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Five to Watch
AUGUST 2012 Design and graphics by Eric Johnson Stories by Rocky Hulne
Five area athletes that could have major impacts for their respective teams in 2012.
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are a Changin’
New Austin head football coach Brett Vesel is diving in head first, looking to end the Packers’ 19-game losing streak.
Football team will stalk with speed. Superlarks VB leaving their young years
on the court behind.
Football team will take a defensive tone. Boys soccer team not hiding its weapons. Girls soccer team continues the
improvement they saw in 2011. Volleyball teams makes changes to lineup. Girls cross country team eyeing state; boys looking to fill out its roster. Can Helen Heimark make it No. 5 for state? Tennis team brings back experience.
•Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms Football
team still going strong. volleyball team welcomes back outside hitter Janelle Morem. Cross country team makes use of summer. BP
•Hayfield Vikings New
FB coach hopes to spur turnaround. Youth movement for Hayfield volleyball. Hayfield cross country schedule.
Super foods for fall sports
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Jen Haugen offers super food ideas for athletes competing in different high school sports.
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a sneak peak at this year’s Austin Bruins.
team firing. A pair of cross country runners target state. Volleyball schedule.
•LeRoy-Ostrander Cardinals New faces in coach and the volleyball team. Football team turning to key seniors. GMLOS debuts XC program.
Football team will have different look. Volleyball team is rebuilding.
Gopher football and volleyball schedules
Find out when the Big Ten’s University of Minnesota Gophers will be at home and on the road
Riverland volleyball and soccer schedules Both Riverland volleyball and soccer will entertain closer to home.
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New coach setting program on new course
rett Vesel hasn’t coached his first game yet for the Austin Packer football team, but he’s already made a difference for a program that has a 19-game losing streak riding into this season. It began in the summer when he led Austin’s strength and conditioning program. Many of his players got the workout of their lives. Then it continued when he began this year’s football practice schedule with a three-day boot camp that required every player to be in the correct shape before preparing for the season. Now it’s happening in practice as Vesel is pushing his team on a daily basis. “I like him as a guy and he’s making us work,” Austin senior linebacker Pat Wagner said of Vesel. “I don’t always like him as a coach, because he’s killing us out there. But he knows what he’s doing and he’s got us working.” Before coming to Austin, Vesel coached at La Crescent for the past six years, and he spent five years as the head coach at Superior High School in Wisconsin. La Crescent posted four winning sea-
There’s a new life in the Austin Packers locker room as Vesel tries to turn around a program that is 0-19. sons under Vesel, who is not fazed by coming to a bigger school in Austin.
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He’s been great and the coaching staff has been pushing us really hard. He’s changing the atmosphere around here.
— Sean Coffey Austin quarterback
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“The kids and parents are awesome and the coaching staff I have is really working hard. From that standpoint, I love it.” -Brett Vesel “The La Crescent kids were a little quieter than the ones we have here,” Vesel said. “There’s also a lot of support from the community in Austin. Not that we didn’t have support in La Crescent, there’s just more people in Austin, so I hear from a lot more people.” Vesel’s early practices had some of his player’s heads spinning. The team is focusing on developing specific skills and one of those skills, including takeaways. Junior linebacker Gabe Gerstner was surprised on the first day of practice when the team began working on taking the
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football away from ball carriers. “All of the football I’ve ever played, we’ve never had a strip drill. We have four different circuits here where all we work on is taking the ball away,” Gerstner said. “[Vesel’s] got 20 plus years under his belt in coaching at all levels. He knows how to get us in shape and he knows good strategy on both sides of the ball.” Vesel is bringing a spread offense to Austin, which is similar to the one the team ran three years ago under Tim Hermann. The formation gives the team the versatility to throw or find gaps to run through. Austin quarterback Sean Coffey said he’s Brett Vesel jokes with mem- coming along fine with the new offense and he bers of the Austin Packers thinks Vesel has had a big impact on the team’s atfootball team during condi- titude. tioning drills the first week “He’s been great and the coaching staff has of practice. The Packers first been pushing us really hard,” Coffey said. “He’s game is at Red Wing and changing the atmosphere around here.” will be the team’s first indiVesel said he’s ready for the season to get under cator as to where the pro- way and he likes what he’s seen out of Austin so far. gram sits. “The kids and parents are awesome and the coaching staff I have is really working hard,” he LEFT: Returning to the QB said. “From that standpoint, I love it.” position, Sean Coffey has Vesel is a graduate of Duluth Central in Duluth, seen the change in just a Minn., and he received his teaching degree from couple short weeks. University of Wisconsin-Superior.
A siege game •Austin will set game tones through its defense It’s the first day of contact for the Packer football team under new head coach Brett Vesel and the defense is already roaring. On the first play from scrimmage, Gabe Gerstner bursts into the backfield to bring down a ball carrier, next it’s Pat Wagner making a big tackle and a few players later Bret Lukes is picking off a pass and heading toward the end CHEDULE zone. Home games in bold By the time the session is •Aug. 31: Austin at Red Wing, 7 p.m. done, one •Sept. 7: Mankato West at Austin, thing is clear: 7 p.m. This year’s •Sept. 14: Faribault at Austin, Austin football 7 p.m. team is plan•Sept. 21 Austin at Mankato East, ning on set7 p.m. •Sept. 28 Roch. Mayo at Austin, ting the tone 7 p.m. with its de•Oct. 5 Austin at Roch. Century, fense. 7 p.m. “I always •Oct. 12 Owatonna at Austin, like to work on 7 p.m. defense and I •Oct. 17 Austin at Albert Lea, 7 p.m. really like intensity,” said Gerstner, a junior linebacker who saw some varsity time last season. “If you don’t have intensity, you won’t get to the ball. Offense is a lot more mental and defense is more about aggression.” Austin isn’t satisfied with just stopping other teams’ offenses. After two winless seasons that saw them rarely take the ball away, the Packers are focused on forcing turnovers. Gerstner said he’d never worked on a strip drill in all of his years of football before and now the team is spending 30 minutes per practice working on forcing fumbles.
Members of the Packer defense wrap up Cory Hepler during the red and white scrimmage earlier this month. The Packers will rely more on their defense this season to set tones early on.
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Packer Football: ‘We’re going to get some wins’ Vesel told his team that 90 percent of the time a team scores a defensive touchdown, they win the game, and that has lit a fire under the unit. “That’s an impressive stat,” Wagner, a senior linebacker, said. “It’s really inspired a lot of guys and we’re trying to get the ball. We’re ready to hit some people this year.” Wagner feels the pain of Austin’s current 19-game losing streak more than most of his teammates: This will be his third year on varsity and he’s never tasted the joy of a win. The Packers are planning on changing that this year. “We don’t want that this year. We’re gonna get some wins,” he said. “We’ve just got to have intensity every day and we can’t have days where we slack. We’re not good enough or athletic enough to do that.” Gerstner, who has emerged as a leader along with Wagner and Tony Baudler, said there’s a totally different energy on the team this year. “Last year I played on this team and they thought we were gonna win and they went hard, but it wasn’t half as intense as this,” he said. “I’ve never lost my voice after a
Ethan Horstmann is tackled by Tommy Olmsted as the Austin Packers run through a couple plays before the start of the red and white scrimmage at Art Hass Stadium earlier this month.
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couple of practices before. It’s a whole new team this year and coach Vesel has really turned it around.” Vesel said he likes what the defense has brought so far, but he’d like to see it progress a little more. Early on in practice, the team was struggling with a few dropped passes. “We’ll be a good offensive team eventually. We’re really stressing defense right now to take a little pressure off the offense,” Vesel said. “Defensively it looks good. Offensively, it doesn’t look like we’ve caught a lot of balls in our career and we’ve got to get better than that. We do have a lot of speed and we’re going to take what the defense gives us.” Sean Coffey is likely to return to the starting quarterback position and he’ll be throwing to a lot of familiar faces in Lukes, Marcus Stoulil and Trevor Feuerhak. Coffey said he’s picking up the new offense without too much trouble. “It’s a pretty similar offense with a lot of shot gun,” Coffey said. “It’s a lot faster and it’s a lot more detailed. It’s very quick and it’s fun.”
