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Central Clarion Wildcats Football Team Logo And Mascot Reveal Rescheduled For Friday, July 3rd (06/23/20)

Above Photo (L-R): Coach Dave Eggleton, Booster Presicent Cory Rex, Historian Ken Burkett, Logo Designer Karl Jacobson, Coach Larry Wiser at planning session in March

The new Central Clarion Wildcats football team, consisting of players from Clarion, North Clarion and Clarion-Limestone High Schools, has rescheduled the logo and mascot reveal for Friday, July 3rd, at Clarion Area High School from. The reveal festivities, which were originally scheduled for March 26th, are free and open to the public.

The Wildcats was a nickname given to the Union Army’s 105th Pennsylvania Regiment, mainly from Jefferson and Clarion Counties, who fought in a number of Civil War battles including the Battle of Gettysburg. The Regiment has a monument at the battlefield.

The evening will feature Ken Burkett, Wildcat Division historian Ken Burkett, the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Historical Society, who will give a presentation, looking at the historical background of the Division. Burkett will have a number of artifacts on display at the library, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Then at 6:00, Mr. Burkett will give his presentation in the auditorium.

The evening will conclude with the logo reveal at approximately 6:50 p.m.

The program will conclude allowing folks to enjoy the “I Love Clarion” festivities and fireworks at Memorial Stadium, to celebrate our nation’s independence.

Clarion Area Superintendent Joe Carrico said, “We rescheduled the event to coincide with the “I Love Clarion” festivities. Ken Burkett is lending his considerable knowledge to our community, so we can celebrate the new team, logo and mascot. As originally discussed by the committee. We didn’t want any of the schools ‘losing’ their identity, but rather all three schools creating a new one together!    

“We want to stress the historical relevance of why the Wildcats were chosen and we want to use the celebration as a way to launch this journey. The logo is unique to our teams. Ken helped us build a logo with a story that can and should be told time and again. Karl lent his artistic gift to the creation as well.  We will also be trying to plan some stuff for the upcoming season.  Pretty impressive!”

Wildcats’ coach and former Clarion Area history teacher, Larry Wiser, himself a Civil War history buff said, “I’m really fascinated and am glad we went this route.” He mentioned that the name and logo are natural fit, considering that the Wildcats Regiment consisted of soldiers mainly from Clarion and Jefferson Counties the same counties the players hail from.

He said, the choice of mascot is not to glorify war, but shows how the brave men in the 105th Wildcat Division came together for the common good. Coach Wiser feels anyone who is interested in Civil War history, would enjoy and benefit from this presentation.

So mark your calendars for Friday, July 3rd at 5:00 p.m.