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Area programs catching on to 8-player football By JIM NELSON jim.nelson@wcfcourier.com

Eight-player football. Not so long ago, it was an alien concept. In many parts of the state, it’s still something otherworldly. Longtime West Central of Maynard coaching legend Steve Milder, who led the Blue Devils to the 8-player quarterfinals last season, once said he’d never coach 8-player football. “I can’t go anywhere without talking about it now,” Miller quipped as he overlooked a recent West Central practice. For the record, 8-player football has been around for a long time, but it only recently made its way east of Interstate 35. According to a story on iowaindependent. com, nearly 100 Iowa high schools played either 8-man or 6-man football in the 1950s. The 8-man game took a 40-year hiatus before re-emerging in the late 1990s in western Iowa. The Iowa High School Athletic Association first sanctioned the sport in 2000, and in 2001 there were 26 teams. When the 2010 high school football season kicked off last Friday, there were 65 prep programs playing the 8-player version of the game, including seven in Northeast Iowa — Clarksville, Janesville, Riceville, Tripoli, Kee (Lansing) Dunkerton and West Central. Riceville and Tripoli are in their first seasons of 8-player. By comparison, there are only 51 programs playing Class A, 11-man football this season. “Primarily I think the growth of 8-man football is number-driven,” Tripoli athletic director Rich Gilbert said. “For us, during the initial stages of it, our enrollment numbers told us we were heading in that direction.”

See DISTRICT 8, page 30 Illustration by DAVID HEMENWAY / Courier Graphic Artist

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■ Asmus embraces new challenge at Waterloo East PAGE 2

■ Cedar Falls’ Hill coming off dazzling debut season PAGE 3

■ Big hitters relish chance to make an impact PAGE 26


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CLASS 4A: MISSISSIPPI VALLEY CONFERENCE

Trojans, Asmus preparing for battle in MVC ■ Cedar Falls reloading for another run at playoffs By JIM SULLIVAN jim.sullivan@wcfcourier.com

Waterloo East’s great years in football are buried deep in the history book. As he prepared himself to become the Trojans’ head coach, Kody Asmus dusted off his past. Asmus called his five years coaching NU High’s football team “huge.” But he didn’t stop there. He flipped the page to his own playing days at Iowa, where he learned the value of extra time. “I saw how hard our coaches worked,” said Asmus, who was a long snapper for the Hawkeyes. “I didn’t get it the first couple of years. I never watched film and I didn’t really care. I was kind of more satisfied being on the team. Once I got around that and became more comfortable playing, I started paying more attention to detail. “My roommate helped me out — Sean Considine. He watched film all the time. So I’ll fall back on that at East. I have to be prepared, my team has to be prepared and my staff has to be prepared. It’s something I still believe in.” Considine, a star in Iowa’s defensive secondary, has moved on to a career in the National Football League. Asmus is taking over a program that was once one of the best in the United States, but has struggled in recent years. The Trojans didn’t win a game from 2000 through part of the 2006 season. A year ago, East posted a 2-7 record. Now, Asmus, an NU High graduate, has replaced Antonio Mays. The former NU coach is inheriting a relatively experienced roster. Ten starters return on offense and six on defense. Quarterback Nathan Sahr and running back

Leading men ■ JER GARMAN, Linn-Mar RB: Ran for 1,861 yards last year, earning firstteam all-state honors ■ BARKLEY HILL, Cedar Falls RB: Rushed for 1,839 yards in 2009, receiving third-team all-state spot. ■ CHRISTIAN FRENCH, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, OLB: Earning Division I looks after making 31 solo tackles and 46 assists last year.

2009 standings MISSISSIPPI DIVISION Conf. W L Iowa City High 9 0 Dubuque Hempstead 7 2 Ced. Rapids Xavier 7 2 Ced. Rapids Kennedy 4 5 Iowa City West 3 6 Waterloo West 2 7 Dubuque Wahlert 2 7

Overall W L 14 0 8 3 10 3 5 6 3 7 2 7 2 7

VALLEY DIVISION Conf. Overall W L W L Linn-Mar 8 1 9 2 Cedar Falls 7 2 8 3 Ced. Rapids Washington 7 2 9 3 Ced. Rapids Prairie 3 6 3 7 Waterloo East 2 7 2 7 Ced. Rapids Jefferson 1 8 2 7 Dubuque Senior 1 8 1 8

Wesley Bates are among the veterans at the skill positions. Lineman Nick Schutte, who missed eight games with an injury, is also ready to go for this season. Asmus hopes that experience will help. Specifically, he wants the 2010 Trojans to bank on a dramatic overtime victory over Waterloo West last season. “From what I’ve heard, everybody on our sideline was really positive,” said the new East coach. “When you think that way, good things can happen. We can fall back on that. The big thing is getting them to believe in themselves and their teammates.”

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New Waterloo East coach Kody Asmus, left, directs his players during preseason drills.

“I have to be prepared, my team has to be prepared and my staff has to be prepared. It’s something I still believe in.”

season and 21st time under Pat Mitchell a year ago. Cedar Falls beat Davenport Assumption in the substate round of 4A postseason play before falling to Clinton. There has been work to do during the summer. Mitchell and Cedar Falls co-head coach Brad Remmert The Tigers always seem pre- had to find replacements for pared for a playoff run. They four departed all-staters, among qualified for the sixth straight them quarterback/safety Jake

Kody Asmus Waterloo East head coach

Farley, who moved on to Kansas. As usual, though, the cupboard is not bare. Twenty letterwinners, including 10 starters, are on the 2010 roster. One of them is running back Barkley Hill, a third-team all-stater as a 2009 sophomore. Three NU High standouts are now wearing Tiger colors, among them quarterback Kyle Denning,

who was expected to battle for a starting job. “We’re very new — put it that way,” said Mitchell. “We have three quarterbacks who are all very talented. I don’t like to use the word battle. We’ll figure out some way to get them all involved.

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MVC schedule

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(All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 27 – Dubuque Hempstead at Cedar Falls, 7:45 p.m.; Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Linn-Mar; Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Cedar Rapids Xavier; Cedar Rapids Prairie at Cedar Rapids Washington; Iowa City High at Dubuque Senior; Dubuque Wahlert at Waterloo West; Waterloo East at Iowa City West. Sept. 2 – Linn-Mar at Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Sept. 3 – Cedar Falls at Waterloo East; Cedar Rapids Washington at Cedar Rapids Jefferson; Cedar Rapids Xavier at Cedar Rapids Prairie; Iowa City West at Dubuque Hempstead; Dubuque Senior at Dubuque Wahlert; Waterloo West at Iowa City High. Sept. 10 – Cedar Rapids Prairie at Cedar Falls, 7;45 p.m.; Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Waterloo East; Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Cedar Rapids Washington; Dubuque Hempstead at Cedar Rapids Xavier; Waterloo West at Dubuque Senior; Dubuque Wahlert at Linn-Mar; Iowa City High at Iowa City West. Sept. 16 – Cedar Falls at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Sept. 17 – Dubuque Senior at Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Iowa City West at Cedar Rapids Prairie; Cedar Rapids Washington at Dubuque Wahlert; Cedar Rapids Xavier at Iowa City High; Waterloo East at Dubuque Hempstead; Linn-Mar at Waterloo West.

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Sept. 24 – Cedar Rapids Xavier at Cedar Falls, 7:45 p.m.; Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Iowa City West; Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Iowa City High; Cedar Rapids Prairie at Linn-Mar; Dubuque Senior at Cedar Rapids Washington; Dubuque Wahlert at Dubuque Hempstead; Waterloo East at Waterloo West. Sept. 30 – Iowa City High at Cedar Rapids Washington. Oct. 1 – Cedar Falls at Dubuque Wahlert; Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Waterloo East at Cedar Rapids Prairie; Iowa City West at Cedar Rapids Xavier; Dubuque Hempstead at Waterloo West; Linn-Mar at Dubuque Senior. Oct. 8 – Waterloo West at Cedar Falls, 7:45 p.m.; Cedar Rapids Prairie at Jefferson; Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Iowa City West; Cedar Rapids Washington at LinnMar; Cedar Rapids Xavier at Waterloo East; Dubuque Hempstead at Dubuque Senior; Iowa City High at Dubuque Wahlert. Oct. 14 – Dubuque Senior at Cedar Falls, 7:45 p.m. Oct. 15 – Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Cedar Rapids Xavier; Cedar Rapids Prairie at Dubuque Hempstead; Iowa City West at Cedar Rapids Washington; Dubuque Wahlert at Waterloo East; Linn-Mar at Iowa City High. Oct. 22 – Cedar Falls at Iowa City West; Dubuque Hempstead at Cedar Rapids Jefferson; Cedar Rapids Kennedy at Dubuque Wahlert; Iowa City High at Cedar Rapids Prairie; Cedar Rapids Washington at Waterloo West; Cedar Rapids Xavier at Linn-Mar; Waterloo East at Dubuque Senior.

From page 2 “We’ve probably got more speed than we’ve had for quite a while and more young guys. We lost some great players, but every year you hope somebody steps up and becomes the next one.”

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Cedar Falls’ Barkley Hill tries to twist away from a Davenport Assumption defender during last season’s Class 4A playoff quarterfinals.

Reel deal Cedar Falls’ Hill dazzles in debut season By NICK PETAROS nick.petaros@wcfcourier.com

CEDAR FALLS — Cedar Falls offensive lineman Cody Hirsch initially wasn’t sure what to make of the new kid. Coming off a stellar season as a ninth grader at Holmes Junior High, rumor had it sophomore Barkley Hill was going to take over starting duties at running back last fall. The news didn’t sit well with Hirsch, who was good friends with the upperclassman whose job was in jeopardy. “Last year I didn’t think he was really going to be that good,” Hirsch said of Hill. “I thought

“He came in there ready to work, with a chip on his shoulder, ready to prove things to everybody.” Cody Hirsch Cedar Falls offensive lineman

he was maybe overexaggerated by coaches and stuff. But that changed after we started playing. “You give (Hill) a foot of daylight and he’ll make things happen. It’s really nice to block for a kid like that.” With a humble demeanor and

strong work ethic, Hill didn’t take long to win over his teammates. The sophomore rushed for 1,839 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. “He gelled nicely,” Hirsch said. “He didn’t come in big-headed or anything. He came in there ready to work, with a chip on his shoulder, ready to prove things to everybody.” Hill points to a 15-yard run in the season-opener against Cedar Rapids Washington as a moment when he became comfortable under the Friday night spotlight.

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Head coach Lonnie Moore had to make a lot of decisions during preseason workouts. Just three starters returned from his 2009 team that went 2-7. Two of them, linebacker Dakota Hottle and lineman Austin Moore, earned all-metro and all-Mississippi Valley honors a year ago. The Wahawks, with Connor McClain graduated, had to find a new quarterback, with veteran Austin McMahon and newcomer Shawn Bowers two of Lonnie the top contendMoore ers. Carlos Woods has some varsity experience at running back. “We’ve got a lot of competition at all positions,” said Lonnie Moore, who sees one significant difference when comparing the 2010 Wahawks to last year’s squad. “I think we’re bigger,” he said. “Last year, we had a lot of athletes and tried to use our speed to our advantage. This year, we’ll pound the ball a bit more, although we won’t be as big as some you’ll see in the MVC.”

Capsules Valley Division Cedar Falls Tigers ■ HEAD COACHES - Pat Mitchell, Brad Remmert ■ 2009 RECORD - 8-3 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 20 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (10) - Barkley Hill, rb; Nick Hullerman, db; James Harrington, wr-db; Cody Hirsch, ol; Ben Challgren, lb; Joe Schwickerath, lb; Brady Zwanziger, de; Nick Borsay, dl; Thomas Knief, ol; Alex Crow, fb-dl.

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MVC CAPS Kennedy, Wahlert, I.C. West return wealth of starters From page 3

Waterloo East Trojans ■ HEAD COACH - Kody Asmus ■ 2009 RECORD - 2-7 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 17 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (14) - Mike Smock, ol, Nick Schutte, ol-de; Tahj Redding, ol; Cole Thomas, ol; Tyler Meyerhoff, ol; Toril Sudduth, ol/te-de; Nathan Sahr, qb; Wesley Bates, hb; Shawndis Washington, wr; Dajon Taylor, wr; Alex Oliver, de; Cameron Winters, lb; Shawn Boehmer, lb; Dominique Campbell, cb

C.R. Jefferson J-Hawks ■ HEAD COACH - Jim Womochil ■ 2009 RECORD - 1-8 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) - Tanner Urkel, rb-db; Conner Herman, ol-dl; Riley Welsh, ol-dl; Alec Sanders,wr-db; Landon Sheetz, ol-lb; Austin Short, rb-db

Dub. Hempstead Mustangs ■ HEAD COACH - Mark Ehlers ■ 2009 RECORD - 8-3 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) - Brad Duwe, wr-db; Jordan Waddick, lb-rb; Mitch Berendes, ol-lb; Jay Gonzales, dl; Chad Peppmeier, de-te; Kyle Weist, pk.

C.R. Xavier Saints ■ HEAD COACH - Duane Schulte ■ 2009 RECORD - 10-3 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (10) - Alex Boyer, t; Adam Ross, t; Peter Ickes, c; Pat Chizek, tb; Nate Evan, se; Chase Kleopfer, de; Ben Slezak, dt, Jacob Wilson, dt; Tyler Wright, lb; Jordan Feltman, ss.

Iowa City West Trojans ■ HEAD COACH - Brian Sauser ■ 2009 RECORD - 3-7 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 18 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (13) - Anthony Brown, rb-lb; Richard Byrant, rb-db; John Campbell, ol-dl; Cole Fitzharris, ol-dl; Colin Foerstner, ol-dl; Ben Hilmer, ol-dl; Ian McBrearty, wr-db; Mark Plath, wr-db; Charles Rogers, qb-db; Austin Sherlock, oldl; Corey Staten, ol-dl; Ryan Stewart, te-lb; Alex Troester, k-p.

C.R. Prairie Hawks ■ HEAD COACH - Craig Jelinek ■ 2009 RECORD - 3-7 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) - Chaz Boots, qb-db; Nathan Meyer, rb-lb; Jacob VanWinkle, rb-lb; Colton Tonn, og-lb;

THE COURIER Dillon Brunscheen, ol-dl; Tyler Zacek, ol-dl; Nathan Rotter, te-dl; Samuel Joens, te-dl

Mississippi Division Waterloo West Wahawks ■ HEAD COACH - Lonnie Moore ■ 2009 RECORD - 2-7 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 15 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (3) - Dakota Hottle, lb; Ian Brauer, lb; Austin Moore, ol-dl

C.R. Kennedy Cougars ■ HEAD COACH - Tim Lewis ■ 2009 RECORD - 5-6 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 17 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (12) - Jed Haycraft, qb; Anthony Crawley, tb; Ross Ellsworth, ol; Jacob Dunne, ol; Kyle Lamaak, wr; Christian French, olb; Ryan Sheldon, dl; Caleb Mere, db; Herschel Dixon, olb; Alex Rohrssen, lb; Jordan Sanford, lb; Nick Bruns, p

Dubuque Senior Rams ■ HEAD COACH - Mike Wulfekuhle ■ 2009 RECORD - 1-8 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 7 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (3) - Anthony Boettner, qb-db; Cody Perry, fb-lb; Ryan Giesemann, wr-db

C.R. Washington Warriors ■ ■ ■ ■

HEAD COACH - Tony Lombardi 2009 RECORD - 9-3 RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 12 RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Iowa City High Little Hawks ■ HEAD COACH - Dan Sabers ■ 2009 RECORD - 14-0 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS - 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) - Dan Minchk, ol-dl; Aaron Johnson, ol-dl; Nick Beckman, ol-dl; Connor Alberhasky, wrdb; Adam Prybil, fb-lb; Andrew McNulty, qb-db.

Dub. Wahlert Golden Eagles ■ HEAD COACH - Mike Mahoney ■ 2009 RECORD - 2-7 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 17 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (13) – Peter Burgmeier, Riley McCarron, Tanner Denlinger, Zack Brautigan, Aaron Schueller, Jude Smith, JJ Reimer, Michael Jeschke, Andrew Ganshirt, Riley DeSanti, Dan Sisler, Ryan Ernst, MIchael Kann.

Linn-Mar Lions ■ HEAD COACH - Bob Forsyth ■ 2009 RECORD - 9-2 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

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HILL Sophomore burst onto varsity scene with 1,839 rushing yards From page 3 Hill saw some space on a counter up the middle and leveled a hit on the Warriors’ defensive back. “It felt good,” Hill said. “I knew I was going to be able to do some things after that.” “It helped settle a lot of nerves, get the first-game jitters out of the way so the rest of the season I was just ready to play football.” While Cedar Falls co-head coach Pat Mitchell was aware

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of Hill’s ability, he didn’t realize how dominant the running back would become. “As our season started, we had no idea,” Mitchell said. “We thought he’d be pretty good, he started off with a great game, and just got better and better. By week four, he suddenly says, ‘Hey, all these holes and all this blocking suddenly makes sense.’ From that point on, he just grew and grew and grew.” Hill’s breakthrough, 1,839yard campaign passed former Northern Iowa running back Taylor Brookins for the thirdbest single-season effort in school history. Another former UNI back, Terrance Freeney,

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Concussions a concern at prep level, too â–  IHSAA provides guidelines on assessment, prevention

concussion awareness was talked about back in 1973. “They didn’t talk about it,� Post noted. “Back in those days they said you ‘got dinged,’ or ‘saw stars.’ By KELLY BEATON The only time you’d take ‘em out kelly.beaton@wcfcourier.com is if they were staggering around, (and) we’d give them some smellBill Post, currently in his 38th ing salts. year coaching at Decorah, can “Of course,� he added, “all remember precisely how much that’s different now.�

Is it ever. At a coaches’ rules meeting earlier this month, Iowa High School Athletic Association officials introduced new guidelines that stipulate that any football player suspected of having a concussion can’t return to the playing ďŹ eld until cleared by a medical professional. The National Federation of State High School Associa-

tions ďŹ rst pushed for the new guidelines. “We got a four- or ďŹ ve-page document from the state on concussion prevention and assessment,â€? explained Waterloo Columbus coach Aundra Meeks. “They’re concerned with the number of concussions.â€?

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From page 4 “He just always keeps me working and keeps me going,â€? Hill said. “He’s making sure I’m not taking it easy on anything.â€? Hill has added nearly 20 pounds of muscle since last season to complete the 6-1, 200-pound frame of a more physical running back. He spent the past summer in camps at Oklahoma, Iowa State and Iowa. “I learned that there’s a lot of good players out there and I’ve got a lot of work to do,â€? Hill said. While he has already been offered a scholar- Barkley Hill ship to Iowa State, Hill said he plans to wait until his senior year to make a decision on which college he’ll attend. Co-head coach Brad Remmert looks for the Tigers’ standout to take on a larger role with the team this fall. “He’s not settling for what he did last year, he wants to improve on that,â€? Remmert said. “That’s going to make our team better because the kids see the effort he puts into it. “He gives us a lot of options in the backďŹ eld. He can catch it, he can do some punting for us, and we’d like to maybe sneak him in on defense here and there. He’s a very versatile player.â€?

