Chiloquin, Ore. – The Chiloquin High School football program has been in jeopardy of not being able to field an 8 man team this year.
Chiloquin High School Principal Scott Preston says the Klamath County School District had to make a difficult decision about the Chiloquin Panther football team this week. “We had actually made a decision, the athletic director and myself, the football coaches, to go ahead and cancel the football season as of Monday.”
Only about a dozen of the 120 students at Chiloquin High had signed up for football, and only two were seniors.
That poses a problem for Steve Johnson, who serves the Klamath County School District as Athletic Director, and in risk management. “We have a little concern about putting freshman students that may not have ever played before on a field that may have senior kids that are very competitive.
The chances of the Chiloquin Panthers fielding a team have been looking dim – and then a community meeting was held Wednesday night.
Parents and staff with coaching experience stepped up, and volunteered to change their work schedules to help out – and a couple more students committed to play.
“And so the decision was made with all that support to go ahead and continue with the season as originally planned.” Notes Principal Preston. “We’re going to continue with our Mountain Valley League, and play a regular schedule.”
So while there hasn’t even been a game yet, the Chiloquin Panthers are already starting the season with a win.
“It would have been a little hollow, I think, not being able to go watch some kids play football on a Friday night.” Preston expressed. “It’s going to be a great thing.”
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.