Softball supporters plead case |

Softball supporters plead case

Tonya Bina

Middle Park High School girls softball supporters made their case for continuing the sport next year, during a May 10 East Grand School Board meeting.

Softball assistant volunteer coach PJ Holmes told board members he and volunteer coach Patrick Gallegos have offered to not be paid to coach softball next year to keep the program going.

Holmes said as many as 12 girls from East Grand and three from the Kremmling area have shown interest in being on a high school softball team in the 2011-12 season, contrary to District Accountability Committee projections that there may not be enough players to field a team.

“If there’s a baseball field, then I don’t know why the girls can’t play as well,” said Michelle Milstead, whose sophomore daughter Morgan earned All-State Honorable Mention as pitcher on the team.

“I want to fight for these girls,” she said.

Competitive softball, the Milsteads said post-meeting, provides girls a path for college scholarships.

The East Grand School Board has not yet made a decision about cutting softball as part of its budget deliberations. Softball was the only sport recommended to be cut from the East Grand roster of sports by the athletics and activities subcommittee of the District Accountability Committee.

An administration team recently backed the recommendation.