City repairs water main break on Oak Street An emergency alert went out by email and text to the residents of Wakefield last week from the City of Wakefield about a suspected water main break that had been reported, and needed to be fixed. The initial contact from the City came out on March 23 around 2 p.m. and mentioned that “due to a water main break, the City of Wakefield is asking residents to conserve water, if possible, for the rest of the day.” By 8:16 a.m. the next morning, March 24, a second notice was received that the break had been repaired by the City crew, and everything was back to normal. The break occurred right in front of the Municipal Water Works building on Oak Street (Highway 35) at the east end of Third Street. “Around 9 am John Pretzer found water to be coming to the surface by our filter house,” said incoming City Administrator Chad Mackling, “We attempted to shut off all valves for the water supply but found out that the water was coming from a pipe feeding from the filter house itself. This meant that our filter water supply line was hit. Our city staff and office personal put the town on immediate notice and monitored the water levels in the water tower. We managed to get all water off in a short period of time not affecting anyone’s water supply but only the pressure to the homes. The only business affected by this was Cubby’s.” “City crew and myself, along with plumber Mike Zeisler, responded to the broken pipe and completed the repair during the business day,” said Mackling. “City staff flushed hydrants and primed the filter house all by 6pm. We would like to thank the community for understanding the small amounts of brown water due to dirt infiltration to the pipe itself. A special thanks to our office personal who put the town on alert right away and to our staff that ultimately made the repair possible the same day and MIke Zeisler for his rapid response. The pipe was nearly 9' in depth.” To receive alerts from the City of Wakefield on email or mobile devices, contact the City offices for details.
The 12th Annual BIG Show went off without a hitch last Wednesday, March 16th. The list of schools that attended the 12th Annual BIG Show were Wakefield, Pender, Bancroft-Rosalie, Winnebago, Osmond, Dakota Valley, Homer, Ponca, Plainview, Allen, Wausa, Randolph, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Wynot, Stanton, Bloomfield, and Dodge-Howells. The day began with schools and students hanging artwork from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 with work being judged from 10:00 until 1:00 in the afternoon. While the judging was going on attending art students participated in a group project where they created carnival games for the Wakefield Elementary students, which had the opportunity from 1:00 to 2:00 to come in and enjoy a wide and creative variety of games offered by the attending towns. At the end of the day, Dakota Valley was recognized as the top ticket grossing game and was sent home with a special award. A Wakefield Artist received recognition at the conclusion of the day with special honors. Aishah Valenzuala received Honorable Mention Judge’s Best of Show for her oil pastel titled “Ha Ha Ha”. Aishah was also recognized by visiting students as the “Outstanding School Artist” from Wakefield. At the end of the day Mr. Hassler had this to say about the 12th annual BIG Show. “This show isn’t possible without Miller Building Supply. Every year they go out of their way to loan us OSB Board, and I know because of recent times that it is not always easy to get in stock. Without them coming through for us, there is no BIG Show. Support like that is what makes this show so special. My kids stepped up once again, they do an outstanding job of being bossed around for three days by me. They understand what needs to be done, and that because of this show they get to show off the outstanding work they produce in the classroom. This is a great event for Wakefield and Northeast Nebraska and we plan on continuing this tradition for years to come.” More pictures of the work of Wakefield and Allen artists can be found at the following link: https://paperandink.smugmug.com/Wakefield-Republican/The-BIG-Show-2022/
