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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 | 11 p.m.
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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters spend extra time this week discussing impending matchups between Green Valley and Coronado and Centennial and Arbor View. They also look back on the Henderson Bowl and Bishop Gorman's thrilling victory. ***Note: We apologize for the audio-level issues and are looking into correcting the malfunction for next week. In the meantime, please turn up your volume in order to hear Keefer.***
There isn’t much left to be said about Faith Lutheran’s Keenan Smith.
“His play is really doing all of the talking,” Faith Lutheran coach Vernon Fox said. “I told everyone in the preseason that he was an explosive player, and we’re leaning our belief on him.”
Smith didn’t have rushing numbers that immediately jump out at you (46 yards on 12 carries). But what he continues to do is get into the end zone, tallying another three against the Cowboys (1-2) that started with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Smith has scored nine touchdowns this season (seven rushing, two on special teams).
With Smith leading the way, the Crusaders (2-2) have rallied to win back-to-back games after starting the year 0-2.
“That has been the biggest positive in the first month of the season is that we’ve done better each week,” Fox said. “Everyone is obviously confident in the ability he possesses.”
Seitu Wyche led the way for Chaparral, rushing for 59 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown.
Chaparral High School has seen better days.
Once among the top performing schools in the Clark County School District, Chaparral High is undergoing changes to counter dismal test scores and the lowest graduation rate in the district.
The campus located near East Flamingo Road and U.S. 95 is one of five turnaround schools not meeting the expectations outlined in No Child Left Behind.
Chaparral is now looking to clean up its reputation, touching every aspect of the school from restrooms to test scores.
Changes weren’t received well by students who openly protested the cuts to faculty and the new order that banned the use of cell phones and music players during the school day.
Under stricter rules, tardy students are locked out of classrooms, bathroom breaks during class time aren’t allowed and the lunch hour was pushed back to 1:40 p.m.
Superintendent Dwight Jones told students he’s not settling for half successes.
“Right now, 50 percent of the kids in this school don’t graduate high school. Is that acceptable to you? Think about that. Right now, some of the friends that you’re with aren’t going to graduate. Is that OK? That’s unacceptable to me. I think you guys ought to kick all of us out.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- David Wilson (2011)
- Approximately 2,250
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert