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 MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 MEETING  
PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

DISTRICT II

 

Frank Majikes, 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                  570-459-0042

570-822-4131                         570-348-3402                               570-278-6298                               

 

MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 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. He began by welcoming Chris Jones, new School Board Representative on the District II Committee; and Eric Emmerich, new Parent Representative on the District II Committee.

                        Absent, but accounted for:  Jay Starnes and Maureen Williams

                        Consultant Present:  Donald Rogers, Solicitor

 

ITEM 2           A motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Pat Sheehan, to approve the minutes of the August 21, 2013 meeting.  All Ayes

 

ITEM 3           Frank Victor, District II Treasurer, presented the Treasurer’s Report.  As of September 17, 2013 the district has a balance of $174,695.46.  Our total Certificates of Deposit are $12,548.57 and the Total Savings and Checking Accounts are $162,146.89. The District began the 2013-2014 fiscal year with a balance of $182,926.56.  

 

                        Frank Victor also distributed the 202-2013 summary of expenditures for medals and plaques for the various championships.  The district spent a total of $25,848.44 during the course of the year for the fall, winter, spring sports seasons individual medals; scholar athlete plaques, and coaches’ awards. Frank also quickly reviewed the 2013-2014 payment rates for workers at District Championship events and distributed a sheet to all members with those rates. Bill Schoen quickly reviewed the number of championship plaques that will be needed in the various fall championships.  Each chairperson verified the number for Bill.

 

                        A motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by Pat Patte, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented.  All Ayes

 

ITEM 4           SPORTS REPORTS

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·     Cheerleading (Chris Gegaris): Cheerleading Chairperson Chris Gegaris informed the committee that the date for this year’s District Competitive Cheer Championships is set for Sunday, November 17th at Delaware Valley High School.  Chris will provide more information to member schools as the date approaches.

·     Cross Country (Bill King):  Cross Country Chairperson Bill King reviewed the Cross Country Championship format with the Committee.  A motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by Bill Schoen, to approve the format as reviewed.  All Ayes.  The format will be distributed to the Athletic Directors and placed on the webpage.

·     Field Hockey (Chris Gegaris):  Field Hockey Chairperson Chris Gegaris updated the committee on the projected format for this year’s Field Hockey Championships.  He will now put the format together for distribution to member schools.  A motion was made by Mike Ognosky, seconded by Chad Vinansky, to approve the format as discussed.  All Ayes.  Chris will present the final format to the officers for final approval and it will then be posted on the webpage and sent to the Athletic Directors.

·     Football (Mike Ognosky):  Football Chairperson Mike Ognosky distributed the current standings as well as the format and procedures for this year’s championships.   A motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Frank Galicki, to approve the format as presented.  All Ayes.  The format will be sent to the Athletic Directors and is on the webpage.

·     Golf (Joe Farrell):  Golf Chairperson Joe Farrell announced that all is ready for the upcoming championships.  The format has been sent to the Athletic Directors and is on the webpage.

·     Soccer (Al Holtzer):  Soccer Chairperson Al Holtzer distributed the format for both the boys’ and girls’ championships. Following the review of those formats, a motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to approve it for distribution to the Athletic Directors and to place it on the webpage.  All Ayes

·     Girls Tennis (Pat Sheehan):  Girls’ Tennis Chairperson Pat Sheehan announced that all is ready for Girls Tennis.  The format has been distributed to the Athletic Directors and is posted on the website.

·     Girls’ Volleyball (Maureen Williams):  Chairman Majikes distributed the format for the upcoming Girls’ Volleyball Championships as provided by the Girls’ Volleyball Chairperson, Maureen Williams.  A motion was made by Joe Farrell, seconded by Fred Barletta, to approve the format as presented.  All Ayes.  Format will be distributed to all Athletic Directors and placed on the website.

 

ITEM 6           Al Holtzer, Athletic Director representative from Delaware Valley of the LIAA,  discussed with the committee eligibility issues that were discussed at the latest LIAA Athletic Director’s monthly meeting.

ITEM 7           Bill Schoen, Officials Representative, announced that the quarterly testing

of perspective PIAA Officials will be given on October 7th.  He also mentioned that there will be joint chapter meetings for all officials in the various fall sports as the district championship seasons approach.

 

ITEM 8           The following eligibility requests were acted upon by the District II

                        Committee:

 

