Wisdom and Van Buren combining soccer teams this season
ST. AGATHA, Maine — High school soccer is set to start next week in the St. John Valley and two schools have combined forces to ensure all students have a chance to play.
Wisdom Middle/High School has taken on four girls and four boys from Van Buren, which did not have enough players to field either team of its own. For this season the teams will be known as the Wisdom/Van Buren Pioneers.
“We agreed to the shared teams simply because it was the right thing to do. Our neighbors needed our help and when we were asked to step in to help, we jumped at this opportunity,” Wisdom athletic director Tammie Lerman said.
The joint effort works to the benefit of both schools. Wisdom is a small school and by adding the Van Buren players it lessens the chance of the Pioneers being short of players due to unanticipated circumstances.
“Injuries, maintaining acceptable grades, and of course COVID can derail a season as we have all seen,” Lerman said.
Practices will take place in St. Agatha but several games will be played on the Van Buren pitch.
“The student athletes from both Van Buren and Wisdom welcomed one another with open arms. I’m sure our amazing fans and community will follow suit,” Lerman said. “Our student-athletes know one another off of the court or the field. They’re friends outside of school. The color of their uniform is not important to them. They just want to play the sport they love.”