Whittell tackles 2004 season | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell tackles 2004 season

It looks like it’s going to be a tender season for the Whittell Warrior football program: The varsity team is back from a year off; as of this week there are only 21 players on the roster (with only a handful bringing high school football experience), and some players’ football skills may be a little rusty. 2004 has all the classic ingredients of a rebuilding year.

We’re happy though, to see the program bounce back, and hope for the best going into the regular season. We know injuries happen and that Whittell is going out of its way to take it easy on the boys and keep the roster full. Last year, a short roster forced deferment of the season. With such a small school and team during a time of funding difficulties for schools, parents always keep their fingers crossed – especially in South Lake Tahoe, were some sports at South Tahoe High School (in a different school district) were only saved thanks to volunteer fund-raising efforts.

Now the local prep sports fanatics have something more to cheer about on Saturdays, when both of our local varsity football teams will be playing. And they will have more to cheer about down the road – sports play a critical role in childhood development. It’s a sad reality that small schools like Whittell struggle to keep their sports programs full and functional.

We hope Whittell’s 2004 season is a fresh start for a long-term legacy. And good luck boys, we’re cheering for you.