National Honor Society inducts new members A number of Wakefield youth were named to the National Honor Society at the group’s induction ceremony on Wednesday, March 9 last week. New members joining the Wakefield Schools organization included: Ryan Anderson Ashlyn Boeckenhauer Katie Borg Samuel Chase Miguel Ibarra Daveigh Munter-McAfee Jordan Metzler Megan Meyer Ashlyn Vazquez The new inductees were honored at the March 9 event by Advisor Michelle Galles, and current NHS members: Madison Borg, Olivia Donner, Cade Johnson, Kaleigh Mattes, Cora Rischmueller, Jocelyn Weaver and Aishah Valenzuela. Valenzuela gave the program’s welcome, and Donner gave the history of the NHS. Mattes told the group and audience members the goals of the NHS and the qualities of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character were presented by current members, Rischmueller, Borg, Johnson and Weaver, respectively. The National Honor Society is celebrated its 100th year in 2021, and, according to the NHS website, boasts a nationwide membership of more than 1 million students in all 50 states. More pictures can be found at the following link: https://paperandink.smugmug.com/Wakefield-Republican/National-Honor-Society-2022-1/
12th Annual BIG Show Wednesday, March 16th The 12th Annual BIG (Art) Show will be hosted once again by the Wakefield High School Art Club on Wednesday, March 16th in the Wakefield Activity Center. The show is set to open to the public at 1:00 p.m. and will be open until 4:00 in the afternoon. When the Art Club and Art Teacher Mike Hassler set out to host the BIG Show twelve years ago they hoped to attract schools from the Tri-State Area. The list of schools attending the 12th Annual BIG Show will be: Wakefield, Pender, Bancroft-Rosalie, Stanton, Osmond, Dakota Valley, Homer, Ponca, Allen/Emerson-Hubbard, Wausa, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Randolph, Plainview, Wynot, and Dodge-Howells. The day will begin with schools and students hanging artwork from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30. The artwork will then be judged by area judges from 10:30 until 1:00 in the afternoon. While the judging is going on attending art students will participate in “The BIG Show Carnival” group project, which will give the visiting schools an opportunity to interact with Wakefield Elementary students. Over the course of the afternoon Junior High and High School artwork from the 15 attending schools will be on display for viewing by the general public. Wakefield Elementary School Students will also have artwork on display. As the afternoon progresses a Judge’s Best of Show and Honorable Mention Best of Shows will be awarded. Once again participating schools will be selecting an “Outstanding School Artist” from each school. Students from all schools will vote on their favorite artwork from each school and those students will be recognized with awards. The Wakefield Art Club will finish the day by recognizing the top ticket grossing carnival game with an award. Mr. Hassler recommends that you get there early as there will be a lot of great artwork on display and it might take you a little while to get through the show. Mr. Hassler stated, “A big part of our show is for our students to get a chance to show off their work to as many people as possible, and The BIG Show has become an event I think a lot of people look forward to attending every year.”
Logan Bokemper signs to play football at Morningside On Tuesday, March 8 Wakefield High School senior Logan Bokemper signed his letter of intent to play football for the Morningside University Mustangs. Bokemper concluded a remarkable final season as a Trojan in 2021 where he broke several state football records in the game versus Plainview where he scored 11 touchdowns, had almost 300 yards rushing, and scored a total of 74 points in just that game. He also holds Wakefield School records for rushing yards in a season with 1,542, carries in a season with 182, touchdowns in a season with 35, and points in a season with 246. Present at the signing were his parents Carla and Russ Bokemper, head football coach Mike Hassler, as well several members of the Trojan football team.
Alumni Banquet set for Friday, July 1st The Wakefield Alumni Reunion Committee has set a date and location for the tri-annual 2022 alumni gathering planned for this summer. Postcard reminders will be mailed soon for the event, which was set for the weekend of Friday, July 1 at the Wakefield Civic Center. More details about the event’s timing and gathering will be forthcoming as they are determined. Anyone with address changes for the annual mailing should send those to the Wakefield Alumni Association, P.O. Box 55, Wakefield, NE 68784, or by email to the following address: email@example.com. This year’s committee includes: Julie Oswald Rose, class of 1986; Kristin Eaton Salmon, class of 1999; Brenda Tello Montoya, class of 2000; Zach Dolen, class of 2003 and Gloria Tello, class of 2009.
