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The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


The Student News Site of West Delaware High School


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Leaving a Legacy Bigger Than Football

Doug Winkowitsch is leaving West Delaware having inspired many to expect the best out of themselves
Keevan Hauschild
During the 2022 playoff game vs Solon, Doug Winkowitsch looks for an official to talk to.

Expect victory – it’s not just the West Delaware football team motto. It’s a philosophy that has spread throughout the entire school and community.

“Expect victory means being the best you can be at everything you do in life,” 20 year head coach Doug Winkowitsch said. 

As a coach, Winkowitsch has inspired many players, students, coaches, and members of the community to buy into the “Expect Victory” motto.

Assistant football coach Corey Coates describes Wink as passionate.

At the 2023 homecoming assembly, Doug Winkowitsch closes it out leading the entire school in an “EV” chant. (Liz Sleper)

“He shows his passion on the football field, but also his selfless passion toward his family, community, and school,” Coates said. “He has an undying work ethic, has tremendous leadership qualities, and is a person of quality character. Wink understands the importance of surrounding himself with great people and has done that throughout his career.”

Coates witnessed the positive impact Winkowitsch has made on everyone in his time at West Delaware, which includes seeing the program’s “Expect Victory” motto spread throughout the community.

“He wants people to surround themselves with others who expect the best out of everyone,” Coates said.

Junior Jeryn Funke is one player who’s been positively impacted by Winkowitsch, both on and off the field.

“Off the field, the biggest impact he’s made on my life is through the lesson of being patient and understanding of others,” Funke said. “He is one of the most patient people I know and just seeing how he handles situations with patience has helped me learn this as well.” 

On the field, Wink taught Funke to finish every play and give maximum effort during every second because any split second can change the course of a game.

As a freshman, Jack Smith (12) became the first freshman to play varsity football in seven years. Smith said Winkowitsch made the game fun for him over the last four years. Winkowitsch also preached mental toughness, which is one of the biggest impacts he made on Smith’s life.

After facing adversity through losses and injuries, I came back stronger than ever during my senior year,” Smith said. “I never let things get in my head. I just wanted to play football.”

At Solon, junior Brent Yonkovic walks off the field for the final time this season with Athletic Trainer Jason Nolz and Coach Winkowitsch. Yonkovic capped off a stellar junior campaign by be crowned the District Offensive Player of the Year. (Keevan Hauschild)

Funke appreciates how Winkowitsch coaches and teaches for the right reasons. 

 “The thing I appreciate most about Wink is how he treats all his players and students like family,” Funke said,  “He cares more about how we are doing off the field than about how we’re doing on the field, which is awesome.”

For Smith, the lessons learned extend far beyond the game of football and will serve him just as much in the real world.

“Everything from hard work to determination and a belief in something greater than myself will help me throughout life,” Smith said. “Wink taught me to respect everyone and fear no one.”

Over the last 20 years, Coates and Wink have spent hours of prep time in Wink’s office to prepare for upcoming opponents.

Most of all, I will miss walking on and off Brown Field with a coach and a friend that has impacted the lives of so many, including my own.

— Corey Coates

“Most of all, I will miss walking on and off Brown Field with a coach and a friend that has impacted the lives of so many, including my own,” Coates said.

While Doug Winkowitsch is departing from West Delaware, his impact will be felt for years to come. His unwavering belief in expecting the best from ourselves and the people around us will continue to inspire the community to strive for excellence in everything we do.

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Keevan Hauschild
Hello everyone! I’m Keevan Hauschild and I am a senior here at West Delaware. This is my third year of journalism. Outside of yearbook, I am currently involved in baseball, NHS, Speech, Play, Student Council, and a part of the West Delaware Students for Desired Change group. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, lifting, listening to music, attending sporting events, playing golf, and taking pictures. I’ve been running a photography page, khausproductions on Instagram and K-Haus Photography on Facebook. Both of these pages have grown an insane amount throughout the last two years. After this year, I’m heading to the University of Iowa where I am majoring in Journalism/Mass Communications, Sports Media, and Marketing with my end goal of working at ESPN one day. 
Liz Sleper
Liz Sleper, Staff
Hey! I’m Liz Sleper, a senior here at West Delaware. I’m super involved in extracurriculars; I participate in musical, all-state choir, all-state speech, student council, NHS, play, and journalism, and I run the spirit squad Twitter page. In my spare time (I don’t have much), you can find me lifting, skiing in the winter, watching my siblings’ sports games, watching scary movies, or playing guitar (badly). In the summer, I lifeguard and teach swim lessons at the Kramer Aquatic Center! I plan on attending the University of Iowa to major in Journalism and Mass Communications, hopefully also on a pre-law track. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the yearbook team this year, and I’m looking forward to new experiences and opportunities!

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