"Let's play ball," Zakaib told the parties.
Afterward, Kenneth Hale, president of the Western Generals, said he was happy with the outcome.
"The bottom line is the goal is to get our youth involved in sports, particularly on the West Side," Hale said. "There was discord on certain issues. There are still some points to be worked out.
"We agreed to talk and when you do that, you can get to an agreement," Hale said. "It will be great to get back to playing football. I like coaching better than litigating."
But Hale said it became necessary to file legal action when the Kanawha Valley league would not accept them as full members. He said it was felt the cause was racism.
Dean Sigmon, president of the Kanawha Valley league, denied that.
"I think we've all worked together to come up with something we can move forward with for the betterment of the kids," Sigmon said. "The issues were adult issues, but I think everyone had the best interest of the kids in mind.
"Personally, I didn't have a reservation about anybody coming into our league," he said. "It's only been a matter of months ago that they even applied."
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.
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