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Patriot Booster Club Hosts Spirit Night

Celebrating Spirit Night can only mean one thing. Fall sports are here! Patriot athletes, parents, and fans celebrated the beginning of the fall seasons in the park in Clarkson on August 16. All the athletes are excited to get after it and see what the seasons will bring. 


Team pictures were taken to start off the night. After pictures, everyone enjoyed a meal of cheeseburgers, baked beans, chips, and water, provided by the Booster Club. 


After everyone was settled in and had finished their meal, each fall sport team had a chance to talk about their upcoming season.  The dance team started off the night. Their coach, Rachel Rupprecht, talked about their summer and the camps they participated in. They performed a dance they have been working hard at, and it turned out great.


Softball senior, Payje Rayback, was the spokesperson for the softball team. She talked about their upcoming jamboree game on Monday, August 19 against David City Aquinas. 


Football was the next team to speak. Head coach, Jim Clarkson, talked about their summer as well. He filled us in on the camps they attended and their practices so far. He said the teams been working hard and can’t wait to play their first game. On August 30, Howells-Dodge and Clarkson-Leigh will battle to see who takes home the trophy from the “Highway 91 Bacon Bowl.”


The last team up was the volleyball team. Head coach, Becky Schneider, talked about the upcoming season and all of our expectations for the year. Senior, Brittney Urbanek, told everyone how excited the rest of the team was and encouraged everyone to come support them during our first game against Howells-Dodge on September 3rd. Senior, Reagan Settje, then talked about the volleyball Gatorade scrimmage on August 22, and the jamboree game on August 27 against Norfolk Catholic. 


Senior, Reagan Settje said, “We are really looking forward to this volleyball season as a team. We’ve worked hard during condition week and two-a-days and can’t wait to put that hard work out on the court this season.”


The night ended with Matt Murren and Jim Clarkson handing out the weight lifting shirts for all Patriot athletes who made the commitment to attend weights for the majority of the summer. 


Assistant football coach, Jeff Bachman said, “It was a fun way to kick off the school year and fall sports season. It’s also a great opportunity to recognize our student athletes and all the hard work they put in over the summer. Thanks to the Booster Club for hosting it and best of luck to all our fall athletes.”


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