May 20, 2011
Bostwick readies for June camps, golf
By David Boyce
Assistant football coaches are already breaking down film for Northwest Missouri State's first game against Truman.
But more than three months exists between now and when the Bearcats face the Bulldogs on Sept. 1 in Kirksville, Mo.
However, the only time head coach Scott Bostwick and his staff will try to put football somewhat on the backburner is July.
Bostwick wants that to be family time.
"I will still come in early in the morning and check my mail and my e-mail and all of that," Bostwick said. "But you got to get away a little bit.
"Yes, I'm excited about the upcoming football season, but take your time getting there because once you start working you don't get a day off for five months. If we go like we have, we will go until Christmas."
The upcoming month of June is all about Bearcat football, promoting the program and the school.
One of the highlights in June will be the 17th annual Shawna Zech Memorial Classic at Mozingo Golf Course on June 17.
The one day, four-person golf scramble is important to Bostwick for many reasons. For one, he started it many years ago as a way to raise money for the football program.
Secondly, he took a look at his budget and noticed he's currently a little over, which might not be the best spot to be in when you are trying to impress the new athletic director, Wren Baker.
"Right now I'm in the red in my budget so I got to get it back or Wren is going to be on me," Bostwick said.
But seriously, the main reason why the tournament is so much fun is because it brings back many former players. The community gets involved and everybody has fun on the golf course, telling stories while still trying to shoot a good score.
In fact, the best part of the event, Bostwick said, is the social the night before at the Alumni House.
"We will have 200 and 300 people and it is great," Bostwick said. "Seeing the old guys come back and listen to all the old stories and seeing guys you haven't seen in a while is absolutely the best part of the deal."
And this year will be even more special.
"We are going to honor the 1984 MIAA Championship team," Bostwick said. "We are hoping all those guys get in the night before. We got some photos and collages for them. It should be really cool."
So far, more than 40 teams have signed up for the tournament. Bostwick hopes to get a total of 72 for the two shotgun starts - 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
"Naturally with that you need to get sponsors and and everything lined up," Bostwick said. "It's a big fundraiser for our football budget."
Bostwick wants to raise $40,000 to $50,000 for the football program.
Sandwiched between the fund-raising golf tournament will be four football camps on the Northwest campus.
An offensive and defensive skills camp will take place on June 4. There will be two team camps, one June 10-12 and the other June 18-20. Also, there will be an 8-man camp June 24-26.
"I think last year we had 1,776 kids on campus," Bostwick said. "Our goal this year is to have 2,000.
"In the last seven years we've signed 48 kids out of our camp. That's a lot of football players. It's a way for us to evaluate kids. It's a way for some of my coaches to make additional money. The other neat thing is we employ 45 to 50 of our players for the camp, too. All of those things are pretty positive."
And after a month of rest, Bostwick will begin his first season as the head coach. He's thrilled the staff is pretty much intact and that should definitely help with the transition.
"We are not going to change much," he said. "We are going to do things the way we've always done them. It certainly helps I kept all my coaches. All those guys had other offers.
"Dr. John Jasinki and Wren Baker went to bat for me and got these guys to stay. That's exciting. Keeping them around was the most important thing.
"We have a great product and we want to continue to have it."
David Boyce spent more than 20 years covering high school and small college athletics at the Kansas City Star newspaper in Missouri. He's covered six of Northwest Missouri State's seven national championship football games and recently served as a guest columnist for the MIAA.
Boyce was named KIAAA Sportswriter of the Year in 1994. He covered boxing at the Star from 1991-2004 including Tommy Morrison and worked both championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. His 1997 exclusive story on Morrison becoming HIV positive was named an Associated Press Sports Editor top 10 feature for papers serving more than 150,000.
Boyce was born in New York City and was raised in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1988 with a degree in journalism. He is currently one of three official scorers for the Kansas City Royals and is a contributing writer for the Royals Gameday magazine.
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