Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
USD 231 patron and father of a Gardner Edgerton High School baseball athlete, Michael Gray, addressed school board members at the June 10 meeting to express his concerns for what he described as a struggling high school baseball program that has failed to produce winning seasons.
Specific concerns centered on the program’s decision not to track defensive stats, student managers recording offensive stats rather than a player or coach and workout regiments not designed to benefit the non-football athlete.
Gray explained that students enrolled in the training class, offered as an elective during the school year, are required to participate in the workout as designed for that class.  When his son discussed his desire for a weight program to meet his needs as a baseball player he was told, by his class instructor, that he did not have to work out on weights.  Gray indicated that it seemed out of his (the class instructor) realm to provide an alternate workout plan.
Gray stated that where football players would want to train with heavy weights and the use of creatine, baseball players would not.  Creatine, sold under, different brand names, is a naturally occurring amino acid sometimes used to boost weight or increase lifting ability.
In closing, he wanted the board to know it was not his intent to complain about the baseball program but hoped his comments would spur a look into why GEHS was not competitive in baseball.
Ron Ragan, board president, responded by acknowledging that GEHS has been underperforming in baseball.
An email to Leann Northway, director of community relations for USD 231, inquiring into district policy on the use of creatine, went unanswered.  Northway did not respond to follow-up phone messages.