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Chequamegon Screaming Eagles come together to make strong athletic program in the North Submitted: 03/26/2015
PARK FALLS - The Park Falls and Glidden School districts consolidated to make the Chequamegon School District, more than six years ago. It was a tough decision, but the new athletic program didn't take long to catch on.

"The kids that we have in our program, they want to do well, they have a desire and based on our traditions from our former districts like I was saying, it has carried over," Chequamegon Athletic Director Darren Patterson said. "It's almost an expectation more than anything."

The students saw the merge as a chance to build a strong athletic program in the north.

"I thought it was just a cool opportunity to be able to build our own legacy, build a new tradition," said Chequamegon's Shane Wakefield.

Wakefield helped do just that. He is the first screaming eagle basketball player to score 1,000 points. He was also the quarterback on the football team that made history.

"Being on the first ever Chequamegon playoff team was unbelievable and then winning the first playoff game for Park Falls and Chequamegon was really cool," said Wakefield.

Chequamegon has 20 Marawood Conference Championships. That's the second most of any team since they've joined the conference. But the Screaming Eagles finally got their first individual state champion this past cross country season.

"He took the lead because he knew the guy who was probably going to get second you know has a really good kick, Dakota, so Kevin (Koski) he had to go out strong and stay strong," Chequamegon's Cross Country and Track Coach Mary Patterson said. "That's how we trained him all season. He just peaked perfectly."

"You know my name will always be down in the history books as the first Screaming Eagle state champ and that's cool," Chequamegon's Kevin Koski said. "But what makes it really special is the support of the community and the whole school."

Despite the programs young age the athletes feel that they've proved they're are a competitive program.

"It's a good feeling, it gives you a sense of confidence and I feel like when you play sports you have that confidence when you're out there," Chequamegon's Sam Lehman said. "It's half the battle. Knowing that we have all these conference championships gives us a little bit of that boost."

But they'll never forget where they come from

"Small town northern school you've always got something to prove and being able to prove that you can compete with the bigger school is huge, it makes you feel good," said Wakefield

The screaming eagles plan on proving themselves again together, this spring.

Story By: Nolan Blair

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