In your face
Hagen-Erickson, Torres will score, but they are not the only threats
lot more even playing field this year.” Just about everyone who plays the Austin boys soccer team this Franciso Torres played in the Class ‘A’ state tournament for the year knows who Jake Hagen-Erickson and Francisco Torres are. The two seniors have each been named All-State honorable men- Packers in 2009 and he’d love to get the feeling back of playing in that game again. tion in the past and they an incredible one-two punch on last year’s “We’re gonna go hard every game and we’re gonna try to make team, which went 12-4-3 overall before losing the Section 1A title it to state,” he said. game to Rochester Lourdes 2-0. Teams will know where Austin’s ofAustin’s only question mark may be fense is coming from and head coach on the defensive side of the ball as they Jens Levisen has no problem with that. have to replace all of their starters. But “Cisco and Jake have been strong Levisen doesn’t feel it’s much of a quesand they’ve proven themselves on the tion at all as he expects sophomore state level,” he said. “I think they’re Riley Grinstead and Franco Ortiz to coming out to say they should be more help out. than honorable mention. Other teams “Those defenders were all in their around the state know about them and first year of varsity last year and they they’ve been leaders here for the last were able to step up,” Levisen said. few years.” “That’s what I’m saying to the guys Levisen isn’t overly concerned about this year is it’s a new defense, but so teams knowing who his top two scorwas last year’s defense and we made ers are because they are not the only things happen. It’s not something threats to put in some goals. There’s that worries me.” Nick Brehmer, who’s a three year If the defense does have any isstarter in midfield and there’s Abinyan sues, the Packers have a veteran goal Lual who had a big goal in the tournakeeper in senior Collin Weisert, who ment last season. is entering his second year in net. Lual won a team dribbling competiWeisert said he’s more comforttion when he beat out Hagen-Erickson able this season. at a recent practice. “I was nervous my first few There’s also the guys that haven’t games, but you get used to it. I had even been heard of yet who could con- Francisco Torres in the Section 1A section title game against Rochester Lourdes. Austin narrowly missed out on making its good players to back me up,” he tribute. second trip to a state tournament said. “We’ve got a new secret weapon and we’re not gonna say [who that is],” •Sept. 15 P. Island at Austin, 1 p.m. CHEDULE Hagen-Erickson said. “We’ve got a lot •Sept. 18 Man. West at Austin, 7 p.m. Home games in bold of good players on this team and they always keep us working. That •Sept. 20 Austin at Faribault, 5 p.m. makes us better.” •Sept. 22 Sch. Acad. at Austin, 4:30 p.m. •Aug. 24 Stewart. at Austin, 6 p.m. The Packers finished second in the Big Nine last season and that •Sept. 25 Roch. Century at Austin, 7 p.m. •Aug. 30 Byron at Austin, 7 p.m. was their best finish in school history. Brehmer has no problem say•Sept. 27 Austin at Winona, 7 p.m. •Sept. 4 Austin at Albert Lea, 7 p.m. ing the team wants to do even better this season. •Sept. 6 Roch. Mayo at Austin, 7 p.m. •Sept. 29 Austin at Roch. Lourdes, 1 p.m. “We want to go to state and be Big Nine champs,” he said. •Sept. 8 Austin at Kasson-Man., 1 p.m. •Oct. 2 Roch. JM at Austin, 5 p.m. “Every team in the Big Nine is beatable, but no one is down. It’s a •Sept. 13 Austin at Man. East, 5 p.m. •Oct. 4 Owatonna at Austin, 5 p.m.
Jake Hagen-Erickson celebrates with teammates and coaches after his game-winning goal in the Section 1A semifinals last season against Pine Island/ZumbrotaMazeppa
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A painting of success Austin’s, Nicole Lipari
Last year, Austin senior Nicole Lipari played on the best girls soccer team of her four-year varsity career. This year’s team could be even better. The Packers are coming off a season where they went 5-12 overall, but they pushed No. 1 seeded Albert Lea to the brink in a 1-0 loss in the second round of the playoffs. Last year was the first season for Austin head coach Enrique Camarena-Corzo and now the team has a better grasp on his system after a full year of working with him. “A lot of girls understand how he coaches and I think we’ll be more successful this year,” Lipari said. “Playing together this summer was a lot of help and I’m excited for the season. We
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The Austin Packers girls’ soccer team took a big step forward in 2011. Now they look to go even further in 2012
can go far.” Camarena-Corzo said the biggest battle last season was to get the team to believe in itself. He thinks that won’t be a problem this year as the squad saw how close it was to knocking off AL last fall. “We’re not afraid anymore and we built towards that last year,” Camarena-Corzo said. “The girls know they can play with anyone.” The Packers return much of their lineup from last season, but they will have to replace goal keeper Abby Gallaher, who was a threeyear starter. Sophomore Chloe Summerfield will be be asked to take Gallaher’s spot.
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SCHEDULE/Home games in bold •Aug. 23 Austin at Fairmont, 5 p.m. •Aug. 25 Ausin at Worthington, 12:45 p.m. •Aug. 28 Albert Lea at Austin, 7 p.m. •Sept. 6 Austin at Rochester Mayo, 7 p.m. •Sept. 8 Kasson-Mantor. at Austin, 1 p.m. •Sept. 11 Stewartville at Austin, 7 p.m. •Sept. 13 Mankato East at Austin, 7 p.m. •Sept. 15 Mankato Loyola at Austin, 3 p.m. •Sept. 18 Austin at Mankato West, 5 p.m. •Sept. 20 Faribault at Austin, 7 p.m. •Sept. 22 Worthington at Austin, 1 p.m. •Sept. 25 Austin at Rochester Century, 7 p.m. •Sept. 27 Winona at Austin, 7 p.m. •Oct. 2 Austin at Roch. John Marshall, 7 p.m. •Oct. 4 Austin at Owatonna, 5 p.m.
The setup This will be Austin senior Jenna Svoboda’s fourth year as a varsity starter for the Packer volleyball team, but she’s never experienced a year like the one she’s about to have. Svoboda, who had 213 set assists last season, has strictly been a setter her first three seasons but she’s going to be spending a lot more time around the net this fall. She isn’t completely giving up her setter role, but Austin head coach Barry Brobeck said Svoboda will see a lot more time at middle hitter this year as Steph Justice will get more of the setter chances. “Jenna has this pent up energy and being in a setter position, she really has to be under control,” Brobeck said. “We’d like to use her in the front row as well.” Svoboda, who was second on the Packers with 17 ace blocks last year, is looking forward to the change in her role with the team. “I’m really excited. I love hitting,” Svoboda said. “But it’ll be weird since I’ve been setting since I was an eighth grader.” Svoboda may also see more wins for the Packers than the team has had in year’s past. Austin went 318 overall last season, but the addition of a few younger players has Brobeck and his squad feeling optimistic. “I do know that we’ll do better than we did last year,” Brobeck said. “They’re all working hard and we’ve had quite a few of these girls here all summer.
Jenna Svobada will return for her fourth year on varsity to lead the Packers on the court in 2012.
team could also get senior hitter Taylor Lady in the lineup if she can recover from a knee injury in time. “[Shayley’s] something else and she’s like a beast out there. She doesn’t play like a freshman and that’s pretty exciting,” Brobeck said. “[Alex] could very well put up some really nice numbers this year, but I think that by the time she’s a senior, she’ll be unstoppable.” Svoboda said the team has already come together strong and the younger players are fitting in fine. “We’re all close to each other and we’re all friends outside the court. That helps,” Svoboda said. “There’s not really anything I can teach them and I think the younger girls can handle it.” Besides adding some new players to the mix, Brobeck is getting some help in the coaching ranks as well. Former Riverland Community College head coach Helen Jahr has joined the staff as the JV coach. “She’s a wealth of knowledge and she’s very helpful,” he said. Jocelyn Sheehan and Darrion Hunt will look to step up as veteran leaders for the Packers.
