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Press Gazette Algoma Wolves Preview written by Andrew Pekarek:

Prep football preview: Algoma aims for playoff return despite turnover
ALGOMA ? When Algoma football coach Wade Vandervest addressed his returning players at the end of last season, he made one thing clear.

They would have an opportunity to do something no other squad in program history has done.

?I?ve always said this to teams after we?ve made the playoffs,? said Vandervest, who is entering his 11th year. ?You look at our history, we?ve never been to the playoffs in back-to-back years.?

Algoma is looking to accomplish that feat and also has its sights set on repeating in the Olympian/Packerland-Small Conference.

After sharing its first conference title since 1994 last season with Hilbert and Manitowoc Lutheran, the Wolves would prefer to win a second straight title outright to guarantee a return to the postseason.

Algoma will have to rely on a pair of tailbacks to share the load following the loss of graduated Zach Blahnik, who led the league in scoring (137 points) and was fourth in rushing (736 yards).

Blahnik finished with 1,105 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the season, which ended with a second-round playoff loss to Shiocton, the WIAA Division 6 state runner-up.

Senior Taylor Daul and junior Sam Koss appear to be more than capable of picking up where Blahnik left off. The duo combined for 1,435 yards and 13 rushing scores last year, and each finished in the top 10 in rushing in league play.

?We?ve both got our own running styles and our own work ethics,? Daul said. ?You put them together, and it?s a positive thing for us. I think (teams) will look at us as a threat like they did with Zach.?

While the Wolves? backfield still is loaded with talent, there is a plethora of new starters on the offensive line and a new quarterback in Hunter Prokash, who is making the move from wide receiver to replace Shane Andrews.

?Some of those guys were two-way starters for three years for us,? Vandervest said of former linemen Zach Prochnow and Travis Hackett. ?How do you replace that? It comes down to getting the younger guys ... that experience that we need and get them to work together for the common goal of the team.?

After having 11 seniors on its roster last year, Algoma has just four this season. It also has only three home games.

Since Vandervest relayed the message of what he wanted from this year?s team nine months ago, the newcomers know nothing but a return to the playoffs will be acceptable.

?We have to make sure they are hungry and ready to do this again,? Vandervest said. ?Only this time, everybody is hunting for us and we have to be ready for it.?

Link to article and coresponding video: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120815/GPG020501/308150231
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Press Gazette Sevastopol Pioneers Preview, written by Andrew Pekarek:

Prep football preview: Sevastopol looks to move up
Team went 2-7 last season

INSTITUTE ? The Sevastopol football team took a step last season.

It just wasn?t in the direction Pioneers coach Ron Frank wanted.

Coming off its first playoff appearance in 2010, Sevastopol went 2-7 in a season where it was forced to pass more than it would have liked while playing from behind in a majority of its games.

With seven starters returning on both offense and defense, Frank is hopeful his team is on the right path to take a couple of steps up the Olympian/Packerland-Small Conference this season even though he has nine fewer players on his roster.

?Our bread and butter will be running the ball this year,? said Frank, who enters his 16th season as coach. ?We wanted to do that last year, but it didn?t work out that way.

?We should be able to do that this year because our strength is our line. We?re big across the board there.?

The offensive line returns three starters and has four players that are at least 210 pounds, which should bode well for senior quarterback Tony Bley, who broke his tibia in the second game last season.

With Bley back under center, it will allow junior Noel Farber to move back into the backfield, where seniors Cody Giesseman and Justin DeFere return with experience. Frank is looking forward to seeing what junior Drew Tanck can do after running a 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.

While Tanck is the fastest player on the team, Bryce Birmingham might be the most explosive. The senior will see the ball as team?s top receiver and on counters in Sevastopol?s Wing-T attack in addition to being a leader in the secondary of the defense.

The Pioneers have 25 players on its roster, which is down from the 34 players they had last year. Frank feels the drop isn?t due to the school?s enrollment (151) like most people think.

?The whole emphasis on concussions is turning some parents off,? he said. ?I?ve heard that from a couple of parents of younger kids, who were afraid of concussions.

?That?s hurting everybody across the state, where everyone I?ve talked to there about seven to 10 (players) down. But when you only have 35 kids to start with anyway, that really hurts when you lose some kids and you have to start to be creative with your practice schedule.?

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120819/GPG020501/308190350/Prep-football-preview-Sevastopol-looks-move-up?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CGPG-High%20School%20Sports&&nclick_check=1
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Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter Manitowoc Lutheran Lancers Preview, written by Scott Hansen:

Lutheran expects to compete at high level

Last season was a memorable one for the Manitowoc Lutheran football team.

The Lancers made it to the second round of the postseason, finished 7-4 overall and had a 6-1 record in the Olympian Packerland Small Conference ? good for a tie with Algoma and Hilbert for the top spot in the standings.

So how does Lutheran plan on following up one of the best seasons in school history? By aiming to repeat as conference champions.

?We expect to compete at a high level every game that we play. We are looking to repeat as conference champions again. It is going to take some work,? Lutheran co-head coach Jim Carolfi said. ?We have a lot of youngsters. We are replacing quite a few guys. We will have to go down to some of our sophomores to help us quite a bit so that will take some time, but I think they are up for it.?

Repeating last year?s success will be no easy task for a squad that returns only six seniors. Gone is OPSC offensive player of the year running back Jacob Luebke, as well as Chris Brey (first team defensive and offensive lineman), Paul Habermann (first team linebacker and offensive lineman) and Zac Gast (honorable mention defensive back).

However, the Lancers are still with several top OPSC players ? senior David Menk (second team defensive end and first team tight end), senior Devan Chase (second team linebacker and offensive lineman), senior Peter Menges (honorable mention defensive end and second team running back), senior Eric Habermann (honorable mention quarterback and defensive back), junior John Jung (honorable mention defensive lineman) and sophomore Kyle Staudt (honorable mention offensive lineman).

?I think we are looking alright. We bring back a lot from last year. ... Devan Chase and the defense is looking alright. We should be headed for conference, that?s what we are aiming for this year,? Menk said. ?Our expectations are to win (conference) outright, try to run the table. Obviously the goal every year is win every football game and go as far as you can in the playoffs.?

If the Lancers return to the postseason it will have to be without a considerable amount of depth. The squad lacks the numbers it had last season, with the offensive side of the ball seeing the most changeover. The Lancers are set at running back, but overall the offensive line looks like it will have to make significant strides this season. Additionally, Lutheran is a much younger team than last year, with several underclassman being called upon to step up and contribute early.

?(We have) good enthusiasm. We have some really good football players out here, I just wish we had a few more,? Carolfi said at a recent practice. ?To get (last year?s) success we really have to come together as a group.?

Menk, now a veteran leader of the Lancers who has taken huge strides in training camp and showed up looking as fast and strong as ever, couldn?t have agreed more with his coach.

?I think last year we had a lot of experience, a lot of guys that had started two or three years. This year we have some younger players that we will need to break in right away. Last season we had a lot of chemistry already, this year we are going to have to figure it out quick,? Menk said. ?I think we need to continue to work hard, condition hard. we are not going to be the biggest team out there but we can be the most hard working and if we do that we will take care of business.?

http://www.htrnews.com/article/20120819/MAN020501/308190237/Lutheran-expects-compete-high-level?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|MAN-Prep
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Press Gazette Gibraltar Vikings Preview, written by Andrew Pekarek:

Prep football feature: Gibraltar refocuses for future
Vikings aim to rebound after 2-7 seasons

FISH CREEK ? Canceling the junior varsity schedule is not the way Pat Keehan wanted to start the season.

But that?s what the Gibraltar football coach had to do with only 23 players out.

?Our numbers are really down this year,? said Keehan, who had more than 30 players last season. ?The projected numbers we had earlier in the spring just didn?t come in. We had to do some juggling. We?re basically on Plan E right now.?

The ?E? could stand for eager, which is how the second-year coach feels his players are about the upcoming season, even though they lack depth on the roster.

?I think they?re more eager and determined now than they were when they found out about the situation,? Keenan said.

?When we lost some players that didn?t return this year, some of their heads were down. But when we started camp they adjusted very well. We understand the circumstances we?re in.?

While the Vikings? situation isn?t idle, it?s not all that bad either when you consider they return six starters on offense and seven on defense.

Many of those players like fullback/linebacker Bjorn Johnson and lineman Josh Leonard saw playing time as freshmen on Gibraltar?s 2009 squad, which qualified for the playoffs for the first time in program history.

The hard part for the Vikings will be trying to put a pair of 2-7 seasons behind them while also replacing Tanner Biwer and Griffin Cole.

Biwer ranked second in passing yards (967 yards) in the Olympian/Packerland-Small Conference last year, and Cole recorded 668 yards from scrimmage (279 receiving, 389 rushing) to earn first-team honors.

After switching between a spread and Wing-T offense last year, Keehan plans to stay mostly in a Wing-T this season.

?This year we?re just settling down on one offense,? Keehan said. ?We made some tweaks to it. It?s more adaptable to our players here.

?I always tell the kids you have to believe in something and take hold of that and stay positive.?

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120819/GPG020501/308190349/Prep-football-feature-Gibraltar-refocuses-future?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CGPG-High%20School%20Sports&nclick_check=1
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Thanks. I didn't realize they were right on the border. As I read the articles and noticing the numbers in football, personally I hope they consider it.

In today's Green Bay Press Gazette there's another nice article on an area football team- NEW Lutheran. It mentions how they felt it was a downgrade to drop down like that, but it's keeping football by doing it. Last season after injuries hit them they had to forfeit a couple games.
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Couple questions if anyone knows-

1) Would Gibraltar and Sevastapol consider going to 8 man football in the near future?

2) Is it still in the works for Algoma to travel across Lake Michigan to play (was it Frankfort?) a team in Lower Michigan?
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Couple questions if anyone knows-

1) Would Gibraltar and Sevastapol consider going to 8 man football in the near future?

2) Is it still in the works for Algoma to travel across Lake Michigan to play (was it Frankfort?) a team in Lower Michigan?


Both schools are on the cutline for 8-man. Gibraltar has a three year average of 200 (which is the maximum) and Sevastopol's average is one student above the cutline. It's a wait and see approach for those two schools.

Gibraltar: 207 + 198 +195 = 600 / 3 = 200
Sevastopol 217 + 211 + 173 = 601 / 3 = 200.33
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Hmm, there seems to be some descrepency in Sevastopol's enrollment number for this year as the article lists an enrollment of 151. Regardless, I think these schools will stay close enough to 200 in enrollment and have enough quality athletes and participation that they will stay relatively competitive in the OP-Small. Plus, there is still the prestige of making the playoffs in 11-man football, and I think that still plays a factor. I don't think either team will be pushing for a conference championship in the next couple of years, but to go 4-3 is still a definite possibility.

Hueby, you bringing it up is the first I have heard of Algoma heading across the pond to play a game. Personally, I feel other schools have the preception of Algoma of a very high quality athletic school for its size, and that Algoma should have no problem finding a quality non-conference opponent in Wisconsin. But if the budget allows, that would be a great experience for their team in the future.
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Hueby, you bringing it up is the first I have heard of Algoma heading across the pond to play a game. Personally, I feel other schools have the preception of Algoma of a very high quality athletic school for its size, and that Algoma should have no problem finding a quality non-conference opponent in Wisconsin. But if the budget allows, that would be a great experience for their team in the future.


Sounds like Algoma has put out some outstanding student-athletes of late (not knowing their past history).

On one of the local news broadcasts a couple months back they reported grant money to build/improve some harbor in Algoma so a ship (like the USS Badger) could transport tourists across Lake Michigan. The reporter mentioned there were future plans for Algoma to use it to compete in an athletic event with a team in Lower Michigan.

Come to think of it, maybe it was a different sport, not football? I just figured I'd rule out awinter sport ha ha. This may have been planned at the youth level? Would be something pretty neat if they could pull it off!
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onpackerland wrote:
Hueby, you bringing it up is the first I have heard of Algoma heading across the pond to play a game. Personally, I feel other schools have the preception of Algoma of a very high quality athletic school for its size, and that Algoma should have no problem finding a quality non-conference opponent in Wisconsin. But if the budget allows, that would be a great experience for their team in the future.


Sounds like Algoma has put out some outstanding student-athletes of late (not knowing their past history).

On one of the local news broadcasts a couple months back they reported grant money to build/improve some harbor in Algoma so a ship (like the USS Badger) could transport tourists across Lake Michigan. The reporter mentioned there were future plans for Algoma to use it to compete in an athletic event with a team in Lower Michigan.

Come to think of it, maybe it was a different sport, not football? I just figured I'd rule out awinter sport ha ha. This may have been planned at the youth level? Would be something pretty neat if they could pull it off!

Over the past five or six years, Algoma has been mainly loaded on the girls side of sports, with absolutely stacked classes of 2009 and 2012. And even now, there isn't a loaded class persay, but girls like Taylor Schmidt, Tanika Jorgenson, and Kennedy Blahnik are All-State/National Competing caliber athletes. Algoma's guys were much stronger in sports when I was just entering high school around 2006, but had dropped back to the middle of the pack in the years following. However, they seem to be on the rebound with Bob Graf coming in as basketball coach two years ago and going 10-4 in conference each year, as well as winning a share of the conference title in football last year.
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Door County Advocate Gibraltar Vikings Peview, writter by Korey Mallien:

Football preview: Gibraltar determined despite low numbers

The Gibraltar High School football program has a low turnout this season, but coach Pat Keehan?s expectations remain pretty high.

The Vikings enter their season opener Friday night against Crivitz with only 23 players ? freshmen through seniors ? on their roster. The numbers are so low the school has canceled the junior varsity season and will field only a varsity team.

?We won?t have a lot of depth, but we?ll be fine,? said Keehan. ?Actually, I think we can be better than last year. If we can stay healthy and do the right things that we?ve been doing in practice, I?m hoping to make the playoffs. That?s a big goal for the senior class.?

The Vikings finished 2-7 overall and 2-5 in the Olympian/Packerland Conference small division last season.

Keehan said the team has some experienced players returning, especially on the offensive line. Senior right tackle Josh Leonard (6-foot-2, 220 pounds), junior right guard Skyler Schopf (6-1, 175), senior center Jeremy Johnson (5-10, 165) and sophomore left tackle Chris Anderson (6-5, 220) started last season, while sophomore left guard Peter Meyer (6-0, 180) also got some playing time.

?We?ve got some experience up there,? said Keehan. ?I think that?s going to be the backbone to our success. That?s a huge piece of the puzzle.?

The Vikings, however, aren?t too experienced in the skilled positions.

Senior running back Bjorn Johnson (6-0, 170) is the only returning starter in the backfield. He rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns last season.

?I?m looking for big things from him this year,? said Keehan. ?He?s got some wheels and if we can get him into the open he?s going to be tough to catch.?

Junior Austin Bauldry (6-1, 175) and senior Willie Franke (5-9, 175) will join Johnson in the backfield in Gibraltar?s Wing-T offense, with sophomores Kyle Keehan and Brandon LeClair also working into the mix.

Senior Austin Kissel (5-11, 170) takes the reins for the first time at quarterback after playing running back and receiver last season.

?I think we have better overall depth at the running back spots,? said Keehan. ?And Austin?s doing a good job at quarterback. He?s got a nice arm, and he?s a tough kid.?

Seniors David Reinhardt (6-3, 170) and A.J. Demarinis (5-9, 150) are the top prospects at tight end and split end, respectively.

A lot of Gibraltar?s emphasis in practice so far has been on defense, said Keehan. The Vikings allowed an average of 27 points per game and were lit up for more than 50 on two different occasions last season.

?When our coaches got together this past year, we discussed that our emphasis had to be on defense,? said Keehan. ?So we changed things up a little to try and fit our personnel.?

With good speed, but a lack of overall size, the Vikings are going to employ a 3-5-3 defense this season, said Keehan.

The front line will be anchored by senior D.J. Tesnow (5-11, 230), Anderson and Leonard. Franke, Schopf, Bauldry, Keehan and LeClair are at linebackers, and Demarinis, Reinhardt and Johnson are in the secondary.

?Our number one priority is not to give up more than 100 yards rushing or passing a game,? said Keehan. ?I don?t see why we can?t do that.?

Keehan said he?s ?pretty optimistic? that Gibraltar can move up in the conference standings after finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place last season with Sevastopol and St. Mary Central.

?I see Hilbert and Manitowoc Lutheran at the top,? said Keehan. ?From there, I think it?s wide open. You could roll the dice.?

http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20120822/ADV02/308220216/Football-preview-Gibraltar-determined-despite-low-numbers
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Door County Advocate Sevastopol Pioneers Preview, written by Christopher Clough:

Football preview: Postseason is Pioneers' goal
With seven returning starters on both sides of the ball, Sevastopol hopes to make playoff run

When the Sevastopol High School football team made the playoffs two seasons ago for the first time in program history, it did so with a squad laden with seniors.

