Pow Wows eager to defend design title
TUSCOLA – The Tuscola football team won't be the only group from the Douglas County seat with a championship to defend on Friday.
Volunteers from the Pow Wows of Tuscola High School, the Warrior's booster organization, will be at work Friday morning putting up hundreds of decorations inside Tent City outside of Memorial Stadium.
Last year, the Tuscola High School effort won a plaque for the best decorating in Class A, and Pow Wow football team coordinator Shawna Bosch said her group is ready and waiting to defend its title.
"We take our decorating seriously," Bosch said. "We're doing our best to ensure that the Black and Gold win this Friday.
"We do things like this for every game, but it is a lot more exciting when you are getting ready for the state finals."
Bosch said a morning of activities is planned for Warrior fans before the 10 a.m. kickoff.
The players will be leaving Tuscola High School for the game at about 7:35 a.m. Friday. Plans call for the team bus to receive a police escort as it reaches Savoy.
The Tuscola IGA is providing a breakfast inside the Tuscola tent. IGA employees will be serving coffee, doughnuts, juice and cider beginning at 8 a.m.
Bosch said the Pow Wows are working on an informal pep rally inside Tent City following the breakfast.
"Last year we had a little pep rally with our cheerleaders and band, and we hope to have them participate again this year," she said.
Meanwhile, the Tuscola cheerleaders got ready for Friday's game by decorating all the locker hallways at the school and making a sign for the boys to run through onto the field at the championship game.
The staff at the high school has been doing a brisk business all week selling $10 tickets to the game at Memorial Stadium, and on Wednesday some football parents began setting up signs along the highway between Tuscola and Pesotum.
When the game is over, a community rally for the Warriors will be held at the high school gym at 5 p.m. Friday, win or lose.
Tuscola Mayor Dan Kleiss said the success of the Warrior football team has energized the town.
"This has been really good for the community," Kleiss said. "We're all looking forward to the game, and we're hoping for some good weather."
Kleiss said he doesn't think the suspension of some football players in connection with a party involving alcohol over the weekend will dampen the fans' enthusiasm for the Warriors at Memorial Stadium.
"I think Coach Stan Wienke will have the players up and ready to play, and the community will be up and ready to cheer them on," Kleiss said. "We're doing everything we can to make the best of the situation."
Tuscola Chamber of Commerce President Kim Higgins said the business community has stepped up to urge on the Warriors.
"Everybody has painted their windows, and everybody is pulling for the team," Higgins said. "We're real proud of them."