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WILLMAR

Skill positions key as Willmar seeks State By Curt Hogg chogg@wctrib.com aking two consecutive section finals appearances is certainly no menial task. Taking that success one step further is even more difficult.

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That is exactly what the Willmar Cardinals will be looking to do in the 2017 season after coming up one step short of reaching the state tournament each of the last two years. To get there, the Cardinals will rely on a strong set of returning offensive

playmakers on the outside, an athletic secondary and second-year starting quarterback Donald Jurek. While Willmar lost half of its starters from its 2016 team that went 2-6 in the regular season before catching fire and reaching the Section 8AAAA

championship game, it returns five of its top six receivers in an offense that heavily uses the passing attack. Of course, leading that group is senior wide receiver/cornerback Noah

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Slagter, who set the school record for single-season receptions last season and is one of the area’s top playmakers. Jurek will have no shortage of pairs of mitts at his disposal in addition to Slagter, including Nick Prokosch, Jake Evans, Drey Dirksen, Austin Kowalcyzk and Caleb Ditmarson. Prokosch, Dirksen and Slagter are all among some of the key starters in the Cardinals secondary, which also brings back experienced athletes in cornerbacks Ty Roelofs and Jake Evans.

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The biggest question marks surrounding Willmar are at both the offensive and defensive lines. Seniors Cameron Murphy and Spencer Enstad are the two returning starters on the offensive line, while junior Andrew Reigstad is the most experienced returner on the defensive side with 15 tackles last season. Look for Reigstad, linebacker Bryce Erickson and defensive end Taylor Tjaden to lead the way in the front seven for the Cardinals. In an attempt to piece together their lines, Willmar’s coaching staff is focusing on identifying a majority of linemen as either offensive or defensive players, thus allowing We will get your vehicle Game Day Ready!

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These Area Businesses Wish The Cardinals The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Dunn Brothers Coffee, Willmar 320-235-8495 www.dunnbrothers.com Home State Bank Willmar, 320-231-1118 • Cosmos, 320-877-7211 Litchfield, 320-593-2001 Hutchinson-CW, 320-587-2477 Hutchinson-Hwy 7, 320-234-9988 www.hsbofmn.com Member FDIC Jake’s Pizza, Willmar 320-235-1714 www.jakespizzaofwillmar.com Marcus Construction, Willmar 320-222-6616 www.marcusconstruction.com Perkins Lumber, Willmar 320-235-3242 www.perkinslumber.net Central Minnesota Senior Care 320-441-7001 www.centralmnseniorcare.com Photos by Curt Hogg / Tribune

TOP: With five returning contributors from last season’s wide receiver group, the Cardinals will be strong on the outside. BOTTOM: Cameron Murphy (center) anchors the Willmar offensive line heading into his senior season.

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WILLMAR

CARDINALS All home games played at 7 p.m. at Hodapp Field

SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

FERGUS FALLS AT HUTCHINSON PRINCETON BIG LAKE

SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

AT MOORHEAD ST. CLOUD APOLLO AT BECKER AT ROCORI

These Area Businesses Wish The Cardinals The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Matson Insurance Agency, In the Concorde Bank Building, Willmar 320-222-6111

Dooley’s Petroleum Inc, Willmar, 320-235-5200 Murdock, 320-875-2641 Clara City, 320-847-2438 www.dooleypetro.com

Concorde Bank, Blomkest, 320-995-6111 Willmar, 320-222-6111 Member FDIC www.concordebanks.com

Bremer Bank, Willmar

320-235-1111, www.bremer.com Member FDIC

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Palmer Bus Service, Kandiyohi 320-382-6421 www.palmerbusservice.com

Divine Home Care & Hospice, Willmar 320-231-9757 www.divinehomecare.com

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ABOVE: Quarterback Donald Jurek will lead the Cardinals offense after throwing for 18 touchdowns and 2,038 yards in 2016. BELOW: Two Willmar linemen engage during a blocking drill in preparation for the season opener on September 1 vs. Fergus Falls.


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BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART

Trial by fire aids young Mustangs By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com uffalo Lake-HectorStewart’s Mustangs football team has a bad news-good news thing going as the 2017 season kicks off: The Mustangs were 1-8 last season and have to replace several starters, but the good news is that plenty of younger BLHS players got playing time last year and contributed. Sophomore quarterback Dylan Maiers started as a freshman last year and the Mustangs’ two top running backs, sophomore Zachary Reuber ( 97-480, 3 TDs) and senior Brock Luthens (102449, 2 TDs) return, although

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Luthens will be out for a time after offseason shoulder surgery. The Mustangs do have replace almost all its top pass catchers from 2016 and Maiers may be moved to running back or wide receiver depending on the progress of younger players, said head coach Dan Krause. The Mustangs also have three of their top tacklers back: Bryan Schulte (Sr., TE/ DE), Dylan Edwards (Sr., OL/ LB) and August Bergstrom (So., WR/DB). Mitchell Krumrey (So., FB/ OL/DL/LB) and Logan Nelson (Sr., OL/DL) also are returning after starting in 2016.

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Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s Brock Luthens kicks off during a recent practice while assistant coach Jake Dornseif looks on.

LITCHFIELD

Dragons look to bring back fire-powered offense By Jake Schultz jschultz@wctrib.com he Litchfield Dragons will be green in more than one way this season with only six starters from last year’s squad returning. Luckily, those six starters have plenty of experience between the lot of them. Kal Jackman (Sr., 6-1, 208, DE/OT ) is in his third year starting at the offensive and defensive line while Logan Nelson (Jr., 5-9, 178, RB), one of the beneficiaries of his blocking, is also back for his third year as a starter. He ran for more than 1,000 yards last year as a sophomore and recorded 13 touchdowns. Quarterback is a large hole that the Dragons will need to replace after All-Area First Team quarterback Josh Prahl graduated following the 20162017 school year. He threw for 1,548 yards and 17 touchdowns, and he also ran for 585 yards and scored 7 TDs to power the Dragons to more than 30 points per game.

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A Litchfield wide receiver leaps to make a catch in a recent practice Litchfield quarterback Matt Wedin drops back to pass in a recent at Litchfield High School. practice at Litchfield High School.


