Medical Lake sports numbers still going strong in first count of 2013-14
by drew peterson
Last week’s Medical Lake School District board of directors meeting, discussion focused on the initial enrollment reports from the first week of school as well as the number of students taking part in sports.
Along with steady enrollment numbers, Medical Lake High School vice principal and athletics director Chris Spring gave an optimistic report regarding Medical Lake sports. One of the biggest highlights that Spring pointed out was the recent success of high school athletics since Medical Lake reclassified from the Great Northern League into the Northeast A League.
While Spring stressed that success isn’t solely based off wins and losses, he said it is an exciting time as sports have become instantly competitive during the transition.
Spring pointed to the continued growth of the football program after their first playoff appearance last season since 2003. He also spoke of the continued growth of both the boys and girls cross country program after individual and team success at the state level last year and also highlighted the success of the boys basketball program after they won the district title last season.
“It’s a lot to celebrate for the kids because that experience of being able to go and play games outside of your season against schools they’ve never seen before and travel and do some things they haven’t done for a long time has been pretty cool,” Spring said.
At the middle school level, Spring pointed out that the district had a record turnout for the cross country program which began three years ago, while all the sports are holding steady as far as numbers are concerned.
One aspect that really excited Spring was the consistency that they have been able to build between the high school and middle school programs. Spring said high school coaches are intermixing with younger kids through camps and other outlets, which has allowed them to teach kids the basics and fundamentals so they can apply them early and take them with them into the high school level.
The next Medical Lake School District board meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the district administration building, located at 116 W. Third St.