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C M Y K STURGIS Trojans enter second year of Keim plan Page 2 THREE RIVERS Wildcats eye another playoff run this season Page 11 CONSTANTINE Falcons at top of KVA title chase Page 8 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 S S t t u u r r g g i i s s J J o o u u r r n n a a l l 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 S S t t u u r r g g i i s s J J o o u u r r n n a a l l F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L P P R R E E V V I I E E W W F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L P P R R E E V V I I E E W W A A i i r r A A i i r r D D e e f f e e n n s s e e D D e e f f e e n n s s e e

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2010 Sturgis Journal

FOOTBALL PREVIEW

STURGISTrojans enter second year of Keim planPage 2

THREE RIVERSWildcats eye another playoff run this seasonPage 11

CONSTANTINEFalcons at top of KVA title chasePage 8

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Trojans enter second season of Keims planBy Corky [email protected]

After a tough first year, Sturgis coach Bill Keim enters the second of his three year plan. Everything that has happened is what a I thought would happen, Keim said. Barring Danny Scheskes injury last year I think we would have won a couple games last year. Keim said that from where they (team) were to where they are now, he is very happy with the Trojans progress. I think this year we can start talking about wins and losses, Keim said. My goal for this program is that when we line up against Lakeshore, when we line up against Lumen Christi, that we walk on that field expecting to win and knowing that we can compete. I think we are closer to that this year than we were last year, Keim said. This year Keim believes his football team can win four games. This year I think there are four games on our schedule where I can legitimately say, Im going to say well win them but will walk out on that field and feel like we can absolutely compete with them, Keim said. Last year I would have told you there was two games. Keim credits this with the work members of the team have put in. We are stronger, the kids put in a lot of time in the weight room, Keim said. We want to be a physical football team. We are stronger, but well still be young, Keim added. The kids are starting to buy in, they are starting to understand how it all fits together. How you have to be strong to be a good tackler, you have to be strong to be a good blocker. As the younger kids see that and buy into it, well get better, Keim said. One setback Keim has seen is that some of the seniors who played last year chose not to play this year. We knew going in that in year two this would probably happen for a variety of reason, Keim said. Those that chose not to come out I will support them in whatever they do. What we are asking requires some work, Keim said.

Well take what we have. We feel pretty good about what we have. On offense the Trojans will be led by freshman Chance Stewart. Chance was not handed that position, Keim said. Its taken a natural progression on its own, through the preseason, without me becoming much involved other than watching it. Last years starting quarterback Seth Brumbaugh will serve as backup. I feel really good about our quarterbacks, Keim said. Seth is going to move on the defensive side of the ball and mentor Chance. This will become Chances team. What people need to remember is that Chance is a freshman going up against seniors, Keim said. Hes going to pay his dues. Keim said that Stewarts size 6-3/6-4 and 200-plus pounds makes him ideal for a quarterback. Keim is also pleased with the leadership of his young quarterback. Im pleasantly surprised with the respect he demands and is given by his teammates, Keim said. Running the ball for Sturgis will be Tyler Timm at full back. Last year he served as center. Tyler is a good runner and he can catch the ball, Keim said. Also in the backfield will be sophomore Chris Alexander, who will start at tailback. This will let us do some other things, well move Scheske around some, Keim said. I feel pretty comfortable with those guys. At tight end will be Chris McGee and going wide for us will be Connor Render and Scheske. Both of these kids are returning starters, Keim said. I think we have a quarterback who can stretch the field. The strength of the Trojans may that of the offensive line. I have to tell you that Larry Smoker has become our line coach and done an outstanding job, Keim said. Everything we do will start with our offensive line. Our kids are doing a good job coming off the ball, they are

The 2010 Sturgis Trojansmore physical that we were a year ago. A lot of it is confidence, Keim said. Leading the line is Bret Foster, who moved from tight end to center. Guards will be Hunter Wells and Dalton Royer. At the tackles will be Drake Miller and David Hecht. Drake has the potential to be a big time player with his size, Keim said. On defense the Trojans will play a 4-3. On the line will be Miller, Caleb Huff and Cesar Iniguez. At linebacker will be Tyler Bennett, Michael Schuler and Hecht. In the secondary for Sturgis will be Render and Scheske, both cornerbacks. At free safety is Brumbaugh and at strong safety is Pat Haas and Jarred Finnerman. We are not playing as many guys both ways, Keim said. Keim sees the strength of the defense are the corners. We are young at linebacker and up front, Keim said. We tell the kids if you dont get blocked, you better make the play. Our linebackers are guys who can run. Seth having been a quarterback really understands routes. Taking over the kicking duties is Chris Barajas. Chris is a soccer player, he will do like Sam Fry did last year, come over and kick for us,SEE TROJANS, PAGE 3

