FIRTH – Firth High School will have a girls’ soccer team next fall.
Firth trustees unanimously approved the addition of girls’ soccer to the fall sports on a two-year trial basis.
Speaking to the board members, Firth patrons Neal Yancey and Paul Jensen said they would take care of all expenses for a two-year trial program.
A two-year trial will determine the cost and the impact on other teams, Yancey said.
Both Yancey’s and Jensen’s daughters played on the Aberdeen soccer team last fall. The families made the commitment to transport their daughters to and from Aberdeen for every practice and every game.
“Because of the newspaper coverage we got, the company, Toe Juice, donated 11 soccer balls,” Yancey said. Toe Juice is a supplier at Broulim’s in Shelley.
Yancey continued, “Skyline High School gave us nets and we have a $500 check donated for the program.
“We are well on our way already for supplies,” he said.
“Woo-hoo!”said soccer player Jacee Jensen. “I don’t know if I will be able to sleep tonight.”
“We’re very happy,” said Addison Yancey.
“It’s tremendous,” added her mother, Jana.
“I think it will be good for the kids,” said Firth High School Athletic Director and Principal Jeff Gee. “The more opportunities we can offer the kids, the better off they are.”
Superintendent Sid Tubbs said, “I feel it’s important to give as much as we can to our kids. Soccer will be a minimal cost to the district.”
“I was the first softball coach,” Tubbs said. “We are adding something for kids who probably are not doing anything else.”