SCHEDULE/Home matches in bold We’ve been doing volleyball since school got out and that’s been something that we haven’t done [in the past].” Alex Hansen, a sophomore hitter, is one of three underclassmen who could see time in the starting lineup for the Packers. She isn’t feeling any intimidation and she’s ready to help make a difference. “I think we’ll take a lot more wins than we did last year,” Hansen said. “I’m excited to go out there with a positive attitude, hit has hard as I can and get some kills.” The Packers will look to sophomore Kylah Miller and freshman Shayley Vesel to step up front. The
•Aug. 23 Farmington at Austin, 7:15 p.m. •Aug. 30 Austin at Hayfield, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 4 Blooming Prairie at Austin, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 6 Austin at Rochester Mayo, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 8 Austin at Man. West tournament, 8 a.m. •Sept. 13 Mankato East at Austin, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 18 Albert Lea at Austin, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 20 Austin at Mankato West, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 25 Austin at Roch. John Marshall, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 27 Faribault at Austin, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 29 Austin at Roch. Century tourn., 8 a.m. •Oct. 2 Austin at Southland, 7:30 p.m. •Oct. 4 Austin at Rochester Century, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 9 Winona at Austin, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 15 Austin at Owatonna, 7:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer: Hard work has been put in, goals set “I think she’s becoming more confident in herself and she’s working hard,” Camerena-Corzo said. “We should have a pretty solid defense [in front of her].” Austin will look to midfielder Madeline Anderson, striker Hannah Voogd, and defenders Taryn Sims, Sela Fadness and Tori Grev to lead the way. Anderson said the bulk of Austin’s team played together this summer and that team was successful. “During summer we did so well and those are the girls that we
have on our varsity team,” said Anderson, a sophomore. “We’re excitied for the season.” Camerena-Corzo said he hopes the success the team had over the summer carries over to this season. “The girls did an amazing job this summer and at this point I think we’re going to have a pretty strong and solid team,” he said. “Our goal is always to go to state. That’s the goal you need to have and that’s what you need to work for, otherwise you won’t have the hunger.”
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Off and Running Girls can make team statement
Austin’s Haley Splinter will help the Packers try to reach the Minnesota State Cross Country Meet as a team
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It could be a big year for the Austin girls cross country team. The Packers bring back the majority of their team that took fourth in the Big Nine and section meets last season and they’re hoping to earn the first team trip to the state meet in school history. Senior Haley Splinter went to state as a freshman and sophomore and she’d love to go back this fall. “It would be awesome to go to state as an individual, but it would be even better to go as a team. It would be pretty cool to make history,” she said. “I’m definitely excited and it being my senior year makes it all that much more exciting that we have a chance to go to state as a team.” The Packer girls ran together three times per week over the summer and they’re ready to put that work to use this fall. Besides Splinter, the team includes freshman Madison Overby, who won the Big Nine meet and took 20th at state last year, McKenzie Besel, Justice Tabor and Jenna Grabau. “The girls bring back their top four runners and expectations are high for them,” Austin head coach Tony Einertson said. “They’ve put in a good summer of work and hopefully we can stay injury free and perform well.” Before the Packer girls start thinking about how they do in the Big Nine and section meets, they’ll have a big test earlier in the season as they compete in the invite-only Roy Griak meet in Minneapolis on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. The meet features the best high
SCHEDULE/Home meets in bold
•Aug. 28: Austin Invite, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 6: Austin at Hayfield Invite, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 13: Austin at Rochester Invit e, 4 p.m. •Sept. 18: Austin at Hok-Si-La Park Invite, 4:30 p.m.
school runners in the state and there is also a college meet on the same day. “We’ll be running with the top dogs this year,” Splinter said. “It’s the best girls in the state and only the best of the best can come. It’ll give us a taste of what will be coming at sections.” The Austin boys cross country team is set at the top this year, but it still needs to find out who’ll fill out its roster. Mason Wollersheim and Andrew Baker will be the team’s top two returnees. Wollersheim, a senior is looking to finish his cross country career on a strong note. “I’m actually hoping for state this year,” he said. “At least that’s what I’m shooting for. The past few weeks I’ve had some intense workouts and I put in some miles over the summer.” The Packers will look to Ben Walker, Quinn Brunner and Caleb Asay to compete for the other spots on the varsity team. “Mason and Andrew Baker both had fantastic track seasons last spring. We’re looking for big things out of both of them,” Einertson said. “It’s really gonna be a shootout for who our next three or four runners will be. We’re looking for three guys being right around the seventeen minute barrier and it’s been a while since we’ve had that.” Austin will have quite a few middle schoolers on the team to go along with the veterans and Wollersheim is ready to show them the way. “We’re showing them why it’s a good sport. It keeps you in shape and it’s fun,” he said. •Sept. 25: Austin at Mankato Invite, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 29: Austin girls at Roy Griak Invite in Minneapolis, 4 p.m. •Oct. 4: Austin at Owatonna Invite, 5:30 p.m. •Oct. 9: Austin Invite, 4:30 p.m. •Oct. 16: Austin at Big Nine Meet in Owatonna, 4 p.m.
A last run to the state stage Austin senior swimmer Helen Heimark is hoping to make her fifth career trip to the Class ‘A’ state swimming and diving meet this season, and she’s hoping to bring a lot of her teammates with her. The Packers have four returning state qualifiers in Heimark, Heather Johnson, Mikayla Finney and Merideth Fritz. With some added depth that includes 14 seventh-graders and seven eighth-graders, the Packers could advance even more swimmers to state this season. “I think we’re going for all three (relay teams to state) this year and I think we can put it together,” Heimark said. “That makes it fun because it opens more opportunities for girls to go to state and then they work harder in practice. It’s fun when girls want to be better.” Austin head coach Lynn Gulbrandson said some of the middle schoolers have the ability to
step up on varsity right away. They just have to adjust to competing against older swimmers. “Before they swam against ages 10-12, and now they’re going against everybody and it’s a little shock,” Gulbrandson said. “But the older ones will explain it to them and get them ready.” Heimark was one of the team’s biggest leaders last season, and that hasn’t changed this year. She’s also getting a lot more help from some of her fellow swimmers this season. It’ll be a bittersweet year for Heimark, who has been a varsity swimmer since she was a seventh-grader. She’ll have a chance to get back to state, but if she does go, it’ll be her last chance. “It’s kind of sad being my last year and I’m going to miss it a lot, but I’m looking forward to it, and we’re going to have a good year,” Heimark said. The Packers return all four of their varsity
Tennis welcomes back experience The Austin girls tennis team brings back 11 players who played in at least one varsity match last season as it prepares for the upcoming season. The Packers went just 2-10 overall last year, but they are hoping an influx of younger players
SCHEDULE/Home meets in bold
•Aug. 24 Lake. South and North at Austin, 5 p.m. •Sept. 4 Austin at Albert Lea, 6 p.m. •Sept. 6 Rochester Mayo at Austin, 6 p.m. •Sept. 11 Mankato East at Austin, 6 p.m. •Sept. 15 Austin at Lakeville Invite, 1 p.m. •Sept. 20 Austin at Mankato West, 6 p.m. •Sept. 27 Austin at Faribault, 6 p.m. •Sept. 29 Austin Invite, 1 p.m. •Oct. 2 Rochester Century at Austin, 6 p.m. •Oct. 4 Austin at Winona, 6 p.m. •Oct. 9 Northfield at Austin, 6 p.m. •Oct. 11 Rochester John Marshall at Austin, 6 p.m. •Oct. 13 Austin at Section True Team meet in Northfield, TBA •Oct. 16 Owatonna at Austin, 6 p.m. •Oct. 26 Austin at Big Nine Meet in Man. East, 5 p.m. •Oct. 27 Austin at Big Nine Meet in Man. East, 1 p.m.
divers from last season in Autumn Laury, Bailey Corey, Michelle Erdhal and Abby Porter.
and strong overall numbers can improve the squad. “I am excited for this season and believe the tennis program in Austin is growing,” said Austin head coach Levon Larson, who is in his second year at the helm. “We have great numbers at both the ninth- and tenth-grade levels, and from what I have seen thus far, several of the ninth-grade girls have great potential.” Austin has a total of 37 players on the team, and it will look for leadership from captains Christine Barinka and Karyn Potach.
SCHEDULE/Home matches in bold •Aug. 30 Austin at Roch. Mayo, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 4 Man. East at Austin, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 6 Austin at Man. West, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 11 Faribault at Austin, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 Austin at Roch. Century, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 14 Albert Lea at Austin, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 18 Winona at Austin, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 Austin at Rochester JM, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 24 New Prague at Austin, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 25 Austin at Owatonna, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 29 Austin at Big Nine Meet, 9 a.m.
