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Bay Area Boxing Champ Andre Ward Retires With 32-0 Record

OAKLAND (AP) — Light heavyweight champion Andre Ward is retiring from boxing with an undefeated record because he no longer has the desire to fight. The 33-year-old Ward released a statement on his website Thursday titled “Mission Accomplished.” He says his body now cannot withstand the “rigors of the sport,” and he shouldn’t keep fighting if he can’t give it his all. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey. You know who you are. I could not have done this without you,” he wrote. “I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.” Alexander Brand v Andre Ward Ward is currently rated the best “pound for pound” boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN’s First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work to prepare for his bouts. “People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don’t see the toil, they don’t see the grind, they don’t see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,” he told ESPN. “I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it’s time and I know it’s time.” Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final. Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen. Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimous decision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round. “Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,” HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.” HBO said Ward will work as an analyst for its boxing broadcasts. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Kahn: The Year Of The Long Ball

By Andrew Kahn On Tuesday, Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a season, when Alex Gordon belted the 5,694th long ball of the year, breaking the previous high mark set in 2000. Here’s a look at how we got there (all stats through Tuesday’s games). Giancarlo Stanton has done more than anyone to contribute to the record, hitting 56 homers. He clubbed 18 in August alone, during which he hit 11 bombs in a 12-game stretch. His 53rd broke a camera and his latest smacked the Marlins sculpture. Aaron Judge leads the American League with 44 taters. He’s the Sultan of Statcast, holding the season highs for exit velocity—121 mph on a homer on June 10—and home run distance, a 495-foot blast the next day. Surprisingly, his third-deck dinger at Citi Field was measured at just 457 feet. By exit velocity, Judge has the four hardest-hit homers of the year. Another rookie, Cody Bellinger, has 38 round-trippers, part of a season record for cumulative rookie homers (according to ESPN). In total, nine rookies have at least 20 bleacher burners and more are likely to join them. Gordon and Albert Pujols are among the worst everyday players in baseball this year, but they’re both a special part of this record. Gordon, as previously mentioned, hit the record-setter, and Pujols connected for his 600th career homer earlier this season. There were other individual milestones that contributed to the unprecedented big fly barrage: Nelson Cruz, Curtis Granderson, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Braun reached 300 career homers (Robinson Cano is at 299 through Tuesday); Brandon Phillips, Andrew McCutchen, and Mark Trumbo got to 200; and Jose Abreu, Logan Morrison, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Charlie Blackmon, Daniel Murphy, Josh Reddick, Jacoby Ellsbury, Trevor Plouffe, Luis Valbuena, and Howie Kendrick reached the century mark. Pitchers got in on the act, including one of the most unlikeliest sluggers, Jon Lester, who hit his first career four-bagger on the same night he notched 2,000 career strikeouts. It wasn’t on the same level as Bartolo Colon’s blast last year, but Colon has allowed 25 ding dongs this season. The “leaders” in that category are Rick Porcello and Ariel Miranda, who have both allowed 35. Sometimes, players have gone yard without leaving it. Michael Taylor hit an inside-the-park grand slam earlier this month. Adam Rosales runs as if he’s trying for the feat even when he clears the fence. Scooter Gennett and J.D. Martinez didn’t have to run at all when they hit four home runs in one game. It was only the second time in MLB history that it was done twice in the same season. Yes, balls have flown over fences more than ever this year. Bernie Brewer has been busy in Milwaukee. Citi Field’s Apple has resembled an elevator in a New York City office. And the Miami marlins have spent so much time jumping out of the water it’s amazing they’re still alive. Despite the record-setting number of home runs, the Angels Baseball Foundation is still waiting for a $1 million donation from Sherwin-Williams. On Tuesday, Justin Upton put a ball into the paint can in left-center—on a bounce. Remember, though, there’s still more than a week left in the season. The sport can build on its home run record and set another—for most strikeouts in a season. Andrew Kahn is a regular contributor to CBS Local. He writes about baseball and other sports at andrewjkahn.com and you can find his Scoop and Score podcast on iTunes. Email him at andrewjkahn@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn

Kahn: The Year Of The Long Ball

By Andrew Kahn On Tuesday, Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a season, when Alex Gordon belted the 5,694th long ball of the year, breaking the previous high mark set in 2000. Here’s a look at how we got there (all stats through Tuesday’s games). Giancarlo Stanton has done more than anyone to contribute to the record, hitting 56 homers. He clubbed 18 in August alone, during which he hit 11 bombs in a 12-game stretch. His 53rd broke a camera and his latest smacked the Marlins sculpture. Aaron Judge leads the American League with 44 taters. He’s the Sultan of Statcast, holding the season highs for exit velocity—121 mph on a homer on June 10—and home run distance, a 495-foot blast the next day. Surprisingly, his third-deck dinger at Citi Field was measured at just 457 feet. By exit velocity, Judge has the four hardest-hit homers of the year. Another rookie, Cody Bellinger, has 38 round-trippers, part of a season record for cumulative rookie homers (according to ESPN). In total, nine rookies have at least 20 bleacher burners and more are likely to join them. Gordon and Albert Pujols are among the worst everyday players in baseball this year, but they’re both a special part of this record. Gordon, as previously mentioned, hit the record-setter, and Pujols connected for his 600th career homer earlier this season. There were other individual milestones that contributed to the unprecedented big fly barrage: Nelson Cruz, Curtis Granderson, Matt Holliday, and Ryan Braun reached 300 career homers (Robinson Cano is at 299 through Tuesday); Brandon Phillips, Andrew McCutchen, and Mark Trumbo got to 200; and Jose Abreu, Logan Morrison, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Charlie Blackmon, Daniel Murphy, Josh Reddick, Jacoby Ellsbury, Trevor Plouffe, Luis Valbuena, and Howie Kendrick reached the century mark. Pitchers got in on the act, including one of the most unlikeliest sluggers, Jon Lester, who hit his first career four-bagger on the same night he notched 2,000 career strikeouts. It wasn’t on the same level as Bartolo Colon’s blast last year, but Colon has allowed 25 ding dongs this season. The “leaders” in that category are Rick Porcello and Ariel Miranda, who have both allowed 35. Sometimes, players have gone yard without leaving it. Michael Taylor hit an inside-the-park grand slam earlier this month. Adam Rosales runs as if he’s trying for the feat even when he clears the fence. Scooter Gennett and J.D. Martinez didn’t have to run at all when they hit four home runs in one game. It was only the second time in MLB history that it was done twice in the same season. Yes, balls have flown over fences more than ever this year. Bernie Brewer has been busy in Milwaukee. Citi Field’s Apple has resembled an elevator in a New York City office. And the Miami marlins have spent so much time jumping out of the water it’s amazing they’re still alive. Despite the record-setting number of home runs, the Angels Baseball Foundation is still waiting for a $1 million donation from Sherwin-Williams. On Tuesday, Justin Upton put a ball into the paint can in left-center—on a bounce. Remember, though, there’s still more than a week left in the season. The sport can build on its home run record and set another—for most strikeouts in a season. Andrew Kahn is a regular contributor to CBS Local. He writes about baseball and other sports at andrewjkahn.com and you can find his Scoop and Score podcast on iTunes. Email him at andrewjkahn@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @AndrewKahn

