The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 24, 2014

SPORTVIEW: District 10 game times are hurting student-athletes

By Lynn Saternow
Herald Sports Editor

OPINION — HOW LONG are school boards and administrations going to put up with District 10 and its ridiculous decisions at times?

We ask this after seeing the times of the boys basketball playoff games Tuesday night.

The district has scheduled double-headers with the first game at 7 p.m. and the second game at 8:30.

That is insane. They expect high school kids to travel from here to Edinboro or Meadville and teams from the north to come down here for 8:30 games on a school night?

Come on! Kids will be getting home at 11:30 p.m. or midnight and then have to get up at 6:30 or 7 p.m. for school.

I can’t even imagine some schools, like Farrell, having kids walking home from the school that late at night, long after curfew.

The ideal times for playoff games during the week are 6 and 7:30 p.m. Later than that completely ignores what kids are in school for — to actually go to school and be awake well enough to learn something.

When teams get to the PIAA playoffs, that’s what the times are so why would D-10 be so much different.

And not everyone part of D-10 agrees.

Mercer County representative Pete Iacino said, “Personally I agree with the earlier times. I never heard anyone complain that we played a game too early.”

There is still time to change those times.

Principals, superintendents and school board presidents should be on the phone this morning raising holy heck with District 10 head Wally Blucas about this abuse of student-athletes.

If school officials allow it, they are just as guilty as the District 10 committee.