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CPCS board to approach Canton Central about possible girls varsity lacrosse merger

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COLTON - Uncontrollable tears of joy began to fill Cortney Marsh’s eyes after the Colton-Pierrepont Central School Board of Education agreed to reach out to Canton Central School about a possible girls’ varsity lacrosse merger.

With only two years remaining in her high school career, the junior transfer from Canton Central entered her new school this fall and soon came to a disappointing revelation.

“Since being here, I have become aware that CPCS does not offer a girls’ varsity lacrosse program. I am familiar with merging possibilities due to teams I was active with at my previous school, Canton Central,” Ms. Marsh said. “Through conversations with Mr. (Jim) Nee, I am hoping to explore the chances between Colton-Pierrepont and Canton Central for a girls’ lacrosse merger.”

Ms. Marsh read a five paragraph letter to the board presenting her case.

She has been a three-season student-athlete for the past seven years and has played lacrosse for each of those. Through her athletic experiences, she has “learned many valuable life skills such as great time management, team work, independence, work ethic, dedication and social skills, among other assets.”She also added that early on in her scholastic career she wanted sports to be an integral part of her life on top of school.

“Not only am I starting to look to further my future through my education, I am reaching for my athletics to aid my opportunities. Through scholarships, not only based on academics, I feel as though athletic scholarships could broaden the diversity of my educational options,” Ms. Marsh said.

Ms. Marsh noted past scholarships that she has received to participate in St. Lawrence University’s summer lacrosse camp and a camp at Syracuse University among other accomplishments. “In my opinion, I have worked too hard to achieve these goals to watch them dissolve at such an important juncture,” she said.

Ms. Marsh said she hopes for a merger to be in place for the spring 2014 season, but if not, she would be “exploring the avenues” of joining the school’s boys team.

Mr. Nee, the CPCS principal, said that he has unaware of any other students interested in a merger, but he considers it a strong possibility.

Shelli Prespare-Weston made the motion for the board to ask Canton Central for a merger in the girls’ varsity lacrosse program.

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