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Helping hands Alums find ways to stay involved with athletics By JIM SULLIVAN jim.sullivan@wcfcourier.com

The old water trough finally quit at Waterloo West. Rick Smith never quits. He collected the necessary materials and built the Wahawk football team a new one, from scratch. “It’s one of those things that nobody gets around to doing,” said Smith. “I had some time, so I did it.” Dave Mulder isn’t a face in the crowd during the first half of a Waverly-Shell Rock football game. Actually, he’s not in the crowd at all. You’ll find him working as grillmaster at the Go-Hawks’ concession stand, helping to prepare roughly 1,500 sandwiches per game night. Only after halftime does Mulder join the fans. “Win, lose or draw, I’m still having fun,” said Mulder. It wouldn’t quite be right to call Jim Korte a behind the scenes man at Cedar Falls’ games. He’s behind the mic. Korte’s a few

CONCUSSIONS Medical support staff, better equipment helping curb danger From page 5 According to the Annual Survey of Football Injuries, at least 14 American prep football players died from brain injuries in 2008. According to USA Today findings, when high school athletes suffer concussions, as many as 40.5 percent return to action too early. “There is new information available about concussions in young athletes, and we want to do our part to protect their safety,” noted Alan Beste, IHSAA Assistant Executive Director, in an e-

“It’s where I went to high school. I just wanted to see if I could make a difference.” Dave Mulder Waverly-Shell Rock High grad, grillmaster

commercials away from beginning his seventh season bringing the Tigers to the radio audience listening on KCNZ/KDNZ. “It’s just fun to hear people say, ‘We heard you on the radio,”’ said Korte. “I graduated from Cedar Falls in 1977. As far as I’m concerned, it’s still my school.” Three men, three schools, three ways of getting involved. There are dozens of people working hard to help the coaches in Northeast Iowa. From flipping hamburgers to repairing equipment to describing fourth-andgoal, they’re on the scene, if not always behind the scenes.

mail to The Courier. “It’s pretty scary,” said Post. “Obviously no coach wants to go out and get a young man hurt, but, in the intensity of the games sometimes you get away from it. ... So that’s why it’s nice to have a trainer, who is more even-keel, on the sidelines.” These days, certified athletic trainers man most sidelines, keeping an eye out for concussion symptoms like dizziness, confusion and a glassy-eyed appearance. “It’s better now, because you’re not sending somebody back into practice with headaches, and you’re gradually working them back into activity,” noted Dave

People like Smith, Mulder and Korte aren’t there to be carried off the field on the shoulders of the players or get a fancy trophy or to turn a big profit. They are there to help the coaches and athletes in any way they can. Years ago, they walked away with a diploma in hand. But Smith, Mulder and Korte all retraced their steps. “It’s where I went to high school,” said Mulder, a 1977 Waverly-Shell Rock graduate. “I just wanted to see if I could make a difference.” Said Smith, who belonged to West’s Class of 1971, “I remember my high school years and my sports experience. I just want kids to go through West having the same thing. It’s so much harder for coaches to do everything. “My contribution can be taking some time and doing some things and let the coaches focus on the athletes.”

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Rick Smith lends a helping hand wherever he can for the Waterloo West See HELPERS, page 7 athletic program.

Fricke, Waterloo West’s 14thyear trainer. “And now there’s more athletic trainers on sidelines that are helping monitor injuries.” However, not all small high schools have invested in licensed athletic trainers. “There probably aren’t enough trainers, (due) to money,” said Randy Tjaden, South Hardin of Eldora’s veteran football coach. “If you practice for two hours you’d probably have to pay them 50 dollars an hour.” Coaches are, however, sparing no expense these days when it comes to equipping their players with the safest helmets possible, which typically cost around $160

to $200. “We’re really trying to keep our helmets updated,” said Decorah’s Post. “Every year we buy maybe a dozen to 15 new helmets.” Said Meeks: “We’re taking a lot more time with the fitting of our helmets, making sure everything is really snug and tight.” Some coaches are having local dentists custom fit players’ mouthpieces. Others are spending extra time teaching the fundamentals of tackling. Still, the uncomfortable fact remains: A certain number of concussions are inevitable. The topic of head injuries is never comfortable. But, at the very least, Iowa’s prep football

coaches have opened a dialogue in recent months. “We had a (lineman) last year,” recalled Post, “and it was about the fifth game of the season and he got hit pretty hard and his head bounced on the ground. He definitely had a concussion. Then, we found out it was his third or fourth one and they recommended he didn’t play anymore.” That player was bitterly disappointed, Post noted, “but, in the long run, (stepping away from the game after repeated concussions) is the best thing for them. Your life is more important down the road than it is to play three or four more games of football and cause yourself damage later in life.”


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HELPERS Smith’s efforts a product of pride he has in West High From page 6 Smith, laughing, noted that KWWL proďŹ led him a few years ago because of his work at West. “I hated doing that,â€? he said. But the people in charge understand what’s being done without the aid of a television camera. “He’s the ultimate Wahawk,â€? said former West athletic director Jeff Frost. Discussing Mulder, WaverlyShell Rock athletic director Dave Litterer said, “When the kids are done, a lot of people drift away. You don’t see them too much. The thing that’s unique about Dave is, he still just wants to ďŹ nd something he can give back.â€? For Smith, Mulder and Korte, it started exactly the way it starts for many parents — their kids were involved in sports. The kids got up and left high school. The parents found a way to stay involved. Smith, for example, loved to take pictures when his son, Brad, competed in wrestling and soccer at West. Brad graduated in 2002. Meanwhile, Rick Smith found he enjoyed being around the coaches. So, with the help of Tim Lind, he jumped into maintaining the ďŹ elds. He planted trees, ďŹ xed storage bins. And, with the help of the welders at Jim Lind Standard, he built the water trough. Rick Smith’s work evolved into a title — events manager — at West. He’s also in charge of the school’s athletic website (wahawkathletics.com), which is all things sports. It’s been up and running since 2007. “It just adds up to a lot of time,â€? said Smith. “But we’ve had some positive things with the website. We’ve had 50 countries around the world hit the site. We’ve gone over 60,000 people visiting. It makes you want to keep it up when they do that.â€? At Waverly-Shell Rock, Mulder’s been involved in numerous projects before and after his kids worked through school, from renovations at the softball ďŹ eld to building record boards to install-

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ing lights at Hertel Field. A few years ago, he took over the role of grillmaster for football games and other athletic events. Over time, he’s worked to make the concession stands more user-friendly with the help of his wife, Lynda. She’s the concessions coordinator. And they’ve expanded the menu. “We thought if you had more variety, people might say, ‘Let’s go eat at the concession stand instead of at home,’â€? said Mulder. “We’ve got steak sandwiches, pork loins, pulled pork. You name it, we’ve got it.â€? Over the years, Korte has worked extensively with the Cedar Falls Booster Club, serving as a sports representative, a vicepresident and a president. He’s pulled back a bit from the action, although he said he’ll go if called. A half-dozen years ago, he climbed into the press box. That’s where you ďŹ nd him during football season, along with analyst Gregg Groen. “If I went to the games, I’d talk anyway,â€? said Korte, laughing. “I might as well get paid for doing it.â€? But Korte also relishes the relationships with the Tiger coaches. “I’ve gotten to know so many over the years,â€? he said. “It’s great to hang out with them. “At one time, I thought about going into coaching. It’s still fun to be a part of it, to be this close, without going through the rigamarole of coaching.â€? At the mic, or standing over a grill, or whipping a website into shape. They are there. “Driving past West High now, I get a good feeling, seeing how well it’s taken care of,â€? said Rick Smith. “I’ve got pride in the school. Being from the school and from Waterloo, it’s nice to have that.â€?

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CLASS 3A: DISTRICT 4

Go-Hawks looking for payday ■ Experience is W-SR’s ally in bid for 2010 playoff berth

ers, the Go-Hawks head into a revamped District 4 as one of several teams expected to contend for the championship and postseason play. No matBy DOUG NEWHOFF ter where coach Mark Hubbard doug.newhoff@wcfcourier.com looks, he’s got veterans whose talent was evident a year ago Waverly-Shell Rock invested when they lacked the experiin its future last football season. ence to consistently play at a Now it’s time to earn a high level. dividend. See 3A-4, page 8 With 16 returning start-

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3A-4 Decorah, West Delaware among district favorites From page 7 The playmakers include quarterback Jackson Litterer, who completed 54 of 123 throws a year ago for 716 yards and five touchdowns. Eric Larson caught 16 passes for 230 yards, and Blake Willson hauled in 20 for 268 yards and three scores. On the ground, Colin Heideman averaged six yards per carry. The Go-Hawks will need big contributions from all of their upperclassmen in a district where almost every team is mentioned by the coaches as a contender. Decorah returns 16 letterwinners, but just seven starters from a 9-3 team. However, the Vikings could find some immediate help from their juniors and sophomores, who went 6-1 and 7-0, respectively, last fall. “I feel that gaining team chemistry and confidence early in the campaign will enable this team to have the success they want,” said coach Bill Post. “We should have a solid group of experienced linemen to work with, but a new set of faces at the skill positions. We should have good competition for positions, which hopefully will move us along at a quicker pace.” Post knows District 4 will be a dogfight. “District 4 is again my version of the black-and-blue division, plus we have two non-district games against opponents who were well into the playoffs last year,” he noted. Crestwood has size and strength at the skill positions and on the lines and eight returning starters, including fullback Reed Faldet (610 rushing yards, 8 TDs) and a healthy Brandon Kerian, who will contribute on both sides of the ball after missing five games last year because of injury. Oelwein has a strong nucleus returning, as well, with a dozen letterwinners back from a team that knocked off Decorah and reached the postseason. Coach

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Jim Yokas says the Huskies’ strengths are their skill position players, above-average team speed and quickness, a solid kicking game and an excellent attitude. Depth is his main concern. Running back Kyle Fink and split end-quarterback Stephan Meyer were second-team alldistrict performers last year. Defensively, linebacker Nick Bouska earned all-district honors with safety Justin Stewart and lineman Fernando Garcia garnering second-team all-district laurels. Charles City may be poised to make some noise, as well. The Comets have eight starters back among 14 letterwinners, including first-team all-district performers in tight end Griffin Feller, defensive end Simon Anderegg and defensive lineman Jon Esparza. Offensive tackle Vance Heller was a second-team all-district selection. “We are working hard to compete for one of the four state playoff spots from our district,” says veteran coach Steve Stallsmith. “We believe we have a team that could have the right combination of game experience and youth that could come together once they have played a couple of games together.” West Delaware joins the fray with a wealth of experience after a 7-3 season. The Hawks have 23 letterwinners back and 13 starters. Brandon Domeyer returns after rushing for 1,160 yards and 16 TDs, while the defense is anchored by Austin Palmer (124 tackles, four sacks, 10 tackles for loss) and Matt Hermsen (93

2010 FALL PREVIEW tackles, eight tackles for loss). “We will have better speed this fall, and our kids had a tremendous offseason,” notes coach Doug Winkowitsch. “We are optimistic about the 2010 season. We will have a very talented team this fall in key positions.” Waukon returns 14 letterwinners, including 11 starters. Coach Ted Snitker likes his team’s athleticism, but is concerned about its depth.

Capsules Charles City Comets ■ HEAD COACH – Steve Stallsmith ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 6-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – Griffin Feller, te-db; Simon Anderegg, de; Tyler Mitchell, db; Remington Lanenga, de; Jon Esparza, dl; Seth Marvin, dt; Vance Heller, ot; Ryan Stewart, c; Zach Jacoubek, pk.

Crestwood Cadets ■ HEAD COACH – Chris Lentz ■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-6 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Brandon Kerrian, rb-lb; Reed Faldet, fb-lb; Josh Greenslade, ol-dl; Ryan Harrod, ol-dl; Tyler Murphy, te-de; Seth Praska ol-dl; Ryan Pitz, ol-dl; Dustin Murphy, pk.

Decorah Vikings ■ HEAD COACH – Bill Post ■ 2009 RECORDS – 9-3 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 16 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (7) – Cody Sacquitne, wb-s; Marlon Henriquez, dl; Michael Kirkeberg, ol-dl; Sam Beard, ol; Mackenzie Halse, ol; Derek Whittle, dl-ol; Grant Schwartz, wr-db.

Independence Mustangs ■ HEAD COACH – Bill Duffy ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Oelwein Huskies ■ HEAD COACH – Jim Yokas ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-5 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Justin Stewart, qb-db; Kyle Fink, rb-db; Nick Bouska, rb-lb; Dan Bahe, ol-dl; Spencer Westendorf, ol-dl; C.J. Winter, ol-dl.

Waukon Indians ■ HEAD COACH – Ted Snitker ■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-6 overall, 3-4 district

www.wcfcourier.com ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (11) – Colin Ferring, Garrett Cooper, Ben Miller, Lowell Stewart, Danny Pfiffner, Trevor Diercks, Nathan Mahr, Ian Urell, Mitch Berns, Daylen Regan, Blaine Snitker.

Waverly-Shell Rock Go-Hawks ■ HEAD COACH – Mark Hubbard ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 21 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (16) – Jackson Litterer, qb; Blake Willson, de-te; Luke Wright, ol-dl; Levi Epley, ol-dl; Shawn Miller, ol-dl; Jordan Krull, ol-dl; Brandon Hoefer, lb-ol; Bennett Even, db; Blake Seehusen, lb; Eric Larson, wr-db; Chris Poesch, wr-db; Kyle Sprain, rb; Colin Heideman, fb; Grant Yount pt; Zac Miller, ol; A.J. Moseley, dl-rb.

West Delaware Hawks ■ HEAD COACH – Doug Winkowitsch ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-3 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 23 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (13) – Brandon Becker, ol-dl; Michael Bohlke, pk; Cody Buchheit, lb; Scott Carroll, lb; Brandon Domeyer, rb; Myles Finn, pk; Aaron Harper, db; Matt Hermsen, lb; Jordan Hoffmann, db; Wes Jackson, se; Matt Maurer, c; Chad McCarty, se; Austin Palmer, ol-lb.

Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 27 – Union (La Porte City) at Decorah; Clear Lake at Charles City; New Hampton at Crestwood; Waterloo Columbus at Independence; Sumner-Fredericksburg at Oelwein; North Fayette at Waukon; Denver at Waverly-Shell Rock; West Delaware at Maquoketa. Sept. 3 – Decorah at New Hampton; Charles City at Osage; Crestwood at Sumner-Fredericksburg; Independence at Union (La Porte City); Oelwein at North Fayette; Waukon at South Winneshiek (Calmar); Waverly-Shell Rock at Waterloo Columbus; Western Dubuque at West Delaware (Manchester). Sept. 10 – Decorah at Oelwein; Charles City at Crestwood; Waverly-Shell Rock at Independence; West Delaware at Waukon. Sept. 17 – Waukon at Decorah; Independence at Charles City; Crestwood at West Delaware; Oelwein at Waverly-Shell Rock. Sept. 24 – Decorah at Crestwood; Charles City at West Delaware; Independence at Oelwein; Waverly-Shell Rock at Waukon. Oct. 1 – West Delaware at Decorah; Oelwein at Charles City; Crestwood at WaverlyShell Rock; Waukon at Independence. Oct. 8 – Charles City at Decorah; Independence at Crestwood; Oelwein at Waukon; Waverly-Shell Rock at West Delaware. Oct. 15 – Decorah at Waverly-Shell Rock; Waukon at Charles City; Crestwood at Oelwein; West Delaware at Independence. Oct. 22 – Independence at Decorah; Charles City at Waverly-Shell Rock; Waukon at Crestwood; Oelwein at West Delaware.

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CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 3 Leading men ■ JAMES PEREZ, Hampton-Dumont, LB: Made 130 tackles last season, including eight for losses. ■ CHASE DUSENBERRY, Clear Lake, DB: Ranked among the state leaders with six interceptions a year ago. ■ JACE SIMPSON, Hampton-Dumont, RB: Rushed for more than 1,100 yards a year ago, including a 385-yard, 6-TD night.

Lions could roar again this season ■ Hampton-Dumont returns two of district’s top players By DOUG NEWHOFF doug.newhoff@wcfcourier.com

Clear Lake will get a look at some new competition in District 3 this season, but nobody expects much to change for the Lions and veteran head coach Fred Wieck. After 12-1 and 10-1 campaigns the past two seasons, Clear Lake is the team most coaches in the district consider the favorite, although Ballard, Boone, Webster City and Humboldt are highly regarded, as well. It would also be unwise to overlook Hampton-Dumont, which features two of the most exciting players in the district in 1,000-yard rusher Jace Simpson and 130-tackle linebacker James Perez.

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CLASS 3A: DISTRICT 5

Union takes aim at next hurdle ■ Knights hope to make playoffs for third consecutive season By DOUG NEWHOFF doug.newhoff@wcfcourier.com

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Union High features a solid group of candidates to man the front lines. Left to right in back are Logan Salee, Josh Clark, Matt Schmitz, Zach Bathen, TJ Gray and Cody Krall. Left to right in front are Cordt Holub and Justin Murphy.

3A-3 Ballard returns nine starters from 9-2 playoff squad From page 8 Clear Lake returns a pair of all-district performers in defensive end Brent Tarr and offensive guard Austin Kessler, along with two of its top three runningbacks from a year ago — Elliott Nuebeyer (648 yards rushing) and Daxton Farmer (396). Ballard returns nine starters from a 9-2 playoff team and is expecting big things from quarterback-safety Tanner Weatherman, runningback Tanner Hiatt and defensive end Pierre Jones. The Bombers began preseason drills trying to shore up the receiver and linebacker positions. Humboldt returns 13 letterwinners, including nine starters, from a squad that posted a 3-4 district mark last season. Among them are Brandon Thilges, who ran for 540 yards and had 155 receiving yards last season and

Dustin Skow, who added 483 rushing yards and 164 receiving. Webster City is coming off a 6-4 playoff season and will be a threat, as will Boone, which went 5-4 a year ago. Algona hopes to make a move up the standings with 20 returning letterwinners. The Bulldogs will rely on a veteran defense to set the tone. Michael McMahon is a returning all-district performer after making 130 tackles last season (71 solos), and he’s joined by Michael Erpelding (66 tackles, five tackles for loss), Richie Baxter (48 tackles) and Michael Gade. Nevada is coming off a winless campaign, but has a wealth of experience returning in 15 starters and 22 total letterwinners.

Capsules Algona Bulldogs ■ HEAD COACH – Eric Bormann ■ 2009 RECORDS – 1-8 overall, 0-7 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 20 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Michael McMahon, rb; Michael Erpelding, lb; Richie

Baxter, lb; Michael Gade, dl; Nick Buchanan, dl.

Ballard Bombers ■ HEAD COACH – Al Christian ■ 2009 RECORDS – 9-2 overall, 6-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – Clint Eichinger, c; Nick Kohrt, ol; Travis Zimmerman, ol; Tanner Hiatt, rb-olb; Tanner Weatherman, fs; Cody Jones, ss; Pierre Jones, de; Nate Jensen, ng; Taylor Jennings, cb.

Boone Toreadors ■ HEAD COACH – Mark Camenisch ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-4 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Clear Lake Lions ■ HEAD COACH – Fred Wieck ■ 2009 RECORDS – 11-1 overall, 7-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Brent Tarr, de; Austin Kessler, ol; Elliott Nuebeyer, rb; Daxton Farmer, rb; Chase Duesenberg, db.

Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs ■ HEAD COACH – Jerry Shafrath ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-5 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14

Union High has set a lofty standard for its football program. Although the La Porte City school is one of the smallest Class 3A programs in the state, that hasn’t prevented the Knights from becoming a force to be reckoned with. Over the past two seasons, Union is 15-6 with back-to-back

■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Jace Simpson, rb-db; Slater Johansen, qb-db; James Perez, rb-lb; Cole Beirnes, ol-dl; Ben Ady, ol-dl.

