is a coaching problem. Last year was the first year I saw Central gell as a team and that did't happen till the fourth game of the season after B finally put in the upper classman, who should have been starting all along instead of sophomores. Again I state you only hear about one or two individuals and not the TEAM!

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sat, Aug 18, 2007, at 11:34 PM

Last season Central had two good QB's, one running and one thrower but only one of them played. Last season 1500 yards thrown by one and just under 100 yards thrown by the other for a touchdown in less than 4 minutes of play. Why did B not use them both? B said he spoke with Hamilton for a half hour about coming back. Did he ever call Stevens to encourage him to return? I was impressed with his arm as a freshman and sophmore and was looking forward to watching him as a senior.

-- Posted by semolover on Sun, Aug 19, 2007, at 5:53 PM

Good point Central Fan. thats what I was thinking the whole year. Stevens actually threw a better ball than Slats but the nod was given to Slats because he could scramble and run better. I was thinking the whole year they were messing up by not using Stevens because they would need him for the next season

-- Posted by Lion83 on Sun, Aug 19, 2007, at 9:01 PM

Made it to the quarterfinals three times and sectional twice? Who cares?? Once they get past the low level competition in this area, including their quartefinal and sectional opponents, who combined barely had .500 records, they fold. And Jackson has absolutely owned them over the last 10 years. From 74-90, they were on that goofy point system which kept some very good teams of those years out of the playoffs. Now all they have to do is win that dog of a district they are in. Brookins needs to go and Ruark needs to get someone in there with a staff committed to getting those kids in the weight room and building some pride in being a part of Tiger football.

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Wed, Aug 22, 2007, at 12:11 PM

Lion83 i see you agree with me regarding the use of both QB's. I wonder why Brookins cannot motivate boys like Stevens to return when they have such a great potential for scholorships. Tigerfan87 i agree with you. Last and prior seasons during radio interviews Brookins always laid the blame for every loss on the athletes and took no responsibility except if they won he did take the credit. He makes really stupid statements and the host Banacki never pins himto the wall for what he says. I think Brookins needs to stick to the art room. Look at the backgrounds of the jackson coaching staff and you will easily understand why Jackson owns central every year.

-- Posted by semolover on Wed, Aug 22, 2007, at 10:05 PM

Centralfan, great point.

-- Posted by tigerfan87 on Thu, Aug 23, 2007, at 9:12 AM

Cape Central was in Missouri's biggest classification from 1969-1999. Now they are two classifications below that. That is why they have had success. Brookins 1 yr in 5a was 1-9.

-- Posted by mizzou44 on Thu, Aug 30, 2007, at 11:43 AM

Maybe all the parents who seem to know better than anyone else could step up and coach all of centrals teams. You all seem to have the answers to everything.

-- Posted by rnc119 on Fri, Nov 9, 2007, at 1:20 PM

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