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Receiver Michael Thomas
12 seniors graduated from BP’s 2011 state semifinal team, but rebuilding is a term absent from the team’s vocabulary BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The Blooming Prairie football team graduated 14 seniors from last year’s team that went 11-2 overall and lost in the Class ‘A’ state semifinals, but that doesn’t mean the Awesome Blossoms are rebuilding. BP brings back the majority of its linemen as seniors Jason Jirele, Jarrod Grunklee, Blake Arrett, and Jimmy Mans, junior Dylan Heuer and sophomore Zach Nirk will all provide the backbone of BP’s offensive front “We have a ton of faith in them,” BP head coach Chad Gimbel said of the team’s line. “Last year we were able to run late in the game and wear teams down, and we expect that even more so this year. They’ve been our best guys in the weight room, and we’re really happy with their commitment.” The Awesome Blossoms’ line is made up of veterans, but its skill position players will be very young. BP brings in a new quarterback in sophomore John Rumpza, and the team will feature junior Weston Fiebiger, and sophomores Scott Romeo and Cole Sunde in the offense and defense. Sunde will see time at receiver and in the backfield, and Romeo will get some carries out of the backfield. “I’ve got big shoes to fill,” Sunde said. “I’m just stepping it up and looking to contribute to the team. I’m going as hard as I can and doing what I have to do.” Michael Thomas, who had 812 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns last season, is BP’s main returnee on offense. Thomas also returns at safety, where he had 80 tackles and five interceptions last season. “We want to get back to the dome again; and if we go, it’s going to be because of our line this year, not as much as our playmakers on the outside,” Thomas said. “I won’t be doing as much as Gabe Kartes or Luke Hueman last year, but I’ll still be contributing.” Gimbel said BP’s veterans have done a good job of making the younger players feel right at home on the team. “Back when we kind of started getting things rolling as a program the older kids started treating 12 | AUSTIN DAILY HERALD
the younger kids well and teaching them the Blooming Prairie football way,” Gimbel said. “They come in to camp, and they have a strong understanding of what’s going on.” On defense, the Blossoms will look to Romeo, Fiebiger, Collin Wobschall, Brett Wacek, and Ryan Doerhoefer to give them a boost.
We have a ton of faith in them. SCHEDULE/Home games in bold Last •Aug. 31: New Richland-HEG at Blooming Prairie, 7 p.m. year we •Sept. 7: B.Prairie at Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity, 7 p.m. •Sept 14: United South Central at Blooming Prairie, 7 p.m. were •Sept. 21: Minn. Valley Lutheran at Blooming Prairie, 7 p.m. able to •Sept. 28 Blooming Prairie at Mankato Loyola, 7 p.m. run late in the •Oct. 5 Saint Clair at Blooming Prairie, 7 p.m. game and wear •Oct. 13 Blooming Prairie at Faribault BA, 2 p.m. •Oct. 17 Blooming Prairie at New Ulm Cathedral, 7 p.m. teams down, and we expect Coach Chad Gimbel is doused that even more with water after BP won the Section 1A so this year — Chad Gimbel BP head coach on the returning offensive line
title in 2011
BP tops off the tank with talent BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The Awesome Blossoms bring back a veteran player who missed the end of last volleyball season with an injury, and the rest of its lineup is back as well. Janelle Morem, a senior outside hitter who had 150 kills and 204 digs in limited time last year, is back from a knee injury, and she should give BP, which went 17-13 overall, the leadership it needs. Senior Jenna Krell, who had 199 kills and 250 digs last season, is also back in the lineup. “Janelle’s knee injury has had her parked on the sidelines for far too long,” BP head coach Gina McLaughlin, who is entering her ninth year at the helm, said. “She returns with a hunger to succeed. Jenna continues to improve daily. Most importantly she has matured into an aggressive and vocal leader. We are truly blessed with quality leadership this year.” BP will also bring back three
Home matches in bold
The Blossoms celebrate a point during their match against Austin last year in Blooming Prairie. sophomores who started on varsity last season in setter Madison Worke, who had 674 assists and 179 digs last year, middle hitter Taylor Hagen, who had 238 kills and 135 blocks last year, and Nicole Inwards, who had 296 digs and 41 aces last season.
“We have great players both emotionally and physically,” McLaughlin said. “This year’s team is exciting to watch. They enjoy playing volleyball. Expect to see smiles on our court. Although it is early, there is some quality team chemistry in the works.”
•Aug. 28: Medford at B. Prairie, 7:15 p.m. •Aug. 30: Waterville-Elysian-Morristown at B.Prairie, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 4: B.Prairie at Austin, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 8: B.P. at Hayfield Invite, 8:30 a.m. •Sept. 11: B.Prairie at South., 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 13: Randolph at B.Prairie, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 15: B.Prairie at South. Invite, 9 a.m. •Sept. 18: Blooming Prairie at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 20: B.Prairie at Rand., 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 24: B.Prairie at Alden-Con., 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 27: B.Prairie at Medford, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 29: Blooming Prairie at LeRoy-Ostrander Invite, 9 a.m. •Oct. 2: USC at B.Prairie, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 4: Blooming Prairie at Faribault Bethlehem Academy, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 9: NRHEG at B.Prairie, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 11: Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton at Blooming Prairie, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 16 B.Prairie at NRHEG, 7:15 p.m.
Blossom runners use summer to vault ahead •Blooming Prairie will have 24 runners BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The Blooming Prairie boys and girls cross country teams have a total of 24 athletes as they prepare for the upcoming season. BP head coach John Bruns, who is in his 13th year at the helm, said the team was off to a good start before the season began. “This summer we had several athletes doing a lot of running to get ready for this season,” he said. “The summer work should translate to great things once the season gets into full swing.”
SCHEDULE/Home matches in bold •Aug. 30: Blooming Prairie at Stewartville, 4 p.m. •Sept. 6: Blooming Prairie at Hayfield, 4:30 p.m.
•Sept. 14: Blooming Prairie at Mankato Loyola, 4 p.m.
•Sept. 18: Blooming Prairie at New Richland-HEG, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 22: Blooming Prairie at Milaca, 10 a.m.
•Sept. 25: Blooming Prairie Invite, 4:30 p.m.
•Oct. 9: Blooming Prairie at United South Central, 4:30 p.m.
•Oct. 16: Blooming Prairie Gopher Conference meet at Martin County West, 4 p.m.
The BP boys team returns six letter winners in Tyler Cozine, Cody Wagaman, Tom Wanous, Isaac Baker, Evan Doerhoefer and Elijah Baker.
The BP girls team returns five letter winners in Kendra Boeckerm Arlyne Soto, Alanna Grant, Tessa Ivers and Hannah Vogt.
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New coach hopes to spur turnaround HAYFIELD — The Hayfield football team is looking to a new coach to turn around a program that has just one win in its last three seasons. Andrew Weiers will take over the head coaching spot this season for a team that brings back 12 players with varsity experience. Weiers was the offensive coordinator and interim head coach at Bell Plaine, and he worked with the varsity and freshmen teams in New Prague. “We will be a very aggressive, yet disciplined football team,” Weiers said. “Great ball security and creating turnovers are key game predictors that we will work hard at.”
Weiers, who is a New Prague grad and was a three-year letter winner in football, coached youth football for eight years before getting to the high school level. The Vikings will receive leadership from seniors Brady Kramer, Brady Stevens, Nate Timmons, and Jason Born, who set the tempo over the summer. Weiers added that juniors Connor Nelson, Corey Thompson, Drew Streightiff, Carter Pesch, and Merrick Ducharme, and sophomores Cam Rutledge, Noah Timmons, Tanner Johnston, and Auggi Ducharme have all worked hard over the summer.
SCHEDULE/Home games in bold
•Aug. 31 Hayfield at Rochester Lourdes, 7 p.m. •Sept. 7 Lake City at Hayfield, 7 p.m. •Sept. 14 Goodhue at Hayfield, 7 p.m. •Sept. 21 Hayfield at Winona Cotter, 7 p.m. •Sept. 28 Kenyon-Wan. at Hayfield, 6:30 p.m. •Oct. 5 Hayfield at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 7 p.m. •Oct. 12 Pine Island at Hayfield, 7 p.m. •Oct. 17 Hayfield at Triton, 7 p.m.
“We have a chunk of players who got some playing time last year,” Weiers said. “But we are lacking experience on the O and D lines. We will be turning to some people that have not played there in the past, but will be able to rise to challenge. We are looking to improve each and every week, and be playing our best ball come playoffs.”
