By Pat Maurer
Clare’s Board of Education voted unanimously approved the addition of bowling as a varsity sport at Clare High School beginning immediately.
With the approval of Athletic Director Jack Kramer, last month Gateway Lanes owner Jack Gross proposed the new program. Many audience members were also at the November meeting to support the proposal.
“Twelve years ago,” Gross told the board last month, “bowling was beginning to become a recognized sport in high schools. We started a conference in this area three years ago with four schools. This year we have added Beaverton as a club sport, Houghton Lake (as a varsity sport). We now have seven schools involved either as a club sport or varsity sport in the conference.”
Clare has been involved with the Bowling Conference developed by Jack and Julie Gross for the past three years as a “Club Sport.”
Kramer had also recommended that the board approve adding Middle School Volleyball to Clare’s recognized sports beginning next year. “Every school in the Jack Pine [Conference] has a Middle School Volleyball program except one – Clare.” Kramer said in November. “If we want to move our volleyball program back where it belongs, we need the middle school program. It’s imperative to make it a part of our existing program. These girls at the Middle School need a program.”
Both proposals were approved unanimously Monday. Board President Tom Weaver noted that both programs would be self-supporting.
The board also recognized the accomplishments of the Clare Varsity Football team at the meeting. Coach Kelly Luplow outlined their accomplishments and noted that they had won the Jack Pine Conference Championship for the sixth consecutive year and were also Division 5 District Champions this year. “It was an amazing type of season we had this year,” Luplow said. “We were led by the seniors, and the parent support was phenomenal. The parents were a big part or our success and the kids were awesome.”
Team members included Brandon Ayris, Seth Harton (2nd Team All-Conference Offense), Zachary Pulcifer, James Baer, Patrick Hughes (1st Team All-Conference Offense), Colton Punches (1st Team All-Conference Defense), Loren Cole (1st Team All-Conference Defense), Joshua Kinberg, Anastacio Ramos IV, Slade Davis, Zachery Krzyzanowski, Hunter Ruby (2nd Team All-Conference Punter), Christopher Dysinger, Joshua Langlois, Mark Ruby, Logan Emery, Joseph McGuire (2nd Team All-Conference Defense), Kyle Schunk, Robert Green II, Taylor Meixner (1st Team All-Conference Defense), Samuel Selles, Mitchell Greenacre (1st Team All-Conference Offense, 1st Team All-Conference Defense, 1st Team Associated Press All State Linebacker, 1st Team Detroit Free Press All State Linebacker), Nicholas Montini, James Simon, Jordan Gross (2nd Team All-Conference Offense), Scott Moses, Kenneth Smith, Spencer Harrell, Douglas Prince, Jr., Brock Swan, Zackary Tyler (2nd Team All-Conference Offense), Riley White and Anthony Whitehead.
In another matter Superintendent Doniel Pummell said the administration and staff had met following the events in Connecticut last Friday and reviewed the school’s crisis plans. “Drills are practiced regularly and executed well,” she said. “The local police department and fire department are very involved with our staff on a regular basis. Liaison Officer Al White will put together a group of “safety greeters” at the Primary and High Schools throughout the day to direct visitors to check in at the offices.”
She added, “We need to take another look so we are as safe as possible.”
Other business at the meeting Monday included:
*A favorable result for the Superintendent’s Performance Survey.
*Reports by members of the Education Boosters, Sports Boosters and Band Boosters.
*Administrators reports on building and sports activities, technology and building maintenance.
*Setting the date for the organizational meeting as January 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Library.
*Approving an extended leave of absence for Tom Hurdle.
*Approval of November bills totaling $59,674.70.