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Susie Morris Column: Week of February 15, 2018

Two Girls’ Hoops Teams Advance to Regionals

In girls’ basketball, both Gadsden County High School and the Tallavana Christian Lion advanced to the state regional playoffs although they were losers in their district finals — and are still playing basketball this week.

Gadsden County lost 58-26 in its 5A district final to Florida High, but this week the Jaguars travel to Walton High in Defuniak Springs on Thursday night to play in the regional quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Tallavana defeated Munroe 44-21 in its 2A district semifinals, but then lost to host Aucilla Christian 50-32.

This week, the Lion play at First Coast Christian in Jacksonville on Thursday evening in the regional quarterfinals.

Gadsden Boys’ Soccer Is Done

Eric Toussaint and his Gadsden County High School boys’ soccer team played well against Pensacola Catholic High School in the regional quarterfinals in Pensacola lasr week, but the Jaguars dropped a 3-1 decision to the Crusaders (who sport ed a 16-2-1 record at game’s end) to finish their season.

Gadsden County High ended its season with a 10-8-2 record.

Tackling the Hard Issues

I read today that California is the fourth state to consider setting a minimum age to play tackle football. California joins Maryland, Illinois and New York — which are considering similar bills.

While California’s bill doesn’t yet set an age, other states have designated the age of 12 as the minimum age.

In my opinion, for the sport of football to survive, those in leadership roles in the sport must acknowledge the damage that tackling can especially do to the developing brain of a child and change the rules with such mandatory minimum age requirements to reflect that concern.

By Susie Morris