Archive for Thursday, March 13, 2008

USD 232 exploring additional sports

March 13, 2008

High school girls golf and middle school cross country may soon be an option for students in De Soto USD 232.

Mill Valley High School athletic director Matt Bohm presented a letter to the De Soto Board of Education at its meeting earlier this month, that informed the board about the two athletic proposals in the works.

The district's Athletic Advisory Council, which includes school board vice president Larry Meyer and board member Don Clark, met Tuesday to discuss the proposals and decided if it will present them to the board at its next regular meeting April 7.

Bohm said high school girls golf was suggested by parents and middle school cross country was suggested by the high school cross country coaches.

"It gives kids more of a chance to do something in the school," he said. "If you can get the kids involved at the middle school level, you are helping your high school programs because you are getting kids into it earlier."

However, Chris McAfee, head cross country coach at De Soto High School, said offering the sport at the middle school level isn't about helping the high school programs.

"I used to teach middle school so I don't really look at it as a program that's an advantage for us," he said. "I think of it more as a program that advantages kids at the middle school level.

"Lots of kids fit in that mold, they wanted to be involved in something, but they didn't want to do football or volleyball. We already have a strong program, it's not like we are not doing very well and we are looking for ways to build our program."

McAfee pointed out that Lexington Trails Middle School already has a running club in place. Starside Elementary School has a running club as well.

"There are these kids that are starting that at a young age and we are just hoping to give them more opportunity, more chances to run and to compete," he said. "I think it is good, just the whole idea of getting kids started in fitness for their whole life."

The board of education will have its next regular meeting at 6 p.m., April 7 at the District Administrative Building, 35200 W. 91st St., De Soto.

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