No varsity football program in Cadott impacts team and town

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CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) -- From the sights and sounds of practice, you would think the Cadott Hornets had a whole regular season ahead of them -- practicing for weekly matchups, hoping to rack up a bunch of wins and put on a show for fans.

"With last year it was canceled halfway and that was heartbreaking," said Broyden Bowe, a senior on the team.

But this year was even more so for Bowe, who during his senior year will not get to play regular varsity games.

The school will not have a varsity team this year. It was in talks with Cornell to form a co-op but Lake Holcombe and Cornell joined forces.

That also leaves fans to find something else to do on a Friday night.

"It was mostly just the atmosphere walking around the track during the game and the food, definitely the food," said Katie Kunsman, a Cadott High School student who loves going to football games.

It is a weekly tradition that brings a school together - and bridges connections between a team and a town.

"I guess it's part of going out in the community with everyone you know and watching your children play," said Theresa Miles who was in downtown Cadott on Friday.

She looks forward to the day she can spend Friday nights watching her son play football on the field. But this story has a silver lining.

"My whole focus with this program is to get the older boys to mentor the younger ones and make this program a whole," said Jeff Chrusciel, Cadott's new head coach.

He says he is focused on building the program from the ground up - investing in players when they are young, hoping that work will pay off in the future and they will have a varsity football team once again.

"The way they are building the program back up, it brings the fun back into the game of football for me, so the guys are happy," said senior Hunter Rudnick.

This season may not be what he expected. But he hopes building younger players up will help restore the program he loves. And Brodyen Bowe is hoping the Hornets fly even higher.

"To see them succeed in the future would be a great thing, see them come back and win a state championship or something," Bowe added.

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