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Plymouth QB Neils leads quest for 3rd EWC title By McLean Bennett

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LYMOUTH — The Panthers have tradition-

ally been a keep-it-on-the-ground football team. But while Plymouth likely won’t do away with its rush-first mentality, a change in on-field personnel this season could ensure the pigskins will rack up a few more frequentflier miles. Former All-Region running back Eric Roberts is gone after rushing for nearly 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior season. Back in the huddle is Kollin Neils, a quarterback who threw for almost 1,600 yards and 16 TDs — and whom coach Dan Knaus thinks will fly front-and-center onto most opposing defenses’ radar screens this fall. “We will definitely change KolFin lin’s role a little bit this year,” d Knaus said after a recent practice. cov 13 p “He’s a great thrower of the ball, sch erag ages e o e but he’s also a great runner of the an dules inclu f pre football. We haven’t really utilized dm ,o p d ore utlo ing him because we’ve had a featured ins oks (running) back always that was pretide ty good.” . Neils completed 115-of-181 passes in 11 games last season, averaging nearly 9 yards per throw, and finished his junior year with a 104.8 passer rating, according to the Wisconsin Sports Network. He complemented his passing stats with solid play on the ground, running for 283 yards and three touchdowns on 64 carries. Neils has hardly gone unnoticed in footballwatching circles. Despite working alongside bullish running backs who’ve carried much of the Panthers’ offensive weight, the lanky 6-foot-2 QB has turned enough heads to be named one of the sports network’s 15 top senior quarterbacks entering this season. “Neils has been a highly-productive signal-caller the last two years, throwing for a combined 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns with a combined passer rating of 112.0,” WSN says on its website. “… Neils has good size and shows an ability to be very accurate on the deep and intermediate routes.” Knaus said the team can plug Neils into the offense in a number of different ways, noting his blend of strong legs and accurate arm means he can threaten teams as much on the ground as in the air. “We’ll keep people guessing with what we’re going to do with Kollin,” Knaus said. “But he’s a versatile-enough athlete that we can do a lot of different things with him.”

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Plymouth quarterback Kollin Neils could pose a significant threat — both in the air and on the ground — to opposing defenses this season. Neils threw for almost 1,600 yards and 16 TDs as a junior last season, and finished with a 104.8 passer rating. MCLEAN BENNETT/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

PAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// FRVC/FRCC 2012 — Green Bay Southwest (8-0) 2011 — Manitowoc (8-0) 2010 — Ashwaubenon (8-0) 2009 — Bay Port (7-1) 2008 — Green Bay Notre Dame (8-0) 2007 — Ashwaubenon (7-1); Bay Port (7-1); De Pere (7-1) 2006 — Green Bay Notre Dame (6-1); Manitowoc (6-1) 2005 — Green Bay Preble (7-0) 2004 — Sheboygan South (7-0) 2003 — Green Bay Notre Dame (7-0)

EWC 2012 — Plymouth (7-0) 2011 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2010 — Plymouth (7-0) 2009 — Plymouth (7-0) 2008 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2007 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2006 — Kewaskum (6-1); Plymouth (6-1) 2005 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2004 — Plymouth (6-1); Sheboygan Falls (6-1) 2003 — Plymouth (7-0)

CLC 2012 — Cedar Grove (4-0) 2011 — Cedar Grove (6-0) 2010 — Oostburg (7-0) 2009 — Cedar Grove (7-0) 2008 — Cedar Grove (7-0) 2007 — Oostburg (5-1); Random Lake (5-1) 2006 — Cedar Grove (4-1); Howards Gr. (4-1); Random Lk. (4-1) 2005 — Cedar Grove (6-0) 2004 — Cedar Grove (7-0) 2003 — Ozaukee (6-1); Random Lk. (6-1)

THE FORMIDALBLE FIVE

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1. Plymouth

(10-1 last year; team preview on page 6)

2. Cedar Grove-Bel. (6-3 last year; team preview on page 8)

3. Sheboygan South (3-6 last year; team preview on page 3)

4. Kiel

(4-5 last year; team preview on page 4)

5. Sheboygan North (1-8 last year; team preview on page 2)


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B2 The Sheboygan Press, Friday, August 23, 2013

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SHEBOYGAN NORTH

Golden Raiders keep climbing the ladder

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. unless noted Today — Pulaski Aug 30 — at G.B. Southwest Sept. 6 — at Manitowoc Sept. 13 — De Pere Sept. 20 — at Notre Dame Sept. 28 — G.B. Preble, 1 p.m. Oct. 4 — at G.B. East Oct 11 — Bay Port Oct 18 — at Sheboygan South

Karson Bell

Jacob Schmidt

Noah Stengel

By McLean Bennett

The Fox River Classic Conference offers football teams nary a cakewalk to the playoffs. For one thing, the conference is huge — a dozen teams, each from schools averaging nearly 1,400-student enrollments. For another, the talent, especially at the top, is just plain good. Green Bay Southwest, last year’s conference title winner, has made a habit recently of carving deep paths into the Division 2 playoffs. Other conference teams regularly get at least two rounds into the postseason. Still, Karl Nienhuis and his players at Sheboygan North are looking to take a few big steps up the steep conference ladder this season. The team finished second-to-last in the conference the past two years, falling just ahead of Green Bay West both times. “I see us being a middle-of-the pack (team),” senior linebacker Karson Bell said at a recent practice, noting he’d like to finish somewhere near .500 this fall. Nienhuis, who’s starting his third year as North’s coach, said he’s excited by strides the team has taken to build solid chemistry between players, noting the athletes are “really starting to gel as a team.” He’s also optimistic about talent he sees on

1-8 Overall 1-7 Fox River Classic Regular season Pulaski 57, North 12 Manitowoc 49, North 12 De Pere 44, North 14 G.B. Southwest 58, North 0 G.B. Preble 77, North 20 North 35, G.B. East 21 Ashwaubenon 27, North 7 South 14, North 7 Kaukauna 42, North 34

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 1-8 2-7 3-6 3-6 1-8 0-9 4-6 1-8 2-7 3-6 20-71

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2012 RESULTS

Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006-x 2005 2004 2003 Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pct. .111 .222 .333 .333 .111 .000 .400 .111 .222 .333 .220

x-playoff berth

COACH’S CORNER

Karl Nienhuis Year: Third Record: 3-15 Playoff appearances: 0 Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Jacob Schmidt, Bailey Meyer WR/TE — Weston Nelson, Noah Stengel, Matt Theobald, Peter Green, Jacob Fritz, Eric Suscha, Taylor Themar RB — George Herrmann, Truman Schiebel, Daniel Wild, Phoenix Hughes OL — Evan Mahn, Nathan Fritz, Alec Laning, Brandon Tollefson, Aaron Krugel, Zach Mueller, Mitch Nussberger, Nathan Gerhartz

Defense DL — Sam Pelzel, Jon Gould, Andrew Grunow, Eric Suscha, Taylor Themar, Tyler Themar, Elliot Eisner LB — Daniel Wild, Phoenix Hughes, Karson Bell, Antonio Padilla, Brandon Quinn, Harley Campbell, Alec Laning C — Peter Green, Zach Aicher, Ian Shinners, Josh Fritz S — Jacob Fritz

Sheboygan North players hope to climb into the middle of the Fox River Classic Conference. MCLEAN BENNETT/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

both sides of the ball. The defense looks to boast “the best front eight that we’ve had in a while,” while the offense looks to spread out more. “So it’s going to be a totally different offense than people have seen, and we’re excited to use it,” Nienhuis said. The top of the conference has been volatile the last few years, suggesting just about anyone can ride the carousel to the front of the unpredictable league’s

standings any given season. A year after winning the FRCC title, Manitowoc fell to a tie for seventh place last fall. And Bay Port, which finished tied for sixth place two seasons ago, finished tied for second last year. But Danny Wild, a Sheboygan North running back and linebacker, said he’s trying to keep his expectations realistically optimistic. “The goal is to obviously make playoffs,” he said. “But I think we

should probably be around 4-5, hopefully around there, 3-7. But — obviously I would like to do better than that — but that’s just what we’re hoping for at least.” “Last year was a frustrating year, both record- and performancewise,” Nienhuis said. “... We had a really nice offseason, a great summer. The players, the team really enjoy this group. I think it’s going to be a fun year. I’m excited for 2013.”

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SHEBOYGAN SOUTH

Redwings eager to gain consistency

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Notre Dame Aug. 30 — at G.B. West Sept. 6 — G.B. Preble Sept. 13 — at G.B. East Sept. 20 — at G.B. Southwest Sept. 27 — at De Pere Oct. 4 — Manitowoc Oct. 11 — Ashwaubenon Oct. 18 — Sheb. North

PLAYERS TO WATCH

By Adam Thompson

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Boris Ristivojevic

Tristan Schmidt

Eddie Shanklin

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2012 RESULTS

Sheboygan South’s 2012 season was a frustratingly mixed bag, full of inconsistency. The Redwings scored 40 points in one defeat, but 14 in a victory. The defense held four teams to under 20 points, but twice allowed more than 50. A large, solid junior class played a big role in last season’s 3-6 effort. Those juniors are now seniors, and South expects to take the next step. South ninth-year coach Chris Hein said the program is as healthy as it’s been in a while. The juniors and seniors total 44 in number, the most in his 12 years overall. Seven starters are back on offense, five on defense, giving everyone optimism that last year can be used as a building block for a better today. “We’re looking to have a pretty good season out there,” said senior Mitchell Martinez, the Redwings’ top returning wideout. “We have a lot of returning guys, we all know what we’re doing already. We feel like we have a very good chance to make the playoffs.” “We think we can definitely be a playoff team,” added senior twoway starting lineman John Sullivan. “We’re all closer (than last year), most are seniors, and we

3-6 overall 3-5 Fox River Classic Regular season South 43, G.B. West 6 G.B. Preble 57, South 7 South 26, G.B. East 19 Notre Dame 41, South 27 De Pere 28, South 7 Manitowoc 54, South 40 Bay Port 28, South 6 South 14, North 7 Port Washington 18, South 7

LAST 10 YEARS 2012 3-6 .333 2011 2-7 .222 2010-x 5-5 .500 2009 2-7 .222 2008 3-6 .333 2007 4-5 .444 2006 2-7 .222 2005 4-5 .444 2004-xy 11-1 .917 2003-x 6-4 .600 Total: 42-53 .442 x-playoff berth y-conference championship

COACH’S CORNER

Chris Hein Year: Ninth Record: 25-48 Playoff appearances: 1 (0-1) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (Pro-I) QB — R. Hoffmann; C. Harrison RB — B. Ristivojevic; T. Schmidt FB — A. Wildmann; F. Alvarez WR — M. Martinez; C. Zimmerman; S. Selk; P. Brunn TE — E. Dean; M. Mueller OL — S. Brunn; D. Jerks; C. McLaughlin; J. Sullivan; J. Miller; J. Bloedorn; D. Yang; J. Teegardin; S. Rodriguez; J. Bloedorn K — K. Cady; R. Hoffmann KR — B. Ristivojevicl K. Cady

Sheboygan South aims to get back to the playoffs and end a two-year drought. GARY C. KLEIN/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

just want to go out with a bang.” South’s offense showed flashes of brilliance last season, but too often it ended up in misfire. The Redwings ranked fifth in the 12team Fox River Classic Conference in passing and eighth in running, but was ninth in scoring. Hein is very confident that the youthfulness that often came out last year will blossom into experience this fall. “We’re looking to take a step forward to where we finished last year on offense,” he said. “We really expect to get into the top 3, top 4 in offense. I’m very excited to watch our offense.”

South’s defense was an issue last year, ranking 11th out of 12 (barely better statistically than Green Bay West). The defensive line will be young but full of promise, while the backfield should be a strength. Six starters return, including All-FRCC linebacker Andrew Wildmann. “The defense will be a lot better this year,” said senior Robert Hoffmann. “We need to improve from last year on defense,” said Hein. “Our linebacking core and secondary bring back a lot of experience. We will be young on the defensive line but we have some talented under-

classmen that we are excited to see develop. The kids are hungry to bring back the kind of defensive football that South has been known for over the past decade.” The eight-game FRCC schedule includes West, Green Bay East and Sheboygan North, the bottom three teams of last season. If South can win those three, one other victory among its five contests should end a two-year postseason drought. “The team is looking pretty good, got a lot of returning starters, so we should be pretty good,” said Wildmann. “Playoffs,” Sullivan said. “Bet on it.”

