Any update on Livingston? I guess we'll find out soon enough as they play Saturday.
Both boys have been attending the STEM high school, just playing for Buchtel. So yes, they have smarts. Although I highly doubt being average students with their athletic abilities would preclude their being accepted at WRA.Wow! Must be smart kids to get into WRA. That is one of the best schools in the state.
Is WRA going to start beefing up their schedule?
Not sure how it is now at WRA but in the past, sports really didn't mean much there. It was all about your academics. Of course, things could have changed as that was over a decade ago the last I heard about them.Both boys have been attending the STEM high school, just playing for Buchtel. So yes, they have smarts. Although I highly doubt being average students with their athletic abilities would preclude their being accepted at WRA.
I can tell you from watching WRA Football team from 18 and 19, they got some kids to play football. I have ZERO knowledge on those kids academics, but one kid came from Canada and another from Columbus St Charles. That's just the two noticeable ones that I did a little Google search on. I believe WRA website said everyone must play 1 varsity sport. The football game was free, I'm sure the other sports are free to get in.Not sure how it is now at WRA but in the past, sports really didn't mean much there. It was all about your academics. Of course, things could have changed as that was over a decade ago the last I heard about them.
About 18 yrs ago they wanted my nephew to come play football as a fifth year senior. He declined choosing instead to enter Mount Union and play there.Not sure how it is now at WRA but in the past, sports really didn't mean much there. It was all about your academics. Of course, things could have changed as that was over a decade ago the last I heard about them.
There are 2 Western Reserve Academies in the OHSAA - one in Berlin Center and one in Collins. There is a 3rd (Hudson) that is not an OHSAA member, if I am correct. It's a nightmare trying to enter schedules when they never specify.Can the Livingstons play this season? My friend said the transfer window is closed for this year. Or is Western Reserve not an OHSAA member school? IDK
Good info, allworld! Here's the ABJ article:I'm pretty sure The Beacon had an article about their mother graduating from NEOMED earlier this year. I think she is pretty serious about making sure they get the best education possible. My son used to have basketball workouts there 5-6 years ago.....Great facilities!
I agree that leaving Buchtel had nothing to do with academics. The Livingstons were thriving at the STEM school from all accounts. But the decision on where they landed seems to have taken academics into account. There were likely any number of academies across the country that would have willingly taken the Livingston boys where they would have been able to play right away, as well. WRA is not historically a basketball powerhouse. But it is (1) an excellent school; (2) close to home; and (3) offers the opportunity for the young men to play right away. So while academics may have had nothing to do with the decision to leave, my guess is it did have something to do with the decision to send them to WRA.Let's stop pretending this had anything at all to do with academics.
Things got sour quick between Grandpa Livingston (the family decision maker) and Futch. WRA was the closest viable option that allowed immediate playing time.
I was led to believe how committed the family was to the school last year. Again, who pays the tuition for WRA which is in the $35000 range to board there?fighting, not showing up for practice or even wanting to practice, parents or grandparents feeling like they could control the team.. should I go on? How much is a coach supposed to take before enough is enough
They could also "reclass" and come in as freshmen. You cannot serve a 5th year if you graduate already from there. They would need to do a prep year somewhere else. Actually the schedule is decent and has been for some time. The current Head Coach has tried in recent years to up the incoming basketball talent and schedule but has had a hard time competing with higher level teams as the depth of the program is thin. As far as tuition I am sure there will be none. The Academy is awesome and welcoming to kids from all walks of life and social-economic backgrounds. Its not an exclusive school for Rich Smart kids at all. If they buy into the school and become part of it they will thrive there. Its the oldest school in Northeast Ohio. It is not uncommon for these circumstances to happen at WRA where the grandpa or parents try to influence the situation and it never comes out in their favor. Good luck to themFirst, WRA is not a member of the OHSAA and does not need to follow their rules. They (WRA) can offer as much scholarship money as they want. According to the WRA website tuition for day school is 32,500, while boarding tuition is 47,300.
Second, being a "pep school", either one (or both) can us a 5th year of high school, know as a prep year. Several players have declared for this at the ISA at Andrews Osborne in Willoughby. ISA has two teams, a high school team and a prep team that is made up of 5th year seniors.