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Green Bay looks to launch middle school football

10:59 AM, Jan. 23, 2013
Quarterback Brad Van Pay calls out a play to his fullback Noah Pelzer during a drill at Green Bay East High School football practice in August. School leaders in Green Bay say a middle school football program could help players improve for high school play.
Quarterback Brad Van Pay calls out a play to his fullback Noah Pelzer during a drill at Green Bay East High School football practice in August. School leaders in Green Bay say a middle school football program could help players improve for high school play.
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The Green Bay School District may kick off a middle school football program next school year.

District sixth- to eighth-graders currently must join private youth leagues and pay fees if they want to play football. A district-run program would allow all students to participate, advocates told a Green Bay School Board committee at its meeting Monday night. It also would create consistency in district football programs, they said.

"Students come into high school programs not prepared," said Bryce Paup, head football coach at Southwest High School in Green Bay. "It leads to too many ...

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