May 5, 2008
Albany - Deerfield-Winsdor beat Sherwood Christain 11-1 in girls soccer on Monday.
The most significant thing about the game is it will be last meeting in any sport between these two crosstown rivals for at least a year maybe longer.
Some fans on both sides of this rivalry are not too happy about that fact.
The rivalry between these two schools is ending because Sherwood Christian is dropping down in classifcation in the GISA and both schools are not anxious to schedule the other for their own reasons.
Sherwood Christian is excited about dropping to the AA level which they feel will make them more competitive and will be able to win more games.
While the two schools have had to play at the varsity level because they were in the same region, Deerfield-Winsdor isn't happy because Sherwood Christian has not wanted to play their teams at the lower levels.
Sherwood Christian athletic director Luke Bowers says right now Sherwood Christian isn't able to compete with Deerfield-Windsor but he hopes that will change in the future.
Bowers said "What Sherwood wants to do is first of all is honor Christ with their athletices and second of all be excellent and strengthen our program. I expect to be back playing Deerfield within a couple of years."
Deerfield-Windsor athletic director Gordy Gruhl says he hopes Sherwood Christian can strengthen their athletic programs because it is for the good of all members of the GISA.
Gruhl says it will be at least one year before Deerfield-Windsor will look at scheduling Sherwood Christian in any sport.