whfan202
As July winds down, and we turn into August, that means one thing: Football will be starting. (side note, I'm glad I came back to do this, I just miss it too much)

So, here's some thoughts. No order to things, just some banter and where I think teams will be.

Marshall.... always a great program, and we always talk of the proverbial down year they're going to have... well they haven't had a down year as long as I can remember, and I don't expect that to happen this year, even with Mr. Everything, Ty DeForest now playing at the University of Wisconsin. They still have good athletes in the program.

Cambridge will likely be the team that will be at or very near the top of the conference. They feature one of the best running backs in the state in Josh Owens, who will be entering his third and final year as the starting tailback with very high expectations. Easily one of the best players in the area, let alone the conference.

NG/M has a great athlete in Gavin Binger directing the offense. They have tremendous size on the line and good athletes at the skill positions. They're going to be a solid team... but establishing depth is key.

Belleville will have to find a way to replace Ryan Hayes and Brandon Shemanski, one of most electric offensive tandems around last year. If they find a way to do that and plug in athletes to what was a high powered offense anad plug holes in a leaky defense, no reason they couldn't possibly sneak into the playoffs.

Waterloo features a very solid group all around led by QB Wyatt Gallitz. Look for them to have a say in how things go.

Wisconsin Heights, my beloved alma mater.... will struggle with numbers again. They also have a change at the top, with Ralph Kalal Jr. taking over for Pete Jopke. The offense is changing, and so will the conference. This is the last year for the foreseeable future of Wisconsin Heights being in the Capitol South for football... as the numbers are just too thin for the coming years. They're going to be dropping to 8 man in hopes of being a little more competitive on the field.

Back to this year.... they're going to have guys who are really experienced, which is great, but they just lack size and high end talent in the skill positions. They have heart and desire, so we'll see if they can manage to win some ballgames this year.
SJM, BSM, forever in my heart. WSN Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 Twitter: https://twitter.com/J_Michaels25
Quote 0 0
stein40
Marshall seems to have lost a lot but in my opinion the will be just fine , they will have a good of group of juniors coming back. Killerain is back as one of the better linebackers in the conference and they have multiple weapons coming back on offense.

Cambridge will have a solid group back with Owens leading the way , He is one of the better running backs around , The question is can Deforest be effective enough at QB to make Cambridge have different options than just running Owens 45 times a game .

New Glarus also has a very solid group coming back . I do believe this will be Gavin Binger's third year as the starting QB. They seemed to have very good size upfront also. Last year it seemed they were just a play or two away in games from being quite a bit more competitive .

Waterloo they lost a couple of real key players in Lincks and Vehlow , but return 4 seniors that were key starters as Sophomores -- Evan Meyer MLB/Fullback , Mitch Gallitz Tackle/Defensive End , Wyatt Gallitz QB , Joe Skalitkzy Tailback/Linebacker. They should be effective with both the passing game and running game. Look for Gallitz/Sand connection - Jarrod Sand a junior playing for the first time in a couple of years seems to be a pretty effective Split End. Something Waterloo did not have last year! Meyer and Skalitzky will get the lions share of the carries this year.

Belleville I do not know a ton about the group that is playing this year , but they always seems to come out fighting .

Heights I do feel bad for the football players in that community , they seem to struggle so bad with numbers, I think they have a pretty good player in Tyler Barmen coming back also .
Quote 0 0
wihsfootball
I think new garlus, is going to win the south this year. They return a lot of players and have 3 year starter binger leading the way with there huge online. They need to find a difference maker at running back, and I'm sure there good head coach will figure it out.

Waterloo- will be lead by 3 year starter Wyatt gallitz, and he should have a huge year. They lost two of the conferences best two way players in ben lincks and ben vehlow. They will need the linebackers evan Meyer and joe skalzikly to step up this year and lead that defense, if they want to win the south.

Marshall- they lost a lot of big names to graduation. But They will still be solid at the worst and they will be in the top 4 race with Cambridge,new garlus, and waterloo to win the south this year. This years waterloo vs Marshall game should be even more heated then usually, and is a must see game in the Capitol south conference this year.

Cambridge- had a great year last season, and return a lot of big names. Caleb Martin is a tackling machine and will be the anchor of the defense this year. I would of picked them in a heart beat to win the south again but recent rumors of josh Owens the conferences best players troubles are going to be surfaced soon. And it doesn't look good for one of the best running backs in the state. He has been the heart beat of that team the last two years. His absent can change the whole conference race picture.

Belleville- has lost a lot including the conferences best offensive combo. They will need to find a replacement at qb. That program always has good receivers due to their great track program. So I have know doubt that they won't find somebody to fill that spot. They will be the team that is unknown heading into the year.

Wisconsin heights- this sounds like their last season of 11 on 11 football. They have low numbers and are going through an enrollment issue right now. There new head coach will have a lot of holes to fix this year and a lot is going to come as a surprise with this team. They due have some good athletes over there I hear, so who knows.


Quote 0 0
whfan202
amped0808 wrote:
Well Heights will be the first team from Southwest WI (kinda a stretch) to jump to 8-man. The big question is will that finally be the tripping point which other small schools in the region jump to 8-man as well?