Defense (4-3) DL — S. Rodriguez; D. Yang; J. Teegardin; J. Becker; C. Zimmerman; D. Wagner; J. Sullivan; D. McLaughlin LB — P. Brunn; E. Feudner; A. Wildman; CJ Dimoff; I. Alvarez; D. Williams CB — S. Selk; E. Dean; J. Bohlman; K. Cady S — T. Schmidt; J. Malwitz; B. Hanson; C. Harrison P — R. Hoffmann; K. Cady PR — E. Dean; T. Schmidt

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KIEL

Raiders fired up for postseason return

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Peshtigo Aug. 30 — at Howards Grove Sept. 6 — at New Holstein Sept. 13 — Waupun Sept. 20 — Kewaskum Sept. 27 — at Two Rivers Oct. 4 — at Plymouth Oct. 11 — Sheboygan Falls Oct. 18 — Campbellsport

Aaron Field

Dakota Marksman

Brock Schneider

Jacob Winkel

By Adam Thompson

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2012 RESULTS

KIEL — Success can breed success, even if that success happened at other programs. When longtime football coach Mike Dressler arrived at Kiel in March to take over the Raiders’ program, a wave of enthusiasm engulfed the players. Dressler, a Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Famer, has had winning stints at Milwaukee Hamilton, Wausau West and Fond du Lac in 30-plus seasons, with a history of turning around moribund programs into playoff teams in quick order. After missing the postseason in 2012 following a two-year stretch of qualifying, Kiel doesn’t require any major makeover. That’s why the Raiders are expecting a return to the playoffs. “We have a lot of our guys back,” said senior Aaron Field, who last year rushed for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns. “And some good new guys, some big linemen, so we should be good.” “We’ve put in a lot of hard work in the off-season, so we’ll see how it turns out,” said senior linebacker and wideout Jacob Winkel. “The expectations are high this year.” The Raiders return their quarterback, top three running backs and

4-5 overall 2-5 EWC Regular season Kiel 27, Howards Grove 14 Kiel 32, Waupun 7 Kewaskum 34, Kiel 0 Two Rivers 56, Kiel 20 Plymouth 41, Kiel 6 Sheb. Falls 35, Kiel 20 Campbellsport 28, Kiel 22 Kiel 35, New Holstein 0

LAST 10 YEARS 2012 4-5 2011-x 6-4 2010-x 7-4 2009 5-4 2008 4-5 2007 2-7 2006-x 5-5 2005 4-5 2004 0-9 2003 1-8 Total: 38-56 x-playoff berth

PLAYERS TO WATCH

.444 .600 .636 .556 .444 .222 .500 .444 .000 .111 .404

COACH’S CORNER

Mike Dressler Year: First Record: 0-0 Playoff appearances: NA Conference titles: NA

PROSPECTS Offense (Spread zone) QB — Jack Meunier, jr., 5-8, 170; Nick Walsh, so., 6-0, 175 RB — Aaron Field, sr., 5-11, 185; Brandon Bonde, jr., 5-8, 140; Justin Bertram, jr., 5-10, 185; Ben Mannenbach, so., 5-6, 135 WR/TE — Bryce Gannigan, jr., 6-1, 180; Jesus Sandoval, jr., 5-10, 160; Jake Winkel, sr., 6-5, 200; Riley Feldmann, so., 6-2, 170; Adam Hecker, sr., 5-9, 185 OL — Storm Blanke, jr., 5-6, 230; Brandon Niemuth, so., 6-4, 225; Brock Schneider, sr., 6-2, 225; Trevor Agnew, jr., 6-0, 200; Zack Vogel, jr., 6-1, 255; Sam Ruh, so., 5-11, 180; Macullen Schnell, so., 6-0, 180; Dylan Wedge, so., 5-11, 160 K — Brandon Zamora-Herrera, so., 5-10, 140

Kiel hopes to get back to the postseason after a one-year absence. GARY C. KLEIN/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

three starting linemen on offense. Many of those players are also returning starters on defense. Dressler noted the exceptional leadership he’s seen since spring. Senior running back/ linebacker Dakota Marksman beamed about a 95-percent participation rate in the weight room in the offseason. “I was confident when he first came in, before we even started practice, that we were going to go far,” Marks-

man said. After two consecutive seasons ending in the playoffs, and three straight winning campaigns overall, Kiel took a slight step back in 2012. The Raiders went just 3-5. After starting off 2-0, they lost their next five. With a new coach, Kiel will install new schemes on both sides of the ball. Instead of the Flex-bone used last year, the Raiders will line up in a spread with zone blocking. On defense, instead of a 3-5, Kiel will

be in a Nickel base. “We’re making small progress every day,” Dressler said. While the players made bold predictions of playoffs and Eastern Wisconsin Conference title contention, Dressler was just happy with how the team looks going into Week 1. “We just have to be consistent with the fundamentals,” he added. “We can talk about players and everything else, but it comes down to being consistent with your fundamentals.”

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NEW HOLSTEIN

Renewed focus has Huskies thinking big

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Oostburg Aug. 30 — at Roncalli Sept. 6 — Kiel Sept. 13 — at Kewaskum Sept. 20 — Plymouth Sept. 27 — at Sheb. Falls Oct. 4 — Campbellsport Oct. 11 — Waupun Oct. 18 — at Two Rivers

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2012 RESULTS

NEW HOLSTEIN — A one-win season. Five shutouts by the offense. Thirty or more points allowed five times by the defense. Last year was a struggle for New Holstein, which had its secondconsecutive 1-8 campaign. But this isn’t a program mired in futility; those two years followed five consecutive ones ending in the playoffs. That’s why there is real optimism in the program. Team captains took charge in the off-season. The coaching staff, led by second-year head Matt Rupp, installed a new strength and conditioning program, which was met with immediate, tangible improvement. Add to that a familiarity with a playbook that didn’t exist last season, and the Huskies expect to be vastly improved. “I expect us to be better. I don’t know what that means, but we expect to compete in more games,” said Rupp. “We have some pretty talented seniors. I’d like to push for the playoffs. That’s one of our goals as a team, something we really want. It’s going to be a tough challenge.” Rupp said the seniors took charge of a revamped off-season training regimen, and the result was higher participation.

1-8 overall 0-7 Eastern Wisconsin Regular season New Holstein 14, Oostburg 7 Kewaskum 51, New Holstein 0 Plymouth 47, New Holstein 0 Sheb. Falls 36, New Holstein 13 Campbellsport 22, New Holstein 8 Waupun 56, New Holstein 19 Two Rivers 30, New Holstein 0 Kiel 35, New Holstein 0 Valders 7, New Holstein 0

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

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COACH’S CORNER

Matt Rupp Year: Second Record: 1-8 Playoff appearances: 0 Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (Wing-T) QB — Justin Weber, so., 5-11, 176; Mark Sippel, sr., 6-2, 181; RB — Mike Blanck, sr., 5-8, 140; Jacob Daun, jr., 6-0, 163; Josh Burg, so., 6-2, 185; Devon Olm, sr., 5-7, 146; FB — Quinn Compton, sr., 6-2, 195; Aaron Schaefer, jr., 6-0, 185; WR — Sippel; Hunter Petrie, sr., 6-0, 162; Mitchell Schumacher, sr., 5-10, 138; TE — Devon Johnson, jr., 5-11, 200; Frank Sobiech, sr., 6-1, 195; OL — Robert Scherer, sr., 6-4, 258; Jacob Kaiser, so., 5-9, 191; Evan Hau, sr., 5-11, 244; Alex Secord, sr., 5-11, 230; Brent Wagner, sr., 6-2, 201; Tyler Stadler, so., 6-3, 246; Desmond Roehrborn, jr., 5-9, 165; Jake Bord, jr., 5-9, 265; Nathan Kaiser, sr., 5-11, 175; Alex Kaiser, jr., 6-1, 302; Tony Buechel, sr., 6-4, 271; Quinn Kaiser, sr., 5-9, 190.

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“We stayed dedicated in the weight room, that’s what it was,” said senior two-way lineman Robert Scherer. “We worked hard. I think we’re going to have a winning season.” The off-season training, senior lineman Alex Secord said, “was a huge improvement. Every day in the weight room, you could feel the energy.” The consensus about last year was the offense struggled so much, it consistently put a decent defense in rough spots.

“Our offense couldn’t get any yards, and our defense couldn’t get any breaks,” said Scherer. “The (defense) was on the field the majority of the time; that was hard on the guys. We had a lot of guys going both ways,” said Secord. The offense will look to do a lot more this season, led by sophomore quarterback Justin Weber, an athletic, accurate thrower who “understands the offense and what we want to do,” said Rupp. Quinn Compton, a 195-pound athletic, hard-

running fullback, will add a new dimension to the ground game in the Wing-T. Indeed, the chatter during preseason practices was up. There was confidence. “It seems like everything’s a lot more focused than it was last year,” said lineman/linebacker Nathan Kaiser. “A lot more … intense. There’s something in the air. “We’re going to take it week-by-week, 1-0 every week,” he added. “The ultimate goal is the playoffs.”

Defense (4-4) DL — Scherer; Johnson; Stadler; Secord; Wagner; Sobiech, A. Kaiser; Hau; Q. Kaiser; Bord LB — Burg; Schaefer; J. Kaiser; Compton; N. Kaiser; Roehrborn; Petrie; DB — Sippel; Blanck; Daun; Olm; Weber; Schumacher

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Panthers look for another step forward

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Ken. Indian Trails Aug. 30 — at Grafton Sept. 6 — Two Rivers Sept. 13 — Sheboygan Falls Sept. 20 — at New Holstein Sept. 27 — at Waupun Oct. 4 — Kiel Oct. 11 — at Campbellsport Oct. 18 — at Kewaskum

Zack Bradley

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By McLean Bennett

PLYMOUTH — Dan Knaus knows he’s heading up one of the area’s most storied high school football teams. Plymouth won one of Wisconsin’s first state football championships in 1976, and followed that up two years later with another state title. If they haven’t won another championship since those halcyon years in the 1970s, the Panthers have at least kept hold of a still-revered status among football teams in east-central Wisconsin of late. Plymouth has advanced to the Division 3 playoffs 11 years running — and last year advanced further into the postseason than in any year since its title runs. The Panthers won their first two playoff games last fall before bowing out to West De Pere in a Level 3 game. “We took a step last year to get to Level 3 — two steps away from the state championship games,” Knaus said. “... We think we’re in the right direction. It just takes a group of kids that are hard-working and we think we have that. We like our chances and we’re going to work our tails off to try and get there for this community.” The team will have to regroup quickly after losing a few of its key ingredients. Eric Roberts, an All-Region running

10-1 overall 7-0 Eastern Wisconsin Regular season Plymouth 35, Grafton 3 Plymouth 31, Sheb. Falls 7 Plymouth 47, New Holstein 0 Plymouth 49, Waupun 7 Plymouth 41, Kiel 6 Plymouth 41, Campbellsport 6 Plymouth 42, Kewaskum 7 Plymouth 42, Two Rivers 21 Playoffs Plymouth 49, Marinette 16 Plymouth 7, Seymour 6 West De Pere 25, Plymouth 7

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 10-1 7-3 9-2 9-2 5-5 5-5 6-4 4-6 8-3 7-3 70-34

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2012 RESULTS

Year 2012-xy 2011-x 2010-xy 2009-xy 2008-x 2007-x 2006-xy 2005-x 2004-xy 2003-xy Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pct. .909 .700 .818 .818 .500 .500 .600 .400 .727 .700 .673

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COACH’S CORNER

Dan Knaus Years: Seventh Record: 45-18 Playoff appearances: 6 (4-6) Conference titles: 3

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Kollin Neils, sr., 6-2 175; Jake Schneider, so., 6-3, 165 RB — Samual Staehling, so., 6-0, 170; Brad Trakel, sr., 6-0, 180; Tyler Willeford, jr., 6-0, 205; Izack Ohman, jr., 5-10, 175 WR/TE — Clay Henning, sr., 5-11, 165; Collin Denzin, 6-1, 155; Zac Cain, jr., 6-4, 190; Justin Picard, sr., 5-11, 145; Aaron Unger, sr., 6-1, 220; Ben Albers, sr., 6-3, 170 OL — Matt Olig, jr., 6-4, 220; Cody Hoffmann, sr., 6-0, 180; Denton Saladini, sr., 6-0, 200; Cole Bruggink, jr., 5-10, 190; Zack Bradley, sr., 6-1, 220; Davon Mayer, so., 6-2, 195; Luke Held, sr., 6-0, 205; Henry Heim, sr., 6-0, 180; Westley Meinnert, sr., 6-4, 245; Trevor Jensema, sr., 6-2, 225

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look to fill the team’s big defensive shoes. “Personally, I think the strongest we are right now is at the (offensive) line because we have three starters returning and we know what we’re doing,” said Zack Bradley, listed as one of the Panthers’ starting centers. While the team will have to recharge its batteries, Knaus said the “cupboard’s not bare,” pointing to a strong potential running back in sophomore Samual

back who rushed for 1,363 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, has graduated. So has Owen Henriksen, an All-State linebacker who registered 92 total tackles last fall, including six for lost yardage and three sacks. Henriksen also led the offense’s receiving corps last season, catching 34 passes for 427 yards and three TDs. “We did lose a lot of linebackers last year,” player Clay Henning said, noting a cadre of younger players will

Staehling and veteran receivers Henning and Zac Cain. “I think it all comes to tradition,” Knaus said, noting Plymouth’s wellearned reputation as a perennial football helps motivate some of the school’s younger athletes to join the team and help reload every fall. “... If you’re doing it right, you’ve got enough athletes in the building, you can reload every year — you don’t have to worry about having a down year.”

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS

Looking to learn from near-misses

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Aug. 24 — at St. Mary’s Springs Aug. 30 — Mayville Sept. 6 — Kewaskum Sept. 13 — at Plymouth Sept. 20 — at Campbellsport Sept. 27 — New Holstein Oct. 4 — Two Rivers Oct. 11 — at Kiel Oct. 18 — at Waupun

By Scott Hansen

James Lorenz

Brady Mauer

Josh Rostek

SHEBOYGAN FALLS —

The off-season for the Sheboygan Falls football team has been one full of “what ifs.” The Falcons hopes this season leaves no questions unanswered. Needing one win to qualify for the postseason last year, the Falcons fell 14-7 to Kewaskum in the final game of the regular season to be eliminated from contention. While Sheboygan Falls suffered three other losses by going 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference, it was the final game that stuck with the players and motivated them to get better. “There’s definitely a drive, an inner drive, to be back in the playoffs again and be a top-tier team in our conference,” Sheboygan Falls coach Brian Berlin said. “This year’s squad I feel really loves playing together. There’s a lot of camaraderie. Not that last year’s team didn’t, but this team is really working hard this year, more than any team I’ve had since I’ve been here.” Had Falls topped Kewaskum, it would have been its third straight trip to the postseason. Berlin said, looking back, he felt that if turnovers and penalties had been reduced, the Falcons may have ended up 6-2. Instead, they received a valuable learning experience that Ber-

4-4 overall 3-4 Eastern Wisconsin Conference Regular season Sheb. Falls 25, Mayville 12 Plymouth 31, Sheb. Falls 7 Campbellsport 29, Sheboygan Falls 21 Sheboygan Falls 36, New Holstein 13 Two Rivers 21, Sheb. Falls 0 Sheboygan Falls 35, Kiel 20 Sheb. Falls 31, Waupun 21 Kewaskum 14, Sheb. Falls 7

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2012 RESULTS

Year 2012 2011-x 2010-x 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003-x Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

PCT .500 .600 .800 .333 .333 .444 .250 .444 .444 .700 .495

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COACH’S CORNER

Brian Berlin Year: Third Record: 9-9 Playoff appearances: 1 (0-1) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (I-Formation) QB — Nick Peterson, sr.; Ryan Schmitt, so. RB — Eric Klemme, sr.; Jake Becker, sr.; Dustin Setzer, so.; Nate Hausler, sr.; Sean Mattek, so. TE/WR — Josh Rostek, sr.; Brady Mauer, sr. OL — James Lorenz, sr.; Jake Kisiolek, sr.; Brady Koller, so.; Josh LeMahieu, jr.; Dalton Winter, jr.