Camden Geiser is Wakefields newest Eagle Scout Camden Geiser, son of John and Shanda Geiser, of Wakefield Boy Scout Troop 172 passed his Eagle Board of Review to become the Troop's newest Eagle Scout. The board of review was held in Winside on January 10th and consisted of the district chairman and three Scout leaders from the local district. For his Eagle project, Camden and his team assembled a bench and it was placed at the Veteran's Garden outside of the Legion Hall. Though he completed his project last summer he had to finish a few Eagle Scout required merit badges before he was eligible for his Board of Review. Camden has been an active member of the Troop since April of 2019 and is currently serving as a patrol leader. He has gone with the Troop on summer camps to Lewis and Clark Scout camp in South Dakota and Camp Wilderness in Minnesota. This summer Camden is planning on going to Sea Base High Adventure in the Florida Keys and Medicine Mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Dixon County Spelling Bee held Ingrid Lopez Ramos places fifth The annual Dixon County Spelling Bee was held on Tuesday, January 25th, in the main gym of Allen Consolidated Schools. Students from Wakefield, Allen, Emerson-Hubbard, and Ponca competed spelling a series of increasing difficult words until only one remained. Wakefield sent five students to the Bee: Mark Ruiz Cardona, the winner of last week’s Wakefield Spelling Bee; Gracyn Sullivan, Lesly Fernandez, Asher Geiser, and Ingrid Lopez Ramos. After a written exam and many rounds of oral spelling a new winner for Dixon County was crowned: Kaylee Kloster of Ponca. She is now able to participate in the Midwest Spelling Bee in Omaha on Saturday, February 26th where she will compete with other students from across Nebraska and western Iowa. The top five finalists in the spelling bee were: first place Kaylee Kloster, Ponca; second place Luke Jackson, Ponca; third place Abrahm Krusemark, Ponca; fourth place Books Kephart, Ponca; and fifth place Ingrid Lopez Ramos of Wakefield.
Mark Ruiz Cardona wins Wakefield Spelling Bee Wakefield Community Schools held the annual Wakefield Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 18th at 1:30 p.m. in the main gym. Participants from grades fifth to eighth grade took tests prior to the event to determine who would participate. Then through a course of increasing difficult words to spell students were eliminated until there were only five left. The top five finishers were: Mark Ruiz Cardona, 6th grade who won the spelling bee, Gracyn Sullivan an 8th grader took second, Lesly Fernandez also from the 8th grade took third, Asher Geiser from the fifth grade placed 4th, and Ingrid Lopez Ramos a fifth grader placed fifth. Those five will travel to Allen next week on Tuesday, January 25th at 1:30 p.m. to participate in the Dixon County Spelling Bee. The winner there will go on to participate in the Midwest Spelling Bee in Omaha on Saturday, February 26th where they will compete with students from across Nebraska and western Iowa. The winner of the Midwest Spelling Bee will compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.
Jumpin' Java opens at Third and Main What was a dream for Ashley Campbell has now become a reality and her reality is only the beginning. The Jumon' Java House located on the corner of 3rd and Main Streets here in Wakefield is now open for business and serving everything about coffee and smoothies. According to Campbell it's only the beginning of what her dream-vision involves. "I want to offer healthy alternatives to the people and the kids here in town," Campbell said. "Eventually, I want to be here for the kids to have a place to stop after school and have a healthy treat and the parents to stop for coffee or one of our other items." The items include a full line of coffee products, smoothies, both fruity and healthy, and eventually a line of soups and sandwiches for lunch. For the immediate future, until the New Year, Campbell will be open from 7:00 a.m. to around 1:00 p.m. but the plan is to open at 5:30 a.m. once things get started next year. She wants to include the kids because that is her nature - she recently was a para-professional at Wakefield Community Schools and was torn between continuing with the kids she has grown to love and help over the past couple of years and her dream of opening her own healthy store. "I wanted this to feel like a home anyone could come and stop by," Campbell said. "That's why we put 'House' in the name." Her boyfriend, JJ Cruz is on hand when he's available and that is the 'we' that put in the 'house'. "Obviously we are new at owning a business and doing what we are doing at the moment," Campbell said. "But I did this while I was going to college and I just feel like this is what I'm meant to do - healthy foods for friends."
