As the Maplewood Richmond Heights football team lifted weights Monday, head coach J. C. Kime watched for team members to arrive out on the parking lot.
He said the numbers are low, and talked about why.
“We’re running a clean program,” Kime said. “In the past it wasn’t necessarily that way, but with doing that you lose a lot of kids. We’re doing everything by the book.”
Also, some guys “decided it wasn’t for them—too much work—so they decided to hang it up,” he said.
Update: MRH has issued this response regarding its athletic program.
There’s no JV team, like last year.
He mentioned a possible solution to the low numbers.
“Brentwood is hurting too,” he said. “There was a discussion somewhere of co-opping with Brentwood, but I don’t know how that would roll over—oil and water.”
Kime said they’re in a rough conference with a rough schedule. They’ll ease into it, opening with Confluence Academy, but Clayton on week 2 won’t be easy.
“I’m doing the best I can. The coaches are doing the best they can. The players I have are doing the best they can. Can’t ask for more than they’re already doing,” he said.