PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky,
Secretary Frank Victor, Treasurer
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Scranton SD Montrose Area
School Dist 1113 Johns Street
P. O. Box 1699 425
N. Washington Ave 237 Meteor Way Hazle
Twp, Pa. 18202
Wilkes Barre, Pa. 18705 Scranton, Pa. 18503 Montrose, Pa.
18801 570-427-8681 x 1010
MINUTES OF MAY 9, 2012 MEETING
@ WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Meeting was convened at 4:15
p.m. by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.
ITEM 2 Absent but accounted for: Bill King, Vito Quaglia,
Danielle Adams, Mike Costanza, Eric Emmerich, Joe Farrell, Chris Thomas
Public in attendance: Don Rogers, Steve Bennett
and Al Holtzer
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Pat Sheehan, to approve the minutes
of the April 11, 2012 Meeting. All Ayes
Majikes welcomed the two new Athletic Directors as members of the Committee:
Al Holtzer from Delaware Valley and Tim Honeywell from Berwick. They will
assume their new positions on July 1, 2012.
ITEM 3 Frank
Victor presented the treasurer’s report. The report consisted of a review of
the basketball revenues and expenses. As of May 9, 2012, the District total
fund balance stands at $120,286.88. Included in the balance was a total
Certificates of Deposit of $72,858.74; and a total Savings and Checking
Accounts total of $47,428.14. A motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded
by Pat Patte, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. All Ayes
ITEM 4 At
this point in the meeting (4:30 p.m.), a formal hearing was conducted with
representatives of GAR High School regarding the number of disqualifications
during the 2011-2012 school year. At the request of the Principal of GAR,
Colleen Robatin, the meeting remained open to the public. In attendance at the
meeting were the following:
Colleen Robatin (Principal), Simon Peter (Athletic Director), Paul Weidlich (Varsity
Football Coach), Paul Brown (Varsity Basketball Coach), Len Witzak (Varsity
Soccer Coach), Rick Simon (Varsity Wrestling Coach), and Hattie Caruso (Varsity
Girls’ Basketball Coach).
II Committee members included Mike Ognosky, Frank Galicki, Jim Higgins, Chris Gegaris,
Pat Sheehan, Maureen Williams, Jay Starnes, Pat Patte, Frank Majikes, Frank
Victor, Bill Schoen, and District II Solicitor Don Rogers.
Present included Al Holtzer and Steve Bennett (Citizens’ Voice).
hearing was conducted in accordance with PIAA By-Laws and Regulations to
determine if GAR was in violation of Article 10, “Local Management and Control”
due to the number of ejections of student athletes during the current 2011-2012
school year. In total, the committee reviewed the circumstances involving the
suspension of a Varsity Football Player (9/12 vs. Old Forge), 3 Varsity Soccer
Players (10/5 vs. Pittston, and two on 10/17 vs. Nanticoke), 3 Varsity/Junior
Varsity Boys’ Basketball Players (12/9 vs. Coughlin, 1/19 vs. Wyoming Seminary,
2/7 vs. Northwest Area) and a Junior Varsity Girls’ Basketball Player (2/9 vs.
Nanticoke). The Committee reviewed written material supplied by each game
official as well as the administrations’ response to those reports. Numerous
questions were asked regarding the incidents and the administrations’ actions
in response to each. The Committee also investigated current procedures in
place at GAR to be proactive in stressing appropriate sportsmanship on the part
of the players. Following all of the testimony, the Committee went into
deliberation at 5:47 p.m. Committee members Pat Patte, Maureen Williams, and
Frank Majikes did not take part in the deliberations.
6:02 p.m., the Committee returned from deliberations and the following motion
motion was made by Pat Sheehan, seconded by Chris Gegaris, as follows: The
District II Committee is requiring as a result of this hearing, that the
Principal and Athletic Director of Wilkes-Barre GAR High School develop a
comprehensive action plan to address the number of disqualifications of
student-athletes in the 2011-2012 school year and the steps taken to correct
the number of disqualifications in the future. Furthermore, the Principal and
the Athletic Director are to present that plan to the District II Chairman for
review by the District II Committee at the August, 2012 meeting. All Ayes
(Majikes, Williams, Patte abstain)
ITEM 5 Bill
Schoen presented a reminder to the Committee of the upcoming event at the
University of Scranton honoring P. J. Carlesimo and featuring Bill Raftery as
the guest speaker. Any interested Committee member was reminded that tickets
ITEM 6 A
motion was made by Mike Ognosky, seconded by Pat Sheehan, providing Fox 56 with
the rights to broadcast the upcoming District II AAA Track and Field
Championships from Scranton Memorial Stadium at a rate of $1,000.
ITEM 7 Spring Sports Reports:
Baseball (Frank Majikes): Dates for the upcoming District
II Baseball Championships have been changed as follows: AA and AAA will be on
May 22, 24, 29, and 31. A and AAAA will be held on May 23, 25, and 30.
Softball (Pat Patte): Dates for the upcoming District II
Softball Championships have been changed as follows: AA and AAA will be on May
21, 23, 25 and 30. A and AAAA will be held on May 24, 29, and 31.
Basketball (Frank Majikes): The PIAA Committee reviewed
the results of the recently conducted survey of District II member schools
regarding the format for the Basketball Championships. Member schools strongly
favored the return to the open tournament format, slightly favored the regional
vs. traditional state tournament brackets, and did not favor the utilization of
the current PIAA point system for football in determining the seeding of the
AAAA Basketball tournament.
Field Hockey (Frank Majikes): Chairman Majikes presented
to the Committee correspondence from Juliann DeFalco, Varsity Field Hockey
Coach at Holy Redeemer, offering a proposal for consideration for the next
cycle of District Field Hockey Championships. Chairman Majikes asked committee
members to review the proposal for discussion at the next Committee meeting on
Tennis (Mike Ognosky): Chairman Majikes presented to the
committee an email received from the Athletic Director at Jersey Shore High
School offering a proposal for consideration for the next cycle of the PIAA
District II/IV Tennis subregional seeding process. Chairman Majikes asked
committee members to review the proposal for discussion at the next Committee
meeting on June 20th.
Volleyball (Maureen Williams): Maureen reviewed the
procedures for the upcoming AA Boys’ Volleyball Championships scheduled for May
21, 22 and 24 with the championships to be held at Scranton High School.
ITEM 8 Chairman Majikes reviewed the schedule of
the Spring State Sports’ Workshops to be held at the PIAA Offices on Thursday-Friday,
Thursday, June 21st Track
and Field 10 a.m.
Friday, June 22nd Officials’
Council 8 a.m.
Athletics 10 a.m.
Directors 2 p.m.
ITEM 9 A
motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Bill Schoen, to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:29 p.m.
District II Secretary
NEXT MEETING TO
BE HELD ON JUNE 20, 2012 @ WILKES-BARRE CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER