Lassiter working HARD to name NEW Field in fallen Athlete’s name

                   


Lutzie Field…We Need Your Help!

As many of you are aware, the Lutzie 43 Foundation has been working very closely with the Lassiter community over the past 11 months on a very special project, the resurfacing of Lassiter’s stadium field and naming of the playing surface (“Lutzie Field” at Frank Fillmann Stadium.) This project came into our hearts to serve as a tangible reminder to the Lassiter community of the mission of the Lutzie 43 Foundation, “Live like Lutz. Love like Lutz. Learn from Lutz.” Through the field project, we feel we can best emphasize the “Learn From Lutz” element of our mission. The new turf and its name “Lutzie Field” will serve as a constant reminder for Lassiter students and community members of the importance of developing and displaying good character, but also of the dangerous effects of poor decision-making.

 

Throughout this process, we have been humbled to receive overwhelming backing from the community for this project. There have been numerous supporters for the project, both financially and otherwise, and we would first and foremost like to recognize many of them:

  • Kyle Cooper, Property Masters—Signature Sponsor
  • Sporturf, LLC—Turf Partner
  • David Banks, Cobb County School Board
  • Chris Ragsdale, Superintendent, Cobb County School System
  • Chris Richie, Principal, Lassiter High School
  • Art O’Neill, Athletic Director, Lassiter High School
  • Lassiter Band Boosters Club
  • Lassiter Lacrosse Booster Club
  • Lassiter Ladies Lacrosse Booster Club
  • Lassiter Soccer Booster Club
  • Lassiter Touchdown Club
  • Lassiter Track Club
  • Junior Trojan Football
  • Trojan Youth Lacrosse

 

Additionally, we have received support from countless other individuals; this group includes significant private donors that wish to remain anonymous, other members of the Lassiter High School staff, and various members of senior leadership within the Cobb County School District (CCSD) construction, legal, and procurement groups. Each and every individual has played an instrumental role in helping bring this project forward. We have been humbled and touched by the outpouring of support from every corner of the Lassiter community and beyond.

 

From the very beginning, the objectives behind this project have been multiple and integrated:

  • Meet a tangible need in the community: The current surface has received very heavy wear over the past eight years and is in disrepair. The new turf will reduce the risk of injuries and improve the experience for the thousands of student-athletes that will use the field for years to come.
  • Provide a privately funded solution: We have been blessed to raise over $370,000 to cover the costs of this project through the generous contributions of private donors, sponsors and booster clubs. Additionally, we received very favorable pricing from our turf partner, Sporturf, to make this project financially sound.
  • Create a reminder to our community of the mission of the Lutzie 43 Foundationcharacter development and good decision making in the lives of young people and their influencers: This last point is the primary focus of the Lutzie Field project and the main goal we hope to achieve. The inspiration for the Lutzie 43 Foundation, Philip Lutzenkirchen, was a remarkable young man that gave of himself to others. However, it was through a series of poor decisions that led to his tragic death. Our hope is that kids will know and understand his living legacy, and most importantly, learn from his death. The renaming of the turf is a tangible and ongoing opportunity for kids to understand the importance of good decision-making.

 

We have been blessed to have this project come together to meet the aforementioned goals, and serve as an example within Cobb County about the benefits of a community coming together to create a positive and lasting legacy out of a tragedy.

 

Challenge with the Cobb County School Board Chairman

 

Over the past 11 months, we have gone to great lengths to bring this project to fruition. While the project is 100 percent privately financed, the size of the project requires it to meet certain bidding requirements and county construction reviews. Lastly, the project must receive an official vote from the school board. We have worked closely with the CCSD to ensure that all requirements are met in order to proceed with the project. In a nutshell, we were told by the CCSD that we needed to fulfill the following:

a) Appropriately bid the project

b) Secure all financing

c) Demonstrate community support.

 

At this time, we have completed all of the necessary steps for the project. We were placed on the agenda for the June 10, 2015 Cobb County School Board meeting to put the project to vote. At this meeting, we were hopeful to receive approval from the board and begin the project immediately thereafter. This would keep us on-schedule for the field dedication scheduled for August 14, 2015.

 

Late last week, we received word that Randy Scamihorn, Chairman of the School Board, removed the project from the agenda for the June 10 school board meeting for reasons unstated to us. In a previous meeting with Mr. Scamihorn, we reviewed the project and the timeline we needed for completion. We discussed the ramifications of eliminating the project from the June 10 meeting agenda.

 

We Need Your Help!