Now, although coming off a 2-7 season in 2011, 2-5 in the Olympian/Packerland Conference small division, coach Ron Frank said it?s his team?s goal to return to the postseason, using the lessons and growth from last year.

?Experience,? Frank said when asked what the 2012 Pioneers bring to the table. ?It?s what we had two years ago; it?s what we didn?t have last year; and it?s what we have again this year. We were rebuilding last year, and high school football is a senior-driven sport.?

Sevastopol has just 27 players on its roster, but 17 are returning lettermen, including seven returning starters on both offense and defense.

One specific area of improvement Frank looks for on the offensive side is converting scoring opportunities. The Pioneers squandered a number of scoring chances last season with turnovers, penalties and other mental errors, winding up with just 85 points, less than 10 a game.

?Turnovers, that?s the bottom line,? Frank said. ?We moved the ball a lot but didn?t score as much as we should.?

Frank said the running game will be a strength of the team, with senior fullback Cody Giesseman and the other backs taking the ball behind an offensive line that returns three starters and has decent size for a small-school team. The Pioneers will use a wing-T formation on offense but also will go from a spread formation.

Giesseman (6-3, 204) was a second-team all-conference running back in 2011 and rushed for 832 yards, third-most in the conference and good for 6.3 yards a carry.

?Yeah, I really think he?ll be our horse,? Frank said of Giesseman. ?He?s also the fastest kid on the team.?

Junior Drew Tanck (6-1, 170) looks to move from a receiver spot to get some time at tailback, along with senior Justin DeFere (5-10, 165).

?We?re not real deep (at running back), but we have some pretty good backs,? Frank said.

The offensive line returns three starters, all seniors: center Brody Paschke (5-11, 212), guard DeJay Velli (5-11, 218) and tackle Alex Herlache (6-3, 303). Senior Taylor Bley (6-0, 222) is in line to start at the other tackle spot, and sophomore Nick Tipler (6-2, 200) and junior Adam Bagnall (5-11, 193) are mong those who will see time in the interior.

?There?s a lot of strength, a lot of size there,? Frank said. We?ve got some big boys back there.?

The quarterback spot isn?t settled. Junior Noel Farber (6-5, 190), who started all but the first week last year, will start in Week 1, but 5-10 senior Tony Bley ? last year?s Week 1 starter, who suffered a broken leg in that game ? also is expected to see time behind center.

?We like Tony?s feet a little better,? Frank said. ?Noah?s got a better arm, and he?s 6-5, so he can look over the line easier.?

When Sevastopol does throw the ball, Frank said it?ll run more routes for senior Bryce Birmingham (6-1, 168), who was the Pioneers? leading receiver and named second-team all-conference at the position in 2011.Senior Wes Zielke (5-10, 168) and freshman Jordan Farber (6-0, 165) also will see footballs thrown their way, and Frank said senior tight end Rustom Engineer (6-0, 206), a returning starter, will make ?a nice target? out of the spread formation.

The Sevastopol defense gave up 229 points last year, next-to-last in the conference, and a conference-high 875 passing yards. But Frank said it?s played well in practices and a scrimmage, and he expects the defense will be solid.

?The 5-2 will be our base set on defense,? Frank said. ?But so many teams run the spread (offense) these days, you can assume we?ll be in the 4-3 a lot.?

Giesseman and Noel Farber expect to start at the defensive ends, and Herlache, Velli, Tipler and Paschke will rotate ? a lot, Frank said, to stay fresh ? at the interior D-line positions.

Bley and DeFere are at linebacker, and Frank said Paschke likely will drop back there on occasion from the line. Junior Andrew Herlache (5-11, 212) also will see time at the position. The defensive backfield has Birmingham, Tanck and Zielke penciled in to start.

As for the Olympian/Packerland, Frank said Hilbert and Manitowoc Lutheran, which tied with Algoma for the conference title last year, probably are the teams to beat, but he thought the Pioneers could match up with the other teams.

