FA green-lights fall sports

Malone Central School District. Evan Wheaton/Malone Telegram

MALONE – Soccer and cross country are a go in Malone.

Boys and girls soccer coaches, as well as boys and girls cross country coaches, were reappointed at the Malone Central School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

Christopher Way will helm the boys soccer program, while Terry Collins will coach the girls team. Chad Lawrence will coach girls cross country and Matt Tessier will coach boys cross country.

All four programs are scheduled to begin practices on Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m., while junior varsity practices are slated to begin on Sept. 28.

A board member raised concern over being able to cancel a sport’s season if needed out of health and safety concerns. Malone Central School District Superintendent Jerry Griffin communicated that he has the administrative power to do just that, while emphasizing that he is leaning on the Department of Health.

“From my understanding, the DOH, the section and the state could come in and cancel sports,” Franklin Academy Athletic Director Joey Santamoor said.

“What that board member was asking, will Jerry have the ability to also cancel a sport – and that’s what was added into the language – that the superintendent would have the ability to step in if needed to make sure that students were safe.”

Griffin is able to end sports seasons at his administrative discretion.

Santamoor will meet with Section 10 officials on Sept. 24 to further look into spectator protocols, safety protocols and official protocols when competing against other teams in the Northern Athletic Conference.

With many school districts in other sections not having the option to carry out fall sports, having the ability to proceed with their seasons has been well received across the North Country.

“It’s great for the students because they’re going to be able to get a little bit of normalcy back, which is a good thing for them. But at the same time, we need to make sure that they’re safe and that we can still provide the best education for them, and that’s keeping them safe also,” Santamoor said.

“The community and the students are really looking forward to getting out there and representing the FA Huskies.”

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