Monday, August 18, 2008

"We're gonna play"

The 2008 Avella High School football season is on.

With only 11 healthy players, Avella canceled its scrimmage last Saturday at Laurel and speculation swirled that the entire season could be canceled.

I spoke with first year Eagles coach Frank Gray Sunday and he said he had heard nothing that could substantiate the claim.

On Monday, however, Avella officials met and discussed the possibility of canceling its season. A call was placed to WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley, who informed the school that canceling the season meant the Eagles would not be allowed to participate in the WPIAL in 2009 either.

Hearing that news prompted Avella to do what Gray and his players wanted all along – to continue the 2008 season as a member of the Class A Black Hills Conference.

"There was no way," Gray said Monday. "We're gonna play."

For the entire story, read Tuesday's Observer-Reporter.

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