I doubt it. Why? Six Rivers schools do not field their own cross country teams (yes, some do, via a co-op) or soccer programs. Heights, with an enrollment of right around 200 fields both, and is the larger school in co-ops with Barneveld in CC and boys soccer. However, attempts to get Barneveld for a co-op in football have been unsuccessful thus far, due to the history and success in Barneveld's co-op with Mt. Horeb in football.

Six Rivers schools are small, but the boys in their schools don't really have a choice when it comes to fall sports... it's football or the couch.
SJM, BSM, forever in my heart. WSN Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 Twitter: https://twitter.com/J_Michaels25
Quote 0 0
amped0808
Well Heights will be the first team from Southwest WI (kinda a stretch) to jump to 8-man. The big question is will that finally be the tripping point which other small schools in the region jump to 8-man as well?
2013 WSN HOF Inductee, 2014 Derek Lendosky Poster of the Year
Wissports HOF Coordinator
Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior
WLC Men's Tennis Coach
WLC Men's Tennis: 2013-14 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Champions (13-10)
Twitter
Quote 0 0
importfromil
My early C-South predictions were this:

1. Cambridge - undefeated last year, returns unquestionably the top player in the conference along with a host of other guys
2. New Glarus - wild card team; admittedly, I don't know a ton about the Glarner Knights but everyone else is up on them.
3. Waterloo - the other wild card team; I could see then anything from 7-2 down to 3-6
4. Marshall - seems really weird to put them in the bottom half, but after graduating a ton of guys it may be a rebuilding year. It's Marshall, though; won't be surprised if they go 6-3 and threaten for the C-South title
5. Belleville - might be able to be decent in most other conferences
6. Wisconsin Heights -- oof. 8-man might not come soon enough

And then I saw wishfootball drop a comment about Owens that's admittedly vague, but I guess necessarily so if nothing has been made public yet. If that does indeed pan out, the Blue Jays quite arguably go from being a contender in D5 to a team fighting to make 5-4. However, that hasn't happened yet - so unless things change, I've got Cambridge to win and to make a serious run in D5.

On the north side of the conference, my early impressions:

1. Lodi - graduated a ton of guys, but it's Lodi; they sit on top until someone knocks them off, but they're not a "run to the D4 semis" caliber team.
2. Columbus - I may be overrating the Cardinals right now, but that junior class has serious potential. Guys take a step forward, and I may be underrating them here.
3. Lake Mills - Again, may be reaching here, but I can see the L-Cats make a run at the postseason and scare someone.
4. Luther Prep - the Phoenix won't be terrible forever, will they? I'll say they take a step forward.
5. Lakeside Lutheran - my recollection is that the senior class was not particularly strong, and they graduated the offense.
6. Poynette - graduated pretty much everyone, and a new head coach. I could easily be lowballing the Pumas, but I don't see them as a top-half team.
I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."
Quote 0 0
wihsfootball
My early C-South predictions were this:

1. Cambridge - undefeated last year, returns unquestionably the top player in the conference along with a host of other guys
2. New Glarus - wild card team; admittedly, I don't know a ton about the Glarner Knights but everyone else is up on them.
3. Waterloo - the other wild card team; I could see then anything from 7-2 down to 3-6
4. Marshall - seems really weird to put them in the bottom half, but after graduating a ton of guys it may be a rebuilding year. It's Marshall, though; won't be surprised if they go 6-3 and threaten for the C-South title
5. Belleville - might be able to be decent in most other conferences
6. Wisconsin Heights -- oof. 8-man might not come soon enough

And then I saw wishfootball drop a comment about Owens that's admittedly vague, but I guess necessarily so if nothing has been made public yet. If that does indeed pan out, the Blue Jays quite arguably go from being a contender in D5 to a team fighting to make 5-4. However, that hasn't happened yet - so unless things change, I've got Cambridge to win and to make a serious run in D5.

josh Owens was suspended for the regional championship game in baseball this year and had an "interesting"summer from what I've heard. I've heard from some good sources who say it's being discussed if he's gonna miss some early non conference games. He's hands down the best player in the conference, and if he's not focused it changes everything for not only Cambridge but the whole Capitol south conference.
Quote 0 0
card80fan
The rumors are flying around ( Unconfirmed ) that Owens will miss the first four games. I have been told by a reliable person that if it is only four games he is very lucky. They believe it should of been the whole season. We will see what comes of it.
Quote 0 0
traviswilson
whfan202 wrote:
importfromil wrote:
My early C-South predictions were this:

1. Cambridge - undefeated last year, returns unquestionably the top player in the conference along with a host of other guys
2. New Glarus - wild card team; admittedly, I don't know a ton about the Glarner Knights but everyone else is up on them.
3. Waterloo - the other wild card team; I could see then anything from 7-2 down to 3-6
4. Marshall - seems really weird to put them in the bottom half, but after graduating a ton of guys it may be a rebuilding year. It's Marshall, though; won't be surprised if they go 6-3 and threaten for the C-South title
5. Belleville - might be able to be decent in most other conferences
6. Wisconsin Heights -- oof. 8-man might not come soon enough

And then I saw wishfootball drop a comment about Owens that's admittedly vague, but I guess necessarily so if nothing has been made public yet. If that does indeed pan out, the Blue Jays quite arguably go from being a contender in D5 to a team fighting to make 5-4. However, that hasn't happened yet - so unless things change, I've got Cambridge to win and to make a serious run in D5.

