Archive for July, 2009

Swine flu: Coaches concerned as high school football season starts

Several metro Atlanta area high school football coaches are putting plans in place to guard against potential swine flu outbreaks once their teams start official workouts August 1. Teens appear more at risk than adults and many summer camps have already seen swine flu outbreaks this year.

YOU TELL US: Are you worried about your student-athlete (or your high schooler) contracting swine flu and do you think teens playing team sports are more at risk than those not involved in such activities? Have you talked with your teen’s coach(es) and are you satisfied with their plan of action?

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High school football: Were players tougher in past?

Thousands of kids representing more than 350 Georgia teams will take the field this week for the first practice of the high school football season. Taking precautions to prevent heat-related problems is paramount.

Were yesterday’s high school football players better equipped to handle the early season heat than today’s players? Some coaches say yes because more kids used to spend summers playing outdoors than do today’s youth. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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High school football player survives horrific wreck

Michael Carvell

Michael Carvell

Flowers survived a death-defying car wreck while returning from his team’s camp at Jekyll Island this past weekend. He was a passenger with two other family members in a vehicle that flipped over four times on Interstate 16 and ejected Flowers through the front window.

Doctors thought Flowers might have suffered severe damage to his lungs, and he was rushed to a trauma center in Savannah. His mother and younger sister were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a nearby hospital in Statesboro. All three were released from the hospital the next day.

Football has served as therapy this week for Druid Hills High School senior Alexander Flowers.

Thomas Flowers, an assistant coach at Druid Hills, said his son had only one thing on his mind when first saw him. “His very first thought was ‘I still want to play football this year,’ ” he said. “Those were the first words out of his mouth.”

Alexander has bruised lungs, muscle damage in his left leg, a …

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Top college prospect suffers freak injury while helping ex-NFL player

One of the state’s top football prospects is in jeopardy of missing the first few games of his senior season after a freak injury.

Walton two-way standout Kyle Woestmann is out for 4-6 weeks after suffering a laceration on his right forearm while moving furniture last weekend. Woestmann committed to Vanderbilt over 16 early scholarship offers, including ones from Georgia and Georgia Tech.

“Our No. 1 priority is to make sure Kyle is OK,” Walton coach Rocky Hildago said. “You can’t get too upset about it. It is what it is. He wasn’t out doing something dangerous, rather he was trying to help somebody out. Until he’s healthy and ready to go, he’ll just stand on the sidelines with me and make the best of it.”

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Woestmann said he suffered the injury while working a summer job, moving equipment for former Georgia and NFL tailback Garrison Hearst. Woestmann and a friend were lifting the final item, a refrigerator, when it slipped and ripped a …

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