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TROJANSFrom Page 2

Keim said. He had never kicked a football and after he kicked one about 40 yards I thought OK, youre our kicker. He had never punted a ball, so I had him punt and he kicked one about 50 yards so I told him hes our punter. I think hell consistently kick from about 30 yards out, Keim said. Special teams is

very important and I think well be OK. Keim said that he hopes the community gets behind the football team. I hope they respect them, Keim said. The kids are trying to put out a product that people want to come and watch. The kids who didnt want to risk going through what the kids who played last year did are not playing, Keim said. Our motto this year is hold the rope. The kids who are still here have done the things, theyve

done the weights. I think the kids will tell you they like the way we are going. Keim sees the two teams to beat in the conference are Harper Creek and Lumen Christi. Our division is not going to be as strong top to bottom as it was last year, Keim said. Were probably not going to have two state championship teams. I would expect us to be in the mix with the other teams.

Coachs quoteOur motto this year is hold the rope. The kids who are still here have done the things, theyve done the weights. I think the kids will tell you they like the way we are going. Bill KeimNo. 1 3 7 9 10 11 14 15 21 24 31 43 50 51 52 53 60 62 65 71 73 74 78 81 83

Sturgis rosterName Tyler Timm Patrick Haas Chance Stewart Tyler Bennett Jarred Finnerman Connor Render Seth Brumbaugh Chris Barajas Dan Scheske Chris Alexander Caleb Huff Mike Shuler David Hecht Hunter Wells Bret Foster Dalton Royer Brayan Perez Alex Borgert Lauro Gallegos Cesar Iniguez Jovanni Cruz Luke Condon Drake Miller Chris McGee Artie Bowman Grade 12 10 9 10 10 12 12 12 11 10 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 12 12

Spotlighted Senior: Tyler TimmSturgis fullback

After playing center last year for the Trojans, Timm will dish out punishment to those who try to stop him. Favorite Pizza: Pepperoni Favorite Color: Blue

Last seasonWeek Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Lakeshore Benton Harbor Coldwater Harper Creek BC Central K-zoo Central Lakeview Lumen Christi Marshall L L L L L L L L L 0-49 17-26 9-30 0-53 13-20 14-62 17-40 7-49 20-39

NFL team: Chargers College: Oregon

Favorite video game: Madden Offense or defense: I love to play defense, I get to hit people What is your best high school sport memory: When we beat Coldwater What did you do over the summer: Played football and baseball and conditioned. Plans after high school: Going to college and study medicine Any pregame rituals: I always eat red licorice What the coach said: Tyler is a great kid, hes a kid you can trust. He is always accountable, he cares about the team and his teammates. Tyler is a quality person.

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Positive outlook for Vikings as they seek another playoff berthBy Tom MielcarekJournal Correspondent

He has only two returners on offense and four on defense, but Bronson football coach Jeff Gallup is positive heading into the season. I like this group, Im very optimistic, he said. We have good potential. We need to stay healthy and avoid turnovers. We face some really tough challenges. One things that has changed in Bronson is the change in attitude. They now expect to do well. There is a different mindset, Gallup said. For years and years, it was hoping for a good season. Theres more of a self-confidence, but not a cockiness, with this team. Some of that self-confidence came with last years success, when the Vikings qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the regional finals. Gallup felt it was a fit reward for the amount of work that every team he has coached put in over time. This years team is no different. Weve always had kids that never balked at that, Gallup said of the extra time and work the Vikings put in. We just didnt always see the results. They always had a good work ethic and I want to thank the parents in the community for that. Gallup feels his team has the ability to compete for a playoff spot again. But it will not be an easy road. We have a lot of top flight opponents on our schedule, he said. If at the end of the year, actually at the end of every game, if we played hard, Ill be happy. The results may not always be good, but if the effort is there, well let the chips fall where they may. Sophomore Hayden Jergens will be taking the snap

from center. Hes a good kid, good person, very coachable, Gallup said. He definitely has some gifts as a player and is making his own niche for himself. Also in the backfield will be senior Brennan VanVorst. He played some tight end and was a backup fullback last year, Gallup said. Hell play fullback and outside linebacker this year and is very athletic. The wingbacks will be junior Nate Smoker and senior Charlie Stewart. We expected a lot from him and he has surpassed that, Gallup said. Hes fast and from his workouts over the summer has grown physically. Charlie transferred from out of state and his speed is above average. The play of the offensive line will be critical to the Vikings success. And it starts with junior Diego Nunez at center. He has a solid build, Gallup said. We have to have a good center in our offense and he is doing well. Senior captain Garrett Belote plays at guard. He is a leader in every sense of the word, Gallup said. Hes the key to our sweep and is very, very fast. Joining them on the line will be senior Mitch Miller and Austin Phibbs at tackle and senior Charlie Reed at guard. Mitch has shown the most improvement in one years time, Gallup said. Austin has very good feet and Charlie is very quick. Bronson rushed for nearly 4,400 yards last year, but passed for under 500 in 12 contests last season. While not looking to balance things out, Gallup would like to see his team gain a little more through the air this season. Weve concentrated on our running game in the past, he

