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Football merger creates unique situation for athletes of area schools


Cornell (WQOW) - Student athletes at two area schools may be playing against their teammates next season.

It's a unique result of a merger between the schools.

On Monday, the Cornell school board voted to co-op with Lake Holcombe for football, but the schools remain rivals in some other sports.

"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," the old saying goes.

"We'll have co-op's with Lake Holcombe in Football, cross country, wrestling, track, and baseball," said Cornell Superintendent. Dr. Paul Schley.

The problem for Cornell isn't winning as much as simply fielding a team. Monday, Cornell decided to co-op with Lake Holcombe in football, while the schools still remain separate in basketball.

"We'll have some students that on a football field will be playing together, so you might have the quarterback taking the snap from center and they'd be from different schools. And you're playing together there but then in basketball season there's one kid shooting from Cornell and the Holcombe guy is blocking him, and it could be the same two guys," Schley said.

It is a unique situation, and one that Cornell football and basketball player Dusty Boehm is ready for.

"Basketball season is a different season than football, so when you're playing football and you're on the same team, and you're working with those guys the best you can to make a successful year. When its basketball season, you're main goal is beat them in the game, and shake hands afterwards," Boehm said.

The towns are separated by less than ten minutes. Boehm says the new merger will be extra motivation.

"I think really it just creates more competition on the basketball court knowing you played football with these guys. It creates a rivalry," said Boehm

Even though they may face off against each other, the schools will still be supporting each other as well.

"We share two teachers back and forth already, we have the business teacher, and they have the home economics teacher. They swap every other day. We have students we take up to Lake Holcombe for classes, they send students here, so it's big picture. We do a lot together. It's a real good relationship," Schley said.

The two schools will meet down the road to decide on a logo and uniforms for football.

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