·         A motion was made by Eric Emmerich, seconded by Joe Farrell, to approve the immediate eligibility of Kyle Mann, Crestwood to Coughlin, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to approve the immediate eligibility of Bobby Ware, from Mid Valley to Scranton, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Al Holtzer, seconded by Chris Jones, to approve the immediate eligibility of Walter Blejwas IV, Holy Redeemer to Coughlin, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Mike Ognosky, to approve the immediate eligibility of Felicia Brittain, Dallas to Wyoming Valley West, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Pat Sheehan, to approve the immediate eligibility of Darik Johnson, Dallas to Coughlin, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Danielle Adams, seconded by Fred Barletta, to approve the immediate eligibility of Anthony Frushon, Mid Valley to Scranton Prep, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by Jim Higgins, to approve the immediate eligibility of Jonathan Marsico, Lakeland to Delaware Valley, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Chad Vinansky, to approve the immediate eligibility of Izeyah Minix, Meyers to Wyoming Valley West, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Vito Quaglia, to approve the immediate eligibility of Julio Ramos, Mid Valley to Dunmore, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Fred Barletta, seconded by Danielle Adams, to approve the immediate eligibility of Erick Ramirez, Bethlehem Liberty to Riverside, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Joe Farrell, seconded by Eric Emmerich, to approve the immediate eligibility of Aneisha View, Wilkes-Barre GAR to Coughlin, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Chris Jones, seconded by Al Holtzer, to approve the immediate eligibility of Darius Washington, Wilkes-Barre GAR to Holy Redeemer, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Chris Gegaris, seconded by Frank Galicki, to approve the immediate eligibility of Matchula Xayachack, Bear Creek (Cal) to Old Forge, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Mike Ognosky, seconded by Bill King, to approve the immediate eligibility of Jerimiah Adams, Central Columbia to Berwick, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, principal to principal sign off.  All Ayes

 

ITEM 9           The following Foreign Exchange eligibility requests were acted upon by the District II Committee:

 

·         A motion was made by Mike Ognosky, seconded by Bill King, to approve the immediate eligibility of Marta Bajeli, Italy to Wyoming Valley West, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Pat Sheehan, seconded by Bill Schoen, to approve the immediate eligibility of Anne Rosholm Boje, Denmark to Wyoming Valley West, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Chad Vinansky, seconded by Chris Thomas, to approve the immediate eligibility of Maria Frontera, Spain to Wyoming Valley West, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Eric Emmerich, seconded by Joe Farrell, to approve the immediate eligibility of Marianne Halten, Norway to Crestwood, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Al Hotzer, to approve the immediate eligibility of Hae Ri Kim, South Korea to Wyoming Valley West, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Danielle Adams, to approve the immediate eligibility of Fumiko Osuka, Japan to Abington Heights, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Vito Quaglia, seconded by Fred Barletta, to approve the immediate eligibility of Elise Sasse, Belgium to Delaware Valley, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students.  All Ayes

 

ITEM 10         A motion was made by Al Holtzer, seconded by Vito Quaglia, to approve a cooperative sponsorship between Northwest Area, District II, and Benton, District IV, in the sport of 7th and 8th grade Football.  All Ayes

 

ITEM 11         Chairman Majikes presented the tentative dates for the 2013-2014 PIAA District II Committee Monthly meetings.  After discussion, the majority of the committee favored moving the day of the meeting from Wednesday to Tuesday of the third week of the month.  The tentative dates for the remaining meetings for the 2013-2014 year are as follows:

 

                                                            Tuesday, October 15, 2013

                                                            Tuesday, November 19, 2013

                                                            Tuesday, December 17, 2013

                                                            Tuesday, January 21, 2014

                                                            Tuesday, February 18, 2014

                                                            Tuesday, March 18, 2014

                                                            Tuesday, April 1, 2014

                                                            Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (Annual Business Mtg.)

                                                            Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

ITEM 12         Chairman Majikes reviewed a number of informational items with the Board including the following:

 

·         Chairman Majikes brought the committee up to date on the current discussions with Fox 56 regarding broadcast rights for various district championship playoff contests.  Discussions are ongoing and continuing.

·         Chairman Majikes presented a report from Wyoming Seminary regarding a potential eligibility concern resulting from an ineligible player participating in a scrimmage.

·         Chairman Majikes presented a report from Pete Chapla, Principal of Valley View, regarding the participation of an ineligible player in a Football game early in this season.  Chairman Majikes will report back to the Committee at the conclusion of the investigation.

·         Chairman Majikes informed the committee that Valley View has informed his office that they will not be pursuing an appeals hearing with the PIAA State Office regarding a District II Committee decision regarding a Valley View student-athlete.

·         Chairman Majikes updated the committee regarding the participating of males on traditional female PIAA sports, for example, Field Hockey.  A Commonwealth Court judge has turned down a request by the PIAA to modify the 1975 state court ruling that required schools to let girls play on boys’ teams.  The judge felt that it was the PIAA’s role as the primary policy making body for interscholastic competition to take the first action in this area by establishing policy and then, and only if, that policy is challenged in a court of law, may the judge make a decision on its constitutionality.

·         Chairman Majikes led a discussion regarding the potential of surveying member schools regarding their “coaching education” requirements.  After discussion, it was agreed that both the WVC and the LIAA will conduct the survey at a later date and present the results to their respective league presidents. 

·         Chairman Majikes provided committee members with the current directory information of the committee.   Committee members are asked to review their information and communicate any necessary changes.

·         Chairman Majikes presented a letter from the American Cancer Society thanking District II for their contribution in the memory of Dan Donovan, former District II Committee member who passed away in August.

 

ITEM 13         A motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Joe Farrell, to adjourn the meeting.  All Ayes

 

Meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m.

 

NEXT MEETING – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013 - 4:15 PM –SITE PENDING

 

 

 

Submitted by

 

Mike Ognosky

 

District II Secretary


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