Michael Gardner
I see Travis is up and at it with the Spring football rankings and I just wanted to chime in on a few things from what I’ve seen so far.

D7 looks to be loaded this year near the top. Black Hawk/Warren will be interesting to see how that meshes together as a first year co-op. I could be wrong but with the enrollments or both schools pushing them to roughly 200, would that not put them in D6? Or with out of state co-ops does that system work differently?

I don’t really have anything to say about 8 man as there isn’t a local 8 man team around here to my knowledge. 

I will say that I’m rooting for Wabeno/Laona in 8 man though. I have family in Wabeno so i’ll be interested to see how that move pans out. 

I commented this on the actual post Travis made but I’d keep an eye out on Burlington Catholic Central in 2019. After a few down years they’re on the upswing and with the conference outside of RaLu graduating a lot of key talent I wouldn’t be surprised to see BCC make a big jump up the standings this year in the MCC. 

I see RaLu as the favorites in that conference as things stand but you can never count out Martin Luther or St Catherine’s in that conference as of recently even with the talent loss. 

I wouldnt be surprised to see Catholic Central ranked in D7 if they can win in conference. A team in a conference of bigger schools can’t be overlooked(see Black Hawk and Edgar as perfect examples of this). I’m not going to go into any detail on any higher divisions as of yet but I will be interested to see the rankings as they pop up.
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traviswilson
Warren's number for the 2018 season was 110; Black Hawk's was 99. For the 2019 season, Black Hawk's will be 98. I don't know for sure what Warren's will be for 2019 yet, but I believe Coach Milz told me they be around 192 or 194 total, which will put them squarely on the D6/7 bubble.
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Michael Gardner
Warren's number for the 2018 season was 110; Black Hawk's was 99. For the 2019 season, Black Hawk's will be 98. I don't know for sure what Warren's will be for 2019 yet, but I believe Coach Milz told me they be around 192 or 194 total, which will put them squarely on the D6/7 bubble.
thanks for the clarification on that Travis. I didn’t know how big of a school Warren was exactly. This Co-Op could be interesting if they get bumped up.
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db11
I see Travis is up and at it with the Spring football rankings and I just wanted to chime in on a few things from what I’ve seen so far.

D7 looks to be loaded this year near the top. Black Hawk/Warren will be interesting to see how that meshes together as a first year co-op. I could be wrong but with the enrollments or both schools pushing them to roughly 200, would that not put them in D6? Or with out of state co-ops does that system work differently?

I don’t really have anything to say about 8 man as there isn’t a local 8 man team around here to my knowledge. 

I will say that I’m rooting for Wabeno/Laona in 8 man though. I have family in Wabeno so i’ll be interested to see how that move pans out. 

I commented this on the actual post Travis made but I’d keep an eye out on Burlington Catholic Central in 2019. After a few down years they’re on the upswing and with the conference outside of RaLu graduating a lot of key talent I wouldn’t be surprised to see BCC make a big jump up the standings this year in the MCC. 

I see RaLu as the favorites in that conference as things stand but you can never count out Martin Luther or St Catherine’s in that conference as of recently even with the talent loss. 

I wouldnt be surprised to see Catholic Central ranked in D7 if they can win in conference. A team in a conference of bigger schools can’t be overlooked(see Black Hawk and Edgar as perfect examples of this). I’m not going to go into any detail on any higher divisions as of yet but I will be interested to see the rankings as they pop up.


At some point this summer I'll probably do previews for the Metro Classic and Woodland. My early feeling is that Racine Lutheran will be the massive favorite there with St. Cat's and Martin Luther clearly in the next tier. Of those two, I'd expect St. Cat's to be able to weather the storm of graduation best. Beyond that it is wide-open for the final playoff spot or two. St. Thomas More will likely be in the cellar again after graduating their only player of note. Not sure on Shoreland, but both KSJ and BCC should bump up a bit this year. The wild card is Dominican. They lose some four-time letterwinners but still have some good talent despite low numbers. If Stefaniak can step in for Bennett at QB they could make another playoff push.

Regarding D7, I spoke with Gilman's coach at my uncle's retirement party a few weeks ago and he indicated the Pirates should still be pretty solid in their last year of 11-man. They have an incoming sophomore who has a chance to be a difference maker in the backfield after being behind a few seniors a year ago. He also indicated that Loyal may finally take a step back this year due to big graduation losses. Greenwood is a wild card in that league as they started showing some improvement a year ago and their large 2021 class will finally be upperclassmen.

That said, D7 is still a three-horse race with Black Hawk/Warren, Bangor and Edgar. The state champ almost certainly will come from that group. Cutline watch will be interesting yet again.
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db11 wrote:


At some point this summer I'll probably do previews for the Metro Classic and Woodland. My early feeling is that Racine Lutheran will be the massive favorite there with St. Cat's and Martin Luther clearly in the next tier. Of those two, I'd expect St. Cat's to be able to weather the storm of graduation best. Beyond that it is wide-open for the final playoff spot or two. St. Thomas More will likely be in the cellar again after graduating their only player of note. Not sure on Shoreland, but both KSJ and BCC should bump up a bit this year. The wild card is Dominican. They lose some four-time letterwinners but still have some good talent despite low numbers. If Stefaniak can step in for Bennett at QB they could make another playoff push.

