PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky,
Secretary Pat Patte, Treasurer
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Lakeland School District 544 School
Road Hazleton Area SD
P. O. Box 1699 1355
Lakeland Drive New Milford PA
18834 1601 West 23rd Street
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
18705 Scott Township PA 18433 607-237-9263
Hazleton PA 18202
570-822-4131 570-254-8119 570-459-3221
MINUTES OF JANUARY 18, 2018 MEETING
@ SOLOMON-PLAINS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
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: Fred Barletta, John
Coyle, Brian Durkin, Pat Patte, Ben Tolerico, and Chad Vinansky.
ITEM 2 A
motion was made by Eric Emmerich, seconded Chris Gegaris, to approve the
minutes of the December 19, 2017 meeting. All Ayes. Approved minutes
will be posted to the District II webpage.
ITEM 3 Chairman
Majikes presented the Treasurer’s Report in Pat Patte’s absence. As of January
1, 2018 the total fund balance was $278,322.73. This includes $198,793.53 in
the checking account; $66,789.06 in the Money Market account; and, $12,740.14
in our Certificate of Deposit. A motion was made by Maureen Williams, seconded
by Tim Hopkins, to approve the report as presented. All Ayes
ITEM 4 SPORTS
REPORTS: The District II Committee received reports on the following:
Baseball (Frank Majikes): Chairman Majikes announced that
following discussions all 6 Baseball finals will be played at PNC Field.
Basketball (Frank Majikes): Chairman Majikes announced
that all is set for the 2018 District II Basketball Championships at the
Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, March 1st through Saturday, March 3rd.
Competitive Spirit (Chris Gegaris): Chris announced that
our 4 qualifying teams – Hazleton Area, Berwick, Wallenpaupack, and Crestwood –
will be competing this upcoming weekend in Hershey at the 2018 PIAA Competitive
Spirit State Championships. Good luck to all the teams!
Cross Country (Bill King): Bill updated the committee on
the discussions held at the most recent State Cross Country Steering Committee
Meeting. Leading the discussion was the method of determining team qualifiers
to the state tournament and how to make it more accurately reflect the number
of complete teams sponsored by a district. He will keep the committee updated
on the progress of those discussions.
Football (Mike Ognosky): Mike updated the committee on
the discussions held at the Football Steering Committee meeting. A major topic
discussed was the proposal to relax the freshmen eligibility rule as football
teams are having a more difficult time in fielding junior varsity teams for
competition. A number of alternatives were discussed but there were no
recommendations made to the State Board for action.
Field Hockey (Chris Gegaris): Chris shared with the
committee the proposed structure and schedule for the next two year cycle in
Field Hockey in the WVC. The proposal calls for two divisions – Division 1
made up of 14 teams from AAA, AA and A classifications playing each other once
for 13 league games; and, Division 2 made up of the remainder of the A teams
(8) playing each other twice for 14 league games.
Golf (Joe Farrell): Joe asked the committee for feedback
regarding the future sites for the Team & Individual Golf Championships.
Wrestling (Jay Starnes): Jay Starnes reported on the
District II Team Dual Wrestling Championships scheduled for January 31st
through February 3rd. He also reported that all is set for the 2018
Individual Championships to be hosted at the Kingston Armory.
Awards (Bill Schoen): Bill informed the Winter Sports’
Chairpersons that their medals and plaques are available for delivery.
ITEM 5 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 Mary Ruth Tanner, seconded by Maureen
Williams, to approve the immediate eligibility of Dean Ambosie, Holy Redeemer
to Crestwood, in accordance with Article VI, Principal to Principal sign off,
of the PIAA by-laws. All Ayes
A motion was made by Eric Emmerich, seconded by Joe Farrell, to
approve the immediate eligibility of Alexander Anatasi, Old Forge to Pittston
Area, in accordance with Article VI, Principal to Principal sign off, of the PIAA
by-laws. All Ayes
A motion was made by Mary Ruth Tanner, seconded by Tim Hopkins,
to approve the immediate eligibility of Ava Baur, Wyoming Seminary to Scranton
Prep, in accordance with Article VI, Principal to Principal sign off, of the
PIAA by-laws. All Ayes
A motion was made by John Haas, seconded by Dave Novrocki, to
approve the immediate eligibility of Ari Lonstem, Ellenville (NY) to Wyoming
Seminary, in accordance with Article VI, Principal to Principal sign off, of
the PIAA by-laws. All Ayes
ITEM 6 Chairman
Majikes distributed a flyer to the committee members present announcing the
Inaugural Mark Rinaldi Memorial Golf Tournament to be held at Blue Ridge Trail
Golf Course on Sunday, June 10th at 1:30 p.m. Information will be
disseminated to member schools in District II.
ITEM 7 Chairman
Majikes announced that the District II Annual Business Meeting will be held on
Wednesday, April 18th at Arcaro & Genel’s in Old Forge at 9
a.m. Information will be provided to the schools as the date approaches.
ITEM 8 Chairman
Majikes advised the committee of a concern regarding the 2017 District II Track
and Field AA Championship results as posted on the webpage. Updated
information has been received from the Track Committee revising the results in
2 events. That information will be posted to the webpage and the results will
ITEM 9 A
discussion was held regarding the expansion of the power rating system beyond
its current utilization in basketball. Chairman Majikes has scheduled an
informational meeting for all schools on Wednesday, February 7th at
PNC Field at which time that topic will be discussed. Information will be
provided to the schools shortly.
ITEM 10 Chairman
Majikes provided the committee members present with information from the
Mohegan Sun regarding the purchasing of event sponsorships and game program
advertisements for local companies and businesses. Chairman Majikes asked that
members disseminate that information to prospective businesses for interest.
ITEM 11 Chairman
Majikes led a discussion regarding the entering into Cooperative Agreements by
member schools for the next two year cycle, 2018-19 and 2019-2020. At this
point in the process, only those agreements that do not change the
classification of a member school’s status in that sport will be considered for
approval. If by moving into a cooperative agreement requires a change in
classification it will not be considered until the next two year cycle.
ITEM 11 The
meeting was moved to Executive Session at 5:33 p.m. in order to discuss
situations brought to the committee’s attention regarding member schools.
ITEM 12 Following
executive session, the committee reconvened at 6:23 p.m.
ITEM 13 A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Ron Collins, to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:23 p.m.
District II Secretary/Web Master