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 18, 2017 MEETING
@ WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENER
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.
Absent but accounted for: Danielle DePietro,
John Coyle, Bill King, Mary Ruth Tanner, Chris Thomas, Chad Vinansky and Mike
ITEM 2 A
motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded Ron Collins, to approve the minutes of
the December 21, 2016 meeting. All Ayes. Approved minutes will be
posted to the District II webpage.
ITEM 3 Curt
Camoni and Rob Judge of RailRiders Baseball discussed the organization’s
continuing interest in permitting District II teams to use the baseball field
as well as encouraging participation in the February 11th coaches’
clinic to be held at PNC Field in Moosic. Members were also invited to the
annual FanFest celebration scheduled for January 28th at PNC Field.
Over 40 high school and tournament games have been scheduled at PNC Field for
the upcoming season and the RailRiders are encouraging even more utilization in
the future. Opening night is April 10th and all schools are invited
to have their baseball and softball programs represented. Planning for
District II’s Baseball Championships over Memorial Day Weekend was also
discussed and the committee commended Mr. Camoni and Mr. Judge and all members
of the RailRiders organization for the close partnership between them and
ITEM 4 A
motion was made by Chris Gegaris, seconded by Maureen Williams, to accept, with
regret, the resignation of Vito Quaglia, Wyoming Area, from the committee and
acknowledged his efforts over the past several years in furtherance of
interscholastic athletics. An announcement seeking candidates from the Wyoming
Valley Conference will be posted to the District II website in February. The
committee will act to select a successor at the conclusion of the posting of
ITEM 5 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 19th 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 Gegaris, to approve the
format as submitted. All Ayes. The format will be distributed to
member schools and placed on the webpage.
Football (Mike Ognosky): Pat Patte, District II
Treasurer, distributed the financial report from the 2016 Football
Championships in District II that included $141,757 in receipts; $39,730 in
expenses; and, $43,894 distributed back to participating District II schools.
A motion was made by Maureen Williams, seconded by Eric Emmerich, to accept the
report as presented. All Ayes. There was also a discussion regarding
school bands playing while the quarterback is calling signals at the line of
scrimmage and the proposal to add one regular season contest at the conclusion
of the season for those teams not qualifying for post-season play. Both these
items will be discussed by the PIAA Board of Directors at its January meeting.
Competitive Cheer (Chris Gegaris): Mr Gegaris discussed
the upcoming state championships in this sport and wished District II schools
success for the upcoming weekend competition at GIANT Center.
Field Hockey (Chris Gegaris): Chris discussed the
possibility of the State Field Hockey Championships moving to a
Wednesday-Saturday format rather than the current Tuesday-Saturday format for
the semifinals and finals. He also discussed an incident involving the
disqualification of a coach during the Merion Mercy-Donegal AA State
Championship game this past season. The PIAA is currently reviewing these
issues and the committee will be updated on the results.
Swimming & Diving: (Fred Barletta): Fred Barletta distributed
the upcoming 2017 District II Swimming and Diving Championships and noted that
a meeting of the District II Swimming & Diving Steering Committee has been
established for January 26th at the Wilkes-Barre CYC.
Wrestling (Jay Starnes): Pat Patte & Jay Starnes
reported on the District II Team Dual Wrestling Championships scheduled for
early February. A steering committee meeting for the sport was scheduled for
January 31st at Hanover Area High School.
Lacrosse (Mark Rinaldi): Mr. Majikes announced that
committee representatives will meet on January 30th with Wyoming
Valley Conference athletic representatives and officials from the Lacrosse
Officials’ Chapter to discuss concerns regarding the assignment/compensation of
officials to WVC league contests.
Cross Country (Bill King): Bill is in attendance at the
PIAA State Cross Country Steering Committee today and will report items of
interest to the District II Committee at the next meeting.
Volleyball (Maureen Williams): Maureen reported on the
State Volleyball Championships and the steering committee’s desire to move the
girls’ championships to a college venue. Maureen also discussed a concern
raised by the state steering committee regarding the assignment of officials to
state contests. PIAA is addressing the matter.
