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Turkey Run Warriors: End of the line for school, football team

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https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/high-school/2017/10/19/turkey-run-warriors-end-line-school-football-team/780293001/

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Bruce Scaggs has talked a lot about this place in the past few weeks. The football field is a little patch of earth in Parke County, not unlike many small-school fields in Indiana.

There are freshly combined cornfields to the south. The school building and baseball field to the east. To the west, if you can shield your eyes from the setting sun on a perfect October evening, there are dozens of canoes loaded on trailers from Sugar Valley Canoe Trips, which outfits the many visitors who float through Turkey Run State Park on Sugar Creek.

To the north, across Ind. 47, is the state park. The smell of the nearby campfires hang over the Turkey Run football field as Scaggs conducts practice at the second-smallest football-playing school in the state.

“Every night, you stand out here and smell the campfire,” said offensive coordinator Jason Thurman, a 1992 Turkey Run graduate whose son, senior Danny Thurman, is the quarterback. “That’s one of those you miss as a player. You stand out here on a crisp fall night and have the smell of the campfire coming over. That’s a thing here. It’s nostalgic.”

This is a time for nostalgia. While the campfire nights will continue, the football team will not. Turkey Run, which opened in 1958, will consolidate with Rockville at the end of the school year. The Turkey Run Warriors will cease to exist. So, too, will the Rockville Rox. The new high school will open next year as the Parke Heritage Wolves (pending board approval of the name next week) in Rockville’s current school.

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A bittersweet story, but highlights the inevitable contraction of Indiana High School football.

BTW, I don't mind the name of the new consolidation, but the mascot is rather generic.

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Very good article, it is bittersweet for those 2 communities.  The flip side, this is an opportunity for that new school to unite and put together really good programs for those kids.  Agree with the nickname, the generic nickname needs to be nixed.  Do we even have wolves?

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Not sure if there is a wolves or not and while generic better then the 50th team named after a cat

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This has probably been discussed before, but where will the new school land enrollment wise? I know they were both small, so still 1a or 2a? Definitely a sad thing for both individual schools, but some good things to look forward to. Turkey Run has long struggled in football. Rockville has traditionally been strong but have struggled recently. Perhaps combining them will help provide some new life to the program and give both sides the opportunity to suceed. Best of luck to the communities going forward. 

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boilerfan87, based on the enrollments listed in the 2017-18 IHSAA directory the combined enrollment of the two schools is 384. This would put them in football class 2A but just barely above the cutoff.  Currently, the largest 1A school is listed at 377 and the smallest 2A at 379. I would expect that since both Turkey Run and Rockville are 1A now that the IHSAA will have the consolidated school remain in 1A for next year, then see what happens at the time of  normal reclassification which will apply for the following year. Since the enrollments for the school district have been falling over the past few years I would expect the school to remain in class 1A at that time. 

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It's my understanding that "wolves" was chosen as their mascot as a nod to the scores of wolf blankets that flood into the county annually during the Covered Bridge Festival. Wolf blankets have been the hottest selling item at bridge fest for several years running.

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Parke County Rangers was mentioned by a Rockville alum. Simply refered to as the "Parke Rangers." I found it clever, and practical. If they wore forest green and yellow, then we're talking....

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Are they doing anything with the old Turkey Run building?  Will it be Parke Heritage Middle School or something?

 

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Lots of info on this in the Sectional 47 thread. Classification, rebranding, building use, personal feelings, etc. Seems only fitting, and quite coincidental, that these two teams play for a second time tonight. 

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18 minutes ago, kmadderom said:

Are they doing anything with the old Turkey Run building?  Will it be Parke Heritage Middle School or something?

 

That is correct - Parke Heritage Middle School.

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1 hour ago, Woody Hayes said:

It's my understanding that "wolves" was chosen as their mascot as a nod to the scores of wolf blankets that flood into the county annually during the Covered Bridge Festival. Wolf blankets have been the hottest selling item at bridge fest for several years running.

State law....swear to god!

https://img00.deviantart.net/d773/i/2009/285/e/a/my_wolf_shirt_from_sydney_by_bloodwolf_xx.jpg

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4 hours ago, MarshallCounty said:

Very good article, it is bittersweet for those 2 communities.  The flip side, this is an opportunity for that new school to unite and put together really good programs for those kids.  Agree with the nickname, the generic nickname needs to be nixed.  Do we even have wolves?

 

4 hours ago, WWFan said:

Not sure if there is a wolves or not and while generic better then the 50th team named after a cat

See ... the branding is working perfectly.  There'll now be wolf sightings in the area along with the stories of the elusive silver wolf, the scary wolf howls that campers will swear that they hear, the stories of the wolf with a hook for a paw ... might even get Michael J. Fox to come in and do a celebrity appearance as Teen Wolf too.  The mystique around the name begins!

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5 hours ago, Joe Kane said:

Parke County Rangers was mentioned by a Rockville alum. Simply refered to as the "Parke Rangers." I found it clever, and practical. If they wore forest green and yellow, then we're talking....

Sounds kinda like the Forest Park Rangers in beautiful Ferdinand, Indiana.   Whose colors are......forest green and gold.

Sounds like trademark infringement to me.......

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Parke Heritage will joining Boone Grove and Michigan City in being named the "Wolves".

Always wanted to visit Turkey Run State Park, was always a popular destination for Portage High School students to go for their "after prom".  Beautiful part of our state.

Best wishes to all.

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2 minutes ago, tommy said:

Parke Heritage will joining Boone Grove and Michigan City in being named the "Wolves".

Always wanted to visit Turkey Run State Park, was always a popular destination for Portage High School students to go for their "after prom".  Beautiful part of our state.

Best wishes to all.

Don't forget the perennially dangerous Crawford County Wolfpack.   They consolidated from schools with the names of the Millers, Cavemen, Red Raiders, and Wyandottes.

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50 minutes ago, tommy said:

Always wanted to visit Turkey Run State Park, was always a popular destination for Portage High School students to go for their "after prom". 

 

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I get the sentiment of the story with TR being so small and historically not real strong in football, but wouldn’t it have been a better story if they included Rockville also since this is the end for them as a football team and school as well?

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1 hour ago, SPARKS said:

Don't forget the perennially dangerous Crawford County Wolfpack.   They consolidated from schools with the names of the Millers, Cavemen, Red Raiders, and Wyandottes.

Great name.  Wolfpack  

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The Walnut Grove Wolves were eaten up in 1966 when they morphed into Hamilton Heights Huskies.

And we don't even talk about the Atlanta Gophers around here much anymore.................

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Is Indeed a beautiful part of Indiana. Frequent it often. No more covered bridge game. Sad. But I'd agree they should have included Rockville as it is the end of the line for the Rox as well. The name is prettyy generically disappointing also. PHHS wolves. Should be went with Parke Rangers that would've been cool!

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With the strong hunting tradition and reputation of large whitetail deer, I'd vote for the mascot to be the Parke Heritage Bucks.  :-) 

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Its finally over for Turkey Run. The Warriors lost 38-8 to Rockville. A bittersweet ending.

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7 minutes ago, WC Warrior said:

Its finally over for Turkey Run. The Warriors lost 38-8 to Rockville. A bittersweet ending.

Nothing bitter about it for the Rox.

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It appears big brother let out a season’s worth of frustration tonight.  This score is somewhat surprising?

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Farewell to Indianapolis Northwest and Shortridge.  It will be over for Broad Ripple next week.

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