Athletics and heat Kris Dutton A.T.R., A.T.C.
Once again fall sports are under way and most of us continue to hold on to thoughts of summer with hot days and somewhat cool nights. Living in Minnesota allows not only the heat but of course the wonderful humidity that usually comes with it. The first couple of weeks in August means football, soccer, tennis, volleyball and cross country. Most of these sports will practice for at least two weeks, requiring athletes to practice two times a day, usually during the morning and afternoon. Generally most of these teams and or athletes have been participating in their respective sports for the summer and have become accustomed to the heat and are able to tolerate workouts in the warmer weather. However, some athletes may not have the same opportunities as others and not be able to train during the warmer times of the summer. When this happens those athletes that come to their respective camps and have not trained during the offseason may leave themselves susceptible to heat-related issues during the beginning of camps. Unlike the southern states that begin their fall sports with extreme hot temperatures, we in Minnesota do not have as many of the those days once we turn the corner
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into August. But there is still the chance of warmer days, which can increase the possibility of athletes suffering an incident directly relate to the heat. The following are some suggestions offered to help promote awareness about issues that may arise due to exercising during warmer weather.
Know the air temperature in your area as well as the relative humidity. The Minnesota State High School League website (www.mshsl.org) offers weather information according to zip code. All decisions should be made using the heat index. Adjust practice times to be held during cooler times of the day (i.e.; early morning or evening). Avoid practices during the midday during peak heat. Sports that require protective equipment to be worn should adjust accordingly. Wear equipment only when the temperature allows. Coaches should understand the temperature guidelines/heat index. Adjust practices/games accordingly. Have adequate water available at all times. NO LIMITS!!!!!
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Take frequent breaks during practice. Allow adequate rest times between sessions.
Follow the Heat Index shown Watch kids closely Take lots of breaks Make sure athletes are hydrated Athletes who take antihistamines or beta blockers may be at a greater risk Trust Kids . . . They know what their bodies can take. Don't let peer pressure force kids to make decisions that may cause harm *Minnesota State High School League: www.mshsl.org
A youth movement for Hayfield VB HAYFIELD — The Hayfield volleyball team will turn to a new head coach and a lot of new players as it prepares for the upcoming season. Kim Severson, who was an assistant coach at Winona State last season, is taking the helm for the Vikings, who return just a few starters from last year’s team that went 16-12 overall. “We’re kind of young, and we’ll be missing Abby Blanchard, who graduated,” Severson said. “It’ll be a learning year.” Hayfield’s top returners include senior setter Rachel Czaplewski and middle hitter Dani Wagner, a junior who posted 122 kills,
SCHEDULE/Home matches in bold
•Aug. 30: Austin at Hayfield, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 4: Cannon Falls at Hayfield, 7 p.m. •Sept. 6: Lake City at Hayfield, 7 p.m. •Sept. 8: Hayfield Invite, 8:30 a.m. •Sept. 11: Hayfield at Winona Cotter, 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 13: Hayfield at Kenyon-Wanamingo, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 18: Hayfield at Stewartville, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 20: La Crescent at Hayfield, 7 p.m. •Sept. 25: Pine Island at Hayfield, 7:15 p.m.
92 blocks and 40 ace serves last season. Severson said she’s focusing on defense and serving as the two keys to success.
•Sept. 27: Hayfield at Kasson-Mantorville, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 29: Hayfield at Rochester Invite, 8 a.m.• •Oct. 2: Hayfield at Rochester Lourdes, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 4: Hayfield at Goodhue, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 9: Triton at Hayfield, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 11: Hayfield at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 16: Byron at Hayfield, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 19: Hayfield at Rochester Invite, 5:15 p.m. •Oct. 20: Hayfield at Rochester Invite, 11 a.m.
“We need to be able to serve and serve receive,” she said. “If you can’t pass the ball, there’s not much you can do.”
Hayfield Cross Country S / CHEDULE Home meets in bold
•Aug. 27: Hayfield at Coffee Mill, 4 p.m. •Aug. 30: Hayfield at Bear Cave Park, 4 p.m. •Sept. 6: Hayfield Invite, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 11: Hayfield at Byron, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 18: Hayfield at Hok Si La Park, 4:30 p.m.
Five to Watch Michael Goergen, Southland Football
Last year Goergen was in a crowded Rebel backfield that split carries, and he still finished with 1,016 yards of offense and 20 total touchdowns as a running back. The speedy senior is also a force on the defensive side of the ball as a hard-hitting linebacker. The Rebels were one win from getting to the state tournament last year and they should be poised for another deep playoff run.
Madison Overby, Austin cross country
Overby is just entering Austin High School for the first time as a student this fall as she begins her freshman year, and she already has two state cross country meet appearances and a Big Nine cross country title under her belt. Overby took 20th at the Class ‘AA’ state meet last season.
•Sept. 25: Hayfield at Blooming Priarie, 4:30 p.m. •Oct. 4: Hayfield at Lewiston-Altura, 4:30 p.m. •Oct. 9: Hayfield at Piper Hills, 4:30 p.m. •Oct. 16: Hayfield at HVL meet in Eastwood, 4:30 p.m. **Survey for story was not returned from coach by presstime
As season’s progress there are stories on each team that can captivate fans. These five area athletes could have big impacts for their teams as the fall 2012 season reads off its storylines. Michael Thomas, Blooming Prairie Football
Thomas, a senior, will finally know what it’s like to be a No. 1 receiver this fall returning as BP’s biggest offensive threat for a team that lost in the state semis last season. The 6-5 speedster had 812 receiving yards and 9 TDs last season as the No. 2 receiver and also racked up 80 tackles and picked off five passes as a safety.
Madison Worke, Blooming Prairie Volleyball If Worke’s freshman season (674 assists and 179 digs) was considered her breakout year, who’s to tell what she’ll do now that she has a full year of varsity experience under her belt? The sophomore setter developed a connection with classmate Taylor Hagen last season and will get senior hitter Janelle Morem, who was injured in 2011, back in the lineup.
Jake HagenErickson, Austin Soccer
HagenErickson set an AHS school record with 27 goals last season, and he finished with seven assists on the year. However, there’s one thing that Hagen-Erickson, who is a senior, didn’t get to do last year — play in the state tournament. The Packers lost to Rochester Lourdes 2-0 last season in the Section 1A title game.
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GRAND MEADOW — Grand Meadow junior Trenton Bleifus has seen time at quarterback for the past two seasons, and this year he’s going to see a lot more action. With 11 seniors and the bulk of last year’s team that went 8-3 coming back, the Superlarks are hoping Bleifus can lead them to big things this fall. Bleifus threw for 672 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions last year, while running for 441 yards and four touchdowns, but GM head coach Gary Sloan is looking for more out of him. “We’re going to rely more on Trenton this year,” Sloan said. “We need to be more balanced, and I’m looking to throw a little more. Trenton also needs to run it himself a little more.” The Larks bring back six of their top seven tacklers on defense from last season, and Sloan said the unit will make up for its lack of size by moving its feet. “We don’t have any burners, but our team speed is solid,” Sloan, who is entering his 20th year at the helm, said. “We’ll have one of the quickest defenses I’ve ever had.” On offense the Larks will return their top two rushers in sophomore Landon Jacobson, who had 776 total yards and 11 touchdowns last season and
Grand Meadow will use team speed to swarm the opposition senior Perry Stejskal, who had 671 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last year. “They’re both bigger and quicker than they were last year and they compliment each other well,” Sloan said. The Larks will look to Wyatt Richardson, Andrew Bell and Brock Johnson to clear paths for the running game, and Bryce Benson and Collin Jacobson will line up at ends. Sloan expects Spring Grove, Lanesboro and Houston to be the teams to beat in the SEC, but he hopes his team is in the mix as well. “We hope to be right in the thick of it,” Sloan said. “We’re pretty senior dominated, and a lot of them have a lot of experience.”
•Quarterback Trenton Bleifus
SCHEDULE/Home games in bold
•Aug. 31: Grand Meadow at Lyle-Pacelli, in Austin, 7 p.m. •Sept. 7: Grand Meadow at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7 p.m. •Sept. 14: Glenville-Emmons at Grand Meadow, 7 p.m. •Sept. 21: Mabel-Canton at Grand Meadow, 7 p.m. •Sept. 28: Grand Meadow at Houston, 7 p.m. •Oct. 5: Lanesboro at Grand Meadow, 7 p.m. •Oct. 12: Grand Meadow at Spring Grove, 7 p.m. •Oct. 17 Lyle-Pacelli at Grand Meadow, 7 p.m.
