Seneca-WS Co-op Football Team

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Wauzeka-Steuben and Seneca will not be competing against each other in football for the next two seasons. The two teams will be combined into one for the benefit of all. (Courier Press file photo)

 

Seneca, Wauzeka-Steuben to have co-op football team

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Due to low numbers of football players at each school, Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben high schools will combine their football programs to form a co-op team. The co-op team will commence in the fall of 2015 and run for two seasons.

“Both schools have low numbers, with many of our numbers coming from the underclassmen,” said Seneca Athletic Director Kim Redman. “We want our younger players to be able to play at the junior varsity level and have a positive and safe experience versus not being mentally or physically ready at the varsity level as a freshman.”

Both schools will be sharing the duties of running the football team, said Redman. The team name will be the Blue-Golds. “We will each have two home games for the upcoming 2015 season,” she said. “We have not worked out those dates as of yet. We will also share facilities for practice and work on a possible alternating two-week time frame at each school.”

It has not been determined who will be the head coach or assistant coaches. Redman said that the administration at both schools will determine those positions at a later date.

“I feel this will be a good experience for both schools,” said Redman. “We have a co-op team already in the middle school for the past six years. It will allow both schools to have a JV and varsity experience for their players. We believe it will give players from both schools an opportunity to play and play competitively at their level of competition.”

Both schools will share responsibility for the expenses of the co-op JV and varsity teams, said Redman, who noted that neither school has been able to have a junior varsity program for the past few years.

The schools will be getting together later this spring to work out the details along with the game and practice schedules to inform the athletes and parents.

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