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 FEBRUARY 15, 2016 MEETING
@ PATTE’S RESTAURANT
Meeting was convened at 3:00 p.m.
by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
Absent but accounted for: Bill King, Danielle
Adams, John Coyle, Joseph Farrell, Vito Quaglia, Jay Starnes, and Ben Tolerico
ITEM 2 Chairman Majikes welcomed Chris Kucharski,
Northeastern Pennsylvania Sports Network, in a continuation of the discussion
to enter into an agreement with NEPA Sports Network for the coverage of
District II Championship events in all sports. To date, the Network has
covered the Fall sports championships and has been charged $1800 to cover the
events in the sports of their choosing. Chris would like to continue that
agreement and extend it to the winter and spring sports’ seasons. The Network
would cover events of their choosing in the District II Championships in
various winter and spring sports for a total annual fee of $6,000. He also
pointed out that the Network is sponsoring a cup to the top two schools – one
from AAA/AAAA and one from AA/A in the Lackawanna League based on the records
of boys and girls teams in all sports. Following the presentation and discussion
by the committee, a motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Maureen
Williams, to approve an agreement with Northeaster Pennsylvania Sports Network
for coverage of District II Championships in all sports for the 2015-2016
school year at a total annual cost of $6,000. All Ayes
ITEM 3 A
motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Ron Collins, to approve the
minutes of the January 21, 2016 meeting. All Ayes
ITEM 4 Frank
Victor presented the Treasurer’s report. As of February 16, 2016 the District
II total fund balance is $251,951.16. Of that amount, $12, 654.82 is located
in Certificates of Deposit and the remaining $239,296.34 is located in Savings
($66,630.50) and Checking ($172,665.84) accounts. The starting fund balance
for the District as of July 1, 2015 was $228,892.59.
motion was made by Eric Emmerich, seconded by Fred Barletta, to approve the
treasurer’s report as submitted. All Ayes
ITEM 5 The
following sports reports were presented at today’s meeting:
Basketball (Frank Majikes): Mike Ognosky distributed and
reviewed the brackets for the boys’ and girls’ tournaments with the committee.
Chairman Majikes also shared with the committee a communication received from
Randy Hanyon, the Athletic Director at Abington Heights, regarding the process
and procedures utilized in the seeding of the AAAA brackets. Chairman Majikes
also shared a communication from Scott Gower, the Athletic Director at Scranton
Prep, regarding the scheduling of first round games in the AA and AAA
brackets. The Committee reviewed those communications and will consider them
when progressing through this year’s tournament as well as seeding procedures
in future tournaments.
Competitive Cheer (Chris Gegaris): Chris applauded the
District II schools that just competed at the 2016 Competitive Cheer State
Championships in Hershey. He also informed the committee that a fifth District
II school, Dallas, was added to the state competition.
Field Hockey (Chris Gegaris): District II will be
included in a AAA subregional with District VI in Field Hockey during the next
two year cycle. Chris informed the committee that Chairman Majikes is working
with District VI to develop a meeting date to finalize the procedures for that
Football (Mike Ognosky): Mike Ognosky reported that the
league schedules for the 2016 and 2017 seasons have been approved by both the
Lackawanna League and Wyoming Valley Conference. There will be 6
classifications for next season which will require additional district
championship games. Also, District II will be in a subregional with District
XI in the AAAAA bracket. A meeting will be held in the spring to determine the
structure of that subregional.
Swimming and Diving (Fred Barletta): Fred informed the
committee that all is set for the upcoming Swimming and Diving Championships.
Wrestling (Jay Starnes): Jay applauded the Wrestling
Committee efforts in the great job of hosting the 2016 Team Dual
Championships. He thanked all of the members of that committee for their
efforts in making the championships a success. The Individual Championships
are now set for this weekend at the Kingston Armory. Wrestling will begin
Friday evening at 5 p.m. and continue through Saturday night’s championships in
each weight class.
Awards (Bill Schoen): Bill informed the committee that all
of the medals and plaques for the winter championships have been received and
are available for distribution following the championship events.
ITEM 6 A
motion was made by Mark Rinaldi, seconded by Maureen Williams, to approve the
immediate eligibility of Michael Maguire, from Quakertown (District XI) to Western
Wayne, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, Section 4, of
the PIAA By-Laws, Principal to Principal sign off. All Ayes
ITEM 7 A
motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by John Haas, to approve the immediate
eligibility of Michael Austin, from Honesdale to Wallenpaupack, in accordance
with Article VI, Transfers and Residence, Section 4, of the PIAA By-Laws,
Principal to Principal sign off. All Ayes
ITEM 8 Chairman
Majikes informed the committee that both the Wyoming Valley Conference and
Lackawanna League Athletic Directors’ are currently holding discussions
regarding the utilization of “power ratings” for the seeding of district
tournaments. More information will be provided as those talks progress.
ITEM 9 Chairman
Majikes informed the committee that the following cooperative agreements were
approved at the latest State Board of Directors meeting:
Scranton and Mid Valley in the sport of Wrestling;
Northwest Area and Benton (District IV) in the sport of Indoor
Old Forge and Riverside in the sports of Boys’ Track and Girls’
Berwick and Columbia Christian (District IV) in the sport of
ITEM 10 Chairman
Majikes reviewed the information from the latest PIAA Board of Directors
meeting held at the PIAA State Offices on January 27, 2016. The minutes of
that meeting can be found on the District II website.
ITEM 11 Chairman
Majikes reviewed with the committee some information regarding the upcoming
District II Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Championships to be held at the Mohegan
Sun Arena on February 26th and 27th. Committee members
will be assisting in the procedures throughout the playoffs:
Entrance for teams, officials, cheerleaders, and committee
workers will be at the rear of the Arena. A parking area will be provided
adjacent to that entrance.
All visitors will be asked to register at that area – Committee
personnel will administer the registration desk area.
The Arena personnel will have a program for the District II
Championships available at the Arena during the games.
The awards’ table will be located behind the scorer’s table.
Schools will be instructed to provide their own basketballs for
the pregame warmups.
There will be an area provided for the teams to videotape their
ITEM 12 A
motion was made by Maureen Williams, seconded by Chad Vinansky, to adjourn the
meeting. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 4:46 p.m.
District II Secretary
NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016 AT
4:15 P.M AT THE WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER.