Flashes to host spring game

Published 12:18 pm Friday, May 14, 2010

Balzli Field will be the site for something it hasn’t hosted in many years.

A spring football game.

St. Aloysius will host Greenville-St. Joe, Hillcrest and Riverside on Saturday in a spring jamboree on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m.

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St. Al will play in the opening session at 10:30 a.m. against Greenville-St. Joe and in the final session at 12:45 p.m. against Riverside.

“We’re really excited to have it,” St. Al coach B.J. Smithhart said. “We’ve got a lot of guys still at baseball, but we’ve got a lot of young guys working hard and getting after it.”

Speaking of spring games, it will be the first the Flashes have played since 1999.

It will help ease the transition for the Flashes, who will be replacing most of their lineup in Smithhart’s biggest rebuilding project since he arrived on campus.

Ford Biedenharn is competing with four underclassmen for the job under center as the Flashes have to retool their offense with their leading rusher (Brendan Beesley), leading pass catcher (Luke Burnett) and quarterback (Regan Nosser) all gone come fall. Derrick Teller, Matt Mims and Carlisle Koestler are all getting a chance to shine under center. While Bidenharn has never played quarterback, the rising senior has done a good job picking up the position, Smithhart said.

“Ford Biedenharn has really been doing well for us,” Smithhart said. “Carlton Campbell, just got back from tennis, and he’s doing a great job. Mack Jones, running the ball for us, is doing well.”

The biggest change will be the new fieldhouse, which is already casting a shadow over the playing surface. By fall camp, the facility, which will contain coaches’ offices, a weight room and a locker room, will be move-in ready.

“It’s going to help us a lot,” Smithhart said. “With all of the coaches up in each other’s space, it’ll make things a lot easier.”