Bernie Casey, Pro Football Player Turned Actor, Dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned poet, painter and actor known for parts in films such as “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died. He was 78. Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, his talent agent Erin Connor said. Born in West Virginia in 1939 and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Casey excelled in track and field and football and attended Bowling Green State University on an athletic scholarship. He went on to play wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams before going back to his alma mater to get a master’s degree in fine arts. For Casey, the arts always came first. He painted and published books of poetry, but the football association that he viewed as a stepping stone followed him. “It was just a gig,” he told the Washington Post in 1977 about football. “But it limits the way people perceive you. That can be frustrating. People have tremendous combinations of talents. A man can be a deep-sea diver and also make china.” His art in particular captivated many famous minds, including Maya Angelou. “His art makes my road less rocky, and my path less crooked,” Angelou said of a 2003 exhibit of his works. “I was a big, agile, fast and a dedicated athlete,” Casey said in 1999. “But I always wanted to be a painter.” Casey’s professional acting career began with “Guns of the Magnificent Seven,” a sequel to “The Magnificent Seven,” in 1969. He appeared in some 35 films, including “Boxcar Bertha,” ”The Man Who Fell to Earth,” ”Brian’s Song” and “Never Say Never Again.” Casey also starred opposite fellow NFL veteran Jim Brown in “…tick…tick…tick” and “Black Gunn.” He played Lamda Lamda Lamda head U.N. Jefferson in “Revenge of the Nerds” and John Slade in Keenan Ivory Wayans’ Blaxploitation parody “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” from 1988. He also had a number of television credits including “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” ”Murder She Wrote” and “L.A. Law.” (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Rick Neuheisel: The Key For Vanderbilt Is Balance, Big Plays Against Tide

Ryan Mayer

Prior to the season, if I had told you that Alabama’s visit to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores would be in the national spotlight, you probably would have thought I was crazy. However, after three weeks of the season, both teams are 3-0, and Derek Mason has his group playing the stingiest defense in the country allowing just 13 total points on the year. Alabama, is playing its typical stingy style of defense, allowing 13.3 PPG, but they’ve dealt with their share of injuries in the linebacking corps.

So, entering Saturday, you have a pair of undefeated teams who rely on their defenses and ball control to win games. As all eyes turn towards Nashville this Saturday afternoon, we caught up with Rick Neuheisel, college football studio analyst for College Football Today, to discuss the match-up between the Tide and Commodores.

CBS Local Sports: After initially struggling in that 24-7 win over Florida State to start the year, the Alabama offense has started to wake up the past two weeks, albeit against lesser opponents. What have you seen that you like so far from the Tide? What do they still need to fix?

Rick Neuheisel: They are not trying to be an explosive entity. They play within themselves, and their focus really is to be careful with the football. They’ve got a host of great running backs; add Najee Harris to what they already had a year ago and, you’ve got a pretty formidable group toting the rock.

And, they’ve got a quarterback who’s also an incredible ball-carrier. So, in terms of the forward pass, while there may have been a bunch of people who thought Brian Daboll was going to come and “Tom Brady-ize” Jalen Hurts, that wasn’t going to be the case. They’re going to play close to the vest, because they still, despite all those injuries to the linebacker position, have a really outstanding defense. That’s how you win games.

The 24-7 victory over Florida State was probably the perfect game for a guy like Nick Saban. He’s a defensive guy at heart. He loves to play that swarming defense, play really sound in the kicking game, beat the other team in the turnover department and walk out of there with a convincing win. That’s exactly what they did against a really good Florida State team, and that’s what they expect to do against Vanderbilt.

CBS Local Sports: Speaking of swarming defenses, Vanderbilt has had exactly that through the first three weeks, allowing just 13 points. What’s been the biggest difference for the Commodores this year from what you’ve seen?

Rick Neuheisel: Their defensive coordinator/head coach Derek Mason is really, really good. He was doing this while he was at Stanford for David Shaw. He is a first-rate defensive coordinator. He’s got great ideas. He knows how to recruit to his defense with respect to long athletes, athletic guys that can wreak havoc at a variety of spots.

This game, to me, they have to have the kind of performance they had last week against Kansas State. They have to make Alabama go long fields. They’re going to have to limit Hurts in the run department. And then, they’re going to have to find a way to get Ralph Webb going. Right now, Ralph Webb is averaging less than three yards per carry, and they’re not going to win if Ralph Webb doesn’t make some plays and get some first downs with his legs.

CBS Local Sports: You mention Ralph Webb, is that the key match-up in this game? The Vanderbilt offensive line against that intimidating Alabama front seven?