The 2010 Bronson Vikingssaid. We want to develop a little bit of a passing attack to keep them honest. Sophomore Kegan Ayres at tight end and senior Chance Dules at receiver will be a couple of choices that Jergens will have when he throws. Kegan came up last year in the playoffs and he has good hands, Gallup said. Chance Dules has stepped it up this year and also plays safety. The Vikings are also working on other options. We have others that we can work in the mix, Gallup said. We want to work on developing depth. The Vikings run a 4-4 defense, which Gallup feels fits his personnel the best. We dont always run a straight 4-4, we tweak it to each opponent, he said. The kids fit the build of a 4-4, we dont have a lot of big kids. Were medium size with above average speed. Our defense, like our offense, is a hybrid of a couple of different styles. At the scrimmage, the Vikings did better as the day progressed. The scrimmage was good for us, Gallup said. We started slow, but we did see a progression throughout the scrimmage in each set. We did see things to improve, which are what the scrimmages are for. Defensively, there were some surprises. The defense, I was very pleased with some of the areas that we thought might be weaknesses, Gallup said. They played well. But, the interior people did not play as good as we thought they could. The road to the playoffs start today with the Vikings hosting Quincy. A team has to win one game before it can win any others. I always feel its a big relief to get the first win, Gallup said. We can compete with everyone. We never back down from anybody. The Bronson schedule currently has eight games including hosting a team from King City, Ontario St. Thomas of Villanova, which is about an hour outside Toronto. The split up of the SJV and Red Arrow led to a scramble for games. We had a heckuva time filling in the schedule, Gallup said. We called a lot of teams. It was out there (that we needed some games) and we got an email from them because we both had the same open date and it worked out. It will be a long weekend for the team from across the border. Were looking forward to it, Gallup said. Its going to be a good experience for everyone. Theyre coming down Thursday, going to visit the school on Friday. Theyll be a doubleheader on Friday, which is homecoming. Then theyre going to a Notre Dame game on Saturday. The Vikings may also be able to complete the schedule. We might have a ninth game, were still looking into it, Gallup said. It would be a team out of the Detroit area that was at the scrimmage.

Bronsons rosterNo. 1 4 5 7 10 12 14 20 21 27 28 32 33 51 55 56 62 65 68 70 74 75 77 79 81 86 92 Name Nate Smoker Thomas Demeritt Anthony Mitchell Chance Dules Hayden Jergens Fransisco Cabrera Robert Barnes Chaz Sargent Charlie Stewart Brennan VanVorst Lucas Bertsch Ryan Gallup Yale Crabil Brodie Friedman Aaron Jordan Kegan Ayres Charlie Reed Garrett Belote Diego Reyes Nunez William Hogan Austin Phibbs Dillon Carr Mitchell Miller Dakota Walker JJ Hyska Amor Garcia Evin Kline Position RB/RB RB/LB QB/DB WR/DB QB/LB WR/DB RB/DB TE/DB RB/DB RB/LB WR/DB RB/LB RB/DE OL/LB OL/LB OL/DL OL/DE OL/LB OL/DE OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DE OL/DE Grade 11 11 11 12 10 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 10 12 12 10 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 12 12

Spotlighted Senior: Garrett BeloteBronson linebacker/guard

A gentile giant, Garrett Belotte will make life hard for the offenses and defense that battle him for four quarters. Favorite Pizza: Pepperoni

Favorite Color: Blue NFL team: Vikings College: Michigan

Offense or defense? I love to play defense, I get to hit and attack people What is your best high school sport memory? Last season, seeing all of our fans lined up for the playoffs Plans after high school: Going to college and playing football Any pregame rituals? All of us lineman get together and paint our faces. What the coach said: He is a leader in every sense of the word. The attitude he brings, the encouragement he gives and the criticism he directs at others. Thats special at his age. I think he can play at the next level, if he wants. A great kid, a smart kid. And funny.

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Bobcats look to win in 8-man leagueBy Brandon [email protected]

Burr Oaks football team will play 8-man football in 2010. The school tried to play an 11-man schedule last season but due to low numbers and injuries were forced to forfeit many of their games. This year expects to not have that problem as they will be a sanctioned 8-man quad. Greg Hardy believes his football team will do just fine. I believe we have a great corps of players right now and anything that we add to this mix is nothing but a benefit to us, he said. That being said, my main emphasis is the great possibility that we could be an elite team in this 8-man league. The biggest hurdle for Hardy and the Bobcats is numbers. Currently they have only eight players on the team which is enough to compete in the league but not enough to realistically believe they will go an entire season without injuries. Im not saying its an easy walk, but weve had experience with this type of football for three years, Hardy said. Last year we played four games in it but we had some experience with that style of play. A lot of teams are new on that this year and I think well have an edge. Many teams will be playing in the 8-man format for the first time, Hardy said. And although the Bobcats currently have just eight guys padding up to play, the team is optimistic. Two of the players will be freshman this season. These guys are going to be on that field, we dont have a whole lot of options,

Hardy said. And to us its not really a problem yet. Were keeping them in shape and thats critical for us. We build on their stamina every day. I know theyre going to hit a stage where they think its good enough but they cant think that way. As crazy as it may seem, the Bobcats feel they can win every game on their schedule with the roster they currently have. Burr Oak has a goal in mind and they dont want to be unprepared. But, as Hardy said, they are looking to put in as much work as possible and good things will happen. One of those good things could be the addition of more players. It always seems like the fourth game of the season more and more kids come out and want to play, he said. Why they wait to that point I dont know but I think with such a small school getting kids into a positive environment is big. Hardy said football and extra curricular activities in general are a good thing for Burr Oak students. Football and high school sports are such a positive thing for young peoples lives that Ill take late additions at any time, Hardy said. Who knows? This may be the one thing in their life that catapults them to more success in life. There are some differences in the field when it comes to 8-man football. While they still play on a regular football field, the margins are significantly smaller as the teams will play from the top of the numbers on both sides of the field. That makes the playing surface 40 yards wide by 100 yards long. Id say 8-man football is

The 2010 Burr Oak Bobcatsa lot like Arena Football its a very high speed game and there is a lot of scoring going on, Hardy said. Its definitely a fast-paced game and as a coach, youre not looking for big bulky kids to play power football. Youre looking for guys that are all-around good athletes that can catch the ball and run. Two freshman will have to come in and contribute for the Bobcats. Brent Everitt and Christian Eckert will both bring dynamic playmakers to the Bobcats. Everitt is tall and has a nice reach, Hardy said. Hell be a running back and a defensive back for Burr Oak. Eckert has both speed and quickness. He will also carry the rock this fall. Im counting on both of these guys and they have to perform for us to win, Hardy said. Per 8-man rules five guys need to be on the line of scrimmage. There will be a center and two guards in addition to two ends or tackles. Hardy said each of his players have learned every position just in case something terrible happens like an injury. Mike Giggy will be the all-everything man for the Bobcats this season. Giggy, a senior, will be the quarterback. Im putting a lot of confidence into him because I think hes the leader of this team, Hardy said. Last season he was a vocal leader but he has proven now that he is a leader by example. Thats very important for this team. Its his senior year and this is his team. I see a lot of potential in him and I think he is going to do great things for us this season. Sophomores Josh Summey and Trevor Rowe will play on the offensive and defensive lines. Juniors include Shane Lung and Brian Ultz. Both will play skilled positions and get a lot of touches. Eric Stamper, another senior, will play the wide receiver and linebacker spots. Hardy said hes appreciative of what the Burr Oak community has done to help make this team a possibility. Were very thankful the administration and athletic department are behind us, he said. Youve got to have people behind you because you cant do any of it by yourself.

Burr Oaks rosterNo. 10 14 20 23 24 40 41 91 Name Position Shane Lung WR/DB Brian Ultz RB/LB Mike Giggy QB/LB Eric Stamper WR/DB Christian Eckert RB/DB Brent Everitt WR/LB Trevor Rowe OL/DL Josh Summey OL/DL Grade 11 11 12 12 9 9 10 10

Spotlighted Senior: Mike GiggyBurr Oak Quarterback

Just what is 8man football?By Brandon [email protected]

When smaller schools have trouble filling out a football roster, there is still a way to field a team. Michigan has adopted an eight-player option for schools that cannot meet the normal requirements of having a football team. Burr Oak is one of those teams with less than 100 students in the high school. Id say 8-man football is a lot like Arena Football its a very high speed game and there is a lot of scoring going on, Burr Oak coach Greg Hardy said. Its definitely a fast-paced game and as a coach, youre not looking for big bulky kids to play power football. Youre looking for guys that are all-around good athletes that can catch the ball and run. Rather than worry about forfeiting from week to week because of injuries or lack of numbers, eight-man football allows schools to classify themselves prior to the season. The rules are somewhat similar but arent the same as what many would call normal high school football. The field is still 100 yards between goal lines but the width is smaller at only 40 yards. That number is clarified by playing from the tops of the numbers written on the field. The 40-wide field will take

a lot of teams away from the speed running game and make it more of a passing wide-open style of game, Hardy said. The field is still 100 yards long but not every team is going to the 40-wide field. Some are going to have their normal sized fields which makes the field wide open. However, an exception may be made if mutual agreement between the opponents is made. Then they would be allowed to participate on a full high school sanctioned field. There is a free-blocking zone, which is a square area extending three yards laterally on either side of the spot of the snap and three yards behind the line of scrimmage. Normal timing would then resume starting with the last two minutes of the game. Last year we played four games in the 8-man football format and we definitely have some experience with that style of play, Hardy said. My main emphasis to these kids is that I think we can be an elite team in the 8-man league and we can win. The playoff system does not apply to 8-man football this season. The state will be split up into a north and south division. At Week 10, which concludes the regular season, the top team in both divisions will play for a state championship.

Mike Giggy is looking to lead Burr Oak into a good football season in 2010. The senior will play quarterback for Greg Hardys team this season which is currently in a transitional period. Im putting a lot of confidence into him because I think hes the leader of this team, Hardy said. Last season he was a vocal leader but he has proven now that he is a leader by example. Thats very important for this team. Its his senior year and this is his team. I see a lot of potential in him and I think he is going to do great things for us this season.

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What are your plans after high school? Go to Purdue to be an engineer. Any pregame superstitions? I throw up all the time and I wear a green shirt. Whatd you do this summer? Sat around, watched some TV. Do you have any specific goals for this year? Win a state championship and throw twice as many touchdowns than interceptions.

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Bulldogs looking to improve on last season despite low numbersBy Brandon [email protected]

Centrevilles football team will look to expand upon what the have this season, not what they lost from 2009. Jeff Terpenning enters his seventh year at the helm of the Bulldogs and he will look to replace a number of starters he lost to graduation last season. But the man they call Terp isnt about to get discouraged or panic before the season starts. We lost a lot of great young men to graduation and with our low numbers we will have to bring some young men up from the JV to complete our team, he said. We also lost our offensive coordinator in Jeff Jergens. We have had a great turnout in the weightroom all summer and hope to translate that into being a competitive team this fall. Returning are nine letter winners from last years team, including seven starters from 2009. That kind of stability will definitely help Terp continue to build the program at Centreville. Last year the Bulldogs finished 3-6 but were definitely better than their record indicated. Terps squad lost two games 14-12 last year. Once to Niles-Brandywine and once to Eau Claire. They also dropped their first game of the season to Marcellus, 16-8. I believe that this team is very similar to last years team, Terp said. If we could have found a way to win those three games we could have made it to the

playoffs. But Terp isnt about to dwell on last season. This year, even though numbers are low with only 15 players, Centreville has seven seniors, seven juniors and one sophomore. Terp said a lot of schools he has seen are having the low numbers problem. In a few of the scrimmages weve been to you could tell that a lot of teams were struggling with numbers, they are having the same issue we do, he said. Everybody seems to be struggling when it comes to having enough kids. One of the major focal points for the Bulldogs this season will be getting better every single game. With a lot of guys on their roster with somewhat varsity experience, they ll have to continue to learn at a potentially slower pace. But thats not a problem for Terp and his squad. They are just fine with being better every single week. If they progress the right way, it will turn into victories. Leading the offense will be junior quarterback Toby Koenig, who has yet to throw a pass at the varsity level. Terp, however, has all the confidence in the world when it comes to Koenig running the offense. Hes earned the quarterback job and he did it easily, Terp said. Right now its not an issue who will be our QB. Its going to be Toby. Centreville will only play eight games this season due to the SJV/Red Arrow Conference falling apart. They will still play Men-

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The 2010 Centreville Bulldogsdon, Bronson and White Pigeon this season with the Vikings and Chiefs coming to Centreville. In fact, the Bulldogs have five home games compared to just three on the road. Marcellus comes to town to open the season Friday with gametime slated for 8 p.m. The late start time is something Terp is trying to get for all of his teams games. I dont understand why any school would play at 7 p.m. when theres no school involved on Saturdays, he said. Its called Friday Night Lights for a reason, not Friday Night Bright Sunshine, when its hot and the sun is blaring in everyones faces. He has a very valid point. With no school on Saturdays there really isnt a benefit to playing a game just an hour earlier. The open date on Centrevilles schedule is Sept. 24, which is also Fair Week in St. Joseph County. Itd have to be the right team for us to play, Terp said. We were looking at a couple of teams but it just didn t work out and we couldnt get it done. Were going to have a walkthrough that week. Terp added the bye week could potentially help his team get healthy because its sandwiched between games at Mendon and home with Bronson. Mendon is always Mendon and Bronson is big and tough, he said. Its going to be tough to go toe-to-toe with both of those teams with our numbers. Koenig will be throwing to senior wide receivers Josh Mieras and Josh Miller. Hell also have a quarterbacks best friend in senior tight end Ryan Eley. Nate Petoskey will be the lone sophomore on the squad and he will play in the backfield at running back and in the secondary. I think were a lot like last years team and if we have some good things happen to us well be OK, Terp said. Last year was one of those years where everything we did went against us. If Centreville can stay healthy and continue to improve as the season progresses, the Bulldogs will have a successful season.

Centrevilles rosterNo. 4 14 20 21 32 53 57 58 71 73 77 78 81 86 Name Position Ryan Eley TE/DE Toby Koenig QB/LB Josh Mieras WR/DB Tyler McKerchie RB/DB Nate Petoskey RB/DB Joe Wilson OL/LB Kris Wiard OL/DL Dustin Wiard OL/DL John Miller OL/DL Jared Seekman OL/DL Matt HenningsonOL/DL Russell Rupley OL/DL Josh Miller WR/DB Travis Gregory TE/DB Grade 12 11 12 11 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 11 12 11

Spotlighted Senior: John MillerCentreville offensive/defensive lineman

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Favorite Color: Blue NFL team: Lions College: Michigan Video game: Halo

Last seasonWeek Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Marcellus Brandywine Covert Bronson LMC Mendon Eau Claire White Pigeon New Buffalo L L W L W L L L W 8-16 12-14 18-8 13-38 33-6 0-41 12-14 14-36 8-0

What do you like most about playing football: The intensity of the game and the teamwork. What is your best high school sport memory: A quarterback sneak during a JV game. I knocked two lineman and a linebacker to the ground. What will you do after high school: Going into the Navy

This seasonWeek Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Marcellus 8:00 p.m. @Niles-Brandywine 7:00 p.m. Cassopolis 7:00 p.m. @Mendon 7:00 p.m. OPEN Bronson 7:00 p.m. @Eau Claire 7:00 p.m. White Pigeon 7:00 p.m. LaPorte (IN) La Lumiere 7:00 p.m.

Coachs quoteI think were a lot like last years team and if we have some good things happen to us well be OK. Last year was one of those years where everything we did went against us. Jeff Terpenning

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Henley, Magi want to make another postseason runBy Brandon [email protected]

The Colon Magi will have to replace a lot of talented players from last seasons roster. Spencer Henley knows that it wont happen overnight, but his team has already showed significant signs of improvement during practice in the past few weeks. Replacing All-State quarterback Brendon Shallack might be the biggest obstacle for this years Magi. Brendons a great kid, you cant replace a guy like that at quarterback, Henley said. But we have a lot of confidence in Tony Campbell, who was our backup last season and he got a lot of reps. Obviously its tough to replace quality seniors from the previous season but I think were going to be alright. The Magi destroyed a school record last season in total points with 438 in 12 games. The previous record was held by the 2004 team which scored 327 points in nine games. Like most schools, however, Colon will battle with a lack of numbers. Currently the Magi have 20 guys on the roster a number Henley says will stay for the remainder of the season unless a junior varsity player is called up. Were probably at the smallest number well be at for awhile, Henley said. We had a pretty small junior class but well be OK. We want kids committed and I think our numbers will be in the 20s for the next couple of years. The

commitment alone from a lot of those kids will win us some early games. Colon opens with an SCAA trip to Litchfield. Henley said the early part of the Magis schedule is one where they can take advantage of their team speed. Colon will play games with Battle Creek St. Philip, Pittsford and Waldron to begin the year. A lot of good football players left our conference last year so its hard to tell who is going to be vastly improved this year, Henley said. We kind of have a favorable schedule this year opposed to last year. Plus we play ClimaxScotts later in the year and well know a lot more about ourselves at that point. Climax-Scotts has more or less become Colons rival during the past few seasons. But, much like the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, its lost some of its luster. Thats because the series has been more or less one-sided. Climax is going to be the biggest game on our schedule, Henley said. And its not really a rivalry until we beat them. Hopefully soon we get a chance to turn it into more of a rivalry. Theyre going to be good this year and theyre always tough. The offensive line will be a productive unit for Colon this season, giving Campbell ample time to move around behind the line of scrimmage. Senior center Timmy Clipfell anchors the line, which includes seniors Austin Parshall and Dylan Schwartz who will miss the first couple

The 2010 Colon Magiof games recovering from hernia surgery in the off season. Sophomore Brad Yoder will step in to fill his position. Yoder will play both ways on the line, Henley said. Junior Chase Moyer will also play on the offensive line and at defensive end. Junior Travis McCann will also play on the offensive line for Henley. Freshman Lance Doenges will also play both sides of the ball. Hes a legit kid but hes got a lot of growing and learning to do, Henley said of Doenges. He moves well and if he can stay healthy will play on the offensive line for four years. Hes similary to Timmy Clipfell but not quite as big. Hes a real football kid. Staying healthy will allow the Magi to rotate a lot of their reserve players into getting reps during the second half of games this year. Henley said QB Campbell does an excellent job of running the option. He runs the option really well and his throwing has come along since the summer, Henley said. Hes a tall kid thats still learning how to use his body. Being a cross country kid, Tony can run forever. He might not be the dynamic player Shallack was but were looking to see it continue to develop. In the backfield will be junior Evan Ramer and senior Gabe Sturgis. An explosive player will be wide receiver Brandon Farrand. Were going to try and get Brandon the ball in a lot of different ways, Henley said. Hell return kicks and punts as well as carrying the ball and catching passes at receiver. We want him to get 10-12 touches a game. Kaleb Powell is an AllLeague defensive lineman from 2009. Hell also get reps at running back and fullback this season. Henley said he hopes this team will be a lot like his team of 2005 where four different players scored 10 touchdowns during the season. I wouldnt mind that at all, he said with a laugh.