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BLHS

MUSTANGS BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART All home games at 7 p.m. in Hector

SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

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These Area Businesses Wish The Mustangs The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Frandsen Bank & Trust, Hector 320-848-2222 www.frandsenbank.com Member FDIC

State Farm Insurance -Steve Kropp, Hector 320-848-6285 www.stevekropp.biz

K & S Millwrights, Inc. Buffalo Lake 320-833-2228 www.ksmillwrights.com

Suttle Apparatis, Hector

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ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY

Falcons ready to fly with seven starters back By Jake Schultz jschultz@wctrib.com avid Blom has something brewing in his fourth year at the helm of the Falcons and this could be the year his team breaks through for a winning record. ACGC returns seven starters including three offensive linemen, the entire defensive line and a quarterback-running back tandem in the backfield. Jaren Kaddatz (Sr., 6-2, 185, QB/S) and Jeremy Nelson (Sr., 5-10, 190, RB/LB) contributed 17 touchdowns to the offensive effort last season and should

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be leaned on heavily this season as well. The Falcons will have plenty of experience on their team with seven starters returning. “All these players spent a great amount of time in the weight room this offseason,” Blom said. “All are competitors and love to compete no matter what they are doing.” ACGC will need to start strong because they finish the season with a road game against BOLD and wrap the season with home game against Sauk Centre, the team that ended the Falcons’ season Jake Schultz / Tribune last year. An ACGC football player practices tackling in a recent practice at ACGC High School.

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L I T C H F I E L D DRAGONS These Area Businesses Wish The Dragons The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season!

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Central Minnesota Senior Care 320-441-7001 www.centralmnseniorcare.com Dairy Queen Litchfield 320-693-2001 Divine Home Care & Hospice Litchfield 320-693-2580 www.divinehomecare.com

Farm Bureau Financial Services Kevin Christoffers, Agent 320-593-0601 Kevinchristoffers.com Home State Bank Cosmos 320-877-7211 Willmar 320-231-1118 Litchfield 320-593-2001 Hutchinson Hwy. 7 320-234-9988 Member FDIC www.hsbofmn.com

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These Area Businesses Wish The Falcons The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Island Pine Golf Club Atwater 320-877-7005 Ryan Buer Electric, LLC Atwater 320-894-287 Central Minnesota Senior Care 320-441-7001 www.centralmnseniorcare.com Atwater Heating & Air Conditioning, LLP. Atwater 320-220-3345 www.facebook.com/pages/Atwater-Heating-AirConditioning-LLP/295113273913212 Falcon Industries, Inc. Cosmos 320-877-7713 Towmaster Trailers & Truck Equipment Litchfield 320-693-7900

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All home games at 7 p.m. at Benson High School

SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22 SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13

These Area Businesses Wish The Braves The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season!

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Benson head coach Scott Gonnerman teaches defensive technique during an Aug. 18 practice in Benson.

Braves see newcomers leading way forward By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com he Benson football team was 1-8 in 2016 and the Braves lose their top passer, rusher and pass catcher. But the team’s spirits are high as 2017’s opener approaches, based in part on the Braves’ junior varsity posting a 5-3 mark last year. Benson will suit up 23 players on Friday nights, led by returning starters Shane Flower (Sr., 5-10, 200, G), Devin Vergin (Sr. 5-11, 168, DE), Aaron Zosel (Sr., 5-5, 176 RB/LB) and Matt Connolly (Sr., 6-1, 184, WR/LB/ FS). Zosel is the Braves’ returning tackles leader with 17 solo tackles and 51

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assists in 2016, and Vergin made 20 solo stops and 45 assists. Benson also will be looking for breakouts from seniors Sam Lundebrek (6-3, 178, TE/DE), Kaden Schmidt (6-1, 186, OT) and Shane Grussing (6-6, 315, DT), as well as juniors Matthew Goossen (5-10, 129, WR/DB), Hunter Gonnerman (5-11, 167, RB/LB), Riley Gruber (6-1, 176, G), Devon Liles (6-2, 222, C), Cole Petrick (5-6, 170, G/LB) and Matt Ebnet (5-10, 182, C/LB). “The players are adjusting to some offensive and defensive changes that will take place for us this season,” said head coach Scott Gonnermann. “Our kids have a lot of character and heart.”

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BENSON

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MONTEVIDEO

MONTEVIDEO THUNDERHAWKS

All home games at 7 p.m. in Montevideo

SEPT. 1 MELROSE SEPT. 8 AT MORRIS/CA SEPT. 15 MINNEWASK A SEPT. 22 AT SAUK CENTRE SEPT. 29 ACGC OCT. 6 AT BOLD OCT. 13 BENSON OCT. 18 AT OSAKIS These Area Businesses Wish The Thunderhawks The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Leenthrop Farmer’s Mutual Insurance, Montevideo 320-269-6272 leenthropmutual.com

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Montevideo ends it practices with conditioning drills in preparation for the season.

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T-Hawks seeking a bounce-back campaign By Curt Hogg chogg@wctrib.com he first week of practice couldn’t come soon enough for Montevideo this season. The Thunder Hawks are looking to erase the memories from a disappointing 2016 season that saw them go 2-7 and make a first-round exit in the district playoffs. Back are 11 starters for Montevideo from last season in addition to a talented sophomore class that could make an impact. Isaac Hoogeveen will take over at quarterback after Isaac Douglas graduated, bringing athleticism to an offense seeking a solid run-pass

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balance. He will have plenty of talent lined up behind him at running back, as Blaine Sederstrom, Hunter Ward, Chase Korte and Chase Pearson will vie for carries in the backfield. One of Montevideo’s top strengths will come up front with multiple returning starters on the offensive and defensive lines. Thomas O’Malley was an AllConference player last season with 55 tackles on the line and could have a big senior season. Other returners include Sam Henriksen, Noah Buseman and Jackson Snell, who will move to tight end for the T-Hawks. Montevideo’s season opens on Sept. 1 when it plays host to Melrose.

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MONTEVIDEO

We Bring… Noise Like Thunder & Speed Like Hawks

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UPPER LEFT: Montevideo’s defense looks to take a step forward from 2016, when it held its opponent to under 24 points just twice. UPPER RIGHT: Montevideo opens its 2017 season on Sept. 1 at home against Melrose. BOTTOM: Montevideo will have a new man running the offense, as Isaac Hoogeveen takes over the reigns at quarterback.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME JAGUAR FOOTBALL?

Head Coach: Ryan Hebrink • Assistant Coaches: Mike Johnson, Andy Davis, Adam Zaske, Hayden Johnson and Lowell Wulff

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RENVILLE COUNTY WEST

Photos by Curt Hogg / Tribune

TOP LEFT: Renville County West looks to build upon its 4-6 record from 2016. TOP RIGHT: Renville County West opens up its 2017 season on Aug. 31 at Russell-TylerRuthton. BOTTOM LEFT: A Renville County West wide receiver makes a fingertip grab during a practice. BOTTOM RIGHT: Trent Kjersten returns as Renville County West’s starting quarterback this season.