 

When we began this project, we only wanted to move forward if we had full backing within the Lassiter community. We have been truly humbled and blessed by the outpouring of support, both financially and otherwise.

 

However, we now need your help to positively demonstrate your support directly to the Cobb County School Board. If you are willing and able to help keep the Lutzie Field project on-schedule for August 2015 completion, we ask that you do the following:

 

a) Share your support publicly through social media. You can follow the Lutzie 43 Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on this process. We are using the hashtag #LutzieField to measure public support on social media. Help us get this trending!

b) Send e-mails to all the CCSD board members regarding your support for the project.

 

We want the e-mails to be positive and specific, and for you to be willing to sign your name. In communicating with the board, our main goal is to emphasize that project approval is time sensitive in order to complete the field re-surfacing by our August 14 dedication date. You can help address this by requesting the project be voted on as soon as possible, including through special session if necessary. It is important that any messaging regarding this manner positively reflect the mission and values of the Lutzie 43 Foundation.We ask that all emails and social media posts be respectful and demonstrate great character.

 

Below, we have provided the contacts of the Cobb County School Members:

 

Randy Scamihorn: rscamihorn.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Susan Thayer: sthayer.boardmember@cobbk12.org

David Morgan: dmorgan.boardmember@cobbk12.org

David Chastain: dchastain.boardmember@cobbk12.org

David Banks: dbanks.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Scott Sweeney: ssweeney.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Brad Wheeler: bwheeler.boardmember@cobbk12.org

 

We would also suggest you e-mail Chris Ragsdale, School Superintendent, atchris.ragsdale@cobbk12.org.

 

Thank you for all your support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Missy Koslowski

GA News Online

“A Proud Supporter of all that is Georgia High School Football”

mkoslowski@ganewsonline.com

 

 

Clark Kent scores winning TD at the 2015 OD Bowl in Orlando

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Clark Kent WR Lassiter Trojans scores winning TD at the 2015 OD Bowl

January 21, 2015   Missy Koslowski, GHSA News

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Clark Kent (a WR with the Lassiter High School Trojans) scored the winning TD with 51 seconds left to give his All Star Team –  Showcase Team 4 the win at the Offense Defense Bowl for 2015 held in Orlando, Florida (Citrus Bowl) on January 4th.

Click (HERE) or on picture below to play

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     YouTube version HERE

OD Bowl Roster 2015

Click OD*BOWL logo above or (HERE) for Roster(s) 

Clark represented his school Lassiter and all of Region 5 AAAAAA in this prestigious Bowl that showcases talent from all over the USA.

Clark was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 9th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL. Clark was selected for this honor from a group of young athletes numbering in the thousands across the country and was recently given MVP honors at an Elite 1-on-1 Invitational held in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Offense-Defense Sports has been running full-contact football instructional camps for the past 45 years and currently operates in approximately 40 camp locations nationwide every spring and summer.  For more information visit http://www.o-d.com.

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Lassiter Travels to Roswell

Missy Koslowski, GHSA News Online

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Many people don’t know it, but this Friday’s game between the Roswell Hornets and the Lassiter Trojan’s re-unites three players who played together as 8th graders on the phenomenal Walton Raider team that kicked everyone’s football butt that year!  Justin Ellis #87, Sheldon Evans #1 of Roswell, and #88 Clark Kent of Lassiter re-unite Friday night, but now on opposite sides of the ball. Sheldon Evans of the Hornets leads all Region 5 AAAAAA rushers with almost 1200 yards / averaging almost 7 yards a carry and #87 Justin Ellis (who is an outstanding athlete in his own right and played QB at Walton) is now a force on defense. Clark Kent of Lassiter is a talented Wide Receiver and is always a highlight film when he is on the field!

THROWBACK (Born-to-Compete VIDEO):

Watch former teammates (now Roswell Hornet) #10 Justin Ellis throw GREAT Pass to #88 Clark Kent (current Trojan) at the 2012 Walton vs, Roswell GMSAA Playoffs  (HERE) or click picture:

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Folks, although Lassiter has had it’s struggles, Russell Aarons #5 of Lassiter leads all Cobb County QB’s in passing (only a couple of yards short of leading all of Region 5 AAAAAA) and Pearson Van Horn #87 leads Cobb County in reception yards and is second only to Andrew Harris of Cherokee in Region 5 AAAAAA!


Your Roster and TEAM links can be accessed by clicking the LINKS of your favorite team below:

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Trojan     ROSTER


This game will be Quixscored via

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Georgia High School Athletics Twitter @GHSANewsOnline (HERE )


See us Game Day, where we post roster, information, and additional links that are easily accessible for you via your smartphone, iphone, android, or iPad.   In addition, GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the game for MaxPreps.

