Search begins for workable plan

Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2000

With the decision to have all of the Kenai Peninsula high school wrestling teams compete in the fall season already made, plans are under way to come up with a workable schedule for the season.

Kenai Central High School principal Sam Stewart, president of the Region III board, told the school board Monday that a proposal for the new wrestling season was on its way to the Alaska School Activities Association for approval.

ASAA's board of directors will consider the proposal at its spring meeting scheduled for May 1 and 2.

The format, Stewart said, was presented to the Region III board by representatives from Anchorage Christian Schools as a way to make a fall season work.

"Region III didn't make the recommendation," Stewart said, "but we were presented with the situation, and as administrators and athletic directors, we need to find a way to make it work."

Under the format outlined in the proposal, four regional qualifying meets would lead up the state meet, the site of which has yet to be determined.

The top six wrestlers in each class would advance to the state meet -- two more per class than advance under the current format.

Homer, Soldotna and Nikiski would compete in a qualifying meet that includes Glennallen, Grace and ACS.

Kenai, Seward and Skyview would wrestle in a qualifying meet against Houston, Valdez, Cordova, Tok and Ninilchik.

Stewart emphasized that the Region III board had been "proactive to promote one (wrestling) season," rather than the split-season solution ASAA adopted.

"We are trying to look for a solution for future seasons," Stewart told the school board, "but we have yet to come up with a compromise."

Also at Monday's school board meeting, superintendent Donna Peterson announced the formation of a Student Activities Task Force to evaluate the way extracurricular activities are handled in the district.

A series of open meetings has been scheduled for discussion of the way the Kenai Peninsula Schools Activities Association operates. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, with other meetings slated for April 27 and May 4.

All the meetings will take place at the Borough Building in Soldotna from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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