GREEN – It’s official.
After 64 years as a member of the Suburban League sports program, the Green school board voted unanimously Monday night to switch allegiances in 2015 to the Federal League with a seven-team program for all sports.
Superintendent Jeffrey Miller had announced his recommendation a week ago after months of study and discussion among administrators, coaches, parents and others concerning whether to stay with the Suburban League or switch to the Federal.
Green High School Principal Cindy Brown, who presented a travelogue of how the recommendation was made, said rivalries already are being formed with neighboring schools the North Canton Hoover Vikings, the Lake Blue Streaks and Jackson Polar Bears.
Brown said the league will consist of the four schools above plus Stark County teams Perry Panthers, Canton McKinley Bulldogs and GlenOak Golden Eagles.
The principal said simple geography, transportation costs and students’ time spent on buses to and from away games were important factors in the decision.
“The Federal League has already formulated itself as a Triple A league,” Brown said, noting the participating schools believe in the power of athletics, academics and performing arts in preparing a well-rounded student.
Board member Connie Leonard said shortening travel time is important to students who need better hours in which to study, while Mark Herdlick stressed that safety also was a factor, considering students and fans driving long distances to away games in all kinds of weather.
“It was a long process, but one worthy of the decision,” Brown said. “It was a recommendation that was very hard to make because we feel that legacy and tradition and we hope to build on that.”
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