Toledo is one of the state’s hotbeds for high school sports, but
recently the Northwest part of the state has been in the news for all
the wrong reasons.
Toledo is one of the state’s hotbeds for high school sports, but recently the Northwest part of the state has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Recently – due to financial issues and the overall mess that is school funding in this state – the Toledo Public Schools basically wiped itself clean of athletics.
TPS will no longer offer the sports of cross country, hockey, boys tennis, golf, and wrestling in any capacity and also nixed all athletics at its six middle schools. All freshman sports teams have been shelved too.
What’s that mean?
For one, it means that there will no longer be a Toledo City Athletic League. All the private members of the former TCAL have left as have Whitmer and Oregon Clay. Those schools will form a new league and continue to play a slate that involves all sports at all levels.
The cuts also mean that students who attend Toledo Public Schools that played the sports cut are simply out of luck – unless they physically move.
Toledo Start senior wrestler Chase Leedy is one glaring example of the dilemma. Leedy has wrestled since age five and is a three-time district qualifier. He won’t be wrestling this year, though, unless his family moves.
For more on the situation, check out the following story from the Toledo Blade:
Toledo is also in the news today due to accusations brought about by several players and parents who have accused Whitmer boys basketball coach Bruce Smith of making racially insensitive remarks and being verbally abusive last season.
A rally was held in favor of the coach this Sunday at Whitmer.
For more on this story, read the Blade’s article below: