For the first time in its 48-year history Gilbertville Don Bosco High School will field a varsity football team when the season begins in August. Tom Yuska has been hired to become the Dons’ coach. He has been a head coach before, having led North Tama from 1989 to 1994. He says he always thought it would be a place where they could be successful with football. Yuska says there are a lot of details to attend to when starting a program from scratch. He says they have to buy equipment and do a lot of other things, as well as meet with the kids and decide where they will play and practice. Don Bosco will play 11-man football as a class-A school. Yuska says 45 boys have already signed up to play. He says there are some kids who have played youth football, but there will be some kids who haven’t played since eighth grade. Yuska says he’s had that type of inexperience before and will work with them.In recent years, students at Don Bosco were allowed to play football at Waterloo Columbus, but the sharing agreement between the schools was not renewed when it expired last Fall.
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