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lin hopes resonates throughout the entire season. “The games we lost, I feel like we really hurt ourselves. Not to discredit the other teams, but we outgained opponents, fumbled, had turnovers. This year we are really focused on not beating ourselves,” Berlin said. ““We understand that, if we don’t play assignment-sound football, we won’t be in the top half of the (EWC) again this year.” The Falcons return five starters on offense and four on defense, including three players that received All-EWC

recognition on both sides of the ball. Last year’s leading rusher, senior Eric Klemme, is back along with senior quarterback Nick Peterson and his leading target, senior tight end Josh Rostek. “We are really starting to gel as a team. We’re still not as good as we can be, but we’re working hard,” Rostek said. “I don’t think any of us are satisfied with what happened last year and that’s really driving us this year.” Berlin acknowledges that a weakness of the Falcons will be their youth. Aside from four

three-year starters, Sheboygan Falls will rely heavily on a group of juniors and sophomores to step up and make regular contributions on both sides of the football. “We have a lot of experience in our senior class, but we need the juniors and sophomores to help us out,” Berlin said. “We feel like we are a team that, if we play well, if we’re not making mistakes, and we make teams beat us and not us beating ourselves, that we will outwork and outplay the other team. We’re nothing flashy, we’re just going to go out and play football.”

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CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM

Rockets ready to right the ship

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Milwaukee King Aug. 30 — at Manitowoc Lutheran Sept. 6 — at Kingsford* Sept. 13 — at LKC Sept. 20 — at Howards Grove Sept. 27 — at Random Lake Oct. 4 — Ozaukee Oct. 11 — Hilbert Oct. 18 — Oostburg *6:30 p.m. kickoff

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GROVE

While most teams dread a Week 1 matchup with Division 1 heavyweight Milwaukee King, the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team has eagerly awaited its return to the football field since suffering a 21-0 home loss to Kenosha St. Joseph in the opening round of the Division 5 playoffs last season. After winning their second straight unbeaten Central Lakeshore Conference title, last year’s youthful Rockets — who finished 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the CLC — felt that while a 10th straight postseason appearance was great, a first-round exit was not satisfying after a state semi-final run in 2011. “Getting ready for this season, it all started in the spring,” senior middle linebacker and fullback Greg Wenzel said. “We’ve been putting in a lot of work to get better. We want to be ready to go. We’re pushing every day, getting better every day.” With their goals set higher, Cedar Grove has the benefit this season of lots of experience. While running back Alex Giles — who rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his career — graduated in May, the Rockets return All-CLC honorable mention picks Drew Emperley (senior, quarterback), Logan Peterson (senior, wide receiver)

6-3 overall 4-0 Central Lakeshore Regular season Manitowoc Lutheran 20, Cedar Grove 15 Kingsford 20, Cedar Grove 7 Cedar Grove 49, Escanaba 10 Cedar Grove 49, Howards Gr. 14 Cedar Grove 47, Random Lake 0 Cedar Grove 33, Ozaukee 27 Cedar Grove , 33, Gibraltar 0 Cedar Grove 48, Oostburg 14 Playoffs Kenosha St. Joseph 21, Cedar Gr. 0

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 6-3 12-1 6-4 11-1 13-1 4-6 9-3 8-2 10-1 5-5 84-27

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2012 RESULTS

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

PCT .333 .923 .600 .917 .929 .400 .750 .800 .909 .500 .757

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COACH’S CORNER

Chris Zablocki Year: Eighth Record: 61-19 Playoff appearances: 7 (11-7) Conference titles: 5

PROSPECTS Offense (I-Formation) QB — Drew Emperley, Sr.; David Niebauer, Jr. RB — Josh Winkleff, Sr.; Aaron Chier, Jr.; Greg Wenzel, Sr.; Taylor Heiden, So. WR — Logan Peterson, Sr.; Justin Obbink, Jr.; Ross Kaat, Sr. TE — Brian Mueller, Sr.; Dakota Wohlers, Jr. OL — Adam Chier Sr.; Jim Simmelink, Sr.; Brett Simmelink, So.; Matt Krier, Sr.; Dan Gjerston, So.; Alex Claerbaut, Sr.

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and Wenzel on offense. The defense will feature seven returning players who received some form of All-CLC recognition. “The thing that stands out the most about this year’s team is the experience at our key positions,” Cedar Grove head coach Chris Zablocki said. “Our strength is our senior leadership. Our defense is a big strength. Most of these seniors started last year and are back. We did lose key players, but everyone does. Someone just needs to step up.” The person to do that could be junior running

back Aaron Chier, who finished as the team’s second-leading rusher last season. Besides Chier, 23 letterwinners return with eight starters on each side of the ball. “You can’t replace an Alex Giles, but the next person in line has been working in the off-season and last season to get their opportunity and now is their opportunity,” Zablocki said. “When you’re dealing with young men, experience gives them the confidence to succeed because they have been through it already.” The Rockets will need that confidence tonight

as they square off with the Generals, a team that a year ago went 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Milwaukee City Conference before falling in the first round to fellow heavyweight Germantown. “With playing a bigger school, we have to do what we do. We have to play to the best of our ability, execute and we know that no matter what, the experience will be beneficial for us down the line,” Zablocki said. “We have a great group of kids here and we will keep focusing on our fundamentals and we hope to have success against them and throughout the season.”

Defense (4-4) DL — Adam Chier, Sr.; Jesse Scholten, Jr.; Brett Micheals, Jr.; Alex Claerbaut, Sr.; Ricky Salazar, Sr. LB — Josh Winkleff, Sr.; Brian Mueller, Sr.; Greg Wenzel, Sr.; Joe Oelhafen, Jr. DB — Logan Peterson, Sr.; Justin Obbink, Jr.; David Neibauer, Jr.; Taylor Heiden, So. K — Drew Emperley, Sr. P — Josh Winkleff, Sr.

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HOWARDS GROVE

Winning through a youth movement

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Shiocton Aug. 30 — Kiel Sept. 6 — Manitowoc Luth. Sept. 13 — at Reedsville Sept. 20 — Cedar Grove Sept. 27 — at Oostburg Oct. 4 — Random Lake Oct. 11 — at Ozaukee Oct. 18 — LKC

By McLean Bennett

Ethan Brinkman

Austin Edge

Jordan Siemers

HOWARDS GROVE —

3-6 overall 2-2 Central Lakeshore Regular season Kiel 27, H. Grove 14 Reedsville 27, H. Grove 24 H. Grove 44, Morse/Marshall 26 Cedar Grove 49, H. Grove 14 H. Grove 20, Oostburg 0 H. Grove 19, Random Lake 17 Ozaukee 32, H. Grove 24 Manitowoc Lutheran 40, H. Grove 40 Playoffs Racine St. Cat’s 27, H. Grove 7

Over the years, Dave Schmid’s football teams have shown something of a knack for being remarkably consistent. Howards Grove seldom dips into the bottom half of the Central Lakeshore Conference, and has missed the postseason tournament just five times since 1982. Even in a season plagued by injuries, the Tigers last fall battled to a third-place finish in a smaller-than-normal CLC, which had shrunk to just five teams with the exodus of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah and Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler/Sheboygan Christian. No matter who shows up on the team each year, it seems, the Tigers are Sheboygan County’s perennial contenders. But a smaller roster — and a dearth of seniors — has even the 12thyear coach furrowing his brow. Schmid knows from experience that his team is almost always in the heat of the conference’s scrum, but he also knows a few more 12thgraders would help his team’s cause. Finding a way to do without them could pose a challenge. “I’ve been around high school football long enough to know that you win high school football games with seniors, and we don’t have as many seniors this year,” he

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COACH’S CORNER Dave Schmid Year: 12th Record: 55-53 Playoff appearances: 9 (1-9) Conference titles: 1

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Austin Edge, sr.; Luke Stanczyk, jr. RB — Alex Strege, jr.; Quentin Zettler, jr.; Hunter Hahn, jr. WR/TE — Ethan Brinkman, jr.; Zach Fritz, jr.; Marcus Bohman, jr.; Andrew Reinenmann, jr.; Jonah Gerber, jr. OL — Trent Beninghaus, jr.; Drew Akright, jr.; Evan Klueger, jr.; Jordan Siemers, sr.; Tyler Myszewski, jr.; Willie Goedeke, jr.

Defense DL — Drew Akright, jr.; Evan Klueger, jr.; Jordan Siemers, sr.; Tyler Myszewski, jr.; Willie Goedeke, jr.; Zachery Mock, jr.; Daniel Cotet, sr. LB — Trent Beninghaus, jr.; Hunter Hahn, jr.; Jonah Gerber, jr.; Luke Stanczyk, jr.; Quentin Zettler, jr. DB — Ethan Brinkman, jr.; Zach Fritz, jr.; Austin Edge, sr.; Marcus Bohman, jr.; Andrew Reinemann, jr.; Alex Strege, jr.

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said during a recent practice. “However, we have a very strong junior class, and the seniors that we do have have proven to be excellent leaders and they’re going to be huge contributors to our football team. So we very well could be up there again with the Cedar Groves and those other teams. We’ll just have to see.” “It’s going to be a big learning curve,” quar-

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2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Aug. 23 — Living World Lutheran Aug. 30 — at North Fond du lac Sept. 6 — Rosholt Sept. 13 — Cedar GroveBelgium Sept. 20 — Random Lake Sept. 27 — Ozaukee Oct. 4 — at Oostburg Oct. 11 — at Markesan Oct. 18 — at Howards Grove

W-L — 0-9 5-4 3-6 1-8 1-8 2-7 2-7 4-5 3-6 21-60

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Anyone looking past the Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Christian football team on their schedule may be in for a rude awakening. While the co-op went 0-9 in 2011 — its most recent season of varsity competition — it managed to hang with larger schools West Bend West and Milwaukee Lutheran en route to a 7-1 finish last season with a JV/ varsity reserve schedule. Now, with numbers on the team’s side, including 24 full-time varsity players, the team is unified in its goal of making the playoffs and making some noise in the Central Lakeshore Conference. “People better watch out,” senior linebacker Zach Neil said. “We’re a lot more athletic (than last year). Last year we were kind of alright, but now we have really fast cornerbacks that are really hard hitting too, and our linebackers are really good as well.” Offensively the co-op looks just as potent. Players and coaches alike were raving early on in training camp about the skill set of tailbacks Caleb Kelley, a junior, and Alex Timm, a 240-pound sophomore. The pair have been helping the defense prepare for the CLC’s slate of running backs, Neil said, while senior quarterback Eric Bauer said

LAST 10 YEARS Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

PCT — .000 .555 .333 .111 .111 .222 .222 .444 .333 .260

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COACH’S CORNER

Matt Zavada Year: Sixth Record: 9-27 Playoff appearances: 0 Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (Wing-I) QB — Eric Bauer, sr.; Sam Pfrang, so.; Brayden Van Ess, fr. RB — Caleb Kelley, jr.; Noah Wetenkamp, sr. FB — Alex Timm, so.; Tristan Potter, so. WR — Brett Mueller, sr.; Andrew Bryce, jr.; Michael Chorowicz, so.; Nathan Sampson, so.; Jared Vorpagel, so. TE — Kevin Wilkens, sr.; Andrew Kowitz, so.; Chris TenDolle, so. OL — Zach Neil, sr.; Ben Andringa, sr.; Jacob Porter, sr.; Cody Wentz, sr.; Michael Gesch, so., Nabeal Corrigan, jr.; Brian Kronstedt, jr.; Lucas Wesseman, so.; Sujeeth Ramagoni, jr. K — Kronstedt; Kelley KR/PR — Michael Chorowiz, Brett Mueller, Andrew Bryce

Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Christian football players ready for a varsity season after only competing in JV in 2012. GARY C. KLEIN/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

he is thrilled to have a dual threat help out the Wing-I offense and its running game. “We have a lot of potential, especially in our running game. Our backs are athletic, so we’ll see what happens with them,” Bauer said. “Anything less than the playoffs is a failure for us. I say we can definitely get a shot at the playoffs this year.” Neil echoed that sentiment. “I think we’re going to put up a good fight,” Neil said. “Anything short of the playoffs is a failure. We’re going to be real good this year.” With a couple of players competing on both

sides of the ball, head coach Matt Zavada has devised a new plan this year to keep players fresh. A coach has been assigned the task of keeping a snap count for every player, something Zavada hopes will not only lead to players being fresher at the end of games, but keep the team healthy, with depth and health a constant concern for the co-op. “Our only concern right now is keeping everyone fresh and healthy. As far as the athletes go, we got them,” Zavada said. “I have some fo the fastest kids in (Sheboygan County) on this team, so if we keep them healthy

and keep them fresh I think other teams will have a hard time keeping up with us.” Zavada said to utilize that speed, the offense will use a lot of misdirection with hopes that it will open things up on offense and spread the defense. “We’re not the biggest (offensive) line, we’re not the biggest and strongest group around, but I think that through our offense we have plays set up that will get guys open and create some holes,” Zavada said. “I think there’s no doubt that the goal we’ve set up is to make the playoffs. Is it within our reach? Absolutely.”

