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UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — The Uniontown High School football team will remain in the WPIAL.

The school board voted down a proposal to withdraw from the league at a meeting Monday night.

The Uniontown Red Raiders have won only three of their last 45 games, and have lost 22 straight, dating back to the fall of 2016.

The move to leave would have only been in football. The team is in the 3A division, but plays against bigger schools in the 4A schedule.

“We wouldn’t be eligible for any WPIAL section championship, WPIAL playoffs, etc. etc. during that period of time, but it would not have impact anyone else. It would impact no one. The team would play. The band would play. The cheerleaders would cheer,” said Uniontown School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Machesky.

Many parents who attended the meeting were concerned withdrawing from the league could hurt the student athletes.

“How will you get guys like this to commit to pounding their bodies, day-in and day-out in the weight room, on the practice field, on the field of play, when they’re not playing for anything? said Uniontown parent Steve Walton. “They won’t be playing for scholarships. They won’t be playing for attention from local universities. What are they playing for?”

Only two school board members were in favor of moving forward with the proposal. Six others rejected it.