ShareThis Page
Numbers game impacts Leechburg sports |

Numbers game impacts Leechburg sports

| Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:00 a.m

Call it the haves and have-nots — athletes that is.

Leechburg High School has too many girls volleyball players and too few football players.

For the volleyball players, the situation means cuts are in the offing.

The highly-successful girls volleyball program has more players than uniforms. With 39 candidates for the volleyball team and only 30 uniforms, several parents and players asked school board members Wednesday if cuts could be made. Only six players are used during a volleyball game.

The board reminded that the district allows cuts at the varsity and junior varsity level, but not always at the junior high level.

“At some time, you have to learn that you don’t always make the grade,” board member Terri Smith said.

“Success breeds success, and our volleyball team is a victim of its own success,” Superintendent James Budzilek said.

Nine cuts will be made to the team’s roster.

On the other hand, the football team has only 26 players participating out of the 124 boys at the school. With training camp injuries, only 16 healthy players were available for recent practices. The board approved a request by Athletic Director Mark Jones that the junior varsity season schedule be canceled. The high school team’s starting lineup this year will be heavy with freshmen, officials said.

In other business

&#149 The board hired James Glenn to the part-time position of attendance officer, truancy officer and transportation coordinator. The position pays $22,939 annually.

&#149 The board also hired Stephanie Hemke as certified athletic trainer effective immediately at a salary of $30,000 per year. Budzilek praised Jones’ effort to find a trainer over the last two weeks.

&#149 A 26-member substitute teacher list was approved. Subs will be paid $85 per day, $90 after five days and $100 after 20 days.

&#149 The board approved a request to form a golf club, with Dan Reznicki as a sponsor with the intention to attain varsity status next year. The WPIAL will permit one male and one female golfer to qualify for this season’s tournament under the guidance of Reznicki.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.