Montrose extends football invitation to Elk Lake



Montrose Area’s administration recently extended the olive branch to Elk Lake, asking for its athletes to come play Meteor football. A request Elk Lake later declined. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICE STUFFLE


Montrose Area High School administrators recently extended an invitation to Elk Lake to accept Warrior athletes for its football team.

An invitation that Elk Lake later declined.

Montrose superintendent Michael Ognosky said that he sat down with Elk Lake superintendent Bill Bush expressing interest in having Elk Lake students come to Montrose.

“We were hoping for a cooperative agreement,” Ognosky said. “But Elk Lake declined after Bush spoke with people at the district.”

Ognosky said that he was hoping the agreement could be like one that was already in place where Montrose students went to Elk Lake to swim on the Warrior team.

The swimming agreement, which has been in effect since 2008, has been successful, according to Ognosky.

Bush said on Thursday that the issue had been discussed with Elk Lake’s school board and that “there doesn’t seem to be support for it.”

When asked the reason for the lack of interest, Bush said there was no “real reason” for not doing it.

“Students have a wide variety of offerings for athletics here at Elk Lake,” Bush said.

He also noted that there are also concerns for injury in the sport of football.

“It just didn’t seem to light the fire,” Bush said.

Bush also said that there are no plans for Elk Lake to host a football team in the future. 

Elk Lake’s Johnny Cron, right, said that he wished his school would take part in football, being that he aspires to play football in college, despite being a field hockey player with the Warriors. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

Elk Lake senior John Cron said that he believes if the option to play football was available for students, they would play.

“I think the interest is there,” Cron said. “I believe a lot of kids would play football. Right now other schools look down on us because we don’t have a football team.”

Cron, who plays field hockey for Elk Lake, has an interest in football and would love to play in college.

However, he isn’t sure what his chances of making a team are considering his lack of experience.

“I think it puts me at odds,” Cron said. “It’s going to be hard to make it on a team. I’ll have to walk on, and I know there will be better guys than me, because I don’t have any experience.”

Cron said that he wishes Elk Lake would have added football when he was a freshman, so that he could have played.

Now that Elk Lake has declined the offer, Montrose will have to go back to the drawing board to find ways of boosting its football program, which has only fielded about 30 players for the last 10 seasons.

“We probably won’t reach out to other schools,” Ognosky said. “We will turn our focus on improving the program.”

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  • Chris Canfield

    i cannot believe that OUR (Elk Lake) superintendent is soooo pig headed that he believes this. I went to Elk Lake and when I was in school they had a vote…my parents offered to buy uniforms but yet again they came up with a excuse. My son along with a bunch other Elk Lake elementary students play with Montrose on there junior football league…why wasn’t the kids involved for a change…Elk Lake spent x amount of dollars on a swimming pool, why not give the kids another sport to play? I guess along with other students athletes I am upset about this lack of encouragement. I will expressing my thoughts and feeling at the next meeting for sure.

  • Garrett Schneider

    THATS BULL- there didnt seem to be an interest in the school board or maybe some parents, but as a graduate of Elk Lake , i can tell you that most if not ALL athletic guys , even some of the less athletic , would have definately gone out for a football team if elk lake had had one. maybe they shoulda actually asked around to the people WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN PLAYING. not just assume they wouldnt want to. another example of elk lake school district admin being nazis.