St. Charles High School is a fast-growing and expensive school being built near the Regency Furniture Stadium in Charles County. The high school is taking money, staff and numerous resources to build. However, those are not the only things being taken.
La Plata High School, along with other schools such as Thomas Stone and Maurice J. McDonough, will lose many freshman and sophomore students and athletes to St. Charles.
Brett Lagana is a football quarterback and a star baseball player on La Plata’s junior varsity teams. He is in danger of being rezoned to St. Charles and would be a terrible loss to the baseball and football program.
“La Plata is a great place to play for any sport, and I know my teams need me and I would hate to leave,” Lagana said, expressing his mixed emotions about the new school. “I feel that I can build on my skills playing for La Plata. The baseball and football programs are really gaining momentum and I want to take part in it.”
Lagana is preparing to play on varsity baseball and football his junior year, but La Plata might have to look for another quarterback and pitcher if Brett attends St. Charles.
Marquel Jones is a sophomore basketball player at La Plata. He plays on the junior varsity squad and plans to play on varsity his junior year. “I play competitively and to win, and La Plata gives me the strength to do so,” Jones said. Without Jones, the basketball program will have even less resources to build their teams. With many other athletes leaving, so will La Plata.
With fewer athletes and less money, La Plata High School will soon feel the pressure of key losses to its sports.