Officials (Bill Schoen & Maureen Williams): The
annual pre-playoff rules meeting of District II Basketball Officials will be
held at the Wilkes-Barre CTC on Sunday, February 9th at 10:30 a.m.
Awards (Bill Schoen): Bill updated committee members on
the status of the awards/medals contract with Honor Awards of Taylor and noted
that all schools and the district are pleased with the service being provided.
He did note that medals were of different composite than in years past but has
been satisfied with the responsiveness and service delivery of Honor Awards
staff and the quality of the product.
Athletic Directors (Mark Rinaldi & Fred Barletta): Ron
Collins and Mark Rinaldi reported on comments from the Lackawanna Athletic
Directors regarding the upcoming basketball championships and the methodology
used for selecting officials. Mr. Majikes noted that the approved system, as
ratified during the April, 2016 District II Annual Business Meeting, has worked
effectively during the fall district sports’ championships and it will be
followed in succeeding championships during the next two year cycle. You can
find that process outlined in Item 6 of the Annual Business Meeting Minutes
found on the District II webpage under “Meeting Minutes” on the homepage. Mr.
Collins will also bring up this matter at the next LIAA meeting.
ITEM 7 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. Members were requested to
distribute the sponsorship information to all interested parties.
ITEM 8 Chairman
Majikes reported on PIAA Board of Directors matters including a dues increase for
member schools; an update on student-athlete eligibility and updates on
disqualification reports and corrective action that must be implemented by
schools. A summary of the latest PIAA Board of Directors meeting can be found
on the District II webpage.
ITEM 9 Chairman
Majikes also discussed a delinquent broadcast invoice due from Fox 56 to
District II and directed the solicitor to follow up with station staff to
address the matter.
ITEM 10 The
Committee acted upon the following eligibility requests in accordance with
Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, Principal to Principal Sign
off, of the PIAA by-laws:
A motion was made by Fred Barletta, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to
approve the immediate eligibility of Taylor Demich, Pittston Area to Wyoming
Area, in accordance with Article VI, Principal to Principal sign off, of the
PIAA by-laws. All Ayes
A motion was made by Ron Collins, seconded by Mark Rinaldi, to
approve the immediate eligibility of Valerie Doboshak, Redbird Christian to Holy
Cross, in accordance with Article VI, Principal to Principal sign off, of the
PIAA by-laws. All Ayes
A motion was made by BenTolerico, seconded by Bill Schoen, to
approve the immediate eligibility of Diavian Tooley, Meyers to Coughlin, in
accordance with Article VI, Principal to Principal sign off, of the PIAA
by-laws. All Ayes
ITEM 11 Joe
Farrell inquired regarding schools awarding varsity letters for students who
participate in marching band. Several members responded that their schools do
award letters to students who participate in band activities.
ITEM 12 A
motion was made by John Haas, seconded by Bill Schoen, to provide a memorial
contribution to St. Joseph’s Center in memory of Mrs. Suzanne Pusateri, long
time Scranton School District educator and wife of former District II Committee
member, Joseph Pusateri, who passed away in January.
ITEM 13 Chairman
Majikes provided the committee members present with reports from Carbondale
Area and Holy Redeemer High Schools regarding a post season incident during a
basketball tournament contest last season during the District II Girls’
ITEM 14 Mr.
Majikes also updated committee members on reports received from Hazleton Area
and Pittston Area High Schools regarding a post-season All Star Contest in the
sport of softball that put in jeopardy the eligibility of a student-athlete who
mistakenly participated in the contest.
ITEM 15 Mr.
Majikes announced that the annual District II Business Meeting will be held on
April 26, 2017 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Arcaro and Genell’s Banquet Facility
in Old Forge.
ITEM 16 A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Fred Barletta, to adjourn the
meeting. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
District II Secretary/Web Master
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE DISTRICT II COMMITTEE WILL BE
HELD ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH AT 4:15 P.M. AT THE WILKES-BARRE
AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER.