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MHS eyes possible future athletic program expansion

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Monett R-1 Board of Education received results for a participation survey conducted by the high school at a recent board meeting concerning the addition of sports at the high school.

"We want our student body to be active in our athletic programs," said Monett Athletic Director Daryl Bradley. "We want to ensure that we are providing competitive programs that are mutually benefical for the students, community and the school."

Monett High School is currently contemplating the addition of a boys and girls swimming team, girls soccer and girls golf.

The high school currently offers 17 sports, the second most sports programs in the Big 8 Conference. Carl Junction is first with 18, offering girls golf as the only difference.

Currently, Monett has 607 students enrolled in ninth to 12th grade (305 male and 302 female) and 252 (152 male and 100 female) participate in athletics making the ration of students to sports program 36:1.

Monett has the secon lowest ratio just ahead of Lamar which offers 15 sports at a 25:1 ratio. Carl Junction has the highest student to sports ratio of 52:1.

Bradley estimated if Monett were to add all four sports the ratio falls to 29:1.

Over the last three years Monett has averaged a third place finish in all of its conference sports.

Bradley said that Monett High School is dedicated to competing for conference, district and state titles.

"The sport-to-student ratio is important because you are offering more activities with fewer athletes to potentially compete," explained Bradley. "We want high school athletics to be an enjoyable experience but don't want to spread ourself so thin that our sports programs suffer."

A survey conducted at the high school, completed by 290 students (149 males and 141 females), revealed that 35 males favored adding a boys swimming team and 60 females wanted to see the addition of girls swimming team. Thirty-eight females responded favorably to the addition of a girls golfing squad and 55 said they would like to see the addition of a girls soccer team.

Forty participants currently participating in a sport said they would switch to one of the new sports if they were offered.

Survey results were as follows:

* Seven girls would leave basketball for swimming.

* Seven boys would leave football for swimming

* Three boys would leave soccer for swimming.

* One boy would leave cross country for swimming.

* Three girls would leave softball for golf.

* Seven girls would leave volleyball for golf.

* Nine girls would leave track for girls soccer.

If Monett were to add all four potential sports, the seasons would be as follows:

Girls golf

The girls golfing season is offered in the fall and would consist of 11 contests (six tournaments and five matches).

Monett would be a Class 1 designation and participate in the District 4 tournament. The golf team would join fellow Big 8 Conference members Carl Junction, Mt. Vernon and Seneca.

Girls soccer

Girls soccer is a spring sport in Missouri. The season would consist of 18 games and two tournaments.

Monett would be a Class 2 school and play in the District 10 tournament.

The soccer team would join Carl Junction as the only other Big 8 participant.

Other area schools with girls soccer include: Hillcrest, Logan-Rogersville, Marsh-field, Republic, Bolivar and Springfield Catholic.

Girls swimming and diving

Girls swimming and diving is a winter Missouri sport.

The season has 16 contests.

There is only one class designation in swimming.

Monett would join Lamar as the only other Big 8 swimming school.

Other area schools that offer a girls swimming program include: Nevada, Joplin, Webb City, Carthage, Springfield Schools, Logan-Rogersville, Marshfield, Ozark, Hollister and Nixa.

Boys swimming and diving

In Missouri, boys swimming and diving is a fall sport. The season has 16 contests.

There is only one class designation in swimming.

Monett would join Lamar as the only other Big 8 swimming school.

Other area schools that offer a girls swimming program include: Nevada, Joplin, Webb City, Carthage, Springfield Schools, Logan-Rogersville, Marshfield, Ozark, Hollister and Nixa.

The Monett School Board has established a committee to look at the possible addition and cost associated with expansion of the high school athletic programs. A decision is expected before the end of the 2011-12 school year.

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