Defense (4-4) LB — Neil; Tristan Potter, so.; Bryce; Wetenkamp; Wilkens; Sampson; Ryan MacDonald, jr. DB — Chorowicz; Kelley; Bauer; Mueller; Pfrang; Jacob Mendez, sr. DL — Kronstedt; Wentz; Andringa; Gesch; Timm; Porter; Corrigan; Wesseman P — Kronstedt; Timm

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OOSTBURG

Dutchmen expect quick bounceback

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — New Holstein Aug. 30 — at Aurora Ct. Cath Sept. 6 — Horicon Sept. 13 — at Pardeeville Sept. 20 — at Ozaukee Sept. 27 — Howards Grove Oct. 4 — LKC Oct. 11 — Random Lake Oct. 18 — at Cedar Grove

By McLean Bennett

OOSTBURG — Scott Ring acknowledges last season might have come as something of a shock to his Flying Dutchmen football players. For several years leading up to last season, Oostburg’s gridiron gang had been one of the regular Rottweilers of the Central Lakeshore Conference, a toughminded bunch that always could hang around the league’s top dogs — and occasionally chase down a conference title. With a smaller-thannormal roster last year — not to mention a significantly smaller conference, with Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/ Sheboygan Christian bowing out without a varsity roster and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah opting to field an 8-man club instead — the Flying Dutchmen sank to the bottom of the league standings. They finished the year with a 2-7 overall record, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006. “It was a shock to the younger guys to go through a season like that,” Ring, the team’s coach, said during a recent practice. “They hadn’t seen that yet since they’d been here.” “Last year was a little rough,” player Jake Hurlbutt said, noting weak numbers last year didn’t help, though he noted “we’ve got a lot of guys coming out” this

2-7 overall 0-4 Central Lakeshore Regular Season New Holstein 14, Oostburg 7 Aurora Cen. Cath. 42, Oostburg 12 Oostburg 54, Univ. School 32 Ozaukee 51, Oostburg 21 H. Grove 20, Oostburg 0 Hilbert 54, Oostburg 9 Random Lake 13, Oostburg 6 Cedar Grove 48, Oostburg 14 Oostburg 43, North FdL 27

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 2-7 7-3 10-1 9-2 7-4 7-4 2-6 5-5 1-8 2-7 52-47

Tyler Chaloupka

Joey Kretz

Jake Hurlbutt

Ryan Holbrook

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2012 RESULTS

Year 2012 2011-x 2010-xy 2009-x 2008-x 2007-xy 2006 2005-x 2004 2003 Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pct. .222 .700 .909 .818 .636 .636 .250 .500 .111 .222 .525

x-playoff berth y-conference championship

COACH’S CORNER

Scott Ring Years: Eighth Record: 44-27 Playoff appearances: 5 (4-5) Conference titles: 2

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Parker Gabrielse, Joe Smies, Jacob Gross RB — Andrew Telschow, Bryan Lammers, Tyler Chaloupka, Bill Adams, Andy Bonnett, Chris Brill, Connor Gasbarro WR/TE — Josh Smies, Jake Hurlbutt, Kyle Swart, Alex Turner OL — Caleb Chaloupka, Derek Brill, Joe Kretz, Ryan Holbrook, Garrett Hackl, Joe Meyer, Aaron DuMez, Kyle Swart

Defense DL — Hurlbutt, DuMez, Hackl, Holbrook, Bonnett, Swart, Kretz, Chaloupka, Meyer LB — Josh Smies, D. Brill, B. Lammers, Telschow, Adams, C. Brill, Turner DB — Gabrielse, Joe Smies, Gasbarro S — T. Chaloupka, Jacob Gross

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fall. “We’ve got some returning seniors,” Hurlbutt said. “A lot of them.” Oostburg has typically been among the more competitive teams in the conference. The Dutchmen won the CLC title in 2010 after breezing undefeated through the

regular season, and took runner-up status behind conference champion Cedar Grove-Belgium a year later. With numbers back up and a roster loaded with kids motivated to avenge last season, Oostburg is hoping to keep last season buried and

enter the chase again for the CLC title and a playoff berth. “Definitely not what we wanted last year,” player Tyler Chaloupka said. “But I think this year we’ll be pretty strong, able to compete with other teams in the conference.”

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OZAUKEE

Warriors changing to remain consistent

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Manitowoc Lutheran Aug. 30 — at University School Sept. 6 — Mil. Washington Sept. 13 — Mil. Bay View Sept. 20 — Oostburg Sept. 27 — at LKC Oct. 4 — at Cedar GroveBelgium Oct. 11 — Howards Grove Oct. 18 — at Random Lake

By Scott Hansen

FREDONIA — Things are looking a little different this season for the Ozaukee football team as it preps for its 2013 campaign. Fourthyear head coach Jim Lippe hopes the results stay the same. Following three straight playoff appearances in his first three years as Ozaukee’s coach, Lippe decided that — with losing three All-Central Lakeshore Conference first team selections on offense — it was time to switch from a single wing offense to a pistol spread with his young team. “I think some of the teams in the (CLC) were starting to catch up with us and our single wing,” Lippe said. “We’re changing our blocking a little bit. It was time to adapt and change.” Change is never easy, but after facing one of the state’s toughest schedules in 2012 — including seven playoff teams in nine games — Lippe’s group is battle tested and mentally prepared for the season ahead. Lippe said the players are grasping the offense well and are loving the new system. “Our starting 11 on both sides of the ball are pretty solid. We don’t have a lot of depth. We’re a very young team so we need to develop our young players and get them in the right direction and we

6-3 overall 3-1 Central Lakeshore Regular season St. Mary’s Sp. 48, Ozaukee 7 Ozaukee 31, Catholic Central 7 Ozaukee 14, Racine St. Cat’s 7 Ozaukee 51, Oostburg 21 Ozaukee 28, Algoma 0 Cedar Grove 33, Ozaukee 27 Ozaukee 32, Howards Grove 24 Ozaukee 33, Random Lake 0 Playoffs Manawa 28, Ozaukee 7

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 6-3 6-4 8-2 3-6 3-6 4-5 2-6 4-5 4-5 7-3 47-45

Kevin Beckmann

Cole Large

Cody Stageman

Jeremy Wichmann

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2012 RESULTS

Year 2012-x 2011-x 2010-x 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003-x Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

PCT .666 .600 .800 .333 .333 .444 .250 .444 .444 .700 .511

x - playoff berth

COACH’S CORNER Jim Lippe

Year: Fourth Record: 20-9 Playoff appearances: 3 (1-3) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (Pistol Spread) QB — Jake Wolff, jr.; Kevin Beckmann, sr. RB — Nick Wojciechowski, so.; Kevin Beckmann, sr. WR — Collin Stageman, jr.; Michael Richter, so. TE — Jeremy Wichmann, jr. OL — Grant Klas, so.; Anthony Rauch, fr.; Sam Schuette, jr.; Cody Stageman, sr.; Jake Saltzmann, jr.

Defense (5-3) DL — Collin Stageman, jr.; Duncan Freiburger, sr.; Cody Stageman, sr.; Jeremy Wichmann, jr. LB — Cole Large, sr.; Sam Schuette, jr.; Kevin Beckmann, sr.; Lee Wysocki, sr. DB — Jake Wolff, jr.; Michael Richter, so.; Noah Petersen, so.

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should be fine,” Lippe said. “Our offensive line is playing pretty well. Our running backs are looking good. ... We’ve taken quite a few injuries early in camp already so we have to get healthy.” Last year’s team — which went 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the CLC — had 13 seniors. Four starters are back on offense and four are also back for the 5-3 defense.

Senior Kevin Beckmann, a standout linebacker, will be making a switch from fullback to running back. “We need to go out strong and be confident,” Beckmann said when asked how Ozaukee can return to the playoffs. “We need to come out and play to the level that we know we can.” Cody Stageman, a first team All-CLC se-

lection at offensive and defensive lineman, will be looked to lead a group given the task of protecting junior quarterback Jake Wolff, who will be making his first varsity start tonight. “It’s definitely going to be a learning year for me since this will be my first year at quarterback,” Wolff said. “We need to keep working hard, play smart and continue to learn.”

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RANDOM LAKE

New opportunities for new players

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Valders Aug. 30 — Winnebago Lutheran Sept. 6 — Milwaukee South Sept. 20 — at LKC Sept. 27 — Cedar GroveBelgium Oct. 4 — at Howards Grove Oct. 11 — at Oostburg Oct. 18 — Ozaukee

By Scott Hansen RANDOM

LAKE

Andy Fechter

Adam Risse

Branden Depies

While a large number of new faces will be taking to the football field this year for Random Lake, the philosophy and expectations are certainly the same. After finishing 4-4 overall and1-3 in the Central Lakeshore Conference last season, the Rams lost 10 of 11 first or second team All-CLC selections to graduation. While the loss created a lack of depth on both sides of the ball, Rams coaches and players are optimistic that people are ready to step in and pick up where last year’s seniors left off. “The senior leadership was good last year and I think it will be this year too. You have to fill in for the seniors you lost, but that’s something you do every year,” Random Lake coach Chris Bichler said. “I think the enthusiasm is good. My expectations going in to every season are that we just work to get better.” Tight end Andy Fechter and running back Nic Horning are the top returning players on offense. Brandon Depies will be a first-year starting quarterback for Random Lake. Four seniors will anchor the offensive line. “For the team, every year, we set our goals high for ourselves you don’t want to come out here and not try to be the best you can,” senior line-

Hilbert 45, Random Lake 7 Random Lake 25, Living World Lutheran 12 Random Lake 26, St. Mary Central 6 Random Lake 27, Sevastopol 0 Cedar Grove-Belgium 47, Random Lake 0 Howards Grove 19, Random Lake 17 Random Lake 13, Oostburg 6 Ozaukee 33, Random Lake 0

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 4-4 1-8 3-6 5-5 4-6 6-4 8-3 8-2 8-4 6-4 53-46

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2012 RESULTS

Year 2012 2011 2010 2009-x 2008-x 2007-xy 2006-xy 2005-x 2004-x 2003-xy Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

PCT .500 .111 .333 .500 .400 .600 .727 .800 .667 .600 .535

x-playoff berth y-conference championship

COACH’S CORNER

Chris Bichler Year: 16th Record: 93-62 Playoff appearance: 10 (11-10) Conference titles: 6

PROSPECTS Offense (Pro-I) QB — Brandon Depies, sr.; Erik Holeman, jr. RB/FB — Nic Horning, jr.; Zach Sanfelippo, sr.; Jesse Verbanac, sr. WR — Ben Verhage, sr.; Jacob Behn, sr. TE — Andy Fechter, sr.; Ben Drenksi, fr. OL — Sam Birenbaum, sr.; Reed Anklam, sr.; Jordan Houpt, jr.; Chris Lewis, sr.; Hunter Huiras, fr.

Defense (4-4) DL — Reed Anklam, sr.; Chris Lewis, sr.; Andy Fechter, sr.; Nick Klein, sr. LB — Adam Risse, sr.; Jesse Verbanac, sr.; Zach Sanfelippo, sr.; Ben Drenski, fr. DB — Nic Horning, jr.; Erik Holeman, so.; Jacob Behn, sr. P — Nic Horning, jr. K — Erik Holeman, so.

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man Reed Anklam said. “This year I think our senior class will be able to step in nicely and help the program.” Linebacker Adam Risse echoed that sentiment. “Everyone is practicing real tough. I like what we see in practice,” Risse said. “I think we’re going to have to work hard every day in practice and

just keep getting better. I think we’ll have a real good season.” While the senior group is large for the Rams, only two juniors will be on the opening night roster. This, too, creates a lack of depth, something Bichler said his squad will have to overcome if it is to meet its goals. “I think our goal is al-

ways to win and to win (the CLC) and to try and get deep into the playoffs. The simple goal is to just keep getting better an compete. We did a little better at that last year, but we still have a ways to go,” Bichler said. “Our success will be dependent on how we come together, if we find depth and if we execute, but our goal is always to win.”

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B14 The Sheboygan Press, Friday, August 23, 2013

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Resorters 8-man keeps pressing on

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. unless noted Today — Abun. Life Christian Aug 30 — at Oakfield Sept. 7 — at Three Lakes (1 p.m.) Sept. 13 — Mara. Bapt. Aca. Sept. 20 — G.B. NEW Luther. Sept. 27 — at Sevastopol Oct. 5 — Bowler (1 p.m.) Oct. 11 — at Gibraltar Oct. 18 — Oneida Nation

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ELKHART LAKE — Resorters football officials last year were looking to boost the competitive energy on a team long encumbered by a small enrollment and hindered by the bevy of bigger Central Lakeshore Conference teams in the area. Mission accomplished. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah’s switch to 8-man football last season proved a revelation for a team that had frequently had plenty of talent on its rosters, but which often struggled to mount prolonged campaigns against the Cedar Grove-Belgiums and Oostburgs of the CLC. “We were competitive with everybody in our conference for a half,” Elkhart Lake coach Barry Feldmann said at a recent team practice “And then we were just running out of gas. Kids got tired because we didn’t have kids to substitute in.” After lopping off a few on-field positions and entering a competition field better suited to Elkhart’s size, the Resorters last season enjoyed the type of football production that had been eluding them. The team finished third in its new Great 8 South conference, and looks ready to settle comfortably into its new surroundings. “We did pretty good last year,” quarterback

2012 RESULTS 4-5 overall 3-4 Great 8-South Regular season Three Lakes 36, E. Lake 26 E. Lake 44, Valley Christian 20 E. Lake 36, Wayland Aca. 26 Elkhart Lake 8, Stockbridge 0 E. Lake 50, Oneida Nation 36 Three Lakes 30, E. Lake 28 G.B. NEW Luth. 60, E. Lake 14 Abundant Life 32, E. Lake 28 Postseason New Auburn 40, E. Lake 14

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W-L Pct. 4-5 .444 3-6 .333 1-8 .111 3-6 .333 4-5 .444 3-6 .333 No Varsity 2-7 .222 5-5 .500 1-8 .111 26-56 .317

x-playoff berth

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Barry Feldmann Years: Eighth Record: 20-43 Playoff appearances: 1 (0-1) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Elliot Van Oss, jr.; Jarrett Schanke, fr. RB — Brock Bonebrake, jr.; Brennen Cain, fr.; Dyllan Konen, fr.; Trent Rebedew, so.; Trevor Rebedew, jr.; Jared Shaw, fr. WR/TE — Lukas Haaksma, sr.; Giovanni Jimenez, so.; Raunel Jimenez, fr.; Gunnr Johnson, jr.; AJ Lallensack, sr.; Dan Schneider, sr. OL — Izaiah Annis, fr.; Jeff Fredricks, fr.; Owen Kalbacken, so.; Nick Miller, jr.; Jordan Puchalla, sr.; Hunter Schoenborn, jr.; Andrew Sitko, fr.

