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Athens to decide whether to take over girls softball

By Holly Hollman· 340-2445

ATHENS — City officials expect to decide Wednesday whether to take over operation of the Girls Softball Association.

City Council President Harold Wales was to meet with the mayor and recreation director to discuss it.

Wales said some parents are concerned that GSA, a city league, is subsidizing the North Alabama Explosion travel ball team. The two organizations have different boards, but some of the same parents and players are involved in both.

Outgoing GSA president Da-vid Gregory said he met with the mayor and recreation director Tuesday and asked that the GSA board have another year to “work on issues and get totally separated from the Explosion.”

“We haven’t done anything wrong, but there is the appearance of that because we have worked so closely together,” he said.

For example, the two organizations have paid each other for concession stand items.

“Swapping checks is not a good thing,” Gregory said, “and what we need to do is the league lock up its supplies when it’s done, and the Explosion bring its own supplies.”

Gregory, who also is involved with the Explosion, said he wants a memorandum of understanding with the city for the Explosion’s use of facilities and the concession stand.

Gregory said the GSA needs to know whether its board or the city will operate the league because the state league meeting is Saturday.

Gregory said Athens is to host the state tournament the third weekend in June, which will bring about 80 teams to the city.

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