Colons rosterNo. 2 4 5 11 21 28 43 51 60 62 63 70 71 72 73 75 77/81 87 Name Position Tony Campbell QB/DB Gabe Sturgis RB/DB Brandon Farrand WR/S Evan Ramer RB/DE Eric Bontrager RB/DB Evan Gray RB/LB Kaleb Powell RB/DL Austin Parshall OL/DL Zach Sturgis OL/DL Dylan Schwartz OL/DL Timmy Clipfell C/DL Travis McCann OL/LB Bradley Yoder OL/LB Lance Doenges OL/DL Chase Moyer OL/DE Eugene Harvey C/DL Chase Morris OL/DE Coltin Richards WR/DB Grade 12 12 12 11 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 11 10 9 11 11 10 11

Spotlighted Senior: Timmy ClipfellColon offensive/defensive lineman

Timmy Clipfell will play both offense and defense this season for Spencer Henleys Colon Magi, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines. He helps anchor a Magi offensive line that has four seniors and a freshman on it. Blocking for a new quarterback, Clipfell and his linemates will look to keep the Magi offense rolling. Tim is a great football player and one that Im happy to coach, Henley said. We need his leadership this season on both sides of the ball.

Last seasonWeek 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Playoff Playoff Playoff Athens Pittsford Climax-Scotts Waldron St. Philip Bellevue Litchfield NorthPointe Springport Michigan Luth. Pittsford Muskegon CC W W L W W W W W W W W L 38-0 34-14 12-34 48-8 28-7 41-3 55-6 36-12 47-2 45-0 33-21 21-35

Favorite type of music: Rock Favorite band: (Metallica) Favorite food: Chinese Favorite video game: NCAA 11

Favorite sport other than football? Wrestling Favorite sports team: Miami Dolphins

This seasonWeek Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 @Litchfield Battle Creek St. Phil @Pittsford @Waldron @North Adams Camden-Frontier Bellevue Climax-Scotts Athens 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00 p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

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What are your plans after high school? Go to college, it will either be Trine or Michigan. Do you have any pre-game superstitions? No, not really, but I do pray before every game. What did you do this summer? I had fun, worked here and there, went to the lake, boated a lot, had fun.

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Experience will be helpful for Falcons in seeking KVA titleBy Tom MielcarekJournal Correspondent

With a majority of starters returning on both sides of the ball, Constantine will look to avoid a slow start as it competes for a KVA title and another strong postseason showing. We had nine underclassman on offense, eight on defense to start the season last year, Constantine coach Shawn Griffith said. The experience should help get the offense going. The Falcons will look to do better than last years 0-2 start with only 15 points scored. We hope to avoid that this year, Griffith said. Weve got to be there (tonight). However, they did bounce back to win 10 in a row before falling in the state semifinals to Monroe St. Mary

KVA at WMUThe KVA opens up the season with a full schedule of games at Western Michigan Universitys Waldo Stadium.

FridayOlivet vs Galesburg, 5 p.m. Maple Valley vs Constantine, 8 p.m.

SaturdayK-zoo Hackett vs Parchment, 2 p.m. Delton Kellogg vs K-zoo Christian, 5 p.m. Schoolcraft vs BC Pennfield, 8 p.m.

Catholic. Having the entire backfield returning, including senior quarterback Jake Bower, will definitely help. He started all the games last year, four as a sophomore, Griffith said.We know his strengths and weaknesses. Our two losses taught him a lot. Losses are not always a bad thing, you can learn a lot and I think it helped us. Bower calls a lot of the plays for the Falcons. He knows the offense, hes calling the offense at the line, Griffith said. Thats what I like about him, he knows what I think, I trust him with audibles. He made some mistakes last year, but that made him better. Constantine has five running backs returning that totaled nearly 3,400 yards on the ground. Senior Zach Mallo had 1,187 yards and will be the fullback. Hes a typical Wing-T fullback, sits behind blockers and is hard to see, Griffith said. Senior Shawn Tucker is at left halfback, while sophomore Payton White is at right halfback. They both finished with 770 yards. Shawn is the tailback in the Power-I and I think hes the fastest running back around, Griffith said. Payton has size we dont normally have in a back. Senior Quentin Muehlich can play either halfback or fullback and will rotate in to give the starters a break. He tallied 400 yards last season. Another senior, Chris Rentfrow, had 269 yards and will be another back we can use when he comes back from mono, Griffith said.