Rick Neuheisel: It is. And also, the passing game. Kyle Shurmur is off to a good start. But it’s almost a tip of the cap to Nick Saban that Derek Mason realizes that, despite the fact that Shurmur’s completing 70 percent of his passes, they can’t over-do it. They can’t overtax their offensive line against that pass rush.

I mentioned that all those linebackers are down for Alabama, so that might limit their pass rush from the outside. But there’s still some formidable guys inside that can push that pocket and make things hard for Shurmur. Vanderbilt needs some measure of balance, [with] a couple of big plays, and throw in a short field by virtue of a mistimed turnover for Alabama. That’s the recipe for a Commodore victory.

CBS Local Sports: Bama-Vandy’s not the only big SEC game this weekend. There’s also a showdown of the bulldogs in Athens as Mississippi State takes on Georgia. What do you make of Dan Mullen’s squad so far?

Rick Neuheisel: Well, everybody has talked about Nick Fitzgerald in the preseason and for good reason. The guy had over 1,300 yards rushing last year, and we’ve seen what Dan Mullen can do with athletic quarterbacks. Go back to Tim Tebow, go back to Dak Prescott. Heck, you can even go back to Alex Smith at Utah. He (Mullen) has really built a reputation when he’s got an athletic quarterback and can put in run-pass-option kind of things. We see the matriculation of these guys as they grow in his system.

But, maybe the biggest difference at Mississippi State is the addition of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Todd Grantham would win the Frank Broyles award given to the outstanding assistant coach every year based on the way that defense has played. Jeffrey Simmons, a guy who was recruited to be a linebacker, is playing in that defensive front; he looks outstanding. I don’t know that anybody would have believed it, but they absolutely beat LSU in the trenches. That’s where LSU usually wins games.

We’ve been longing for the forward pass at LSU for some time, but you don’t have to usually worry about them in the trenches. And yet, the guys with the cowbells (Mississippi State) whipped them up front. So it’ll be a really interesting game ‘twixt the hedges, as it’s Bulldogs against Bulldogs.

CBS Local Sports: You mention the trenches being important, and Georgia is known for its run game with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. What do you expect from that match-up as they go up against this stout Mississippi State front?

Rick Neuheisel: They’re going to run the ball, that’s who they are, and those two guys are terrific. While they may not have the glossy numbers, go back to the game at Notre Dame where they were both in that 60-70 yards range. If they get those kind of numbers and provide some security blanket for the young freshman quarterback, who doesn’t look like a freshman — it doesn’t look too big for him — and they get the same kind of pressure that they were able to put on Brandon Wimbush, then you’ve got a formula for victory.

The home crowd is going to play into this deal. There’s going to be a lot of emotion. Georgia fans were a little bit irritated when they looked at their season tickets, [and] there wasn’t a big home game. Well, they got what they wanted. But be careful what you wish for, as here comes a really potent team with a quarterback that can flat out fly. This is going to be a whale of a game in Athens.

CBS Local Sports: I know it’s early in the season, but does this game feel like one that decides who is that second-place team in the SEC right now behind Alabama?

Rick Neuheisel: Clearly the winner of this game will be talking about Atlanta. Both will have to go through Alabama to get it done, whether it’s in Atlanta (Georgia) or before they can get to Atlanta (Mississippi State). To win an SEC championship, you’ve got to go through the boys in Tuscaloosa. But there’s no question that the winner of this game, especially if they do so impressively, will be talking about big-time aspirations come November.

Rick Neuheisel: The Key For Vanderbilt Is Balance, Big Plays Against Tide

Ryan Mayer

Prior to the season, if I had told you that Alabama’s visit to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores would be in the national spotlight, you probably would have thought I was crazy. However, after three weeks of the season, both teams are 3-0, and Derek Mason has his group playing the stingiest defense in the country allowing just 13 total points on the year. Alabama, is playing its typical stingy style of defense, allowing 13.3 PPG, but they’ve dealt with their share of injuries in the linebacking corps.

