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A tale of brotherhood

Win or lose, the Braves say they are bonded by the Cherokee tradition of brotherhood. 

This season,  the team has taken a piece of Cherokee folklore, and made it their own. 

But this Cherokee folklore is more than just a pep chant for this pack of wolves. It’s a life lesson to work hard and play hard on and off the field

"A Tale of Two Wolves" is a Native American legend about channeling the good and evil in one’s self.

It’s a life lesson these players can bring to the field and leave with after the game.  

"In a bigger picture you talk about which wolf you feed and how you live your life," says Travis Schipper, head football coach.

The author of the legend is unknown but was attributed to the Cherokee Tribe. Now at every game, it’s read to the team for the sake of achieving good sportsmanship, and maintaining a good attitude win or lose.

"We thought it fit us perfect being from Cherokee and our mascot being the braves," says Schipper.

Senior Mason Goebel had done his research for the upcoming season to find a parable he believed would be a tale worth telling to his team. 

"When we read it out the first time some of the guys said they had chills so we thought it was good and it gets us hyped before the game," says Mason Goebel, a senior at Washington High School. 

"I’ve seen a lot of schools that have chants but I’ve never seen this chant where its based on the good and the bad and you make the choice and the choice is the good wolf so it’s a unique chant that we’ll be doing," says Nixon, assistant varsity football coach.

For this team, making a Cherokee tradition their own is important because they share a family bond with one another in and out of school.

"It’s about the loyalty to each other and you play for the guy next to you every Friday and you come to practice every day and you put the work in that you need to put in," says Nixon

"These guys are my brothers," says Goebel.

"It’s not about always being the best football player it’s about being the best person that you can be", says Schipper.

Danielle Saitta

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