Devils Lake wrestling, girls hockey no longer on notice
By Sam Herder
Journal Sports Editor
The Devils Lake wrestling and girls hockey programs are no longer under notice. After being given two years to get participation numbers up, the two teams showed improved numbers and competitiveness. The Devils Lake School Board agreed at its Monday meeting that the programs should be able to continue progressing.
Activities director Jason Wiberg presented the board with updated numbers for his building/program report on the agenda. Every sport saw an increase in participation except for cross country, which was down one or two runners. The activities offered by the school also saw stable participation numbers.
But the two programs being watched were wrestling and girls hockey, which were discussed when the board made cuts to other programs two years ago.
With a few wrestling parents in attendance, Superintendent Scott Privratsky addressed those in the crowd, saying he is comfortable with the amount of activities the school offers.
“My recommendation is no recommendation.” Privratsky said, meaning he believed the board did not have to take any action if they believed wrestling and/or girls hockey should continue.
After Wiberg’s presentation, no discussion on wrestling or girls hockey from the board followed. After the agenda was completed, board member Jeff Frith mentioned it should be safe to say girls hockey and wrestling are no longer on notice. He also mentioned he didn’t like the term probation being used, and that the term given two years ago was “on notice.”
Privratsky said two years have gone and “those two programs have met their expectations.”
President Lee Ann Johnston suggested the board add a vote of confidence of sorts for the two teams on the action items for the Feb. 22 agenda. The board members agreed.
“I think those programs should be commended for the progress they’ve made,” Frith. “I think they’re doing a nice job and anytime we discuss them in a probationary type of atmosphere, it creates a detrimental atmosphere around them.”
“I think it’ll be good for the programs to not be in that spotlight,” board member Jason Hodous added.