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Rye High Boys Soccer Gone?
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So, when my Editor asked me to look into this, I immediately thought of Ben Beck. He is co-owner of the local gym, and I knew he had a passion for kids soccer. I met with Ben last week to get some history on the subject.

Ben started by saying that Rec soccer started around here in 2010. He continued, saying he coached the boys High School team from 2013 through 2017. In 2018, Mike Wing took over as Head Coach for the boys team. Ben went back to coaching at the Middle School.

Ben advised about two weeks ago, he had a conversation with Mike Wing. According to Ben, Mike told him that the High School boys soccer program was over, and that the current High School Athletic Director, Adam Baumgartner, said it was a numbers issue... too many sports for too few students...sports were competing for players.

Ben said the 2018 high school boys soccer record was four and eleven. He continued, saying the 2019 season record was one and fourteen. The 2019 record was verified via MaxPreps.

Ben related that, after hearing this from Mike, he contacted several of the boys soccer teamís parents. Ben said those parents told him they were not aware of the decision to drop boys soccer at the High School. He continued, saying he was under the impression that Baumgardner and the Rye High School principle had met with an Administrator from District 70, and the decision was made to drop the program. Ben said he believed Mike Wing was not at this meeting, and had no input towards the decision. He also said he was concerned there was no transparency prior to the decision being made for parents and others concerned.

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