LCO Ojibwe School Juniors Recognized for Playing Cooperative Football with Hayward
Submitted by Jessica "Hutch" Hutchison
LCO Ojibwe School Superintendent
The cooperative agreement between the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School and the Hayward Community School District to join together as one unified football program is long standing, dating back to 2002. Over the years there have been highs and lows in terms of participation and impact from the players at Lac Courte Oreilles.
Playing football at the high school level is a task that requires not only physical strength and toughness, but playing for a cooperative team involves another level of dedication entirely. Athletes at all levels participating from Lac Courte Oreilles must leave school early to attend practice, requiring organization and responsibility to maintain passing grades, even in classes frequently missed. In addition to the physical and academic demands, the expectation is that varsity players carry themselves as leaders within the school and community, demonstrating respect and integrity both on and off the field.
This year the Migiziwag were proud to offer the talents of four juniors that not only committed themselves to the rigors of a long football season, but also played an important role in many games over the course of the season.
# 6 Melvin White - Running Back and Linebacker
# 37 Joey Gouge - Defensive Back and Punter
# 77 James Wilson - Offensive Line and Defensive Line
# 79 James Tahmalwash - Offensive Line and Defensive Line