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Coaches seek information on potential junior varsity reinstatement at PHCS

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PARISHVILLE - The Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Board is reviving whether to bring junior varsity sports back to the district in the 2014-15 school year.

They heard Monday night from several coaches and a parent who said they would like to see the school’s JV programs restored.

“I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about JV athletics and how much that’s going to cost,” Kelly Pullano said. “We need to know if we need to fundraise or if it’s going to be paid for.”

According to Ms. Pullano, citing figures mentioned at previous board meetings, the cost of restoring girls’ junior varsity soccer would be $5,795. “If we had a volunteer coach then the cost would drop to $3,229.”

Kari Tremper, who serves as an assistant coach for the varsity soccer team, said she would like to see the team restored, even if it means fundraising for it.

“If we were able to come up with the money is that something the the board would have an issue doing?” she asked.

Vice President Timothy Zellweger, who was filling in at the time for board President Ward Remington, said, “If we are not able to put it in the budget and a donation has to be made that is something we could probably do.”

Mr. Zellweger added though that the district is still very early in its budget process.

Evan Harper, the district’s long-time girls’ soccer coach, said that since the district eliminated junior varsity sports the district has dealt with splitting between 60 and 65 girls into two soccer teams.

“With the number of girls, it’s doing them an injustice,” he said. “There isn’t any way that every girl who wants to play is getting a chance to benefit as much as possible.”

Justin Bartholomew, who coaches girls’ varsity basketball and assists with the soccer team, wondered if the basketball team too would be able to fundraise.

“Is this just for soccer?” he asked.

Mr. Zellweger replied, “If it’s allowed for one, I would say it could be allowed for another.”

Mr. Zellweger said he and the other board members would take all of the points raised into consideration and hopefully have an answer on whether the district would be able to fund the sports themselves in the future.

“We’ll take it all into account as we clear up our budget for next year,” he said.

Mr. Remington added, “We’re at the mercy of the state of New York. I know that sounds like a politician, but there isn’t much we can do about it.”

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