Lackawanna Trail considering junior high soccer
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Lackawanna Trail High School could soon be home to a junior high co-ed soccer program.
Dennis Mulvey, of Factoryville, who championed the Factoryville Youth Soccer League program that launched this year, addressed the school board on Monday, Jan. 19, to discuss starting a junior high program.
He explained that his interest is to have two teams, an "A" team and a "B" team, each having around 20 athletes.
The teams, which would be PIAA sanctioned would play a 14-16 game schedule in the fall.
Trail's teams would compete against the likes of Old Forge, Riverside, Mid Valley, Lakeland and Western Wayne.
"I'm trying to get a junior high program started that would co-exist with the youth program," Mulvey said.
The youth program that Mulvey got off the ground this past fall was largely successful in Factoryville with nearly 200 players of various age groups participating.
Mulvey had been in contact with the school board prior to Monday night's meeting, and the school board asked him to draw up a proposal outlining costs.
He said that for roughly $20,000 per year, the school could support a junior high soccer program.
The investment would include goals, uniforms, balls, flags and various other costs relating to getting a field together, as well as a roughly $1,000 per year cost of hiring PIAA officials.
Currently, Trail has a small soccer field located at the elementary center, but Mulvey said that the district has space available at the high school for a regulation sized field.
At this point in the process of getting a program at Trail together, Mulvey is optimistic.
"The program could very well happen," Mulvey said. "We're hoping for it. It would be a great thing for the kids."
Mulvey said that athletic directors from the schools in the league have already drawn up two separate sets of schedules.
"The athletic directors have made a schedule with and without Trail," Mulvey said. "They are ready to go should the program go through."
If Trail's soccer program were to launch, the season would start in the fall of 2009.
Mulvey said that he would not have input as far as who would be hired to coach the team.
For more information regarding the proposed soccer program, contact Mulvey at 945-9279.
According to athletic director Jeff Gregory, the Trail presently supports junior high teams in boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, cross country, track and field, football and field hockey.