It’s been a sports rivalry for more than 60 years that will disappear next school year.
Rockville and Turkey Run schools are consolidating. And that means the communities are watching the clock wind down on their beloved school teams.
It’s a rivalry that’s pitted county friends against each other for more than half a century.
“We’re just 10 minutes away, it’s fun having a rivalry where you know a lot of the guys,” says Rockville Senor Hunter Michalic.
“The rivalry has been around forever, as long as I’ve known it,” says Turkey Run Senior Daniel Thurman.
Creating a spectacle both communities looked forward to.
The rivalry goes further than each high school’s walls. Rockville teacher Melanie Miller is a Turkey Run graduate, playing on the Warriors State Championship softball team.
“It’s always kind of interesting because if I mention anything about Turkey Run the students say oooo and kinda make fun and I poke fun right back at them. I tell them what’s wrong with Rockville and they tell me what’s wrong with Turkey Run,” says Miller.
But this year, teams in every sport at the two schools have one more shot at adding their names to the athletic history books.
“Seeing teams come through losing, winning against Rockville and being able to be the last team to come through and play them it’s quite the experience,” says Turkey Run Senior Daniel Thurman.
As one book closes, a new one will open, the Rox and the Warriors will combine their talents, becoming the Parke Heritage Wolves.
“It’s obviously going to be different but again I think the kids are on board,” says Rockville Athletic Director Rich Schelsky.
The collaboration will provide benefits, such as fielding full junior varsity and freshman teams for every sport. But the benefits do not diminish the challenges for the new school’s athletic director, Rich Schelsky.
“Scheduling, the re-branding of everything uniforms. We basically have to start from scratch with everything but at the same time that may be the most rewarding too.”
While many are sad to see their school traditions come to an end, they understand and are excited about what lies ahead, but before the wolves take on the 2018-19 school year, Turkey Run and Rockville must close out their last year.
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We want to make sure that we honor this school as Rockville High School and Turkey Run and Turkey Run High School and we don’t want to forget about that.”
Both schools already have and will continue to have different ceremonies recognizing former players of their respected schools.