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Published October 15 2010

Moorhead Park Christian football: All pieces in place but coaching staff

They’ve found a conference to play in. A junior varsity schedule has already been created for next season.

The only thing left for Moorhead Park Christian officials is finding a coaching staff for its newly created football program.

“We’re in the process of interviewing coaches,” said Park Christian President Kent Hannestad. “We hope to have a staff in place by the end of the month.”

That’s really the only thing Hannestad would say Thursday about the Moorhead private school adding football to its athletic program next season.

Park Christian has been in a co-op with Oak Grove for football during the last six years, Hannestad said. Hannestad said he didn’t want Park Christian’s plans to start football to take away from Oak Grove’s season.

The plan would be for Park Christian, which has an enrollment of 112 students, to play 9-man football.

The Falcons are scheduled to play in the North Tri-County Conference along with schools such as Ada-Borup and Rothsay, which restored its football program last season following an 18-year co-op with Barnesville.

Park Christian would play a junior varsity schedule and an eight-game varsity schedule next season, according to a release on the school’s Web site.

How the change will affect Oak Grove is unknown because a phone call made to the school was not returned. Oak Grove has 195 students in grades 7 through 12, according to the North Dakota High School Activities Association.

Adding a football team will give Park Christian its eighth varsity sport that is not in a co-op.

The other sports are boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, boys golf, boys track, girls track and volleyball.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548