Private schools & sports

| Monday, March 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

I may be the biggest fan of high school sports so I have to let my feelings be known. Nothing is as unfair as private schools competing against the public schools in the WPIAL and PIAA in high school sports.

I have nothing against the kids from private schools, but I have everything against the WPIAL and PIAA for allowing this to happen and for allowing so many transfers for “academic reasons.“ That's a crock in the vast majority of transfers.

Watching Leechburg walk through several Catholic schools in 2007 on their way to the championship was one of the biggest highlights for me. But in 2013, the Burrell girls basketball team was doing great, but had to play Bishop Canevin in the semifinals. We know Burrell lost that game. But at least we got to see the Burrell boys knock off Greensburg Central Catholic on their way to the Class AA championship game.

On Saturday, Clairton played Vincentian Academy in the Class A finals. I was rooting for Clairton, but Vincentian won.

I believe you should educate your kids in your own school district from kindergarten through their senior year.

My bet is the natural gas industry will be opening up a charter school to teach kids entering that field and it'll have a basketball team.

Ernie Sipolino


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