River Valley football enjoying special season

Strong bond between assistant coach and seniors
River Valley football enjoying special season

The River Valley High School football team is preparing for its Level 2 WIAA playoff game Friday night.

The Blackhawks have lost only one game this season and will host Nekoosa Friday at 7 p.m. in Spring Green.

The senior class has a special bond with assistant coach Mike Crook.

Crook has been in a wheelchair since a construction accident in 1986 and is paralyzed from the waist down.

He’s been an assistant football coach at River Valley since 1995 and said his goal is to be a teacher on and off the field.


Crook said coaching gives him a reason to get out of the house every day and the players keep him young.

“Everyone always says you don’t look 53,” Crook said. “And I say, that’s because of you guys.”