'A lot about it makes sense': New G-W co-ops

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Galva High School softball players, including (from left) Erika Edmonds (rear) and Taylor Williams (pitching) will be joined on the team this season by Williamsfield girls following an agreement by the Galva and Williamsfield school boards to co-op softball, girls basketball and track and field, all on the high school level, this year.

The co-op between Galva and Williamsfield high schools is getting bigger.

The two schools, which shared a football team the last two seasons and were partners in baseball last spring, unanimously approved to expand the co-op at a special joint meeting between the districts’ school boards Thursday at the Galva High School cafeteria.

The co-op now will also include girls basketball in the winter and softball and track and field in the spring.

“We’re right next to each other and (Williamsfield has) numbers needs,” Galva athletic director Clay Haurberg said. “There’s a lot of things about it that just make sense. It’s all about helping the kids and giving them a better chance at having success.”

Noticeably missing from the new agreement was the inclusion of volleyball or boys basketball.

Haurberg said he believed there’s a “real good chance” the schools would co-op in boys basketball and volleyball at some point in the future, but that likely wouldn’t happen until at least the 2012-13 season. Haurberg said the school boards don’t plan to meet together again until at least this spring to evaluate the co-op.