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Page 6 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, December 28, 1983 Sports There is still no agreement on how sports should be handled in the coming Issaquah 00ale scn 00ols by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum The Issaquah School District's plans to start mid- dle schools next September are reaching their final stage but one central issue still re- mains unclear: exactly how will sports be handled in Pine Lake, Maywood and Issa- quah Middle Scools? The basic idea of changing from the junior high 7-8-9 grades to the middle school 6-7-8 was to better serve children going through the often tumultuous and con- fusing pre-teen years. Teaching methods would take their short attention span into account. The cur- riculum would be designed to offer the broadest possible range of subjects to satisfy the student's need to explore. And the sports would be tailored so that everyone could participate in some sort of activity without the fear of failure. Community members par- ticipating in the initial plann- ing stages of middle schools were divided on the sports issue. Some felt students should not be exposed to the highly competitive, often ex- clusive interscholastic com- petition between schools -- sports offered in junior high such as football and wrestl- ing.' Intramural sports com- petition within one school -- demanding less physical skill -- and more chance for suc- cess for average athletes -- were the answer, parents felt. Others argued that it is unrealistic to eliminate highly competitive sports when so many elementary-aged children are already involved in youth soccer, Little League, junior football and club swimming. Competitive pressure does not harm children -- in fact, it's good for them, these parents believe. The district policy that was finally written acknowledged both groups. "The middle schools sports program will emphasize intramural activi- ties, with opportunities for interscholastic competition is some programs at the culmination of each sports season, e.g., basketball, track and wrestling... The term 'intramural' will be ex- panded beyond the scope of sports activities to include hobbies, games, (chess) fine arts (school plays, stage band, vocal jazz, photography) clubs (science, computers, and environmen- tal studies) and school act- vities (school paper, memory book and student store)... The peripheral activities usually associate with in- terscholastic sport which limit numbers of participants (e.g. cheerleaders and drill teams) will be reserved for the four-year high school program." A committee charged with developing a specific co- curricular plan has gone back to the drawing board, however, after the School Board asked for more in- formation on its brief report. Board members also ques- tioned the apparent downplay of intramurals. "It was the general feeling of the committee that in- tramuals were very positive, but as the program was developed, more facilities and personnel were re- quired," read the report. "In fact, the committee felt the intramural program, to be ef- fective in middle school, would require more facilities and personnel than are available in our current junior high school pro- grams." The report recommended one girl's and one boy's sport in intramurals and in in- terscholastic competition as well as a number of sports of- fered through community clubs and city Parks and Recreation programs. For ex- ample, in the fall, girl's and boy's volleyball and softball would be offered in in- tramurals, boy's football and girl's gymnastics would be offered on the interscholastic level and football and soccer would be available in com- munity programs. In other seasons, interscholastic basketball would be offered for both boys and girls as well as wrestling, girl's volleyball and co-ed track. Other intramurals included soccer, weight training, bowling, aerobics, racquet sports and flag football for boys. School Board president Karen Taylor Sherman said after the meeting that she thought there would be a stronger emphasis on in- tramurals. "The initial information said that high competition was not appropriate for kids that age, physically and otherwise," she said. "My problem with the report is that the board bought the in- tramural concept a long time ago. We need more documentation to unconvince me that we should only have intramural sports." Tom McLaughlin also criticized the committee report, saying there was no documentation why it would be difficult to offer as many intramurals as planned. He has no problem with high competition in middle schools, however, saying that for some kids, it's exactly what they need. "If we can have intramural as well as interscholastic, that's wonderful, that's fine! If it can't be done, I want some basis to say it can't be done." Committee members themselves point out that in- terscholastic junior high sports practice a middle school philosophy right now. No one is cut unless there is simply not enough room to practice and student safety would be threatened. Ron Hanken, a coach and P.E. teacher at Pine Lake, said there are cuts in boy's basket- ball and girl's volleyball because of the large numbers turning out, but there are not cuts in football, wrestling, track or gymnastics. Hanken, a junior high coach for 15 years, says it would be a mistake to eliminate or greatly reduce the number of interscholastic sports offered. "We have so many good experiences in interscholastic sports -- there is really a need for it. We have 300 kids who participate in activities, kids who wouldn't have anything to do otherwise. To cut that would be a tragedy and a mistake." Hanken also pointed out that if middle schools go with all intramurals, the good coaches will be taken by the high schools. Another committee member,'Tom Ingles football coach and P.E. teacher at Liberty High, agrees with Hanken about the value of interscholastic competition at the middle sehool level. "People who don't want them are not taking into ac- count what the students want," he said, adding that 2for1 Specml Bring a friend and you come free! Mon- day and Wednesday, 3:45 to 4:30 For grades I to 6. Builds coordination and a sense of rhythm. THE FRONT Z,L.'  STREET / 392-0326 many kids who are physically too small to have strong com- petition at the high school level get their only chance in junior high. "We have to provide what our community thinks is im- portant," he said. "There is a big soccer and football following in this community. Rather than reducing, we should be expanding these programs." Some middle schools in the rest of the state have started with all-intramurals only to add interscholastic sports in later years. But all ynade that move for different reasons. In Gig Harbor, athletic director Steve Dable said that middle schools began offer- ing interscholastic sports when the participation waned in intramurals. Now the schools offer a huge soccer program for boys and girls -- six teams at each school -- as well as basketball, wrestling and track. Intramurals ac- tivities are clubs rather than physical activities. Such as a hiking and chesss club. Says Dable, "Now the people who fought the hardest for intramural are the most sold on in- terscholastic." In the Renton School District athletic director Ron Snow says the new middle schools started out with no athletic programs at all because of levy failures and state budget cutbacks. When more money became available, intramurals were added first and later on came the interscholast!c sports. There are 16 intmural ac- tivities offered,l .including golf=,  ping ponlg, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, bicycling and swimming. In- terscholastic sports compete only within the three middle schools in the Renton district. One school district that has remained solidly behind in- tramural only is Mercer Island. Now in its second year of middle schools, the district faces no pressure to change, says Island Middle School principal Jim Coulson. The school offers flag football, volleyball, basketball, track, ping pong, weight training for skiing and jogging, among others. Coulson adds, however, that students who want strong competition go the Mercer Island Soccer Association, with 45 teams and the city Parks and Recreation Department, which offers football and basketball, among others. The Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department says it would be more than happy to take up the slack if local middle schools cut some of the interscholastic sports. "There is no limit to what we could do," said recreation program supervisor Eric Hanson. "There would have to be a lot of coooperation between the schools and community and parents, however. We would have to hire school district personnel and use the facilities." Added department head Kerry Anderson, "The philosophy of the schools in the '60s was that the school did everthing. Now things have changed. Schools have realized they need to work with the community." -- -- im High scorer Kevin Landdeck (with ball) avoids an opponent while Fr Erickson follows. Photo by Debbie Brusius. Indians blast Mt. Si 82-4, but lose to Sammamish Junior Kevin Landdeck and sophomore David Lavine led a powerful attack against Mount Si as the Issa- quah Indians blew out the Wildcats 82-49. Landdeck had a game high of 27 points and Lavine scored 14 points and pulled down I I re- bounds. Physical fitness, diet, men- tal health, beauty and  Issy ran out to a 23-8 lead fashion. Read all about it in after the first quarter and the Issaquah Press special never looked back. edition, "Looking Good... 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