SOUTH DAYTON — After a number of years of little to no curiosity from student-athletes at Pine Valley Central Schools, there is no such thing as a longer an settlement for wrestlers to compete in the course of the winter sports activities season.
A guardian says their son is being denied the chance to compete.
Chris Howard, a former youth wrestling coach, claims his son Craig, a Pine Valley senior, needed to wrestle in his senior however now cannot.
Howard skilled Craig as a youth wrestler. He reviews that for 5 years he spearheaded the native youth program, which had almost 20 wrestlers in it.
According to his father, Craig Howard had appreciable success in his youth. In seven years of youth wrestling, Craig has ranked within the prime 5 within the state a number of occasions.
Chris Howard requested the district final yr and once more this yr to permit his son to wrestle with the Gowanda program however was denied because the district doesn’t at present provide the game.
Among the explanations Chris Howard claims he was given for Pine Valley is that he does not pursue any wrestling program in any respect, both alone or as a joint program, are finances and transportation points, in addition to the shortage of a youth program since Chris stepped down from teaching .
Chris Howard additionally claims the district has mentioned that if Craig is allowed to compete in one other college, different athletes have to be given the identical alternative in different sports activities as nicely, which the district is unwilling to permit at the moment.
“We shouldn’t discourage a child from playing sports just to avoid having to say yes to others.” Chris Howard instructed the OBSERVER. He additionally famous that he had supporters within the wrestling group who would provide to cowl a few of the value of teaching, limiting the associated fee to permit Craig Howard or different Pine Valley wrestlers to compete with one other district.
As of the 2017-18 season, there has not been a scholar at Pine Valley who has expressed a want to wrestle as a part of a joint settlement between the college and neighboring counties. Pine Valley remained in joint preparations for a number of years thereafter with no response from the scholars.
According to Pine Valley Superintendent Bryna Moritz, at a board assembly earlier than the beginning of the college yr, the district reconsidered coming into right into a joint settlement.
“Every summer we look for opportunities for our students”, mentioned Moritz. “Any time a parenting dream arises, we do our best to make it happen.”
It was decided that there was not sufficient curiosity to justify an settlement once more this yr. Without a mutual settlement, which is at present in place with correct discover to Section VI forward of the winter sports activities season about to start, that is unlikely to vary this yr.
The district stands able to revisit the difficulty within the years to return if there may be vital curiosity.