Humboldt Wildcats ■ HEAD COACH – Greg Thomas ■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-6 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – Justin Carlson, db; Kyle Larsen, ol-dl; Tre Rutz, db; Trent Sawyer, ol-dl; Dustin Skow, rb-fs; Brandon Thilges, rb-lb; Brady Anderson, c; Charlie Friedl, te-ss; Andrew Swan, wr.

Nevada Cubs ■ HEAD COACH – John Pelzer ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 22 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (15) – James Lloyd, ol; Andre Thomas, rb-lb; Luke Ramthun, ol; Brian Koudelka, ol; Jordan Kieffer, lb; Nick Harvey, db; Jonathan Hanson, dl; Dan Fitzgerald, rb-lb; Tyler Ellingson, ol; Mike Chisholm, qb-db; Bryce Black, pt; Kaine Leighty, db; Ian Tye, dl; T.J. Stensland, wr-db; Ryan Schumacher, ol.

Webster City Lynx ■ HEAD COACH – Bob Howard ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

Leading men ■ WES BURNSIDE, Union RB: Ran for 1,381 yards and 15 TDs as a sophomore last season ■ DUSTY ALBAUGH, Marion DB: Five interceptions in 2009 ■ NICK LENSTRA, Western Dubuque WR: 35 receptions, 564 yards, eight TDs a year ago

playoff appearances. As the 2010 campaign arrives, coach Joe Hadachek is counting on that tradition, which includes 21 wins over the past three seasons.

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■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 27 – Ballard at Dallas CenterGrimes; Clear Lake at Charles City; Algona at Forest City; Humboldt at Aplington-Parkersburg; Colfax-Mingo at Nevada; Hampton-Dumont at Iowa Falls-Alden; Webster City at Gilbert; Boone at ADM (Adel). Sept. 3 – ADM at Ballard; Forest City at Clear Lake; Estherville at Algona; ClarionGoldfield at Humboldt; Nevada at E. Marshall; Perry at Boone; Iowa Falls-Alden at Webster City; Central Springs at Hampton-Dumont. Sept. 10 – Webster City at Ballard; Nevada at Clear Lake; Algona at Boone; Hampton-Dumont at Humboldt. Sept. 17 – Ballard at Hampton-Dumont; Clear Lake at Algona; Humboldt at Nevada; Boone at Webster City. Sept. 24 – Boone at Ballard; Humboldt at Clear Lake; Algona at Hampton-Dumont; Nevada at Webster City. Oct. 1 – Ballard at Clear Lake; Nevada at Algona; Webster City at Humboldt; Hampton-Dumont at Boone. Oct. 8 – Algona at Ballard; Clear Lake at Webster City; Humboldt at Boone; Hampton-Dumont at Nevada. Oct. 15 – Ballard at Humboldt; Clear Lake at Hampton-Dumont; Webster City at Algona; Boone at Nevada. Oct. 22 – Nevada at Ballard; Boone at Clear Lake; Algona at Humboldt; HamptonDumont at Webster City.


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ern Dubuque, and he inherits a veteran team that will be trying to improve on last year’s 2-7 record. At Anamosa, former Cedar Rapids Kennedy all-stater Derek Roberts is taking on his first head coaching position and the task of turning around a program that was winless a year ago. One of Roberts’ assistants will be his 76year-old father, Harold Roberts, who has an extensive coaching resume.

3A-5 Marion, Central DeWitt expected to compete for district title From page 9 Hadachek must replace 15 seniors, including four all-state performers and six players who have gone on to college football programs, but he’s excited about the veterans he returns and the young talent on his roster. “Once you get layers and layers of understanding of what is expected in practice and what is expected in the offseason and what is expected performancewise, I do believe the kids understand what it takes to compete at a high level,” says Hadachek. Union will have to develop some of the big-play abilities it enjoyed in its passing game last year to complement what should be a productive ground game led by all-district linemen Zach Bathen and TJ Gray, who will be clearing the way for explosive junior running back Wes Burnside (1,300 yards as a sophomore). “I think anyone we play is going to line up and try to take away Wes Burnside,” says Hadachek. “The kid’s special.” It will be tough to focus too much on Burnside if Union’s passing game remains a threat. “We don’t know who that explosive guy is going to be in terms of replacing a Jared Wauters,” Hadachek explains. “I can’t say, ‘This is our go-to guy in the passing game.’ “We may not be quite as explosive, but we may have talent spread out more where you can’t concentrate on taking away any one guy.” All-district linebacker Blake Clark and safety Brad Siebel are the defensive leaders. One of the teams that Union and everyone else has circled on their district calendar is Marion, which went 10-1 overall and 7-0 in district play last season. The Indians return eight starters among 15 lettermen and look to feature their usual complement of size, speed and depth. Rebuilding the offensive line is a challenge, but a strong defense could carry the team through some early growing pains.

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■ HEAD COACH – Dan Burke ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Joey Dighton, rb-lb; Logan Driessen, rb-lb; Garrett Gatrost, te; Dalton Heffernen, ol-de; Conner Rees, dt; Jared McCombs, db.

Union's Wes Burnside ran for more than 1,300 yards as a sophomore last season. Central DeWitt Sabres to.” Maquoketa is another team that will factor into the race. The Cardinals return 15 letterwinners, including 11 seniors, from a 7-3 squad. Coach Kevin Bowman likes his team’s speed, size and competitive drive, but needs to develop depth on the offensive line. At Center Point-Urbana, the Stormin’ Pointers return a solid nucleus of players after a 6-4 season, including Joey Dighton (576 rushing yards, 23-24 PATs) and Logan Driessen (69 tackles, 232 rushing yards). CPU’s defense looks formidable, while the offense’s fate may rest on the development of a largely new offensive line. Vinton-Shellsburg will build around all-district standouts Logan Williams, Gunner Trannell and Travis Libbert. They are among 18 returning letterwinners. Western Dubuque and Anamosa have new head coaches. Brian Kuhle takes over at West-

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Central DeWitt has the district’s attention, as well. The Sabres posted an undefeated regular season two years ago before falling off to a 5-4 record last year and missing the postseason for the first time in three years. Coach Kurt Kreiter heads into his 10th season with a veteran team that is hungry and will get plenty of help from the junior and sophomore classes, which both went 8-1 last season. Defensively, Central DeWitt returns all three starting linebackers, along with four defensive backs and one regular from the line. Dillon Connell (45 tackles, nine TFL) and Brandon Jasper (57 tackles) were playmakers a year ago. Four starters are back on offense. “Marion and Central DeWitt are the teams that are talked about the most,” says Union’s Hadachek. “We are completely confident we can compete with those guys. No doubt it’s going to be a challenge. “They have great tradition, and that’s something we aspire to get

■ 2009 RECORDS – 10-1 overall, 7-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Colton Storia, tb; Tyler Fisher, lb; Dusty Albaugh, s; Austin Hardman, dt; Michael Carter, dt; Jack McDonald, fb-lb; Curran Lipssett, pk; Zach Neilsen, lb.

■ HEAD COACH – Joe Hadachek ■ 2009 RECORDS – 8-3 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 9 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – T.J. Gray, ol; Zach Bathen, ol; Wesley Burnside, rb; Cody Krall, ol; Blake Clark, lb; Matt Schmitz, de; Brad Siebel, s; Josh Clark, dt; Cory Feldpouch, sa.

■ HEAD COACH – Derek Roberts ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 8 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (4) – Doune Alderdyce, cb; Vaughn Takes, fb; Gavin Eilers, s; Cade Payton, dl.

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■ HEAD COACH – Kurt Krieter ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-4 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Dillon Connell, te-lb; Joe Feldpausch, rb-c; Brandon Jasper, fb-ss; Ryan Lechtenberg, qb-fs; Tom McClimon, ol-dl; Devin Daniels, qb-db; Alex Daldorf, rb-lb; Dustin Petersen, fb-lb; Joe Carber, ol-dl.

Western Dubuque Bobcats ■ HEAD COACH – Brian Kuhle ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 1-6 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 16 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Nick Lenstra, wr-db; Matt Kass, qb-db; Ben Funke, rb-lb; Travis Stelken, ol-dl; Dave Demmer, ol-lb; Antonio Milons, rb-db; Mitch Ramler, ol-dl; Zach Schwartz, ol-dl

Maquoketa Cardinals ■ HEAD COACH – Kevin Bowman ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-3 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 15 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Eric Callahan, wr; Travis Regan, c; Caleb Claus, dt; Macabe Hudrlik, cb; Chase Coakley, db; Jon Bopes, db.

Marion Indians ■ HEAD COACH – Tony Perkins

■ HEAD COACH – Pat Farley ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-6 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 18 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (7) – Travis Libbert, rb-lb; Logan Williams, rb-db; Gunner Trannel, te-lb; Travis Roster, wr-db; Logan Merchant, ol; Lincoln Riffey, qb; John Lipmann, fs-wr.

Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 27 – Monticello at Anamosa; Union (La Porte City) at Decorah; Williamsburg at Center Point-Urbana; Solon at Central DeWitt; Benton Community at Vinton-Shellsburg; Mount Vernon at Marion; Dyersville Beckman at Western Dubuque (Epworth). Sept. 3 – Anamosa at Tipton; Independence at Union (La Porte City); Center PointUrbana at Dyersville-Beckman; Central DeWitt at Fairfield; Vinton-Shellsburg at South Tama (Tama); Marion at Benton Community (Van Horne); Western Dubuque (Epworth) at West Delaware (Manchester). Sept. 10 – Anamosa at Central DeWitt; Union (La Porte City) at Center Point-Urbana; Maquoketa at Vinton-Shellsburg; Western Dubuque at Marion. Sept. 17 – Marion at Anamosa; Cental DeWitt at Union (La Porte City); Center Point-Urbana at Maquoketa; Vinton-Shellsburg at Western Dubuque (Epworth). Sept. 24 – Anamosa at Union (La Porte City); Western Dubuque at Center Point-Urbana; Maquoketa at Central DeWitt; Marion at Vinton-Shellsburg. Oct. 1 – Vinton-Shellsburg at Anamosa; Union (La Porte City) at Maquoketa; Center Point-Urbana at Marion; Central DeWitt at Western Dubuque (Epworth). Oct. 8 – Anamosa at Maquoketa; Western Dubuque (Epworth) at Union (La Porte City); Vinton-Shellsburg at Center Point-Urbana; Marion at Central DeWitt. Oct. 15 – Center Point-Urbana at Anamosa; Union (La Porte City) at Marion; Central DeWitt at Vinton-Shellsburg; Maquoketa at Western Dubuque (Epworth). Oct. 22 – Anamosa at Western Dubuque (Epworth); Vinton-Shellsburg at Union (La Porte City); Center Point-Urbana at Central DeWitt; Marion at Maquoketa.


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Young South Hardin team faces challenging schedule ■ With four 2009 playoff teams, competition should be fierce By JIM NELSON jim.nelson@wcfcourier.com

Four teams that made the postseason in 2009 make up the brand new Class 2A, District 7. Collins-Maxwell-Baxter, Gilbert, Fort Dodge St. Edmond and West Marshall all earned berths in the substate round last fall, but only Gilbert advanced to the round of 16. Those four teams will be considered early favorites in their new district. C-M-B lost three all-state players, but the Raiders have been in the postseason each of the last three seasons. St. Edmond, under the direction of Dick Tighe, who is entering his 57th year and is Iowa’s all-time wins leader (377-1468), returns all five of its starting linemen and three key backs. Gilbert lost all-state running back Cole Jackson and will have to replace his production. West Marshall will be led by all-state defensive back Dalton Ferch, who is just a junior. North Polk also returns an all-state performer in defensive lineman Colton Hill. South Hardin returns eight key players from a 2-7 squad a year ago. “We’re really young,” Tiger head coach Randy Tjaden said. “We only have three seniors. Overall we’re probably gonna be a little smaller than most teams. “We don’t have a lot of depth. So, you hope that the enthusiasm and love for the game of football overcomes all that.”

Capsules C-M-B Raiders ■ HEAD COACH – Rob Luther ■ 2009 RECORDS – 8-2 overall, 6-1 district

■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

East Marshall Mustangs ■ HEAD COACH – Scott Wheater ■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-6 overall, 1-6 district ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

Gilbert Tigers ■ HEAD COACH – Scott Auderer ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

North Polk Comets ■ HEAD COACH – Rob Sinclair

■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

Roland-Story Norsemen ■ HEAD COACH – Kerry Van Winkle ■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-6 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

Fort Dodge St. Edmond Gaels ■ HEAD COACH – Dick Tighe ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-5 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Ben Kraayenbrink, te; Ryan Rodenborn, t; David

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2A-7 South Hardin will rebuild around seven returning starters From page 11 Lindner, g; Kain Kutz, g; Keaton Lenning, t; Nick Clark, qb; Anthony Flattery, b; Neil Flattery, b. ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

South Hardin Tigers ■ HEAD COACH – Randy Tjaden ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS (7) – Dayton Balvanz, Ben Ferris, Nick McCall, Levi Prosser, Andrew Stowe, Kyle Cook, Tyler Petersen.

West Marshall Trojans ■ HEAD COACH – Ken Winkler ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 6-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 17 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 27 – Bondurant-Farrar at North Polk (ND); C-M-B at Lynnville-Sully (ND); East Marshall at BCLUW (ND); Gladbrook-Reinbeck at South Hardin (ND); South Hamilton at Roland-Story (ND); St. Edmond at Algona Garrigan (ND); Webster City at Gilbert (ND); West Marshall at Madrid (ND) Sept. 3 – Aplington-Parkersburg West Marshall (ND); Gilbert at JSPC (ND); Manson NW Webster at St. Edmond (ND); Nevada at East Marshall (ND); North Polk at Eagle Grove (ND); Ogden at C-M-B (ND); RolandStory at Bondurant-Farrar (ND); South Hardin at South Hamilton (ND) Sept. 10 – East Marshall at C-M-B; Roland-Story at South Hardin; St. Edmond at North Polk; West Marshall at Gilbert Sept. 17 – C-M-B at St. Edmond; Gilbert at East Marshall; North Polk at Roland-Story; South Hardin at West Marshall Sept. 24 – Gilbert at South Hardin; Roland-Story at C-M-B (at Baxter); St. Edmond at East Marshall; West Marshall at North Polk Oct. 1 – C-M-B at West Marshall; East Marshall at South Hardin; North Polk at Gilbert; St. Edmond at Roland-Story Oct. 8 – East Marshall at Roland-Story; Gilbert at C-M-B (at Maxwell); South Hardin at North Polk; West Marshall at St. Edmond Oct. 15 – C-M-B at South Hardin; North Polk at East Marshall; Roland-Story at West Marshall; St. Edmond at Gilbert Oct. 22 – C-M-B at North Polk; East Marshall at West Marshall; Gilbert at RolandStory; South Hardin at St. Edmond

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Playmaking quarterbacks Trevor Molitor of Osage (above) and Jay Schmit of Waterloo Columbus (right) return to lead their respective teams this season.

Newcomers to 2A ranks add intrigue ■ Columbus joined by Denver, New Hampton, IF-A By JIM NELSON jim.nelson@wcfcourier.com

Every two years, the Iowa High School Athletic Association likes to reshuffle its football districts. The IHSAA does it out of necessity, as some schools move up a class or drop to a lower division. That totally defines this season’s District 3, where three teams that played 3A football last year — Forest City, New Hampton and Iowa Falls-Alden — drop down and Denver slides up from 1A. Those four programs will join 2A regulars Central Springs, Clarion-Goldfield, Waterloo Columbus and defending district champion Osage. The Green Devils posted a perfect regular season mark last year and return 10 letterwinners from a state quarterfinal squad.

Leading men ■ DEVIN LEMKE, Iowa Falls-Alden, DL: The Iowa State recruit had 85 tackles, 10 for loss, last season. ■ BRANDON LENEHAN. New Hampton, LB: Earned all-state honors while helping the Chickasaws to the 3A state semifinals last year. ■ TREVOR MOLITOR, Osage, QB: Led Green Devils to district championship last fall.

Lon Lawler’s team is one of the preseason favorites, along with New Hampton, which reached the Class 3A state semifinals last year. Osage lost three all-state players in linebacker Brad Ringhofer, defensive back J.T. Lee and lineman Jon Rogers. The Green Devils will build around first-team all-district quarterback Trevor Molitor. New Hampton also lost several key performers, including allstaters Dylan Boyd, a lineman, and bruising running back Brock Boeding. However, the Chickasaws can build around all-state linebacker Brandon Lenehan.

“We have good team speed, but need to gain varsity experience and develop depth,” Chickasaw coach Scott Frerichs commented. Waterloo Columbus returns 14 letterwinners, including threeyear starting quarterback Jay Schmit. Running back Lamar Sayles showed big-play capability last year, while tight end Elliot Frost hauled in 20 passes. “A strength of our team is the number of athletes we have returning,” Columbus head coach Aundra Meeks said. Central Springs returns allstate lineman Andrew Nodvedt. Denver head coach Rhett Barrett knows his Cyclones will be challenged week-in, week-out. “I think we have to be used to the speed of the game,” Barrett said. “It is going to be way different from 1A to 2A. We have 50 kids out and some of those schools will have 80. We are going to have to be in shape and rest our kids smart so we don’t fatigue in the second quarter. “I think we have the athletes to compete. We just have to be

smart with how we play them.” Iowa Falls-Alden will be led by defensive lineman Devin Lemke, who gave a verbal commitment to Iowa State earlier this month. Lemke had 85 tackles last season, 10 for loss.

Capsules Columbus Sailors ■ HEAD COACH – Aundra Meeks ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 1-6 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (10) – Amir Robinson, se-db; Michael Goerdt, se-lb; Jay Schmit, qb-db; Justin Klieman, se-db; Lamar Sayles, rb-db; Craig Konrardy, ol-lb; Taylor Hotek, se-lb; Michael Schmadeke, k; Elliot Frost, te-dl; Austin Rentz, ol-dl.

Central Springs Panthers ■ HEAD COACHES – Bill Shafer, Craig Johnston ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Jesse Johnson, Max Lund, Dylan Miller, Andrew Nodtvedt, Chris Smith, Ryan Stiles.

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2A-3 Columbus returns key playmakers in Schmit, Sayles From page 13

Clarion-GoldďŹ eld Cowboys â–  HEAD COACH – Paul Hansch â–  2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 2-5 district â–  RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 17 â–  RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Denver Cyclones ■ HEAD COACH – Rhett Barrett ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-2 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Forest City Indians ■ HEAD COACH – Chad Moore ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

Iowa Falls-Alden Cadets ■ HEAD COACH – Pat Norem ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available

www.wcfcourier.com verly-Shell Rock at Columbus (ND) Sept. 10 – Central Springs at Osage, 7 p.m.; Clarion-GoldďŹ eld at Iowa Falls-Alden, 7 p.m.; Columbus at Forest City, 7 p.m.; New Hampton at Denver, 7 p.m. Sept. 17 – Denver at Central Springs, 7 p.m.; Forest City at Clarion-GoldďŹ eld, 7 p.m.; Iowa Falls-Alden at New Hampton, 7 p.m.; Osage at Columbus, 7 p.m. Sept. 24 – Clarion-GoldďŹ eld at Osage, 7 p.m.; Columbus at Denver, 7 p.m.; Iowa Falls-Alden at Forest City, 7 p.m.; New Hampton at Central Springs, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 – Central Springs at Columbus, 7

2010 FALL PREVIEW p.m.; Denver at Clarion-GoldďŹ eld, 7 p.m.; Forest City at New Hampton, 7 p.m.; Osage at Iowa Falls-Alden, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 – Clarion-GoldďŹ eld at Central Springs, 7 p.m.; Forest City at Osage, 7 p.m.; Iowa Falls-Alden at Denver, 7 p.m.; New Hampton at Columbus, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 – Central Springs at Iowa FallsAlden, 7 p.m.; Columbus at Clarion-GoldďŹ eld, 7 p.m.; Denver at Forest City, 7 p.m.; Osage at New Hampton, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 – Central Springs at Forest Cityv; Iowa Falls-Alden at Columbus, 7 p.m.; New Hampton at Clarion-GoldďŹ eld, 7 p.m.; Osage at Denver, 7 p.m.

