Coaches Corner: A Talk With Coach Karp

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“Positive.”  That was the word City football coach Michael Karpinski used when I asked him to sum up his experience thus far at MCHS.  Now, although the Wolves record over the years has not exactly been as commendable as many would have liked, this could be the year things start to turn around.  “We have a great mix of young and old talent and there is a certain confidence to this year’s group that we have not had here in years past” Karpinski said.

The Wolves have been practicing since the beginning of summer and the coach has seen a steady improvement.  “I want to see us to continue to get better every single week and win games in the DAC.”  The DAC is going to be tough as it is every year on count of teams like Lake Central, Merrillville, and Crown Point.  The Wolves are looking to show they belong and the coach believes they do because of players like senior defensive lineman Myles Morrow.  Karpinski thinks Morrow is a player everyone should keep their eyes on this season.  “Myles plays hard every single play no matter what the score is.  A lot of times linemen don’t get any credit, especially on the interior.  He works hard and never quits.”

The 2014 Wolves have already earned their name in the record books by accomplishing feats that haven’t been done since the 2009 season when City went 6-4.  The Wolves got off to their best start since the 09 season by starting off 3-1 and winning their first away game in 5 years by prevailing over South Bend Washington 34-31.  The Wolves also had a thrilling double overtime victory at home over DAC foe Valparaiso, City’s first conference win since the 2012 upset of 6 ranked Lake Central.  Sophomore star Aryuan “Buck” Cain-Veasey has also already broken the school record of single game rushing yards.

Coach Karp’ would like the fun to continue and try to keep his team playing inspired.  When asked the fourth year coach what it is he loves most about coaching high school football.  He replied “I just love working with kids.  The coaches I had in my football career were very influential to me and I just want to be able to do the same with these kids.  Karpinski encourages all the students of MCHS to come out to Ames Field on Friday nights to support the team.  “It makes a huge difference to the guys.  It really is a confidence booster to them to be able to see their peers in the stands cheering them on.”

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