Can skill position players carry Jags? By Curt Hogg chogg@wctrib.com returning group of skill position players will play a vital role in Renville County West’s quest to improve on its 4-6 2016 campaign. Without much team size, RCW head coach Ryan Hebrink is hoping to utilize his squad’s speed to win games this season.

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Back for their season seasons are the Jaguars top two rushers from a year ago in quarterback Trent Kjersten and fullback Eric Piceno. Kjersten led the team with 451 yards on the ground on 126 carries and Piceno was next with 277 yards on 56 carries. With a pair of returning starters lining up outside at receiver, Kjersten and the Jaguars will look to improve on

their 41.7 completion percentage as a team in 2016. Jamie Castillo and Andy Villarreal both saw playing time for RCW as sophomores and could become an explosive, athletic combo despite not outsizing most defenders. Junior running back/linebacker Tino Salinas is the fifth returning starter for the Jaguars. RCW will have to replace its top

tackler from a season ago in Stephen Countryman, who accumulated 109 tackles and five sacks. Piceno had the next-most tackles for the Jaguars defense with 81 and is slotted to be the team’s top cover man at cornerback. Kjersten and Salinas both recorded 73 tackles, as well, and Villarreal had 54. The Jaguars’ nine-man season opens on Aug. 31 at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.


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JAGUARS All home games at 7 p.m. at RCW High School

AUG. 31 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

AT RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON EDGERTON AT MACCRAY FULDA

SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

AT MOUNTAIN LAKE WESTBROOK/WALNUT GROVE HILLS BEAVER CREEK AT RED ROCK CENTRAL

These Area Businesses Wish The Mustangs The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! CO-OP Counry Farmers Elevator 800-962-1261

Danube, Olivia, Renville & Sacred Heart www.coopcountry.com

J&R Electric, Inc Renville

320-329-4214 www.jandrelectricinc.com

Farmers Coop Oil Company 320-329-8351

Renville, Danube, Olivia Minnwest Bank Danube

320-826-2525 www.minnwestbank.com

Community Electric Renville

320-329-8317 communityelectric@communityelectricusa.com

First Security Bank Renville

320-329-8373 Member FDIC www.firstsecuritybanks.com

F&M Bank Minnesota Renville

320-329-8301 www.fmbankminnesota.com Member FDIC

Dawson CO-OP Credit Union Renville 320-329-3152 www.dawsonco-opcu.com

Steve’s Heating & Air Conditioning Renville 320-329-3663

Kraft Walser Renville

320-523-1322 www.kraftwalser.com

Wertish Auto & Truck Repair Renville 320-329-4344

Sacred Heart Municipal Liquor Sacred Heart 320-765-2981

Sarcred Heart Telephone Company Sacred Heart 320-765-2235

K&M Manufacturing, Renville 800-328-1752

Renville Sales Renville

320-329-3469 www.renvillesales.com

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KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg players work on running drills during an Aug. 21 practice at KMS High School.

Tom Larson / Tribune

Saints to rely on two-way skill players By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com he Kerkhoven-MurdockSunburg football team rebounded from some down years to post five wins in 2016, including a win over state semifinalist Browerville to end the regular season. The Saints have some promising skill players who can make an impact

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on both sides of the ball this season. Caleb Collins (Sr., QB/DB) returns for a third year as the Saints’ starter. He accounted for 674 total yards and seven touchdowns. Dylan Rudningen (Jr., RB/LB) was KMS’ second-leading rusher last year (85-421, 2 TDs). Ryan Torkelson (Sr., FB/OLB), the team’s second-leading receiver last year (11-189) moves to fullback and will be counted on often,

said head coach Eric Kauffmann. Line play could make the difference, and the Saints have Josh Peterson (Sr., OL/OLB), Regan Carlson (Jr., OL/ OLB) and Christian Diedrich (So., OL/ DL) back as starters. The Saints’ returners will have possibly an even greater impact on defense. Brandon Rasmussen (Sr., TE/DB) was in on 49 tackles and led the team

with four interceptions, Rudningen had 69 tackles, had two sacks and two interceptions, and Weston Gjerde (Jr., RB/DB) was in on 36 stops and picked off three passes. In all, Collins, Gjerde, Rasmussen, Rudningen, Torkelson, Peterson, Carlson and Diedrich combined for more than 200 solo tackles, 11 sacks and 10 interceptions.


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KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG

FIGHTING SAINTS All home games at 7 p.m. in Murdock

SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

BENSON BROWERVILLE AT UPSALA/SWANVILLE AREA AT KIMBALL

SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

NEW YORK MILLS AT PARKERS PRAIRIE AT BBE ROYALTON

These area businesses wish the Fighting Saints the best of luck during the 2017 season! Art’s Repair, Kerkhoven 320-264-3561

Don’s Building Center Home Design Showroom

Benson Gravel, Kerkhoven

320-314-8159 www.donsbuildingcenter.com

Brink’s 104 Club, Sunburg

Dooley’s Petroleum, Inc. Murdock

320-264-5326 320-366-4399

Nolan Baker Ford, Kerkhoven 320-264-2871 www.nolanbaker.com

Pam Mitteness Maxfield, CPA, Kerkhoven 320-264-0070

RDJ Sales, Kerkhoven

320-441-7001 www.centralmnseniorcare.com

320-875-2641 www.dooleypetro.com

Financial Security Bank

Rustad Bus Service, Kerkhoven

Citizens Alliance Bank, Murdock

Kerkhoven

Central Minnesota Senior Care

320-875-2431 www.citizensalliancebank.com

Knockerball, Willmar

320-212-4372 www.knockerballwillmar.com

320-264-2211

Member FDIC

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320-264-2161 www.financialsecuritybank.com

Strandberg Insurance Agency, Inc. Kevin Strandberg, Agent Curt Meints, Agent

Freetly Electric, Inc. Kerkhoven 320-264-3121 www.freetlyelectric.com

320-264-0201

T & D Trucking Truck & Trailer Repair, Kerkhoven 320-264-0175

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MACCRAY

Photos by Curt Hogg / Tribune

TOP: MACCRAY opens its 2017 season on Aug. 31 against Mountain Lake Area at home. BOTTOM LEFT: MACCRAY quarterback Thomas Kirking takes a snap in preparation for his first year as the starter. BOTTOM RIGHT: A MACCRAY defensive back breaks up a pass during practice in Clara City.

