The problem with low participation numbers is being addressed pretty smoothly by local schools. However, it takes more than one school to solve the issue. Co-op sports teams are becoming very common to build sufficient numbers to field a team.
At Bellwood some sports have combined with Tyrone to create teams for soccer, swimming, and tennis and with Bishop Guilfoyle to play hockey.
Blairsville and Saltsburg recently combined to create River Valley while Juniata Valley and Williamsburg combined for football. This shows that local schools are not afraid to make a move if they see it is necessary which begs the question: what does the future look like for Bellwood? Could we see a co-op with Tyrone in more sports, including football?
Only time will tell what the future holds for local and national high school athletics.