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R-P sees conflict with Junior Olympic volleyball


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Sports

The R-P school district has no connection with JO volleyball, which runs for several months in the spring, and has not hindered the formation of a league in the community. As a non-school sponsored activity, Superintendent Chuck Ehler acknowledges however, he has concerns with the program.

“Personally, I’m of the old school belief that sports should not be held on a Sunday,” noted Ehler. “I do not support it.” Ehler also highlighted his concerns of students beyond grades 3-6 in the program, noting that it causes competition for choice of spring sport. “We have to look at the big picture of what effect this program will have over another.”

Board member Julie Koop disagreed with Ehler, citing her belief that it provides an opportunity for girls to continue with the sport. She also pointed out that the district has benefited from the program with equipment.

At the May 20 board meeting, three R-P volleyball coaches handed in a letter of resignation including, Tori Lind. “It has become clear the countless hours being spent on building a program and molding players on and off the floor will not be appreciated by this school district,” said Lind in her resignation letter. “I truly hope this school district is able to find a coaching staff that is willing to dedicate their time and energy into this program above contract requirements. The female athletics in this school district deserve that commitment and support.”

“We’ve seen the writing on the wall. We’ve seen what it does in other schools. We need to not let it get out of balance,” stressed Ehler. “We’re hands off. We have no say in it, but I have concerns over the long-term impact.”

Chairwoman Angela Colbenson questioned whether the issue could create a problem with Title 9, offering a fair balance of sports for both boys and girls. Athletic Director Luke Lutterman affirmed that the district is offering and encouraging a fair and balanced program. “We’re collectively trying to maintain a balance,” concluded Ehler. “I feel I have a sound foundation.”

In other news, Athletic Director and Middle School Principal Luke Lutterman has also tendered his resignation per the conclusion of his employment agreement for the current school year. Lutterman has accepted the Athletic Direction position at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in Sauk Rapids, Minn.

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How does the Southern Football Alliance impact R-P?

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Sports

High School Football in the southeastern corner of the state of Minnesota will have a new scheduling format beginning this fall. The twenty five schools that make up the TRC (Three Rivers Conference) and the HVL (Hiawatha Valley League) have combine ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson fall activities

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Sports

Welcome to another year of Rushford-Peterson activities. Students wanting to participate in a fall activity need to plan to attend the fall parent and student eligibility night on Thursday, August 9. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in t ..... 
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