On the north side of the conference, my early impressions:

1. Lodi - graduated a ton of guys, but it's Lodi; they sit on top until someone knocks them off, but they're not a "run to the D4 semis" caliber team.
2. Columbus - I may be overrating the Cardinals right now, but that junior class has serious potential. Guys take a step forward, and I may be underrating them here.
3. Lake Mills - Again, may be reaching here, but I can see the L-Cats make a run at the postseason and scare someone.
4. Luther Prep - the Phoenix won't be terrible forever, will they? I'll say they take a step forward.
5. Lakeside Lutheran - my recollection is that the senior class was not particularly strong, and they graduated the offense.
6. Poynette - graduated pretty much everyone, and a new head coach. I could easily be lowballing the Pumas, but I don't see them as a top-half team.

Lodi was a top five team in the preseason rankings for D4.... who knows though.

And let's NOT spread rumors or drag this kid's name through the mud, nothing is confirmed YET and we don't or should not know the specific's of this kid's personal issues. Keep the rumors and "sources" out and let's have QFT.

I can confirm that there will be some missed games. I don't know for sure how many, though I was told 3 at one point, but it wasn't set in stone at that time. I just hope he is able to get things straightened out and back on the field in some capacity and move forward.
The Packers/Badgers/Brewers are like your children; you don't love them because they're good, you love them because they're yours.
10/22/2010 -- 598,210 pageviews for WSN
Follow me on Twitter: @travisWSN
Quote 0 0
whfan202
importfromil wrote:
My early C-South predictions were this:

1. Cambridge - undefeated last year, returns unquestionably the top player in the conference along with a host of other guys
2. New Glarus - wild card team; admittedly, I don't know a ton about the Glarner Knights but everyone else is up on them.
3. Waterloo - the other wild card team; I could see then anything from 7-2 down to 3-6
4. Marshall - seems really weird to put them in the bottom half, but after graduating a ton of guys it may be a rebuilding year. It's Marshall, though; won't be surprised if they go 6-3 and threaten for the C-South title
5. Belleville - might be able to be decent in most other conferences
6. Wisconsin Heights -- oof. 8-man might not come soon enough

And then I saw wishfootball drop a comment about Owens that's admittedly vague, but I guess necessarily so if nothing has been made public yet. If that does indeed pan out, the Blue Jays quite arguably go from being a contender in D5 to a team fighting to make 5-4. However, that hasn't happened yet - so unless things change, I've got Cambridge to win and to make a serious run in D5.

On the north side of the conference, my early impressions:

1. Lodi - graduated a ton of guys, but it's Lodi; they sit on top until someone knocks them off, but they're not a "run to the D4 semis" caliber team.
2. Columbus - I may be overrating the Cardinals right now, but that junior class has serious potential. Guys take a step forward, and I may be underrating them here.
3. Lake Mills - Again, may be reaching here, but I can see the L-Cats make a run at the postseason and scare someone.
4. Luther Prep - the Phoenix won't be terrible forever, will they? I'll say they take a step forward.
5. Lakeside Lutheran - my recollection is that the senior class was not particularly strong, and they graduated the offense.
6. Poynette - graduated pretty much everyone, and a new head coach. I could easily be lowballing the Pumas, but I don't see them as a top-half team.

Lodi was a top five team in the preseason rankings for D4.... who knows though.

And let's NOT spread rumors or drag this kid's name through the mud, nothing is confirmed YET and we don't or should not know the specific's of this kid's personal issues. Keep the rumors and "sources" out and let's have QFT.
SJM, BSM, forever in my heart. WSN Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 Twitter: https://twitter.com/J_Michaels25
Quote 0 0
amped0808
Only doing the North predictions....Have very little info on the South.

1. Lodi
2. Columbus
3. Lakeside (I think they bounce back enough to make the playoffs here)
4. Lake Mills
5. Poynette
6. Luther Prep
2013 WSN HOF Inductee, 2014 Derek Lendosky Poster of the Year
Wissports HOF Coordinator
Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior
WLC Men's Tennis Coach
WLC Men's Tennis: 2013-14 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Champions (13-10)
Twitter
Quote 0 0
importfromil
Per the comments in the Capitol South preview at Madison.com, Owens will miss 3 weeks - so out for Clinton, Deerfield and Nekoosa; back for @ Lakeside Lutheran and the conference schedule.
I'm not saying some things the WIAA does are wrong, ... I'm just saying, "I find it weird."
Quote 0 0
wissportsnet

Boys Basketball Alumni Round-up: February 21st, from @ColtonWilson23 #wisbb -- https://t.co/0K6CZzZWpf https://t.co/715tfpBGVS

wissportsnet

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

wissportsnet

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

wissportsnet

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