Super foods for fall sports
Football A twice-daily practice requires as much as 5,000 calories. Best nutrients for football players: carbohydrates and protein. Best pregame lunch for football players: Bean and rice burrito with vegetable-packed salad (carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, celery, cucumber and garbanzo beans atop greens at the salad bar).
Soccer The average distance covered in a soccer match is 5.6 miles. Carbohydrates are the best fuel for soccer players because they help fuel you until the end of the game. In fact, 30 percent of all goals scored are in the last 15 minutes of a game, when players are fatiguing. Choosing the right high-carbohydrate foods and fluids can make the difference beAll you need •2 cups frozen strawberries •½ cup blueberries •1 medium banana, cut in chunks •½ kiwi, sliced •2 cups fresh spinach •½ cup ice cubes •1 cup fat-free milk 16 | AUSTIN DAILY HERALD
Jen Haugen Registered dietitian tween winning and losing. Top refueling drink pre-/post-game: non-fat chocolate milk – high in carbs, protein and electrolytes.
Volleyball Players need protein to build muscle, and the right carbohydrates for best performance. Best foods to pack for a match or tournament: sport drinks, energy bars, 100 percent juice boxes, trail mix, cereal, string cheese, tubes of yogurt (frozen prior), and crackers with peanut butter.
Swimming The most common complaint from a swimmer is chronic fatigue, and carbohydrates are the key to staying energized. Swimmers may need to eat up to 500 grams of carbohydrate per day during the season
FUEL-YOU-UP SMOOTHIE Serves 4 (1 cup portions) •½ cup unsweetened apple juice All you do 1. Combine strawberries, blueberries, banana, kiwi, spinach, ice cubes, fat-free
for best performance. Best 100 gram breakfast: 1 carton low-fat yogurt, 1 fresh peach, ¼ cup granola and 1 piece whole grain toast.
Tennis Because of the short bursts of energy required in tennis, it is important to eat about 100 grams carbohydrate 30 minutes before a match, which can improve the quality of your stroke. Best pre-match snack: 16 ounce regular Gatorade (28 g), 1 regularsize whole wheat bagel (50 g) and 2 tablespoons strawberry jam (25 g).
Cross-Country Carbohydrate is the most important fuel for runners. When you train, eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables at every meal. During a road race, grab the cups of water offered to you and drink at least five swallows before tossing the rest over your head. Remember that fluids poured on your body don’t help to hydrate you. Top pick: brown rice — full of good carbohydrates. milk and apple juice in blender. 2. Blend until smooth. 3. Serve. Nutrition facts per serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein, 100 mg calcium.
How do you play a better game or match? Fuel yourself well with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat. And don’t forget the fluid; being hydrated can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Ahead of the Game
GRAND MEADOW — The CHEDULE Home matches in bold Grand Meadow volleyball team •Aug. 23: Randolph at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. has nine players coming back from last year’s squad that went •Aug. 28: Grand Meadow at Hope Luth., 7:15 p.m. 13-13 overall as it prepares for •Sept. 4: LeRoy-Ostr. at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 6: Glen.-Emmons at G. Meadow, 7:15 p.m. the upcoming season. •Sept. 10: Lewis.-Altura at G. Meadow, 7:15 p.m. The Superlarks will lean on three returning All-SEC players •Sept. 11: Grand Meadow at Sch. Academy, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 13: Grand Meadow at Spring Grove, 7:15 p.m. in hitters Cortney Olson and •Sept. 15: Grand Meadow at WEM, 7:15 p.m. Ashley Crumb and setter Au•Sept. 18: G. at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. tumn Thorsen, who had 440 •Sept. 25: Grand Meadow at LeRoy-Ostr., 7:15 p.m. assists last season. “These three leaders were a •Sept. 27: Grand Meadow at Glen.-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 29: Grand Meadow at LeRoy-Ostr. Invite, 9 a.m. big part of our team last year •Oct. 2: Schaeffer Acad. at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. and are looking forward to leading us again this year,” said •Oct. 4: Lanesboro at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. GM head coach Michael Keefe, •Oct. 9: Lyle-Pacelli at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. who is in his seventh year at the •Oct. 11: Grand Meadow at Houston, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 16: Mabel-Can. at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. helm. Keefe said the Larks could have a chance at competing for an SEC West Division title, and he would like to see his team put together a strong postseason run. “Most of our players are returning to us from last year, so I feel we are starting well ahead of where we were this time last season,” he said. “We are low on numbers on varsity and a little less height than I would like, but that will force us to be a scrappier team.”
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Not done yet
AJ REID Forward
Bruins have more in the tank for third season
The Austin Bruins are coming off a season that saw them go 40-22-6 and advance to the North American Hockey League Central Division finals, and they’re hoping they can come back even stronger this season. But things are never easy in the NAHL. “More kids want to play here, but you’ve got to find the best players and have good chemistry,” Bruins head coach Chris Tok said. “Nothing’s easy when you’re trying to win the division.” Austin has 13 players coming back from last season. Key returnees include Brandon Wahlin, who had 40 points last season, and Army commit AJ Reid, who had 29 points last season. The Bruins will also bring back Riley Colvard, who was expected to be one of their top scorers last season before he suffered a broken neck. “He’ll come back with a vengeance this year after doing nothing for nine months,” Tok said. Austin will look to Nick Lehr, who was 9-8 with a save percentage of 91.8 last year, to take over in the net. “Nick will get the first opportunity to be ICHAEL the number-one goalie,” Tok said. “He batDefenseman tled last year with (Tyler) Bruggeman and we expect him to come in here and play at a high level.”
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•Aug. 30: at UNLV, Las Vegas, Nev.,
•Sept. 8: vs. N. Hamp., TCF Bank Stadium,
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•Sept. 15: vs. W. Mich., TCF Bank Stadium, 11 a.m.
•Sept. 22: vs. Syracuse, TCF Bank Stadium, 7 p.m.
•Sept. 29: at Iowa, Iowa City, 11 a.m.
•Oct. 13: vs. Nwestern, TCF Bank Stadium, 11 a.m. •Oct. 20: at Wisconsin, Madison, TBA
•Oct. 27: vs. Purdue, TCF Bank
•Nov. 3: vs. Mich.,
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•Nov. 10: at Illinois, Champaign, •Nov. 17: at
•Nov. 24: vs. MSU,
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•Aug. 25: vs. James Mad., in Harrisonburg, Va., 11:30 a.m. •Aug. 25: vs. App. St., in Harrisonburg, Va., 4 p.m. •Aug. 31: vs. Long Island, Sports Pavilion, 8 p.m. •Sept. 1: vs. Miami (OH), Sports Pavilion, 10 a.m. •Sept. 1: vs. Albany, Sports Pavilion, 8 p.m. •Sept. 6: at Texas, in Austin, Texas, 6:30 p.m. •Sept. 7: at Texas, in Austin, Texas, 6:30 p.m. •Sept. 10: vs. NDSU, Sports Pavilion, 7 p.m. •Sept. 14: vs. Dayton, in Tulsa, Okla., 11 a.m. •Sept. 14: vs. Kansas St., in Tulsa, Okla. 4 p.m. •Sept. 15: at Tulsa, in Tulsa, Okla., 2 p.m. •Sept. 21: at Illinois, in Champaign, 7 p.m. •Sept. 23: at Northwestern, in Evanston, 1 p.m. •Sept. 28 vs. Ohio State, Sports Pavilion, 7 p.m. •Sept. 29: vs. Penn State, Sports Pavilion, 7 p.m. •Oct. 3: vs. Michigan, Sports Pavilion, 7 p.m. •Oct. 6: vs. MSU, Sports Pavilion, 6:30 p.m. •Oct. 12: at Iowa, in Iowa City, 7 p.m. •Oct. 14: at Nebraska, in Lincoln, 2 p.m. •Oct. 17: at Wisconsin, Sports Pavilion, 7 p.m. •Oct. 20: vs. Purdue, Sports Pavilion, 7 p.m. •Oct. 26: vs. Northwestern, Sports Pavilion, 6:30 p.m. •Oct. 28: vs. Illinois, Williams Arena, 1 p.m. •Nov. 2: at Penn State, in Univ. Park, Pa., 7 p.m. •Nov. 3: at Ohio St., in Columbus, Ohio, 6 p.m. •Nov. 9: at Mich. St., in East Lansing, Mich., 6 p.m. •Nov. 10: at Michigan, in Ann Arbor, 6 p.m. •Nov. 16: vs. Nebraska, Sports Pavilion, 6 p.m. •Nov. 17: vs. Iowa, Sports Pavilion, 6 p.m. •Nov. 21: at Wisconsin, in Madison, 7 p.m. •Nov. 24: at Indiana, in Bloomington, Ind., 6 p.m.
