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The Menahga School Board opted to move forward with a junior varsity football program for the season. After lengthy discussion at the Jan. Goehrig noted it was a tough vote for him because he still thought the best option was to pair with Park Rapids. During the season, there were 10 freshmen, five sophomore and four seniors from Menahga playing football.
Menahga Superintendent Kevin Wellen said, in his opinion, the varsity-level team should be a 10th through 12th grade sport. Menahga Athletic Director Don Donarski and High School Principal Mark Frank presented a chart of participation in football, dating back towhere it peaked at 26 Menahga players.
Since then, the total has ranged between 11 and Frank said safety is an issue, since freshmen make up half of the total participants. Donarski urged the board to make a decision quickly since it takes time to purchase equipment, if necessary, or negotiate with Park Rapids. He proposed conducting another student survey to see if JV football was viable.
Board member Bob White liked the idea of a survey, but voiced concern. He teleconferenced into the meeting, as he was in Arizona. As a result, he was not able to vote on any school business. White said parent involvement is needed.
He mentioned there are 10 to 15 parents at a wrestling practice, for example. I feel the best solution is to ask Park Rapids, again, about pairing football for the future. I know many people feel we should have a home varsity game, but we do not have the facilities.
Goehrig agreed with White. Donarski said Menahga is on a JV schedule for next fall, and there are currently no seniors set to play. If football stayed in-house, board member Julia Kicker asked how the coaches could build the program. He noted he has ly coached with Park Rapids football head coach Jeremy Nordick and assistant coach Randy Thompson.
Josh Roiko, who teaches at Menahga and has coached in the past, noted that UNC football advanced to a state tournament and still struggles to maintain its s. Beyond football, Roiko noted that building a relationship with Park Rapids could benefit Menahga students who want to swim, dance or play tennis.
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