Griffin Schroeder plays soccer for Saint Thomas More and he believes that if one big school in the area becomes sanctioned it could cause a domino effect. "If we get one more team to jump on the bandwagon I think a lot more will follow," said Schroeder. Currently Saint Thomas More is the only sanctioned soccer team in the area but with Spearfish pushing hard to also become sanctioned there could soon be two teams.
Jim Hill is the head soccer coach at Spearfish High School and says Spearfish will become sanctioned very soon. "In the next three to five years most everyone that really wants the sport in their school will have it," said Hill. He also believes the future of sanctioned soccer in South Dakota is bright.
One of the main concerns is how teams will finance the sport. "It just comes down to numbers and for us, through our soccer association, we'll be able to help our team out financially to make it happen," said Hill.
Central is also discussing becoming sanctioned. "It would be nice to see who's the true champion out of all the schools and not have a split program anymore," said Mark Morgan, the Central girl's soccer coach.
There were 11 sanctioned high school soccer teams in South Dakota this past season.
The decision will most likely be decided at the next school board meeting on December 9th.