Righting the ship LYLE — The Lyle-Pacelli football team has a lot of work ahead of it. A year after the team went winless, the Athletics are limited in numbers again as they look to make some improvements. “If we don’t get better, then we’re right back to square one,” said LP head coach Reid Olson, who is in his second year at the helm. “We felt like we were in square one all of last year and we don’t want to go back there again. Our effort has been good, and our attitude is getting better.” The Athletics should have around 20 players on their roster when the season kicks off, which means most starters will have a heavy workload.
SCHEDULE/Home games in bold
•Aug. 31: Grand Meadow at Lyle-Pacelli at Art Hass Stadium, 7 p.m. •Sept. 7: Lyle-Pacelli at Glenville-Emmons, 7 p.m. •Sept. 14: LeRoy-Osrander at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7 p.m. •Sept. 21: Lyle-Pacelli at Spring Grove, 7 p.m. •Sept. 28: Lanesboro at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7 p.m. •Oct. 5: Mabel-Canton at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7 p.m. •Oct. 12: Lyle-Pacelli at Houston, 7 p.m. •Oct. 17: Lyle-Pacelli at Grand Meadow, 7 p.m.
LP running back Garett Lester is one of several seniors on the team who is trying to push some of the younger players along. “We’re trying to help out the younger guys, a lot of them are going to play offense, defense and special teams,” Lester said. “Everyone just needs to work harder in practice, and it’ll show on the field.” LP has gotten a boost in practice from Lester and Sean Shapiro and the team will likely turn to sophomore Jordan Hart at quarterback. “We’re not blessed with15 linemen that are big kids,” Olson said. “I think we need to play out in space more. We still want to run the ball, and we want to have an equal balance; but right now we’ll probably lean to more of a throwing team.” Olson is hoping his team takes a solid step this year. “We’re still trying to change the culture of the program,” he said. “We’ve got to get people to buy into commitment, effort and playing with technique.”
State qualifier returns to Pacelli cross country The Pacelli girls cross country team brings back the first Pacelli girl who ever qualified for the state meet and another runner who wasn’t far from getting to state as well last year. Pacelli sophomore Sarah Kahle finished 88th at the state meet last year, and her teammate Madeline Kraemer, a junior, was just four spots away in the section meet from going to state herself. The trip to state will be even tougher this year as last year’s top 17 finishers return and two new teams have been added to the field. “It will take a good effort, but I look for both Sarah and Madeline to be in the hunt for another shot at state this year,” Pacelli head coach Jim Parlin said. The girls will also look to Katie Ethen, who is in her fourth year on the team, for leadership. The boys team will be led by seniors Stephen Juenger and John Ethen, who is entering his sixth year on the team. “We’re still short on numbers in both the boys and girls pro-
grams. We will have to rely on inexperienced runners to fill out our line-up,” Parlin said.
•Aug. 30: Pacelli at Stewartville, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 6: Pacelli at Hayfield, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 11: Pacelli at Dover-Eyota, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 20: Pacelli at Pine Island, 4:30 p.m. •Sept. 25: Pacelli at Kingsland, 4:30 p.m. •Oct. 4: Pacelli at Lewiston-Altura, 4:30 p.m. •Oct. 9: Pacelli at Austin, 4:30 p.m.
Lyle-Pacelli VB Schedule SCHEDULE/Home matches in bold
•Aug. 28: LP at Houston, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 4: LP at Glen.-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 8: LP at Hayfield Invite, 8:30 a.m. •Sept. 10: Rice, Iowa at LP, Lyle, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 11: LeRoy-Ostr. at LP, Lyle, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 15: LP at South. Invite, 8 a.m. •Sept. 18: G.Mead. at LP, Lyle, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 20: LP at Sch Acad, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 24: Ran. at LP. in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 25: Glenville-Emmons at Lyle-
Pacelli in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 27: S.Grove at LP, Pacelli, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 2: LP at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 4: Mabel-Canton at LP in Pacelli, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 9: LP at G Meadow, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 11: S.Acad. at LP, Pacelli, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 16: H.Luth. at LP, Pacelli, 7:15 p.m.
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Looking New head coach Ahead takes over LO VB
LeRoyOstrander’s Becca Bunne in a match against Lyle-Pacelli
LEROY — The LeRoy-Ostrander volleyball team is looking to stay competitive under a new coach this fall as Kelly May, who has coached at various camps and clinics for players ages 8-18, takes over. May began playing volleyball year-round when she was 9 years old and she played four years of varsity volleyball at Bloomington Kennedy, going on to play for two years at College of St. Benedict before suffering a shoulder injury that ended her career. May is still getting to know her squad, which went 20-11 overall last year, but she’s seen some leadership out of her six seniors. “I could see any of them stepping up as a leader at some point throughout the season,” May said. “Jessica Jennings, Rachel Shaffer and Amber Hockens have been vocal leaders so far, but others are leading in different ways as well.” May said her team is working hard and it has a love for volleyball. The squad is working on communicating and staying positive. “I have great athletes that are receptive to coaching and willing to learn and try new things,” May said. “They have impressed me with how much they have improved in only a week, and I can't wait LEROY — The LeRoy-Ostrander football team will lean on three key seniors who have played since they were freshman as they look to improve on last year’s season that saw them go 2-7 overall. Seniors Lucas Roe, Tony Steinkamp and Mitch Scaglione all have plenty of experience for the Cardinals. “We are looking to compete and be in games,” said LO head coach Aaron Hungerholt, who enters his fourth year at the helm. “We will work hard and put ourself in posi20 | AUSTIN DAILY HERALD
SCHEDULE/Home matches in bold
•Aug. 28: LeRoy-Ostrander at Mabel-Canton, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 4: LeRoy-Ostrander at Grand Meadow, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 6: Schaeffer Academy at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 11: LeRoy-Ostrander at Lyle-Pacelli in Lyle, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 13: LeRoy-Ostrander at Houston, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 20: LeRoy-Ostrander at Glenville-Emmons, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 25: Grand Meadow at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 27: LeRoy-Ostrander at Schaeffer Academy, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 29: LeRoy-Ostrander Invite, 9 a.m. •Oct. 2: Lyle-Pacelli at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 4: Spring Grove at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 9: LeRoy-Ostrander at Hope Lutheran, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 11: Glenville-Emmons at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m. •Oct. 16: Lanesboro at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7:15 p.m.
to see how well they can come together and grow as a team this year as they continue to work hard each day.”
In the game tion to win some games.” Roe had 1,576 total yards and 16 touchdowns last season as a running back and he had 157 tackles with an interception and five fumble recoveries as a linebacker. The Cardinals graduated just two players from last year and they have 10 players returning with varsity experience.
SCHEDULE/Home games in bold
•Aug. 30: LeRoy-Ostr. at Glen.-Emmons, 7 p.m.
•Sept. 7: G. Meadow at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7 p.m.
•Sept. 14: LeRoy-Ostr. at Lyle-Pac. in Lyle, 7 p.m.
•Sept. 21: Houston at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7 p.m. •Sept. 28: LeRoy-Ostr. at Mabel-Canton, 7 p.m.
•Oct. 5: Spring Grove at LeRoy-Ostrander, 7 p.m. •Oct. 12: LeRoy-Ostrander at Lanebsoro, 7 p.m.
•Oct. 17: Glen.-Emmons at LeRoy-Ostr., 7 p.m.
