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Westfield discusses merging athletics

February 6, 2014
By Samantha McDonnell - , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Sports was a topic of discussion at a recent Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education meeting. Superin-tendent David Davison said Brocton Central School has reached out to WACS regarding merged sports.

WACS and Brocton currently have several sports merged, including soccer, volleyball, football and track, new for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Brocton hosts volleyball while WACS hosts the other sports, and Brocton transports athletes to home games at WACS.

Superintendent David Davison said Brocton Central School has reached out to him to take a more active financial role in sports.

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The Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education was approached by Brocton Central School to play a bigger part in merged sports. Pictured, from left, are board members Marie Edwards, Francine Brown, Superintendent David Davison and board member Steve Cockram.

"Brocton would be open to discussion to create a more balanced partnership. They're talking about exchanging a greater assumption of the financial piece for more home games possibly at Brocton," said Davison. "Brocton truly appreciates the fact they have been able to maintain sports offerings by combining a number of athletic teams. I think for both districts, finances and numbers have forced us at times to partner up to continue these offerings."

Of the merged sports, Brocton hosts varsity and JV volleyball and WACS hosts varsity and modified soccer, JV and varsity football and track starting next year.

Brocton transports students to Westfield for the sports and would like to create a better partnership, according to Davison, in exchange for more home games.

All home games currently are held at WACS' facilities. The board of education had no problem with Brocton hosting home games. Davison said wherever the game is being played, the team would wear that district's uniforms. Davison said there are no plans to purchase new jerseys to incorporate Brocton until new ones are needed.

Frank Quagliana, an assistant coach for WACS football, said the district could reach out to the community if new uniforms are wanted. He said he has also noticed, since Westfield hosts football, the community and parents from Brocton are not as involved.

"I noticed that the participation, as far as the community, there is not much from Brocton. I noticed it when we had Ripley come over, we didn't see a lot of participation from Ripley parents. Our youth football communities, both Westfield and Brocton, are capable of raising money for things like (uniforms)," he said.

Vice President Steve Cockram, who ran the meeting in President Jeffrey Greabell's absence, said by hosting games at Brocton, more students may be interested in playing a merged sport. He said the sports need to have visibility in both districts, not just WACS. The board approved to have Davison start discussions with Brocton regarding a revised partnership. The board agreed to a one-year trial of Brocton hosting more home games.



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