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Area Teams Prepare for Friday Night Openers

Issue Date: August 22, 2019

Coleman Football

Looks To Get Started

The Coleman Football squad has gathered for the 2019 football season and at the helm of the Cougars this years is Jeff Bronson who will be entering his 22nd year of coaching at Coleman. This year marks his 10th year as Coleman football head coach.

Assistant coaches joining Bronson this year are Keith Long, Andy Kaufman and Jeremy Brady.

Last year the Cougars were 6-5 overall and saw their season at level 2 against Iola-Scandinavia.

This years squad will be missing notable players due to graduation, they are Jacob Zeitler, Brock Martinson, Mason Risner, Blake Forner, Torry Deastell and Senneth Powless.

"We only had 6 seniors last year," said Jeff Bronson. "But they had a big impact on the program.  Zeitler was a major contributor for four years and his leadership, experience, play will basically be impossible to replace by one person.  Martinson's physicality will be missed as he had that little edge that our team needed. Risner's explosiveness we can't replace. We currently do not have anyone with Mason's speed.  Forner and Deastell had their season cut short for a variety of reasons but had impacts when on the field. Powless missed some time, but Senneth is the type of player that you want on the team due to the type of person he is."

Returning Lettermen include Cayden Bintz Jr, QB/S, Tyler Blanchard JR, RB/LB, Spencer Karban, JR, OC/DL, Easton Sailer, JR, OG/LB, John Bieber, Sr, OG/LB, Joel Starzynski, Sr, OG/LB, Trevor Risner, Sr, TE/LB, Sam Kuchta, Sr, FB/LB, Payton Nelson, Sr, SE/DB, Tyler Olsen, Sr, SE/DB, Justin Pleshek, Sr, OL/DL and Hunter Woulf, Sr, OT/DL

"For the first time in three seasons we are returning players with multiple years experience," said Bronson. "Our success will be solely based upon the continued development and how they lead this team. Most of the seniors had to play as sophomores two years ago when we went 2-7. Blanchard, Bintz, and Karban also lettered their freshman season.  If this group stays healthy, gels, and finds an identity we should have a solid season."

Some other varsity prospects for the year are Zack Cops, Sr, RB/DB, Jayden Scott, Sr, TE/DL, Austin Heinze, Sr, OT/DL, Coby DenRuyter, JR, OG/LB, Jordan Hockers, JR, OT,/DL, Cahl Szabo, JR, OT/DL, Brody Zahn, Soph, OT/LB, Cole Klimek, Soph, OG/LB, Jesse Borchert, Soph, OT/DL, Noah Nosgovitz, Soph, QB/DB, Peter Kuchta, Frosh, RB/LB, Will Bieber, Frosh, RB/DB and Owen Kinziger, Frosh, FB/LB

"We handed out equipment to 48 players on August 5th and we are excited about the numbers as we can finally have our JV players practice Coleman's offense and defense," said Bronson. "For the last 3-4 seasons our JV players have had to help the varsity and the only time they get to run "our stuff" is Monday night during the games. If we are able to keep the numbers our JV players will be able to get better at what we do.  The oddity of this season is the depth that we have is up front with the line instead of the backs. If injury happens to any running back, we will be looking at the three freshmen to fill in"they all have a very good upside."

Bronson went on to give his feelings going into the season and his hopes for his tea saying, "We need to continue to improve defending the pass.  Two seasons ago it was like we had no defensive backs defending and last year that group took a major step forward.  It will be basically the same group for the third year and their continued development will go a long way to ensure we can play offense the way we want.  Offensively, we still want to grind and ride the run game. How the group of Cops, Blanchard, and Sam Kuchta can fill the void of Zeitler and Risner gone is key for us to control the ball.  The passing game should be better with every player back in their role from last year. Payton Nelson looks taller and more athletic than last year so I need to ensure we find a way to keep him part of the offensive plan. We need to stay healthy for our first four games and use those games to help get some momentum.  Bonduel, Sturgeon Bay, Kewaunee, and Southern Door will be a good test to see how far our players have progressed.  Then we are playing teams for the first time (Rosholt) or for the first time in a while (Crandon, Northland Pines) so there is some excitement in the program.  Regardless, with our conference set the way it is, our players will have to understand that they can't have bad games. To make the playoffs there is very little room for errors and we need to take care of business for those four games."



Wausaukee To Fight

For 8-Man Title

The Wausaukee Ranger 8-man football team will begin their season this Friday and the boys in Red are ready to get the job done.

Leading the Ranger crew is Grant Russ who returns to the sidelines of the Rangers for another year of Ranger football. Russ totes a career record with the Rangers of 19-18.

Assistant coaches this year will be Steve Renikow, Joe Thompson and Kurt Stumbris.

Key loses this year due to graduation inlaid starters Kyle Struve (RB/LB), Quentin Unferth (RB/LB), Joey Rozivka (OL/LB), Andy Schaal (OL/DL), Tyler Gruszynski (WR/DB), Justin Parr (OL/DE) and Christian Shigouri (WR/DB).

But returning to the field with expertise from last are starters Hayden Renikow Sr. (QB/DB), Tristin Pollard Sr. (OL/DE), Brandon Shigouri Sr. (WR/DB) and Ethan Stumbris Sr. (TE/LB).

