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FEATURES 8 - All-Star Games

20 - Bombing Run

12 - Cover Story

22 - Districts at-a-Glance

Eight-Man ... Kansas Shrine Bowl

Wakefield Looks for Deep Run - By Ted Hayes

Don Melby’s Big Impact – By Conor Nicholl Panthers Ready For Final Push – By Conor Nicholl

VYPE Takes a Look at Area District Races

16 - Regaining The Edge


Central, South Look to Bounce Back - By Matt Browning

26 - Preseason Polls 28 - Team Capsules From Abilene to the Wilson

18 - The Quarterback

QBs Face the Pressure Cooker - By Brad Hallier



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Looks like we made it… As in Wichita 10 years ago, VYPE North Central Kansas has made it to its first birthday and we celebrate that birthday with the release of our inaugural North Central Kansas High School Football Preview! It took us three years in Wichita before we launched a Football Preview, but here we are in Salina putting one out after only one year! The annual Football Preview represents the first publication of a new school year and in North Central Kansas the start of the second of many years to come of VYPE coverage of your hometown student athletes, coaches, teams, fans, parents and communities. You are going to love the VYPE Football Preview! First of all, it looks like VYPE – full color, outstanding photography and in-depth editorial about your LOCAL teams! VYPE is not a statewide preview. We laser focus our coverage on smaller geographic regions so we can provide more coverage of local athletes. Let’s face it, the North Central part of the state is not very interested in the South-Central part of the state so why would we give you that content when we can focus on the kids you know and play? Our first year in Salina, McPherson and all of North Central Kansas has been awesome! We have developed great relationships with the AD’s, coaches and student athletes from the area. And, the feedback on VYPE has been overwhelmingly positive! We have also started to build our sponsorship base that allows VYPE to be distributed freely in the area. However, we need to grow it! Now that we have a year under our belt and the community “gets” what VYPE is all about we are looking forward to adding new sponsorship so we can better cover high school athletics in the area. Actually, the only negative for VYPE in its first year is the feedback we receive from the community that we need more circulation, we need more distribution and we need more pages! WE AGREE! So, how do we fix the problem! Well, see paragraph above! VYPE is 100 percent supported by the sponsorships of local, hometown businesses. For VYPE to grow in circulation, distribution and pages, we need to continue to add community sponsorship support. VYPE is your communities high school sports magazine and we need the support of the local business community! So, as we say at VYPE, “Get In The Game!” We have an awesome sales rep in the North Central coverage area, Becky Senger, who has been in the market for many years and understands how VYPE can provide local businesses with a fantastic marketing, public relations and community awareness media venue - VYPE! “Get In The Game!” North Central Kansas and give Becky a call! As we start our second year, I want to remind all area AD’s, coaches, administrators, parents, fans and anyone in the community to let VYPE know about unique and interesting stories about your local student athletes! VYPE’s mission is to celebrate and recognize student athletes on and off the field! Make sure you let us know about great stories about great kids that no one else is telling! VYPE will always cover the best athletes and teams, but we also want to know about all the other things high school athletes and high school students do that make your communities great places to live, work and go to school. One down, and many, many more to go! - Mike Cooper, CEO and Publisher


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2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULES KANSAS WESLEYAN Aug. 26 - At Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 6:00 Sept. 2 - Concordia (Neb.), 6:00 Sept. 9 - Open Sept. 16 - St. Mary, 6:00 Sept. 23 - Sterling, 6:00 Sept. 30 - At Southwestern, 6:00 Oct. 7 - McPherson, 6:00 Oct. 14 - Friends, 3:00 Oct. 21 - At Tabor, 2:00 Oct. 28 - At Bethany, 1:30 Nov. 4 - Bethel, 1:30 Nov. 11 - At Ottawa, 1:00 SALINA CENTRAL Sept. 1 - Andover Sept. 8 - At Arkansas City Sept. 15 - At Hutchinson Sept. 22 - Campus Sept. 29 - At Newton Oct. 6 - Derby Oct. 13 - Maize Oct. 20 - Salina South Oct. 27 - Playoff Game SALINA SOUTH Sept. 1 - At Valley Center Sept. 8 - Bishop Carroll Sept. 15 - Campus Sept. 22 - At Maize Sept. 29 - Goddard Oct. 6 - At Hutchinson Oct. 13 - At Derby Oct. 20 - Salina Central Oct. 27 - Playoff Game SACRED HEART Sept. 1 - At Minneapolis Sept. 8 - At Russell Sept. 15 - Beloit Sept. 22 - SE-Saline Sept. 29 - At Ellsworth Oct. 6 - Plainville Oct. 13 - At Smith Center Oct. 20 - Ell-Saline Oct. 27 - At Republic County

Transformation on Horizon for Stadium By the end of February, 2018, Salina Stadium will be transformed into a premier stadium complex. Salina Stadium, 650 E. Crawford, was originally built in 1965-66. Renovations since then have included the installation of turf in 2005 and again in 2015. The addition of capital outlay, Pepsi/ Mahaska receipts and special event rentals will allow for a stadium makeover to happen sooner than anticipated. The first stage of renovations will include repairs to concrete seating, step repair and replacement, new handrails, and complete demolition of the press box. Following that will be construction of a new press box, new elevator tower and two new restrooms/concession buildings. The facade of the stadium will also change as shown in the rendering. Salina Stadium is home to football, track and soccer teams at Salina Central High School and Salina South High School. In addition, Salina Stadium serves as a venue for prestigious events such as the KSHSAA state football championship game, the Central Kansas Football League and Salina Burn track. Another premier venue that Salina enjoys is the Graves Family Sports Complex at Kansas Wesleyan University, 231 E. Cloud Street. This complex, built in 2015, features Gene Bissell Field - turfed for football and soccer - as well as complete track and tennis facilities, practice field, stadium seating and large press box. The field is home to the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes and Sacred Heart Knights, plus several community events such as showcases and the Guns and Hoses game.

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A FIXTURE IN BELOIT, AREA There are plenty of reasons why North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech) is a major sponsor of the annual Kansas Eight-Man all-star football games played in Beloit each summer. First of all, the school has been a fixture in Beloit for over a half-century and the all-star games have been held at Trojan Field in Beloit since the late 1980s. And, it doesn’t hurt that the school president once played in the game. Yes, NCK Tech president Eric Burks, a graduate of Jewell High School, played in the 1992 all-star game. “We have a long, long history with the games,” said Angel Prescott, Dean of Students at NCK Tech. NCK Tech has gone from simply housing the players during the camp days leading up to the game, to sitting on the planning board with the Kansas EightMan Football Association (KEMFA); giving tours of the campus for the players and providing the use of the student union, game room and gymnasium for other activities. Last summer, the KEMFA began providing scholarships to the players who enroll at NCK Tech. “It reinforces the student-athlete aspect of the games,” Prescott said. “Academics come first.” NCK Tech enrolled its first students in Beloit since 1964. It also has a campus in Hays and over 500 students attend the schools. The variety of programs offered - 24 in all - range from Agriculture Equipment Technology to an Associate Degree in Nursing; from Diesel Technology to Telecommunications. NCK Tech is accredited by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Course study varies from nine to 18 months, depending on the program of study. 6


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Herington’s Becker Takes Home Memories

East all-star Tate Becker of Herington (27) shakes free of a block to zero in on West running back Quinton Cravens of St. Francis. (Photos, Bill Millspaugh)

By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Outside of his high school classmate Nate Backhus, Herington linebacker Tate Becker wasn’t well-versed with many of his East teammates entering the EightMan, Division I all-star game in early June at Beloit. Becker, quiet by nature, quickly made friends. On Friday, the night before the contest, several players met up in a room and played Xbox games. Toward the end, the athletes pulled up their highlights on Hudl. “Definitely cool just to see the talent of everyone,” Becker said. The following day, Becker and his teammates delivered more memorable highlights in a 28-18 victory against the West. On one play, Becker and his teammate Justin Shutt of Clifton-Clyde tackled speedy Spearville running back Luke Heskamp. After the game, Becker took home his jersey, some shorts and shirt, bought a copy of the game film and collected a photo of him and Shutt tackling Heskamp. “It’s a really cool picture,” Becker said. Heskamp proved problematic for opposing defenses and even his own head coach at the all-star game. He cleared 930 rushing yards in his last three years and helped Spearville win the 2015 state title. Lancer coach Matt Fowler served as the West Division I head coach, though worked mainly with the defense. Each 8


day during scrimmages, Fowler coached against Heskamp. “I was thinking, ‘Man that guy is hard to deal with,’” Fowler said. “And I thought, ‘Well, I’ve never had to deal with him before, thank Heaven for that.’ He’s always been on our side.” Heskamp tallied a 2-yard run for the game’s first score and a 6-0 lead. Then, the East scored 28 of the next 34 points before Heskamp caught a 24-yard scoring pass late in the fourth quarter. The East’s defense limited Heskamp to 18 carries and 32 yards for a score. Overall, the West had 45 rushes for 115 yards. The East had a significant size advantage on both sides, including 215-pound running back Brett Stubbs of Madison, who lost his father shortly before the allstar game. “He just went out there, and he gave it all he had just for his dad, kind of a last hoorah for his dad,” Becker said. “I am surprised he even went really. I am surprised he followed through with it, but really he was in great spirits, and he just kind of left it out there for his dad to see.” Up front, the East featured Backhus (6-2, 255 pounds), Oxford’s Chevis Cowdin (6-1, 250), West Elk’s Kolvin Berry (6-3, 270) and Solomon’s Ethan Thompson (6-0, 270). The West had one player over 230. “That was kind of a major decider, our front line,” Becker said.

Bennington’s Avery Kidd (8) of the East squad tries to elude West defensive back Josh Schmidt of Goessel (1) after catching a pass.

East quarterback Will Bruna of Hanover scrambles for yardage.

