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

 

 

Sophomore WR – Clark Kent 88 of Lassiter tracked by Scouts

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Clark Kent 88 vs. Etowah (Varsity) – (Click on Pictures or Hudl icon below for VIDEO)

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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)

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WR 6’3″ 180  

Hillgrove High SchoolPowder Springs, GA
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WR 6’0″ 170  

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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!

Lassiter can WIN Region 5 in 2014

August 28, 2014 EDITORIAL
Missy Koslowski, GHSA News

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Okay Maxwell, the AJC, Maxpreps, etc., I have watched Kell, Hillgrove, and Lassiter play this season. We have scouted the players & coaches at Walton, at Lassiter and most at Hillgrove. At GHSA News, we believe that of these three teams, Lassiter is the most talented.

There are issues, in the pre-season against North Cobb and in the first game at Hillgrove. Adjustments might have been made to both the defense and the offense (quarter-to-quarter) to win these games.

The good thing is GHSA News feels that this can be fixed, the question is – are our assumptions correct? Lassiter has a talented leader in Russell Aarons #5, a Senior. They have an amazing and talented receiver group and even more so at the running back position, with a power runner (WITH SPEED) in Grant Daniels #34, a WATER BUG runner like #20 Mason Waters, and a combination runner in #26 Oris Lawhorn.

Last week Russell Aarons completed passes to 10 different receivers. The offense is capable, but the defense has to make adjustments to stop Kell this week. This is a HUGE test for Lassiter and going into next week’s rivalry game with Walton, they need to make the aforementioned “adjustments” in REAL-TIME / not in hind-sight. The old adage, “The Best Defense is a Good Offense” is true, but a Good and Adjusting Defense gives a young talented offense a chance to win the game.

Lassiter needs to win this game! Walton has a new coach and a less-skilled (overall) roster than Lassiter. If Lassiter hosts Walton at 0 – 2 next week, it will give Walton too much confidence coming in and increase Walton’s chances of a close game or a win.

We believe that the key word for Lassiter is “ADJUSTMENT”. Lassiter has the talent to do better than last year. They need to get to the playoffs (hopefully past the first round) and on-the-way find the chemistry, player combination, and coaching nimbleness to empower this talented team.

On this team there are players who can step-up and become leaders! If they read this article, they know who they are. Step-up, don’t accept losing – encourage and inspire your teammates! Talk to your coaches, speak up on the field, support the guy next to you – “Losing cannot be acceptable to you, a talented team”.

Here are our predictions for Lassiter, knowing what we know:

DATE           VISITOR                      LINE
08-29-14      Kell                            Lassiter +3
09-05-14      Walton                      Lassiter +10

Chris Heitzman Scores Touchdown

VIEW Video here: http://m.11alive.com/topstories/article?a=9204707&f=1367

Chris Heitzman is the REAL Story! (http://christopherheitzman.blogspot.com/)

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Chris Heitzman, who pitched for the Lassiter baseball team and also played football prior to his junior year, walked onto the field during the Trojans Spring Scrimmage game. Younger brother Davis, a rising junior wide receiver, handed the football to Chris, who then walked — with help — 10 yards into the end zone.

It’s a sure sign that Chris Heitzman, a 2012 Lassiter graduate, has come a long way in his rehabilitation since he was critically injured in an automobile accident nearly two years ago.