Wolverines’ new pieces need to produce By Curt Hogg chogg@wctrib.com one from MACCRAY’s 2016 nineman Section 2 runner-up is twoway standout Brady Madsen – as well as mostly all of the team’s starters – leaving MACCRAY with four returning starters and a quest to quickly adapt to playing at the varsity level. Under first-year head coach Rick Meyer, the Wolverines are putting the

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pieces together in preparation for their second season in nine-man football. One of the most pivotal of those pieces will be junior quarterback Thomas Kirking, who takes over for Madsen after the former signal-caller accumulated nearly 1600 yards of offense last season. Kirking is expected to be a threat both throwing and running the ball for MACCRAY.

His primary target will likely be 6-foot-4 wideout Braden Hoekstra, a strong playmaker on the outside of the field. Jakob Zuidema will handle plenty of the Wolverines’ running back duties in addition to playing linebacker after carrying the ball 18 times in 2016. Joining Zuidema at linebacker is junior Kelby Jaenisch, whose 121

tackles placed him among the state’s leaders in that category. While the Wolverines will be forced to put the pieces together throughout the rest of the roster, you can expect the defense to come together under Meyer, who previously served as MACCRAY’s defensive coordinator for 20 years.


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MACCR AY

WOLVERINES MAYNARD-CLARA CIT Y-RAYMOND

All home games at 7 p.m. at West Football Field in Maynard AUG. 31 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

MOUNTAIN LAKE AT WESTBROOK/WALNUT GROVE RENVILLE COUNT Y WEST AT RED ROCK CENTRAL

SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

RUSSELL-T YLER-RUTHTON AT HERON LAKE-OK ABENA AT FULDA EDGERTON

These Area Businesses Wish The Wolverines The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season!

Moldy’s Bar, Maynard 320-367-9191 Like us on Facebook Wearda Implement, Clara City 320-847-3218 www.werda.com Clara City Telephone Co., Clara City 320-847-2211 • 888-283-7667 www.hcinet.net/claracity

Dooley’s Petroleum, Inc, Clara City 320-847-2438 www.dooleyspetro.com Tensen Marine, Raymond 320-967-4291 www.tensenmarine.com Square Deal Construction Inc, Raymond 320-212-9839 Tebben Enterprises, Clara City 320-847-3512 www.tebben.us Subway, Clara City 320-847-2248

Citizens Alliance Bank, Clara City & Maynard 320-847-3702 & 320-367-2183 www.citizensalliancebank.com Member FDIC & Equal Housing Lender Clara City Farmers Op-op Oil Co/Cenex 320-847-2318 NAPA • 320-847-3777 Impact Innovations, Inc, Clara City & Maynard 320-847-1210 www.impactinnovationinc.com

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Heartland Family Chiropractic, P.A., Clara City 320-847-3511 www.heartland.topchiro.com


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MACCRAY

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WOLVERINES MAYNARD-CLARA CIT Y-RAYMOND

All home games at 7 p.m. at West Football Field in Maynard

AUG. 31 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22 SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

MOUNTAIN LAKE AT WESTBROOK/WALNUT GROVE RENVILLE COUNT Y WEST AT RED ROCK CENTRAL RUSSELL-T YLER-RUTHTON AT HERON LAKE-OK ABENA AT FULDA EDGERTON

These Area Businesses Wish The Wolverines The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Budger’s Dinner House, Maynard 320-367-2110 Ammerman’s Machine/MFg, Clara City 320-847-2420 Amber Rose Photography, Raymond 320-293-4127 amberrosephotography@hotmail.com Almich’s Market, Clara City 320-847-2400 Crossroads Truck Repair, Clara City 320-847-3800 Subway Clara City 320-847-2248 Drex Mart Maynard 320-847-2400

Photos by Curt Hogg / Tribune

TOP: MACCRAY returns just four starters from its 2016 team that went 6-5 and reached the section final. MIDDLE: MACCRAY is in its first season under head coach Rick Meyer, who was the defensive coordinator for 20 years previously. BOTTOM: Thomas Kirking will frequently target wide receiver Braden Hoekstra, a big target at 6-foot-4, this season.

Clara City Care Center 320-847-2221 www.claracitycarecenter.org Subway, Clara City 320-847-2248


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MAYNARD ‘CLARA CITY’ RAYMOND 711 Wolverine Drive • 320-847-2154 • www.maccray.k12.mn.us/

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Pigskin Preview 2017

New London-Spicer quarterback Brandon Adelman throws a pass in a recent practice at New London-Spicer High School.

Jake Schultz / Tribune

NEW LONDON-SPICER

Wildcat offense ready for new turf field By Jake Schultz jschultz@wctrib.com urf fields tend to favor the offense and that certainly favors New London-Spicer as they get ready to start their first season on the new turf at Pederson Field.

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The Wildcats said goodbye to a slew of running backs from last year’s squad including All-Area First Team star Jackson Ness who rushed for 1,476 yards in 2016 with an average of 8.0 yards per carry and 16 touchdowns.

Some say a running back is as good as his offensive line and luckily for the Wildcats four of last year’s starters are back to battle in the trenches. Bubba Harlow (Jr., 6-4, 250, OT), Patrick Schimerowski (Jr., 6-1, 245, C), Colton Bendickson (Sr., 6-0, 210, OG) and

Corey Hinkemeyer (Sr., 6-0, 300, OT) all return and they’ll be joined by Aaron Renner (Jr., 6-3, 300, OT) to block for a mostly new cast of ball carriers. Sam Stageberg (Jr., 5-10, 150,

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West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn. — Thursday, August 31, 2017 E3

NEW LONDON-SPICER

Photos by Jake Schultz / Tribune

A New London-Spicer ball carrier evades a defender in a recent practice at New London-Spicer High School.

New London-Spicer head coach Dan Essler gets his team together during a recent practice at New London-Spicer High School.

Good Luck to all area teams this season! New London-Spicer quarterback Brandon Adelman throws a pass in a recent practice at New London-Spicer High School.

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RB) and Gideon Mische (Jr. 6-1, 185, RB) will try to take advantage of the new turf and control the running game. Brandon Adelman (Jr., 6-3, 170, QB) will be back behind center for his

A New London-Spicer ball carrier breaks past defenders in a recent practice at New London-Spicer High School.

second season. Head coach Dan Essler said he expects Adelman to play a larger role in his junior season as the offensive leader. Adelman will have one of his favorite targets back this season, too, in Kelly Bennetts (Jr., 6-2, 165, WR). Bennetts caught just 12 passes last season but turned those catches into 277 yards so the Wildcats expect him to receive more targets in 2017.

Defense appears to be the early weak spot for the Wildcats as they return only one starter from last year but Essler is quick to point out his inexperienced defense still has some potential. “We have very good size on the line and speed in the secondary which will help us,” said Essler, readying for his 18th year as head coach for the Wildcats.