GHSA News wishes the Trojans and Hornets a safe / competitive game!

Sophomore WR – Clark Kent 88 of Lassiter tracked by Scouts

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Clark Kent is a highly followed Wide Receiver playing for the Lassiter High School Trojans and is being tracked closely by:

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Clark Kent’s Signing Day Recruit Assessment

Signing Day Top 2017 WR’s (Georgia)

# Name Position Height Weight High School Stars Base Status
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WR 6’3″ 180  

Hillgrove High SchoolPowder Springs, GA
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  77.62 Undecided

Milton “Mpire” Repels Trojan Attack

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 September 27, 2014

Missy Koslowski, Georgia High School Athletics

(Official GHSA News Online / GA Online News pictures by: Michael Hunyh)

The Eagles Nest 2014 Milton High School

What a beautiful night for football and Milton High School is a beautiful venue and friendly atmosphere for fans to come out and support their teams.  The contest, however, was not so pretty.  The Trojans marched into Eagle Stadium and (for a couple of early play series) made it seem like it would be a fight!  Unfortunately, for the Trojans, it came apart quickly and they trailed 28 – 0 at the half.

Milton Celebrates #33 Micco Brisker

The Trojans were hoping to win this battle and obtain their first win of the year, but now find themselves at 0 – 5 and 0 – 3 in Region 5 AAAAAA. It was all Milton in every phase of the game, the only team this season to hold the Trojan’s high powered offense from scoring.  Milton’s dominance was demonstrated with RB #33 Micco Brisker having another stellar night, scoring on a 24-yard and 56-yard run (running through and around Lassiter tacklers) and with a great QB performance by #11 Austin McLeod (who ran and threw the ball seemingly at will), eluding pursuit and keeping plays alive with his feet.

#16 Mitchell Wasson #5 Russell Aarons

Lassiter punter #16 Mitchell Wasson had a busy night and did an amazing job under pressure when Lassiter frequently was forced to give the ball up on fourth down.  Russell Aarons, who came into this game leading Region 5 AAAAAA in passing, ran for his life most of the night and was thwarted by an interception, several dropped passes, and the lack of an efficient run game to keep the defense honest.

Lassiter loses heartbreaker to Milton

The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words …” sums up a heartbreaker for what is considered a very talented Trojan team.


GHSA News Online congratulates the Milton Eagles on a “Big” win and wishes the Trojans success in future games.  Rosters for both teams are provided below in support for these two great Region 5 AAAAAA teams!

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See us Game Day, where we post roster, information, and additional links that are easily accessible for you via your smartphone, iphone, android, or iPad.   In addition, GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the game for MaxPreps.

Trojans attack Eagle “Mpire” TONIGHT

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September 26, 2014  by Missy Koslowski

The Milton Eagles Hornets recently were defeated by the Roswell Hornets in a Region 5 AAAAAA battle last week and Lassiter has been enjoying  a bye week .  Most have the Milton Eagles pegged to win a close battle, but this contest could go either way.  In any case, it will be a game you do not want to miss.

Come out and support your TEAM – Eagles, Trojans, and Football Fans!

Tonight’s game is at 7:30 PM and will be hosted by the Milton Eagles (Website) – DIRECTIONS can be found HERE Google Maps

REGION 5 AAAAAA Information:

Your Region 5 AAAAAA Standings can be accessed (HERE) between the 2 – 1  Milton Eagles (Info. HERE) and the 0 – 4 Lassiter Trojans (Info. HERE).

TEAMS win / loss “predictions”:

The Maxwell Projections Page (HERE).

Roster and TEAM links (Select Helmet or “Roster”):

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Quixscore via: maxpreps

or FOLLOW : Twitter HERE twitter

Every Game Day, where we post roster, information, and additional links that are easily accessible for you via your smart phone, iphone, android, or iPad.   Again, GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the game for MaxPreps.

Georgia High School Athletics wishes the Trojans and Eagles a safe / competitive game!

Trojans attack “Mpire” Tomorrow

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      September 25, 2014

Missy Koslowski, Georgia High School Athletics

If you are a fan of High School Football, you would know that at Milton they are dedicated and committed to “Building an Mpire” – a football empire.  The Milton Eagles are well on their way to doing just that!  Milton is a very good team and a loss last week to the Roswell Hornets makes them very dangerous.  Milton is very well coached by former Pope HS Asst. Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, and Strength/Conditioning Coach, Tony Howie DeCristofaro (bio HERE).

