Marion Catholic folds football program

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Marion Catholic Football

After getting just 13 students to commit to playing football at Marion
Catholic High, the school decided to pull the plug on its program for
2010 and possibly 2011. It’s not for a lack of interest, though. Indeed,
13 boys makes up nearly half of the school’s male population. According
to Principal Fran Voll, there’s only 30 boys in the entire school
(grades 7-13).


After getting just 13 students to commit to playing football at Marion Catholic High, the school decided to pull the plug on its program for 2010 and possibly 2011. It’s not for a lack of interest, though. Indeed, 13 boys makes up nearly half of the school’s male population. According to Principal Fran Voll, there’s only 30 boys in the entire school (grades 7-13).

“It certainly was the consensus we need more than that,” Voll told the Marion Star. “Thirteen is not enough to start the season.”
The Fighting Irish fielded 20 players at the start of last season, but ended with just 15 due to injuries.

“You have to be concerned. Football is a numbers sport,” Voll said. Fewer team members means more members are playing both defense and offense and are getting less rest during the game.”

The Division VI Fighting Irish went 1-9 last fall with their lone win coming against St. Wendelin (Fostoria). Voll believes the school’s shrinking numbers are due largely to the weakened economy. Tuition for most students costs $4,300, although Marion Catholic does give out financial support for the families of students who can’t foot the bill. Voll says he can’t remember the last time the Fighting Irish did not field a football team. Hopefully, it’s just a temporary thing.

At least one team has already rescheduled the gap in their schedules after Marion Catholic announced their hiatus: Ridgedale will take on Richmond Heights instead of Marion Catholic at 2 p.m. Aug. 28.

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