Incoming WPIAL Executive Director On High School Athletics In The Fall

Amy Scheuneman joined Dan Zangrilli Sunday morning and said the next two months will be huge deciding what High School sports will be in the fall with fans or no fans in the stands

Matt Harkins
June 14, 2020 - 10:11 am
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Incoming WPIAL Executive Director Amy Scheuneman joins Dan Zangrilli Sunday morning to discuss what is going through her mind as she gets ready to officially start her new role as Executive Director in a couple weeks.

The big question for High School Football fans in southwestern Pennsylvania, Will there be a season this fall?

"Well right now, we're planning as if it's going to happen, nothings been canceled yet," said Scheuneman. "Depending on the next couple weeks, I'm hopeful that the numbers stay good in our region. I know that the PIAA is open to allowing potential areas to host tournaments even if parts of the state aren't able to do everything the same. That way we still have the ability to do everything we want to do of course, so I'm optimistic from that standpoint that if Allegheny County, and our surrounding counties, continue to have good numbers that we'll at least have our tournament here."

Ticket Revenue, Concessions and Merchandise provide a large amont of the revenue that School Districts make during a school year and that leads to the question of, Will fans be allowed inside the stadiums?

"The next eight weeks are going to be crucial in making that determination," said Scheuneman. "How schools are prepared to keep their teams and facilities safe. The numbers stay down and we have the ability to get back in August. Obviously, that will determine whether we'll be able to start playing for those fall tournaments we talked about."

Earlier this week, High School and Youth Athletics got the green light to start back up from Governer Wolf and what does that mean for member schools in the WPIAL.

Do the WPIAL member school's believe that they are well-equipped to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to any potential outbreaks?

"I think some school's are better prepared than others and that may be due to resources that they have," said Scheuneman.

School District administrator's have been given all the available information to be able to be ready for any potential spikes in cases and Athletic Director's have gotten together so all the school's are ready to return to action on the same page in the fall.

Listen to Dan Zangrilli's entire interview with Incoming WPIAL Executive Director Amy Scheuneman below: