Messwood crosses out a controversy with temporary football logo

Published on: 10/16/2012

Shorewood - The Messwood football team has a new logo, minus a key element that caused a sudden stir.

The temporary logo was unveiled last week less than 24 hours after the Shorewood School Board, responding to of a possible conflict over the separation of church and state, decided to remove the cross from the design the team has sported all season.

The new logo - with the words '2012 PLAYOFFS' in red set on a blue football - is meant to represent the accomplishments of the two schools, district and team officials told reporters last Wednesday.

'Our new helmet logo is going to celebrate the successes these young men have worked so hard for this season,' said Messwood Head Coach Drake Zortman.

The new logo was on Messwood's helmets during its home game Friday, though staff members weren't able to take the decals with the old logo off in time for an earlier freshmen make-up game.

Messmer President Bob Smith said that, although he would have preferred the cross to remain on the logo, and would like some indication of God in future logos, he understands the spirit of a relationship with a public entity like Shorewood.

'Part of the co-op was knowing that we were (partnering) with a public school district which has its own guidelines,' Smith said. 'You won't see me on the battle line trying to change something that is, institutionally, probably not going to change.'

Shorewood High School Principal Matthew Joynt said a combination of Shorewood and Messmer students will design a new logo for the team in 2013, though criteria for the redesign haven't been established.

'That'll probably be a second-semester issue,' Joynt said. 'For now we've got our answer for the rest of the season.'