Board considers junior high soccer
Quincy Junior High School students would get an expanded spring soccer program under a proposal to the school board.
Teresa Goninan, teacher and athletic director at the school, said during the Jan. 26 board meeting the school has operated an intramural soccer program for the past 10 years, but it only provides 10 to 14 days of competition.
She noted that Moses Lake School District is starting a pilot program this year with about six weeks of play.
“My proposal is to join with Moses Lake and play a full season,” Goninan said. “It is something the kids are asking for.”
Ten girls and 39 boys participated in junior high intramural soccer last year, she said. The proposed full season would begin April 11 and run through May 18.
In a written report to the board, Goninan said startup costs for the program would be $6,100 for uniforms and equipment.
The annual cost to maintain the program, including salaries for three coaches, would be $9,545.
The school board did not make a decision during Tuesday’s meeting about funding the request.
Goninan’s report to the school board gave some history of soccer at Quincy Junior High School:
“During the 2005-06 school year a proposal was made to add soccer as an intramural sport at the junior high. The proposal was to begin at the end of the spring sports and run the season to the end of school (14 days). At this time the school board requested information on making soccer an interscholastic sport, but this was not feasible within the current league and with the limited time allowed for the soccer season.
“In spring of 2007, intramural soccer was added to the sports options at the junior high; with 64 students participating. The season was held from May 21 – June 7 (11 days) and all games were played among QJH students. We continued the intramural program with numbers dwindling between 2010 and 2012.
“In 2013, we coordinated with Orondo to play two games in Quincy. The fact that we were playing outside teams brought our numbers in the program back up.
“In 2014, Cashmere added to the soccer scene and we had two jamboree-type contests — one in Cashmere and one in Quincy, with Cashmere, Quincy, and Orondo participating. Our 2014 turnout was 43 kids and in 2015 we had 56 kids participating.”