Two-State Co-op

May 14, 2018

Mullan High School in Idaho and St. Regis High School in Montana are combining their football programs in order to ensure they have enough players to field a team.

According to The Spokesman-Review, the two schools, 40 miles and a time zone apart, have had difficulty fielding entire teams. Two years ago, Mullen had to forfeit its season due to not having enough players, while St. Regis forfeited three games in 2017 after injuries sidelined players. Jessie Allan, St. Regis' football coach, approached Stetson Spooner, Mullan's Athletic Director and football coach, with the proposal to merge after realizing that St. Regis would not be able to field a team this year.

“I thought ‘How would this even work? Getting players over the the state line, no way,’ ” Spooner said. “Then the more we talked about it, it became more and more feasible.”

Because of the hour time zone difference, St. Regis will be able to leave school at 3 p.m. Mountain Time, and arrive at Mullan by 3 p.m. Pacific Time, in time for practice.

Allan said that some St. Regis fans were unhappy about the merger, but described it as “the only option (they) have right now,” at least until participation numbers improve.

“It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to make something here in Montana,” Allan said. “It sucks to bite the bullet and not have a program of our own, but at the end of the day, it’s about the kids playing football.”

Spooner said the larger team gives him more flexibility when it comes to making decisions.

“I’ve never had more than 12 players on my team since I’ve been here,” Spooner said. “It will be nice to have depth and actually be able to bench players if they’re late or skip practice.”

From New World Of Coaching
Having mentors can be invaluable to your career and professional growth. While some mentors may simply “appear” in your life, there may be others whom you have to seek out. The following thoughts should help you find your next career guide.
SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

Firstbeat readies sleep-monitoring system

A lot of attention is being paid to recovery in athletes as part of efforts to help them reach their optimal performance. Much of this attention has focused on training loads, with numerous systems being developed to track this data. Now, attention is turning to the importance of sleep. As explained in a blog on … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Research Supports Use of Sway Medical Balance Assessment

A study involving 184 Division II male and female student-athletes concludes that the accessibility and ease of use of Sway Medical’s Concussion Management System Application makes it an effective and affordable tool for balance and postural stability assessments. “In today’s society, electronic devices are widely used, and the SMBA (Sway Medical Balance Application) is easily … CLICK TO READ MORE...

FieldTurf Wins Opportunity to Develop New Protective Playing Surface

The National Football League (NFL) and Football Research, Inc. (FRI) announced that FieldTurf is one of the winners of the HeadHealthTECH Challenge IV, the latest in the Tech Challenge series, which is operated on behalf of FRI by Duke University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI). The TECH Challenge series is designed to stimulate … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Suitmate Is Essential to Any Pool’s Locker Room

Since the sale of the first Suitmate Water Extractor, almost twenty thousand units have been sold and can be found in all fifty of the United States and in over forty-eight foreign countries. It is found in Health and Sport Clubs, YMCA’s, YWCA’s, Colleges and Universities, High Schools, JCC’s, Wellness Centers, Hotels and Motels, and … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Schools Maximize Daktronics Video Display With AppleTV

Mirroring AppleTV on your digital display can give you numerous new and creative ways to utilize the technology you have. Using the screen mirror feature, you can broadcast apps for numerous events. Using trivia apps can help engage fans during halftime, while using performance apps like Hudle can help players see where they can improve … CLICK TO READ MORE...


Stay at the Top of Your Game!
Receive articles like this by signing up for our newsletters