The Goshen High School athletic teams are in the midst of an interesting season. On Tuesday, the Goshen boys basketball team was the last school team to compete as the Redskins. When the team returns to action on Jan. 8, it will be the Red Hawks.
The transformation is one of the strangest in recent high school sports memory, not necessarily because of the abandoning of the Redskins mascot, but more because of when it is occurring; rather than wait for the end of the 2015-16 school year, Goshen opted to switch names on January 1, 2016.
As a result, according to Elhart Fox affiliate WSJV, the team has had to endure recent practices in front of construction workers sanding the nickname off the baselines while players practice their jumpers. For now, the Goshen players say they’re comfortable in their new skin, though they have found the entire transformation a bit odd and off-putting.
“I think that moment it kind of hit us like this is actually happening now,” Goshen senior Brady Bechtel, the son of the coach, told WSJV. “I will always be a Redskin deep in … (but) we’re Goshen and we play for Goshen.”