Trumansburg votes to merge football with South Seneca

Trumansburg votes to merge football with South Seneca


Trumansburg votes to merge football with South Seneca


The Trumansburg Central Schools Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday night to merge its football program — which was unable to field a varsity team this past fall due to low numbers — with the program at neighboring South Seneca.

The move is still not official, as it has to be approved by the South Seneca school board. It was not known on Tuesday night when the South Seneca school board would vote on the proposal. Efforts Tuesday evening to reach representatives of both the Trumansburg and South Seneca school boards were unsuccessful.

South Seneca district residents were voting Tuesday night on two capital project propositions, one for roof replacement and other upkeep at both the elementary school in Interlaken and the middle/high school in Ovid, and the other for major athletic facilities upgrades at the high school.

Those athletics improvements included a new grass football/soccer field with lights, a grandstand and press box, and a 400-meter track surrounding it, as well as three new soccer fields and other upgrades.

Jason Hodge, director of athletics at Trumansburg, said Tuesday evening that Section 4 gave his school a deadline of January 1, 2015, to declare whether the school would field a football team next fall. He expressed disappointment at having to make a decision so early, noting that in the past, schools would have till July 1 to make a declaration.

“It seems like a lot of time in my book,” said Hodge, also the school’s varsity boys’ soccer coach. “It put us in a tough situation, and we’ve been talking with a couple of other schools trying to make something work.”

Trumansburg was forced to drop varsity football for this year in mid-August, when the team had only 13 eligible players three days into preseason workouts. Head coach John Dunlap had resigned in early July; Steve Murray was named coach a short time later.

Twenty-two players attended a preseason meeting, but numbers had dropped off considerably when training camp began on Aug. 18. The Blue Raiders finished 1-8 in 2013 and 2-7 in ’12.

South Seneca finished 0-7 this season and has lost 21 straight dating back to the 2012 season. The losing streak is tied for second-longest in New York state; Ithaca High has lost 24 straight dating back to week 3 of the 2012 season.

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