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The Bulletin-Thursday, September 1, 2016



High expectations remain despite graduation losses ROSTER No. Player Pos. 1 Jadon Vander Molen K/G/OLB 2 Willem Hoekstra FB/QB/OLB 3 Michael Kamps RB/ILB/FB 5 Zach Cortwright TB/DB/QB 6 Dominic Darretta RB/S/WR 7 Mark Ozenbaugh QB/DB/FS 12 Dillon Zuidervaart WR/DB/OLB 25 Austin Ries FB/OLB/S 30 Noah O’Neal WR/DB/S 44 Josh Tatton FB/DT/DE 51 Reagan Kelley OL/OLB/DE 52 Jake Beukelman OL/K/ILB 55 Brandon Vrieling DE/OL/DL 56 Caleb Van Vliet C/DL/ILB 62 Kyle Rivera DE/OL/ILB 65 Tristan DeShields OT/DL/OLB 66 Bryce Hiemstra OL/DL 70 Clayton Kramer DL/OL 71 Justin Heida OL/DL/DT 77 Willem Vermeulen OT/DT/DL 78 Zack Mensonides OL/DL/DT 80 Ty Beidleman TE/DL/OLB 88 Andrew Vander Weide TE/DE/K

Gr. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

COACHES Trey Ozenbaugh (head coach/OC, 3rd year), Bill Kamps (OL), Kevin Van Donselaar (assistant DC, LB), Oliver Pryor (DL, TE, strength & conditioning), Justin Unruh (strength & conditioning), John Vander Schaaf (WR/DB), David Vander Schaaf (QB/DB).

SCHEDULE Aug. 26 at Mountain House, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 vs. Stone Ridge Christian, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 vs. East Nicolaus, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 vs. Orestimba, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 vs. Waterford, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Denair, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Gustine, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 vs. Mariposa, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Le Grand, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 vs. Delhi, 7:30 p.m.

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RIPON — Ty Beidleman and Jake Beukelman can hardly wait for the season to start. They’re the only returning starters from last year’s Ripon Christian team that went 5-2 in the Southern League — good for third place behind Orestimba and Gustine (the Knights’ only two losses in league) — and 9-3 overall. “It’s no mystery that we graduated a lot of talent,” said coach Trey Ozenbaugh. Other than Beidleman and Beukelman — both are also three-year varsity players — he has the tough task of filling some big shoes. Ozenbaugh is thankful for his strength and conditioning coaches Oliver Pryor and Justin Unruly for whipping the newcomers as well as the varsity returners into shape. That process began earlier this year. “I like the pieces that we have,” said the RC coach. “I think we’re going to surprise some people.” Beidleman agreed. “Our goal this year is to win league,” he said. No doubt Beidleman and Beukelman are the anchor to this young squad. At a towering 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Beidleman was an all-league tight end. “He’s a match-up problem and our emotional leader,” Ozenbaugh said. Beukelman, who is a 6-1, 215 pound allleague inside linebacker/offensive lineman, is a downhill run stopper. Brandon Vrieling, Zack Cortwright, and Willem Hoekstra are the other returners. Vrieling (6-0, 180) covers plenty of ground in a hurry at offensive line /fullback /outside linebacker. Cortwright (6-1, 175) may be the most athletic player on the team. Ozenbaugh noted that his tailback /wide receiver/defensive back is “just starting to peak as a football player.” Hoekstra (6-2, 205) is listed at fullback /outside linebacker/quarterback. “He played varsity (football) as a sophomore and had a tremendous season until (suffering) a concussion late in the season,” Ozenbaugh said. Mark Ozenbaugh (6-0, 160) leads a group of newcomers, consisting of Dominic Darretta (5-8, 158), Andrew Vander Weide (6-5, 210), Tristan Deshields (6-2, 195) and Michael Kamps (5-10, 170). “We might have mentor the younger players a little bit, especially if there’s something (wrong) on the field that we notice,” said Beukelman of his senior leadership. The younger Ozenbaugh appears primed to handle the quarterback chores.


TOP PHOTO: Junior quarterback Mark Ozenbaugh goes through his progressions before delivering a pass. ABOVE PHOTO: Ripon Christian head coach Trey Ozenbaugh goes over a play with quarterback Willem Hoekstra. LEFT PHOTO: Defensive linemen work on their pass rush moves.

“He’s an intelligent distributor of the ball,” said the Knights head coach. Trey Ozenbaugh also doubles as the offense coordinator. He’s helped out by assistant coaches John Vander Schaaf (wide receivers/defensive backs), David Vander Schaaf (quarterbacks /defensive backs), Eddie Erdalatz (defensive coordinator), Bill Kamps (offensive line/run game coordinator) and Kevin Van Donselaar (assistant defensive coordinator). Back to the newcomers, Darretta is touted as a ball hawk at defensive back and a playmaker at receiver, Vander Weide, at outside linebacker / tight end, moves well for his size, Deshields is “very athletic,” according to his coach, and could start both ways, playing on the offensive line and inside linebacker. As for the sophomore Kamps, he’s likely to see plenty of action at tailback, fullback and inside linebacker. The young Knights take the field Friday at Mountain House. “I wish it was today,” said an anxious Beukelman.

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