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Chris Murphy, Published September 19 2012

D-G-F schools may back off sponsorship of Legion baseball team

DILWORTH – A Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school board meeting scheduled for Monday could spell the end of sponsorship from the school district for the American Legion baseball program.

“The recommendation will be to discontinue it,”

D-G-F School District Superintendent Bryan Thygeson said. “To be honest, this was about the equity of other summer programs.

“Are we going to be the financial sponsors of all the summer programs?”

In early August, the D-G-F American Legion baseball team was disqualified from the state tournament for multiple incidents, including hotel damages and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Prior to being disqualified, D-G-F had posted a 2-0 record at the state tournament and had qualified for the Division II Central Plains Regional tournament.

According to Thygeson, the incidents at the state tournament are not the main reason for the proposal to discontinue support for the Legion program. But he said it certainly fueled the fire.

Thygeson said the school district provided about $10,000 this year for the Legion baseball team and covered a minimum of 50 percent of the Legion program’s budget in the past.

“(The incident at state) did open the door, but it was not the only factor in the discussion,” Thygeson said. “One of my points for the school board is if we’re going to have to sponsor this program, are we going to have to sponsor other summer programs?

“It’s looking at the equity in all of our athletic programs. Did the situation at state bring it to the forefront? Yes, but it is definitely not the only factor.”

When asked why the school district should continue sponsoring the Legion program, D-G-F Legion coach Al Krueger said:

“I’m not so sure they should. We need to have the meeting first. I have pros and cons, but we’ll have to wait for the meeting before talking about them.”

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