Geibel won't field varsity football team next season
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Plagued by low numbers and an inability to field a complete roster on a regular basis, Geibel has decided it will not attempt to play a WPIAL varsity football schedule during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. However, this does not mean there won't be football at Geibel.
“We're going to play,” Geibel athletic director Shawn Holup said. “We were allowed by the WPIAL to play an independent schedule. So that means we can play junior varsity teams and other teams looking for opponents. We feel this is the best option for the next two years.”
Holup reported that it is too early to tell how many games Geibel will be able to play during the upcoming season. Holup did note that Geibel will be looking for teams, even from out of state, to help create some form of schedule for the next two seasons.
The Gators are hoping that keeping the football program alive in some form over the course of the next two high school seasons will help stimulate the program. The hope is that Geibel can become a competitive WPIAL program in the future.
“(WPIAL executive director) Tim O'Malley allowed us to do this and that was a positive development,” Holup said. “Hopefully, we'll be able to build some interest and we'll see where we are in two years.”
Holup estimates that 15 to 17 students have shown interest in playing football for the coming seasons.
Geibel forfeited games to Beth-Center, Jefferson-Morgan and West Greene in 2013. The Gators also forfeited to Frazier and Beth-Center in 2012.
Geibel alerted the WPIAL before the PIAA released enrollment classification figures Monday, which is why the WPIAL planned for 24 teams Class A.
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at email@example.com.
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