So, entering Saturday, you have a pair of undefeated teams who rely on their defenses and ball control to win games. As all eyes turn towards Nashville this Saturday afternoon, we caught up with Rick Neuheisel, college football studio analyst for College Football Today, to discuss the match-up between the Tide and Commodores.

CBS Local Sports: After initially struggling in that 24-7 win over Florida State to start the year, the Alabama offense has started to wake up the past two weeks, albeit against lesser opponents. What have you seen that you like so far from the Tide? What do they still need to fix?

Rick Neuheisel: They are not trying to be an explosive entity. They play within themselves, and their focus really is to be careful with the football. They’ve got a host of great running backs; add Najee Harris to what they already had a year ago and, you’ve got a pretty formidable group toting the rock.

And, they’ve got a quarterback who’s also an incredible ball-carrier. So, in terms of the forward pass, while there may have been a bunch of people who thought Brian Daboll was going to come and “Tom Brady-ize” Jalen Hurts, that wasn’t going to be the case. They’re going to play close to the vest, because they still, despite all those injuries to the linebacker position, have a really outstanding defense. That’s how you win games.

The 24-7 victory over Florida State was probably the perfect game for a guy like Nick Saban. He’s a defensive guy at heart. He loves to play that swarming defense, play really sound in the kicking game, beat the other team in the turnover department and walk out of there with a convincing win. That’s exactly what they did against a really good Florida State team, and that’s what they expect to do against Vanderbilt.

CBS Local Sports: Speaking of swarming defenses, Vanderbilt has had exactly that through the first three weeks, allowing just 13 points. What’s been the biggest difference for the Commodores this year from what you’ve seen?

Rick Neuheisel: Their defensive coordinator/head coach Derek Mason is really, really good. He was doing this while he was at Stanford for David Shaw. He is a first-rate defensive coordinator. He’s got great ideas. He knows how to recruit to his defense with respect to long athletes, athletic guys that can wreak havoc at a variety of spots.

This game, to me, they have to have the kind of performance they had last week against Kansas State. They have to make Alabama go long fields. They’re going to have to limit Hurts in the run department. And then, they’re going to have to find a way to get Ralph Webb going. Right now, Ralph Webb is averaging less than three yards per carry, and they’re not going to win if Ralph Webb doesn’t make some plays and get some first downs with his legs.

CBS Local Sports: You mention Ralph Webb, is that the key match-up in this game? The Vanderbilt offensive line against that intimidating Alabama front seven?

Rick Neuheisel: It is. And also, the passing game. Kyle Shurmur is off to a good start. But it’s almost a tip of the cap to Nick Saban that Derek Mason realizes that, despite the fact that Shurmur’s completing 70 percent of his passes, they can’t over-do it. They can’t overtax their offensive line against that pass rush.

I mentioned that all those linebackers are down for Alabama, so that might limit their pass rush from the outside. But there’s still some formidable guys inside that can push that pocket and make things hard for Shurmur. Vanderbilt needs some measure of balance, [with] a couple of big plays, and throw in a short field by virtue of a mistimed turnover for Alabama. That’s the recipe for a Commodore victory.

CBS Local Sports: Bama-Vandy’s not the only big SEC game this weekend. There’s also a showdown of the bulldogs in Athens as Mississippi State takes on Georgia. What do you make of Dan Mullen’s squad so far?

Rick Neuheisel: Well, everybody has talked about Nick Fitzgerald in the preseason and for good reason. The guy had over 1,300 yards rushing last year, and we’ve seen what Dan Mullen can do with athletic quarterbacks. Go back to Tim Tebow, go back to Dak Prescott. Heck, you can even go back to Alex Smith at Utah. He (Mullen) has really built a reputation when he’s got an athletic quarterback and can put in run-pass-option kind of things. We see the matriculation of these guys as they grow in his system.

But, maybe the biggest difference at Mississippi State is the addition of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Todd Grantham would win the Frank Broyles award given to the outstanding assistant coach every year based on the way that defense has played. Jeffrey Simmons, a guy who was recruited to be a linebacker, is playing in that defensive front; he looks outstanding. I don’t know that anybody would have believed it, but they absolutely beat LSU in the trenches. That’s where LSU usually wins games.

