PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky,
Secretary Pat Patte, Treasurer
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Montrose Area JSHS 544 School
Road Coughlin High School
P. O. Box 1699 75
High School Road New Milford PA
18834 80 N. Washington St.
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
18705 Montrose, PA 18801
607-237-9263 Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
MINUTES OF JANUARY 21, 2016 MEETING
@ WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENER
Meeting was convened at 4:30
p.m. by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
Absent but accounted for: Danielle Adams, John
Coyle, Eric Emmerich, Vito Quaglia, Mary Ruth Tanner, Ben Tolerico, Chad
Vinansky and Mike Ognosky.
ITEM 2 A
motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded Ron Collins, to approve the minutes of
the December 15, 2015 meeting. All Ayes. Approved minutes will be
posted to the District II webpage.
ITEM 3 The
treasurer’s report was presented by Frank Victor. Currently the total fund
balance is $253,914.20 as compared to a starting fund balance for the year of $228,892.59.
Included in the fund balance are total certificates of deposit of $12,651.32
and total savings and checking account balances of $241,262.88.
the presentation of the treasurer’s report, a motion was made by Chris Gegaris,
seconded by Fred Barletta, to approve the report as presented. All Ayes
ITEM 4 SPORTS
REPORTS: The District II Committee received reports on the following:
Basketball (Frank Majikes): Chairman Majikes announced
that there will be a meeting of the basketball seeding committee on Sunday,
February 14th at the WBACTC at 9 a.m. to establish the brackets for
the tournament. Chairman Majikes also reviewed the schedule for the tournament
and the format for the brackets. Following the presentation of the format, a
motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded by Chris Thomas, to approve the format
as submitted. All Ayes. The format will be distributed to member
schools and placed on the webpage. Also, there was a lengthy discussion
regarding Television broadcasting rights for the finals. Following discussion,
a motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Jay Starnes, to set the fees for
the A and AA broadcast at $3,000 and AAA and AAAA broadcast at $4,000 in
basketball only. All Ayes
Competitive Cheer (Chris Gegaris): Chris Gegaris reviewed
the results of the recently completed District II Competitive Cheer
Championships and commented that 4 District II schools (Hazleton Area, Berwick,
Delaware Valley, and Wallenpaupack) will be competing at the State
Championships in Hershey this Friday and Saturday, January 22nd &
23rd. Information can be found on the District II webpage on the
Competitive Cheer page.
Swimming and Diving (Fred Barletta): Fred Barletta
distributed and reviewed the information for the 2016 District II Swimming and
Diving Championships. The committee also discussed a proposal to open the
diving event to all interested student-athletes but no action was taken. Following
discussion, a motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Joe Farrell, to
approve the format as presented. All Ayes. The format will be e-mailed
to Athletic Directors and placed on the District II website.
Wrestling (Jay Starnes): Jay Starnes presented an update
on the upcoming District II Wrestling Championships. Information has been
distributed to the schools and all is ready for the first of those
championships, the District II Team Duals.
Cross Country (Bill King): There was considerable
discussion regarding the venue for the District II Championships. Following
that discussion, a motion was made by Chris Gegaris, seconded by Fred Barletta,
to have the championships remain at the current venue at Elk Lake. All
Ayes. Also, Mr. King will inform other vendors in order to seek proposals
for the timing system to be utilized at the championship meet. There was also
a proposal submitted by the Elk Lake School District to change the days/dates
with a number of options. Chairman Majikes asked the Athletic Director
Representatives, Fred Barletta (WVC) and Mark Rinaldi (LIAA) to take those
options back to their leagues for discussion and recommendation. A motion was
made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Maureen Williams, to accept the Cross Country
report as submitted. All Ayes
Officials (Bill Schoen & Maureen Williams): There was
a discussion regarding the number of officials who have not met the state
criteria for submission of the appropriate clearances now required by the PIAA.
Bill Schoen and Maureen Williams will meet with Chairman Majikes in the near future
to discuss the situation.
ITEM 5 Chairman Majikes distributed a
communication from the Mohegan Sun Arena regarding the potential for event
sponsorships and game program advertisement for the upcoming District II
Basketball Championships to be held at that venue.
ITEM 6 Chairman
Majikes reviewed the agenda for the upcoming PIAA State Board of Directors
meeting to be held at the PIAA State Offices on January 27th. There
are a number of interesting items regarding the reclassification bracket proposals
in various sports that have added classifications for the next two year cycle.
ITEM 7 A
motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Maureen Williams, to approve the
immediate eligibility of Saige George, Mt. View to Crestwood, in accordance
with Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, Section 4, Principal to
Principal sign off. All Ayes.
ITEM 8 A
motion was made by Fred Barletta, seconded by Bill Schoen, to approve the
immediate eligibility of Frank Hudson, Central Technical High School to
Crestwood, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and
Recruiting, Section 4, Principal to Principal sign off. All Ayes.
ITEM 9 A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Pat Patte, to approve the
cooperative agreement between Columbia County Christian School (District IV)
and Berwick (District II) in the sport of Boys’ Volleyball, pending approval by
both school’s Board of Directors.
ITEM 10 A
motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Bill Schoen, to approve the
cooperative agreement in Track and Field between Old Forge and Riverside,
pending approval by both member school’s Board of Directors. All Ayes
ITEM 11 A
motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to approve the
termination of the cooperative agreement in football between Benton (District
IV) and Northwest Area (District II). All Ayes
ITEM 12 A
discussion was held regarding the current classification in the next two year
cycle in Field Hockey for Lackawanna Trail. Lackawanna Trail had requested to
move to AAA and now would like to revise that request. Following discussion,
Chairman Majikes will contact the PIAA State Office in order to investigate the
potential to revise that classification. He will report back directly to
Lackawanna Trail with the result of that discussion.
ITEM 13 Chairman
Majikes reviewed with the committee the potential for a number of hearings
involving member schools. He provided a letter he received regarding the
potential for the utilization of an ineligible player at a member school in the
sport of boys’ basketball. If necessary, a hearing schedule will be developed
regarding these potential situations.
ITEM 14 A
motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Ron Collins, to approve the
termination of the cooperative agreement between Blue Ridge and Susquehanna in
the sport of Boys’ Varsity Soccer effective with the beginning of the 2016-2017
school year. All Ayes
ITEM 15 A
motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Fred Barletta, to approve the
termination of the cooperative agreement between Wyoming Area and Susquehanna
Prep in the sports of Junior High Softball and Junior High Boys Basketball. All
ITEM 13 A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Fred Barletta, to adjourn the
meeting. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.
District II Secretary/Web Master