East receiver Davis Dubbert of St. John’s Beloit (goes) up near the sideline to make a catch in the Eight-Man II All-Star Game. Defending is Joel Green of Stockton. (Photos, Bill Millspaugh)

Dubbert Makes Switch, Helps East Win By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Generally, when it comes to the Kansas Eight-Man All-Star Football Game, the players usually play the same positions they had in high school. But, when the East All-Star coaches asked Davis Dubbert of St. John’s Beloit if he could switch from quarterback to end, Dubbert was more than willing. After all, the 6-foot-4 Dubbert had a standout sophomore year with 58 catches for 648 yards and 12 scores when his brother Trey was the starting quarterback. Davis followed his brother as the Blujays’ starting quarterback as a junior and senior. But Dubbert made the switch since Hanover’s Will Bruna, who had set multiple state passing records, including single season touchdowns and career completion percentage, was expected to play quarterback for the all-stars. The East stars won the all-star game in Beloit, 2820 in overtime, at Trojan Field. In overtime, Bruna scored from two yards out. Dubbert hauled in four passes for 57 yards, including a key 16-yard catch on fourth down, and recovered a fumble at the West 15-yard line to set up a score. Bruna finished 11 of 22 passing for 140 yards and three interceptions. He rushed 33 times for 61 yards and four scores as the East outgained the West, 231157. “He put it where it needed to be a lot of the time, and I just had to go up and get it,” Dubbert said of

Bruna. “It didn’t make my job all that hard.” The West tallied a score with 1 minute, 29 seconds in regulation for a 20-14 lead. However, the East scored with 22 seconds left in regulation on a 4-yard run from Bruna. The East never led until overtime. “It wasn’t a typical eight-man game that you are used to, because it was a defensive battle, but it was a lot of fun,” Dubbert said. “I have never played in an overtime game, and I have never really played in a game that was defensively played that well.” --The all-star game capped a memorable and emotional senior year for Elias Butterfield of Central Christian. Butterfield’s mother, Paula, was in her final stages of battling breast cancer in early June. Butterfield left for Beloit for the Eight-Man, Division II All-Star game. A member of the East team, Butterfield didn’t expect his mother to attend the contest because of her health. Butterfield practiced during the week and prepared for the contest. On Saturday, June 10, Butterfield went onto the field for pregame introductions. His dad, Todd, joined Elias on the field. Then, Butterfield heard his mom’s name announced. She had travelled north, the last sporting event she saw before passing June 25. “It was just the best moment in the whole world for me, because it meant everything to have her there,” Butterfield said. “She was always my biggest supporter. It definitely meant a lot.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | JULY 2017




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The West All-Stars won a wild 22-21 victory over the East when Mulvane’s Zach Melbing and Eisenhower’s Tanner Orand sacked East quarterback Brandon Miekus in the end zone with one minute remaining in the game played at the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex in El Dorado. West quarterback Zach Esau (Hesston) ran for a touchdown, passed for another and completed a two-point conversion pass in the game. West running back Kody Gonzalez (Goddard) carried the ball 16 times for 64 yards and caught two passes for 46 more. Ellsworth’s Kaden Davis caught a 41-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and finished with five catches for 95 yards. Southeast of Saline’s Ben Murray caught a two-point conversion pass in the first quarter. Also playing in the game for the West All-Stars were Jack Reifschneider of McPherson, who had three catches for 38 yards, and defensive back Justin Sullivan of Salina South.

Jack Reifschneider (McPherson) of the West looks up-field for big yardage after a pass reception.

Kaden Davis (Ellsworth) points to his West teammates after catching a 41-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.


of the Month Zach Gaskill, Sacred Heart H.S.

Zach is a recent graduate of Sacred Heart High School where he was involved in a variety of activities, including cross country, football, basketball, track, school musicals and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was a member of the Class 2A state championship team in basketball and was an eight-time state medalist in track. Zach was a three-time league champion in the 110 hurdles and placed second at the state track meet in 2017. He has signed a track and field letter-of-intent with Benedictine College. Justin Sullivan (Salina South) lines up in pass coverage for the West All-Stars.

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MAKING AN IMPACT Pike Valley coach Don Melby gives instructions to junior Brody Carlgren during the Panthers’ summer team camp. (Photos, Tanner Colvin).

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Melby has helped his brother Mark with construction since 1978. Mark, who lives in Scandia, has helped paint the field, build bleachers and worked as the statistician Pike Valley football coach Don Melby’s impact stretches from the Panther football field, to his family, for years. “To be honest, I don’t know if I could that without his hometown of Scandia and throughout Kansas, him, ” Melby said. including Beloit, Spearville, Lindsborg and many other Two nephews have assisted with the chain gang and communities. painting the field. Melby’s parents helped with mowing Melby attended Scandia High School and was a in the early days. His mother, Genevieve, now 84, has member of state title teams in 1970, ‘71 and ‘72. After long had a postgame meal after each home contest. studying construction and woodworking at Fort Melby’s two daughters, both grown, assisted with Hays State, Melby returned home and has taught mowing. His wife, Judy, has helped with various tasks. woodworking, driver’s education and CPR. This “I have known for a long time how lucky I am,” Melby fall, he enters his 40th season with Pike Valley, the said. consolidation of Scandia and Courtland. The field has long produced solid teams. Melby, “Never really wanted to go anywhere else,” he said. with Mike Baumann and Gary Loring as long-time Melby is one of the few active coaches in the nation assistants, holds a 205-142 who coaches on a field that is career record with three subnamed after them. In the state, state championship game Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and appearances in ’02, ’05 and Benedictine College’s Larry Wilcox, last fall. both legends, coach on a field with “With his teams, you their name. know that they are always In 2012, Pike Valley named the going to be physical, and field Don Melby Field. Known for they are always going to be his perpetually positive demeanor pretty fundamental, ” former and his faith, Melby said he was St. John’s Beloit-Tipton “humbled and shocked” when they quarterback Davis Dubbert recognized him. He just had one said. “They are usually not request. going to beat themselves, so “I told them I really wish they you’ve always got to be ready would have just left my first name for a battle when you go out off of it, and just honored my and play against them. Coach family, because my family has so The football field in Scandia is named after its (Keith) Kresin always talks much to do with what I am able to high school coach. very highly of Coach Melby.” do,” Melby said. 12


Pike Valley has never made a state championship contest under Melby but returns five starters from a 10-2 squad. That includes four-year starters Cole Strickler (OE-LB), Lane Peters (RB-DB) and Davante Hammer (QB). “He always pushes us to be the best people that we can be, and not just on the field, but just be good people,” Strickler said. “And he is always holding us accountable to make sure that we are not disrespecting teachers or other kids. He won’t put up with any of that. He is just a great guy, and a role model.” Several years back, Melby wrote a story for the local paper on “How do you define a winning season?” “I always tell the kids, if you can look yourself in the mirror in the morning and say, ‘I did the best I could,’ then that’s good enough,” Melby said. “That’s all you can ask.” Melby vividly remembers two former students’ stories. One of them came back after he hadn’t seen his former coach in 10-15 years. The player admitted he didn’t think much of Melby’s teachings when he was in high school. Now, the player realized Melby’s impact. “I am just now figuring out what you were talking about in high school,” Melby recalled the player telling him. At the Lions Club fish fry, a former player came up to Melby with his young son. The player told his son, “this was my football coach.” Someone overheard the dialogue, and said ‘Yeah, he was everybody’s football coach.’ The line stayed with Melby. “How lucky I have been to be able to be here that long and do those things,” Melby said. “That’s kind of a special thing.” In the mid-1980s, Melby and several other northcentral Kansas eight-man coaches helped form a coaches association and start an all-star game. The Shrine Bowl takes just four eight-man players a year for both teams, and the eight-man coaches wanted to provide another opportunity. The game first started in 1986 and is always played in Beloit. At the time, Eight-Man had just one game before going to two in 2001 as the sport has grown. Melby (second row, No. 51) was a member of three consecutive state championship teams in 1970, ‘71 and ‘72.

More than 100 teams will play Eight-Man football in 2017. Dave Dubbert, a Tipton graduate who played in the 1988 all-star game, has seen his brother and two of his sons, Trey and Davis, participate in the contest. This summer, Melby served as a Division II East assistant. Dubbert has served as camp coordinator for the last decade. Dave called Melby ‘mellow-tempered’ and said the coach has influenced kids to “do the right thing” without raising his voice much. “He has been there from the onset,” Dubbert said. “He was one of the founding people. He’s been there the whole time and stayed with his role.” The game annually draws around 1,500 fans and continually does well in the community. Players and coaches love the week in Beloit, annually held two weeks after the state track meet. Melby said the game is “so much more” than any of the original coaches thought it could be. The all-star game allows coaches to interact and talk with each other. Melby loves coaching and has served on multiple staffs. This summer, Melby talked with Spearville coach Matt Fowler and Hutchinson Central Christian tight end Elias Butterfield, among others. Fowler, 51-31 with a state title in eight years at Spearville, called Jeff Blattner, a coach for more than three decades mainly with Haviland and South Gray, one of his biggest mentors. Blattner and Melby are very close. Fowler called Melby “a giant” in the eight man ranks. “He is not attached to winning as his primary opinion of himself,” Fowler said of Melby. “He’s been around long enough to know that’s not the case, and I think he does such a great job of instilling that in the younger coaches.” At this year’s game, Melby met Butterfield for the first time. Butterfield’s mom, Paula, passed away June 25 at the age of 50. Melby called Butterfield and prayed with him. Melby drove to Lindsborg for the funeral and made a donation to the memorial. Even though Butterfield hadn’t known Melby long, he echoed words that many others have said regarding the Panther coach. “He had a great impact on me,” Butterfield said.

Lane Peters (left) has rushed for over 3,800 yards in his career at Pike Valley, Cole Strickler (right) was named the MVP of the Sharp Performance Combine in April. (Photo, Tom Clark)

PANTHERS READY FOR FINAL PUSH By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Pike Valley entered last year’s Eight-Man, Division II sub-state championship game against Hanover with a 10-1 record. The Panthers’ lone loss had been a 34-32 road defeat in Week 4 against Osborne, the eventual Division I champion. Pike Valley had defeated St. John’s Beloit-Tipton in Week 9 for the district title. In the first round of the playoffs, SJB-Tipton lost to Hanover by 26 points. The Panthers, meanwhile, rolled through their first two playoff rounds against Wakefield and Hartford, one of the state’s top-five offenses. The sub-state (semifinals) appearance tied the ’02 and ’05 Pike Valley teams for the furthest advancements since Scandia and Courtland had consolidated to form PVHS in the late 1970s. Hanover is the current eight-man standard with three titles and three runner-ups since ’08. The game was no contest. The Panthers struggled against Hanover, losing 48-0.



