Hillsboro, Canton-Galva to team up for wrestling
Hillsboro High School will bring in outside help to build its wrestling roster this season.
At a meeting specially scheduled to approve its annual budget, the USD 410 board of education approved an agreement to merge its wrestling program with Canton-Galva High School.
Canton-Galva has not previously offered wrestling to its students, and approached Hillsboro as a potential partner.
Hillsboro reported low participation numbers as part of the reason to accept the agreement — only four upperclassmen are projected to participate this season.
“It’s a win-win,” superintendent Steve Noble said. “Their kids get to wrestle, and our team gets a couple more wrestlers.
“It might be one kid, it might be a couple or more,” he added.
The team will identify as Hillsboro High School and use Hillsboro’s facilities and play under the contract of its schedule. Canton-Galva will provide its own transportation to practices and meets, meeting at Hillsboro High School to bus to away meets unless the meets are west of Hillsboro, Noble said.
The cooperative sponsorship was made possible through an agreement made with the Kansas High School Athletics Association, which allows for co-sponsorships of athletic programs. On the agreement form, it was noted that there have been informal discussions about a co-sponsorship for several years.
Noble said the coaches are prorated based on how many kids participate, so the added participation could save USD 410 a marginal sum of money as well.
Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare is friends with Canton-Galva’s activities director Roger Trimmell, so the connection was easy to make, Noble said.