During the past two school years, Whiteland Community High School has gone from 376 participants in athletics to 412.
Much of the increase is due to Coach Darrin Fisher’s football program. The number of boys out for the sport went from 78 the fall of 2009 to an all-time high of 97 last fall.
“(Football) is a big chunk of it. I think it has to do with 10 years ago, when coach Fisher started. He did so much with the bantam league, and we’re starting to see the fruits of that now,” Whiteland athletics director Ken Sears said. “And both of our soccer programs are way up."