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Freshmen Sports to Return in Elk Grove

ELK GROVE-

Are you ready for some football?  How about basketball, and baseball too?

The Elk Grove Board of Education deciding Wednesday to use $500,000 to fund six freshmen sports programs at its nine high schools.

“As things improved for the State Of California,”  Jim Smrekar, the District’s Athletic Director, said Thursday. “Funding for education has improved, and therefore districts have more expendable revenue.”

Starting in the fall, incoming freshman can go out for football and girls volleyball.  Then in the winter, boys & girls basketball, and in the Spring of 2015, baseball and girls soccer.

“I think it’s just awesome that it’s back.  Freshman sports are back,” Dave Pinckney said.  “Because it’s going to give a lot of kids a chance to experience high school sports that would never get a chance to do it.”

Pickney knows first-hand the importance of freshman sports programs.  He was a junior varsity coach at Elk Grove High School 4 years ago when all freshman sports went away.

“I got the first group of 9th graders trying to play JV football, and it was a big transition for those kids and for us,” Pickney said.  “Now they’ll at least get a chance to play and grow and mature and get bigger, and hopefully contribute to the program.”