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WARREN TAC not receptive to JFK as member



Published: Wed, April 10, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



JFK is similar in size and distance to many Trumbull Athletic Conference teams.

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WARREN -- Two years ago, Warren JFK High School officials sent a letter of interest to the Trumbull Athletic Conference.

"It's time to renew that letter," JFK athletic director John Gillen said. "I talked to their secretary last week. I'll submit a letter to their commissioner [Mel Staats] that we're still interested if there's an opportunity or opening."

It doesn't appear likely.

Badger flirted with leaving the TAC, which would have created an opening, but decided to stay. For now, the nine-team conference is staying put, Staats says.

"The TAC plans to stay the TAC," Staats said. "That could change in the future, but for now, the league plans to stay with [nine] teams."

JFK was a member of the Mahoning Valley Conference before it broke up in the early '90s with the creation of the Metro Athletic Conference.

Former MVC members Campbell and JFK were not invited to join the MAC and have since been independent.

"I'm concerned about our kids," Gillen said. "It comes time for all-league honors and we have none. All we have is a shot at getting in tournaments. With everything but football, that's no problem."

Similar size: JFK is similar in size and distance to many TAC teams.

"We think we would be a good addition," Gillen said. "We have some natural rivalries. The rivalries bring in crowds and you need crowds to pay the bills.

"Those are things that are healthy for the community and leagues."

JFK has also been involved in talks about a possible All-American Conference with 11 other schools in northeast Ohio. School officials have also attended meetings on an all-parochial league with schools in the Youngstown Diocese.

But JFK lags behind many of the schools in enrollment size, which makes them reluctant to join one of the new leagues.

"We play Ursuline and Mooney in everything but football," Gillen said. "Our relationship with those schools is very good, but I don't think we have the number of people to consistently play the larger schools."

JFK has also expressed interest in the Tri-County League.

"The bottom line is that we would like our kids to be involved in a league -- to build up these rivalries, go for league championships and make an all-league team," Gillen said.




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