Team sees Grote progress
Eudora High School senior David Grote picked a good year to begin a football career for the Cardinals.
Because Grote and his Eudora teammates will be playing under new coach Gregg Webb this fall, Grote doesn't think the transition will be as difficult.
"It makes it a little easier since everyone needs to learn new stuff," Grote said. "I'm not quite as far behind."
Grote has been playing cornerback during the Cardinals seven-on-seven league competition at Gardner-Edgerton. He hopes to play either wide receiver or tight end on the offensive side.
Transitions are nothing new for Grote, who will be playing organized football for the first time in his life.
"I've never done it before, and it's going to be my last chance," Grote said. "Some of my friends said they wanted me to do it."
Grote moved to Eudora from Wamego, four years ago and has attended home school, where he was taught by his mother Janet, until the 11th grade. He knew some of his current classmates because of Little League baseball, but he found a way to make an impact at the high school.
Grote, whose favorite sport is basketball, split time between the junior varsity and varsity squads. He was also named the winter sports king for the junior class during halftime of a varsity basketball game.
Along with fellow seniors Kaleb Niedens and Tyler Jackson, junior Tyler Cleveland and some junior varsity players from last season, Grote attended a summer basketball camp at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Grote played junior varsity baseball for the Cardinals as well.
Grote spoke to boys basketball coach Scott Stein, also a football assistant, about the idea of taking to the gridiron.
"Coach Stein said if I wanted to do it to go ahead and give it a try," Grote said.
Grote, who followed the Cardinals' playoff run in 2001, knows the road to success will only get tougher as the new season approaches.
"I went to pretty much every game, and I took the pep bus to Sabetha for the last game," Grote said. "It's probably going to get a lot more complicated. Seven-on-seven is giving me a feel for it before practice starts."