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Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah football players practice recently. The team is gearing up for its second season in 8-man competition. MCLEAN BENNETT/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

Elliot Van Oss said. “I don’t want to lose a game,” Van Oss added, noting he’ll be happy if the Resorters can get through the season with just one or two losses. The Resorters had shown flashes of competitive brilliance despite often being heavily out-manned in the CLC. The team had at times climbed into the middle of the conference standings, finishing fifth in the eight-team league as recently as 2009. But the school’s small

size — it usually boasts a roughly 150-student enrollment, a far cry from the 300-plus sizes at Cedar Grove, Oostburg, Random Lake and Howards Grove, according to WIAA stats — made it perennially tough to compete for one of the league’s top positions. Prior to its 8-man debut last year, the Resorters’ last playoff appearance came in 2004. Before that, the team hadn’t advanced to the postseason since 1998. Feldmann, himself an

DL — Annis; Fredricks; G. Jimenez; Kalbacken; Miller; Puchalla; Schneider; Schoenborn; Sitko. LB — Bonebrake; Cain; R. Jimenez; Johnson; Lallensack; Trev. Rebedew. DB — Haaksma; Konen; Tren. Rebedew; Schanke. S — Shaw; Van Oss.

Elkhart Lake grad, said he misses the familiarity his team had long enjoyed with the nearby CLC teams, but noted the switch to 8-man football was “absolutely” a positive move, noting the change was needed “just to keep our program alive.” “Unless we get a bunch of businesses in Elkhart Lake here, I don’t see us going back to 11-man, because I don’t think the enrollment will be high enough to do that.”

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Plymouth QB Neils leads quest for 3rd EWC title By McLean Bennett

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LYMOUTH — The Panthers have tradition-

ally been a keep-it-on-the-ground football team. But while Plymouth likely won’t do away with its rush-first mentality, a change in on-field personnel this season could ensure the pigskins will rack up a few more frequentflier miles. Former All-Region running back Eric Roberts is gone after rushing for nearly 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior season. Back in the huddle is Kollin Neils, a quarterback who threw for almost 1,600 yards and 16 TDs — and whom coach Dan Knaus thinks will fly front-and-center onto most opposing defenses’ radar screens this fall. “We will definitely change KolFin lin’s role a little bit this year,” d Knaus said after a recent practice. cov 13 p “He’s a great thrower of the ball, sch erag ages e o e but he’s also a great runner of the an dules inclu f pre football. We haven’t really utilized dm ,o p d ore utlo ing him because we’ve had a featured ins oks (running) back always that was pretide ty good.” . Neils completed 115-of-181 passes in 11 games last season, averaging nearly 9 yards per throw, and finished his junior year with a 104.8 passer rating, according to the Wisconsin Sports Network. He complemented his passing stats with solid play on the ground, running for 283 yards and three touchdowns on 64 carries. Neils has hardly gone unnoticed in footballwatching circles. Despite working alongside bullish running backs who’ve carried much of the Panthers’ offensive weight, the lanky 6-foot-2 QB has turned enough heads to be named one of the sports network’s 15 top senior quarterbacks entering this season. “Neils has been a highly-productive signal-caller the last two years, throwing for a combined 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns with a combined passer rating of 112.0,” WSN says on its website. “… Neils has good size and shows an ability to be very accurate on the deep and intermediate routes.” Knaus said the team can plug Neils into the offense in a number of different ways, noting his blend of strong legs and accurate arm means he can threaten teams as much on the ground as in the air. “We’ll keep people guessing with what we’re going to do with Kollin,” Knaus said. “But he’s a versatile-enough athlete that we can do a lot of different things with him.”

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Plymouth quarterback Kollin Neils could pose a significant threat — both in the air and on the ground — to opposing defenses this season. Neils threw for almost 1,600 yards and 16 TDs as a junior last season, and finished with a 104.8 passer rating. MCLEAN BENNETT/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

PAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// FRVC/FRCC 2012 — Green Bay Southwest (8-0) 2011 — Manitowoc (8-0) 2010 — Ashwaubenon (8-0) 2009 — Bay Port (7-1) 2008 — Green Bay Notre Dame (8-0) 2007 — Ashwaubenon (7-1); Bay Port (7-1); De Pere (7-1) 2006 — Green Bay Notre Dame (6-1); Manitowoc (6-1) 2005 — Green Bay Preble (7-0) 2004 — Sheboygan South (7-0) 2003 — Green Bay Notre Dame (7-0)

EWC 2012 — Plymouth (7-0) 2011 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2010 — Plymouth (7-0) 2009 — Plymouth (7-0) 2008 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2007 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2006 — Kewaskum (6-1); Plymouth (6-1) 2005 — Kewaskum (7-0) 2004 — Plymouth (6-1); Sheboygan Falls (6-1) 2003 — Plymouth (7-0)

CLC 2012 — Cedar Grove (4-0) 2011 — Cedar Grove (6-0) 2010 — Oostburg (7-0) 2009 — Cedar Grove (7-0) 2008 — Cedar Grove (7-0) 2007 — Oostburg (5-1); Random Lake (5-1) 2006 — Cedar Grove (4-1); Howards Gr. (4-1); Random Lk. (4-1) 2005 — Cedar Grove (6-0) 2004 — Cedar Grove (7-0) 2003 — Ozaukee (6-1); Random Lk. (6-1)

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1. Plymouth

(10-1 last year; team preview on page 6)

2. Cedar Grove-Bel. (6-3 last year; team preview on page 8)

3. Sheboygan South (3-6 last year; team preview on page 3)

4. Kiel

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5. Sheboygan North (1-8 last year; team preview on page 2)


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B2 The Sheboygan Press, Friday, August 23, 2013

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SHEBOYGAN NORTH

Golden Raiders keep climbing the ladder

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. unless noted Today — Pulaski Aug 30 — at G.B. Southwest Sept. 6 — at Manitowoc Sept. 13 — De Pere Sept. 20 — at Notre Dame Sept. 28 — G.B. Preble, 1 p.m. Oct. 4 — at G.B. East Oct 11 — Bay Port Oct 18 — at Sheboygan South

Karson Bell

Jacob Schmidt

Noah Stengel

By McLean Bennett

The Fox River Classic Conference offers football teams nary a cakewalk to the playoffs. For one thing, the conference is huge — a dozen teams, each from schools averaging nearly 1,400-student enrollments. For another, the talent, especially at the top, is just plain good. Green Bay Southwest, last year’s conference title winner, has made a habit recently of carving deep paths into the Division 2 playoffs. Other conference teams regularly get at least two rounds into the postseason. Still, Karl Nienhuis and his players at Sheboygan North are looking to take a few big steps up the steep conference ladder this season. The team finished second-to-last in the conference the past two years, falling just ahead of Green Bay West both times. “I see us being a middle-of-the pack (team),” senior linebacker Karson Bell said at a recent practice, noting he’d like to finish somewhere near .500 this fall. Nienhuis, who’s starting his third year as North’s coach, said he’s excited by strides the team has taken to build solid chemistry between players, noting the athletes are “really starting to gel as a team.” He’s also optimistic about talent he sees on

1-8 Overall 1-7 Fox River Classic Regular season Pulaski 57, North 12 Manitowoc 49, North 12 De Pere 44, North 14 G.B. Southwest 58, North 0 G.B. Preble 77, North 20 North 35, G.B. East 21 Ashwaubenon 27, North 7 South 14, North 7 Kaukauna 42, North 34

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 1-8 2-7 3-6 3-6 1-8 0-9 4-6 1-8 2-7 3-6 20-71

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Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006-x 2005 2004 2003 Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pct. .111 .222 .333 .333 .111 .000 .400 .111 .222 .333 .220

x-playoff berth

COACH’S CORNER

Karl Nienhuis Year: Third Record: 3-15 Playoff appearances: 0 Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Jacob Schmidt, Bailey Meyer WR/TE — Weston Nelson, Noah Stengel, Matt Theobald, Peter Green, Jacob Fritz, Eric Suscha, Taylor Themar RB — George Herrmann, Truman Schiebel, Daniel Wild, Phoenix Hughes OL — Evan Mahn, Nathan Fritz, Alec Laning, Brandon Tollefson, Aaron Krugel, Zach Mueller, Mitch Nussberger, Nathan Gerhartz

Defense DL — Sam Pelzel, Jon Gould, Andrew Grunow, Eric Suscha, Taylor Themar, Tyler Themar, Elliot Eisner LB — Daniel Wild, Phoenix Hughes, Karson Bell, Antonio Padilla, Brandon Quinn, Harley Campbell, Alec Laning C — Peter Green, Zach Aicher, Ian Shinners, Josh Fritz S — Jacob Fritz

Sheboygan North players hope to climb into the middle of the Fox River Classic Conference. MCLEAN BENNETT/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

both sides of the ball. The defense looks to boast “the best front eight that we’ve had in a while,” while the offense looks to spread out more. “So it’s going to be a totally different offense than people have seen, and we’re excited to use it,” Nienhuis said. The top of the conference has been volatile the last few years, suggesting just about anyone can ride the carousel to the front of the unpredictable league’s

standings any given season. A year after winning the FRCC title, Manitowoc fell to a tie for seventh place last fall. And Bay Port, which finished tied for sixth place two seasons ago, finished tied for second last year. But Danny Wild, a Sheboygan North running back and linebacker, said he’s trying to keep his expectations realistically optimistic. “The goal is to obviously make playoffs,” he said. “But I think we

should probably be around 4-5, hopefully around there, 3-7. But — obviously I would like to do better than that — but that’s just what we’re hoping for at least.” “Last year was a frustrating year, both record- and performancewise,” Nienhuis said. “... We had a really nice offseason, a great summer. The players, the team really enjoy this group. I think it’s going to be a fun year. I’m excited for 2013.”

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SHEBOYGAN SOUTH

Redwings eager to gain consistency

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Notre Dame Aug. 30 — at G.B. West Sept. 6 — G.B. Preble Sept. 13 — at G.B. East Sept. 20 — at G.B. Southwest Sept. 27 — at De Pere Oct. 4 — Manitowoc Oct. 11 — Ashwaubenon Oct. 18 — Sheb. North

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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Sheboygan South’s 2012 season was a frustratingly mixed bag, full of inconsistency. The Redwings scored 40 points in one defeat, but 14 in a victory. The defense held four teams to under 20 points, but twice allowed more than 50. A large, solid junior class played a big role in last season’s 3-6 effort. Those juniors are now seniors, and South expects to take the next step. South ninth-year coach Chris Hein said the program is as healthy as it’s been in a while. The juniors and seniors total 44 in number, the most in his 12 years overall. Seven starters are back on offense, five on defense, giving everyone optimism that last year can be used as a building block for a better today. “We’re looking to have a pretty good season out there,” said senior Mitchell Martinez, the Redwings’ top returning wideout. “We have a lot of returning guys, we all know what we’re doing already. We feel like we have a very good chance to make the playoffs.” “We think we can definitely be a playoff team,” added senior twoway starting lineman John Sullivan. “We’re all closer (than last year), most are seniors, and we

3-6 overall 3-5 Fox River Classic Regular season South 43, G.B. West 6 G.B. Preble 57, South 7 South 26, G.B. East 19 Notre Dame 41, South 27 De Pere 28, South 7 Manitowoc 54, South 40 Bay Port 28, South 6 South 14, North 7 Port Washington 18, South 7

LAST 10 YEARS 2012 3-6 .333 2011 2-7 .222 2010-x 5-5 .500 2009 2-7 .222 2008 3-6 .333 2007 4-5 .444 2006 2-7 .222 2005 4-5 .444 2004-xy 11-1 .917 2003-x 6-4 .600 Total: 42-53 .442 x-playoff berth y-conference championship

COACH’S CORNER

Chris Hein Year: Ninth Record: 25-48 Playoff appearances: 1 (0-1) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (Pro-I) QB — R. Hoffmann; C. Harrison RB — B. Ristivojevic; T. Schmidt FB — A. Wildmann; F. Alvarez WR — M. Martinez; C. Zimmerman; S. Selk; P. Brunn TE — E. Dean; M. Mueller OL — S. Brunn; D. Jerks; C. McLaughlin; J. Sullivan; J. Miller; J. Bloedorn; D. Yang; J. Teegardin; S. Rodriguez; J. Bloedorn K — K. Cady; R. Hoffmann KR — B. Ristivojevicl K. Cady

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just want to go out with a bang.” South’s offense showed flashes of brilliance last season, but too often it ended up in misfire. The Redwings ranked fifth in the 12team Fox River Classic Conference in passing and eighth in running, but was ninth in scoring. Hein is very confident that the youthfulness that often came out last year will blossom into experience this fall. “We’re looking to take a step forward to where we finished last year on offense,” he said. “We really expect to get into the top 3, top 4 in offense. I’m very excited to watch our offense.”

South’s defense was an issue last year, ranking 11th out of 12 (barely better statistically than Green Bay West). The defensive line will be young but full of promise, while the backfield should be a strength. Six starters return, including All-FRCC linebacker Andrew Wildmann. “The defense will be a lot better this year,” said senior Robert Hoffmann. “We need to improve from last year on defense,” said Hein. “Our linebacking core and secondary bring back a lot of experience. We will be young on the defensive line but we have some talented under-

classmen that we are excited to see develop. The kids are hungry to bring back the kind of defensive football that South has been known for over the past decade.” The eight-game FRCC schedule includes West, Green Bay East and Sheboygan North, the bottom three teams of last season. If South can win those three, one other victory among its five contests should end a two-year postseason drought. “The team is looking pretty good, got a lot of returning starters, so we should be pretty good,” said Wildmann. “Playoffs,” Sullivan said. “Bet on it.”

Defense (4-3) DL — S. Rodriguez; D. Yang; J. Teegardin; J. Becker; C. Zimmerman; D. Wagner; J. Sullivan; D. McLaughlin LB — P. Brunn; E. Feudner; A. Wildman; CJ Dimoff; I. Alvarez; D. Williams CB — S. Selk; E. Dean; J. Bohlman; K. Cady S — T. Schmidt; J. Malwitz; B. Hanson; C. Harrison P — R. Hoffmann; K. Cady PR — E. Dean; T. Schmidt

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KIEL

Raiders fired up for postseason return

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Peshtigo Aug. 30 — at Howards Grove Sept. 6 — at New Holstein Sept. 13 — Waupun Sept. 20 — Kewaskum Sept. 27 — at Two Rivers Oct. 4 — at Plymouth Oct. 11 — Sheboygan Falls Oct. 18 — Campbellsport

Aaron Field

Dakota Marksman

Brock Schneider

Jacob Winkel

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2012 RESULTS

KIEL — Success can breed success, even if that success happened at other programs. When longtime football coach Mike Dressler arrived at Kiel in March to take over the Raiders’ program, a wave of enthusiasm engulfed the players. Dressler, a Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Famer, has had winning stints at Milwaukee Hamilton, Wausau West and Fond du Lac in 30-plus seasons, with a history of turning around moribund programs into playoff teams in quick order. After missing the postseason in 2012 following a two-year stretch of qualifying, Kiel doesn’t require any major makeover. That’s why the Raiders are expecting a return to the playoffs. “We have a lot of our guys back,” said senior Aaron Field, who last year rushed for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns. “And some good new guys, some big linemen, so we should be good.” “We’ve put in a lot of hard work in the off-season, so we’ll see how it turns out,” said senior linebacker and wideout Jacob Winkel. “The expectations are high this year.” The Raiders return their quarterback, top three running backs and

4-5 overall 2-5 EWC Regular season Kiel 27, Howards Grove 14 Kiel 32, Waupun 7 Kewaskum 34, Kiel 0 Two Rivers 56, Kiel 20 Plymouth 41, Kiel 6 Sheb. Falls 35, Kiel 20 Campbellsport 28, Kiel 22 Kiel 35, New Holstein 0

LAST 10 YEARS 2012 4-5 2011-x 6-4 2010-x 7-4 2009 5-4 2008 4-5 2007 2-7 2006-x 5-5 2005 4-5 2004 0-9 2003 1-8 Total: 38-56 x-playoff berth

PLAYERS TO WATCH

.444 .600 .636 .556 .444 .222 .500 .444 .000 .111 .404

COACH’S CORNER

Mike Dressler Year: First Record: 0-0 Playoff appearances: NA Conference titles: NA

PROSPECTS Offense (Spread zone) QB — Jack Meunier, jr., 5-8, 170; Nick Walsh, so., 6-0, 175 RB — Aaron Field, sr., 5-11, 185; Brandon Bonde, jr., 5-8, 140; Justin Bertram, jr., 5-10, 185; Ben Mannenbach, so., 5-6, 135 WR/TE — Bryce Gannigan, jr., 6-1, 180; Jesus Sandoval, jr., 5-10, 160; Jake Winkel, sr., 6-5, 200; Riley Feldmann, so., 6-2, 170; Adam Hecker, sr., 5-9, 185 OL — Storm Blanke, jr., 5-6, 230; Brandon Niemuth, so., 6-4, 225; Brock Schneider, sr., 6-2, 225; Trevor Agnew, jr., 6-0, 200; Zack Vogel, jr., 6-1, 255; Sam Ruh, so., 5-11, 180; Macullen Schnell, so., 6-0, 180; Dylan Wedge, so., 5-11, 160 K — Brandon Zamora-Herrera, so., 5-10, 140

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three starting linemen on offense. Many of those players are also returning starters on defense. Dressler noted the exceptional leadership he’s seen since spring. Senior running back/ linebacker Dakota Marksman beamed about a 95-percent participation rate in the weight room in the offseason. “I was confident when he first came in, before we even started practice, that we were going to go far,” Marks-

man said. After two consecutive seasons ending in the playoffs, and three straight winning campaigns overall, Kiel took a slight step back in 2012. The Raiders went just 3-5. After starting off 2-0, they lost their next five. With a new coach, Kiel will install new schemes on both sides of the ball. Instead of the Flex-bone used last year, the Raiders will line up in a spread with zone blocking. On defense, instead of a 3-5, Kiel will

be in a Nickel base. “We’re making small progress every day,” Dressler said. While the players made bold predictions of playoffs and Eastern Wisconsin Conference title contention, Dressler was just happy with how the team looks going into Week 1. “We just have to be consistent with the fundamentals,” he added. “We can talk about players and everything else, but it comes down to being consistent with your fundamentals.”

Defense (4-2) DL — Matt Halverson, sr., 6-1, 265; Blanke; J. Winkel; Schneider; Z. Vogel; Ruh L B — Agnew; A. Hecker; Gannigan; Walsh; Mannenbach; Feldmann DB — Sandoval; Bonde; Tanner Woepse, jr., 5-6, 130; Austin Lieburn, sr., 5-10, 140; Lieburn; Meunier; Field; Ethan Riehn, so., 5-8, 135 P — Field

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NEW HOLSTEIN

Renewed focus has Huskies thinking big

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Oostburg Aug. 30 — at Roncalli Sept. 6 — Kiel Sept. 13 — at Kewaskum Sept. 20 — Plymouth Sept. 27 — at Sheb. Falls Oct. 4 — Campbellsport Oct. 11 — Waupun Oct. 18 — at Two Rivers

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Nathan Kaiser

Alex Secord

Justin Weber

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2012 RESULTS

NEW HOLSTEIN — A one-win season. Five shutouts by the offense. Thirty or more points allowed five times by the defense. Last year was a struggle for New Holstein, which had its secondconsecutive 1-8 campaign. But this isn’t a program mired in futility; those two years followed five consecutive ones ending in the playoffs. That’s why there is real optimism in the program. Team captains took charge in the off-season. The coaching staff, led by second-year head Matt Rupp, installed a new strength and conditioning program, which was met with immediate, tangible improvement. Add to that a familiarity with a playbook that didn’t exist last season, and the Huskies expect to be vastly improved. “I expect us to be better. I don’t know what that means, but we expect to compete in more games,” said Rupp. “We have some pretty talented seniors. I’d like to push for the playoffs. That’s one of our goals as a team, something we really want. It’s going to be a tough challenge.” Rupp said the seniors took charge of a revamped off-season training regimen, and the result was higher participation.

1-8 overall 0-7 Eastern Wisconsin Regular season New Holstein 14, Oostburg 7 Kewaskum 51, New Holstein 0 Plymouth 47, New Holstein 0 Sheb. Falls 36, New Holstein 13 Campbellsport 22, New Holstein 8 Waupun 56, New Holstein 19 Two Rivers 30, New Holstein 0 Kiel 35, New Holstein 0 Valders 7, New Holstein 0

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

.111 .111 .667 .636 .700 .727 .400 .222 .500 .556 .480

COACH’S CORNER

Matt Rupp Year: Second Record: 1-8 Playoff appearances: 0 Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (Wing-T) QB — Justin Weber, so., 5-11, 176; Mark Sippel, sr., 6-2, 181; RB — Mike Blanck, sr., 5-8, 140; Jacob Daun, jr., 6-0, 163; Josh Burg, so., 6-2, 185; Devon Olm, sr., 5-7, 146; FB — Quinn Compton, sr., 6-2, 195; Aaron Schaefer, jr., 6-0, 185; WR — Sippel; Hunter Petrie, sr., 6-0, 162; Mitchell Schumacher, sr., 5-10, 138; TE — Devon Johnson, jr., 5-11, 200; Frank Sobiech, sr., 6-1, 195; OL — Robert Scherer, sr., 6-4, 258; Jacob Kaiser, so., 5-9, 191; Evan Hau, sr., 5-11, 244; Alex Secord, sr., 5-11, 230; Brent Wagner, sr., 6-2, 201; Tyler Stadler, so., 6-3, 246; Desmond Roehrborn, jr., 5-9, 165; Jake Bord, jr., 5-9, 265; Nathan Kaiser, sr., 5-11, 175; Alex Kaiser, jr., 6-1, 302; Tony Buechel, sr., 6-4, 271; Quinn Kaiser, sr., 5-9, 190.

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“We stayed dedicated in the weight room, that’s what it was,” said senior two-way lineman Robert Scherer. “We worked hard. I think we’re going to have a winning season.” The off-season training, senior lineman Alex Secord said, “was a huge improvement. Every day in the weight room, you could feel the energy.” The consensus about last year was the offense struggled so much, it consistently put a decent defense in rough spots.

“Our offense couldn’t get any yards, and our defense couldn’t get any breaks,” said Scherer. “The (defense) was on the field the majority of the time; that was hard on the guys. We had a lot of guys going both ways,” said Secord. The offense will look to do a lot more this season, led by sophomore quarterback Justin Weber, an athletic, accurate thrower who “understands the offense and what we want to do,” said Rupp. Quinn Compton, a 195-pound athletic, hard-

running fullback, will add a new dimension to the ground game in the Wing-T. Indeed, the chatter during preseason practices was up. There was confidence. “It seems like everything’s a lot more focused than it was last year,” said lineman/linebacker Nathan Kaiser. “A lot more … intense. There’s something in the air. “We’re going to take it week-by-week, 1-0 every week,” he added. “The ultimate goal is the playoffs.”

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Panthers look for another step forward

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Ken. Indian Trails Aug. 30 — at Grafton Sept. 6 — Two Rivers Sept. 13 — Sheboygan Falls Sept. 20 — at New Holstein Sept. 27 — at Waupun Oct. 4 — Kiel Oct. 11 — at Campbellsport Oct. 18 — at Kewaskum

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Luke Held

By McLean Bennett

PLYMOUTH — Dan Knaus knows he’s heading up one of the area’s most storied high school football teams. Plymouth won one of Wisconsin’s first state football championships in 1976, and followed that up two years later with another state title. If they haven’t won another championship since those halcyon years in the 1970s, the Panthers have at least kept hold of a still-revered status among football teams in east-central Wisconsin of late. Plymouth has advanced to the Division 3 playoffs 11 years running — and last year advanced further into the postseason than in any year since its title runs. The Panthers won their first two playoff games last fall before bowing out to West De Pere in a Level 3 game. “We took a step last year to get to Level 3 — two steps away from the state championship games,” Knaus said. “... We think we’re in the right direction. It just takes a group of kids that are hard-working and we think we have that. We like our chances and we’re going to work our tails off to try and get there for this community.” The team will have to regroup quickly after losing a few of its key ingredients. Eric Roberts, an All-Region running

10-1 overall 7-0 Eastern Wisconsin Regular season Plymouth 35, Grafton 3 Plymouth 31, Sheb. Falls 7 Plymouth 47, New Holstein 0 Plymouth 49, Waupun 7 Plymouth 41, Kiel 6 Plymouth 41, Campbellsport 6 Plymouth 42, Kewaskum 7 Plymouth 42, Two Rivers 21 Playoffs Plymouth 49, Marinette 16 Plymouth 7, Seymour 6 West De Pere 25, Plymouth 7

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

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Dan Knaus Years: Seventh Record: 45-18 Playoff appearances: 6 (4-6) Conference titles: 3

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Kollin Neils, sr., 6-2 175; Jake Schneider, so., 6-3, 165 RB — Samual Staehling, so., 6-0, 170; Brad Trakel, sr., 6-0, 180; Tyler Willeford, jr., 6-0, 205; Izack Ohman, jr., 5-10, 175 WR/TE — Clay Henning, sr., 5-11, 165; Collin Denzin, 6-1, 155; Zac Cain, jr., 6-4, 190; Justin Picard, sr., 5-11, 145; Aaron Unger, sr., 6-1, 220; Ben Albers, sr., 6-3, 170 OL — Matt Olig, jr., 6-4, 220; Cody Hoffmann, sr., 6-0, 180; Denton Saladini, sr., 6-0, 200; Cole Bruggink, jr., 5-10, 190; Zack Bradley, sr., 6-1, 220; Davon Mayer, so., 6-2, 195; Luke Held, sr., 6-0, 205; Henry Heim, sr., 6-0, 180; Westley Meinnert, sr., 6-4, 245; Trevor Jensema, sr., 6-2, 225

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look to fill the team’s big defensive shoes. “Personally, I think the strongest we are right now is at the (offensive) line because we have three starters returning and we know what we’re doing,” said Zack Bradley, listed as one of the Panthers’ starting centers. While the team will have to recharge its batteries, Knaus said the “cupboard’s not bare,” pointing to a strong potential running back in sophomore Samual

back who rushed for 1,363 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, has graduated. So has Owen Henriksen, an All-State linebacker who registered 92 total tackles last fall, including six for lost yardage and three sacks. Henriksen also led the offense’s receiving corps last season, catching 34 passes for 427 yards and three TDs. “We did lose a lot of linebackers last year,” player Clay Henning said, noting a cadre of younger players will

Staehling and veteran receivers Henning and Zac Cain. “I think it all comes to tradition,” Knaus said, noting Plymouth’s wellearned reputation as a perennial football helps motivate some of the school’s younger athletes to join the team and help reload every fall. “... If you’re doing it right, you’ve got enough athletes in the building, you can reload every year — you don’t have to worry about having a down year.”

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS

Looking to learn from near-misses

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Aug. 24 — at St. Mary’s Springs Aug. 30 — Mayville Sept. 6 — Kewaskum Sept. 13 — at Plymouth Sept. 20 — at Campbellsport Sept. 27 — New Holstein Oct. 4 — Two Rivers Oct. 11 — at Kiel Oct. 18 — at Waupun

By Scott Hansen

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Josh Rostek

SHEBOYGAN FALLS —

The off-season for the Sheboygan Falls football team has been one full of “what ifs.” The Falcons hopes this season leaves no questions unanswered. Needing one win to qualify for the postseason last year, the Falcons fell 14-7 to Kewaskum in the final game of the regular season to be eliminated from contention. While Sheboygan Falls suffered three other losses by going 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference, it was the final game that stuck with the players and motivated them to get better. “There’s definitely a drive, an inner drive, to be back in the playoffs again and be a top-tier team in our conference,” Sheboygan Falls coach Brian Berlin said. “This year’s squad I feel really loves playing together. There’s a lot of camaraderie. Not that last year’s team didn’t, but this team is really working hard this year, more than any team I’ve had since I’ve been here.” Had Falls topped Kewaskum, it would have been its third straight trip to the postseason. Berlin said, looking back, he felt that if turnovers and penalties had been reduced, the Falcons may have ended up 6-2. Instead, they received a valuable learning experience that Ber-

4-4 overall 3-4 Eastern Wisconsin Conference Regular season Sheb. Falls 25, Mayville 12 Plymouth 31, Sheb. Falls 7 Campbellsport 29, Sheboygan Falls 21 Sheboygan Falls 36, New Holstein 13 Two Rivers 21, Sheb. Falls 0 Sheboygan Falls 35, Kiel 20 Sheb. Falls 31, Waupun 21 Kewaskum 14, Sheb. Falls 7

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

PCT .500 .600 .800 .333 .333 .444 .250 .444 .444 .700 .495

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COACH’S CORNER

Brian Berlin Year: Third Record: 9-9 Playoff appearances: 1 (0-1) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (I-Formation) QB — Nick Peterson, sr.; Ryan Schmitt, so. RB — Eric Klemme, sr.; Jake Becker, sr.; Dustin Setzer, so.; Nate Hausler, sr.; Sean Mattek, so. TE/WR — Josh Rostek, sr.; Brady Mauer, sr. OL — James Lorenz, sr.; Jake Kisiolek, sr.; Brady Koller, so.; Josh LeMahieu, jr.; Dalton Winter, jr.

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lin hopes resonates throughout the entire season. “The games we lost, I feel like we really hurt ourselves. Not to discredit the other teams, but we outgained opponents, fumbled, had turnovers. This year we are really focused on not beating ourselves,” Berlin said. “We understand that, if we don’t play assignment-sound football, we won’t be in the top half of the (EWC) again this year.” The Falcons return five starters on offense and four on defense, including three players that received All-EWC

recognition on both sides of the ball. Last year’s leading rusher, senior Eric Klemme, is back along with senior quarterback Nick Peterson and his leading target, senior tight end Josh Rostek. “We are really starting to gel as a team. We’re still not as good as we can be, but we’re working hard,” Rostek said. “I don’t think any of us are satisfied with what happened last year and that’s really driving us this year.” Berlin acknowledges that a weakness of the Falcons will be their youth. Aside from four

three-year starters, Sheboygan Falls will rely heavily on a group of juniors and sophomores to step up and make regular contributions on both sides of the football. “We have a lot of experience in our senior class, but we need the juniors and sophomores to help us out,” Berlin said. “We feel like we are a team that, if we play well, if we’re not making mistakes, and we make teams beat us and not us beating ourselves, that we will outwork and outplay the other team. We’re nothing flashy, we’re just going to go out and play football.”

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CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM

Rockets ready to right the ship

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Milwaukee King Aug. 30 — at Manitowoc Lutheran Sept. 6 — at Kingsford* Sept. 13 — at LKC Sept. 20 — at Howards Grove Sept. 27 — at Random Lake Oct. 4 — Ozaukee Oct. 11 — Hilbert Oct. 18 — Oostburg *6:30 p.m. kickoff

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GROVE

While most teams dread a Week 1 matchup with Division 1 heavyweight Milwaukee King, the Cedar Grove-Belgium football team has eagerly awaited its return to the football field since suffering a 21-0 home loss to Kenosha St. Joseph in the opening round of the Division 5 playoffs last season. After winning their second straight unbeaten Central Lakeshore Conference title, last year’s youthful Rockets — who finished 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the CLC — felt that while a 10th straight postseason appearance was great, a first-round exit was not satisfying after a state semi-final run in 2011. “Getting ready for this season, it all started in the spring,” senior middle linebacker and fullback Greg Wenzel said. “We’ve been putting in a lot of work to get better. We want to be ready to go. We’re pushing every day, getting better every day.” With their goals set higher, Cedar Grove has the benefit this season of lots of experience. While running back Alex Giles — who rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his career — graduated in May, the Rockets return All-CLC honorable mention picks Drew Emperley (senior, quarterback), Logan Peterson (senior, wide receiver)

6-3 overall 4-0 Central Lakeshore Regular season Manitowoc Lutheran 20, Cedar Grove 15 Kingsford 20, Cedar Grove 7 Cedar Grove 49, Escanaba 10 Cedar Grove 49, Howards Gr. 14 Cedar Grove 47, Random Lake 0 Cedar Grove 33, Ozaukee 27 Cedar Grove , 33, Gibraltar 0 Cedar Grove 48, Oostburg 14 Playoffs Kenosha St. Joseph 21, Cedar Gr. 0

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 6-3 12-1 6-4 11-1 13-1 4-6 9-3 8-2 10-1 5-5 84-27

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2012 RESULTS

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PCT .333 .923 .600 .917 .929 .400 .750 .800 .909 .500 .757

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COACH’S CORNER

Chris Zablocki Year: Eighth Record: 61-19 Playoff appearances: 7 (11-7) Conference titles: 5

PROSPECTS Offense (I-Formation) QB — Drew Emperley, Sr.; David Niebauer, Jr. RB — Josh Winkleff, Sr.; Aaron Chier, Jr.; Greg Wenzel, Sr.; Taylor Heiden, So. WR — Logan Peterson, Sr.; Justin Obbink, Jr.; Ross Kaat, Sr. TE — Brian Mueller, Sr.; Dakota Wohlers, Jr. OL — Adam Chier Sr.; Jim Simmelink, Sr.; Brett Simmelink, So.; Matt Krier, Sr.; Dan Gjerston, So.; Alex Claerbaut, Sr.

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and Wenzel on offense. The defense will feature seven returning players who received some form of All-CLC recognition. “The thing that stands out the most about this year’s team is the experience at our key positions,” Cedar Grove head coach Chris Zablocki said. “Our strength is our senior leadership. Our defense is a big strength. Most of these seniors started last year and are back. We did lose key players, but everyone does. Someone just needs to step up.” The person to do that could be junior running

back Aaron Chier, who finished as the team’s second-leading rusher last season. Besides Chier, 23 letterwinners return with eight starters on each side of the ball. “You can’t replace an Alex Giles, but the next person in line has been working in the off-season and last season to get their opportunity and now is their opportunity,” Zablocki said. “When you’re dealing with young men, experience gives them the confidence to succeed because they have been through it already.” The Rockets will need that confidence tonight

as they square off with the Generals, a team that a year ago went 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Milwaukee City Conference before falling in the first round to fellow heavyweight Germantown. “With playing a bigger school, we have to do what we do. We have to play to the best of our ability, execute and we know that no matter what, the experience will be beneficial for us down the line,” Zablocki said. “We have a great group of kids here and we will keep focusing on our fundamentals and we hope to have success against them and throughout the season.”

Defense (4-4) DL — Adam Chier, Sr.; Jesse Scholten, Jr.; Brett Micheals, Jr.; Alex Claerbaut, Sr.; Ricky Salazar, Sr. LB — Josh Winkleff, Sr.; Brian Mueller, Sr.; Greg Wenzel, Sr.; Joe Oelhafen, Jr. DB — Logan Peterson, Sr.; Justin Obbink, Jr.; David Neibauer, Jr.; Taylor Heiden, So. K — Drew Emperley, Sr. P — Josh Winkleff, Sr.

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HOWARDS GROVE

Winning through a youth movement

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Shiocton Aug. 30 — Kiel Sept. 6 — Manitowoc Luth. Sept. 13 — at Reedsville Sept. 20 — Cedar Grove Sept. 27 — at Oostburg Oct. 4 — Random Lake Oct. 11 — at Ozaukee Oct. 18 — LKC

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Austin Edge

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HOWARDS GROVE —

3-6 overall 2-2 Central Lakeshore Regular season Kiel 27, H. Grove 14 Reedsville 27, H. Grove 24 H. Grove 44, Morse/Marshall 26 Cedar Grove 49, H. Grove 14 H. Grove 20, Oostburg 0 H. Grove 19, Random Lake 17 Ozaukee 32, H. Grove 24 Manitowoc Lutheran 40, H. Grove 40 Playoffs Racine St. Cat’s 27, H. Grove 7

Over the years, Dave Schmid’s football teams have shown something of a knack for being remarkably consistent. Howards Grove seldom dips into the bottom half of the Central Lakeshore Conference, and has missed the postseason tournament just five times since 1982. Even in a season plagued by injuries, the Tigers last fall battled to a third-place finish in a smaller-than-normal CLC, which had shrunk to just five teams with the exodus of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah and Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler/Sheboygan Christian. No matter who shows up on the team each year, it seems, the Tigers are Sheboygan County’s perennial contenders. But a smaller roster — and a dearth of seniors — has even the 12thyear coach furrowing his brow. Schmid knows from experience that his team is almost always in the heat of the conference’s scrum, but he also knows a few more 12thgraders would help his team’s cause. Finding a way to do without them could pose a challenge. “I’ve been around high school football long enough to know that you win high school football games with seniors, and we don’t have as many seniors this year,” he

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COACH’S CORNER Dave Schmid Year: 12th Record: 55-53 Playoff appearances: 9 (1-9) Conference titles: 1

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Austin Edge, sr.; Luke Stanczyk, jr. RB — Alex Strege, jr.; Quentin Zettler, jr.; Hunter Hahn, jr. WR/TE — Ethan Brinkman, jr.; Zach Fritz, jr.; Marcus Bohman, jr.; Andrew Reinenmann, jr.; Jonah Gerber, jr. OL — Trent Beninghaus, jr.; Drew Akright, jr.; Evan Klueger, jr.; Jordan Siemers, sr.; Tyler Myszewski, jr.; Willie Goedeke, jr.

Defense DL — Drew Akright, jr.; Evan Klueger, jr.; Jordan Siemers, sr.; Tyler Myszewski, jr.; Willie Goedeke, jr.; Zachery Mock, jr.; Daniel Cotet, sr. LB — Trent Beninghaus, jr.; Hunter Hahn, jr.; Jonah Gerber, jr.; Luke Stanczyk, jr.; Quentin Zettler, jr. DB — Ethan Brinkman, jr.; Zach Fritz, jr.; Austin Edge, sr.; Marcus Bohman, jr.; Andrew Reinemann, jr.; Alex Strege, jr.

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said during a recent practice. “However, we have a very strong junior class, and the seniors that we do have have proven to be excellent leaders and they’re going to be huge contributors to our football team. So we very well could be up there again with the Cedar Groves and those other teams. We’ll just have to see.” “It’s going to be a big learning curve,” quar-

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2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Aug. 23 — Living World Lutheran Aug. 30 — at North Fond du Lac Sept. 6 — Rosholt Sept. 13 — Cedar GroveBelgium Sept. 20 — Random Lake Sept. 27 — Ozaukee Oct. 4 — at Oostburg Oct. 11 — at Markesan Oct. 18 — at Howards Grove

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Anyone looking past the Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/Christian football team on their schedule may be in for a rude awakening. While the co-op went 0-9 in 2011 — its most recent season of varsity competition — it managed to hang with larger schools West Bend West and Milwaukee Lutheran en route to a 7-1 finish last season with a JV/ varsity reserve schedule. Now, with numbers on the team’s side, including 24 full-time varsity players, the team is unified in its goal of making the playoffs and making some noise in the Central Lakeshore Conference. “People better watch out,” senior linebacker Zach Neil said. “We’re a lot more athletic (than last year). Last year we were kind of alright, but now we have really fast cornerbacks that are really hard hitting too, and our linebackers are really good as well.” Offensively the co-op looks just as potent. Players and coaches alike were raving early on in training camp about the skill set of tailbacks Caleb Kelley, a junior, and Alex Timm, a 240-pound sophomore. The pair have been helping the defense prepare for the CLC’s slate of running backs, Neil said, while senior quarterback Eric Bauer said

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PROSPECTS Offense (Wing-I) QB — Eric Bauer, sr.; Sam Pfrang, so.; Brayden Van Ess, fr. RB — Caleb Kelley, jr.; Noah Wetenkamp, sr. FB — Alex Timm, so.; Tristan Potter, so. WR — Brett Mueller, sr.; Andrew Bryce, jr.; Michael Chorowicz, so.; Nathan Sampson, so.; Jared Vorpagel, so. TE — Kevin Wilkens, sr.; Andrew Kowitz, so.; Chris TenDolle, so. OL — Zach Neil, sr.; Ben Andringa, sr.; Jacob Porter, sr.; Cody Wentz, sr.; Michael Gesch, so., Nabeal Corrigan, jr.; Brian Kronstedt, jr.; Lucas Wesseman, so.; Sujeeth Ramagoni, jr. K — Kronstedt; Kelley KR/PR — Michael Chorowiz, Brett Mueller, Andrew Bryce

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he is thrilled to have a dual threat help out the Wing-I offense and its running game. “We have a lot of potential, especially in our running game. Our backs are athletic, so we’ll see what happens with them,” Bauer said. “Anything less than the playoffs is a failure for us. I say we can definitely get a shot at the playoffs this year.” Neil echoed that sentiment. “I think we’re going to put up a good fight,” Neil said. “Anything short of the playoffs is a failure. We’re going to be real good this year.” With a couple of players competing on both

sides of the ball, head coach Matt Zavada has devised a new plan this year to keep players fresh. A coach has been assigned the task of keeping a snap count for every player, something Zavada hopes will not only lead to players being fresher at the end of games, but keep the team healthy, with depth and health a constant concern for the co-op. “Our only concern right now is keeping everyone fresh and healthy. As far as the athletes go, we got them,” Zavada said. “I have some of the fastest kids in (Sheboygan County) on this team, so if we keep them healthy

and keep them fresh I think other teams will have a hard time keeping up with us.” Zavada said to utilize that speed, the offense will use a lot of misdirection with hopes that it will open things up on offense and spread the defense. “We’re not the biggest (offensive) line, we’re not the biggest and strongest group around, but I think that through our offense we have plays set up that will get guys open and create some holes,” Zavada said. “I think there’s no doubt that the goal we’ve set up is to make the playoffs. Is it within our reach? Absolutely.”

