Coach Kurt Simon is kicking off his 23rd season at the helm for Carmi White County football, and he says he’s got the smallest squad ever, with just 32 total student athletes for varsity. Of those 32, more than half are sophomores or freshmen, and only 11 of them total can even drive. The Bulldogs are made up of four Seniors, six Juniors, and 11 each, sophomores and freshmen.
On the bright side, Coach says his team has been easy to coach and easy to motivate, and he’s enjoying his time despite the smaller numbers. Simon’s coaching staff is made up entirely of past players in Clinton Wolff, Kevin Wolff, Marc Stendeback, Justice Stubblefield, Matt Sneed, and Bart King.
Much of Simon’s question and answer session during Thursday’s Kiwanis presentation was centered around the impending change from conference to District play. The 2021 season could see the Bulldogs having to travel to Sparta and Red Bud to play opponents that have similar enrollment sizes. As it is now, the current longest trek CWCHS makes is to Chester every other year, which takes about two hours and 20 minutes. Simon says the IHSA is moving to District play to effectively end the “conference jumping” which has been happening due to the IHSA rule that teams had to have five wins to qualify for postseason.