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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:00 am

It’s with great interest that I’ve been following the saga of the four fired WHA football coaches. Oops, I guess we aren’t supposed to say fired, are we? After all, we don’t want to hurt anyone’s reputation, now do we? So, let me start again: It’s with great interest that I’ve been following the saga of the four “resign or else be fired” football coaches. There, that’s better.

To my knowledge, a school board canning four veteran football coaches who have had success, is a rare step. That step is even rarer when the school board is operating in a tiny town in a tiny region of a tiny state.

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3 comments:

  • anonymous posted at 7:35 am on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Matt, I couldnt have said it any better! During games our Senior year (fall '99) and the year after was an absolute community event. There were hundreds of people at every game, home and away. Parents, classmates, and community residents would show up hours ahead of gametime.Charlie: while I agree cutting "other faculty" is never a good thing; the reason why people push cutting funding for programs like soccer is that the school funds can't support that many teams in one season. Football is genuine Americana and should NEVER be cut, anywhere. Whereas soccer is a recent trend and has struggled badly at WHA. Do you really think 7th graders should be competing against seniors at much larger schools like Hibbing or E. Grand Forks? Because that's what happened this year. Its a similar deal with hockey....But George (author of article) was right on the money about the problem being with the soft kids and their lackluster parents. Get off your @$$ and work harder or shut your mouth! Whiile the school population has decreased slightly since 2000, there is no reason the entire football team 7-12 is under 40 kids (including Laporte.) Just our senior year, we had 13 from my class alone, w/o Laporte! And to you players and parents reading this; how about looking in the mirror and sign another petition to fire yourselves. Seriously? "the coaches made me feel bad"....give me a damn break! Im sure not all the kids are as big of cry babies as some, but if we would have done such a thing in our day, we would have been the laughing stock of the entire school.I am curious though, what "better issues to support" do you speak of?Rant overTim Damar, WHA class of 2000

     
  • anonymous posted at 12:02 am on Thu, Dec 15, 2011.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    If you think eliminating a football team from a community is a good thing, then you weren't around for, or were blind during the 1999 and 2000 WHA football seasons. Having a successful football team brings a community together like nothing else. Matt WanderseeWHA '00

     
  • anonymous posted at 12:44 pm on Mon, Dec 5, 2011.

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    I love how the minute Walker's "esteemed football team" gets people getting "pushed out the door" the whole town is in an uproar. But when other programs, like soccer, or other faculty get cut, the town can't wait to get behind it and help push those issues out the door. This is just another great example of the elitism Walker has always been known for. The community only supports the things that they are told to support. This is the same reason the last Mayor stepped down. It's such a shame to see Walker turning into a town run by "the popular kids".Honestly, this is a good thing. Why are we throwing so much money into losing teams and losing causes when there are clearly better issues to support? I hope the whole football program is cut all together.

     

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