A pitch for baseball in Plattsmouth.
The Cassgram reports that a baseball team at Plattsmouth High School is in the early stages of discussions. The board of education assigned high school athletic director Shaun Brothers the task of devising and conducting a survey. He is to report back to the board with the findings.
Parent Jeff Johnson told the board he believes there is a lot of interest in baseball from boys now in the 10, 11 and 12-year-old age range. Other parents agreed and said a PHS team would keep students from leaving the district to play baseball at another high school.
Brothers said Plattsmouth and Platteview are the only two Eastern Midlands Conference schools without the sport. The schools’ athletic departments have discussed the possibility of proposing a Plattsmouth-Platteview baseball co-op.
School board member Don Freeburg expressed concern that adding baseball would reduce the quality and participation numbers of the track and soccer programs.
Board member Tony Foster described himself as a "big supporter of baseball" and said he thinks baseball would get participation from some students who don’t go out for other sports.
A local businessman has indicated his financial support in getting a team started.
High school principal Jeff Wiles reminded board members that the addition of baseball would probably mean another girls sport would have to be added to meet the guidelines of Title IX.
Brothers talked with athletic directors from other schools that have added baseball in recent years. He said they advised him of the importance of doing the proper amount of research and planning before fielding a team.