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Faced with voter rejection of North Tonawanda School District funding for interscholastic athletics, sports boosters have formed an umbrella organization to raise private money for continuation of the sports program.

The new organization, called the North Tonawanda United Sports Association, elected officers and an executive committee to coordinate the fund-raising efforts of 10 other sports booster clubs in the city.

Nancy Miranto, a physical-education teacher, was elected president. "We would hate to see the $1.4 million already invested by taxpayers in a new stadium and a brand new gymnasium, both financed by a public bond issue, go to waste," she said.

Theresa Horab, girls soccer coach, was elected vice president of the new group.

Another teacher, Mary Jo Murphy, was elected secretary; Paul Churder, treasurer; and Mike Eberwein, varsity baseball coach, deputy treasurer.

Five high school coaches were elected to the executive board. They are Dave Anastasi, football; Dave O'Connor, cross country; Greg Ross, boys' basketball; Cory Zayatz, girls' basketball; and Tom Murphy, softball.

The first task is to raise $47,920 to finance fall sports, 10 percent of it due by Aug. 13 and the remainder by Sept. 6.

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