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WILDCATS NEW LONDON-SPICER

All home games at 7 p.m. at New London-Spicer High School AUG. 31 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

AT HOLY FAMILY ST. CLOUD CATHEDRAL AT ZIMMERMAN FOLEY

SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

LITCHFIELD AT MILACA LITTLE FALLS AT ALBANY

These Area Businesses Wish The Wildcats The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Tree ‘N Turf Services Spicer 320-796-0507 www.treenturfwillmar.com Baker Printing, Inc. Spicer 320-796-5218 www.bprinting.com Belgrade Tiremaxx Service Center, Belgrade 320-254-3131 www.tiremaxx.com Country Stop/A & W Restaurant New London 320-354-2466 Fischer Laser Eye Center New London 320-354-2020 www.fischerlaser.com

Hanson’s Tire & Lube New London 320-354-2751

The Skindelien’s Convenience Store/BP New London 320-354-2423

Kandi Water Conditioning, Inc. Spicer 320-796-6020 www.kandiwater.com

Spicer Veterinary Clinic Dr. Roland Wohlin Spicer 320-796-5404

Mel’s Sports Shop Spicer 320-796-2000

State Farm Insurance Melissa Radel 320-354-2266 www.melissaradel.com

Night Life Limousine New London 320-905-3763 www.nightlifelimousine.com Perkins Lake Region Lumber Spicer 320-796-1025

Thermoseal Insulation Spicer 320-796-5727 www.thermosealinsulationmn.com United Minnesota Bank Member FDIC & EHL - New London 320-354-2277 www.umbnl.com


West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn. — Thursday, August 31, 2017 E5

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY

Lac qui Parle Valley players read blocks during an Aug. 18 practice at LQPV High School.

Tom Larson / Tribune

Eagles seek improvement for new head coach By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com ew Lac qui Parle Valley head coach Tony Smith has nine starters back to help the Eagles try and improve on a 3-6 record in 2016. Peyton Mortenson (Sr., 5-8, 170, RB/ LB) and Clayton Beck (Sr., 5-10, 195,

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OL/DL) are back as three-year starters. “Peyton is a very instinctive football player,” Smith said. “Clayton has the combination of size and strength.” Three other returning starters join Beck up front on the lines. Jarrod Higgins (Sr., 6-1, 270, OL/ DL) starts with Beck on the offensive

and defensive lines, and Dain Haas (Jr., 5-11, 175, OL/LB) and Braiden Kittelson (6-3, 180, OL/LB) will start on the offensive line and man linebacker spots on defense. Isaac Gerdes (Sr., 5-8, 160, RB/DB) will run alongside Mortenson and Korbin Kells (Sr., 6-1, 175, TE/DE) will

be a target and an edge presence on defense. Evan Benson (Sr., 6-0, 165, WR/DB) and Caden Bjornjeld (6-1, 160, WR/ DB) will see some passes coming their way. Finding a quarterback to run the show will be one of the Eagles’ top priorities.


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LQPV

EAGLES LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY

All home games at 7 p.m. at LQPV High School SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

WABASSO AT LAKEVIEW AT NEW ULM CATHEDRAL DAWSON-BOYD

SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

AT CANBY YELLOW MEDICINE EAST AT ORTONVILLE MINNEOTA

These Area Businesses Wish The Eagles The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Ascheman’s Unimart Appleton 320-289-2110

House of Spirits Appleton 320-289-2290

AgCountry Farm Credit Services Madison 320-598-7505 www.AgCountry.com

Jubilee Foods Madison 320-598-7448 www.jubileemad.com

Del Dee Foods Appleton 320-289-1301

Lund Implement Co. Madison 320-598-3150 www.lundimplement.com

Erickson Chevrolet, Inc. Madison 320-598-3515 Dawson 320-769-2650 www.ericksonchev.com Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Appleton Member FDIC 320-289-1454 www.farmers-merchants.com

Madison Area Chamber & Q92 Madison 320-598-7301 KLQPFM.com

Madison Bottling Co. Madison 320-598-7573 www.madisonbottling.com Myers Electric & Infrared Madison 320-226-7447 www.meyerseandi.com Prairie Sun Bank Appleton & Milan 320-734-4444 www.bankwithpsb.com Schuelke Electric Madison 320-598-7747 Subway Appleton 320-289-2248 www.subway.com 001620798r1


West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn. — Thursday, August 31, 2017 E7

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST

Curt Hogg / Tribune

Yellow Medicine East is looking to build upon its 6-4 record in 2016.

Strong defense could ‘Sting’ foes By Curt Hogg chogg@wctrib.com he month of August has brought with it plenty of optimism within the city limits of Granite Falls as Yellow Medicine East looks to build on a strong bounce-back season in 2016. With September and the regular season now right around the corner,

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though, the Sting will be put to the test. YME returns just nine starters, but plenty of defensive talent, from its 6-4 team that saw a five-win improvement from its disappointing 2015 season. At linebacker, the Sting will feature plenty of depth. Nick Lindstrom, Ayden Friese, Ethan Peterson, Bryce

Schmidt and Garrett Nordang are among the viable candidates to see playing time. That is good news for a defense that allowed just 15.3 points per game last season and forced 18 turnovers. Angel Jimenez is expected to be the first-year starter at quarterback for the Sting, which, however, will

likely once again rely heavily on its running attack. Gone are YME’s top two rushers from last season, leaving Friese, Schmidt and Nordang at the top of the depth chart in the backfield. The Sting’s regular season opens up on Aug. 31 against Tracy-MilroyBalaton at home.


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YELLOW MEDICINE EAST

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST

STING

All home games played at 7 p.m. at YME High School

AUG. 31 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22 SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON AT WABASSO ORTONVILLE AT MINNEOTA LAKEVIEW AT LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY DAWSON-BOYD AT CANBY

These Area Businesses Wish The Falcons The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Project Turnabout Addiction Recover Centers Campuses in Granite Falls, Willmar, Marshall & Redwood Falls 800-862-1453 www.projectturnabout.org

Tjosvold Equipment, Inc., Granite Falls 320-564-2331 www.tjosvoldequip.com

F&M Bank Minnesota, Clarkfield

320-669-4431 www.fmbankminnesota.com Member FDIC

Almich’s Market, Granite Falls 320-564-3444

H & H Construction, Inc, Granite Falls 320-226-3074

Photos by Curt Hogg / Tribune

TOP: YME looks to carry over its defensive success from last season, when it allowed just 15.3 points per game. MIDDLE: Angel Jimenez takes over at quarterback this season for YME. BOTTOM: A YME defender attempts to make a tackle during practice in Granite Falls.