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“It is going to be way different from 1A to 2A. We have 50 kids out and some of those schools will have 80. We are going to have to be in shape and rest our kids smart so we don’t fatigue. I think we have the athletes to compete. We just have to be smart with how we play them.� Rhett Barrett Denver head coach on the move from Class 1A to 2A this season

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Osage Green Devils ■ HEAD COACH – Lon Lawler ■ 2009 RECORDS – 11-1 overall, 7-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

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â–  REID NUSS, North Fayette, QB: Accumulated more than 1,100 yards of offense in 2009.

South Winneshiek made a great run to the 1A state title game last fall and will have to replace alleverything back Jordan Andera, but the Warriors don’t have a completely bare cupboard as they jump to 2A. Leading South Winn’s attack will be quarterback Jared Holien and all-state defensive lineman Matthew Schmelzer, who led Class 1A with 36 tackles for loss. Senior receiver Dominik Lensing is also back. “We should be very solid on the offensive and defensive front lines,â€? said Warriors head coach Jason Ohrt. “We return our starting quarterback and have multiple options to carry the ball.â€? Sumner-Fredericksburg made another trip to the postseason last fall, but will be breaking in several new starters. Tight end Kyle Frisch and linebacker Zak Kerr are the top returners for the Cougars. “We will have a lot of new faces on the ďŹ eld,â€? head coach Brad Mohs said. “We will need to group up in a hurry.â€? MFL-Mar Mac will be under a new coach, as Ray Rankin takes over the Bulldogs’ program after eight seasons at Postville. MFL returns four all-district performers from a 2-7 squad — defensive end Elliot Wirkler, running back/linebacker Jon Heins, lineman Cole Kregel and linebacker Zach Piper. Cascade ďŹ nished 9-2 last season and was a ďŹ rst-round loser to Osage in the 2A playoffs. The Cougars return just ďŹ ve starters with three of them being linemen. “We lost a talented class from a great 2009 football team,â€? head coach Tim Frake said. “But we will still have high expectations for 2010.â€?

â–  MATTHEW SCHMELZER, South Winneshiek, DL: Had 36 tackles for loss last season.

■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Jordan Gibbs, ot; Kevin Burgess, ot; Alex Steffen, dt; Eric Knuth, lb; Andrew Hosch, lb.

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■ HEAD COACH – Gregg Hammann ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Elliot Salter, qb-db; Tyler Langel, ol-lb; Tyler Dunkel, ol-dl; Jake Hubert, ol-dl; Patrick Meade, te-de; Connor Golden, qb-db; Ty Troutman, wr-db; Robbie Anstoetter, wr-lb.

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FOOTBALL FEVER

Smalltown NE Iowa loves Friday night lights By KELLY BEATON kelly.beaton@wcfcourier.com

Each autumn Friday, North Tama’s gridders see their fans passionately wave massive flags that read “Go Redhawks.” Those banners serve as the players’ checkered flag, so to speak, signifying that go-time has officially arrived.

A rush of adrenaline always follows. “It’s the tradition of the home game,” said North Tama coach Brent Thoren, describing the scenes he eagerly anticipates each fall. “From the people reserving their seats by noon on game days, to the fans lining up and encircling the field, to the players walking down the street as the sound of their cleats hit the pavement ... it makes it an exciting time,” Thoren added.

Those are the sights of Friday Night Lights. But every high school community seems to have its own, unique twists in rural Northeast Iowa, where football is near and dear to so many hearts. The love of pigskin, it seems, is passed down from generation to generation in Gladbrook, Calmar, Traer, Fairbank and beyond.

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FRIDAY NIGHT Prep football the main attraction in many Iowa communities From page 16 “We have 90 percent participation from all the boys at GR,” noted Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach John Olson, “so (football) involves a lot of families, friends, relatives and alums.” “Football brings people together,” explained veteran Wapsie Valley coach Tony Foster. Wapsie Valley fans swarm to Costa’s Sports Bar in Fairbank before and after games. The Old World Inn in Spillville often overflows with South Winneshiek supporters. And, rabid North Tama Redhawk fans often start tailgating two full hours before kickoff. Football’s importance, in the grand scheme of things, is often overrated. But a proud, tradition-rich prep team can be a torch-bearer — at least during fall — for small communities. Football, noted Turkey Valley coach Mark Scott, “helps to set the tone for a good school year.” The local football field also gives those in consolidated school districts something to rally around and to become unified by. “Our community sees how hard our players and coaches work, and how we represent ourselves,” explained South Winn coach Jason Ohrt, “and that gets them to go the extra mile to support us.” “The football team reflects the values the community has,” noted North Tama’s Thoren, like “hard work, working as a team, self-sacrifice.” Each fall, Northeast Iowa’s small-school gridders carry the flag for their community. It’s a privilege few players take lightly. “I definitely feel like you’re representing the whole town,” said North Tama linebacker Cade Isenhower, who lives on a farm in rural Traer. “I kind of like knowing that everyone’s counting on us to pull through for the game.” Can an entire town’s citizenry be defined by football? Probably

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AplingtonParkersburg is one of many Northeast Iowa football programs that enjoy tremendous community support. not. But in Northeast Iowa on viewing. Friday nights, high school foot“On Friday evenings,” said ball is an unquestionably popu- Foster, “the excitement is there. lar entertainment option. It’s intoxicating.” And, for many, it’s must-see “The wall of fans on their feet

surrounding the stadium every week is pretty special,” Ohrt added. “That’s my favorite thing, the Friday night lights,” said Crest-

wood star Reed Faldet. “Going out onto the field, and you’ve got your town, friends and family cheering us on? It’s motivation.”


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CLASS 1A: DISTRICT 3

Pollock looking to build on A-P’s rich tradition ■ Falcons’ new coach a product of Thomas’ winning system By KELLY BEATON kelly.beaton@wcfcourier.com

This year, the sign outside of Aplington-Parkersburg’s practice field instructs the Falcons to “Dominate The Day.” First-year head coach Alex Pollock explained thusly: “The first day of camp, we just went out and tried to get by,” noted the 2002 A-P grad. “After that, we’ve talked every day about how you go out and try to dominate what you do. “You’ve got to have that type of mentality — that ‘attack mentality’ ... any time you go out and compete.” Pollock sounds like a coach who’s in it for the long haul. He lives just a post pattern away from the Falcons’ home field, for example. The A-P alum took over for 2009 co-coaches Al Kerns and Jon Wiegmann (though Wiegmann remains the Falcons’ defensive coordinator). But the Falcons don’t look much different than they did during the

2A-4 North Fayette reloads backfield for another potent attack From page 15 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Brady Mattson, sr.; Max Faulkner, sr.; Ryan Kaufman, sr.; Nick Kite, sr.; Alex Brown, jr.; Larry Garbes III, jr.

MFL Mar-Mac Bulldogs ■ HEAD COACH – Ray Rankin ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 11 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

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Leading men ■ CODY MARSH, Saint Ansgar RB: Tallied 10 TDs in 2009 ■ JOSH THOMPSON, Garner-Hayfield WR: Pulled down 66 receptions last season ■ NATHAN FOLKERS, West Fork LB: Recorded 115 total tackles last fall

“I’m not here to change everything. I want to keep winning. Obviously at A-P there’s always some high expectations. We want to concentrate on doing things the right way, and we feel we’ll be successful that way.” Alex Pollock Aplington-Parkersburg head coach

days of the late, iconic coach Ed Thomas. The boys in red, white and black will still utilize a 5-2 defense, they still boast stellar linemen, and they still have a run-first offense

■ HEAD COACH – Shane Blake ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-4 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

North Fayette Hawks ■ HEAD COACH – Bob Lape ■ 2009 RECORDS – 12-1 overall, 7-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 16 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (8) – Kyle Bishop, e-lb; Tanner Creery, l-dl; Brady Feldman, b-db; Cody Grimes, e-de; Lewis Guyer, e-db; Shawn Lau, l-dl; Reid Nuss, qb-db; Jake Greco, fb-lb.

linebacker. “We want to concentrate on doing things the right way, and we feel we’ll be successful that way.” Elsewhere, Dike-New Hartford could be a bounceback candidate in 1A-3, with 12 starters returning from a four-win squad a year ago. Don Betts’ Wolverines figure to be led by first-team, all-district receiver Mike Weidemann and all-district defensive lineman Troy Irvin. “We feel we will be improved from 2009,” Betts noted. “Weidemann, Irvin, (lineman Tanner) Johnson and (back Eric) Joblinske have the potential to be impact players.” Saint Ansgar could be a player in the District 3 title race, as the Saints return nine starters, including eight on offense, for coach Drew Clevenger. Nashua-Plainfield returns nine letterwinners, including a 240pound anchor in the trenches, senior Austin Siemons. KELLY BEATON / Courier Sports Writer AGWSR endured a 2-7 record in Alex Pollock, an Aplington-Parkersburg graduate, returns to his alma 2009, but is banking on former mater as its football head coach this season. first-team all-district honorees Evan Johnson (at quarterback) led by the likes of quarterback keep winning. and B.J. Reents (linebacker) to Austin Ryan. “Obviously at A-P there’s lead a Cougar resurgence. “I’m not here to change every- always some high expectations,” See 1A-3, page 19 thing,” said Pollock. “I want to added the former Wartburg star

■ 2009 RECORDS – 12-2 overall, 6-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 12 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (7) – Matthew Schmelzer, rb-dl; Brady Severson, rb-lb; Dominik Lensing, wr-db; Jared Holien, qb; Austin Ashbacher, ol-dl; Nick Schmelzer, rb-lb; Matthew Meyer, rb-lb.

Sumner-Fr’dricksbrg Cougars ■ HEAD COACH – Brad Mohs ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-3 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 7 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (2) – Kyle Frisch, te-de; Zak Kerr, lb-fb.

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Aug. 27 – Beckman at Western Dubuque (ND); Cascade at Clayton Ridge (ND); Jesup at Wapsie Valley (ND); Central at MFL MarMac (ND); Monticello at Anamosa (ND); North Fayette at Waukon (ND); Camanche at Northeast (ND); Turkey Valley at Valley (ND) Sept. 3 – Center Point-Urbana at Beckman (ND); Crestwood at Sumner-Fredericksburg (ND); Don Bosco (Gilbertville) at Jesup (ND); Maquoketa Valley (Delhi) at Cascade (ND); MFL MarMac at Postville (ND); Northeast at Monticello (ND); Oelwein at North Fayette (ND); Waukon at South Winneshiek (ND) Sept. 10 – Beckman at North Fayette; Cascade at Monticello; MFL MarMac at Jesup; South Winneshiek at Sumner-Fredericksburg Sept. 17 – Jesup at South Winneshiek; Monticello at MFL MarMac; North Fayette at Cascade; Sumner-Fredericksburg at

Beckman Sept. 24 – Beckman at Cascade; MFL MarMac at North Fayette; South Winneshiek at Monticello; Sumner-Fredericksburg at Jesup Oct. 1 – Cascade at MFL MarMac; Jesup at Beckman; Monticello at Sumner-Fredericksburg; North Fayette at South Winneshiek Oct. 8 – Beckman at MFL MarMac; Jesup at Monticello; South Winneshiek at Cascade; Sumner-Fredericksburg at North Fayette Oct. 15 – Cascade at Sumner-Fredericksburg; MFL MarMac at South Winneshiek; Monticello at Beckman; North Fayette at Jesup Oct. 22 – Beckman at South Winneshiek; Jesup at Cascade; Monticello at North Fayette; Sumner-Fredericksburg at MFL MarMac


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1A-3 Dike-New Hartford has a dozen starters returning this season

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www.wcfcourier.com ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-5 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 18 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – Royce Byrnes, qb-db-p; Jed Johnson, ol-dl; Levi Dahle, fb-lb; Alex Grunhovd, lb-rb; Zach Lingham, ol-dl; Tyler Rice, db-rb; Curtis Feil, dl-ol; Josh Zabel, ol-dl; Josh Olson, lb-ol.

■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-6 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 9 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Austin Siemons, ol-dl; Austin Walk, ol-dl; Zach Larson, qb; Caleb Smith, wr-cb; Taylor Wedeking, ss.

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From page 18 Lake Mills should be respectSaint Ansgar Saints able, led by 18 returning letter- Nashua-Plainfield Huskies West Fork Warhawks ■ HEAD COACH – Drew Clevenger winners, a list that includes sec- ■ HEAD COACH – Ben Jass ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-4 overall, 6-1 ■ HEAD COACH – Eric Burt ond-team all-state, three-way player Royce Barnes, who predominantly stars at quarterback and punter. Finally, Garner-Hayfield and BOYS CROSS COUNTRY cont. West Fork are expected to be FOOTBALL DATE TIME DETAILS TIME DETAILS largely rebuilding ballclubs this DATE Sep 14, 2010 5:00 pm Starmont Invite 5:15 pm Jesup JV/V season in 1A-3, though West Fork Aug 27 Strawberry Point Sep 03 7:00 pm Denver V Denver boasts an intriguing quarterback Sep 10 Sep 23 9:30 am Sumner-Fredrksbrg 5:15 pm Bellevue JV/V in senior Seth Tuttle, a Northern Sep 17 Fredericksburg 5:15 pm Clayton Ridge JV/V Iowa basketball recruit. Sep 28 5:00 pm Jesup Invite Guttenberg

■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 17 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (15) – Seth Tuttle, qb; Jace Winfrey, wr-db; Nate Folkers, rb-lb; Zane Ruger, rb-lb; Kielan Sullivan, ol-dl; J.T. Neff, ol-dl; Randy Groh, wr-dl; Brock Logan, rb-s; Brian Caspers, ol-dl;

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Capsules AGWSR Cougars ■ HEAD COACH – Matt Lindeman ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 12 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Cesar Guevara, wr-db; Pete Woodman, rb-de; B.J. Reents, ol-lb; Nick Frazier, te-de; Evan Johnson, qb-lb; Jake Bagley, ol-dl; Ben DeBerg, fb-dl; Cody Meyer, ol-dl; Matt Rewerts, ol-dl; Joe Sells, wr-db; Jason Rewerts, ol-dl; Jordan Mills, sb-db.

Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons ■ HEAD COACH – Alex Pollock ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 22 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Austin Ryan, qb-db; Dylan Bellows, rb-lb; Jake Everts, rb-lb; Jason Grill, rb-ss; Joey McCracken, ol-dl; Sam Thompson, te-de.

Dike-New Hartford Wolverines ■ HEAD COACH – Don Betts ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 12 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (12) – Mike Weidemann, wr-db; Eric Joblinske, rb-db; Troy Irvin, ol-dl; Tanner Johnson, ol-dl; Andrew Barker, ol; Breen Greer, te; Si Eiklenborg, lb; Brennen Miller, lb.

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1A-3 St. Ansgar expected to contend for postseason berth From page 19 Alex Kirschbaum, rb-lb; Tyler Larson, qbdb; Matt Sturges, ol-dl; Jordan Hubka, wrdb; Cole Liekweg, ol-dl; Alex Berding, ol-dl.

Schedule (Game time 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 20 – AGWSR 27, Grundy Center 13; Rockford 18, Nashua-Plainfield 14. Aug. 27 – Colo-Nesco at AGWSR; Humboldt at Aplington-Parkersburg; Dike-New Hartford at Grundy Center; W. Hancock at Garner-Hayfield; Northwood-Kensett at Lake Mills; Nashua-Plainfield at Central Springs; Osage at Saint Ansgar; Belmond-Klemme at West Fork Sept. 3 – Aplington-Parkersburg at West Marshall; Hudson at Dike-New Hartford; Garner-Hayfield at Belmond-Klemme; Lake Mills at W. Hancock; N. Butler at Nashua-Plainfield; Saint Ansgar at Newman; W. Fork at N. Iowa Sept. 10 – Dike-New Hartford at AGWSR; Saint Ansgar at Aplington-Parkersburg; Lake Mills at Garner-Hayfield; Nashua-Plainfield at West Fork Sept. 17 – AGWSR at Lake Mills; Aplington-Parkersburg at Nashua-Plainfield; West Fork at Dike-New Hartford; Garner-Hayfield at Saint Ansgar Sept. 24 – Saint Ansgar at AGWSR; West Fork at Aplington-Parkersburg; Dike-New Hartford at Lake Mills; Nashua-Plainfield at Garner-Hayfield Oct. 1 – AGWSR at Nashua-Plainfield; Aplington-Parkersburg at Dike-New Hartford; Lake Mills at Saint Ansgar; Garner-Hayfield at West Fork Oct. 8 – West Fork at AGWSR; AplingtonParkersburg at Garner-Hayfield; Dike-New Hartford at Saint Ansgar; Nashua-Plainfield at Lake Mills Oct. 15 – AGWSR at Apl.-Parkersburg; Garner-Hayfield at Dike-N. Hart.; Saint Ansgar at Nash.-Plain.; Lake Mills at West Fork Oct. 22 – Garner-Hayfield at AGWSR; Aplington-Parkersburg at Lake Mills; DikeNew Hartford at Nashua-Plainfield; West Fork at Saint Ansgar

got to go out and earn it, but I feel we’ll be okay.” Hudson, a Class 2A postseason participant last year, returns 13 starters and envious amounts of speed. Junior quarterback Cale Henke is one of eight returning starters on offense, and senior end Alex Chilcote could contend

for postseason honors. “One thing we’ve got is real good athletes,” said Sniffin, who also feels the Pirates’ depth will be an asset. “Another thing we’ve got is great speed — and you can coach everything but speed.”

