Two winter sports teams shorthanded

Two winter sports teams are in jeopardy at Eisenhower High School.

On Monday, the school board’s personnel, athletics, and co-curricular activities committee heard a report on the 3- and 10-day numbers for winter sports participation.

While there were 13 girls participating in girls basketball at Eisenhower at three days into the season, there were only 10 as of the 10-day numbers.

Programs that fall below the required number are put on probation. More than one year on probation can result in a program being canceled.

District-wide coordinator of athletics Rick Gignac informed the committee members that Eisenhower girls basketball has not been one of the teams on probation in recent years.

The wrestling program at Eisenhower is also shorthanded.

The 10-day numbers show both varsity/JV — with 14 — and junior high – 8 – to be two below the required number.

The junior high program has been on probation in the past, Gignac said. The board and administration have tried to maintain junior high programs because they do not cost the district much and because they are important as feeders for varsity programs.

At Youngsville, the varsity/JV wrestling program had only 14 participants at three days, but moved up to 16 at ten days.

District-wide, numbers are low for girls basketball.

During the sign-up period for winter sports, it was determined that Sheffield Area High School could not host girls basketball. A cooperative agreement was approved for those Sheffield students who wished to compete to do so with the Warren Area High School team.

The 10-day numbers show Youngsville High School right at the minimum participation number set by the board — 12 — for varsity and JV.

Counting three students participating through co-ops, the Warren team only has 16.


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