Tuesday, October 5, 2010

OSG High: Skyline High School (AL) shuts down Football

Skyline HS locker room/Courtesy: Mark McCarter Huntsville Times
Wow! It's really kind of hard to tell if this is a sign of the times or that there just aren't enough people living in the community to justify either the school or the program.

Skyline High School is situated in the foothills of the Appalachians. Deep in Northeast Alabama, the towns, Scottsboro is in an area that runs close to extreme north Georgia and extreme south Tennessee. The school has somewhere around 160 students, the town, more people...but not by much.

They tried to play. They were 0-3 and had roughly 12 players on the roster. While honorable to compete, they just couldn't. They forfeited the rest of their games.

Read about the end of the program from al.com RIGHT HERE

While we never like to report on a school losing a sports program, in this case we understand. If you read further, it isn't the 1st time Skyline tried to get football going, it failed every time.

We mention this story because we know there are quite a few schools who have budget problems these days. We know that some have talked about dropping some sports. Sports, football in particular, are expensive. There are a lot of good things that come out of having kids play organized sports, but we also understand they are in school to get an education first.

That education is getting harder and harder to fund. Cities and counties are cutting back educational budgets. They don't have a choice. Heck, Brother J-Dub is a teacher and knows what teachers are facing these days.

We wish the kids from Skyline...and the coaches nothing but the best. We hope the kids finish school and go on to great things. It's unfortunate that football won't be a part of it, but all is well. We understand.

For more on this, check out the TV Story from NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga:

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