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NU High football to join with Dike-New Hartford

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- After having the most successful season in school history, going 11 and 1, the NU High football team won't have enough players to field a team during the upcoming season.

Instead, the school will join forces with Dike-New Hartford so those who want to play will still have that opportunity.

Right now, NU High football players will join the Dike-New Hartford team for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. After that the NU High Athletic Director, Joe Smeins hopes to have numbers back up to where they can return to the UNI-Dome with their own program.

"It wasn't something that was going to happen for us. It's going to be best for our kids to be able to compete. Dike has a freshman team, a JV team, and a high school team. Here we would probably have just one team if we could have fielded a team. A lot of our kids will get playing time across the board from freshman to varsity and that's just great for Dike, great for our kids, and they're looking forward to it," said Smeins.

Right now Dike-New Hartford students who want to play soccer go to NU High to take part. In the fall it will be just the opposite for football.

"They will be under the Dike-New Hartford Wolverines and having the school colors that we have," said DNH Superintendent, Lindsey Beecher.

"We have 8 to 10 kids going over there to help their team out, their freshman team, their JV team, and maybe some help for their varsity. I think our kids are excited. We have freshman who are excited to play against freshman. Here they would have been playing against juniors and seniors and our seniors are excited just to be playing football," said Smeins.

NU High looked at possibly going to eight man football, but under state rules their enrollment for the school is too high and they discovered that wasn't an option.

Dike-New Hartford will not get enough players form NU to have to change classes and they will remain in class 1A.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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