With a national trend showing that sports participation is down for the first time in 30 years, one local athletic director is optimistic that numbers will bounce back. A study by the National Federation of State High School Associations reflected the largest declines among football and basketball programs. Jenny Bandow, athletic director at Luxemburg-Casco High School says participation numbers at L-C are more indicative of the size of the classes rather than any real decline.
Luxemburg-Casco began the winter sports schedule on Tuesday as the girls' basketball program played their first game of the 2019-2020 campaign. The study also showed that the number of athletes competing was the third-highest number ever. Programs that showed increases were boys soccer, volleyball and girls wrestling.
(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux. State Champion L-C Spartan Volleyball team)