YOUNGSTOWN — Seventh- and eighth-grade athletics are returning this year to the Youngstown City School District, reviving a long sports history.
YCSD is reconfiguring this fall and two middle schools, East Middle School at the P. Ross Berry Campus and Chaney Middle School at the McGuffey Campus, enter the district landscape.
“East Middle School will be a feeder school for East High, and Chaney Middle School will be the feeder for Chaney High,” CEO Justin Jennings said in a news release. “We believe our reconfiguration will better serve the academic needs of our scholars, but our athletics will benefit as well. It will help to build those programs, sculpt those players and build those teams starting from a younger age.”
For the past few years, younger student-athletes have competed in intramural sports through the schools.
This year, both middle schools will offer teams for seventh- and eighth-graders. This is a perspective year for the district middle schools through the Ohio High School Athletic Association with plans to be fully sanctioned by the association the following year.
Nick Sferra, YCSD’s middle school athletic director, is looking forward to the program’s success.
“Sanctioning the sports at the middle school level will allow for consistent scheduling with other area schools to continue to promote our scholar-athletes with options for play,” he said. “All coaches, as they always have been, will be required to hold an active pupil activity permit and other credentials.”Anyone who needs to know which school a student will attend next school year can check the YCSD school boundaries here or contact Sferra at email@example.com.