This Friday, Sept. 20 the De Soto Pirates will be playing the Wauzeka Hornets in football at the “Pit”. Like a lot of small schools in Wisconsin, Wauzeka struggles with numbers, and a sport that requires 11 players on the field for a team, can be tricky for some schools that hardly have 100 kids grades 9 through 12. Wauzeka sits just below that mark at 97. Considering a lot of small towns have farming families, at least half of those kids statistically are girls, and other sports like cross-country coming into the mix, that doesn’t leave a lot of guys left to field a football team.
There have been instances this year where local schools like Seneca have had to cancel their varsity season because of a lack of numbers. Wauzeka faced a similar fate early in the year. Due to some players not being able to play due to injury the team went into its scrimmage at the beginning of the year with just 12 players. That’s when the school’s Athletic Director had a conversation with the head coach and said if the numbers didn’t improve they might have to cancel the season. That’s when Megan Klema and Selena Giddings stepped up and became players 13 and 14. That was enough to keep the program going until other players returned from injury. The team is now back up to 17 players. In a sport dominated by boys and men from the pee-wee to the pro leagues, Klema and Giddings say they intend to finish the season and will be playing on special teams.
After grabbing some national attention, a film crew from “The Queen Latifah Show” that is filmed in Los Angelas will be attending this Friday nights game between Wauzeka and De Soto, at Desoto High School. They will be filming parts of the game that shows the girls from Wauzeka playing against the Pirates.
Game time will be 7pm at “The Pit” in De Soto
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