New book ‘Rise of the Warriors’ details how Caledonia football rose to dominance
CALEDONIA, Minn. (WKBT) — Not too far from the sign welcoming you into town, are other signs with what the town’s proud of.
“They’re proud of their team and what’s been accomplished and it’s fun to see them come out and support,” said Mark Esch, author of ‘Rise of the Warriors.’
And support they did, waiting for autographs on a new piece of Warrior memorabilia
“The book idea’s been in my brain for two years, and my wife told me I had to stop talking about it.”
Mark Esch took a shot at writing after he was seeing with what Caledonia Football brought the town, and the man to his right was a huge inspiration.
“(Coach) Carl (Fruechte) and his staff really teach life skills, and they prepare kids for the world.”
“If we can do it, other communities can do it,” said Coach Carl Fruechte.
Mark interviewed Coach Fruechte along with former team members to detail what made Caledonia Football so successful.
“It takes a lot of work. It takes someone who’s not going to be offended, because people are trying to buck you. We are trying to create a culture where partying inst cool and Friday nights are cool,” explained Fruechte.
That’s a culture that Mark has carried with him, especially when he put the book together.
“The last few weeks were pretty stressful. There were times when I didn’t want to write but I had to force myself to write. But that’s a skill you learn in football. To be disciplined and do the things you didn’t want to do but had to do.”
And it’s a culture that keeps Caledonia football the talk of the town.
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