“It was just a combination of everything,” senior running back Lane Peters said. “I think we got in our own heads, and then maybe they got into our heads, too. I don’t know. I know personally that I can say that I psyched myself out. That whole week, I probably didn’t mentally prepare myself enough for that game.” Hanover went on to beat Dighton for the Division II state championship by the 45-point mercy rule margin. The Wildcats became the first eight-man team since 1991 to capture sub-state and state by at least 45 points. “I think Hanover was hands-down the best team we played,” Pike Valley coach Don Melby said. “But it was a game that we didn’t play very well in, and I think they had a lot to do with that. We had some turnovers, we had a couple of things happen that just kind of rocked us a little bit, and they took full advantage of that. This season, the Panthers return five starters on both sides, including Peters, senior end/linebacker Cole Strickler and senior quarterback Davante

Hammer. Peters and Strickler will be four-year starters, and Hammer has started at quarterback since midway through his freshman year. In 2013, Pike Valley went 1-8, followed by 5-6, 8-3 and 10-2 records since the current seniors reached high school. “The first game I was pretty scared, not going to lie,” Strickler said of his freshman year. “I was still pretty skinny back then. I hadn’t really filled out, but I was really surprised how well all of us were able to do, and the older guys just made it really fun for us.” Peters rushed for 798 yards as a freshman, with 1,594 and 1,497 yards the last two falls. He has 66 rushing TDs in his career. This spring, Peters won the 100and 200-meter dashes at the Class 1A state meet, including a classification record 10.77 in the 100. Strickler, whom Melby labels a “muscle specimen,” was a state qualifier in the 100, a fifth-place finisher in the 200 and fourth in the long jump. This spring, he earned MVP honors at Jake Sharp’s Combine in Salina, including a 37-inch vertical and 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Strickler is an all-purpose threat offensively with 236 career tackles. Hammer, known for his intelligence, carries a career 40/15 TD/INT ratio. Hanover and Pike Valley will likely be the top two teams in the preseason rankings. The Hanover loss has motivated the Panthers in the offseason and summer. “It has pushed me a lot harder,” Peters said. “In the grand scheme of things, I hope it will be good for

Davante Hammer has been the Panthers’ starting quarterback since midway through his freshman season. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

us, and it will teach us a lesson, because I told myself, we can’t have that happen again. No way somebody gives you a 45 at sub-state like that.” Pike Valley has to replace its interior offensive line that included all-stater Mason Runft. Seniors Kaiser Kussman (nose guard), Anton Reeves (defensive back), Heath White (end) and junior Brody Carlgren (defensive back) are returning starters. White, a guard earlier in his career, could shift back. Seniors Ben Jensen and Max Rickard could also be factors up front.

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Payton Webb (9) easily led South in tackles last season with 89. (Photos, Tanner Colvin)


Brogen Richardson started nine games at quarterback last year for Central.

READY TO BOUNCE BACK By Matt Browning VYPE North Central Kansas The Salina Central and Salina South football programs have won a combined nine state championships in their illustrious history. The two schools won back-to-back titles in 2004 (South) and 2005 (Central) and the Mustangs won consecutive titles in 2001 and 2002. Since 2010, they have been to the playoffs a combined 11 times. All of this made last year’s drop-off for the two perennial powers so alarming. The Mustangs went 0-9, while the Cougars went 1-8. With all of pedigree and allure in Salina’s two football juggernauts, many were left scratching their head as to how both schools could struggle so mightily. “Considering our history, it was probably more disappointing than most schools,” Salina South coach Sam Sellers said. “But we are hungry to get back to where we were and to put last season out of our minds.” In the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division I, two things are necessary in order to succeed, nevertheless be competitive, and that is size and experience. Central struggled without size up front, as well as significant injuries, while South played many inexperienced players that were freshmen or sophomores. The hope from both coaches is that last year’s trials and tribulations built character and perseverance that will pay off this season. “I would not have changed our seniors for any others,” Salina Central coach Matt Hall said. “But it is about wins and losses in high school football and it was a rough season in that regard. We think we are better because of the 16


struggles.” Sellers agreed the best way to turn things around is to have healthy competition during preseason practices. “It is tough to have depth when you only have nine seniors like we did,” Sellers said. But our numbers are going to be regular this season, so we will have more depth. The kids are going to have to fight for jobs.” For Central, keeping its starters healthy will go a long way in determining how successful the season will be. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they have already lost two starters to injury before practice even begins in linebackers Ben Driver and Greg Gibson. Even with those key losses, Hall sees considerable more depth than a year ago. “We are going to have a much larger senior class than a year ago,” Hall said. “We also have returning starters at almost every position.” The strength for Central, offensively, will be its skill position players with three all-league honorable mention players returning in running backs Taylon Peters and Houston Griffitts, as well as wide receiver Riley Counts. Quarterback Brogen Richardson also returns. Defensively, the Mustangs will be solid on the front seven, even if they will be undersized. “We have changed a few things schematically and simplified some things,” Hall said. “We are going to have competition at positions and battles for playing time.” The Cougars return essentially everybody, considering few of their starters came from last season’s nine player senior class. The quarterback/running back duo of Casey Lanoue and Tanner Parrett, which took their fair share of lumps last season, is back and Sellers said both player’s confidence is higher and the game has slowed down.

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Linebacker Payton Webb, who Sellers called one of the best linebackers in the state, led South in tackles last season and will undoubtedly be the leader of the defense, which gave up 40 points or more five times last season. “We have a lot of people back, but when you only win one game, is that a good thing or bad thing?” Sellers asked. “But no doubt we have some talent returning.” According to both coaches, there were two ways their teams could have looked at last season. They could either be discouraged and without confidence or be insulted and want to bounce back in a big way. Throughout spring workouts and summer camp, there has been nothing but positivity for both programs. “We can look at last year, but we cannot change any of that,” Hall said. “We are ready to go work for this year.” Sellers shared Hall’s sentiment. “I think coaches always try to look for answers,” Sellers said. “And you would like to have a program that when it does lose a lot of players, does not fall off as much as we did last year. But we just took it as a learning experience.”

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Jack Schneider has been the starting quarterback at Marion since his freshman season. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

QBs Face the Pressure Cooker By Brad Hallier VYPE North Central Kansas The quarterback. The toughest position in sports. Don’t believe it? When it comes to sports, what position has one player who handles the ball more, must make a myriad of decisions in seconds, be able to run and throw the ball, and carry himself in a way that makes teammates, coaches and fans believe? The pressure can be immense. It starts the instant he crouches under the center, or stands a few feet behind. The quarterback must take the ball from the center cleanly. Even a minor hiccup could throw everything off. If a running play is called, the quarterback has to get the ball to the runner promptly. If it’s an option play, the quarterback has mere seconds - before and after the snap - to read the defense. Where the defenders are lined up and what formation they’re in. Does the QB keep the ball? Give it to the fullback? Hold it and then pitch to the running back? How about passing plays? Does the quarterback have the confidence to stay in the pocket, read the defense and make an accurate throw, knowing he may get pulverized by a hard-hitting linebacker 18


any second? Can the quarterback find the open receiver downfield, and can he fire a dart through two defenders? Does he know when to forget passing, and tuck it and run instead? Maybe throw the ball away? It’s a lot to learn, a lot to know, a lot to figure out in less than five seconds. “You have to know what all three levels of defense are doing,” said Marion coach Grant Thierolf, whose team runs the flexbone, triple-option offense. “It takes a smart quarterback who can make the right decision quickly.” In high-school football, having an experienced quarterback is beneficial. Thierolf has one in senior Jack Schneider, and so does Ellsworth coach Josh Homolka, who in his first season has a talented and reliable senior in Zac Schneider. Some schools will break in new quarterbacks, and still others - like Sterling and first-year coach Derek Schneider - are in limbo with their quarterback situation. Ellsworth hasn’t always had this nice, steady presence at this all-important position. Zac Schneider actually didn’t play any quarterback until his sophomore year.

“I played linebacker before that,” Zac Schneider said. “But coach talked to me about it, it came down to a couple guys and I won the battle.” Since then, Zac Schneider has learned that being the quarterback is a different world, but he also had a seamless transition. “You have to be a leader, on and off the field,” he said. “I like being in charge, having the ball in my hands at the crucial time.” Sterling’s Derek Schneider will have have a quarterback who has had the ball in his hands during key moments. He just isn’t sure who that will be. Last year’s starter was Kenan Comley, but an ankle injury forced Comley to miss basketball. He may play football, but even then, Coach Schneider said Comley could switch positions, and that would lead to sophomore Brady Myers starting, as he did during last year’s Class 3A playoff loss to Hesston. No matter what, Derek Schneider said he and the Black Bears have confidence with whoever is under center, which might be the biggest ally for any

quarterback. “A lot of it has to do with leadership,” Derek Schneider sad. “Brady had a lot of success growing up, and you can tell the guys around him have confidence in his ability, which is big for a young quarterback. His commitment level, leadership and athleticism are impressive, and he makes good decisions on and off the field. He’s shown that he’s trustworthy.” Marion’s Jack Schneider has had that trust since before his first day of high school. Groomed to be the Warriors’ quarterback since middle school, Marion has won 22 games in his three years as a starter. He’ll be the rare four-year starting quarterback this fall, which can’t be underestimated in a triple-option offense. “A lot of it is instinct, practice and reps” he said. “But it’s still not perfect or anything. Reading, making reads, is the toughest thing. You’ve got to learn to make a read real quick.” In a matter of a few seconds. It’s up to one player to do this. And the game could be riding in the balance.

Ellsworth quarterback Zac Schneider gets set to throw against Minneapolis last year. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)



Bombers Looking For Deeper Run By Ted Hayes VYPE North Central Kansas Chris Freeman knows his 2017 Wakefield football team won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year. Not with with six starters returning on both sides of the ball from last year’s 7-3 playoff team. A year ago, the Bombers were supposed to be in a rebuilding year with only two returning starters, but they unveiled a balanced running and passing attack and a solid defense to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Senior Nathan Jackson headlines the list of returners after receiving first-team all-state honors on defense and first-team all-league on both sides of the ball last season. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, his size, strength and quickness allowed him to dominate the opposition with 110 tackles - 10 for losses - two interceptions and nine passes broken up. Now, heading into his senior season, Jackson is 20 pounds heavier and is even faster and stronger while maintaining excellent speed and agility.

“We need to step up and not settle for last year’s accomplishments,” Jackson said. “We had great senior leadership when we were freshmen and sophomores and we need to do that for our younger players. We have a bitter-sweet mentality with our younger players. We push them on the field, but they’re still our friends and we’re like a family - on and off the field.” Freeman said he may move Jackson around to get him more touches. “He’s our strongest player and second-fastest on the team,” Freeman said. “He’s a tremendous leader and such a great athlete, we hate to move him out of the line, but we’ve got to figure out a way to get the ball into his hands more often on offense.”