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Leading men ■ KYLE JOHNSON, Hudson LB: Registered 112 total tackles in 2009 ■ COLBY LUETHJE, Gladbrook-Reinbeck LB: Rang up 68 tackles a year ago as a sophomore ■ VINNIE WHIPPLE, Eagle Grove RB: Scored 10 TDs last fall as a junior

Nashua-Plainfield Sports Schedules Fall 2010 FOOTBALL DATE

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PLACE OPPONENT

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7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM

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West Fork Sheffield Ap-Prkrsburg Garner-Hayfield AGWSR

7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM

AWAY HOME HOME

Lake Mills St. Ansgar Dike-NHartford

VOLLEYBALL Tues, Aug 24 Thurs, Aug 26 Tues, Aug 31 Tues, Sep 7 Thurs, Sep 9 Sat, Sep 11 Tues, Sep 14 Sat, Sep 18 Tournament

Tues, Sep 21 Thurs, Sep 23 Tues, Sep 28 Tues, Oct 5 Thurs, Oct 7 Tues, Oct 12 Quad

7:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 9:00AM 7:00PM 9:00AM

7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 5:30PM

AWAY Dunkerton AWAY Hudson - Iowa HOME Turkey Valley AWAY St. Ansgar HOME Riceville AWAY Ap-Prkrsburg AWAY Nwood-Kensett HOME Riceville, Rockford Senior, Denver Community, Newman Catholic, West Central, West Fork, Clayton Ridge HOME Central Springs HOME New Hampton HOME West Fork AWAY Rockford Sr AWAY North Butler AWAY North Butler, Hampton-Dumont, Lake Mills Hampton-Dumont

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY DATE

Thurs, Sep 2 Tues, Sep 7

TIME

PLACE OPPONENT

5:00PM 5:00PM

AWAY Charles City AWAY Wav-Shell Rock at Wartburg, Hertel Field Tues, Sep 14 5:00PM AWAY Osage Mon, Sep 20 5:00PM AWAY West Fork Rockwell-Swaledale Tues, Sep 28 5:00PM HOME North Butler, Rockford Senior, Waverly-Shell Rock Nashua-Plainfield HS - Nashua Country Club Thurs, Oct 7 4:30PM AWAY New Hampton Thurs, Oct 14 4:30PM AWAY Central Springs Meet North Butler, Rockford Senior, St. Ansgar, West Fork at Manly Conference 5:00PM AWAY Central Springs North Butler, Rockford Sr, St. Ansgar, West Fork Pioneer Country Club Thurs, Oct 21 4:00PM AWAY IHSAA Regional & District Meet TBA

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1A-4 Gladbrook-Reinbeck looking for return to postseason form From page 22 Gladbrook-Reinbeck is coming off an uncharacteristically pedestrian performance (4-5) in 2009, but returns 19 letterwinners. John Olson’s Rebels will attempt to protect “The Pitâ€? in Gladbrook with gritty veterans like linebacker-fullback Colby Luethje leading the way. “We love,â€? noted Olson, “protecting ‘The Pit,’ and we feel a lot of pride. ... Our players realize that the community is looking at them to represent the community in a positive light.â€? Eagle Grove went a perfect 70 in district action in 2009 and hopes for similar results under ďŹ rst-year head coach Kelly Williamson, a University of Northern Iowa alum and former Aplington-Parkersburg assistant in the late 1990s. Senior running back Vinnie Whipple (11 touchdowns in 2009) returns to engineer the Eagles’ offense. Woodward-Granger won nine games in 2009 and advanced to the state quarterďŹ nals for the ďŹ rst time in school history. The Hawks expect to have another solid rushing attack this fall, keyed by Jack Manning and Andrew McCune. “We have quite a few kids who played last year, so it’s nice to have those kids back,â€? said Woodward-Granger coach George Ashman, who noted that Hudson is nevertheless the odds-on favorite in 1A-4 this fall. South Hamilton of Jewell returns just a handful of starters this season, and, according to coach Todd Coy, the Hawks are short on both size and experience. Woodward Academy, a prep school, will begin its ďŹ rst year of varsity football this season.

Capsules BCLUW Comets ■ HEAD COACH – Josh Ehn ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7

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1A-4 Woodward Academy begins first season of varsity football From page 23 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (14) – Luke Erbes, Robert Sharp, Cole Thompson, Connor Chase, Ryan Hines, Tyler Critchfield, Logan Simpson, Joel Steckelberg, Zach Cashin, Ryan Lutes, Matt Oswald, Trent Teske, Rusty Kruse, Alex Morgan.

Eagle Grove Eagles ■ HEAD COACH – Kelly Williamson ■ 2009 RECORDS – 9-2 overall, 7-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 16 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (11) – Vinnie Whipple, rb-s; Andy Bell, qb-cb; Jade Zabel, rb-cb; Zach Boyer, c-dt; Rogan Roosa, ogdt; Cody Harrison, c-lb; Trent Erickson, otdt; Cesar Hernandez, og-dt; Cody Helmick, wr-lb; R. Roosa, wr-s; Aaron Wagner, ot-lb.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels ■ HEAD COACH – John Olson ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 19 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Colby Luethje, lb-fb; Dalton Behounek, ol; Alex Eichhorn, dl; Logan Petersen, wr-db-k; Zach Schwartz, lb-rb.

Hudson Pirates ■ HEAD COACH – Duane Sniffin ■ 2009 RECORDS – 5-5 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – Cale Henke, qb; Nolan Tomlinson, fs; Alex Chilcote, e; Kyle Johnson, lb; Josh Tack, c; Danny Bowman, g; Cole Melby, I; Stephen Foote, dt; Aaron Oltman, e.

Ogden Bulldogs ■ HEAD COACH – Ken Vigdal ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS - Not available

South Hamilton Hawks ■ HEAD COACH – Todd Coy ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Casey Coy, qb-lb; Devin Quam, rb-db; Parker Ness, g-dt; Jalyn Bell, c-dt; Carter Doering, te-de.

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Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 27 – East Marshall at BCLUW (ND); Eagle Grove at Clarion-Goldfield (ND); Gladbrook-Reinbeck at South Hardin (Eldora) (ND); Mason City Newman at Hudson (ND); Van Meter at Ogden (ND); South Hamilton at Roland-Story (ND); Woodward Academy at SE Webster-Grand (ND); Prairie Valley at Woodward-Granger (ND) Sept. 3 – BCLUW at GMG (ND); North Polk at Eagle Grove (ND); Grundy Center at Gladbrook-Reinbeck (ND); Hudson at Dike-New Hartford (ND); Ogden at C-M-B (ND); South Hardin at South Hamilton (ND); Clarinda Academy at Woodward Academy (ND); Woodward-Granger at West Central Valley (ND) Sept. 10 – Eagle Grove at BCLUW, 7 p.m.; Woodward-Granger at Hudson, 7 p.m.; Ogden at Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 7 p.m.; Woodward Academy at South Hamilton, 7 p.m. Sept. 17 – Woodward Academy at BCLUW , 7 p.m.; Hudson at Eagle Grove, 7 p.m.; Gladbrook-Reinbeck at WoodwardGranger, 7 p.m.; South Hamilton at Ogden, 7 p.m. Sept. 24 – Ogden at BCLUW, 7 p.m.; Eagle Grove at Woodward-Granger, 7 p.m.; Gladbrook-Reinbeck at South Hamilton, 7 p.m.; Woodward Academy at Hudson, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 – BCLUW at Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 7 p.m.; Eagle Grove at Woodward Academy, 7 p.m.; Hudson at Ogden, 7 p.m.; Woodward-Granger at South Hamilton, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 – South Hamilton at BCLUW, 7 p.m.; Ogden at Eagle Grove, 7 p.m.; Gladbrook-Reinbeck at Hudson, 7 p.m.; Woodward-Granger at Woodward Academy, 7 p.m.

Woodward Academy Knights

Oct. 15 – BCLUW at Woodward-Granger, 7 p.m.; Eagle Grove at Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 7 p.m.; Hudson at South Hamilton, 7 p.m.; Woodward Academy at Ogden, 7 p.m.

■ HEAD COACH – Bill Dean ■ 2009 RECORDS – First year program ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not applicable ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not applicable

Oct. 22 – BCLUW at Hudson, 7 p.m.; South Hamilton at Eagle Grove, 7 p.m.; Gladbrook-Reinbeck at Woodward Academy, 7 p.m.; Woodward-Granger at Ogden, 7 p.m.

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CLASS 1A: DISTRICT 5

Woodward-Granger Hawks ■ HEAD COACH – George Ashman ■ 2009 RECORDS – 9-3 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 16 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (15) – Jacob Musser, k; Cory Crnkovich, cb-wr; Ryan Mayfield, fs-rb; Tom McVay, wr; Jack Manning, lb-rb; Andrew McCune, rb; Nick Landy, olb-rb; Joel Krehbiel, c-lb; Landon Roberts, ol-dl; Chris Schutte, ol; Marshal Seba, dl; John Hodges, ol-de; Nathan Somske, ol; Conner Roth, ol.

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Turkey Valley coach Mark Scott has little idea what awaits his Trojan squad in the newly configured Class 1A, District 5 ... other than some interminable bus rides from Jackson Junction to locales like Bellevue and Troy Mills. Turkey Valley earned regionwide respect last season, rattling off 10 wins. But the Trojans will have to extend themselves this season to compete with new, talented district foes like Wapsie Valley, Starmont and Clayton Ridge. “We should be competitive in the new district,” noted eighthyear Turkey Valley head coach Mark Scott. Yet, “we have no idea what to expect from most of the teams we play. “Keys for the team’s success are staying healthy, being physical on defense and limiting mistakes on offense,” added Scott, whose Trojans return 14 lettermen. Wapsie Valley lost a lot of experience off last year’s 92 club, but should still boast a solid rushing attack in 2010, led by senior Connor O’Brien (706 yards last season). “I haven’t had this few of returning starters,” noted veteran Wapsie Valley coach Tony Foster, “so that’s a concern. “But we also have a lot of (young) guys that are eager. So it’s a double-edged sword. “We’re going to be fine,” Foster concluded, “as soon as the guys get more comfortable. We’ve got

Leading men ■ VINNIE OTDOERFER, Starmont RB: Produced 1,340 rushing yards in 2009 ■ TANNER LOOTS, Northeast Goose Lake RB: Compiled 1,197 rush yards and 12 TDs last fall ■ DAKOTA SCHROYER, Clayton Ridge DB: Pulled down four INTs last season

Bellevue returns 11 letterwinners off a 6-4 team, and the Comets will be under the guidance of first-year head coach Chet Knake this fall. We know this much about the newly configured Class 1A, District 5: for Northeast Iowa clubs like Turkey Valley and Wapsie Valley, it’ll be a trip — quite literally — considering the Trojans and Warriors’ unfamiliarity with teams like Bellevue. “We know how to get there, but that’s about it,” laughed Foster. “It’s all new to us.”

“We’re going to be fine. as soon as the guys get more comfortable. We’ve Capsules got some guys who can Bellevue Comets play” ■ HEAD COACH – Chet Knake Tony Foster Wapsie Valley head coach

some guys who can play.” Starmont returns 19 players with playing experience, including a ballcarrier with a familiar surname throughout Northeast Iowa: Vinnie Otdoerfer. The sophomore tailback, who comes from a long line of football stars in his family, rushed for 1,340 total yards a year ago. Clayton Ridge went unblemished in district play a year ago, but graduated most of its skill players. “Some young guys,” said Clayton Ridge’s 11th-year coach, Chad Harbaugh, “are just going to have to step up. We don’t have great numbers. We’ve got to stay healthy, rely on our line, and just take care of the ball.” Maquoketa Valley has fallen on hard times since winning a district title in 2008 and has just a handful of lettermen returning from last year’s two-win ballclub. Jared Kracke, a first-team all-district lineman is back.

■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 11 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Clayton Ridge Eagles ■ HEAD COACH – Chad Harbaugh ■ 2009 RECORDS – 10-2 overall, 7-0 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Antonio Armstrong, ol-dl; Cody Preston, ol-dl; D.J. Enderegg, ol-dl; Dakota Schroyer, wr-db; Ben Howard, db.

Starmont Stars ■ HEAD COACH – Matt Lee ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-4 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 19 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – Vinnie Otdoerfer, tb-fs; Ethan Moses, tb; Nate Hamlett, fb-lb; Brad Franzen lb; Jake Daisy, te-de; Nathan Pech, ss; Jordan Millard, t-dt; Nathan Seedorf, g-dt; Terry Stover, c-ng.

Maquoketa Valley Wildcats ■ HEAD COACH – Greg Drew ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 5 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (4) – Jared Kracke, ol-dl; Emerson Ries, wr-db; Brandon Barton, ol-dl; Robb Holtz, ol-lb.

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Valley at Maquoketa Valley; Starmont at Northeast

CLASS A: DISTRICT 3

Turkey Valley, Wapsie Valley lineups will have new look

Sept. 24 – Bellevue at Clayton Ridge; North Linn at Turkey Valley; Northeast at Wapsie Valley; Maquoketa Valley at Starmont

Newman team to beat in A-3

Oct. 1 – Turkey Valley at Bellevue; Clayton Ridge at Northeast; Wapsie Valley at Maquoketa Valley; Starmont at North Linn

â–  Grundy Center, North Butler hope to challenge Knights

From page 24

NE Goose Lake Rebels ■ HEAD COACH – Ryan Unruh ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-3 overall, 6-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 6 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (4) – Tanner Loots, rb-db; Kyle Hoffman, ol-dl; Mitchell Haferbier, qb-db; Brandon Sikkema, ol-dl.

North Linn Lynx ■ HEAD COACH – Jared Collum ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 4 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (4) – Garrett Harris, lb; Jake Oswald, s; Stefan Juran, ol; Brendon Schott, fb-lb.

Turkey Valley Trojans ■ HEAD COACH – Mark Scott ■ 2009 RECORDS – 10-2 overall, 8-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (3) – Isaac Toberman, Ben Schmitt, Phil Vsetcka.

Wapsie Valley Warriors ■ HEAD COACH – Tony Foster ■ 2009 RECORDS – 9-2 overall, 7-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 9 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Isaac Happel, cb-wr; Jake Curley, te; Carter O’Brien, tb-fb; Connor O’Brien, rb; Karsten Meyer, og

Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 20 – Clayton Ridge 28, Edgewood-Colesburg 0. Aug. 27 – Durant-Bennett at Bellevue (ND); Cascade at Clayton Ridge (ND); Ed-Co at Maquoketa Valley (ND); North Linn at Alburnett (ND); Camanche at Northeast (ND); East Buchanan at Starmont (ND); South Winneshiek at Turkey Valley (ND); Jesup at Wapsie Valley (ND) Sept. 3 – Bellevue at Camanche (ND); Clayton Ridge at Central (ND); Maquoketa Valley at Cascade (ND); East Buchanan at North Linn (ND); Northeast at Monticello (ND); Starmont at Ed-Co (ND); Turkey Valley at Valley (ND); Wapsie Valley at Denver (ND) Sept. 10 – Bellevue at Wapsie Valley; Clayton Ridge at Starmont; Maquoketa Valley at North Linn; Northeast at Turkey Valley Sept. 17 – North Linn at Bellevue; Wapsie Valley at Clayton Ridge; Turkey

Oct. 8 – Bellevue at Northeast; Maquoketa Valley at Clayton Ridge; Turkey Valley at Starmont; North Linn at Wapsie Valley Oct. 15 – Starmont at Bellevue; Clayton Ridge at North Linn; Northeast at Maquoketa Valley; Wapsie Valley at Turkey Valley Oct. 22 – Bellevue at Maquoketa Valley; Turkey Valley at Clayton Ridge; North Linn at Northeast; Starmont at Wapsie Valley

Last year, the Bearcats ended in a tie for fourth with Tripoli, but ■ BEN BUFFINGTON, Newman, RB: were edged out of the playoffs by Gained 1,542 yards and scored 114 the IHSAA’s point system. points last season Third-year head coach Mark ■ CASEY KRULL, North Butler, LB: Rusch is hoping to use last In on 78 tackles, 56 of which were year’s freshman record of 4-0 solos and junior varsity mark of 5-2 as ■ LEVI ROSS, Grundy Center, PT: springboards to improvement at Punted 40 times and averaged 41.3 the varsity level this season. yards. “We return several starters on both sides of the ball and have and make a deep run into the several players with varsity postseason. experience,� noted Rusch. North Butler and Grundy CenSee A-3, page 28 ter hope to challenge the Knights.

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By DOUG JOHNSON doug.johnson@wcfcourier.com

With fewer schools (51) playing Class A football this season, District 3 has just six teams. But one of those will be Mason City Newman, last year’s state runner-up, and the Knights have been tabbed as the favorite to win the title this season

NORTH TAMA Fall 2010 Football Boys Varsity Schedule Date: Friday, Aug 27, 2010 Friday, Sep 3, 2010 Friday, Sep 10, 2010 Friday, Sep 17, 2010 Friday, Sep 24, 2010 Friday, Oct 1, 2010 Friday, Oct 8, 2010 Friday, Oct 15, 2010 Friday, Oct 22, 2010

Time: 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:30PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM 7:00PM

(as of 08-17-10) Opponent: GMG Community School District Away vs. H-L-V Away vs. East Buchanan Colo-NESCO Valley Community Away vs. Postville Com. School District Don Bosco Catholic Away vs. Edgewood-Colesburg Central Elkader

Location: North Tama HS - Football Field H-L-V HS East Buchanan HS North Tama HS - Football Field North Tama HS - Football Field Postville Schools North Tama HS - Football Field Edgewood-Colesburg HS North Tama HS - Football Field

Fall 2010 Cross Country Varsity Schedule Date: Thursday, Sep 2, 2010 Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 Monday, Sep 13, 2010 Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 Monday, Sep 20, 2010 Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 Saturday, Oct 2, 2010 Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010 Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010 Thursday, Oct 14, 2010

Time: 6:00PM 9:30AM 4:30PM 9:30AM 4:30PM 5:00PM 9:30AM 5:00PM 4:00PM 4:30PM

(as of 08-17-10) ÂŹ Opponent: Location: Away vs. South Hardin South Hardin Pine Lake Run Away vs. Benton, Van Horne Benton Community Away vs. South Tama County South Tama Otter Creek Park Away vs. BCLUW BCLUW HS JH/JV/V @ Union, IA Away vs. B-G-M B-G-M Away vs. Grundy Center Grundy Center HS Away vs. South Hardin South Hardin South Hardin Invite Away vs. Dike-New Hartford Dike-New Hartford HS Fox Ridge Golf Course Away vs. Union Union La Porte City HS LaPorte Golf Course, 4:00 JH; 4:30 HS Away vs. B-G-M B-G-M

Fall 2010 Volleyball Girls Varsity Schedule Date : Thursday, Sep 2, 2010 Saturday, Sep 4, 2010

Time: 6:00PM 9:00AM

Thursday, Sep 9, 2010 Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010 Thursday, Sep 16, 2010 Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 Monday, Sep 20, 2010 Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 Saturday, Sep 25, 2010

6:00PM TBD 6:00PM 5:30PM 9:00AM 6:30PM 6:00PM 9:00AM

Tournament Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010 Saturday, Oct 2, 2010 Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010 Thursday, Oct 7, 2010 Thursday, Oct 14, 2010

9:30PM 6:00PM 9:00AM 6:00PM 6:00PM 6:00PM

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Schools of hard knocks Big hitters’ impact often felt on field, sidelines and in stands By KELLY BEATON kelly.beaton@wcfcourier.com

“It’s similar to going into a fight, and you’ve got the “What sets apart the great hitters? They’re fearless.” toughest guy in the fight (on your side). It gives everybody Bob Lape North Fayette head coach confidence and something they can gather around.”

New Hampton linebacker Brandon Lenehan attacks opposing backfields with freight-train Pat Mitchell ferocity. Longtime Cedar Falls High head coach “You just try to build up a full head of steam and hit as hard as you can,” explained the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Chickasaw senior. Crestwood linebacker Reed Faldet has a reputation for dropping foes with the precision of a ball-peen hammer. “Hit ‘em high and hard,” is the 6-1, 220-pound Cadet’s credo. In high school football, a feared tackler can be a game-changer. And, Northeast Iowa has no shortage of heavy hitters. North Fayette benefits from the malicious hits of Tanner Creery and Shawn Lau in its front seven. Decorah boasts secure tacklers in its secondary. And, seemingly every member of Cedar Falls and North Tama’s vaunted defenses swarm to the football intensely. It’s no coincidence that each of those squads is predicted to land in the playoffs this season. “Those big hits,” noted North Fayette coach Bob Lape, “when you have them, you can certainly see the momentum shift gears.” “It can,” said New Hampton coach Scott Frerichs, “pump the team up.” What are the ingredients of an intimidating tackler? Relentlessness, athleticism, size, strength and ... DNA predisposed to destruction. “It’s desire,” explained Pat Mitchell, Cedar Falls’ veteran cohead coach, “and just intuition.” Football’s great hitters, added Mitchell, “know where things are going before anybody else. COURIER FILE PHOTO A big hit, like this one delivered last season by Waterloo East’s Alex Oliver against Cedar Rapids Prairie, can change the tone and momentum of a See HARD KNOCKS, page 27 game.


