SHARON, Pennsylvania – The Sharon Board of Education on Tuesday approved an athletic co-op agreement with Kennedy Catholic, but not without a major amendment.
Student athletes who play football or swim for Kennedy Catholic will compete with the Sharon Tigers teams starting next school year. This decision comes after just a few short weeks of debate and discussion, and some heated comments during Tuesday night’s Sharon school board meeting.
Sharon Board of Education voted 7 to 1 to one to keep all sports at Sharon, amending a previous proposal from Kennedy Catholic, that had Kennedy’s football players and swimmers suiting up for Sharon, and would have sent Sharon’s boys and girls tennis teams and boys golf teams to Kennedy.
“I’m so excited, I’m so happy that they voted to keep Sharon sports at Sharon,” said Sharon Giirls Tennis co-captain, Jacquelyn Bradshaw.
It’s a major victory for the Sharon Lady Tigers tennis team. They have enough girls to field a JV and Varsity squad, and scoffed at the idea of sharing court time with Kennedy.
“And they have a thriving team too, why combine two thriving teams, and not look at the ones who are struggling?” said Bradshaw.
The Kennedy Catholic football team is struggling, going 0 and 10 last fall, and losing players to other schools already.
“I think the numbers at Kennedy Christian in football are down to the point where they may not have a football program, without this co-op,” said Dean of Students and Athletic Director, Paul Torr.
The Vice President of the Shenango Valley Catholic School System said Kennedy will go along with Sharon’s decision, sending football players and independent swimmers to Sharon, with no student athletes playing for Kennedy in return.
Some parents are upset this proposal didn’t play out more publicly.
“The only way they found out about the merger, possible co-op was on your news broadcast, and that created some hard feelings in Sharon, no doubt about it,” said Torr.
“Things got out in the newspaper and Facebook and stuff that weren’t supposed to, but even our own board members, we really didn’t have time to go through it thoroughly,” said Sharon School Board President Mel Bandzak.