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Sharon and Kennedy Catholic Schools agree to combine some athletic programs

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SHARON, Pa. - Two Mercer County high school athletic programs have agreed to combine some of their sports teams.

Under a proposed athletic cooperative agreement between Sharon and Kennedy Catholic Schools, Kennedy Catholic would no longer field a football team or swimming team, rather those student athletes would participate in Sharon Sports. Sharon tennis players and their boy's golf team would participate at Kennedy Catholic.

The Sharon School Board was expected to make a final vote on the proposed agreement at their Tuesday meeting.

During the meeting, several members of the Sharon Girl's Tennis team spoke out against the proposal.

"Going to Kennedy to play would diminish my playing time," said Sharon Tennis Player Jaquelyn Bradshaw. "They have so many other girls and just combining two big teams, we would all get diminished playing times."

The discussion to combine the athletic programs, began with concerns over the Kennedy Catholic football program. The school's team had six players transfer prior to the 2013 season, and finished the season with 17 players.

"This was a proposal by them because they are having issues with numbers, fortunately except for our boys tennis teams we haven't had that problem," said Sharon School Board President Melvin Bandzak. "So to ask our team to go there, when we actually had more numbers than they did, I don't think we put our students in a fair position."

In turn, the Sharon School Board made amendments to the original proposed agreement.

Approving, only a merging of the two school's football and swimming teams.

The golf and tennis programs would remain status quo.

"I think it helps them and it satisfies our players, our parents and our coaches," said Sharon Athletic Director Paul Torr.

A school official for Kennedy Catholic, says the school plans to accept the provisions made by the Sharon School Board.

 

 

 

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