GMLOS debuts XC program The Grand Meadow-LeRoy-OstranderSouthland cross country team is making its debut this fall, and the team will start with 12 runners on the roster. Chris Detert, who was an assistant cross country coach at Blue Earth for five years and an assistant track and field coach for six years at Blue Earth, is taking over as the head coach of the program. Detert also coached the distance runners on the GMLOS track and field team this past spring. “Our strength as a team is that we are young, and hopefully those young runners will stick with it and be really great later on
in their careers,” Detert said. “Our weakness is that our team is small, and I doubt we’ll have enough to field a boys or girls team.” Detert said he’s looking to Andrew Riedemann and McKenzie Kirtz to step up as leaders. Kirtz, a sophomore, took ninth in the 1600-meter run the Class ‘A’ state track and field meet last spring. “My goals for the team this year are to have fun and spread the word about the program, which was just started this fall,” Detert said. “This is my first season as a head coach, and I am looking forward to running my own program and getting kids excited about running.”
•Aug. 30 GMLOS at Stewartville, 4:30 p.m.
•Sept. 6 GMLOS at Hayfield, 4:30 p.m.
•Sept. 11 GMLOS at Dover-Eyota, 4:30 p.m.
•Sept. 20 GMLOS at Pine Island, 4:30 p.m.
•Sept. 25 GMLOS at Kingsland, 4:30 p.m.
•Oct. 4 GMLOS at Lew.-Altura, 4:30 p.m.
•Oct. 9 GMLOS at Austin, 4:30 p.m.
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•Aug. 24: Waldorf JV at Riverland, 6:30 p.m. •Aug. 31: Fergus Falls at Riverland, 6:30 p.m. •Sept. 1: Rochester CTC at Riverland, 1 p.m. •Sept. 7: Riverland at Rochester Tourn., TBA •Sept. 8: Riverland at Rochester Tourn., TBA •Sept. 12: Riverland at Anoka-Ram., 6:30 p.m. •Sept. 14: Riverland at Minn. West, 6:30 p.m. •Sept. 15: St. Cloud Tech. at Riverland, 1 p.m. •Sept. 19: Riverland at Western Tech, 5:30 p.m. •Sept. 22: Riverland at Ridgewater, 1 p.m. •Sept. 26: Roch. CTC at Riverland, 6:30 p.m. •Sept. 29: Riverland at Fergus Falls, 1 p.m. •Oct. 3: Minnesota West at Riverland, 6:30 p.m. •Oct. 6: Anoka-Ramsey at Riverland, 1 p.m. •Oct. 10: Riverland at Rochester CTC, 6:30 p.m. •Oct. 13: Riverland at St. Cloud Tech., 1 p.m. •Oct. 16: Riverland home Triangular, 5:30 p.m.
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•Aug. 26: Riverland at Bismarck, N.D., 3 p.m.
•Aug. 31: Hibbing at Riverland in Austin, 4 p.m.
•Sept. 1: Hibbing at Riverland in Owatonna, noon •Sept. 5: Riverland at Bethel JV, 4 p.m.
•Sept. 18: Anoka-Ram. at Riverland in Austin, 2 p.m. •Sept. 24: Riverland at Century College, 2 p.m. •Sept. 28: Riverland at Hibbing, 4 p.m.
•Sept. 29: Riverland at Hibbing, noon
•Oct. 3: Riverland at Anoka-Ramsey, 4 p.m.
•Oct. 6: Bismarck, N.D. at Riverland in Austin, 1 p.m. •Oct. 14: Riverland at Century College, 2 p.m.
•Oct. 20: Riverland at Winona, 1 p.m.
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Rebels speed into 2012 ADAMS — As the Rebels prepare for the 2012 football season, last season is still fresh in their minds. Southland, which finished 8-3 overall last year, made it to the Section 1A title game, but fell short in a 20-14 loss at Blooming Prairie last season and the Rebels are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. “It was a tough loss last year and we were one touchdown away from state,” said Southland linebacker/running back Nick Schmitz, who had 569 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns last season. “We’ve had motivation all summer and hopefully we can win that game this year.” The Rebels will have a different look to them this season as they feature a smaller lineup. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be easy to stop when they have the ball. Southland is loaded with team speed as running backs Mike Goergen, who had 1,016 total yards and 20 touchdowns last season, and Schmitz are capable of breaking any play and quarterback Decker Bendtsen has increased his athleticism as well.
We’ve had motivation all summer and hopefully we can with that game this year.
— Nick Schmitz Southland LB/RB
“We’re not a big football team, but we’ve got very good team speed and we’ve got a lot of experience coming back at our skill positions,” Southland head coach Shawn Kennedy said. “When you have a small offensive line it’s all about angle blocks. We know we can’t go big on big, but we can hang with anybody strength-wise and we’re going to use our speed to get outside.” Coty Kirtz, a senior defensive back who picked off two passes last year, is another speedster who will have a bigger impact on offense this year. He
could line up in the backfield or he could line up at wide receiver across from Alex Ruechel. “We might not be very big, but we’ve got a lot of heart and a lot of team speed. It’ll take us pretty far, I think,” Kirtz said. “I want to get back out there and play. We don’t want (what happened last year) to happen again and that gives us more drive to work harder so when we get to that stage so we can advance.”
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Rebels volleyball team looking at new faces ADAMS — The Rebels have some reloading to do as they look towards the upcoming volleyball season. Southland is bringing back just four letter winners from last year’s team that finished 14-15 overall. Southland head coach Angie Smith is still in the process off figuring out her players’ roles. “We’re still looking and I think I’m getting it narrowed down,” she said. “There’s still lots of holes that need to be filled.” Southland’s biggest need is at setter, where the team graduated both all of its setters with any varsity experience. Smith said she’ll look to Jana Schammel, who had 113 kills and 63 digs last season, Elizabeth May and Hilary Bottema to step up at that position. “I might go with three setters at times,” Smith said. The Rebels will also look to senior hitter Haley Kirkpatrick and junior hitter Morgan Schmitz to give them a boost. “We have two totally different groups coming together,” Smith said.
Home matches in bold
•Aug. 27: Southland at Albert Lea, 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 1: South. at Roch. Century Invite, 8 a.m. •Sept. 4: Southland at Chatfield, 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 6: Dover-Eyota at South., 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 8: South. at Hayfield Invite, 8:30 a.m. •Sept. 11: B. Prairie at Southland, 7:15 p.m. •Sept. 13: South. at Fillmore Cent., 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 15: Southland Invite, 8 a.m. •Sept. 18: PEM at Southland, 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 25: St. Charles at Southland, 7:30 p.m. •Sept. 27: South. at Lewis.-Altura, 7:30 p.m. •Oct. 1: Glen.-Emmons at South., 7:30 p.m. •Oct. 2: Austin at Southland, 7:30 p.m. •Oct. 4: Calednia at Southland, 7:30 p.m. •Oct. 9: Southland at Wab.-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m. •Oct. 11: Southland at Kingsland, 7:30 p.m. •Oct. 16: Rush.-Peter. at South., 7:30 p.m.
“The juniors are a little more quiet than the seniors. We just need to come together as a team and learn how to play with new girls.”
Rebels: ‘We’re gonna give it our best’ One thing working in Southland’s favor this year is the development of Bendtsen at quarterback. Southland didn’t complete a pass in its loss to BP and the Rebels are hoping they can put it in the air more effectively this season. “He really put in a lot of work this summer and he’s looking great so far,” Schmitz said of Bendtsen. “Last year we had some trouble throwing the ball a little, and this year we need to make those completions to get those first downs and move the chains.” Kennedy said he liked what he saw out of his team at July camp in Rochester where they scrimmaged Rochester Mayo and played Caledonia 7-on7. Still, he said the Three Rivers Conference season will be a dogfight as usual. “It’s always a battle,” Kennedy said. “You’re playing great competition and you don’t want to take anyone lightly because anyone get beat you. We’re gonna give it our best. I know that.”
SCHEDULE/Home games in bold
•Aug. 31: Saint Charles at Southland, 7 p.m. •Sept. 7: Southland at Dover-Eyota, 7 p.m. •Sept. 14: Plainview-Elgin-Millville at Southland, 7 p.m. •Sept. 21: Chatfield at Southland, 7 p.m. •Sept. 28: Southland at Kingsland, 7 p.m. •Oct. 5: Southland at Rushford-Peterson, 7 p.m. •Oct. 12: Caledonia at Southland, 7 p.m. •Oct. 17: Southland at Fillmore Central, 7 p.m.
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