Downtown beautification continues with Lazy Acres Thanks to a participation grant, Lazy Acres Decor and Floral changed its storefront and let the sun in, so to speak. "If we wouldn't have been able to get the grant, we would have never done a project like this," Lazy Acres owner Sarah Ekberg said. "It is a wonderful program to help local businesses and help smaller cities stay current with storefronts and signage." The grant Ekberg was referring to is part of the Downton Beautification and Rehabilitation There is a limit on the amount a business can receive and 15 percent of the amount must be paid by the business up front - the rest of the project will be paid by the grant. "When Megan (Weaver) first told me about the grant I was ready to sign up," Ekberg said. "I think I was the first application turned in - it was a 'no brainer' to me - 85%." The Wakefield Community Redevelopment Agency administers the matching grants and there is a $75,000 limit per business in the amount available. Ekberg put in new doors, a new entryway with a lot less brick and a lot more window. "It is so much brighter in here with the additional sunlight," Ekberg said. "I feel like I'm almost outside." Although the timing of her project was not the best, she's extremely pleased with the outcome of her decision. "A lot of people were doing their decorating for Christmas and we were pretty hard to get to the store," Ekberg said. "People in town and my customers are the best, they would call and we would figure out a way to get them what they needed - either at the back door or I would take it to them." Ekberg has also had a first-time event since the project was basically completed. "I had my first window-shoppers the other day," she said. "You can actually walk by my business and see in a window - it was great."
Senior Center gets new sign The Wakefield Senior Center is set to put itself on the local visual map by erecting a new sign in front of its door for all to see. "We wanted a sign to match the quality of where we are," Wakefield Senior Center director, Sherry Oswald said. "We have this beautiful building and we wanted to put up a sign we could all be proud of displaying." And, as is the fashion of the senior center - they did it economically. Wakefield Economic Development director, Megan Weaver designed the sign and the center intends to apply for an up to $1,000 grant from sales tax money to pay for it. Oswald's husband, Steve and senior center board member, Jerry Nicholson will put up the sign and the only cost to the Wakefield Senior Center will be the sign. "It's how we do things," Sherry Oswald said. "It's kind of how we have to do things - thank goodness my husband loves me as he gets roped into a lot of projects around here." Including meal delivery. It is how things should work in a small town and it seems to be working here. The economic development director designed the sign, according to Oswald, her husband and board member will put it up and hopefully, sales tax money will foot the bill for the materials. "We just want to keep moving forward," Oswald said. "Whatever is necessary we will do."
Wakefield Schools honors Veterans Wakefield Community Schools honored local Veterans with its annual Veteran's Day program in the high school gym on Thursday, November 11. The honor program began with a welcome from Wakefield Community Schools, superintendent, Matt Farup. The Anton Bokemper Post 81 American Legion presented the Colors to the gathering. Wakefield Student Councils presidents Olivia Donner and Rylee Reeves led the crowd in reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance". The Wakefield high school band, under the direction of Esly Ovando performed the "National Anthem". Pastor Charity Potter delivered remarks about Veteran's Day then the Wakefield 2-6 grades recited "On Veteran's Day". Wakefield's 5th-grade students then recited the poem "In Flanders Field". The high school choir performed "In Flanders Field" arranged by Greg Gilpin. The Quilt Shop Quilters the presented Quilts of Valor to 16 area Veterans. Caleb Chase, Eliseo Sarmiento and Jocelyn Weaver presented Wakefield Student Poetry. Farup delivered closing comments before the Wakefield Band trumpeters performed "Taps" as the American Legion retired the Colors. More pictures from the Veteran's Day program can be found on the Republicans Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldrepublican/photos/pcb.3089258484653071/3089258281319758/
Wakefield Athletic Complex becoming a reality After years, months and days, the Wakefield Athletic Complex started to become a reality last week when the Milo Meyer Construction Company started doing some dirt work at the site. What was an idea some years back has been picked up by present school administration, interested community members and the Wakefield Community Board of Education to move Wakefield into the next realm of high school sports. Community involvement is the only way a project of this nature could be accomplished and to see those preliminary efforts come to fruition with the initial construction phases is heartfelt to many involved in the process. "This is just the beginning, but it is the beginning," Wakefield Community Schools superintendent Matt Farup said. "We have a lot of work to go but it is great to get started." Farup indicated the preliminary work being done is on what will become the