Teaming Up

SINCLAIRVILLE – Every great sports story has a triumphant ending and for Cassadaga Valley it means merging with Falconer to save football.

Interim Superintendent Thomas Schmidt announced at Monday night’s school board meeting that Cassadaga Valley will merge fall sports with Falconer.

“I had a good meeting with Falconer’s board members,” he said. “Everything will be split 50/50, with each school hosting sports.”

Cassadaga Valley will be the host school for boys junior varsity and varsity football along with varsity football cheerleading.

Falconer will be the host school for boys modified and varsity soccer along with cross country.

In accordance with the Interscholastic Athletics Sharing Agreement, Cassadaga Valley and Falconer Central School will have a merging contract for these sports for the 2014-2015 school year.

Board member William Carlson added, the merger is a big advantage for both schools.

“Both districts need each other,” he said. “Sooner or later we wouldn’t have had these programs without the merge.”

Carlson said Falconer would not have had football without merging with Cassadaga Valley.

“When it comes to uniforms, Cassadaga will wear their uniforms when the home games are at Cassadaga, “he said. “Cassadaga will wear Falconer uniforms when the home games are at Falconer.”

Schmidt believes each school will handle this process in their own way.

“Each school will maintain their own identity through this process, “he said. “There will be growing pains, but it is only a one-year agreement.”

Schmidt added Cassadaga cheerleaders will cheer at both Cassadaga home games and Falconer home games.

“I don’t know if they will combine cheers for both schools or not, but they will turn up and cheer,” he said. “It will be fun.”

Because of the February deadline for fall sports, this is why only fall sports are being merged for now; spring and summer sports will be dealt with later.