Mazzola announces addition
of football to Thacher's fall season
by Misty Volaski
The Thacher School will join the growing Condor League trend
of adding an eight-man football team to the school's fall sports
They follow competitors such as Laguna Blanca and Villanova Preparatory
in adding the team to the school's already-large array of extracurricular
The change came when several other teams in the Condor League
changed their boys' soccer teams to the winter instead of the
fall. As most CIF Southern Section teams play soccer in the winter,
moving the sport would provide more competition for Thacher's
team, said Thacher's athletic director, Rich Mazzola.
"It made sense for us to look at moving our sports around
because lots of other teams in the Condor League already have,"
"The move left an opening in the fall, and it left 70 boys
with no sport to compete in," he added. "We looked
at many other options, like expanding our rock climbing or horse
programs. We also looked at water polo as an option. But the
majority of the students expressed a desire to add football,"
Thacher will only have one team to start out with, but may add
more if the demand is large enough. Head coach Jeff Hooper and
assistant coaches Fred Coleman and Bill Rexford held a meeting
in the spring and handed out a suggested workout regimin to the
40 prospective players.
"It's tough because we have kids come here from all over
the world. So we can't practice in the summer," Mazzola
The addition of the football team and the soccer move does create
some conflict. Along with a shift in the soccer season, there
will also be a shift in the boys' lacrosse season.
Several starting baseball players also play lacrosse, said Maszzola.
And after such a successful baseball season this year - the squad
made it to the CIF finals, where they lost to Grace Brethren
- several baseball players could be lost to the lacrosse team.
"There's baseball, lacrosse, rock climbing, kayaking, our
horse program and track all in one season," Mazzola noted.
"Lots of kids will have a tough decision to make next year."
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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