The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 19, 2014

SPORTVIEW: Sharon-KC co-op possibility stirs local interest

By Lynn Saternow
Herald Sports Editor

OPINION — ONE OF THE most interesting developments in the world of high school athletics is the possible co-op of programs between Sharon and Kennedy Catholic school districts.

Kennedy’s board has already approved it and it will come up for a vote for Sharon’s board of education Tuesday night.

If it gets the OK, Sharon would host athletes in junior high, junior varsity and varsity football as well as swimming. Kennedy would be the host school for golf and tennis.

Other Mercer County schools have had co-op programs in the past, with mixed results. Greenville and Commodore Perry have shared football and baseball in the past, but the distance between the schools can be a detriment for some students.

At one time when Jamestown hosted Reynolds in baseball, almost every starter on the team was from Reynolds even though the team was the Jamestown Muskies.

Kennedy most recently shared wrestling and soccer programs with West Middlesex, although that deal is no more.

Schools need to realize that with the number of sports that are being provided for students, co-ops can be very beneficial. Every local school has seen declining enrollment over the last few decades. In fact, in reality some entire school districts should be merged, not just sports programs.

Some area wrestling teams have numerous forfeits every year. Several local cross country teams can’t field full squads and forfeit meets. The same is true in other sports as well. Who would have ever thought the once powerful Kennedy golf team wouldn’t have a full team as happened a year ago?

Not only should more local schools be considering co-ops in sports, it would be nice to see joint programs for gifted students who would be schooled together every day at a higher level than the education they currently receive.

School boards are supposed to act in the best interest of the students and the taxpayers. A Sharon-Kennedy merger of programs would probably be beneficial to both.

But as we have seen in the past, sometimes boards don’t always do what’s best because of personal bias or political pressure so it will be interesting to see how the Sharon board votes on Tuesday.

ä It should be a couple of very good NFL playoff games today with high profile quarterbacks in the Denver-New England game and two hard-hitting defenses in the Seattle-San Francisco match-up.

I like Denver and San Fran coming out on top in two close contests.

Nice to see former Sharon High star Teryl Austin get the Lions’ defensive coordinantor job. Hey Teryl, the Browns will probably need a new head coach again in another year.

Lynn Saternow is sports editor of The Herald. He can be reached at