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August 7, 2013

District 5 approves Cahills' transfer

JOHNSTOWN — Taylor and Toby Cahill will be eligible to participate in athletics for Berlin Brothersvalley in the 2013-14 school year.

The District 5 Committee ruled by a 10-1 vote on Tuesday that the Cahill family’s move from the Conemaugh Township Area School District to Berlin was not motivated by an athletic purpose.

The committee deliberated for about 45 minutes on the issue at the meeting in Bedford. Northern Bedford’s Jeff Batzel was the lone dissenting vote. Committee members who voted to grant the Cahills immediate eligibility are: Brown Cutchall (Forbes Road), Terry Diehl (male officials representative), Tom Foor (parents representative), Anita Gibbons (parents representative), Audrey Hall (female officials representative), Paul Leonard (Shade), Seth Lori (private school representative), Shane Weyant (school board representative), John Wiltrout (Meyersdale) and Chairman Virgil Palumbo (Windber).

Administrators from Conemaugh Township and Berlin requested that the hearing be closed.

“Looking at the issues that were raised in our hearing, the committee did their due diligence in examining the evidence presented by both schools in presenting their case,” Palumbo said. “The committee used that evidence to make a decision and they found that the boys were eligible.”

Taylor Cahill, who was a running back and linebacker for the Indians football team and a state qualifier in wrestling, said he’s glad to know that he’ll be able to participate this year.

“It’s a big relief,” the junior-to-be said. “It feels good. It was kind of burden with all of the other stuff that we had going on.”

He said that he plans to participate in football, wrestling and possibly either baseball or track and field at Berlin.

His younger brother, who finished second in the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships last season, also plans to participate in football, wrestling and possibly baseball during his freshman year.

“It’s really nice,” he said. “Everybody is happy for me.”

The boys’ father, Steve Cahill, was still angry that the high school that he and his wife, Stacey, attended decided to fight their decision to move.

“I’m disgusted that we had to get through that, but I’m happy for the boys,” Steve Cahill said after the ruling. “They get to enjoy their high school years.”

The Cahills argued that the decision to move was a financial one, in part to be closer to his job, which often requires him to be in Cumberland, Md., and because of the larger home that the family found in Berlin.

Administrators from Conemaugh Township could not immediately be reached for comment.

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