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From page 26 “They get that little bit of a head start. And they have that ability, when they hit, to drive through it.â€? “What sets apart the great hitters? They’re fearless,â€? said Lape, who feels that prep wrestlers make especially great tacklers on the gridiron. And, make no mistake: The area’s star defenders relish their reputation as panic-inducing tacklers. “It’s just nice to know that people know I’m out there, and (opponents) are gonna have to worry somewhat about me,â€? said Cade Isenhower, the 190pound anchor of North Tama’s 5-2 defense. Mitchell’s Cedar Falls squads have given out the Golden Hammer Award for more than two decades. Alum and current co-head coach Brad Remmert embodied what the honor was all about early on, said Mitchell. “Brad Remmert, oh boy. He developed the word ‘slobberknocker,’â€? Mitchell said of Remmert, who later toiled with the Iowa Hawkeyes and Northern Iowa Panthers. Often, there’s a ďŹ ne line between a hard hit and a dirty play. “To me, a dirty tackler is one that’s cheap,â€? said New Hampton’s Lenehan, who had 126 stops last season. “If you’re gonna tackle somebody, you need to do it right. I wouldn’t go for the knees, I’d go for the chest or his waist.â€? Most coaches agree: an intimidating tackler can elevate the play of his teammates. And, especially in the high school ranks, one enforcer can deďŹ ne a defense. “It’s similar to going into a ďŹ ght,â€? Mitchell explained, “and you’ve got the toughest guy in the ďŹ ght (on your side). It gives everybody conďŹ dence and something they can gather around.â€? Rest assured, if New Hampton, Crestwood and all the aforementioned teams make the playoffs this fall, a hard hitter or two will be at the center of it all.

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CLASS A: DISTRICT 4

Redhawks planning another rampage ■ New coaches taking over at Don Bosco, East Buchanan By DOUG JOHNSON doug.johnson@wcfcourier.com

In his first year as the head coach at North Tama, Brent Thoren set a standard that is going to be tough to top when his Redhawks allowed only 46 points in 13 games — 28 of which were to Mason City Newman in a state semifinal loss. Traditionally, North Tama has used a stingy defense to propel the team to four straight state playoff appearances and nine in the last 11 years. The Redhawks can move the football, too.

A-3 Grundy Center dropping down a class this season From page 25 First-team all-district performer Casey Krull, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior, was the team’s returning tackle leader with 78 and three interceptions. “The team has committed to offseason weight, speed and agility workouts. This improved speed will give us more ‘big play’ capabilities,” said Rusch, who returns five starters on offense and four on defense. Former North Tama mentor Brandon Krusey is returning for his second year at the helm of Grundy Center. The Spartans have been dropped from Class 1A to Class A this year. Krusey hopes his team’s good size up front can counteract some unproven skill position play early

Leading men ■ BRENDON BOERM, North Tama QB: Gained 842 rushing yards and completed 104 passes for 1,348 yards last season ■ ZACK TADE, Central RB: Second in Class A rushing with 1,682 yards a year ago. ■ ROBBIE KERR, Valley LB: Had a hand in 128 tackles in 2009.

They scored 526 points last season, the second-highest total in Class A. Brendon Boerm, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, returns after BRANDON POLLOCK / Courier Staff Photographer gaining 842 rushing yards and completing 204 passes for 1,348 North Tama is looking for another dominating season from its defense, while the Redhawks may have plenty of offensive tricks up their sleeves, too. Leading the way will be veterans (left to right standing) Zach Kaufman, yards. Lucas Hefty, Tyler Zook, Tyler Cizek, Marshall Karr and Nathan Jones, along with (left to right kneeling) Cade See A-4, page 29 Isenhower and Brendon Boerm.

in the season. Seniors Eliot Randel (270 pounds), Jake Ernst (250) and Nick Itzen (230) will key the play of both the offensive and defensive lines. Colo-Nesco and GMG will be new to the district as a result of realignment. Coach Bill Heubner is counting on nine returning starters and a total of 14 letterwinners to help improve on the Royals’ 3-6 overall record (2-4) in the district. After going 2-7 last year, GMG’s Kyle Gillespie hopes his team can improve enough to earn one of the district’s playoff spots.

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Rockford Warriors ■ HEAD COACH – Nick Johnson ■ 2009 RECORD – 4-5 overall, 4-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS (11) – Josh Dolan, wb-lb; Scott Paulus, qb-lb; Mike Seibert, fb-lb; Issac Schwantes, dl-ol; Ben Neal dl-ol; Jon Laudner, dl-ol; Matt Fullerton, ol-lb; Jack Rooney, k; Chase Riley, wb; Spencer Kelly, wb-lb; Luke Staudt, wb-cb.

Schedule (All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 20 – Ogden 24, Colo-Nesco 21; Earlham 27, GMG (Garwin) 0; AGWSR 27, Grundy Center 13; Mason City Newman 35, Northwood-Kensett 20; Central Springs 37, North Butler 26; Rockford 18, NashuaPlainfield 14.

Aug. 27 – Colo-Nesco at AGWSR (ND); Dike-New Hartford at Grundy Center (ND); GMG at North Tama (ND); Newman at Hudson (ND); North Iowa at Rockford (ND); Postville at North Butler (ND) Sept. 3 – Lynnville-Sully Colo-Nesco (ND); BCLUW at GMG (ND); Grundy Center at Gladbrook-Reinbeck (ND); Saint Ansgar at Newman (ND)North Butler at NashuaPlainfield (ND)Rockford at NorthwoodKensett (ND) Sept. 10 – Colo-Nesco at Grundy Center, 7 p.m.; GMG at Newman, 7 pm; Valley Community at Rockford (ND) Sept. 17 – Colo-Nesco at North Tama (ND); GMG at Rockford. 7 p.m.; Newman at North Butler, 7 p.m. Sept. 24 – Newman at Grundy Center, 7 p.m.; North Butler at GMG, 7 p.m.; Rockford at Colo-Nesco, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 – Central at North Butler (ND); Colo-Nesco at Newman, 7 p.m.; Grundy Center at Rockford, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 – Colo-Nesco at GMG, 7 p.m; Grundy Center at East Buchanan (ND); Rockford at North Butler, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 – GMG at Don Bosco (ND); Newman at Rockford, 7 p.m.; North Butler at Grundy Center, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 – Grundy Center at GMG, 7 p.m.; North Butler at Colo-Nesco, 7 p.m.; Postville at Newman (ND)


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A-4 Yoder new coach at Don Bosco; Hesner moves up at East Buch From page 28 But one of Thoren’s prime concerns will be filling the shoes of running backs Dylan Youel (1,279 yards) and Colton Hamilton (895). “Currently, we are concentrating on offense,” noted Thoren, “as the defense is way ahead. Of course, we have relied upon the defense to set the tempo of the game and help us gain momentum, and we will continue to do so.” As for the running back positions, he said, “Right now we are handling this by committee until someone steps up and takes the lead. But we have a strong group of capable leaders, and I am sure that we will find someone.” Also mentioned as a contender for the district crown is Central Elkader, which will be trying for its third playoff appearance in as many years. North Tama and Central tangle in the final regular-season game on Oct. 22. Last year, the Warriors were second to Wapsie Valley in district play. This season, Wapsie has been classified as a Class 1A team. Central will rely upon senior running back Zack Tade, a firstteam all-stater. Last year, he led his team with 1,682 yards rushing and added 173 receiving yards. Fans of East Buchanan will see a new face directing the team as Mike Stafford retired after coaching the Buccaneers to a 165-95 mark in 27 seasons. Replacing him will be Kevin Hesner, who spent six years as an assistant under Stafford after a seven-year stint on the staff of long-time and highly successful Starmont coach Dave Barclay. Hesner has a group of 13 letterwinners returning, nine of whom started at one time last season. If the Bucs hope to return to the playoffs, Hesner will need find someone to replace Jordan Gerbracht, who led the team with 1,607 rushing yards. Taking over as head coach at Don Bosco will be Colby Yoder, who has 10 lettermen to build

www.wcfcourier.com around. Juniors Nick Rosauer and Austin Schmidt will be relied upon to lead the offense. Schmidt rushed for 705 yards, picked off four passes and was named to the all-district defensive team. Rosauer completed 89 passes for 784 yards. Other returnees include defensive lineman Chris Schares and offensive lineman Tony Becker, both of whom were listed as alldistrict players. At Valley Community, “good speed and a front line with size will be our strong points,” noted Chad Beerman, as he returns for his 15th season. “But if we want to contend, we must find the leadership to bring the group together as a team.” Scott Denner will take over at Postville and James Rotchford will be the fourth head coach is as many years for EdgewoodColesburg as the Vikings drop down to Class A. “With four new coaches in the district, it creates a new challenge,” said Thoren. “I am glad that we don’t have to face them early in season.” Rockford lost just four players from last year’s squad and coach Nick Johnson is hoping that experience will help the Warriors qualify for the playoffs.

Capsules Central Warriors ■ HEAD COACH – Tom Wilwert ■ 2009 RECORDS – 9-2 overall, 6-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (5) – Zack Tade, rb; Matt Backes, wb-lb; Geoffery, Tajaran wb-lb; Tim Nemecheck, ol-lb; Steven Keppler, db.

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DISTRICT 8 More programs embracing 8-player game as numbers diminish From page 1 Tripoli head coach Tom Nuss believes the 8-player game is here to stay and will only grow in popularity for small school districts such as Tripoli. “I see the state ... in a year or two when it re-districts that possibly there will be two classes of 8-man football — A and 1A,” he noted. “For me, I see Class A football disappearing.” Critics say the 8-player game is barely a shadow of real football. They predict that schools that play it will lose money at the gates and college recruiters will disappear. Milder, at one time, was one of those critics. Now he is a major proponent and was instrumental in helping both Riceville and Tripoli when those school districts weighed the option of switching. “Coach Milder was a good resource for us ... provided invaluable information,” Gilbert said. Milder, who has coached 338 prep football games over 34 seasons, loves everything about the game. “For small schools, it is better football than 11-man,” Milder said. “A lot of people say this isn’t football. It’s football. It’s not the same but three years ago we started a 130-pound guard and a 160-pound tackle. That wasn’t a whole lot of fun. “Most people who are against it are kind of ignorant to the game. I went to a Northeast Hamilton game four years ago and I was standing four-deep along the sidelines. “We were asked to talk to the community of Riceville about the switch. One of my players, a part-time player for us, gave them this message. He said, ‘I would’ve been a starter if we played 11-man and we

A-4 Central Elkader’s Tade one of top returning backs in Class A From page 29 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (9) – Max Cherry, rb-lb; Carl Halford, t-dl; Travis Johnson, rb-lb; Mitch McGraw, te-db; David Monaghan, te-dl; Quinn Mueller, g-dl; Jerod Schultz, qb-cb; Dalton Jones c-dl

Edgewood-Colesburg Vikings ■ HEAD COACH – James Rotchford ■ 2009 RECORDS – 1-8 overall, 1-6

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West Central of Maynard is one of several Northeast Iowa schools that is thriving since switching to 8-player football.

“Most people who are against it are kind of ignorant to the game. I went to a Northeast Hamilton game four years ago and I was standing four-deep along the sidelines.” Steve Milder West Central football head coach

would’ve been okay. But I was a key sub on a team that was really good and we won 10 games, and in 11-man we couldn’t have won 10 games.’ “The kids get it. They understand if they are a 140-pound kid blocking and tackling much bigger kids play-in, play-out, it will be tough. But for a few plays ... they understand they’re contributing and that is what all players want, an opportunity to contribute.” Both Milder and Nuss have found other reasons 8-player will work for their programs. Milder’s got seven junior varsity games scheduled. “We’ve got 32-34 kids and we can play 12 kids in a JV game and still have 20 kids

district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 11 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

North Tama Redhawks ■ HEAD COACH – Brent Thoren ■ 2009 RECORDS – 12-1 overall, 6-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Lucas Hefty, wr-de, Cade Isenhower, fb-lb; Brendon Boerm, qb-db; Tyler Cizek, wr-db; Marshall Karr c-de; Nathan Jones, ol-dl

left for the varsity game to follow,” Milder said. “Now if we have to travel 130 miles, we can play two games instead of one.” Nuss finds his 8-player practices are much more efficient. “We get way more out of practice now than we did before,” Nuss said. “Our freshman kids before really couldn’t go to the other end of the field and practice because we didn’t have enough people to go with two different groups. “Now we have junior varsity on one end of the field and varsity on the other. We don’t have kids standing around and watching. If kids are more active in practice they are going to like it more and the parents are going to like it more.” Before switching. the decision-mak-

■ 2009 RECORD – 4-5 overall, 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Valley Tigers ■ HEAD COACH – Chad Beerman ■ 2009 RECORD – 3-6 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 13 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Blaine Everman, wb-cb; Robbie Kerr, fb-lb; Joe Koehn, og-ng; Nate Davis, og-lb; Clay Amundson, te-de; Tyler Wagner cb

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010 ers at Tripoli, Riceville and West Central went to the public. West Central principal and superintendent John Johnson went as far as to take a group of community members to the 8-man playoffs in the UNI-Dome. “One of the first things we did was survey the community,” Johnson said. “There was some hesitation, but after many of them saw the game they fell in love with it. People have a fear of any kind of change, but I think if you involve them with the process and give them the facts it helps them make a more informed decision.” “We were proactive,” Gilbert said. “A year and half before we made the decision we had meetings with the community, called the parents of the players to see what their thoughts about it. “We wanted to inform them of what we were thinking, and from those meetings they were very positive with very little friction.” The game is played on a smaller field — 80 yards in length and 40 yards wide. Players can wear any number and play any position. Kickoffs are from the 30, and touchbacks are spotted at the 15. What is eliminated from the 11-man game are two tackles and a receiver. It’s a wide-open offensive game. Milder, however, says it’s not just a passing game. “We got to the end of last season and we had almost 1,000 yards passing and I thought, ‘My lord, we really opened up the offense,’” Milder laughed. “Then I looked at the statistics and we ran the football 83 percent of the time. That is the same percentage as when we won the 1997 state championship.” “I love it,” said West Central quarterback Jake Johnston, who played 11-man as a freshman. “We wanted to make the switch. We were ready. It is still football. We still run the same basic offense. “It’s harder to play defense, especially pass defense ... but it is a ton of fun.”

Aug. 20 – Clayton Ridge 28, EdgewoodColesburg 0 Aug. 27 – Belle Plaine at Don Bosco (ND); Central at MFL MarMac (ND); East Buchanan at Starmont (ND); EdgewoodColesburg at Maquoketa Valley (ND); GMG at North Tama (ND); Postville at North Butler (ND); Valley at Lisbon (ND) Sept. 3 – Clayton Ridge at Central (ND); Don Bosco at Jesup (ND); East Buchanan at North Linn (ND); MFL MarMac at Postville (ND); North Tama at H-L-V (ND); Starmont at Edgewood-Colesburg (ND); Turkey Valley at Valley (ND) Sept. 10 –Edgewood-Colesburg at Central; North Tama at East Buchanan; Postville at Don Bosco; Valley at Rockford (ND)

Sept. 17 – Central at Postville; ColoNesco at North Tama (ND); Don Bosco at Valley; East Buchanan at Edgewood-Colesburg Sept. 24 – Don Bosco at Central; Postville at East Buchanan; Valley at North Tama Oct. 1 – Central at North Butler (ND); East Buchanan at Valley; Edgewood-Colesburg at Don Bosco; North Tama at Postville Oct. 8 – Don Bosco at North Tama; Grundy Center at East Buchanan (ND); Postville at Edgewood-Colesburg; Valley at Central Oct. 15 – Central at East Buchanan; GMG at Don Bosco (ND); North Tama at Edgewood-Colesburg; Valley at Postville Oct. 22 – Central at North Tama; East Buchanan at Don Bosco; Edgewood-Colesburg at Valley; Postville at Newman (ND)


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Tripoli, Riceville welcome new 8-player challenge ■ Janesville, Clarksville hoping to build on 2009 successes By DOUG JOHNSON doug.johnson@wcfcourier.com

District 3 unloaded last year’s champion — CWL — as part of this season’s realignment, but that doesn’t mean the road got any easier for the returning programs. Tripoli and Riceville, which are making the switch from the 11-man game to the 8-man variety, figure to fit right into the postseason hunt in their new classification. Based upon past performance, Northeast Hamilton will again be one of the favorites to claim the district title after qualifying for the playoffs five of the past six years. But is appears the race for the other three postseason spots is wide open. Janesville (4-2 in district play last year) returns 11 letterwinners, including three all-district firstteam honorees in defensive back Josh Despard, defensive lineman Nick Bartels and linebacker Evan Bolt. Clarksville is coming off a playoff season. New coach Clint Hospodarsky has 10 lettermen on his roster and a squad he sees as “a young, aggressive team that likes to hit.” Hospordarsky previously served on the Linn-Mar football staff. As is often the case with youth, he noted, “to be successful, we need to eliminate our mistakes.” At Tripoli, Tom Nuss noted that, “Our kids are having fun this year and are accepting the challenge of switching from the 8-man to 11man game.” Nuss has four returning starters to go along with three other letterwinners back this season. Senior Tyler Lenox gained 814 rushing yards while recording 98 tackles as a linebacker. Cody Nilges piled

up 533 yards on pass receptions. “I’m concerned with our lack of experience,” noted Nuss, whose team made its first playoff appearance a year ago since 1984. The Panthers got their transition off to a winning start with a 28-14 win over always tough West Central. Warren Haacke, in his 10th year as head coach and 38th year at Riceville, is no stranger to the playoff situation. Even though the Wildcats have not qualified since 2005, they will be trying for their 10th appearance. “Our problem might be learning the 8-man game,” he noted. “We have pretty good depth, size and

Leading men ■ TYLER LENOX, Tripoli RB-LB: Rushed for 814 yards and recorded 98 tackles in 11-man district ■ CODY NILGES, Tripoli, WR: 533 receiving yards last season

decent speed.”