Some other varsity prospect for the season include Cooper Rollo Sr. (OL/DL), Devin Verstrate Sr. (OL/DL), Corey Boesen Jr. (RB/LB), Chase Mathis Jr. (RB/LB), Alex Wojcik Jr. (OL,DE), Brenden Versaskas Jr. (WR/DE), Carlton Deschane Jr. (OL/DL), Peter Durian Jr. (OL/DL),

JT Anderson Jr. (OL/DL), Coltin Ristow So. (OL/DL) and Will Koester So. (OL/DL)

"Our biggest strength this year should be our size and depth along the lines and balance on offense," said Grant Russ. "We have a couple of playmakers on offense who have big play ability that we will rely on. Our defense should be solid as we have several players who can play multiple positions."

Russ went on to further explain what his team will be facing this year saying, "After graduating a strong senior class our biggest question mark will be our inexperience. We will be relying on several players with limited varsity playing time, especially along the lines. Depth at the skills positions and overall team speed is also a concern. How fast our offensive and defensive lines develop will determine our success during the year.

Several of the top teams have graduated strong senior classes and will have to reload. Sevastopol should be considered the team to beat along with Gillett, Suring, and Gibraltar. Lena/STAA will be much improved from last year and Florence will also be solid. NEW Lutheran/Oneida should be competitive with their size and Laona/Wabeno will be young, but talented."



Lena/STAA Starts

8-Man season Friday

The Lena/STAA 8-man Titans football team under the leadership of co-head coaches Dale lange and Ed Huberty looks to get this season in motion as they hit the practice fields to prepare for this Fridays game to open the season.

"Titans Football has been a CO-OP for the last 16 seasons and are in our 6th season as 8-man. Last Year the Titans were 3-6 in the Great 8 North Division. The loss of Tyson Marquardt, John Jagiello, and Colt Carroll, all who played both ways will need to be filled. These seniors were our anchors on both offense and defense, said Dale Lange. "Filling some big shoes this year will be Seniors, Colby Borchert, Simon Gard, Trenton Telford, Bryce Hosking, & Senior Newcomers Drew Roy and Lane Whiting, They will be our building blocks for the Offense and defense and will most likely see action on both sides of the ball along with Richard Fieck, Frank Desjardins, Logan Shallow, Ralph Comins, Miles Maloney and Brance Bethke. To be successful we will need several of our younger to step up and Challenge for some starting positions. We are very balanced with good numbers at all grade levels and will have nice numbers at our JV Level. Strong teams on our schedule; Include Wausaukee, Sevastopol (2018 State Champions) , NEW Lutheran/ Oneida, Florence, Three Lakes, Suring, Gillett, Laona/Wabeno and Gibraltar. There are a lot on new teams and everything is up for grabs. The Conference is very well balanced and should be very competitive. This will be the second season that there will be an 8-man State Playoff, with an 16 team field though out the state. I are hoping to be one of them."

This years squad includes seniors Colby Borchert, Brian Ermis, Simon Gard, Bryce Hoskins, Trenton Telford and Drew Roy. Junior are Ralph Comins, Brance Bethke, Miles Maloney, Griffen Knox, Frank Desjardins, Richard Fieck, Kevin Chang and Ethan Russell.

The sophomore list includes, Logan Shallow, Lane Whiting, James Desjardins and Blake DeDamos while the freshman list is composed of Mason Sobeck, Jacob Begonia, Ty Gromala, Elijah Gott, Nathan Younger, Ayden DeCoursin, Josh Kristof, Sam Marquardt, Travis Rennie, Ethan Braley and Sydney Sylvester.



Suring Eagles Look

to Lean On Experience

The Suring Eagles have returned to the gridiron for another year of football action and will be doing so behind the leadership of the most tenured football coach in the area, Mitch Taylor, who enters his 24 year as Suring head coach. Taylor totes a 103-87 overall career record with the Eagles.

Assistant coaches are Terry Garrigan and Charlie Breed.

The Eagles will be looking to replace some pretty big pieces of the puzzle with the loss of Reece Garrigan, Josh Reed, Mitchell Stegeman and Jeffrey Miller.

But will have a nice core of returning starters from last year, bringing back Logan Stuart, Sr., RB/LB; Chad McVeigh, Sr. OL/DL; Duncan Breed, Sr. TE/LB; Mike VandenElzen, Sr. TE/DB; Leo Taylor, Jr. OL/DL; Kegyn Lambrecht, Jr. RB/LB; Brayden Taylor, So., OL/DL.

Coach Taylor will also be looking to some of the younger guys out there to make an impression and earn their sports in the starting lineup. This season the Eagles could see a few guys make that rise. Taylor listed a few guys he will keeping an eye on, Jayden Geniesse, Sr., QB/DB; Dalton Stewart, Sr., RB/DB; Dequez Sepulveda, Sr., WR/DL; Jeremy Hensel, So., QB/DB; Gavin Fredenburgh, So., WR/DB; Taron Haak, So., TE/LB; Terry Helminger, So., RB/LB; Rowan Goodwin, So., WR/DB, saying that all these players could find time join the field.

"Our biggest challenge will be switching over to 8-man football.  We are a little behind the others in the conference and learning the subtle differences to the game. As for any small school, we are trying to avoid injury and compete in every game," said Taylor. "I really don't know who will be the best teams, but it will be very competitive with everyone in the conference."


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