Neighboring town helps Sedgwick players after football field floods

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In the town of Sedgwick, school was canceled for a second day in a row because of high waters, Wednesday.

The flooding is forcing the high school football team to find another place to practice as their field has become more of a muddy swamp.

Another nearby district has stepped up to lend a helping hand.

“Getting out here and being with all my friends, being able to practice, yeah I think it’s really good,” said quarterback Hooper Schroeder after his first practice in a few days.

Wednesday, the Sedgwick County High football players were in their usual practice jerseys, just not in their normal practice field.

“The water levels, like I said, covered a lot- the area that we’re standing in right now, yesterday was underwater,” said Jeff Werner, Sedgwick High head football coach, of his practice field. “And, our game field over here to the north, had- most of it was covered as well.”

It’s all because of the heavy rain over the last few days.

“When I saw it I was like holy cow, we’re not going to be able to practice for like a week on that,” said Schroeder.

“The five red things out there that’s our sled for- that we use for to practice blocking and stuff,” said Kade McGinn, a center on the team. 

Also found in the water are the tires used for conditioning, and even a snake.

Since the field is unusable, the team hopped on the bus Wednesday to Valley Center, where the district has offered the Cardinals one of their fields in the meantime. 

“I think it was kind of an obvious decision when you have people, your neighbors that have a need,” said Caleb Smith, athletic director for Valley Center High School. “And, as a former football coach, I know how important practice is, especially during this time of year.” 

The Sedgwick High football team says they’re going to work through this minor bump in the road.

“We always have some sort of roadblock in our season at some point,” said right guard Braxton Park. “And, you know, it’s just a matter of us overcoming the situations that come before us.”

The high school has an away game this Friday. Depending on field conditions, they might have to find other arrangements for their next home game.

The junior high team will have their game in Valley Center, Thursday.

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