Three mainstays returning for the Wakefield Bombers this season are (from left) Skylur Merritt, Nathan Jackson and Justin Carver. (Photo, Tracy Lebo)

Junior quarterback Skylur Merrit (5-10, 185) also returns after earning first-team all-league honors on offense and defense (linebacker) as a sophomore. Merrit threw 20 touchdown passes and racked up nearly 1,500 yards of total offense and he is also bigger and stronger than he was last season. “I think we can be better than we were last year,” Merrit said. “We have seven great seniors and Coach Freeman has done a great job getting us to be committed to the weight room and the offseason conditioning and I feel we all want to win so badly. “We’re not going to rest on what we did last year. We want to get back into the playoffs and win.” Senior running back Justin Carver ran for 975 yards 13 touchdowns as a junior and adds the deep threat to the Bomber passing game. “We expect to have a really strong senior campaign from Justin,” Freeman said. “He is entering his second season as our feature back and he has also added quite a bit of strength and speed in the off-season.” Gone to graduation is all-star Andrew Rothfuss whose 14 touchdown receptions set the school record last year. But Carver, along with senior Garrett Groves offer excellent targets for Merrit and if Jackson enters into the receiving corps, the Bomber passing attack may not miss a beat. “We have to stretch the field and stay healthy,” Freeman said. “Skylur is very accurate with his passing and brings great poise to our quarterback position. He’s like having an extra coach on the field. And we didn’t throw to Justin as often as we could have a year ago, so I look for him to be a receiving threat coming out of the backfield.” Freeman also has high expectations from returning starters seniors Ashton Pickering and Cody Pollman and junior lineman Tristen Cullip. “We are not a big team and we don’t have great numbers,” Freeman said. “We will rely heavily on our senior leadership to get us back into the playoffs. And our young kids will have to develop quickly and be ready to play.”

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DISTRICTS AT-A-GLANCE Take a good look at the district pairings for this upcoming season. They won’t look quite the same starting next year when the KSHSAA’s new classification ruling kicks in. But for now, Class 6A and 5A will continue their eight-game regular season journeys before teams are seeded by record in the 16-school East and West regions. Their state playoffs begin on Friday, Oct. 27. The six smaller classes will start their playoffs on Friday, Nov. 3, with the exception of Class 3A, which starts on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The top two teams in each district advance to the playoffs, which culminate on Saturday, Nov. 25 with the 11-man and 8-man state championships. Here’s a look at how the districts shape up in the VYPE North Central Kansas readership area.

McPherson’s Bullpups, shown here celebrating a playoff win over Abilene last year, have their eyes set on another playoff run after competing in the tough District 8 in Class 4A-I. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)



D-8 - Abilene, Hays, McPherson, Wamego One of the toughest in any class. One, and sometimes, two good teams stay home. McPherson won the district title with a 3-0 record last year, while the other three teams were at 1-2, with Abilene winning the tie-breaker. Best Game - Abilene at McPherson, Oct. 27 District Winner - McPherson.

D-6 - Chapman, Clay Center, Smoky Valley Rock Creek Smoky Valley won this district in thrilling fashion last year with a 30-28 win at home against Clay Center. The Tigers will look to even the score this season but both teams will have to keep a wary eye on Rock Creek. Best Game - Smoky Valley at Clay Center, Oct. 27. District Winner - Clay Center.



The Beloit Trojans will look to push their way into the Class 3A playoffs by winning the District 13 championship. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)


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CLASS 4A, DIVISION II D-7 - Colby, Concordia, Goodland, Scott City. These four teams take turns driving halfway across the state just to play a couple district games. Doesnt matter where Scott City plays. Best Game - Colby at Scott City, Oct. 13. District Winner - Scott City

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D-12 - SE-Saline, Hesston, Hillsboro, Marion Once again a loaded district where one preseason league favorite will be staying home for the playoffs. Hesston nearly won it all last year in 3A ... and really should have. Southeast (NCAA) and Marion (HOA) are favored in their leagues as well. Best Game - SE-Saline at Hesston, Oct. 20. District Winner - Hesston.

D-3 - Burlingame, Clifton-Clyde, Herington Centre, Onaga, Rural Vista, Valley Falls It seems like half the state is covered in this district. Herington won seven games last year but didnt make the playoffs. It could happen to someone again in this district. Best Game - Burlingame at Clifton-Clyde, Oct. 6. District Winner - Burlingame.



D-13 - Beloit, Marysville, Minneapolis, Riley County Beloit is always dangerous, but will breaking in a new coach. Regardless, the Trojans are expected to have 15-20 more players out for the team this fall, than a year ago. Will that provide the depth needed to win a district title? Best Game - Marysville at Beloit, Oct. 13. District Winner - Beloit

D-4 - Bennington, Lincoln, Logan, Osborne, Solomon, Victoria Teams face a steep battle in this one if they’re trying to knock off Osborne or Victoria. Osborne won the state title last year and in 2013, while Victoria claimed titles in 2015 and ‘14. Best Game - Victoria at Osborne, Oct. 13. District Winner - Osborne.



D-15 - Ellsworth, Hoisington, Larned, Lyons Larned played six playoff teams to open the season and finished with nine in 11 games. Hoisington will be solid again. Ellsworth will challenge for that second playoff spot. Best Game - Larned at Hoisington, Oct. 20. District Winner- Hoisington

D-5 - Canton-Galva, Central Plains, Ellinwood, Goessel, Little River, St. John Central Plains breezed to the district title last year, but four other schools had a chance to get the No. 2 spot and a berth in the playoffs. Little River narrowly earned that honor. Best Game - Central Plains at Little River, Oct. 6. District Winner - Central Plains.



D-6 - Republic County, Ell-Saline, Sacred Heart, Smith Center Smith Center outscored its three district opponents, 112-7, last year. OK, now that we have that settled, it looks like the No. 2 spot is wide open and up for grabs. Best Game - Smith Center at Ell-Saline, Oct. 27. District Winner - Smith Center.

D-3 - Axtell, Frankfort, Hanover, Blue Valley, Wakefield, Wetmore It would be easy to concede the top spot to the defending state champions, but it should be a wild scramble for the runner-up spot and a berth in the playoff. Last year, it came down to a 44-40 win by Wakefield over Frankfort. Bext Game - Hanover at Wakefield, Oct. 20. District Winner - Hanover.



EIGHT-MAN II D-4 - SJB-Tipton, Linn, Rock Hills, Pike Valley, Southern Cloud, Tescott Three of the state’s top Eight-Man II teams were in this district last year and more is expected again this fall. Pike Valley returns tremendous speedy skill players. And Rock Hills still remembers last year’s regular-season ending loss to St. John’s Beloit, 34-32. Best Game - Pike Valley at Rock Hills, Oct. 6, District Winner - Pike Valley

EIGHT-MAN II D-5 - Northern Valley, Lakeside, Thunder Ridge, Stockton, Sylvan-Lucas, Wilson Another wide-open district. Stockton dropped its first five games of the season but won four straight games in district play to reach the players. Three others teams were one game back at 3-2. Best Game - Sylvan-Lucas at Stockton, Sept. 29. District Winner - Stockton.

Jacob Faerber and the Sacred Heart Knights will be fighting for a spot in the 2-1A playoffs in District 6. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)



PRESEASON COACHES’ POLLS (From Information Received By VYPE Magazine)






1. Derby 2, Hutchinson 3. Campus 4. Salina South 5. Salina Central 6. Maize

1. Buhler 2. McPherson 3. Augusta 4. Maize South 5. Andover Central 6. Winfield 7. Circle

1. Abilene 2. Marysville 3. Clay Center 4. Wamego 5. Concordia 6. Chapman

1. SE-Saline 2. Beloit 3. Ellsworth 4. Republic County 5. Sacred Heart 6. Russell 7. Minneapolis



1. Hesston 2. Pratt 3. Nickerson 4. Smoky Valley 5. Halstead 6. Hoisington 7. Kingman 8. Larned 9. Hillsboro 10. Haven 11. Lyons

1. Marion 2. Sterling 3. Sedgwick 4. Trinity 5. Ell-Saline 6. Moundridge 7. Remington 8. Inman


WHEAT STATE 1. Solomon 2. Herington 3. Wakefield 4. Little River 5. Goessel 6. Canton-Galva 7. Peabody 8. Centre 9. Rural Vista

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TEAM CAPSULES Information for the team capsules was gathered from preseason questionnaires returned to VYPE. Only those schools that returned questionnaires are included in this list of team capsules. Those schools not replying were Centre, Little River, Lyons, Peabody, RuraL Vista, St. John’s Miliary, Sterling and Tescott.


Head coach - Steve Simpson (4th year) Mascot - Cowboys League - NCKL 2016 record - 7-3 2016 playoffs - Lost 1st round (4A-I) to Buhler. Returning starters (10) - Trey Hoerner, 6-1, 210, Sr., RB-LB; Dominick Campbell, 5-8, 165, Sr., RB-CB; Tucker Robinson, 6-4, 255, Sr., TE-DE; Bryce Riekeman, 6-0, 220, Sr., TE-LB; Hunter Sprouse, 5-8, 210, Sr., DL-K; Kade Funston, 6-1, 230, So., OL. Coach Speak - “We need to develop at quarterback and offensive line, but will have strong candidates. RB and TE spots are real strong; defense should be solid again.”


Head coach - Brad Gober (1st year) Mascot - Trojans League - NCAA 2016 record - 6-3 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (11) - Creighton Johnson, 6-1, 225, So., OL-DL; Collin Chandler, 6-2, 215, Jr., OL-DL; River Paul, 5-9, 200, Jr. OL-DL; Garrett Kimminau, 5-11, 290, Sr., OL-DL; Devin Princ, 5-11, 170, Sr., OL-DL; Zac Meier, 5-10, 165, Jr., RB-DB; Blaine Burks, 6-0, 185, Sr., RB-LB; Carson Cox, 6-1, 170, So., WR-LB; Logan Kadel, 5-11, 230, Sr., OL-DL; Paxton Harris, 5-10, 120, Sr., WR-DB; Hudson Smith, 5-7, 145, Jr., WR-DB. Coach Speak - “We are going to be very good up front as we return all but one starter and have gained a lot of kids who were not playing the last few years. We are looking to have around 45 kids out for football compared to 25 from last season.”

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Head coach - Dustin Patee (3rd year, 3-15) Mascot - Eagles League - Wheat State 2016 record - 2-7 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (10) - Dylan Wood, 5-10, 173, Sr., RB-LB; Jonah Sargent, 5-9, 158, Sr., RB-DB; Landon Everett, 5-7, 143, So. WR-DB; Jay Nightingale, 5-6, 193, So., OL; Nick Pearson, 5-11, 204, So., TE-LB; David VanHouten, 5-10, 209, Sr., DL; Coach Speak - “Our strength is our depth for the first time since coming to Canton-Galva. I feel comfortable playing more than eight guys on Friday, which will give needed rest to the studs who will have to carry the load for us.”


Head coach - David Gillett (3rd year, 7-11) Mascot -Bulldogs League - HOA 2016 record - 2-7 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (10) - Devin Feil, 5-10, 175, Sr., QB; Ethan Schlachter, 6-1, 200, OL-DE; JT Ohlson, 5-9 160 Jr., RB-LB; JJ Allen, 5-10, 175, Sr., RB-LB; Taygen Watson, 5-10, 155, Sr., NG; Jaron Allen, 5-11, 145, So., DB; Dylan Fry, 5-9, 150, Sr., LB. Coach Speak - “We need to be better tacklers and improve our fundamentals. We return our entire backfield and six starters on defense, but just one starter on the offensive line and lack depth.” 28


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Jacob Faerber, Sacred Heart H.S.