Capsules CAL Cadets ■ HEAD COACH – Brian Folkerts ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall; 0-6 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 9 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (7) – Tanner Vakel, lb-te; Caleb Goodman, ol-dl; Dillon

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Clarksville Indians ■ HEAD COACH – Clint Hospodarsky ■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-7 overall, 3-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Janesville Wildcats ■ HEAD COACH – Travis Miller ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 4-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 11 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

■ 2009 RECORDS – 10-2 overall, 5-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Riceville Wildcats ■ HEAD COACH – Warren Haacke ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district (11-man) ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 14 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (11) – Jaydon Stover, rb-lb; Ryan Richardson, qb-lb; Derek Shedenhelm, rb-de; Kenny Linkenmeyer, rblb; Logan Linkenmeyer, ol-dl; D.J. Conger, te-de; Ethan Bauer ol-dl; Michael Theis, tedb; Caleb Harken, te-de; Colin Christensen, ol-lb; Dalton Hemann te-db

Northeast Hamilton Trojans ■ HEAD COACH – John Seiser

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8-MAN-3 NE Hamilton pegged as team to beat in District 3 From page 31

Ventura Vikings ■ HEAD COACH – Mark Pueggel ■ 2009 RECORDS – 2-7 overall, 1-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

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Defense may be key to West Central’s 2010 season ■ Dunkerton counting on 10 veterans, including 820-yard rusher Joens By DOUG JOHNSON doug.johnson@wcfcourier.com

District 4 is a team larger this season with Midland joining the 8-player ranks. However, it won’t look all that familiar to the eight teams returning for their third seasons of 8-player football as new faces assume key positions for many of the traditional heavyweights. After running the table in district play last year, Preston was eliminated in the semifinals but graduated a large number of key individuals. One player returning is junior quarterback Jason Fedderson, who accounted for 29 touchdowns last year (16 passing and 13 rushing). West Central, the second-place finisher a year ago, faces the same challenge as veteran coach Steve Milder must replace a productive quarterback and eight other seniors. The class of 2010 accounted for 60 of the Blue Devils’ 64 rushing touchdowns and 16 of the 17 scored by way of the pass. Bryan Byerly, last year’s backup, will be forced out of football for the season due to recent back surgery. Replacing him will be Jake Johnston, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior who was an end on the line last year. He will be joined by three other returning starters, and Milder has 11 other letterwinners ready to add their abilities. “To win the district, we must be the best defensive team,” said Milder. “We must, of course, stay healthy.” Kee High has a total of 10 lettermen, six of whom are returning starters. Jalen Cooper is back at quarterback, as is running back

Leading men ■ COREY JOENS, Dunkerton RB: 1,222 yards of total offense with 15 touchdowns a year ago (nine rushing, six receiving) ■ JASON MOONEY, Kee High RB: Rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season ■ JASON FEDDERSON, Preston QB: Passed for 16 TDs and ran for 13 a year ago

Jason Mooney, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards. “One big hole we will have to fill is replacing fullback Jacob Milten,” noted coach Neil Galema. “We need to find someone who can both rush and block.” After getting knocked out of the playoffs in the opening round in 2009, secondyear Dunkerton coach Travis Rigdon will be relying on six return- Corey Joens ing starters and Dunkerton RB four additional letterwinners to advance to the playoffs again this year. Rigdon has more than 40 players out for the team this year and expects good competition for spots on the team. Corey Joens is the leading rusher returning with 820 yards and nine rushing TDs a year ago, along with six pass receptions scores. Central City, 4-4 in district play last season, has six starters, including the entire backfield, returning.

Capsules Central City Wildcats ■ HEAD COACH – Matt Weiss ■ 2009 RECORDS – 4-5 overall. 3-4 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 9 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Jacob Etten, db; Aaron Coghlan, fb; Justin Kerscher, tb; Kole Hogan, ol; Alden Betzer, ol;

Clayton Visek, wr.

■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 4-3 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10

Dunkerton Raiders ■ HEAD COACH – Travis Rigdon

■ RETURNING STARTERS (6) – Corey

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2009 DISTRICT STANDINGS Class 3A DISTRICT 2 Clear Lake Charles City Webster City Hampton-Du. Iowa Falls-Alden Forest City Waverly-SR Algona DISTRICT 3 New Hampton Decorah Oelwein West Delaware Waukon Crestwood W. Dubuque Independence DISTRICT 4

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Marion Union Maquoketa Vinton-Shell. Central Clinton Benton Mount Vernon Anamosa

8-MAN-4 Defending champion Preston suffered heavy player losses From page 33 Jones, rb; Alex Etringer, lb; Hunter Hiedamen, ng; Austin Scribner, c; Ben Anderson, ol; Brandon Eighmey, lb

East Central Raiders ■ HEAD COACH – Dave Jenkins ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Kee High Hawks ■ HEAD COACH – Neil Galema ■ 2009 RECORDS – 6-4 overall, 5-2 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 10 ■ RETURNING STARTERS – 6

Midland Eagles ■ HEAD COACH – Phil Whitman ■ 2009 RECORDS – 0-9 overall, 0-7 district (Class A) ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

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Preston Trojans ■ HEAD COACH – Kevin Behr ■ 2009 RECORDS – 12-1 overall, 7-0 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not available

Springville Orioles ■ HEAD COACH – Jared Baumann ■ 2009 RECORDS – 3-6 overall, 2-5 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Not available ■ RETURNING STARTERS – Not avail-

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West Central Blue Devils ■ HEAD COACH – Steve Milder ■ 2009 RECORDS –10-2 overall; 6-1 district ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – 15 ■ RETURNING STARTERS (4) – Jake Johnston oe-de; Dale Martin, og-lb; Travis Kelly, c; Casey Walters, oe-db,

Schedule

(All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Aug. 20 – Central City 62, Meskwaki Settlement School 26; Clarksville 20, Dunkerton 12; Midland 22, Springville 12; Preston 41, East Central 6; Tripoli 28, West Central 14. Aug. 27 – Dunkerton at East Central; Kee High at Riceville (ND); Olin at Central City ; Preston at Midland (ND); West Central at Springville Sept. 3 – Central City at Preston (ND); East Central at West Central (ND); Kee High at Dunkerton (ND); Springville at Olin (ND) Sept. 10 – Midland at Central City; Olin at East Central; Preston at Springville; West Central at Kee High Sept. 17 – Dunkerton at West Central; East Central at Preston; Kee High at Olin; Springville at Midland Sept. 24 – Central City at Springville; Midland at East Central; Olin at Dunkerton; Preston at Kee High Oct. 1 – Dunkerton at Preston; East Central at Central City; Kee High at Midland; West Central at Olin Oct. 8 – Central City at Kee High; Midland at Dunkerton; Preston at West Central; Springville at East Central Oct. 15 – Dunkerton at Central City; Kee High at Springville; Olin at Preston; West Central at Midland Oct. 22 – Central City at West Central; East Central, at Kee High; Midland at Olin; Springville at Dunkerton

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East, Eckerman hungry for state tourney berth ■ Cedar Falls, Columbus return veteran teams this season By NICK PETAROS nick.petaros@wcfcourier.com

WATERLOO — Throughout her three seasons of prep volleyball, Haley Eckerman has seen opposing defenses try it all. From triple blocks to strategic serving, few teams have been able to shut down East’s 6-foot-3 standout. With 1,737 kills, Eckerman enters her senior season on pace to easily surpass the 2,000-kill milestone for her career. She led the state in kills as a freshman (520), sophomore (574) and finished second with 643 last fall. “It’s crazy to realize I’ve had that many kills and just to think of the setters and how many sets they’ve had and how many assists they’ve gotten,” said Eckerman, the Iowa Girls Coaches Association 2009 player of the year. Listed as an outside hitter and middle, Eckerman poses a threat from virtually any spot on the court. Coach Ali Rahnavardi plans to use her advanced shot-making skills from the right side, middle, left side and even back row. “She has every shot in the book,” Rahnavardi said. “She can just go up and kill the ball, and there’s times where she’ll go up, the defense is set to dig her out of the back, and she just does a nice easy roll shot over the block to the middle. That’s a shot a lot of college players are still working on.” Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top recruits, Eckerman committed to the University of Texas last winter. She had an opportunity to build chemistry with her four of her future teammates while in Thailand as a member of the USA Youth National team in the summer of 2009. Eckerman stayed in Waterloo this past offseason and was able

2009 MVC standings MISSISSIPPI DIVISION Conf. W L I.C. West 8 0 Dubuque Hempstead 7 1 C.R. Kennedy 6 2 I.C. High 4 4 Dubuque Wahlert 4 4 C.R. Xavier 1 7 Waterloo West 0 8 VALLEY DIVISION Conf. W L Waterloo East 7 1 C.R. Washington 6 2 Linn-Mar 5 3 Cedar Falls 4 4 C.R. Prairie 3 5 Dubuque Senior 1 7 C.R. Jefferson 0 8

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to work with her team as it breaks in two new setters. Sophomore Katelyn Kinnetz is being moved to the position from defensive specialist, while junior Brianna Magnuson is prepared for her first year in the varsity rotation. “Every day we take half an hour to work on connecting with our setters,” Eckerman said. “I can say, ‘Hey, I like it a little bit higher or can you set it this way?’ And they’re really good about listening and taking criticism.” Even with her individual success, Eckerman realizes she can’t do it all alone. She continues to maintain tight bonds with her teammates. “She’s so positive and just so upbeat,” said senior Abbey Magnuson, a third-year starter at outside hitter. “She never gets down on herself and she’s just an awesome person to play with.” Eckerman and her teammates enter this season looking to add to a run of three consecutive conference titles that includes an unbeaten record at a Fred J. Miller Gymnasium. There’s just one goal the Trojans’ seniors have yet to obtain — competing at state. “Our theme for the whole season is from Michael Jackson’s last movie, ‘This is it’,” Eckerman said. “This is our year and we’ve got to

make it.”

Cedar Falls Matt Flaherty’s Tigers return five starters from a team that finished 23-15 with a 4-4 record in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Among the returnees are three-year varsity contributors Kaitlyn

Gillett at outside hitter and South Dakota State commit Sydney Howard at setter. “Sydney and Kaitlyn have brought a tremendous amount of leadership,” Flaherty said. “They’re both three-year varsity players and they kind of know where they’re at and this is their last year. They’ve brought along this young team and really helped them gel. They do a great job of communicating on the

court.” The Tigers have added a new defense to better accommodate their personnel this season. “It’s been working out pretty well so far,” Flaherty said. “We’re excited to get out on the court and see how we can compete.”

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METRO Defense, passing are keys for experienced Columbus squad From page 35

Columbus The Sailors return five starters, including a group of strong, aggressive hitters from last year’s 21-12 team. Outside hitters Rachel Schaefer and Ashley Sinnott, along with right side Sami Schmitt and middle Kim Bearbower, lead the team’s attack. Senior Morgan Reilly is battling a pair of sophomores to fill an opening at setter. “We’ve got a lot of talent, and offensively we should be very strong,” coach Kenny Frost said. “Defense could be one of two keys that will either vault us into a really good season with a great record, or it could keep us right at mediocre. “The biggest key is going to be getting the ball to my hitters. I’ve got some inexperienced setters that have the tools to do it, but they just don’t have the experience yet.”

NU High First year head coach Adam Timmins served as an assistant at Wartburg for four years and has with nine years of club volleyball coaching experience. Helping to ease Timmins’ transition to high school volleyball is a group of five returning starters that includes seniors Morgan Granger at outside hitter and Maddie Backstrom at setter. Timmins looks to the passing game as his team’s biggest opportunity for growth. “Passing, serve receiving, the part to get it started, has been one of the weakest points,” Timmins said. “We really stressed that this preseason and I think if we improve that, the setting is only going to get that much better.”

Waterloo Christian The Regents feature a close group that includes six letterwinners from a year ago. Coach Julia Taylor looks toward seniors Bethany Dunlap, Karissa Lorenz and Mary Miller to lead the way. “I think that our strengths from last year are just going to carry over into this year,” Taylor said. “The girls play and work together. I would put them up against any other team when it comes to how they care for one another and the camaraderie.”

West Several new faces will be stepping onto the court for the Wahawks. Middle hitter Hannah Swartzendruber will miss time due to an ACL injury, leaving West with outside hitters Jordan Johnston

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and Zinka Duric as the team’s only other returning letterwinners. “We’re going to play a lot of younger players, so we’re going to cut our teeth in the MVC this year,” West coach Dave Hirsch said. “We’re starting four sophomores and a freshman, along with a junior (Duric) and a senior (Johnston).”

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Capsules Cedar Falls Tigers ■ HEAD COACH – Matt Flaherty ■ 2009 RECORD – 23-15 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (5) – Sydney Howard, s; Kaitlyn Gillett, oh; Miranda Dusenberry, oh; Krystal Graves, mb; Jamie Farley, lib.. ■ SCHEDULE Aug. 28 – at Ames Invite, 9 a.m. Aug. 31 – at Dubuque Senior, 5 p.m. Sept. 7 – at Iowa City West, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 – at Osage Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 14 – Dubuque Hempstead, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 – Dubuque Wahlert Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 21 – Cedar Rapids Prairie, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 – at Cedar Falls Invite, 9 a.m. Sept. 28 – at Waterloo East, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 – at Urbandale Invitational, 8 a.m. Oct. 5 – Waterloo West, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 – Cedar Rapids Xavier, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 – at MVC Super Meet (Dubuque Hempstead,) 9 a.m. Oct. 19 – at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 28, Nov. 2 – Regionals Nov. 10-13 – State tournament

Columbus Sailors ■ HEAD COACH – Kenny Frost ■ 2009 RECORD – 21-12 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (5) – Rachel Schaefer, oh; Sami Schmitt, rh; Kim Bearbower, mh; Liza Cutsforth, lib.; Ashley Sinnott, oh. ■ SCHEDULE Sept. 2 – at Williamsburg, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 – at Mt. Vernon Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 7 – Independence, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 – at Iowa City Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 14 – Vinton-Shellsburg, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 – Clear Creek Amana, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 – at Marion, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 – at Cedar Falls Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 28 – at Center Point Urbana, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 – Columbus Invite, all day Oct. 5 – at Benton Community, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 – at Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tournament, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14 – WaMaC Tournament, 5 p.m. Oct. 16 – at WaMaC Tournament, TBA Oct. 19 – Regionals Oct. 26 – Districts Oct. 29 – Districts Nov. 10-13 – State tournament

NU High Panthers ■ HEAD COACH – Adam Timmins ■ 2009 RECORDS – 7-21 overall, 1-6 NICL ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS – Bri Gute, mh; Morgan Granger, oh; Allison Moyer, oh; Maddie Backstrom, s.

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Waterloo East star Haley Eckerman is on track to surpass the 2,000kill mark for her career. ■ SCHEDULE Sept. 2 – Grundy Center, 6 p.m. Sept. 4 – at North Tama, 9 a.m. Sept. 7 – at Jesup, 6 p.m. Sept. 9 – at Hudson, 6 p.m. Sept. 11 – at GMG Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 14 – Wapsie Valley, 6 p.m. Sept. 18 – at Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 9 a.m. Sept. 20 – at Clarksville, 6 p.m. Sept. 21 – Denver, 6 p.m. Sept. 25 – Cedar Falls Invite, 9 a.m. Sept. 28 – at Union, 6 p.m. Oct. 2 – NU High Invite, 9 a.m. Oct. 5 – at Aplington-Parkersburg, 6 p.m. Oct. 12 – Dike-New Hartford, 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 21, 27 – Regionals Nov. 10-13 – State tournament

Waterloo East Trojans ■ HEAD COACH – Ali Rahnavardi ■ 2009 RECORD – 25-12 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (8) – Haley Eckerman, mh-oh; Abbey Magnuson, mh; Abby Robeson, lib.; Kesley Rash, oh; Katelyn Kinnetz, s; Taylor Price, mb; Jackie Riggins, oh; Breanna Bergstrom, oh. ■ SCHEDULE Sept. 4 – at New Hampton Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 7 – Cedar Rapids Xavier, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 – at Linn-Mar Invitational, 9 a.m. Sept. 14 – Dubuque Wahlert, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 – at Waterloo West Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 21 – at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 – at Dubuque Hempstead, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 – at Cedar Falls Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 28 – Cedar Falls, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 – at Columbus, 9 a.m. Oct. 5 – Iowa City West, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 – at Waterloo West, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 – at MVC Super Meet (Dubuque Hempstead), 9 a.m. Oct. 25, 28, Nov. 2 – Regionals Nov. 10-13 – State tournament

Waterloo Christian Regents ■ HEAD COACH – Julia Taylor

■ 2009 RECORD – 1-21 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6) – Bethany Dunlap, Karissa Lorenz, Mary Miller, Cally Reed, Emily Wynthein, Elizabeth Pakala, Kendell Fairchild. ■ SCHEDULE Aug. 31 – Morningstar Academy Sept. 9 – Dunkerton Sept. 14 – at Cal Sept. 18 – at Springville Tournament Sept. 21 – at Colo-Nesco Sept. 23 – at Meskwaki Sept. 25 – at Denver Tournament Sept. 27 – Clarksville Sept. 28 – at Don Bosco Oct. 2 – at Columbus Tournament Oct. 5 – GMG Oct. 7 – North Tama Oct. 19, 21, 27 – Regionals Nov. 10-13 – State tournament

Waterloo West Wahawks ■ HEAD COACH – Dave Hirsch ■ 2009 RECORD – 9-23 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (3) – Jordan Johnston, oh; Zinka Duric, oh; Hannah Swartzendruber, mh. ■ SCHEDULE Sept. 7 – Dubuque Senior, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 – at Crestwood Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 14 – at Iowa City High, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 – West Eileen Beninga Tournament, 9 a.m. Sept. 21 – Cedar Rapids Washington, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 – Linn-Mar, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 – at Cedar Falls Tiger Invitational, 9 a.m. Sept. 28 – at Dubuque Wahlert, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 – at Columbus Invitational, 9 a.m. Oct. 5 – at Cedar Falls, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 – at Cedar Rapids Jefferson Invite, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12 – Waterloo East, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 – MVC meet at Dubuque Hempstead, 9 a.m. Oct. 19 – at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 28, Nov. 2 – Regionals Nov. 10-13 – State tournament

■ Waverly-S.R. returns key players from state championship team By NICK PETAROS nick.petaros@wcfcourier.com

WAVERLY — Members of the Waverly-Shell Rock volleyball team still get goosebumps watching tape of last fall’s nail-biting Class 3A state championship win over Sioux City Heelan. Knowing the outcome does little to diminish the drama from a 17-15 game-five victory over a team that set the state’s singleseason wins record at 52. “I watched it a few weeks ago and I started crying again,” W-SR junior middle Morgan Kuhrt said, addressing the match that helped elevate her to captain of the alltournament team. “It made me nervous. “I knew we were going to win, but it was so exciting and so close that it brought back all the emotions.” That championship match revealed everything WaverlyShell Rock coach EaVon Woodin needed to know about the character of her team. “We had so many people that could step up and make that point or get that sideout,” Woodin said. “Even when we were behind 14-13 (in the fifth set), I always trusted them and I just had confidence in them.” This fall, Waverly-Shell Rock returns six of its top 10 players from last year’s championship squad.

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In the NICL West, Grundy Center appears to be the team to beat. The Spartans return six starters and eight letterwinners from a team that went 6-0 in its division.

Gilbert returns to lead Tripoli; D-NH must replace Willms From page 36 That includes Elite Team allstate setter Kinsey Caldwell, along with Kuhrt and Rachel Peth, who were Class 3A all-staters. Senior Kelsey Rogemann joins that trio to form a rare collection of NCAA Division I talent. Verbal commitments have been made by Peth to the University of Northern Iowa, Rogemann to Eastern Illinois and Kuhrt to Iowa State. Caldwell has also drawn interest from major college programs. “For any program to have four Division I players, that just comes around once in probably 20-25 years,” Woodin said. The Go-Hawks have spent plenty of time together in an offseason that was highlighted by a win over reigning Class 4A state champion Ankeny at the Iowa State team camp. With so many players looking to compete beyond the prep level, W-SR has the dedication to match its talent. “It’s amazing that a lot of people on our team just love the sport like that,” Caldwell said. “It’s just awesome that whenever we step on the court we all want to be there and we’re all ready to go and we’re focused.” “We really haven’t taken a break from last season at all,” Peth added. “We’ve kept improving instead of having to start over like some teams do in the fall when they come back.” Waverly-Shell Rock would love nothing more than to add another championship tape to its film collection. “You always want to go back and do what you did the year before,” Peth said. “It’s exciting, and I hope that we can do it again.” Winning state titles is nothing new to another program in Bremer County. Despite the loss of seven seniors, Tripoli enters this season looking to reload and garner its third consecutive state championship and ninth in school history. Class 1A Player of the Year Megan Gilbert will be entering her junior season, while seniors Natalie Figanbaum and Erica

Capsules AGWSR Cougars ■ HEAD COACH: Amy Higgins ■ 2009 RECORD: 12-17 ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (11): Megan Pieters, oh; Shelby Weichers, oh; Courtney Clauson, rh; Laura Eiten, mb; Brandy Johnson, l; MiKayla Jones, Jessica Willms, Molly Boheman, Ella Frazier, Jayne Wiarda, Kristen Zacharias.