Granite Falls Health, Granite Falls

320-564-3111 www.granitefallshealth.com

Prairie’s Edge Casino Granite Falls

866-293-2121 www.prairiesedgecasino.com

Hinderks Chiropractic, PA, Granite Falls

320-564-1209 www.facebook.com/HindricksChiro

Consumer’s CO-OP Oil Company Clarkfield 320-669-4426

Granite Falls Bank, Granite Falls

320-564-2111 www.granitefallsbank.com Member FDIC

Citizens Alliance Bank Granite Falls

320-564-4522 www.citizensalliancebank.com Member FDIC & Equal Housing Lender

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West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn. — Thursday, August 31, 2017 E9

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA

The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa offense lines up to run a play during a recent practice in Belgrade.

Tom Larson / Tribune

Jaguars are mended, ready to go By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com he Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa football team had high hopes for its 2016 season, but all the optimism – and chances for victories – quickly faded due to a rash of injuries and the Jaguars finished 2-7. Now fully mended, BBE has 10 senior and junior starters back, and

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another budding senior star ready to go after missing the entire season because of injury. “We have a lot of experience on this team,” said head coach Chris Moschol. “We have great senior leadership on this team.” The Jaguars will line up with seven senior starters, led by Adam Jaeger (5-7, 165, RB/LB), Trevor Kern (5-11,

185, C/LB), Isaiah Gilbert (5-7, 165, RB/LB), Ryan Illies (6-2, 170, QB/ LB), Thomas Kollman (5-11, 215, G/ DT), Seth Roering (6-2, 200, OT/ DT) and Parker Schwinghammer (6-0, 140, WR/CB). The Jaguars’ juniors – Thaniel Cebulla (6-2, 195, FB/FS), Jared Weller (6-2, 185, WR/DE) and Tyler

Bents (5-9, 145, RB/LB) – also bring a wealth of skill to the field. BBE also has a bright spot in senior Kyle Felling (5-10, 165, WR/CB), who missed the entire 2016 season with an injury. “Kyle brings speed and athleticism to the team,” Moscho said. “We are hoping for big things from him.”


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JAGUARS BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA

All home games at 7 p.m. at BBE High School SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

ACGC AT KIMBALL ROYALTON AT BROWERVILLE-EAGLE VALLEY

SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

PARKERS PRAIRIE AT NEW YORK MILLS AT KMS UPSALA/SWANVILLE AREA

These Area Businesses Wish The Jaguars The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Belgrade Coop Belgrade 320-254-8231 www.belgradecoop.com

Bonanza Valley State Bank Member FDIC Brooten 320-346-2234 www.bvsb.net

Hofmann Transmission Brooten 320-346-2251 hoftrans@tds.net

Bonanza Valley Lumber Brooten 320-346-2291

Feed Co Belgrade 320-254-8294 www.feedco.net

Brooten Electric Brooten 320-346-2343

NAPA Belgrade 320-254-8228

Belgrade Steel Tank Belgrade 320-254-8246 www.belgradesteeltank.com

Coop’s Corner Restaurant & C-Store Belgrade 320-254-3204 See us on Facebook

Walz Design Woodworks Inc Belgrade 320-254-3529 www.walzdesignwoodworks.com

Belgrade Tiremaxx Service Center Belgrade 320-254-3131 www.tiremaxx.com

Farmers Insurance Group Mary Olmscheid, Agent Elrosa 320-697-5595

Ziemer Auction Service New London 320-354-4312 www.ziemerauctions.com

Belgrade Nursing Home Centennial Pro Rehab Centennial Court Apartments 320-254-8215

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Belgrade Bakery Belgrade 320-254-8268


West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn. — Thursday, August 31, 2017 E11

PAYNESVILLE

Paynesville football players battle in the air for a ball just out of reach at a recent practice at Paynesville High School.

Jake Schultz / Tribune

‘Complete’ Bulldogs ready to bounce back By Jake Schultz jschultz@wctrib.com aynesville has the phrase “bounce-back” on the mind as the Bulldogs look to rebound from a 4-6 record in their 2016 outing. The Bulldogs should have the talent to do so, too. They bring back 10

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starters, including nearly the entire defensive secondary. Despite plenty of strong returners, Paynesville will need to find a way to replace 2016 All-Area First Team running back Gavin Stanger. Max Weidner (Jr., 5-11, 185, QB) is the team’s leading returning rusher

but he’ll be joined in the backfield by Jake Arnold (Sr., 6-0, 185, LB/DE/ FB) and Carter Carlson (Sr., 5-8, 180, S/RB), who missed all of last season with an injury. He will also be a big factor in the defensive secondary. “It will be really fun to see how this team comes together,” Paynesville

head coach Max Meagher said. “This might be the most complete football team that we have fielded in terms of having depth, ability and size on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, coupled with a tremendous amount of speed on both sides of the ball.”


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PAYNESVILLE

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BULLDOGS All home games played at 7 p.m. at Paynesville High School

AT BOLD MELROSE ROCKFORD AT HOLDINGFORD HOWARD LAKE-WAVERLYWINSTED OCT. 6 AT EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS OCT. 13 AT PIERZ OCT. 18 MAPLE LAKE

SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22 SEPT. 29

These Area Businesses Wish The Bulldogs The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Fischer Laser Eye Center Paynesville 320-243-2020 www.fischerlaser.com

Feed Co Paynesville

320-243-3938 www.feedco.net

Paynesville Cenex Hot Stuff Pizza Paynesville 320-243-3751

Paynesville Inn & Suites Paynesville 320-243-4146 www.paynesvilleinn.com

Paynesville Mutual InsuranceGrinnell Mutual Paynesville 320-243-7149 www.paynesvilleins.com

Photos by Jake Schultz / Tribune

TOP: Paynesville’s Carter Carlson carries the ball in a recent practice at Paynesville High School. BOTTOM: Defenders (orange caps) swarm a Paynesville ball carrier in a recent practice at Paynesville High School.

Perennial Bank Paynesville

320-243-3702 www.perennialbank.com


West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn. — Thursday, August 31, 2017 E13

MINNEWASKA

A Minnewaska quarterback fires a pass during an Aug. 14 practice at Minnewaska High School.

Photos by Tom Larson / Tribune

Minnewaska players drill during an Aug. 14 practice at Minnewaska High School.

AUG. 31 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

Lakers sport 10 returning starters, looking ahead

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ALL HOME GAMES AT 7 P.M. AT MINNEWASKA HIGH SCHOOL UNLESS NOTED

Minnewaska players work on pass plays during an Aug. 14 practice at Minnewaska High School.