Regarding D7, I spoke with Gilman's coach at my uncle's retirement party a few weeks ago and he indicated the Pirates should still be pretty solid in their last year of 11-man. They have an incoming sophomore who has a chance to be a difference maker in the backfield after being behind a few seniors a year ago. He also indicated that Loyal may finally take a step back this year due to big graduation losses. Greenwood is a wild card in that league as they started showing some improvement a year ago and their large 2021 class will finally be upperclassmen.

That said, D7 is still a three-horse race with Black Hawk/Warren, Bangor and Edgar. The state champ almost certainly will come from that group. Cutline watch will be interesting yet again.
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Dan, is  your uncle Terry Laube, Owen-Withee's head coach ?


Nope! My uncle was Coach Rosemeyer's predecessor at Gilman.
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D6 rankings are out and I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised at the top teams. I thought Iola was losing a lot more than they actually are from graduation. Does SMS not factor into this list or are they no longer on the bubble for division anymore? Apart from RaLu the southern part of the state looks rather weak again this year. The North isn’t as loaded this year either with Iola and Grantsburg taking a step back from graduation. Regis to me looks like the solid pick to go to Madison up north but I could very well be wrong. 
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D6 rankings are out and I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised at the top teams. I thought Iola was losing a lot more than they actually are from graduation. Does SMS not factor into this list or are they no longer on the bubble for division anymore? Apart from RaLu the southern part of the state looks rather weak again this year. The North isn’t as loaded this year either with Iola and Grantsburg taking a step back from graduation. Regis to me looks like the solid pick to go to Madison up north but I could very well be wrong. 

It's based on last year's divisions.
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D6 rankings are out and I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised at the top teams. I thought Iola was losing a lot more than they actually are from graduation. Does SMS not factor into this list or are they no longer on the bubble for division anymore? Apart from RaLu the southern part of the state looks rather weak again this year. The North isn’t as loaded this year either with Iola and Grantsburg taking a step back from graduation. Regis to me looks like the solid pick to go to Madison up north but I could very well be wrong. 


This amplified even more with the news that the Chenal family has moved to Eau Claire and the last remaining of the three Chenals (Gabe) who have carried Grantsburg football the past several seasons will play his senior year with the Ramblers.

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As for football talent , Regis has a handful of skill guys returning that outpace Chenal .

Teams to watch in D6 North otherwise could be Unity and Abbotsford who are returning quality qbs .








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Iola Scandinavia will be taking an enormous hit if Connor Kurki is unable to play football this year. He’s committed to D1 Coastal Carolina for baseball and apparently is rehabbing an injury and can’t risk injury. With him I believe Iola would’ve went 9-0 and lost to Regis game before state. Without him I still see them possibly going 6-3 or 7-2 and should be able to win a playoff game. They return many key guys from last year but losing their multi-threat leader is devastating.
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shinetime wrote:
Iola Scandinavia will be taking an enormous hit if Connor Kurki is unable to play football this year. He’s committed to D1 Coastal Carolina for baseball and apparently is rehabbing an injury and can’t risk injury. With him I believe Iola would’ve went 9-0 and lost to Regis game before state. Without him I still see them possibly going 6-3 or 7-2 and should be able to win a playoff game. They return many key guys from last year but losing their multi-threat leader is devastating.


That would hurt, for sure. I imagine they stay D6, but if that D7 cutline were to somehow tick up a bit...well, that would be intriguing even without Kurki.

Regardless, I also think Regis is the team to beat from the north in D6.

P.S. BTW, welcome back. I believe a seven-year gap between posts may be a WSN record. 😎
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If Springs ends up D5, they will be the favorite to repeat. I am really looking forward to the Springs/Lake Country Lutheran Week 1 matchup.  

D6:  Been Hearing BH/Warren will be D6 which will be interesting.   Regis was the best team last year until they had 6 turnovers against Grantsburg.  They will be the team to beat this year, especially with Chenal.  Look out for Abbotsford.  Racine Lutheran will be the favorite from the South.  Not sure if anyone from the South can give them a game.  

D7: Bangor brings a lot back.  Not sure about Edgar on their returners.  
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If Springs ends up D5, they will be the favorite to repeat. I am really looking forward to the Springs/Lake Country Lutheran Week 1 matchup.  

D6:  Been Hearing BH/Warren will be D6 which will be interesting.   Regis was the best team last year until they had 6 turnovers against Grantsburg.  They will be the team to beat this year, especially with Chenal.  Look out for Abbotsford.  Racine Lutheran will be the favorite from the South.  Not sure if anyone from the South can give them a game.  

D7: Bangor brings a lot back.  Not sure about Edgar on their returners.  


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shinetime wrote:
Iola Scandinavia will be taking an enormous hit if Connor Kurki is unable to play football this year. He’s committed to D1 Coastal Carolina for baseball and apparently is rehabbing an injury and can’t risk injury. With him I believe Iola would’ve went 9-0 and lost to Regis game before state. Without him I still see them possibly going 6-3 or 7-2 and should be able to win a playoff game. They return many key guys from last year but losing their multi-threat leader is devastating.


Iola-Scandinavia just lost to a Montello/Princeton/Green Lake team picked to finish last in the Trailways-Large whose coming off a 2-7 (1-5) season...hmm.
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