Dike-New Hartford Wolverines ■ HEAD COACH: Diane Harms ■ 2009 RECORDS: 41-4, 7-0 NICL ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Ashtyn Dove, oh; McKaila Bruns, oh; Abbie Perez, s; Kaity Brouwer, mh; Sara Koch, mh; Kelly Whipps, oh.

Grundy Center Spartans ■ HEAD COACH: Darwin Sents ■ 2009 RECORDS: 25-11, 6-0 NICL ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (8): Sam Meyers, mh; Meghan Krausman, oh; Abby Graves, oh; Heather Hook, s; Sarah Frisch, mh; Carissa Sternhagen, l; Katie McMarin, rh; Sarah Johns, ds.

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Waverly-Shell Rock returns a trio of all-staters from last year’s state championship team. Front to back are Rachel Peth, Morgan Kuhrt and Kinsey Caldwell.

■ HEAD COACH: Kevin Wurzer ■ 2009 RECORDS: 24-9, 4-3 NICL ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (4): Jenna Shirley, oh; Jessica Yuska, mh; Katlin Cullin, Sarah Koch.

Hartford as it pursues its fourth consecutive state tournament appearance. Aside from Willms, the Wolverines return their entire front row and will receive stability from junior setter Abbie Perez, who has a year of experience under her belt. “All of our players have really grown from last year to this year,” D-NH coach Diane Harms said. “We’ve had very competitive practices and everybody is just elevating their level of play.” Elsewhere in Class 2A, Amy Anderson will be entering her first season as Wapsie Valley’s head coach. The Warriors lost two of their top hitters in all-staters Eryca Hingtgen and Carly Wehling to graduation.

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Janesville Wildcats ■ HEAD COACH: Shelly Sorensen ■ 2009 RECORDS: 23-9, 7-2 Iowa Star ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (9): Olivia Fisher, oh; Brandi Immerzeel, mb; Shelby Murley, s-rh; Karli Kruse, oh; Talere Sorge, ds; Erika Quistorff, ds; Jenny Monaghan, opp.; Meghan Mills, ds-s; Amber Lang, m.

New Hampton Chickasaws ■ HEAD COACH: Jess Geerts ■ 2009 RECORDS: 9-28, 1-6 NEIC ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Kiley Boeding, s; Bre Rosonke, oh; Nicole Mohring, l; Taylor Moore, mh; Alex Burrett, oh; Kaitlyn Flick, ds.

Tripoli Panthers ■ HEAD COACH: Will Bauman ■ 2009 RECORDS: 37-4, 9-0 Corn Bowl ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (5): Natalie Figanbaum, Erica Ollendieck, Megan Gilbert, Cali Beyer, Ashlen Damm.

Union Community Knights ■ HEAD COACH: Brian Jesse ■ 2009 RECORDS: 26-9, 5-2 NICL ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (10): Sara Jesse, s; Casey Barney, oh; Tori Zempel, lib.; Mary Wrage, s; Payton Hilton, Sam Barz, Hayle Davison, Kelsi Hilmer, Jayme Ollendieck, Erica Barz.

Wapsie Valley Warriors ■ HEAD COACH: Amy Anderson ■ 2009 RECORDS: 35-2, 6-1 NICL ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Alli Matthias, oh; Aarika Wittenburg, s; Taylor Rathbone, oh; Lexis Kuhlman, rs; Alissa Wittenburg, ds; Rachel Kleitsch, mb.

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■ HEAD COACH: Joe Schmitz ■ 2009 RECORDS: 9-25, 0-7 WaMaC Ollendieck return from last year’s In Class 2A, filling a void left by ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (5): rotation. Iowa State recruit Hannah Willms Megan Gustafson, s; Kristen Thompson, mb; “The dynamics have changed will be a challenge for Dike-New Chelsea Ratchford, oh; Kelsey Zieser, rh;

tremendously and different kids are going to have to take on new roles,” Tripoli coach Will Bauman said. “A lot of people say we’re defending state champions, but I’d like to believe we’re not defending anything. This is a whole new group, different kids, and we’re going to be attacking state champions. I like that mindset a whole lot better than defending something.” Two Iowa Star Conference teams reached the state tournament last season and Tripoli may receive competition from conference foe Janesville this fall. Led by senior outside hitter Olivia Fisher’s 5.2 kills per game, the Wildcats return nine letterwinners from last year’s 23-9 team.

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■ HEAD COACH: EaVon Woodin ■ 2009 RECORD: 47-5, 12-0 NEIC ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (6): Morgan Kuhrt, mh; Rachel Peth, mh; Katie Blake, ds; Kelsey Roggemann, oh; Hanna Arns, oh; Kinsey Caldwell, s.

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Different strokes: Tigers in rare rebuilding stage â&#x2013;  West, East short on numbers but not on talent By JIM SULLIVAN jim.sullivan@wcfcourier.com

Dick Marcussen rarely encounters a blind alley at this stage of his career. After all, Marcussenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been coaching swimming at Cedar Falls since 1967. The challenges have come in all shapes and sizes over 40-plus years. Now, Marcussen is looking at a girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team that lost state champion Bailey Pons to graduation and has just one senior (diver Lauren Halloran) with 2009 state meet experience. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an easy path, but Marcussen believes the Tigers will ďŹ nd the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bailey was a superstar,â&#x20AC;? said Marcussen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been down this road several times. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of in that phase where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rebuilding. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some new people, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see where it goes from here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The young kids can swim pretty good. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the caliber we were a year ago, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of those things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work our way out of day in and day out.â&#x20AC;? Last fall, Pons won the 500-yard freestyle and led Cedar Falls to seventh in the 200 free relay and third in the 400 free relay. The Tigers took fourth in the team race behind Mason City, Bettendorf and Ames. The Tigers will hit the pool in 2010 with 12 returning letterwinners, among them ďŹ ve who qualiďŹ ed for last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state swimming meet. Junior Kelsey Abbas leads the returnees with a second-place effort in the 100 backstroke at state a year ago. Abbas also competed on both top-10 Cedar Falls relays. Marcussen also hopes that his younger swimmers can make a rapid impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing right

now â&#x20AC;&#x201D; trying to ďŹ nd some kids who will step it up another level,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take to be successful. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Bailey Pons anymore.â&#x20AC;? Marcussen added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hopeful we can develop into a contender in our conference and a top-10 ďŹ nisher at state.â&#x20AC;? Waterloo West posted eight points at last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state meet. Coach Virgil Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 team will be relatively small in comparison to the typical Mississippi Valley Conference programs with 20 girls on the team, but Haley likes the Wahawks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel good,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish we had more girls out. That would help us with our depth. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be our Achilles heel. But one strength we do have is some pretty good swimmers in every event.â&#x20AC;? MacKenzie VanDenBerg returns for West. She took 16th in the 2009 state meet 100 backstroke and contributed a leg to the medley relay that qualiďŹ ed for Marshalltown. Two more members of the relay team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sarah Gorsche and Sadie Voigt â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are back. Diver Mackenzie McLaughlin departed after her 10th-place effort at state, but Kate Worthington also advanced to state in 2009, and she is set to go once again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be an interesting year,â&#x20AC;? said Haley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were competitive last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4-4 in duals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and I think we can do the same this year and go about .500. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a fun year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see how the girls come along.â&#x20AC;? Steve Oaks will guide Waterloo East this fall after a difficult offseason. At one point, Oaks was told the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; swim program would be dropped, but he got the word in June that the 2010 season was on for the Trojans. He has two returners from a year ago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cassie Geraets and Hanna Worrell. Both are underclassmen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been a rough start to the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; swim team at East this year,â&#x20AC;? said Oaks.

Rettenmeier, Abbie Anderson, Kyrie Dailey, Aftin Phyfe, Mary Khan, Abby Bradford, Peighton MacLeod, Sarah Welter, Ann Raecker, Katie Cook â&#x2013;  SCHEDULE Aug. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at Charles City (with Waterloo East), 6 p.m.

Capsules Cedar Falls Tigers â&#x2013;  HEAD COACH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dick Marcussen â&#x2013;  RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (12) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kelsey Abbas, Katie Mason, Allesha

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SWIMMING VanDenBerg returns to lead Wahawks into season From page 38 Xavier, 6 p.m. Sept. 14 – at C.R. Washington, 6 p.m. Sept. 18 – at Iowa City High Inv., 10 a.m. Sept. 21 – at C.R. Kennedy, 6 p.m. Sept. 25 – at C.R. Kennedy Inv., 9 a.m. Sept. 28 – at Iowa City West, 6 p.m. Oct. 2 – Marcussen Inv., 9 a.m. Oct. 5 – Waterloo West, 6 p.m. Oct. 12 – at Dubuque Hempstead, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 – Mississippi Valley Conference diving, 5 p.m. Oct. 16 – Mississippi Valley Conference Supermeet, noon Oct. 28 – at regional diving, TBA, 6 p.m. Oct. 30 – at regional swim, TBA, noon Nov. 5 – at state diving, Marshalltown, 5 p.m. Nov. 6 – at state swimming, Marshalltown, noon

West Wahawks ■ HEAD COACH – Virgil Haley ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (8) – Kristine Day, Sarah Gorsche, Olivia Johnson, Krista Kielty, Taylor Pherigo, Kate Worthington, MacKenzie VanDenBerg, Sadie Voigt ■ SCHEDULE Aug. 24 – at C.R. Kennedy (with C.R. Xavier), 6 p.m. Aug. 31 – Dubuque Senior, Waterloo East, 6 p.m. Sept. 7 – at Williamsburg (with C.R. Prairie), 6 p.m. Sept. 11 – Wahawk Relays, 10 a.m. Sept. 14 – Dubuque Wahlert, Xavier, 6 p.m. Sept. 16 – at Fort Dodge Inv., 5 p.m. Sept. 18 – at Charles City Inv., 10 a.m. Sept. 21 – C.R. Jefferson, 6 p.m. Sept. 28 – Linn-Mar, 6 p.m. Oct. 5 – at Cedar Falls, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 – at Mississippi Valley Conference diving meet, Cedar Falls, 5 p.m. Oct. 16 – at MVC Supermeet, Cedar Falls, noon Oct. 28 – at regional diving, site TBA Oct. 30 – at regional swim, site TBA Nov. 5 – at state diving, Marshalltown, 5 p.m. Nov. 6 - at state swim, Marshalltown, noon

Waterloo East Trojans ■ HEAD COACH – Steve Oaks ■ RETURNING LETTERWINNERS (2) – Cassie Geraets, Hanna Worrell ■ SCHEDULE Aug. 24– at Charles City (with Cedar Falls), 6 p.m. Aug. 28 – at Charles City Quad, TBA Aug. 31 – Wat. West, Dub. Senior, 6 p.m. Sept. 18 – at Charles City Inv., 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 – at Mississippi Valley Conference diving (Cedar Falls), 5 p.m. Oct. 16 – at MVC Supermeet (Cedar Falls), noon Oct. 28 - at regional diving,TBA Oct. 30 - at regional swim, TBA Nov. 5 - at state diving, Marshalltown, 5 p.m. Nov. 6 - at state swim, Marshalltown, noon

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NICL, Cedar Falls loaded for big seasons By NICK PETAROS nick.petaros@wcfcourier.com

The North Iowa Cedar League has developed a reputation as one of the state’s top conferences in girls’ cross country. Union of La Porte City is a threetime defending state champion in Class 2A, while Hudson has finished among the top five each of the past three years. Dike-New Hartford has several key returnees from its team that finished runner-up by one point in Class 1A last fall, and everyone is back for a Denver team that is coming off a fourth-place finish in Class 3A. Dike-New Hartford coach Barry Cuvelier said the landscape looks familiar. “Year in and year out on the women’s side, the NICL is one of the best conferences in the state,” Cuvelier said. “It’s not going to be any different this year.” Coach Andy McQuillen’s Union girls are looking forward to the challenge. Seniors Ashley Frush and Paige Sears have an opportunity to win their fourth consecutive state team title, while juniors Brittany Frush and Laura Krug have run on two state championship teams. “I’m very optimistic,” McQuillen said. “We’ve got some freshmen girls that I think are going to step up and help us.” Elsewhere in Class 1A, Turkey Valley returns its entire lineup from an eighth-place showing at state. Junior Jenny Kuennen is coming off a fifth-place finish in last year’s Class 1A meet. In Class 3A, Decorah’s girls graduated two runners from last year’s runner-up team, while Waverly-Shell Rock will be led by 3,000-meter state track champion Anna Holdiman, who is one of five returning letterwinners. On the boys’ side, South Winneshiek graduated eight of its top nine from a team that placed first or second each of the past three seasons in Class 1A. The Warriors

return state meet contributor Jayden DeVilbiss and all-conference runner Matt Hageman. In Class 3A, Decorah returns three of its top five from its sixthplace finish at state, while Charles City has three of its top seven back from an 11th-place effort. Waverly’s Daniel Huff is coming off a seventh-place run in the state 3,200 and will lead the Go-Hawks. Another individual to watch is Dike-New Hartford junior Sloan Beninga, who has made gains since an 18th-place finish a year ago.

Cedar Falls It may have been tough to drive through Cedar Falls without seeing packs of high school-aged kids running through town this past summer. The offseason work has helped produce plenty of depth for both returning state-qualifying teams. The Cedar Falls boys bring back a group of 14 letterwinners, while the girls have 10 of their top 12 runners back. “We’re going to be as talented as anybody through 15 guys,” Cedar Falls boys’ coach Troy Becker said. “It’s just going to be a question if we can have some guys step up and be that firstteam or second-team all-state caliber. If we do that, then we have a chance to run with anybody.” Cedar Falls girls’ coach Don Williams has seen his squad grow from 38 to 54 runners this season. Following a 15thplace finish in last fall’s state meet, the girls are eager to achieve more. “They’re pretty hungry to come back and have another shot at that (state meet),” Williams said. “I think these girls have a lot of pride.”

Columbus The Sailors have a group of four guys returning in Tom Menning, Brett Armstrong, Brandon Hulme and Austin Martin. The trio of Abby Engel, Haley Kuchera and Lynn Luecke is back for the girls’ team.

East The Trojan girls will look to a new group of leaders after the loss of 10 seniors to graduation. Kelsey Brunson, Jenny Villanueva-Garcia and Brooke

Wirtz-White are returning letterwinners from last year’s team. Seniors Grant Bowles, Cale Buck and Bruce Timmer are letterwinners on the boys’ team from a year ago.

NU High Terry Nielsen returns from a 21stplace individual finish in last year’s Class 1A race to lead the Panther boys’ team. Tristan Holt and Philip Chung are also back, while Christine McKenna returns from injury to lead the NU High girls.

West The Wahawk boys return first-team all-conference and all-metro performer Zak Kohlmeyer. He’s joined by four other returning letterwinners. West’s girls’ squad will be led by returning letterwinners Morgan Gerdes, Breanna Rodebush, Shannon Brauer, Emily Gerst and Haley Waschkat.

Capsules Cedar Falls Tigers ■ HEAD BOYS’ COACH – Troy Becker ■ HEAD GIRLS’ COACH – Don Williams ■ RETURNING BOYS’ LETTERWINNERS (14) – Tanner Reyhons, Jacob Stoner, Andrew Halloran, Adam Streicher, Eric Neill, Jaime Zarate, Philip Weinert, Forrest Wrede, Matthew Adrian, Mitch Hammer, John Paul Sevcik, Shane Shaddox, Jesse Streicher, Cesar Marquez. ■ RETURNING GIRLS’ LETTERWINNERS (10) – Alana Alberts, Cara Strike, Carrie Traetow, Monica Anton, Abby Larsen, Rebecca Oberrieder, Hannah Savage, Kate Halloran, Brianna King, Daianera Whitaker. ■ SCHEDULE Aug. 28 – at C.R. Prairie Invite (G) Sept. 2 – at Ames Invite (B) Sept. 4 – at Central College Invite (G) Sept. 9 – at Marshalltown Invite Sept. 16 – Rich Engel Classic Sept. 18 – Roosevelt Inv., Central College (B) Sept. 23 – at Mason City Classic Sept. 30 – Metro meet at Bontraeger Park Oct. 7 – MVC Super Meet, C.R. Washington Oct. 14 – MVC Divisional, C.R. Jefferson Oct. 21 – Districts Oct. 30 – State

Columbus Sailors ■ HEAD COACH – Ron Roberson ■ RETURNING BOYS’ LETTERWINNERS – Tom Menning, Brett Armstrong, Brandon Hulme and Austing Martin ■ RETURNING GIRLS’ LETTERWINNERS – Abby Engel, Haley Kuchera, Lynn Luecke

East Trojans

■ HEAD BOYS’ COACH – Tim Moses ■ HEAD GIRLS’ COACH – Mike Penning ■ RETURNING BOYS’ LETTERWINNERS – Grant Bowles, Cale Buck, Ryan Gilbert, Bruce Timmer. ■ RETURNING GIRLS’ LETTERWINNERS – Kelsey Brunson, Jenny Villanueva-Garcia, Brooke Wirtz-White. ■ SCHEDULE Sept. 7 – Waverly Invitational Sept. 16 – at Engel Classic (Cedar Falls) Sept. 23 – at Mason City Sept. 28 – at Linn-Mar Sept. 30 – at Metro meet, Bontrager Park Oct. 5 – at West Delaware Oct. 7 – at MVC Super Meet, C.R. Washington Oct. 14 – at MVC Divisional, C.R. Jefferson Oct. 21 – Districts Oct. 30 – State

NU High Panthers ■ HEAD COACH – Will Reingardt ■ RETURNING BOYS’ LETTERWINNERS (3) – Terry Nielsen, Tristan Holt, Philip Chung. ■ RETURNING GIRLS’ LETTERWINNER (1) – Christine McKenna. ■ SCHEDULE Sept. 2 – at South Hardin Sept. 7 – at Waverly-Shell Rock Sept. 13 – at South Tama Sept. 16 – at Engel Classic (Cedar Falls) Sept. 21 – at Vinton-Shellsburg Sept. 23 – at Iowa Falls Sept. 30 – Metro meet at Bontrager Park Oct. 5 – at Dike-New Hartford Oct. 12 – at Union Community (La Porte City) Oct. 16 – Conference meet (Reinbeck) Oct. 21 – Districts Oct. 30 – State

West Wahawks ■ HEAD BOYS’ COACH – Matt MacKenzie ■ HEAD GIRLS’ COACH – Ralph Longus ■ RETURNING BOYS’ LETTERWINNERS (5) – Zak Kohlmeyer, Ryan Shumaker, Jake Porter, Nathan Heyerhoff, Alex Hottle. ■ RETURNING GIRLS’ LETTERWINNERS (5) – Morgan Gerdes, Breanna Rodebush, Shannon Brauer, Emily Gerst, Haley Waschkat. ■ SCHEDULE Aug. 26 – at Marshalltown Invite Sept. 2 – at Charles City Invite (G) Sept. 2 – at Ames (B) Sept. 7 – at Waverly-Shell Rock (G) Sept. 9 – at Cedar Rapids Invite (B) Sept. 11 – at Luther Invite (Decorah) (G) Sept. 16 – at Engel Classic (Cedar Falls) Sept. 23 – at Burlington Invite (B) Sept. 23 – at Mason City Invite (G) Sept. 30 – Metro meet, Bontrager Park Oct. 7 – MVC Super Mee, C.R. Washington Oct. 14 – MVC Divisional, Linn-Mar Oct. 21 – Districts Oct. 30 – State


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