By Tanner Wakefield
As of February 9th, the Letchworth and Warsaw school boards tackled the challenge of merging football programs. Over the past couple years, the number of athletes trying out for football was dwindling and the best solution was to merge.
“This merge was necessary to getting the three levels of teams back, modified, JV, and Varsity,” said Ed Stores, the Warsaw Athletic Director.
Athletic directors will have the practice schedule organized so that the practices are split 50/50 between Warsaw and Letchworth.
“We will load a bus at 3:10 have a two hour practice and be back by 6:15”, said Mr. Stores “everything will be on a calendar.”
The team will be called Letchworth-Warsaw, or L-W, and does not have a mascot. For the merge, the team decided to share equipment and helmets.
“For the first year the teams will not be purchasing new uniforms and instead will be wear black uniforms when Warsaw hosts a game and red uniforms when Letchworth hosts a game,” said Mr. Stores.
The merge will not interfere with homecoming, so each school will have their own homecoming game with the L-W team representing their school.
There will still be cheerleaders but each school will have it’s cheer squad cheer on the football team when the game is at their home school.
“For example if the game is at Warsaw our girls will cheer on the team,” said Stores
The teams have been hosting meet-and-greet nights, so the Warsaw and Letchworth students can get to know each other and the coaches better.
“It’s nice to meet new people,” said sophomore Nate H.
Each level of football will have an equal number of Warsaw and Letchworth coaches, so everything is fair.
“This new opportunity will give kids the chance to play at their own levels of Modified JV and Varsity, so they can develop at their own pace and have more playing time,” said Football Coach Hoy.
With the new merge, Letchworth and Warsaw kids will have to compete for starting positions, giving the team a competitive edge.
“This is real world”, said Coach Hoy. “you will always have to compete with others and yourself.”
Future senior Aaron M., who has played football since Junior Tigers, is excited for the transition.
“It will be cool, because we will have a better chance of winning,” said Aaron M.
Dakota H., another future senior, enjoyed meeting his new teammates and is ready for next season.
“They’re all good dudes, it will be fun and a good senior year,” said Dakota H.