Head coach - Kurt Webster (1st year) Mascot - Irish League - NCKL 2016 record - 1-8 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (18) - Trenton Hodson, 6-1, 185, Sr., OL-DL; Wade Hill, 5-10, 170, Sr. WR-CB; Erik Lemon, 6-0 175, Sr., OL-LB; Izek Jackson, 6-5, 175, Jr., QB; Malik Watson, 5-9, 140, Jr., RB-CB; Brandon Colston, 6-2, 165, Jr., WR-FS; Cole Martinez, 5-8, 185, Jr., OL-DL; Dalton Harvey, 5-10, 190, FB-LB; kobey Stroud, 6-0, 235, Jr., OL-DL; Chance Hayden, 5-8, 190, Jr., DL. Coach Speak - “We are very young and implementing a new offense and defense.”

Jacob will be a senior at Sacred Heart this fall and participates in football, basketball and track for the Knights. He has been named first-team all-league three times in football and has won six medals at the state track meet, including golds in the 1,600 relay as a freshman and the 400 dash as a junior. Jacob carries a 3.90 GPA and belongs to Stuco, SAFE, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad and Scholar's Bowl Club at school. He volunteers for Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Meals on Wheels and Relay for Life. After high school, Jacobs plans to attend college and study medicine.


Head coach - Travis Tesone (1st year) Mascot - Kats League - Northern Plains 2016 record - 6-5 2016 playoffs - Lost in second round (8M-II) to Dighton. Returning starters (10) - Jason Joyner, 6-2, 235, Jr. OL-DL; Brayden Moore, 6-3, 220, Sr., OL-DL; Dylan Miller, 5-9, 176, So., RB-LB; Dalton Rose, 5-11, 192, Sr., OL-DL; Lance Hinderlitter, 5-11, 170, Jr. WR-QB. Coach Speak - “The Kats will have a tough time filling in from the skill players who graduated last year, but that also leaves us with a strong line on both sides of the ball.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | JULY 2017




Head coach - Todd Rice (9th year, 39-39) Mascot - Tigers League - NCKL 2016 record - 5-5 2016 playoffs - Lost in 1st round (4A-II) to Collegiate. Returning starters (11) - Anthony Atkinson-Enneking, 6-4, 190, Sr., WR-OLB; Holden Heigele, 6-0, 200, Sr., OL; Peyton Lane, 6-0, 175, Sr, QB-FS.; Levi Pfizenmaier, 6-0, 185, RB-K; Gavin Ware, 6-1, 205, Sr., OL-DL; Garrett Craig, 5-10,, 205, Sr., DL; Jonathan Cramer-Rainbolt, 5-10, 210, DL; Calen Mendum, 5-8, 160, Sr., DB. Coach Speak - “We have a good core of seniors with 2-3 years of varsity experience. Our seniors have high goals this season and providing good leadership. We need underclassmen to step up early in the season.”

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Head coach - Russ Steinbrock (16th year, 94-49) Mascot - Eagles League - Twin Valley 2016 record - 8-2 2016 playoffs - Lost 1st round (8M-I) to Osborne. Key Returnees (7) - Elias Girard, 5-9, 165, Sr., RB-LB; Bradley Koch, 6-1, 206, Sr., OL-DL; Drake Steinbrock, 5-9, 165, Jr., RB-DB; Christian Seifert, 5-9, 160, Jr., RB-DB; Brant Douglas, 5-10, 140, Jr., RB-DB; Tanner Thompson, 5-10, 155, Jr., OL-DL; Skylar Robbins, 5-8, 145, Jr., OL-DL. Team Notes - Steinbrock needs six wins to reach 100 for his career. The Eagles return three offensive and two defensive starters from last years playoff team

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CONCORDIA Head coach - Austin Kingsbury (3rd year, 7-12) Mascot - Panthers League - NCLK 2016 record - 1-8 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (9) - Rope Dorman, 5-11, 180, Sr., RB-LB; Billy Bechard, 5-11, 185, Sr., RB-LB; Brent Beaumont, 5-8, 240, Sr., G-DT; Austin Higbee, 6-2, 250, Sr., OT-DE; Garrett Lawrence 6-3, 200, Sr., TE-LB; Matias Gutierrez, 5-11, 180, Sr., TE-LB; Tyler Stupka, 6-2, 185, Sr., WR-S; Blake Leiszler, 5-7, 130, Jr., WR-CB; Paul Rundus, 5-10, 235, Jr., C-DT. Coach Speak - “The main goal for our team this year is to get better at competing every day and to challenge each other to focus on doing the little things right.” Rope Dorman, Concordia




Head coach - Terry King (19th year) Mascot - Cardinals League - HOA 2016 record - 3-6 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (18) - Mason Farrell, 6-2 185, Sr., C-DE; Avery Bradley, 5-11, 230, Sr., G-DT; Brandon Headlowe, 6-0, 230, Sr., G-DT; Jared Walsh, 5-11, 210, Sr., T-DT; Spencer Came, 6-2, 185, Sr., TE; Nick Davenport, 6-1, 205, Jr., QB-LB; Bryce Lange, 5-9 165, Sr., RB-CB; Clayton White, 5-10 225, Jr., T; Reis Jennings, 5-10, 230, Jr., C; Caleb Hammonds, 6-2, 185, So., OLB; Joel Came, FS-LB. Coach Speak - “We should be a much-improved competitive team this season. Based on the number of returning quality players on both sides of the ball. Our entire offensive line returns, which should be huge for us.”


Head coach - Garrett Hiebert (6th year, 17-29) Mascot - Bluebirds League - wheat State 2016 record - 5-4 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (8) - Jordan Griffin, 6-2 195, Sr., TEDE; Carson Stark, 6-1, 170, Sr., G-DE; Nathaniel Schmucker, 5-8, 210 Sr., C; Jayce Schmidt, 5-10, 150, Sr., TE; Zach Zogleman, 5-7, 140, Jr., DB; Dylan Lindeman, 6-0, 150, So., DB. Coach Speak - “This past season, we graduated a small but very talented group of seniors. It will be critical that we have players step up this season to fill both leadership roles and on-the-field roles.”


Head coach - Josh Homolka (1st year) Mascot - Bearcats League - NCAA 2016 record - 5-4 2016 playoffs -DNQ Returning starters (10) - Zac Schneider, 6-0 180, Sr., QB-LB; Jordan Base, 6-0, 180, Sr., SB-FS; Darrel Gustin, 6-0 190, Sr., OG-DE; Remington Craves, 6-2, 175, Sr., CB; Ethan Curnutt, 6-3, 200, Sr., DE; Grant Gwinner, 6-0 180, Jr., LB; Caleb Slaight, 5-10, 200, Sr., DT. Coach Speak - “The team has worked extremely hard this summer. I feel we have built some real leadership. Being the first year at Ellsworth, that is what i wanted to establish early.”

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Head coach - Matt Heuer (13th year, 114-25) Mascot - Wildcats League - Twin Valley 2016 record - 12-0 2016 playoffs - Eight-Man II state champions. Returning starters (9) - Carlos Emmanuel, 6-5, 300, Sr., NG; Kevin Diederich, 6-0, 175, Sr., RB-LB; Carter Bruna, 6-0, 205, Jr., RB; Daiken Stallbaumer, 6-2, 175, Jr., DB; Brennan Zabokrtsky, 6-1, 175, Sr., E-LB; Cade Cohorst, 6-1, 170, Jr., G-LB. Coach Speak - “This year’s team should once again be very competitive but we will have to stay healthy and also have some kids step up on the field and become leaders. We have good talent that has a hunger for winning.”


Head coach - Tom Flax (5th year, 8-28) Mascot - Railroaders League - Wheat State 2016 record - 7-2 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (8) - Trenden Schneider, 6-3, 190, Sr., FB-LB; Ethan Moorman-Meador, 5-10, 175, Sr., WB-LB; Devonte McConnell, 6-0, 180, Sr., TE-LB; KJ Hudson, 6-1, 215, Sr., OL-DL. Coach Speak - “Our strength will be the returning skill players we have coming back. Ethan and Trenden will have to carry the load for us on offense. We will have to get an attacking mindset on both sides of the ball.”


Head coach - Devin Metzinger 2nd year, 3-6) Mascot - Trojans League - CKL 2016 record - 3-6 2016 playoffs - DNQ. Top Players (5) - Eliott Ollenberger, 5-8 130, Sr., WR-DB; Kaden Kleiner, 6-0, 155, Sr., QB-LB; Jacob Funk, 6-5, 190, Sr., WR-DB; Colin Settle, 5-10, 220, Sr., OL-DL; Wesley Shaw, 6-2, 250, Jr., OL-DL. Coach Speak - “We have a great group of kids who are putting a lot of time in over the summer to get better. It’s just a matter of getting them coached up and ready for a very tough week in



Kevin Diederich, Hanover


Head coach - Lance Sawyer(11th year, 33-58) Mascot - Teutons League - HOA 2016 record - 3-6 2016 playoffs -DNQ Returning starters (13) - Payton Froese, 6-0, 165, Jr., QB-DB; Jaxon Eddy, 6-1, 165, Jr., WR; Wyatt Meier, 5-9, 275, Jr., OL-DL; Ethan Stubbs, 5-11, 165, Sr., WR-LB; Mason Thiessen, 6-6, 200, OL-DL; Jayden Martin, 5-6, 185, So., OL-DL; Jack Doerksen, 5-9 175, Jr., RB-DB. Coach Speak - “We ended the season well, finishing 3-2 in our last five games. Our focus will be getting back to the basicsound tackling and aggressive blocking. We have a great group of returning players who are still young.”


Head coach - Don Long (2nd year, 1-8) Mascot - Leopards League - Northern Plains 2016 record - 1-8 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (6) - Drew Biggs, 6-1, 175, Jr., QB; Tyler Walford, 6-2, 260, So. OL; Jordan Lyne, 6-2, 250, So., OL; Victor Vasquez, 6-0, 170, Sr., RB; Cody Behrens, 6-1, 195, Sr., OL; Colin Obermueller, 6-0, 150, Sr., DB. Coach Speak - “We should be much improved with a good ground game.”


Head coach - JeremyMiller (6th year, 14-31) Mascot - Bulldogs League - Twin Valley 2016 record - 4-5 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (8) - Evan Bott, 5-11, 190 Sr., QB-DB; Tanner Spence, 6-1, 190, Sr., TE-LB; Dillon Cooper, 6-5, 210 Sr., TE-DE; Ricardo Ruacho, 5-11, 190, Sr., OL-LB. Coach Speak - “We will have to mature quickly at some key positions offensively and defensively after losing four starters. Evan Bott will bring solid experience to our running and passing attack.”