The men of Troy “Trojans”, march into the Eagles nest tomorrow night for a conference game and are ready for battle.  Ancient history and legend places great fear on the mention of the word “Trojan” and a contest between the Eagles and the Trojans (coached by Jep Irwin bio Here) will be a close battle in the war for Regional 5 AAAAAA supremacy.

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See us Game Day, where we post roster, information, and additional links that are easily accessible for you via your smartphone, iphone, android, or iPad.   In addition, GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the game for MaxPreps.

Support your TEAM by being at this Conference Match-Up!

 

 

Woodstock Wins at The Frank

September 13 2014
Missy Koslowski, GHSA News


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If you listen to Woodstock Coach Brent Budde, he will say that he was proud of the way his team fought last night.  The same can be said of Lassiter Coach Jep Irwin.

The Trojans (0-4, 0-2 Region 5 AAAAAA) fell behind early, but kept fighting and cut the lead to 35-21 before halftime. Before last night, no team had scored a touchdown against the Wolverine defense (now 4-0, 2-0 Region 5AAAAAA), but River Ridge, Johns Creek and Wheeler certainly tried. River Ridge was the only one of the three to manage a touchdown, and that came on a kickoff return. The Trojans certainly spoiled that record.

Lassiter forced three Woodstock fumbles, including one on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Lassiter turned the three turnovers into 14 points and took a 42-38 lead with 8:15 to play in the game.  Outstanding plays were made by #33 Ozi Orjioke, #25 Ben Mostellar (who recovered a fumble and ran it back for 80 yards), #48 Kory Gildea (who recovered a fumble which resulted in a TD), #8 Micah Grigsby, #85 Cole Taylor (shown above in picture provided by MDJ), #20 Mason Waters, # 2 Taz Holt, #24 Tanner Plemmons, and #42 Khari Johnson.  QB Russell Aarons excited the crowd when, after taking the snap – passed to #87 Pearson VanHorn who then threw it back to him for a TD.

The Woodstock Wolverines have a strong group of seniors led by QB, Justin Agner.  Across the board, the Wolverines executed a solid game-plan with great offensive blocking, solid running back performance, and consistent production from their receiver group.

Congrats to the Wolverines for a GREAT game and an unblemished record, joining Lassiter in an off week when they both return 9/26/14 (where Woodstock plays Etowah and Lassiter travels to Milton).

On Game Day GHSA News provides easily accessible Roster and Team information.

GHSANewsOnline will be QuixScoring the Roswell at Milton game for MaxPreps this Friday.


See GHSA News for Roswell @ Milton exclusive photo’s and coverage this week!

Cobb County High School Football Stats

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Below are the current STATS for COBB High School Football:

COBB’S 2014 PASSING LEADERS

NAME SCH COM ATT YDS TD INT
Russell Aarons Lassiter 30 47 345 1 0
Bailey Hockman McEachern 10 28 300 3 1
C. Rosendahl Kell 16 22 165 0 0
Ryles Kirkland Wheeler 9 16 161 1 0
Kylil Carter S. Cobb 12 20 126 2 0
Lorenzo Nunez Harrison 7 9 117 1 0
Conner Larson Allatoona 6 13 103 1 0
Matthew Wilson Hillgrove 7 11 102 3 0
Brenton Martin Marietta 9 19 101 1 1
Andrew Pereira Sprayberry 12 19 96 1 1

 

COBB’S 2014 RUSHING LEADERS

NAME SCH RSH YDS AVG TD
Kylil Carter South Cobb 20 252 12.6 2
Russell Halimon Allatoona 38 193 5.1 1
Sonny Harris Hillgrove 17 180 10.6 0
Bryan Terry Pope 23 173 7.5 3
Lorenzo Nunez Harrison 8 143 17.9 1
Taj Griffin McEachern 21 133 6.3 3
Eric Montgomery Hillgrove 12 119 9.9 2
Matthew Wilson Hillgrove 14 105 7.5 2
J.T. Wood Walker 19 103 5.4 1
Rakeem Myricks Sprayberry 15 93 6.2 0

 

COBB’S 2014 RECEIVING LEADERS

NAME SCH REC YDS AVG TD
T.J. Rahming McEachern 5 177 35.2 3
Tyler Smith McEachern 4 113 27.6 1
Bryson Armstrong Kell 9 106 11.8 0
Micah Grigsby Lassiter 2 86 43 1
Benaiah Franklin Wheeler 2 81 40.5 1
M. Lapeyrolerie South Cobb 6 78 13 1
Adonis Smith Harrison 3 78 26 1
Pearson VanHorn Lassiter 5 75 15 0
Zach Nichols Allatoona 3 65 21.7 0
Mason Waters Lassiter 6 53 8.8 0