By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com he Minnewaska Lakers football team has 10 starters back who are intent on erasing from their memories a 2-7 record in 2016. Matt Gruber (Sr., 6-1, 175, QB/ DB) is back as a two-year starter at quarterback and a three-year starter at cornerback. Ryan Christianson (Sr., 5-10, 195, FB/LB) will start for a third year at both positions and led the team with 709 rushing yards last year. Garrett Jensen (Sr., 6-1, 175, RB/ DE) was the team’s leading tackler in 2016 (49.5) and will join Christianson and Jack Blevins (Jr., 6-2, 190, RB/ LB) in the Lakers’ backfield. Jackson

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Johnsrud (Sr., 6-1, 165, WR/DB) was a state qualifier in the high jump and will be an outside target, and Jaeger Jergenson (Sr., 6-3, 205, TE/DE) who has the size and athleticism to excel at both spots. John Helander (Jr., 6-1, 225, OL/DL) and Gavin Rupp (Sr., 6-5, 270, OL/DL) leads offensive and defensive lines that also include returning starters Jack Walsh (Sr., 5-9, 205, OL/DL) and Jake Hoffman (Sr., 5-11, 205, OL/DL). “Like any team out there,” said head coach Jeremy Christensen, “if we can establish our own running game and stop our opponents’ ground attack, we should have a successful year.”

MAPLE LAKE, 7:30 P.M. AT ACGC AT MONTEVIDEO BOLD

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MORRIS/CA AT SAUK CENTRE OSAKIS AT BENSON

These Area Businesses Wish The Lakers The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Central Minnesota Senior Care 320-441-7001 www.centralmnseniorcare.com

Subway Glenwood & Morris 320-634-5195 320-589-1281

Greeley Plumbing, Heating & A/C Glenwood 320-634-4486 www.greeleyplumbing.com

Fast Global Solutions Glenwood 320-634-5126 www.fastsolutions.com

Minnewaska Meats Glenwood 320-634-3143 www.minnewaskameats.com

Lakeside Glenwood 320-634-0307 www.glenwoodlakeside.com 001620801r1


E14 Thursday, August 31, 2017 — West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn.

DAWSON-BOYD

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BLACKJACKS All home games played at 7 p.m. at DB High School

AUG. 31 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22 SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13 OCT. 18

AT ADRIAN AT MINNEOTA LAKEVIEW AT LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY MURRAY COUNT Y CENTRAL CANBY AT YELLOW MEDICINE EAST ORTONVILLE

These Area Businesses Wish The Blackjacks The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! A & B Auto Parts-NAPA Dawson 320-769-4560

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A Dawson-Boyd player hauls in a pass during a recent practice in Dawson.

Blackjacks boast skill and depth By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com here aren’t many teams that consider 6-3 a bit of an off year, but Dawson-Boyd is one of them. With eight offensive starters and nine defensive starters back, head coach Cory Larson and his staff have the makings of a contender. Quarterback Alex Swenson (Sr., 6-2, 176, QB/DB) is an accomplished thrower, completing 56 percent of his passes for 1,028 yards, 11 touchdowns and just six interceptions last year. Bentley Boike (Jr., 6-3, 201, RB/DE) ran for 912 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, and Colton Husby (Jr., 6-0,

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200, RB/LB) ran for 268 yards and six TDs. The Blackjacks will need to replace graduated receiver Eli Weber’s production (44-609, 8 TDs), but Husby averaged 20.1 yards per reception and Joe Anyasike (Sr., 6-0, 168, WR) is a big-play threat on the edge. Austin Schmitt (Sr., 6-0, 187, OL/ DE), Carter Anderson-Streich (Sr., 6-4, 291, DT), Seth Stratmoen (Sr., 6-3, 201, OL), Quintin Lehman (Jr., 5-11, 194, OL/LB), Jeraco Parsa (Jr., 6-2, 196, TE) and Josh Anyasike (So., 5-11, 168, DE) will take care of things up front. Tyler Franzky (Sr., 5-11, 204, LB) and Keaton Schuelke (Jr., 5-9, 185, LB) will be back as starting linebackers.

Canby Farmers Grain Co. Dawson 320-769-2408 www.cfgrain.com

Dawson Coop Credit Union Dawson 320-769-2908 www.dawsonmnco-opcu.com

Dawson Truck Parts, Inc. Cliff Viessman Trucking Dawson 320-769-2921 320-769-2905

Erickson Chevrolet, Inc. Dawson 320-769-2650 Madison 320-598-3515 www.ericksonchev.com

J & S One Stop Dawson & Clarkfield 320-669-4961

Lee Motor Company Dawson 320-769-2365 www.leemotorco.com


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MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta’s Gage Wevley (right) explodes into the block during a linemen drill at practice Wednesday, Aug. 16 in Morris.

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TIGERS ALL HOME GAMES AT 7 P.M. AT MORRIS AREA SCHOOL

Photos by Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta senior Dylan Gillespie wraps up Matt McNeill during a linebacker drill at practice Wednesday, Aug. 16 in Morris.

Blending youth and experience By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com orris/Chokio-Alberta head coach Kevin Pope said the 2017 Tigers will be both experienced and youthful at the same time. The Tigers bring back solid players across the front lines but will trot out some untested skill position players. Gage Wevley (Sr., 6-0, 220, DL/OL) and Bain Laine (Sr., 5-11, 190, DL/OL) anchor an offensive line that helped MCA average 321 rushing yards and 34 points per game in 2016. They also plugged up opposing offenses as defensive linemen. Connor Koebernick (Sr., 5-10, 175,

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LB/RB) will have the unenviable task of succeeding graduate Jacob Zosel, who was one of the top rushers in the state last year. Koebernick ran for 131 yards and caught passes for 93 yards and two scores last year. Dylan Gillespie (Sr., 5-10, 180, LB/ TE) and Camden Arndt (Jr., 6-3, 175, LB/TE) are solid athletes who return as starters. “There will be strong competition for the skill position players among Matt McNeill, Nathan Beyer and Parker Dierks to slot in next to (Koebernick),” Pope said. “The guys have had a strong summer of workouts and we are all excited to get on the field.”

SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22

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These Area Businesses Wish The Tigers The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! ACIRA Co-op Hancock 320-324-7111 www.aciracoop.net Morris Food Shop Morris 320-843-3434 www.facebook.com/morrisfoodshop.com Subway Morris &Glenwood 320-589-1281 320-634-5195


E16 Thursday, August 31, 2017 — West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn.

HANCOCK

Hancock’s Gideon Joos sprints up the field with the ball during an evening drill on Thursday, Aug. 17.

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Kaleb Koehl looks for an open receiver during an evening walk through on Thursday, Aug. 17. Koehl will be a three-year starter at quarterback for the Hancock Owls this season.