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Head coach - Grant Thierolf (31st year, 177-100) Mascot - Warriors League - HOA 2016 record - 7-2 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (13) - Jack Schneider, 6-2, 181, Sr. QBFS; Corbin Wheeler, 5-10, 185, Sr., SB-SS; Zachary Stuchlik, 6-3, 174, Sr., SB-CB; Garrett Hoffner, 6-0, 196, Sr., WR-LB; Antone Vinduska, 6-3, 249, Sr., OT; Tyler Palic, 6-1, 222, Sr., OG-LB; Jarrett McLinden,6-3, 295, Sr., C-DT; Coach Speak - “We should have a fairly experienced team for the 2017 season. We have some very talented athletes and it will be fun to see if we can mold them into a team that plays with one heartbeat.”

Dawson Maring, Salina Central H.S. Dawson is a senior at Salina Central and participates in football and baseball for the Mustangs. He is a three-year letterman in both sports and has been voted as one of the team captains for the 2017 football season. Dawson carries a 4.0 grade point average and belongs to the marching band, jazz band and National Honor Society at school. He volunteers for the Red Cross Blood Drive and Meals on Wheels. Dawson plans to attend college after graduation, with possible interests in history and political science. Corbin Wheeler, Marion

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Head coach - Jace Pavlovich (3rd year, 13-7) Mascot - Bullpups League - AVCTL III 2016 record - 8-3 2016 playoffs - Lost in second round (4A-I) to Maize South. Returning starters (11) - Wyatt Seidl DE; Michael Mendez, DL; Jayse Alexander LB; Kollin Goering, LB; Tyson Stites DB; Drew Labertew, DB; Ben Nikkel, DB; Gunnar Reiss, DB; Jace Kinnamon, TB; Gabe Hoover, WR; Thomas Diggins, TE. Coach Speak - “We have a ton of kids coming back who either started or contributed last year as underclassmen. Thses kids will have to continue to get better. We have a tough league and looking forward to playing the best 4A has to offer.” Jayse Alexander, McPherson


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Head coach - Jhon Haehn (4th year, 9-21) Mascot - Lions League - NCAA 2016 record - 1-8 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (20) - Trenton Brubaker, Sr., QB-DB; Trevaugn Thomas, Sr., RB-DL; Dalton Wilson, Sr., OL; Keagon Williamson, Sr., FB-LB; Clay Goddard, Sr., WR-OLB; Chase Donovan, Sr., DL-OL; Evan Keating, Sr., RB-SS; Gaton heald, Sr., OL-DE; Tyson Vollalpando, Jr., FB-ILB; Kayden McCillick, WR-OLB; DJ Green, Sr., WR-DB; Tristan Hauck, Jr., OLB. Coach Speak - “We have a ton of experience. Most guys have been playing the last two years and know what is expected of them. We also have to start strong and build confidence.”



Head coach - Jeremiah Meeks (2nd year, 3-7) Mascot - Wildcats League - HOA 2016 record - 3-7 2016 playoffs - Lost in 1st round (2-1A) to Smith Center. Returning starters (16) - Mason Dyck, 5-10, 175, Sr., QB-LB; Jerod Kaufman, 5-11, 172, Sr., RB-LB; Damian Calderon, 5-4, 125, Sr., WR-DB; Luke Ratzlaff, 6-2 205, Sr., LT-LB; Bryant Olson, 6-0, 285, Sr.; RG-DL; Trevor Kohl, 5-10, 255, Jr., C-DL; Jonah Spore, 6-0, 245, Sr., RT-DL; Noah Eichelberger, 6-3, 190, Sr. WR-DB Coach Speak - “We have a very strong senior class with some explosive athletes. Our offensive line will be one of our strengths. This will be a big strong unit with a lot of experience. We will lean on them early.”


Head coach - Don Melby (38th year, 205-142) Mascot - Panthers League - Northern Plains 2016 record - 10-2 2016 playoffs - Lost in the semifinals (8M-II) to Hanover. Returning starters (9) - Davante Hammer, 5-8, 170, Sr., QB; Kaiser Kussman, 6-1, 255, Sr., NT; Lane Peters, 5-9, 150, Sr., RBDB; Anton Reeves, 5-8, 140, Sr., DB; Cole Strickler, 5-9 185, Sr., TE-LB; Heath White, 6-1, 175, Sr., TE; Brady Carlgren, 5-10, 150, Jr., DB. Coach Speak - “We will have very good overall team speed, but we need to solidify our line on offense and fill in some spots on defense. We have nine seniors and only two juniors, but they are good ones.”

Comeback Player of the Month Braden Neilson, Solomon H.S. A dirt bike injury briefly put a bump in the road for Solomon’s Braden Neilson, but a quick recovery has the multisport athlete healthy for a busy junior year. Neilson took a spill this past May. “I was driving in tall grass and was going too fast. Kind of slid out from underneath me,” he said. “When I felt the bike was sliding out, I kind of just jumped off and slammed my shoulder instead of rolling down a hill.” The accident broke Neilson’s collarbone. “It didn’t hurt as bad as I would think it would,” he said. “It wasn’t that bad. It was kind of, I don’t know, a throbbing pain.” A javelin thrower on the track and field team, Neilson’s sophomore season came to an abrupt end. Neilson was treated by Dr. Todd Herrenbruck at Salina Ortho. Herrenbruck performed a clavicle fracture open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) to stabilize the break. “They put a metal plate in there, and seven screws,” Neilson said. “I wore a sling for about two more days after the surgery, and then I was out of my sling and starting to move around." Neilson estimated that about 2-1/2 weeks later, he was back playing basketball in summer league competition, and a week after that, lifting weights again. He recently competed in 5-on-5 football competition. Neilson, Solomon’s quarterback, said he felt comfortable throwing off his shoulder the entire day. Neilson has a loaded schedule for Gorilla athletics. He doubles as a cornerback on defense. On the hardwood, Neilson plays forward. He competes in track in the spring, and has played baseball for summer teams in the past. Football will be first on the agenda. Two years ago, the Gorillas were 10-2 and an 8-Man Division I state semifinalist. This past season, Solomon was 6-4 with a playoff berth. “Definitely make the playoffs, and hopefully make it to state. We have a pretty good team. Most of our starters are coming back,” Neilson said. “I think we’re going to be pretty good. We got some fast guys. We got a little size.”

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Head coach - Kevin Couture (2nd year, 5-6) Mascot - Buffaloes League - NCAA 2016 record - 5-6 2016 playoffs - Lost in second round (2-1A) to Plainville. Returning starters (7) - McKenzie Crowmwell, 6-0, 190, Sr., RB-LB; Nick Allsman, 6-0, 180, Sr., RB-DB; Deon Dyke, 5-8, 145, Sr., WR-DB; Carl Brunner, 5-8, 165, Sr., DB Coach Speak - “At the skill possitions we are very experienced and will rely early on for those individuals to lead a young offensive line that has the potential to provide protection and open holes as the year progresses.”


Head coach - Brock McMillan (5th year, 23-14) Mascot - Grizzlies League - Northern Plains 2016 record - 7-2 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (11) - Brady Jeffery, Sr., TE-DE; Tycen Hilger, Sr., FB-DE-LB; Austin Eilert, Sr., OL-DL; Cody Wright, Sr., OL; Zane Colson, Jr., RB-LB; Chevy Mohler, Sr., DL; Rylee Whelchel, So., LB. Coach Speak - “We bring back a solid core of experience on both sides of the ball. These kids will use a heartbreaking Week 9 loss as motivation going into this season.”

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Head coach - Garrett Galanski (1st year) Mascot - Knights League - NCAA 2016 record - 3-6 2016 playoffs - DNQ Top Returnees (11) - Trace Leners ATH-LB; Luke Krajicek, OL-DL; Jacob Faerber, RB-DB; Chase Kaiser, OL-DL; Cade Cochran, OL-DL; Ben Dereal, ATH; Charlie Skidmore, QB-DB; Landon Power, WR-DB; Paco Garcia, WR-DB; Kyler Junk, ATHLB; Anders Mikkelson, OL-DL. Coach Speak - “Well conditioned, strong and smart, but we are small in numbers.”


Head coach - Keith Kresin. Mascot - Blujays. League - Northern Plains 2016 record - 7-3 2016 playoffs - Lost in first round (8M-II) to Hanover. Returning starters (1) - Ty Brummer, 5-10, 170, Sr., TB-DB. Coach Speak - “We lost seven good seniors and all seven started for us, so having kids step up and fill positions is very important. We will have only 14 kids out, so we will lack depth. We need to stay away from injuries.”


Head coach - Mike Hall (12th year, 54-55) Mascot - Mustangs League - AVCTL I 2016 record - 0-9 2016 playoffs -DNQ Returning starters (17) - Brogen Richardson, 6-0 170, Jr., QB; Taylon Peters, 5-8, 190, Jr., RB; Houston Griffitts, 6-0, 200, So., RB; Jordan McMullen, 5-8 160, Sr., RB; Cade Goertzen, 5-10, 162, Sr., WR; Kedric Liggins, 6-0, 170, Sr., WR; Logan Horst, 6-1,200, Sr., TE; James Morrow, 6-5, 280, Sr., OL; Luis Sotelo, 6-0, 265, Sr., OL; Jeffrey Hemstock, 6-2, 255, Sr., OL; Dawson Maring, 5-8 175, Sr., LB; Michael Russell, 5-11, 175, Jr., LB; Drew Burgoon, 5-8, 130, Jr., LB; Ben Driver, 6-1, 175, Jr., DB; Jere Thomas, 5-8, 135, Jr., DB; Josh Morrow, 6-2, 260, Jr., DL; Cole Butts, 5-10, 220, Jr., DL. Coach Speak - “We have several players back who started for us last year on offense and have eight starters back on defense. We’ll have to use our strength and quickness to be successful because we will not have much size offensively or defensively.”