stadium portion of the project. "We wanted to try to get the footings poured for the stadium and all that encompasses," Farup said. "It is a relief to get that done before winter sets in." Milo Meyer Construction Company of Wayne found a lull in its schedule and showed up to begin some dirt work. "The company doing the project allows us to sub-contract local companies for the some of the work," Farup said. "That was part of the attraction of the company we chose and we wanted local plumbers, electricians, cement contractors and dirt contractors to participate in the construction - it gives everyone more ownership in what we are doing." The bulk of the existing $3.78M project has been funded, but Farup indicated some of the amenities surrounding the complex would require additional fundraising or dollars. "Some of the landscaping and extra things we are still looking for dollars," Farup said. "The stadium, lights, concession stand and turf are included in what was considered by the board." The Wakefield Community Schools Board of Education will most likely vote on approval of the final contract for the construction of the stadium, lights and turf at its next meeting but the preliminary work is underway. A formal "ground-breaking" ceremony has been set for November 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the site, but in the interim, the pre-grading and footings portion of the construction will continue as weather permits. Fundraising is ongoing for some of the amenities and landscaping surrounding the complex including the purchasing of individual bricks for a walkway leading into the stadium or buying a spot on a donor board which will be displayed ay an entrance or near the stadium itself. Farup also stated a new campaign will be kicked-off around the ground breaking. "We are going to unveil a 'Become a Trojan' campaign around the time of the ground breaking," Farup said. "Just contact me at the school if you're interested in donating." Although the beginning of the construction is without a lot of pomp and circumstance at the moment, Farup is glad to see the beginning. "This has been a long arduous process," he said. "In the end it will be something the school and this community can be extremely proud of."
The Wakefield Senior Center will be hosting a soup fundraiser on Sunday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Wakefield Community Center. A free will donation will be requested and the proceeds will go entirely to the Center.
Wakefield Teammates chapter looking for mentors After a year of COVID which saw Teammates mentors and mentees meting only via Zoom or limited contact, the Wakefield Chapter of Teammates is set to match up people to help students through the trials of life and the school. "It's a very rewarding experience to get to spend time with these kids," Teammates co-sponsor, Mike Clay said. "A lot of our mentors go into the program thinking they are going to help a young kid and by the end of the year, the mentor got more out of it than the mentee." Clay and Timarie Hansen are running the Wakefield chapter and are looking forward to matching students with mentors for this school year. "We got some things done last year, but COVID really hampered what we could do," Clay said. "Meeting face-to-face is very helpful and I think everyone would agree - close and personal is always better." To become a Teammates mentor, contact Timarie Hansen or Mike Clay at Wakefield Community Schools.
Rock the night away at Little Red Hen Theatre Make plans to rock the night away at the Little Red Hen Theatre on November 5. The blues, funk, rock, and soul sound of Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal will be bringing the house down for a special “one-night-only” performance at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal promise to ". . . deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving”. Tickets are now on sale for the event with wine and beer available for purchase at the venue. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended. Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal can be described as a real working band of music for the people and by the people. Featuring Hoyer’s signature voice, hammering keyboards, and horns over a “freight – train” rhythm section, the raucous funk and smooth soul sound dutifully pays homage to the past soul giants while simultaneously charging forward into the modern era. Formed in 2012 in Lincoln, the award-winning five-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is Blake DeForest (trumpet), Mike Keeling (bass), Benjamin Kushner (guitar), and Harrison ElDorado (drums). Inspired by the sounds of Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era, and joins forces each show with a common goal - to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles. In 2017, Josh was featured as a contestant on NBC's The Voice, and the band completed their first European tour; a 27-city stint capped with a live album release from their show in Brussels, Belgium. The hard-working band completed several national tours from 2015-2017, playing more than 150 shows in 32 states each year, including opening for George Clinton, Charles Bradley, Booker T Jones, and Muscle Shoals Revue. Tickets for the Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal are on sale now and can be purchased at www.littleredhentheatre.com or