We’ve been longing for the forward pass at LSU for some time, but you don’t have to usually worry about them in the trenches. And yet, the guys with the cowbells (Mississippi State) whipped them up front. So it’ll be a really interesting game ‘twixt the hedges, as it’s Bulldogs against Bulldogs.

CBS Local Sports: You mention the trenches being important, and Georgia is known for its run game with Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. What do you expect from that match-up as they go up against this stout Mississippi State front?

Rick Neuheisel: They’re going to run the ball, that’s who they are, and those two guys are terrific. While they may not have the glossy numbers, go back to the game at Notre Dame where they were both in that 60-70 yards range. If they get those kind of numbers and provide some security blanket for the young freshman quarterback, who doesn’t look like a freshman — it doesn’t look too big for him — and they get the same kind of pressure that they were able to put on Brandon Wimbush, then you’ve got a formula for victory.

The home crowd is going to play into this deal. There’s going to be a lot of emotion. Georgia fans were a little bit irritated when they looked at their season tickets, [and] there wasn’t a big home game. Well, they got what they wanted. But be careful what you wish for, as here comes a really potent team with a quarterback that can flat out fly. This is going to be a whale of a game in Athens.

CBS Local Sports: I know it’s early in the season, but does this game feel like one that decides who is that second-place team in the SEC right now behind Alabama?

Rick Neuheisel: Clearly the winner of this game will be talking about Atlanta. Both will have to go through Alabama to get it done, whether it’s in Atlanta (Georgia) or before they can get to Atlanta (Mississippi State). To win an SEC championship, you’ve got to go through the boys in Tuscaloosa. But there’s no question that the winner of this game, especially if they do so impressively, will be talking about big-time aspirations come November.

Stadium Costs Keep Woodland High Football Team Off Of Home Field

WOODLAND (CBS13) – Woodland High school football players can’t even play on their own turf. But community members are making a push to get them back on their home field. “You kind of just want to have that home field advantage and just feel like you’re at your home,” said Matthew Burger, a sophomore on the JV team. For nearly three years, Woodland High School students have been missing out on football games on campus and their beloved mascot Woody the Wolf. The team can still use the field for practice but have to play all their home games across town at Pioneer High, their rival’s field. “It sucks to have to go across town to go play a home game,” said Cody Gunter, another sophomore on the JV team. But right now, that’s the team’s only option. Back in 2015, part of the stadium was condemned and deemed unsafe for any visitors. “There’s cracks in the cement, and then the cement itself is actually falling off the dirt,” Gunter said. And coach Kyle Allen says no stadium is complete without a box for the coaches. “It gives the coaches an advantage of sitting up high being able to look down on the field,” he explained. But some in the community say the school district isn’t acting fast enough. “We know that it’s needed, we know that they deserve it, it’s just having the money to do it,” said Callie Lutz, a spokeswoman for Woodland Joint Unified School District. She told CBS13 fixing the stadium has a price tag of several million dollars, and even though they’ve saved $2 million so far, there’s much more that has to be put away. Lutz explained the district’s dilemma in figuring out the scope of the project. “Do it in phases so do we make it usable and then add on better facilities or upgrades once we’re able to?” she wondered. “We’re still in that planning phase.” But as a sophomore, Gunter is getting impatient. “I want to play on this field before I graduate!” he said. On Thursday, several members of the community will meet at the school district at 5:30 p.m. to figure out what’s next for the stadium. But there is a silver lining: so far the team is 4-0 this season, even though they haven’t played a real home game.

NMAA trims number of football playoff qualifiers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors voted on Wednesday to cut the number of playoff qualifiers in high school football from 12 to 10. The change will go into effect in 2018 and will be for eight-man all the way to Class 6A football. The number of playoff qualifiers for six-man football will be four. The board cut the number of qualifiers for baseball and basketball back in June from 16 to 12. The peel back of qualifiers in football was done to keep pace with the changes in the other sports.
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