Owls bent on exceeding successful 2016 season By Tom Larson tlarson@wctrib.com he Hancock football team erased several tough seasons by posting a 5-4 mark in 2016. Despite losing 13 seniors, the Owls enter 2017 optimistic based on an offense that features a three-year starter at quarterback and several threats in the backfield and on the edges. Noah Kannegeisser (Sr., 5-10, 155, WR/DB) missed the first half of last season but still was the Owls’ reception yardage leader (19-320, 5 TDs), averaging 20.5 yards per catch.

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Kaleb Koehl (Sr. 5-11, 170, QB/LB) is back for his third year as a starter after throwing for 1,055 yards last season. Tyler Timmerman (So., 5-10, 145, WR/DB) proved an effective offensive weapon as a freshman, rushing for 7.4 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns, and he’s also an effective pass defender and run stopper. Josh Birr (Sr., 6-1, 200, RB/LB) will be asked to carry a greater load on offense, and he and Koehl are the Owls’ top returning tacklers. Montana Molden (Jr., 6-3, 220, G/ DT) is Hancock’s lone returner on the line and will be looked to for leadership as the Owls break in new starters up front.

SEPT. 1 LAPORTE SEPT. 8 ROTHSAY SEPT. 15 AT HILLCREST LUTHERAN ACADEMY SEPT. 22 UNDERWOOD

SEPT. 29 WHEATON/HERMAN/ NORCROSS OCT. 6 AT VERNDALE OCT. 13 AT CLINTON-GRACEVILLEBEARDSLEY OCT. 18 BRANDON-EVANSVILLE

These Area Businesses Wish The Owls The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! Buddies Bar & Grill Hancock

320-392-2833 www.buddiesbarandgrill.com

ACIRA Co-op Hancock

320-324-7111 www.aciracoop.net

Hancock Coop, Inc. Hancock 320-392-5291 320-392-5238

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BOLD

BOLD head coach Steve Solem talks to his team at the end of a recent practice at BOLD High School.

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Warriors ready to make BOLD statement By Jake Schultz jschultz@wctrib.com f you were thinking this might be the year BOLD slows down, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. The Warriors return with an

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intimidating presence in the trenches and impressive speed and strength at the skill positions. To add to all of that, BOLD adds plenty of experience to its repertoire. Riley Weis (Jr., G/DT) and Jack Hanson (Sr., G/LB) will anchor the

offensive line while returners Austin Einerson (Sr., FB/LB), Hayden Tersteeg (Jr., RB/LB) and Gavin Vosika (So., RB/WR/DB) will look to run rampant behind the big boys. Those three alone logged 1,939 rushing yards last season. Jordan Sagedahl (So., QB/S) will be

back to guide the offense from under center. He didn’t have to throw much last season but when he did, he did so well. He went 55-for-97 with 1,200 passing yards and 16 passing touchdowns, while also rushing for 141 yards on 15 attempts as a freshman.


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BOLD

WARRIORS

BIRD ISLAND-OLIVIA-LAKE LILLIAN-DANUBE All home games at 7 p.m. at BOLD High School

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These Area Businesses Wish The Warriors The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season! J&R Electric, Inc, Renville 320-329-4214 www.jandrelectricinc.com

Olivia Family Dental Dr. Mark Moorse D.D.S, Olivia 320-523-1441

F&M Bank Minnesota, Olivia 320-523-1111 www.fmbankminnesota.com Member FDIC

DrexMart Lake, Lillian 320-664-4100

Henslin Auctions, Bird Island 320-365-4120 www.henslinauctions.com Terry’s Body Shop, Olivia 320-523-2561 Kraft Walser, Olivia 320-523-1322 www.kraftwalser.com A & T Septic Service, Olivia 320-894-8779 www.atseptic.com

Citizens Alliance Bank, Lake Lillian 320-664-4111 www.citizensalliancebank.com Member FDIC & Equal Housing Lender Fischer Laser Eye Center, Olivia 320-523-2020 www.fisherlaser.com Olivia DQ Grill & Chill, Olivia 320-523-2200 Co-Op Country Farmers Elevator Locations in Danube, Olivia, Renville & Sacred Heart 800-962-7007 www.coopcountry.com

Keith L. Scott Agency, Bird Island 320-365-3400 E&S Plumbing & Heating, Olivia 320-523-5673 Auto Value, Bird Island 320-365-3781 www.autovalue.com Athman’s Inn Restaurant & Bird Island Ballroom, Bird Island 365-9997 First State Agency, Lake Lillian 320-664-4444 www.insurancewithfirststate.com Rural Computer Consultants, Bird Island 320-365-4027 www.rccbi.com Don’s Transmission & Auto Repair, Olivia 320-523-2085


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BOLD

BOLD

WARRIORS

BIRD ISLAND-OLIVIA-LAKE LILLIAN-DANUBE All home games at 7 p.m. at BOLD High School SEPT. 1 SEPT. 8 SEPT. 15 SEPT. 22 SEPT. 29 OCT. 6 OCT. 13

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TOP: A BOLD kicker practices kickoffs in a recent practice at BOLD High School. MIDDLE: BOLD quarterback Jordan Sagedahl tosses a a pass in a recent practice at BOLD High School. BOTTOM: A group of BOLD football players jog during a recent practice at BOLD High School.

B&D Market, Olivia 320-523-1626 www.bdmarketolivia.com Bird Island-Hawk Creek Mutual Insurance, Bird Island 320-365-3546 www.bihcm.com Saunders Mertens Schmitz, P.A. Bird Island 320-365-4620 www.smscpafirm.com Northern Plumbing & Heating, Olivia 320-5236-5862 www.northernplumbingheating.com Central Minnesota Senior Care 320-441-7001 www.centralmnseniorcare.com Olivia Chrysler Center 320-523-2170 www.oliviachryslercenter.com Farmers Coop Oil Company Danube, Renville, Olivia 320-329-8351 F&M Insurance, Olivia 320-523-1694 julie@fminsmn.com Country Wide Lumber, Hector 320-848-2241 www.countrywidelumberltd.com

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These Area Businesses Wish The Warriors The Best Of Luck During The 2017 Season!


E20 Thursday, August 31, 2017 — West Central Tribune — Willmar, Minn.

Let’s Tackle Another

WINNING SEASON

Head Coach: Steve Solem Assistant Coaches: Daren Sagedahl, Matt Sullivan, Dan Gross, Matt Zupke, Derek Flann, Brian Kingery

BE BOLD. STEP UP. HOME OF THE WARRIORS

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2017 Pigskin Preview  

Football previews of teams in west central Minnesota; published by West Central Tribune, Willmar, MN

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