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SALINA SOUTH Head coach - Sam Sellers (8th year, 48-35) Mascot - Cougars League - AVCTL I 2016 record - 1-8 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (15) -Casey Lanoue, 6-0 173, Sr., QB; Tanner Parrett, 5-8, 179, Sr. RB; Michael Matthews, 6-4, 223, Sr., TE; Isaac Copes, 5-10, 256, Sr. OL; Garrett Krebs, 6-1 213, Sr., OL; Spencer Einhaus, 6-0, 252, Jr., OL; Karter Granzella, 5-10, 210, Jr. OL; Ty Garrett, 6-2, 183, So., WR; Peyton Webb, 6-0, 203, Sr., LB; Ethan Resley, 6-3, 197, Sr., DE; Layne Haddock, 5-10, 152, Sr., DB; Isaac Mitchell, 6-4, 226, Jr., DE; Jayden Miller, 5-11, 270, Jr., DL; Luke Streit, 5-8, 152, Jr., DB; Cal Calvert, 5-11, 158, Jr., DB. Coach Speak - “With a lot of young talent returning, the two keys will be finding their confidenceafter a rough 2016 season and continuing to develop depth behind the returnees. “ Layne Haddock, Salina South

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"Our calendars are full with the activities of my four grandchildren with athletics and music. Two of my grandsons started playing baseball and basketball, realizing it wasn’t for them. They discovered hockey, developing in five years, you’d think they’d been skating for a lifetime. We talk about their love for hockey and the dreams they wish to achieve. My youngest grandson’s goal is to be Pam Denno with grandchildren (from left) Gehrig Watkins (10), Anthony over 6 feet tall and rule the basketball Wedel (13), Hallie Watkins (13) and Brian Wedel (17). court. He strives to be the best he can. My granddaughter is well rounded in sports and life, loving basketball, tennis and modeling. As my life has changed, I hope my grandchildren have learned to enjoy the moments. I praise God every day for the ability He has given me to attend as many of my grandchildren’s activities as I can. I love seeing the kind of people they are growing into. I hope someday they will appreciate the impact I have tried to make on their lives with encouragement, support, and compassion in winning and losing in life." - Pam Denno

SOLOMON Head coach - Steve Tiernan (3rd year, 16-6) Mascot - Gorillas League - Wheat State 2016 record - 6-4 2016 playoffs - Lost in first round (8M-I) to Burlingame. Returning starters (12) - Braden Neilson, 6-2, 180, Jr., QB; Jobe Fowles, 6-2, 200, Jr., G-DE: Jake Harmon, 6-0, 170, Sr., RB-DB; Andrew Capsey, 6-2, 190 Sr., G-DE; Jacob Burdine, 6-1, 170, Sr., E; Cameron Noggle, 5-10, 170, Sr., RB-LB; Eli Basvic 5-10, 160 Jr., LB; Shane Garmon, 5-10, 200, Jr., NG.


Coach Speak - “We have a lot of experience back, but we play in a very tough district and we must stay healthy.”


Head coach - Tim Lambert (3rd year, 10-10) Mascot - Vikings League - CKL 2016 record - 8-3 2016 playoffs - Lost in second round (4A-II) to Pratt. Returning starters (14) - Kai Sjogren, 6-1, 175, Sr., RB-DB; Riley O’Dell, 6-0, 170, Sr., FB-LB; Kyle Anderson, 6-1, 175, Sr., RBLB; Brett Heitschmidt, 6-1, 200, Sr., QB; Zach Able, 5-9 165, Sr., WR-DB; Jacob Adams, 6-4, 185, Sr., TE-DE; Blake Heble, 6-1, 180, Jr., LB; Ethan Wampler, 6-2, 245, Jr., OT-DT. Team Notes - The Vikings return seven starters on both sides of the ball from a team that won eight games last year and reached the second round of the Class 4A-II state playoffs.

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Head coach - Mitch Gebhart (8th year, 43-25) Mascot - Trojans League - NCAA 2016 record - 7-3 2016 playoffs - Lost in first round (3A) to Halstead. Returning starters (10) - Hunter White, 6-1, 175, Sr., RB-LB; Grant Tillberg, 6-0, 150, Sr., WR; Dylan Marks, 6-0, 215, OL-DL; Damon Douglas, 6-0 170, Sr., WR-DB; Gavin Adams, 6-1, 220, Jr., OL-DL; Rudy Rodriquez, 5-9, 175, Jr. LB. Coach Speak - “We have to replace some key players. It will take work from the entire group to compete. We must play as a team and work to getter better throughout the season.”


Head coach - Rick Hatfield (1st year) Mascot - Warriors League - Northern Plains 2016 record - 0-9 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (9) - Joe Cool, 6-3, 160, Sr., QB-S; Walker Clapp, 5-10 210, Sr., OG-NG; Lane Martin, 6-2, 185, Sr., E-LB; Carson Bellows, 6-1, 145, Jr., QB-RB-DB; Dakota Davis, 5-10 165, Jr., G-NT; Zach Paillet, 5-10, 185, Jr., C-NT; Nevyn Gold, 5-8, 130, So., WR-CB; Kamdyn Ryser, 5-9 140, So., WR-CB; Blaine Michaelson, 5-9 160, So., G-DE. Coach Speak - “We will still have a pretty young team this year, but my hope is our numbers will improve. We only had out 12 or 13 last year and i’m hoping for more than that this time around.


Head coach - Ben Labertew (5th year) Mascot - Mustangs League - Northern Plains 2016 record - 6-3 2016 playoffs - DNQ Returning starters (15) - Beau Batchman, 5-10 165 So., OL; Darren Ammon, 6-1, 185, Sr. OL-DE; Sam Princ, 6-0, 190, Jr., OL-DE; Caiden Rivers, 5-10, 140, Sr., E-DB; Dylan Striet, 6-4, 195, Sr., E-LB; RJ Haberer, 6-2, 195, Sr., QB-LB; Dominic Montiel, 5-8, 140, Sr., RB-DB; Tyler Barrienties, 5-10, 170, Jr., RB-LB. Coach Speak - “We return a good group of players who have gotten a ton of experience over the past several years. If we can stay healthy and gain some consistency, I feel we can be very competitive.”


Head coach - Chris Freeman (15th year) Mascot - Bombers League - Wheat State 2016 record - 7-3 2016 playoffs -Lost in 1st round (8M-I) to Pike Valley. Returning starters (12) - Tristen Cullip, 5-11, 185, Jr. C-DE; Skylur Merrit, 5-10, 185, Jr., QB-LB; Garrett Groves, 5-8 160, Sr., TE-LB; Ashton Pickering, 5-8, 185, Sr., RB-DE; Justin Carver, 5-7, 165, Sr., RB-DB; Nathan Jackson, 6-1, 210, Sr., G-LB. Coach Speak - “We are not a big team and we dont have great numbers, but we do bring back a lot of experience. We must stay healthy throughout the season and get great leadership from our seniors.” Hunter White, SE-Saline





Head coach - Doug Thompson (3rd year, 18-4)

Head coach - Tony Brokes (21st year, 82-111)

Mascot - Tigers

Mascot - Dragons

League - Twin Valley

League - Northern Plains

2016 record - 8-3

2016 record - 5-4

2016 playoffs -Lost in second round (2-1A) to Colgan.

2016 playoffs - DNQ

Returning starters (4) - Riley Moore, 5-7, 190, LB; Schuyler Zenger, 5-10, 180, DE.

Top Returnees (6) - Brady Mermis, 5-11, 165; Kory Kriley, 6-0 160, Jr.; Grant Weinhold, Sr., 6-0, 210, Sr.; Jayden Bess, Sr., 6-0, 160, Sr.; Collin Hoeffner, 6-3, 225, Sr.; Tristin Soukup, 5-7,145, Jr.

Team Notes - The Tigers have won 18 games over the last two season under Thompson and have qualified for the state playoffs both years.

Coach Speak - “The Dragons will look to leadership to bring the young players around to the varsity level. Several young players will have to step up for us for this team to be successful.�

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Student Athletes of the Month Each month, we recognize a student athlete who excels on and off the field. These student athletes exhibit outstanding commitment to academics while also participating in high school sports and other activities.

Teresa Boeken

115 W Main PO Box 253 Sterling (620) 278-2572

Benjamin Waters

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ABILENE Sept. 1 – TMP-Marian Sept. 8 – At Marysville Sept. 15 – At Andover Central Sept. 22 – At Chapman Sept. 29 – Concordia Oct. 6 – Clay Center Oct. 13 – At Wamego Oct. 20 – Hays Oct. 27 – At McPherson

BELOIT Sept. 1 – Concordia Sept. 8 – At Ellsworth Sept. 15 – At Sacred Heart Sept. 22 – Republic County Sept. 29 – At Russell Oct. 6 – SE-Saline Oct. 13 – Marysville Oct. 20 – At Riley County Oct. 26 – At Minnespolis

BENNINGTON Sept. 1 – Herington Sept. 8 – At Little River Sept. 15 –SJB-Tipton Sept. 22 – At Thunder Ridge Sept. 29 – Lincoln Oct. 6 – At Victoria Oct. 13 – Solomon Oct. 20 – At Osborne Oct. 26 – Logan-Palco

CANTON-GALVA Sept. 1 – At Solomon Sept. 8 – At Rural Vista Sept. 15 – Peabody Sept. 22 – At Wakefield Sept. 29 – Central Plains Oct. 6 – At St. John Oct. 13 – Little River Oct. 20 – At Goessel Oct. 26 – Ellinwood

CENTRE Sept. 1 – Little River Sept. 8 – At Goessel Sept. 15 – Herington Sept. 22 – At Burlingame Sept. 29 – Open Oct. 6 – At Onaga Oct. 13 – Clifton-Clyde Oct. 20 – At Valley Falls Oct. 26 – Rural Vista






Sept. 1 – Jefferson West Sept. 8 – SE-Saline Sept. 15 – At Concordia Sept. 22 – Abilene Sept. 29 – At Wamego Oct. 6 – At Marysville Oct. 13 – Clay Center Oct. 20 – At Smoky Valley Oct. 27 – Rock Creek

Sept. 1 – Russell Sept. 8 – Beloit Sept. 15 – At Republic County Sept. 22 – At LaCrosse Sept. 29 – Sacred Heart Oct. 6 – Minneapolis Oct. 13 – At Hoisington Oct. 20 – Lyons Oct. 26 – At Larned

Sept. 1 – At Tescott Sept. 8 – Rock Hills Sept. 15 – At Sylvan-Lucas Sept. 22 – SJB-Tipton Sept. 29 – At Bennington Oct. 6 – At Solomon Oct. 13 – Logan-Palco Oct. 20 – At Victoria Oct. 26 – Osborne

Sept. 1 – Sacred Heart Sept. 8 – At Republic County Sept. 15 – At Lyons Sept. 22 – Russell Sept. 29 – At SE-Saline Oct. 6 – Ellsworth Oct. 13 – Riley County Oct. 20 – At Marysville Oct. 26 – Beloit





Sept. 1 – At SJB-Tipton Sept. 8 – Wilson Sept. 15 – At Rock Hills Sept. 22 – Sylvan-Lucas Sept. 29 – Stafford Oct. 6 – South Barber Oct. 13 – At Bucklin Oct. 20 – Pretty Prairie Oct. 26 – At Ashland

Sept. 1 – At Wakefield Sept. 8 – Centre Sept. 15 – At Solomon Sept. 22 – Peabody Sept. 29 – Little River Oct. 6 –At Ellinwood Oct. 13 – St. John Oct. 20 – Canton-Galva Oct. 26 – At Central Plains

