Combining of Sports
A lonely boy walks home with equipment in hand and tears in eyes. He looks back to see his fellow classmates celebrating the establishment of their new team. Passing him on the opposite side of the road is another boy buried in a text book desperately trying to balance the pressure of his academics and his sport. The combination of Lahser and Andover into the Bloomfield Hills High School super power creates a heated climate between sports players.
In order to compensate for the large amount of players striving to make a spot on sports team, the athletic system has to make some changes in the structure of the teams. The addition of freshmen and J.V teams will allow it so not all the sports will have to make cuts. Sports like basketball and volleyball are thinking about adding a freshman team and swimming is thinking about adding a J.V team. Some parents are concerned that kids from opposing school will be favored during tryouts by coaches that they are already familiar with. The athletic director addressed this problem by requiring that all coaches reapply for their job. The coaches that get the job will be fair in their judgment and will choose the best players for their team. Athletic Director Avis Najor says, “Bottom line is we are one high school, no halves, it’s just all of us together. That is the way it should be.”
Hope is present in fanatics of less popular sports like bowling because there are more students interested in participating. Bowling is potentially a new addition to the arsenal of sports that is offered at BHHS. Other teams like Ultimate Frisbee may receive school funding in the future as well. The new high school is looking to widen the variety of activities offered so that all students have an opportunity to get involved.