Whitko soccer off and running

   The Whitko athletic department grew a little bit in the past week.
   The once Whitko soccer club became an official sport at Whitko High School Dec. 20 thanks to a request from athletic director Rob Irwin to the Whitko Community Schools board.
   “This (soccer team) actually started three years ago and we have 17 boys and 17 girls with the same number next year,” Irwin said. “We hosted two or three soccer games at WMS and charged at the gate which paid for the official. It‘s going to be a break-even sport for us incorporated with 34 kids.”
   It’s been a long time coming for supporters of the soccer program. With officials on board, soccer can be another strong fall sport at Whitko according to superintendent Steve Clason.
   “Most of the board was here when we had this discussion before with the soccer club,” Clason said. “They (soccer club) have been there, they have done what we asked. They proved that they will make it work. This will be a revenue sport in the very near future. I’m in full support of this.”
   Game schedules are in the works with a full schedule on tap with 15 total games expected. The board approved Irwin’s request with home games to be played at the Whitko Middle School football field.
   The soccer teams have played most of their games at WMS in recent years. Whitko has played the likes of Caston, Lakeland and Manchester in 2010.
   Much of those same teams could be on the Wildcats schedule come 2011.