Sept. 1 – At Clifton-Clyde Sept. 8 – Blue Valley Sept. 15 – Wetmore Sept. 22 – Hanover Sept. 29 – At SJB-Tipton Oct. 6 – At Southern Cloud Oct. 13 – Rock Hills Oct. 20 – At Tescott Oct. 26 – Pike Valley

Sept. 1 – Marion Sept. 8 – At Trinity Sept. 15 – At Ell-Saline Sept. 22 – Sterling Sept. 29 – At Remington Oct. 6 – Inman Oct. 13 – At Sedgwick Oct. 20 – Medicine Lodge Oct. 27 – At Prue (OK)





Sept. 1 – Phillipsburg Sept. 8 – Concordia Sept. 15 – At Goodland Sept. 22 – At Wamego Sept. 29 – Marysville Oct. 6 – At Abilene Oct. 13 – At Chapman Oct. 20 – At Rock Creek Oct. 27 – Smoky Valley

Sept. 1 – At Lebo Sept. 9 – vs. Udall (at Salina) Sept. 15 – So. Coffey County Sept. 22 – Linn Sept. 29 – Wetmore Oct. 6 – At Blue Valley Oct. 13 – Frankfort Oct. 20 – At Wakefield Oct. 26 – Axtell

Sept. 1 – At Centre Sept. 8 – Bennington Sept. 15 – Wakefield Sept. 22 – At Solomon Sept. 29 – At Goessel Oct. 6 – Central Plains Oct. 13 – At Canton-Galva Oct. 20 – At Ellinwood Oct. 26 – St. John

Sept. 1 – Rural Vista Sept. 8 – Wakefield Sept. 15 – At Canton-Galva Sept. 22 – At Goessel Sept. 29 – Flinthills Oct. 6 – At Oxford Oct. 13 – Udall Oct. 20 – Central Burden Oct. 26 – At CV-Dexter





Sept. 1 – Linn Sept. 8 – At Frankfort Sept. 15 – At Valley Heights Sept. 22 – Rural Vista Sept. 29 – At Herington Oct. 6 – Burlingame Oct. 13 – At Centre Oct. 20 – Onaga Oct. 26 – Open

Sept. 1 – At Bennington Sept. 8 – Solomon Sept. 15 – At Centre Sept. 22 – Onaga Sept. 29 – Clifton-Clyde Oct. 6 – At Valley Falls Oct. 13 – Rural Vista Oct. 20 – At MDC Valley Oct. 26 – At Burlingame

Sept. 1 – Hillsboro Sept. 8 – At Nickerson Sept. 15 – Minneapolis Sept. 22 – At Pratt Sept. 29 – At Haven Oct. 6 – Smoky Valley Oct. 13 – At Larned Oct. 20 – At Ellsworth Oct. 26 – Hoisington

Sept. 1 – At Lakeside Sept. 8 – Thunder Ridge Sept. 15 – At Stockton Sept. 22 – Osborne Sept. 29 – Southern Cloud Oct. 6 – At Rock Hills Oct. 13 – Tescott Oct. 20 – SJB-Tipton Oct. 26 – At Linn





Sept. 1 – At Beloit Sept. 8 – At Clay Center Sept. 15 – Chapman Sept. 22 – Marysville Sept. 29 – At Abilene Oct. 6 – Wamego Oct. 13 – Goodland Oct. 20 – At Colby Oct. 27 – Scott City

Sept. 1 – At Lyons Sept. 8 – Kingman Sept. 15 – At Hoisington Sept. 22 – Smoky Valley Sept. 29 – Halstead Oct. 6 – At Haven Oct. 13 – Hesston Oct. 20 – Marion Oct. 26 – At SE-Saline

Sept. 1 – At Moundridge Sept. 8 – Inman Sept. 15 – Sedgwick Sept. 22 – At Remington Sept. 29 – Sterling Oct. 6 – At Trinity Oct. 13 – At SE-Saline Oct. 20 – At Hillsboro Oct. 26 – Hesston

Sept. 1 – At SE-Saline Sept. 8 – Minneapolis Sept. 15 – Ellsworth Sept. 22 – At Beloit Sept. 29 – At Plainville Oct. 6 – Russell Oct. 13 – At ll-Saline Oct. 20 – Smith Center Oct. 27 – Sacred Heart





Sept. 1 – Sedgwick Sept. 8 – At Remington Sept. 15 – Moundridge Sept. 22 – At Inman Sept. 29 – Trinity Oct. 6 – At Sterling Oct. 13 – Republic County Oct. 20 – At Sacred Heart Oct. 26 – Smith Center

Sept. 1 – Trinity Sept. 8 – At Marion Sept. 15 – At Sterling Sept. 22 – Ell-Saline Sept. 29 – Medicine Lodge Oct. 6 – At Moundridge Oct. 13 – Remington Oct. 20 – At Christ Academy Oct. 26 – at Sedgwick

Sept. 1 – At Buhler Sept. 8 – At Maize South Sept. 15 – Winfield Sept. 22 – At Augusta Sept. 29 – At Circle Oct. 6 – Rose Hill Oct. 13 – At Hays Oct. 20 – Wamego Oct. 27 – Abilene

Sept. 1 – Wilson Sept. 8 – At Lincoln Sept. 15 – Chase Sept. 22 – At Lakeside Sept. 29 – At Tescott Oct. 6 – Pike Valley Oct. 13 – At Linn Oct. 20 – Southern Cloud Oct. 26 – At SJB-Tipton





Sept. 1 – At Peabody Sept. 8 – Canton-Galva Sept. 15 – Onaga Sept. 22 – At Clifton-Clyde Sept. 29 – Valley Falls Oct. 6 – At Hill City Oct. 13 – At Herington Oct. 20 – Burlingame Oct. 26 – At Centre

Sept. 1 – Halstead Sept. 8 – At Larned Sept. 15 – Haven Sept. 22 – At Hillsboro Sept. 29 – Hesston Oct. 6 – At Lyons Oct. 13 – Rock Creek Oct. 20 – Chapman Oct. 27 – At Clay Center



Sept. 1 – Lincoln Sept. 8 – At Sylvan-Lucas Sept. 15 – Blue Valley Sept. 22 – At Wilson Sept. 29 – Rock Hills Oct. 6 – SJB-Tipton Oct. 13 – At Pike Valley Oct. 20 – Linn Oct. 26 – At Southern Cloud

Sept. 1 – At Minneapolis Sept. 8 – At Russell Sept. 15 – Beloit Sept. 22 – SE-Saline Sept. 29 – At Ellsworth Oct. 6 – Plainville Oct. 13 – At Smith Center Oct. 20 – Ell-Saline Oct. 27 – At Republic County

Sept. 1 – Canton-Galva Sept. 8 – At Herington Sept. 15 – Goessel Sept. 22 – Little River Sept. 29 – at Osborne Oct. 6 – Lincoln Oct. 13 – At Bennington Oct. 20 – At Logan-Palco Oct. 26 – Victoria



Sept. 1 – Chase Sept. 8 – At Osborne Sept. 15 – At Bennington Sept. 22 – At Lincoln Sept. 29 – Linn Oct. 6 – At Tescott Oct. 13 – Southern Cloud Oct. 20 – At Pike Valley Oct. 26 – Rock Hills

Sept. 1 – Republic County Sept. 8 – At Chapman Sept. 15 – Russell Sept. 22 – At Sacred Heart Sept. 29 – Minneapolis Oct. 6 – At Beloit Oct. 13 – Marion Oct. 20 – At Hesston Oct. 26 – Hillsboro



Sept. 1 – At Cair Paravel Sept. 8 – F.H. Christian Sept. 15 – Open Sept. 22 – At Life Prep Sept. 29 – At Veritas Oct. 6 – Wichita Home Oct. 13 – At St. Mary’s Oct. 20 – Sunrise Oct. 27 – Open

Sept. 1 – Sylvan-Lucas Sept. 8 – At Axtell Sept. 15 – Wilson Sept. 22 – At Blue Valley Sept. 29 – At Pike Valley Oct. 6 – Linn Oct. 13 – At SJB-Tipton Oct. 20 – At Rock Hills Oct. 26 – Tescott



Sept. 1 – Andover Sept. 8 – At Arkansas City Sept. 15 – At Hutchinson Sept. 22 – Campus Sept. 29 – At Newton Oct. 6 – Derby Oct. 13 – Maize Oct. 20 – Salina South Oct. 27 – First Playoff Game

Sept. 1 – Remington Sept. 8 – At Sedgwick Sept. 15 – Inman Sept. 22 – At Moundridge Sept. 29 – at Marion Oct. 6 – Ell-Saline Oct. 13 – At Trinity Oct. 20 – Haven Oct. 26 – Halstead



Sept. 1 – At Valley Center Sept. 8 – Bishop Carroll Sept. 15 – Campus Sept. 22 – At Maize Sept. 29 – Goddard Oct. 6 – At Hutchinson Oct. 13 – At Derby Oct. 20 – Salina Central Oct. 27 – First Playoff Game

Sept. 1 – At Southern Cloud Sept. 8 – Tescott Sept. 15 – Lincoln Sept. 22 – At Chase Sept. 29 – At Stockton Oct. 6 – Lakeside Oct. 13 – At Northern Valley Oct. 20 – At Thunder ridge Oct. 26 – Wilson

WAKEFIELD Sept. 1 – Goessel Sept. 8 – At Peabody Sept. 15 – At Little River Sept. 22 – Canton-Galva Sept. 29 – At Blue Valley Oct. 6 – Frankfort Oct. 13 – At Axtell Oct. 20 – At Hanover Oct. 26 – Wetmore

Bowler of the Month

WASHINGTON Sept. 1 – Doniphan Sept. 8 – At Riley County Sept. 15 – At LaCrosse Sept. 22 – Hoisington Sept. 29 – At Jackson Hts Oct. 6 – Centralia Oct. 13 – Troy Oct. 20 – At Wabaunsee Oct. 26 – Valley Heights

WILSON Sept. 1 – At Rock Hills Sept. 8 – At Chase Sept. 15 – Southern Cloud Sept. 22 – Tescott Sept. 29 – Thunder Ridge Oct. 6 – Northern Valley Oct. 13 – At Stockton Oct. 20 – At Sylvan-Lucas Oct. 26 – Tescott

Dane VanAtta, Salina South H.S. Dane will be a senior at South High School and will be looking for his fourth straight trip to the Class 5-1A state tournament this season. VanAtta helped the Cougars finish sixth in the team race last season and fourth in 2016. Dane finished 76th as a freshman (525), 55th as a sophomore (583) and 57th as a junior (504).

624 S. Broadway Salina, KS 67401 785-827-6730




MATCHING UP Hillsboro and Smoky Valley Are Back at it Again on September 22

Drake Steinbrock Clifton-Clyde

Hunter White SE-Saline

Trey Hoerner Abilene

Zac Schneider Ellsworth

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