Wichita North football seeks to accomplish more in already historic season


WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The 2021 season will make Wichita North football history, ending an unbeaten streak in the City League to claim the program’s first league title.

“It’s great to be the first team to take city here at North,” said senior Ilian Martinez-Valenciana. “It’s a story in the books for sure and I’m very proud to be a part of this team.”

For North Head Coach Curt Wullschleger, this is an accomplishment that has been brewing for nearly a decade.

“It was amazing, it’s something I’ve been trying to do for nine years as a coach and have been pursuing since 1994 as a player,” said Wullschleger.

North, now 15-1-1 this season after beating the Liberals 7-1 in the 6A regional quarterfinals on Tuesday, has 17 seniors, many of whom have played together since childhood.

“The chemistry of these guys on and off the pitch is amazing,” said Wullschleger. “They play for each other; they like to be the helper as opposed to the person putting him in the net. They just look out for each other and they are a great bunch of kids.

Now, North will be looking to win the program’s second state title.

“We knew we were able to beat any team here and we’re still pretty confident that we can go all the way,” said senior Arturo Veliz. “We’ve had the whole city behind us since we first won the league and we’re not here to disappoint anyone.”

North will face the winner of Manhattan (10-5-1) and Wichita Heights (7-6-3) Thursday at home at 4.

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