Future of Summit High football to be discussed
FARMER’s KORNER – Monday night could be a pivotal night for Summit High School football as parents and coaches will meet to discuss the program’s future.
The meeting, which will allow input from anyone interested on TIgers football, will be held at Summit High School at 6 p.m.
“The purpose of the meeting is to get community input as to what direction we want the program to head,” Athletic Director Gretchen Nies said at Friday night’s game, in which the Tigers fell to the visiting Jefferson Saints 30-6.
“We’re looking at options,” she said. Those options include the possibility of the football program playing independent of any league or playing a junior varsity schedule.
“We’ll see what comes of it,” head coach Rob Royer said Friday. “We’ll try and do what’s best for the program.”
The Tigers play in the Class 3A Metro league, which forces them to play against much larger and better established Front Range teams.
This season, the Tigers are 0-6 and have been outscored 278-30.
“We would like to be able to provide a more positive experience for our athletes who play football,” Nies said.
Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail went independent in 2001 after struggling for years in the 3A Western Slope, while Aspen High School re-established its varsity program last season after a few season playing junior varsity.
“We’re hoping to build on the fundamentals and the heart and soul this team has demonstrated this season,” Nies said.
While only the high school administration can make a final decision, Nies hopes that, with an informed community to guide the administration, an appropriate direction can be found.
“The status quo could be very detrimental to the program,” she said.
Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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