?Hilbert?s the top dog,? Frank said. ?Manitowoc Lutheran, their numbers are down, but they?re returning just as many kids as they had last year. Algoma, I?m not sure what they have; they lost a lot of kids. Our goal is the playoffs.?

http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20120822/ADV02/308220235/Football-preview-Postseason-Pioneers-goal
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Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter Reedsville Panthers, written by Tom Dombeck:

Reedsville looks to control line of scrimmage

Football can be won or lost in the trenches.

One major question of the game is can your offensive line hold the defense at bay long enough for the offense to work. Reedsville head coach Aaron Fredrick is confident both his lines will be able to control the line of scrimmage with the game on the line.

?Our lineman enjoy contact,? said Fredrick. ?They?re not afraid to mix it up with anybody. They take pride in winning the battles up front to let our skill guys roam free.?

The anchor of the offensive line will be junior Bryce Wenzel, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman capable of imposing his will on outmatched smaller competition.

With changing both their base offense and defense, Fredrick will need his lines to take control more than ever while the team settles into a comfort zone.

Fredrick is a bit concerned about implementing brand new schemes, but he feels it?s the best for the type of personnel he has.

On defense, Fredrick is switching to a 5-2 instead of a 4-4 to allow his bigger linemen a chance to get on the field and eat blocks for his linebackers.

?I thought about using the 4-4,? said Fredrick. ?At the end of the day it just makes sense to put the strength of your team on the field while keeping other players fresh.?

Fredrick?s main worry about playing the 4-4 was having to use players like seniors Brett Dvoracheck and Bryler Kiekhaefer, both running backs on offense, as linebackers and exposing them to unnecessary hits.

?Brett is just a phenomenal athlete,? said Fredrick. ?He can play defensive end, linebacker as well handling both punting and kicking duties.?

Dvoracheck will be making the switch from defensive end to wing back in Reedsville?s new flexbone offense, which has three running backs in the backfield giving the quarterback plenty of options to either pitch or take off himself.

?The flex really creates opportunities for everyone,? added Fredrick. ?It allows the ball to get in the hands of the best athletes.?

Running point for the offense will be junior Brock Gilsdorf, who Fredrick said has the ability to keep the defense guessing by using a combination of athletic abilities and football smarts.

The first peek at the new-look Panthers will be in their season opener against Shoreland Lutheran, a team which defeated Reedsville 28-10 after being one yard away from trailing 17-0.

?We had the ball at the one-yard line and got flagged for a false start,? said Fredrick. ?We started fast for a change but just lost it.?

Fredrick is determined to make sure his team plays for all four quarters after seeming to only find their legs in the second half last year.

?Our intensity has to improve,? stated Fredrick. ?We can go over all sorts of things in practice but once that ball hits the tee its on (the players) shoulders.?

http://www.htrnews.com/article/20120821/MAN020501/308210110/Reedsville-looks-control-line-scrimmage
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My blind predictions on conference standings:

1. Hilbert
2. Manitowoc Lutheran
3. Sevastopol
4. Reedsville
5. Algoma
6. St. Mary Central
7. Gibraltar

Thoughts: Hilbert looks to be clear favorite, with many All-Conference players coming back. After that, it sounds like it will come down to who can stay the healthiest, with many programs losing numbers. Manitowoc Lutheran does not have a lot of seniors, but should be returning enough to stay near the top of the conference. I really like what I have heard coming out of Sevastopol with all they are returning - should be interesting to see how much they can improve on 2-5 from last year. Reedsville seems to have really strong lines coming back, while Algoma should have some of the best backs in the conference if they can rebuild their O-line. With the conference dropping to seven teams, after Hilbert it very well could be those four teams fighting for two (definite) playoff spots.
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Boys Basketball Alumni Round-up: February 21st, from @ColtonWilson23 #wisbb -- https://t.co/0K6CZzZWpf https://t.co/715tfpBGVS

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WSN15: Boys Basketball Top Teams #12 -- Two NCAA Division I players at one WIAA Division 4 school = state champions… https://t.co/1MThqzce9L

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Predicting winners of every state wrestling title plus a look By The Numbers, from @Nate_Woelfel -… https://t.co/HgU1bLP7d6

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Join the free Boys Basketball Playoff Pick 'Em Contest; Staff picks coming Tuesday #wisbb -- https://t.co/Y6yTA3OgP8 https://t.co/hA6Uyw9uje