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Local AD reacts to low high school sports turnout

High school sports participation across the county is down for the first time in 30 years and Sturgeon Bay Athletic Director Todd Meikle believes he knows why. A study conducted by the National Federation of State High School Association showed high school sports participation across the nation in 2018-2019 had a decline of over 40,000 participants from the previous year; this is the first time high school sports participation saw a decrease since the 1988-1989 school year. Sturgeon Bay Athletic Director Todd Meikle believes this is due to two reasons: school population is decreasing and more student-athletes are focusing on only one sport and may be playing for a select team instead of their high school. Meikle recommends student-athletes play as many sports as possible.

 

Even though the study shows high school sports participation is down as a whole, participation in girls’ volleyball and boys’ wrestling as well both boys’ and girls’ soccer were actually up in 2018-2019.

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