Tyee High School will not compete in the Seamount League for football this fall, due to the lack of players turning out.
Terri McMahan, the new Highline School District athletic director, said safety is the primary concern.
Only six players showed up at Tyee on the opening day of football turnouts last Wednesday, McMahon said. By the end of the week there were seven.
Coach Scott Leick, in his second season at Tyee, is continuing practices, but currently unable to comment on the situation. McMahan said the hope is for numbers to increase enough to seek some independent games later in the season, possibly against sophomore teams at larger schools or varsity teams at smaller schools.
“We want our kids to experience some success to generate some interest and build the program over time,” she said.
McMahan, a former AD in the Edmonds School District, said it is not certain at this time whether a Tyee football team will be able to compete in the Seamount next fall.
“Our focus right now is this year,” she said.
Tyee, a 2A school in the 3A/2A Seamount League, has struggled with numbers in a vareity of athletic programs over the years. Last fall, the Totems had to forfeit their first four football games and also had a bye before finally playing Oct. 10 against Highline, losing 57-24. There were 16 eligible players for that game and ultimately the roster grew to 26.
The Totems were outscored 164-19 in the final four games, all losses.
“We need to build our numbers,” McMahan said. “We can’t continue to schedule people and forfeit.”
Tyee has not won a football game since 2007. The school’s only winning season in football over the past two decates was in 1995.
McMahan said there will be a focus on strength and conditioning programs that could increase interest and improve the football program over time.
Information in this post, originally published August 23, 2010, was corrected August 24, 2010. A previous version of this post had an incorrect spelling of McMahan’s name.