by calling the Little Red Hen theatre at 402-287-2818. The event is made possible in part with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, as well as the Dixon County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Harding/Lamprecht first line of defense for mental health As a continuation of highlighting mental health services at Wakefield Community Schools, it is a pleasure to spotlight Elementary Guidance Counselor, Tiffany Lamprecht, and Secondary Guidance Counselor, Lori Harding. The role of guidance counselor has evolved through the years in response to the changing needs of students. Lamprecht and Harding are the first points of contact whenever a student is struggling academically, socially, or emotionally. These ladies wear the many hats requiring large skill sets and prioritizing their relationships with students and staff. Because of their commitment to students and staff, no two days are the same. Lamprecht in the library teaching whole group guidance lessons or meeting one-on-one with students in her office to provide more targeted supports. "Her fun and caring personality draws staff and students alike to her throughout the day. Mrs. Lamprecht," pricipal Angie Zach said. "She drops whatever she is doing to be present for people who need an ear or a shoulder to lean on." This is Lamprecht’s second year as elementary guidance counselor. "The staff is grateful for her positivity and never-ending support," Zach said. "Mrs. Harding has a revolving office door," said Zach. "She sees many students throughout the day to support them with class schedules, post-secondary planning and goals, a quick check-in, or individualized social-emotional support." With a focus on mental health awareness and services this school year, Harding and Lamprecht are both involved in student wellness activities, staff wellness activities, and community outreach activities. "Mrs. Harding embodies the strength of empathy while holding students to high expectations," Zach said. "She can be described as the 'heartbeat' of the secondary building as Mrs. Harding has great awareness of student needs and is a highly trusted member of the staff. This is Harding’s ninth year serving as the Secondary Guidance Counselor. Mental health is the focus this month at the Wakefield Community Schools and the nation. With the services available at Wakefield Community Schools, it's not a monthly commitment - it is an annual commitment.
Lots of 'happenings' at the Little Red Hen Theatre The Little Red Hen Theatre has been busy of late, between murder-mystery dinners, auditions for "Die-Hard", and preparing for a live music concert with Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal on November 5th. On October 2nd, around 150 people gathered at the Wakefield Civic Center for the Little Red Hen Theatre’s "Trailer Park Tragedy" , and worked to uncover a murderer. Over the course of the evening guests were treated to a night out with some “crazy and kooky trailer park residents", witnessed, a murder, and spent the night sleuthing to uncover the culprit. The talented and entertaining cast included, Alison Bruckner, Audrey Loggins, Brandon Dorsey, Buffany DeBoer, Christy Roberts, Garret Robinson, Katelyn Pommer, Tyler Masek, Mike Mogus, Mike Pommer, Olivia Dekok and Sharon Boeckenhauer. The event was a fundraiser for the Little Red Hen and funds raised will be used to help upgrade components of the theatrical lighting system. The theatre is currently casting for its upcoming production of "A Very Die-Hard Christmas". An over-the-top parody of the classic action film, the show promises to be entertaining for audiences and actors. The theatre is seeking actors ages 16 and older of all types to help bring the comedy to life. Rehearsals will begin the last week in October with performances scheduled for December 9-11. Auditions are being held on October 15 and 16th. Interested performers and technical volunteers are encouraged to visit the theatre’s website at www.littleredhentheatre.com to sign up for an audition time and learn more about the production. On Friday, November 5, the Little Red Hen theatre will be welcoming Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal to town for a “bring-the-house-down” concert of rock, blues, and funk fusion. A former contestant on NBC’s "The Voice", Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal promise an original sound that will entertain and blow audiences away. Patrons may make reservations now and tickets will go on sale for the general public on October 18.
Wakefield third & fourth grade football beats LCC After playing tackle football for the past few years, Wakefield Youth Rec decided to offer flag football for the younger players and joined a league with Stanton, Wayne, Laurel and Wakefield. Wayne has three teams in the league while Stanton, Laurel and Wakefield each offer one team into the mix. Wakefield has a game left on the schedule this fall after going 3-1 in its first four games. "We decided to switch over to flag football to try to get more players to participate," Wakefield Youth Rec president, Scott Hansen said. "This fall has gone pretty good - we'll revisit the program after this year." After splitting with Wayne teams earlier in the season and defeating Stanton, Wakefield took on Laurel this past week and defeated Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 36-24.