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Launch of Port youth football sparks a ruckus PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 21:08

Organizers say aim is to involve more kids in sport; Rebels call it Port High-inspired attempt to sack Saukville program

The unveiling late last week of a Port Washington youth football program affiliated with an organization whose mission is to support Port High football has deeply divided a community that for 55 years has counted on the Saukville Rebels football program to teach the sport and groom future Pirates players.

Organizers and supporters of the Port Washington Youth Football Buccaneers said the grassroots program formed by a handful of parents and affiliated with the Port Gridiron Club is intended to attract more children to the sport of football and can coexist with the Saukville program.

“We’re really just looking to provide another opportunity for kids to play football,” said Jeff Drotzur, commissioner of Port Washington Youth Football. “I want parents and their children to have a choice where they play.” 

But Rebels officials and their supporters said the Port youth program is a thinly veiled attempt to torpedo the Rebels because of a rift between the organization and Port Washington High School head football coach John Bunyan. 

  “The Rebels have been around longer than I’ve been alive, and to see this program torn down because of the situation with the high school coach and the personality differences is really disheartening,” said Rob Brooks, a former Rebels and Port High football coach. “I’m very fearful this could be the end of the Rebels program as we know it, and that would be criminal.

 
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