The last year of the Warriors/Warriorettes

The last year of the Warriors/Warriorettes By Bethany Parvin What is green and white and almost over?

The legacy of the Wakonda Warriors/Warriorettes, from its beginning in 1907, the existence of the Wakonda Warriors and the Warriorettes has thrived. For one, this mascot has become the image of one of the most successful small school sports programs in the state.

Here are the state appearances the Green Team has made: Warriorette Girls' Basketball: 1983, third place; 1985, runner up; 1987 runner up; 1988 champions; 1989, champions; 1990, champions; 1991, third place; 1994, champions.

Warriors Boys' Basketball: 1939, appearance; 1984 champions; 1985, appearance; 1996 champions.

Warrior Cross Country: 2002, runner up; 2003, champions; 200, champions.

Warror Football: 1949-1953, a six-man winning streak.

This list doesn't even mention the many, many conference championships, district and region championships; nor does it mention the amazing athletes and coaches that have gone through Wakonda's doors.

The Warriors/Warriorettes have provided a lifetime of memories and enjoyment for any Wakonda fan. Now, the time has come to retire the green and white for a new beginning of traditions and memories.

The Irene/Wakonda Eagles have been born already in form of a football team two years ago and in junior high sports. Now beginning 2005-06 season, all sports will be co-oped together.

This cooperative has come about due to low enrollment and a movement toward consolidation with Irene in the future. Blue and white will adorn the Eagle athletes in which all sports will share sites. Half of all home contests will be played and Wakonda and the other half in Irene. This means practices will be split up and a lot of transporting of student/athletes will result. This also means the coaching staff will be cut in half. School boards have recommended coaches for next year's season; however, contracts have not yet been signed.

Combining the enrollment of two "B" schools has moved Irene/Wakonda into class "A" for the 2005-06 season and district/region alignment has not been determined at this time. Irene/Wakonda will remain in the Tri-Valley Conference, however, and will continue a regular season schedule similar to the ones of the past.

Overall, the combining is necessary for both schools to continue their programs.

However, it is a sad day seeing the end of a legacy for the Warriors and Warriorettes.

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