Springdale girls hoops will play
John Broderick acknowledges the Springdale girls basketball team still faces some difficult odds, but the Dynamos will stare down those challenges on the court.
After low numbers forced Springdale to cancel the first five games of the season, the Dynamos will take to their home floor for their Section 2-AA opener against Sto-Rox at 6 p.m. Monday.
“We're going to do the best we can,” said Broderick, Springdale's second-year coach. “We're going to play as hard as we can. We're going to stress to do things the right way and be good representatives of Springdale, ourselves and our parents. We know going in the odds are stacked against us.”
Springdale withdrew from its tip-off tournament and also canceled nonsection games against Steel Valley, Aquinas Academy and Harvist Baptist Christian Academy. But a few new players began attending practices this week, allowing the Dynamos to go ahead with Monday's game.
“You see sometimes in the paper: no experience required,” said Broderick, who anticipates having eight players Monday. “That was sort of our message, just to get girls to come out and give it a try (and) don't worry about what it is you can't do or don't know. Just come out and have fun.”
Athletic director Ray Davis said Springdale will attempt to fulfill its obligation to the WPIAL by playing a full section schedule. Otherwise, the WPIAL could decide not to place the school in a section next season.
“We hope we can fulfill the schedule the WPIAL gave us,” Davis said. “We felt bad to the other schools that we couldn't play them. They understood our situation, though.”
Springdale is scheduled to play a section road game at Northgate on Dec. 22, and Davis said he anticipates the Dynamos will do so. The Dynamos also are back in Valley's holiday tournament.
All Springdale's home games will begin at 6 p.m., with no junior varsity contests.
The canceled games will not be made up.