Changes in prep numbers

September 4, 2019 Cranberry Local Sports


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Numbers can say what you want them to say.

That's evident in the results of the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

That survey indicated a drop in high school sports participation nationwide for the first time in 30 years. On the surface, that seems alarming.

But the decline of 43,395 participants — when compared to the nearly 8 million still playing — is hardly significant. And Pennsylvania ranks sixth among all states in the country with 316,429 high school athletes.

Before anyone predicts overall doom for prep football, consider that more than a million boys participated last year, 400,000 more than any other high school sport.

The number of high school girls basketball players in this country stood at 399,067 — the lowest since 1992-93 — but the female numbers in volleyball and lacrosse are on the rise.

High school sports in general remain heavily populated.

John Enrietto is a staff writer for the Cranberry Eagle

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John Enrietto

I graduated with a Journalism degree from Ohio University in 1979. I started at the Eagle on August 24, 1997. My awards include 2nd place in feature writing from Ohio Associated Press (while working for the Steubenville Herald-Star), media award from Lernerville Speedway and 3rd place in a Pennsylvania AP contest for story feature.