Marathon High School Athletic Director Teresa Konrath may head up the smallest of the three athletic programs in Monroe County, but don’t mistake size for strength and tenacity.

“We may be a little school, but we are competitive in every sport,” she assured.

This 2009-2010 school year, MHS will be building their feeder programs for varsity sports by opening individual sports to sixth grade students. With the lower enrollment numbers for this academic year, Konrath said the decision also provides an outlet for younger athletes to compete.

The swimming, tennis, cross-country and soccer teams will now be open to incoming sixth graders. Heavy contact team sports like football presented too many safety concerns to be included.

Before accepting the position of athletic director, Konrath taught Alternative Education and coached the girls’ softball and cross-country teams. The Lady Dolphin basketball team also advanced to state competition under her tutelage, but she’s not one to boast over past accomplishments.

Born in Naples and raised in Texas, Konrath’s Keys roots were established in her childhood. She spent many summers visiting the Keys during breaks from school. A graduate of Tulane University, she holds a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Reading and Literature.

She and her husband, Greg, are proud parents of young athletes Taylor, 14, Sydney, 11 and Parker, 5.

She added that her hopes for the coming season include growing the MHS athletic program and encouraging more students to participate in school sports.

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