Private schools rise in athletic prowess

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 27, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Wealthy boosters have helped pave the way to increasing athletic success by private schools.

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okaybruceeMay. 26, 1311:04 PM

Shame on the Catholic schools who are busy making sports into an idol. You know who you are and it is well-known among the actual faithful in this archdiocese that those who are best at sports tend to be quite light on that which pertains to their actual mission as Catholic schools.

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sek2undrstndMay. 26, 1311:08 PM

It's not the facilities or the uniforms or the fields which help the more fortunate schools win championships. It's the off-season sport camps, training programs, and skill development camps. The off-season activities cost big money and take time. If you are a high school kid from a less fortunate school, you will probably be working forty or more hours a week to help pay for college. The kids from more fortunate schools either don't have to work or work very little. Therefore, they have more time to spend at the camps and their parents can easily afford to send them.

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okaybruceeMay. 26, 1311:12 PM

@sek2undrstnd: True, and parents are having kids specialize and play year-round and younger and younger ages. And you know what? The long-term results are poorer, for the kids are burnt out by the time college rolls around, and usually well before then. Specialized single-sport kids are no longer athletes in that they can do many skills well. They are one-trick ponies on their way to multiple injuries and burn out.

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ranger1873May. 27, 13 1:06 AM

Of course, it didn't hurt matters that St. Thomas got arguably the two worst officials' calls in the history of the state tournament within a two-minute span to help them steal a win over Hermantown this year.

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sju310May. 27, 13 1:46 AM

This is what competition is all about. Many of these parents worked hard to get an education to make all this money to spend it the way they want. It should be an incentive for the other kids to work harder, to get the education, so they can make all the money they want to spend it the way they want. That is how the real world is. If Apple doesn't work harder to make a better product, Samsung will beat them out and many Americans will be out of jobs.

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jaketwotimesMay. 27, 13 2:30 AM

It used to be that amateur athletes were outside of the influence of money. Professionals, sure. But college and high school were a bastion of true sport. Now you have colleges making millions from sponsorship deals (Big 10 TV network, Nike uniforms, coaches making millions, etc) It was only a matter of time before it trickled down to the high school level.

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nonewtaxesMay. 27, 13 5:23 AM

We should "level the playing field" by taking points from the wealthy school at the start of the competition. The redistribution of points from the more talented players to the less skilled will improve the self esteem of the slower kids.

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rvjesseMay. 27, 13 5:34 AM

I assume they also have a great band, orchestra, library, science room, cafeteria serving healthy food, art room, theater, computer room plus great teachers. What did I leave out?

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nogophersMay. 27, 13 6:08 AM

I believe the writer would rather have these schools begging for money rather than using the donations rightly earned by their successful parents. The writer did no investigative reporting here, but rather picked the statistics and stories that fit the conclusion already assumed.

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mark19May. 27, 13 6:15 AM

The public schools are seeing the results of their liberal policies. The private schools have discipline in the classroom,hire better teachers,better coaches,etc and the results show. Better teams,better programs,better education and more championships.

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