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Dutchmen expect quick bounceback

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — New Holstein Aug. 30 — at Aurora Ct. Cath Sept. 6 — Horicon Sept. 13 — at Pardeeville Sept. 20 — at Ozaukee Sept. 27 — Howards Grove Oct. 4 — LKC Oct. 11 — Random Lake Oct. 18 — at Cedar Grove

By McLean Bennett

OOSTBURG — Scott Ring acknowledges last season might have come as something of a shock to his Flying Dutchmen football players. For several years leading up to last season, Oostburg’s gridiron gang had been one of the regular Rottweilers of the Central Lakeshore Conference, a toughminded bunch that always could hang around the league’s top dogs — and occasionally chase down a conference title. With a smaller-thannormal roster last year — not to mention a significantly smaller conference, with Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler/ Sheboygan Christian bowing out without a varsity roster and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah opting to field an 8-man club instead — the Flying Dutchmen sank to the bottom of the league standings. They finished the year with a 2-7 overall record, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006. “It was a shock to the younger guys to go through a season like that,” Ring, the team’s coach, said during a recent practice. “They hadn’t seen that yet since they’d been here.” “Last year was a little rough,” player Jake Hurlbutt said, noting weak numbers last year didn’t help, though he noted “we’ve got a lot of guys coming out” this

2-7 overall 0-4 Central Lakeshore Regular Season New Holstein 14, Oostburg 7 Aurora Cen. Cath. 42, Oostburg 12 Oostburg 54, Univ. School 32 Ozaukee 51, Oostburg 21 H. Grove 20, Oostburg 0 Hilbert 54, Oostburg 9 Random Lake 13, Oostburg 6 Cedar Grove 48, Oostburg 14 Oostburg 43, North FdL 27

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 2-7 7-3 10-1 9-2 7-4 7-4 2-6 5-5 1-8 2-7 52-47

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Year 2012 2011-x 2010-xy 2009-x 2008-x 2007-xy 2006 2005-x 2004 2003 Total

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Pct. .222 .700 .909 .818 .636 .636 .250 .500 .111 .222 .525

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Scott Ring Years: Eighth Record: 44-27 Playoff appearances: 5 (4-5) Conference titles: 2

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Parker Gabrielse, Joe Smies, Jacob Gross RB — Andrew Telschow, Bryan Lammers, Tyler Chaloupka, Bill Adams, Andy Bonnett, Chris Brill, Connor Gasbarro WR/TE — Josh Smies, Jake Hurlbutt, Kyle Swart, Alex Turner OL — Caleb Chaloupka, Derek Brill, Joe Kretz, Ryan Holbrook, Garrett Hackl, Joe Meyer, Aaron DuMez, Kyle Swart

Defense DL — Hurlbutt, DuMez, Hackl, Holbrook, Bonnett, Swart, Kretz, Chaloupka, Meyer LB — Josh Smies, D. Brill, B. Lammers, Telschow, Adams, C. Brill, Turner DB — Gabrielse, Joe Smies, Gasbarro S — T. Chaloupka, Jacob Gross

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fall. “We’ve got some returning seniors,” Hurlbutt said. “A lot of them.” Oostburg has typically been among the more competitive teams in the conference. The Dutchmen won the CLC title in 2010 after breezing undefeated through the

regular season, and took runner-up status behind conference champion Cedar Grove-Belgium a year later. With numbers back up and a roster loaded with kids motivated to avenge last season, Oostburg is hoping to keep last season buried and

enter the chase again for the CLC title and a playoff berth. “Definitely not what we wanted last year,” player Tyler Chaloupka said. “But I think this year we’ll be pretty strong, able to compete with other teams in the conference.”

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Warriors changing to remain consistent

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — Manitowoc Lutheran Aug. 30 — at University School Sept. 6 — Mil. Washington Sept. 13 — Mil. Bay View Sept. 20 — Oostburg Sept. 27 — at LKC Oct. 4 — at Cedar GroveBelgium Oct. 11 — Howards Grove Oct. 18 — at Random Lake

By Scott Hansen

FREDONIA — Things are looking a little different this season for the Ozaukee football team as it preps for its 2013 campaign. Fourthyear head coach Jim Lippe hopes the results stay the same. Following three straight playoff appearances in his first three years as Ozaukee’s coach, Lippe decided that — with losing three All-Central Lakeshore Conference first team selections on offense — it was time to switch from a single wing offense to a pistol spread with his young team. “I think some of the teams in the (CLC) were starting to catch up with us and our single wing,” Lippe said. “We’re changing our blocking a little bit. It was time to adapt and change.” Change is never easy, but after facing one of the state’s toughest schedules in 2012 — including seven playoff teams in nine games — Lippe’s group is battle tested and mentally prepared for the season ahead. Lippe said the players are grasping the offense well and are loving the new system. “Our starting 11 on both sides of the ball are pretty solid. We don’t have a lot of depth. We’re a very young team so we need to develop our young players and get them in the right direction and we

6-3 overall 3-1 Central Lakeshore Regular season St. Mary’s Sp. 48, Ozaukee 7 Ozaukee 31, Catholic Central 7 Ozaukee 14, Racine St. Cat’s 7 Ozaukee 51, Oostburg 21 Ozaukee 28, Algoma 0 Cedar Grove 33, Ozaukee 27 Ozaukee 32, Howards Grove 24 Ozaukee 33, Random Lake 0 Playoffs Manawa 28, Ozaukee 7

LAST 10 YEARS W-L 6-3 6-4 8-2 3-6 3-6 4-5 2-6 4-5 4-5 7-3 47-45

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Year 2012-x 2011-x 2010-x 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003-x Total

PLAYERS TO WATCH

PCT .666 .600 .800 .333 .333 .444 .250 .444 .444 .700 .511

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Jim Lippe Year: Fourth Record: 20-9 Playoff appearances: 3 (1-3) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense (Pistol Spread) QB — Jake Wolff, jr.; Kevin Beckmann, sr. RB — Nick Wojciechowski, so.; Kevin Beckmann, sr. WR — Collin Stageman, jr.; Michael Richter, so. TE — Jeremy Wichmann, jr. OL — Grant Klas, so.; Anthony Rauch, fr.; Sam Schuette, jr.; Cody Stageman, sr.; Jake Saltzmann, jr.

Defense (5-3) DL — Collin Stageman, jr.; Duncan Freiburger, sr.; Cody Stageman, sr.; Jeremy Wichmann, jr. LB — Cole Large, sr.; Sam Schuette, jr.; Kevin Beckmann, sr.; Lee Wysocki, sr. DB — Jake Wolff, jr.; Michael Richter, so.; Noah Petersen, so.

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should be fine,” Lippe said. “Our offensive line is playing pretty well. Our running backs are looking good. ... We’ve taken quite a few injuries early in camp already so we have to get healthy.” Last year’s team — which went 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the CLC — had 13 seniors. Four starters are back on offense and four are also back for the 5-3 defense.

Senior Kevin Beckmann, a standout linebacker, will be making a switch from fullback to running back. “We need to go out strong and be confident,” Beckmann said when asked how Ozaukee can return to the playoffs. “We need to come out and play to the level that we know we can.” Cody Stageman, a first team All-CLC of-

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RANDOM LAKE

New opportunities for new players

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. Today — at Valders Aug. 30 — Winnebago Lutheran Sept. 6 — Milwaukee South Sept. 20 — at LKC Sept. 27 — Cedar GroveBelgium Oct. 4 — at Howards Grove Oct. 11 — at Oostburg Oct. 18 — Ozaukee

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LAKE

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While a large number of new faces will be taking to the football field this year for Random Lake, the philosophy and expectations are certainly the same. After finishing 4-4 overall and1-3 in the Central Lakeshore Conference last season, the Rams lost 10 of 11 first or second team All-CLC selections to graduation. While the loss created a lack of depth on both sides of the ball, Rams coaches and players are optimistic that people are ready to step in and pick up where last year’s seniors left off. “The senior leadership was good last year and I think it will be this year too. You have to fill in for the seniors you lost, but that’s something you do every year,” Random Lake coach Chris Bichler said. “I think the enthusiasm is good. My expectations going in to every season are that we just work to get better.” Tight end Andy Fechter and running back Nic Horning are the top returning players on offense. Brandon Depies will be a first-year starting quarterback for Random Lake. Four seniors will anchor the offensive line. “For the team, every year, we set our goals high for ourselves. You don’t want to come out here and not try to be the best you can,” senior line-

Hilbert 45, Random Lake 7 Random Lake 25, Living World Lutheran 12 Random Lake 26, St. Mary Central 6 Random Lake 27, Sevastopol 0 Cedar Grove-Belgium 47, Random Lake 0 Howards Grove 19, Random Lake 17 Random Lake 13, Oostburg 6 Ozaukee 33, Random Lake 0

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PCT .500 .111 .333 .500 .400 .600 .727 .800 .667 .600 .535

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Chris Bichler Year: 16th Record: 93-62 Playoff appearance: 10 (11-10) Conference titles: 6

PROSPECTS Offense (Pro-I) QB — Brandon Depies, sr.; Erik Holeman, jr. RB/FB — Nic Horning, jr.; Zach Sanfelippo, sr.; Jesse Verbanac, sr. WR — Ben Verhage, sr.; Jacob Behn, sr. TE — Andy Fechter, sr.; Ben Drenksi, fr. OL — Sam Birenbaum, sr.; Reed Anklam, sr.; Jordan Houpt, jr.; Chris Lewis, sr.; Hunter Huiras, fr.

Defense (4-4) DL — Reed Anklam, sr.; Chris Lewis, sr.; Andy Fechter, sr.; Nick Klein, sr. LB — Adam Risse, sr.; Jesse Verbanac, sr.; Zach Sanfelippo, sr.; Ben Drenski, fr. DB — Nic Horning, jr.; Erik Holeman, so.; Jacob Behn, sr. P — Nic Horning, jr. K — Erik Holeman, so.

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man Reed Anklam said. “This year I think our senior class will be able to step in nicely and help the program.” Linebacker Adam Risse echoed that sentiment. “Everyone is practicing real tough. I like what we see in practice,” Risse said. “I think we’re going to have to work hard every day in practice and

just keep getting better. I think we’ll have a real good season.” While the senior group is large for the Rams, only two juniors will be on the opening night roster. This, too, creates a lack of depth, something Bichler said his squad will have to overcome if it is to meet its goals. “I think our goal is al-

ways to win and to win (the CLC) and to try and get deep into the playoffs. The simple goal is to just keep getting better an compete. We did a little better at that last year, but we still have a ways to go,” Bichler said. “Our success will be dependent on how we come together, if we find depth and if we execute, but our goal is always to win.”

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Resorters 8-man keeps pressing on

2013 SCHEDULE All kickoffs 7 p.m. unless noted Today — Abun. Life Christian Aug 30 — at Oakfield Sept. 7 — at Three Lakes (1 p.m.) Sept. 13 — Mara. Bapt. Aca. Sept. 20 — G.B. NEW Luther. Sept. 27 — at Sevastopol Oct. 5 — Bowler (1 p.m.) Oct. 11 — at Gibraltar Oct. 18 — Oneida Nation

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ELKHART LAKE — Resorters football officials last year were looking to boost the competitive energy on a team long encumbered by a small enrollment and hindered by the bevy of bigger Central Lakeshore Conference teams in the area. Mission accomplished. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah’s switch to 8-man football last season proved a revelation for a team that had frequently had plenty of talent on its rosters, but which often struggled to mount prolonged campaigns against the Cedar Grove-Belgiums and Oostburgs of the CLC. “We were competitive with everybody in our conference for a half,” Elkhart Lake coach Barry Feldmann said at a recent team practice “And then we were just running out of gas. Kids got tired because we didn’t have kids to substitute in.” After lopping off a few on-field positions and entering a competition field better suited to Elkhart’s size, the Resorters last season enjoyed the type of football production that had been eluding them. The team finished third in its new Great 8 South conference, and looks ready to settle comfortably into its new surroundings. “We did pretty good last year,” quarterback

2012 RESULTS 4-5 overall 3-4 Great 8-South Regular season Three Lakes 36, E. Lake 26 E. Lake 44, Valley Christian 20 E. Lake 36, Wayland Aca. 26 Elkhart Lake 8, Stockbridge 0 E. Lake 50, Oneida Nation 36 Three Lakes 30, E. Lake 28 G.B. NEW Luth. 60, E. Lake 14 Abundant Life 32, E. Lake 28 Postseason New Auburn 40, E. Lake 14

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W-L Pct. 4-5 .444 3-6 .333 1-8 .111 3-6 .333 4-5 .444 3-6 .333 No Varsity 2-7 .222 5-5 .500 1-8 .111 26-56 .317

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Barry Feldmann Years: Eighth Record: 20-43 Playoff appearances: 1 (0-1) Conference titles: 0

PROSPECTS Offense QB — Elliot Van Oss, jr.; Jarrett Schanke, fr. RB — Brock Bonebrake, jr.; Brennen Cain, fr.; Dyllan Konen, fr.; Trent Rebedew, so.; Trevor Rebedew, jr.; Jared Shaw, fr. WR/TE — Lukas Haaksma, sr.; Giovanni Jimenez, so.; Raunel Jimenez, fr.; Gunnr Johnson, jr.; AJ Lallensack, sr.; Dan Schneider, sr. OL — Izaiah Annis, fr.; Jeff Fredricks, fr.; Owen Kalbacken, so.; Nick Miller, jr.; Jordan Puchalla, sr.; Hunter Schoenborn, jr.; Andrew Sitko, fr.

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Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah football players practice recently. The team is gearing up for its second season in 8-man competition. MCLEAN BENNETT/SHEBOYGAN PRESS MEDIA

Elliot Van Oss said. “I don’t want to lose a game,” Van Oss added, noting he’ll be happy if the Resorters can get through the season with just one or two losses. The Resorters had shown flashes of competitive brilliance despite often being heavily out-manned in the CLC. The team had at times climbed into the middle of the conference standings, finishing fifth in the eight-team league as recently as 2009. But the school’s small

size — it usually boasts a roughly 150-student enrollment, a far cry from the 300-plus sizes at Cedar Grove, Oostburg, Random Lake and Howards Grove, according to WIAA stats — made it perennially tough to compete for one of the league’s top positions. Prior to its 8-man debut last year, the Resorters’ last playoff appearance came in 2004. Before that, the team hadn’t advanced to the postseason since 1998. Feldmann, himself an

DL — Annis; Fredricks; G. Jimenez; Kalbacken; Miller; Puchalla; Schneider; Schoenborn; Sitko. LB — Bonebrake; Cain; R. Jimenez; Johnson; Lallensack; Trev. Rebedew. DB — Haaksma; Konen; Tren. Rebedew; Schanke. S — Shaw; Van Oss.

Elkhart Lake grad, said he misses the familiarity his team had long enjoyed with the nearby CLC teams, but noted the switch to 8-man football was “absolutely” a positive move, noting the change was needed “just to keep our program alive.” “Unless we get a bunch of businesses in Elkhart Lake here, I don’t see us going back to 11-man, because I don’t think the enrollment will be high enough to do that.”

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