Carson High senior Tanner Kalicki competed and won a kicking showcase at Missouri Western College near Kansas City recently.
“It was a competition with kickoffs and field goals,” Kalicki said earlier this week. “I didn’t do the punting (portion). It was distance on field goals and distance and hang time on kickoffs.”
Kalicki said he went 15 of 17 in field-goal kicking with a long of 52 yards. He had two field goals of 50 yards or more. He was pleased with his kickoffs, too.
“Only one of my kickoffs would have been a touchback in college,” Kalicki said. “My hang time was maybe four seconds, I think.”
Kalicki is still undecided on his plans for next year. Obviously he was hoping that a good showing might garner a scholarship somewhere.
“There weren’t any colleges there other than the school putting it on,” Kalicki said. “They send out results.”
Kalicki said Southwest Baptist and University of Jamestown have shown interest. Both schools have Carson ties. Asa Carter attends Southwest Baptist and CHS assistant coach Steve Nelms played at Jamestown.
Carson wrestling coach Nick Redwine said earlier this week the Senators may not return to the Tournament of Champions next year. It probably is a wise decision. Carson loses its best two wrestlers – Kyle Rudy and Jesse Case – to graduation. Alex Wells might be the best returning wrestler. In short, it could be a re-tooling season for CHS.
“I’m looking into hosting a tournament here at CHS that weekend,” Redwine said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of coaches in Northern Nevada. The TOC is an expensive tournament. We have had free entry (for a few years) because we’ve either donated mats or our parents help run the hospitality room.”
Redwine said that Lovelock hosts a one-day tournament the same weekend of the TOC, and Lowry is one of the schools that goes to Lovelock. Douglas is another school that normally doesn’t send many wrestlers to the TOC. If Redwine can’t put his own tournament together, Lovelock would be a good spot for Carson to land.
The first two dual wrestling meets are in the books, and it has proven the point that I’ve been making for several years. Dual meets need to be eliminated and there needs to be one 4A league. There are 12 wrestling programs in Northern Nevada. You could do one 12-team league in a shorter period of time.
Three weeks you bring four teams to one site which means you wrestle three different duals. That takes care of nine matches. In the fourth week, you bring three teams to a site and wrestle two duals, and that takes care of the 11 matches. It is very simple. Coaches put your collective heads together and come up with something different because the current model isn’t working.