Irene/Wakonda football union is a winner by Nicole Mosberger Even though the score wasn't quite what the new Irene/Wakonda Eagles wanted, the union between the two communities looked like a success. All indicators showed that the two towns rally around their football team and their kids.
Wakonda hosted the first game Friday, Sept. 5.
"Everyone told me the field looked great, the school looked fabulous, as did the crowd," said school board member Mike Bohlmann at Monday's school board meeting.
Ticket takers agreed that they don't ever remember seeing lines to get into the game. All in all, the gate receipts totaled $2,000 for attendance that night. Business manager Carol Meyer said that didn't include many attendees that had activity tickets already purchased; not counted in that $2,000.
The community club set up a tailgate supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
"The turnout was the best we have ever had," Warren Kuehler said. "We had to get more food."
The club took in about $600 that night.
"Thanks to the school for their cooperation and help from teachers. We hope to do it again," said Kuehler.
Often times having a tailgate supper before a game may dip into some of the money made at concessions, but not that game. Neva Morgen, concessions coordinator, said the crew was swamped all night. They even ran out of pop and had to run and get more. The concessions made $1,050 that night � way above the usual football game.
Perhaps the excitement for the first game of the year and the more than perfect weather created a setting that brought groves of supporters in. Maybe it was Parents' Night that invited people to come. It even could have been that Viborg, the opponent, was a close team. More than likely though, it was the tremendous support that both Irene and Wakonda have for their teams and their kids that made the Eagles' first game a success.
The Eagles lost 8-20 to the Viborg Vikings that night, but the team and the communities now know they will be cheered on in record numbers the whole season through.