 

COBB’S 2014 TACKLES LEADERS

NAME SCH Tackle Assist Total
Martel Sanders Marietta 6 6 12
Michael McCain Kell 7 5 12
Dylan Hamilton McEachern 8 4 12
Kharon Cameron Marietta 6 5 11
Khari Johnson Lassiter 5 6 11
Ryan Moore Hillgrove 9 2 11
Eric Jackson Hillgrove 6 5 11
Juanyea Tarver Allatoona 5 6 11
Josh Bailey Sprayberry 8 2 10
Kory Gildea Lassiter 5 5 10

 

COBB’S 2014 INTERCEPTION LEADERS

NAME SCH No.
Terrell Myers Marietta 1
Ross Neely Harrison 1
Michael McCain Kell 1
Kameron Pena Allatoona 1
Chase Alexander Allatoona 1
Tyler Woodley McEachern 1

 

COBB’S 2014 SACKS LEADERS

NAME SCH No.
Julious Tolliver Wheeler 1
Ronald Winslow Wheeler 1
Tylen Noel Wheeler 1
Devon Jenkins Wheeler 1
Darian Johnson Wheeler 1
Seth Simmer Harrison 1
Nicholas Woghiren Kell 1
Jamal Sutton Hillgrove 1
Grant Elkins Hillgrove 1
Five others with 1

What a GAME! – Kell at Lassiter 2014

 

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August 30, 2014 GHSA News

by: Missy Koslowski

Last night’s game at The Frank was a rivalry contest that ended with a score of Kell 42 Lassiter 35, but if that is all you see you have missed something.  Early this morning and into today, come talks about the Kell victory, but to watch this game “live” as I did last night, gives us the story behind the story.

Sitting on the Kell (Visitor) side and talking to the visiting parents and fans of Kell, I realized that there IS an animosity – a built-in fight for bragging rights.  What jumped out to me (and quite frankly what I was hoping to see) was the heart and fight to appear in this young Lassiter team being lead by QB Senior Russell Aarons. 

To be honest, I think that it was the Trojans that “shocked” the Longhorns!  Highly ranked Kell came into Frank Fillmann Stadium with a swagger of a pre-determined winner and left hammered and battered.  Yes, they won the game, but the real story is what the Trojans accomplished allong the way.

The Lassiter Trojans led by Head Coach, Jep Irwin made some significant improvements in their play from last week.  This was apparent in the performance and up-tempo of the offense and the never-say-die attitude of the defense.  “While very disappointed that we ultimately lost, I am very proud of our team’s effort and toughness in coming back twice from 2 TD deficits,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said.  “We have a lot to work on but also a lot we can build on moving forward.”

Don’t get me wrong, there were mistakes made , tackles missed and coverage’s blown – but what amazing heart these young men showed!  Stats are important as they reflect a “measurement” for people who do not take the opportunity or do not have the chance to see the game in-person.  Mason Waters #20 carried the ball 16 times for 81 yards and scored one of Lassiter’s touchdowns from a pass thrown by Aarons.  Grant Daniels ran over and past defenders, carrying the ball 14 times for 78 yards.  The offense shows great balance running and passing.  Impressive was Aarons, with actually the best QB performance of the night, completing 23 of 30 passes for 340 yards, including some great catches made by #85 Cole Taylor, #8 Micah Grigsby, and #87 Pearson VanHorn.

Throughout the game there were moments that could only be gleaned from being physically at the game.  Watching Aarons lead his team last night, he was impressive – not just by stats (but in the intangibles).  Last week we wrote about leader’s stepping forward – this happened with Aarons.  It also manifested itself in a young player on defense, Thomas Donalson #41.  This kid is scappy!  Donalson, a sophomore is listed as 5’11”, 205.  He gave the defense something to reckon with, so much so that the Kell 6’4″ 280 lb. Offensive Tackle,  James Dematto had to tackle Donalson to keep him from sacking his QB,  #10 Rosendahl.

As coach Irwin stated, this young team is disappointed in the loss but it comes with significant improvement and demonstration of “heart” and determination.  The great Vince Lombardi stated:

“Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority”.

In one week, this young Lassiter Team has made HUGE improvements, leaders have emerged, and the coaching staff has shown great prowess in preparing and mentoring their team.  The biggest problem now is that we, as fans, have to wait till next week to see more.