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Colton-Pierrepont continuing mergers with Parishville-Hopkinton for baseball, lax

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COLTON - Colton-Pierrepont Central School and Parishville-Hopkinton Central School will be joining forces on the baseball field for the fifth consecutive spring.

“We have a request from a student who played baseball for Parishville-Hopkinton last year to continue playing baseball with Parishville. So we’re looking to approve a sports merger at the modified and the varsity level,” CPCS Principal Jim Nee said.

“I know that Parishville-Hopkinton (recently) approved a reciprocal merger for lacrosse. They have approximately four students interested in coming and playing lacrosse for us and right now we’re sitting at three or four students for baseball,” according to Mr. Nee, who started the lacrosse program at Colton-Pierrepont.

“The kids from Parishville-Hopkinton, they’ve been dedicated and they’ve worked hard. I also know that our students from Colton have been positive members of the baseball team for Parishville.”

Mr. Nee also informed the board that the October merger request for girls’ varsity lacrosse from junior transfer Courtney Marsh was recently approved by Canton Central School.

The Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District Board of Education approved several sports mergers in December.

The mergers will allow PHCS students to participate in sports not offered at the school.

Agreements were approved with Norwood-Norfolk for track & field, Colton-Pierrepont for boys’ lacrosse and Potsdam for both girls’ lacrosse and golf.

“It appears we will have interest in these sports,” said Superintendent Darin P. Saiff.

Mr. Saiff added mergers with Colton-Pierrepont and Norwood-Norfolk are free of charge, while the mergers with Potsdam cost the district $100 per student.

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Staff writer Benny Fairchild contributed to this story.

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