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As the time rolled around for the Clearwater Advisory Board Meeting to start, the room gradually filled with anxious faces from players of the Cyclone football team.
On the agenda sat the number 10, a discussion and motion of football co-op with Orchard to which many from the crowd voiced their concerns on the decision, one being from head coach Jeff Shabram. Within his presentation, he explained how the program being unified has benefitted each of the kids, and individuals throughout the community.
Supporting his coach, Creston Bertschinger chimed in,”What we have become has been true brotherhood. Every time we step on the field we play for each other and the name on the front of the jersey, not on the back. I wouldn’t want to walk out on the field with anybody else. I mean I love these guys. And I’m not going to be here next year, but I know how much it means to play with each other, and not playing with each other would kill all of us. There’s no better feeling than going to the top with brothers. Family. Splitting us up would just not be the same.”
After public participation the board came to a decision with a motion from Amy Thiele and a second from Regina Krebs to continue the co-op of the Orchard and Clearwater football team for the 2018-19 school year.