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Monday, July 22, 2024

Windom, St. James take first steps toward shared soccer program

The start of shared high school girls and boys soccer programs between Windom and St. James is moving closer to becoming reality.

At Monday’s Windom School Board work session, board members Angie Klassen and Joel Bordewyk and Superintendent Wayne Wormstadt updated the board on a preliminary pairing committee meeting held with board and administration members from St. James.

While many of the logistics will still need to be worked out, much of the framework for a possible shared program is already in place. Practices would be held behind St. James High School and home games would be played at the St. James High School football field. St. James would be the host school and likely would hold the coaching contracts.

Windom would be responsible for transporting its participants to and from practice each day, while transportation for road matches would be determined based on where the match was played. The program also would likely move seamlessly into the Big South Conference.

Wormstadt noted that preliminary surveys at both schools indicate the possibility of varsity and JV teams for both girls and boys, with the additional possibility of a C-squad boys team.

Additionally, the program would have a neutral name and mascot.

Bordewyk noted the goal is to have a draft of a pairing agreement ready to act on by the April meeting, which would allow a schedule for the fall of 2022 to be prepared and finalized.

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