Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Joplin R-8 Board approves combining middle school basketball teams
The Joplin R-8 Board of Education moments ago approved by a 6-1 margin a plan to combine the three middle school basketball teams and only field one team apiece for eighth grade boys, eighth grade girls, seventh grade boys, and seventh grade girls.
The dissenting vote was cast by Lori Musser.
The plan would provide room for 30 players on A, B, and "junior varsity" teams, a name change from the C team that had been mentioned previously.
The vote was taken following a presentation by Athletic Director Jeff Starkweather and Assistant Athletic Director Matt Hiatt, who will take over for Starkweather, who is retiring, next year.
Board member Sharrock Dermott warned that people should not expect that this move will bring dramatic immediate improvements to the basketball programs, saying not to expect the move to translate to "we're state champs."
Hiatt agreed, saying, "We have a lot of work to do. This isn't a cureall. This is a step in the right direction.
(More information about the decision will be added later.)