The 2010 Constantine FalconsThe offensive line is where the Falcons need to fill some holes. Weve got spots up front that were working on filling, Griffith said. We want to be more physical up front. We lost a lot of kids from last year. The Falcons return both tight ends from last season. They are senior Ron Fancher on the right side and junior Brandon Edwards on the left. Ron is a brute, a third-year starter, is competitive and does a nice job blocking, Griffith said. Brandon is a little smaller, a smart kid and hes figured things out. He does a nice job with the pushout block. The defense will be led by the linebackers, where three of four spots are filled by letterman. They are seniors Curt Roberts and Nick Barber, along with Fancher. Muehlich will join the quartet. Fancher and Roberts were All-KVA last season, while Barber led the team in tackles. Juniors John Hicks and Chase Niblock will hold down the defensive end spots. Were going to need them to be solid, Griffith said of his linebackers and ends. The six need to play well. The defensive line on the inside will be a rotation between juniors Joe Wuthrich, Jacob Mechling and White. The front on defense, we saw some good and bad things, Griffith said of their performance at the scrimmage. Tucker, Mallo and Rentfrow will be the starters in the defensive backfield. Bower will also see time, especially early with Rentfrow out. The Falcon coaching staff used the scrimmage for evaluation more than anything. We were looking at positions and areas to improve, Griffith said. Weve got kids that need to learn to play both ways. Weve also got kids who need to learn the speed at the varsity level. We still have to improve and have the kids (behind the starters) push them. Constantine opens the season 8 p.m. tonight at Western Michigan Universitys Waldo Stadium against Vermontville Maple Valley. The players are fired up for it, Griffith said. Two years ago when the seniors were on JV, Maple Valley won 23-0. And an 0-2 start last season makes it more important to focus and be fired up. But it is also a chance for many kids play on a college field. I like the opportunity to play at a college stadium, Griffith said. Its a good experience for the kids, theyre excited to play. The Falcons will need steady progression as the season moves along. We need continued improvement every week, its a struggle if you dont, Griffith said. We need to stay healthy.

Last seasonWeek 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Playoff Playoff Playoff Playoff Pennfield Olivet Hackett Parchment Galesburg K-zoo Christian Delton-Kellogg Maple Valley Schoolcraft Schoolcraft Watervliet Bronson Monroe St. Mary L L W W W W W W W W W W L 7-40 8-10 78-34 54-19 55-14 29-28 (OT) 20-0 42-7 20-13 7-3 47-0 28-14 14-17 Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

This seasonMaple Valley @WMU Pennfield Olivet @Hackett Parchment Galesburg @K-zoo Christian @Delton-Kellogg Schoolcraft 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. No. 0 2 3 4 5 12 15 21 24 27 29 30 34 44 49 50 52 55 57 58 67 73 74 75 79 80

Constantines rosterName Payton White Jake Bower Shawn Tucker Ron Fancher Ben Barber Quentin Muehlich Dillion Robinson Zach Mallo Justin Wissler Chris Rentfrow Chase Gearhart Austin Priddy Sheldon Treat Nick Dimos Brandon Edwards Aaron Turner John Hicks Seth Stears Nick Barber Curt Roberts Chase Niblock Jacob Mechling AJ Cox Joe Wuthrich Zach King Jordan Wilson Position RB/DL QB/DB RB/DB TE/LB RB/DB RB/LB RB/DB RB/DB TE/LB RB/DB RB/DB RB/LB TE/LB RB/DB TE/LB OT/DL OG/DE OG/DL OG/LB OG/LB OT/DE OT/DL C/DL OT/DL OT/DL TE/LB Grade 10 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 11

Spotlighted Senior: Jake BowerConstantine Quarterback

Jake Bower returns for his third season as the Falcons signal caller. Last season he was 44-94 for 742yards and 9 TDs, he rushed 74 times for 208 yards 5 TDs.

Favorite Pizza: Pepperoni Favorite Color: Orange Favorite music: Drake Favorite video game: NCAA 11

What do you like most about being the quarterback? Being the leader of the team, being responsible for knowing where everyone is on every play What is your best high school sport memory? Winning three district titles last year What did you do over the summer? Played football and baseball and conditioned Plans after high school: Going to college and study sports medicine Any pregame rituals? Every Thursday Zach Mallo and I go to Dunhams and play a round of Putt Putt. The loser has to buy wrist bands for Friday nights game.

Coachs quoteThe players are fired up for it. Two years ago when the seniors were on JV, Maple Valley won 23-0. And an 0-2 start last season makes it more important to focus and be fired up. Shawn Griffith

What the coach said: He knows the offense, hes calling the offense at the line. Thats what I like about him, he knows what I think, I trust him with audibles. Hes made mistakes last year, but that made him better.

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Football returns to Howe School after 22 years

The 2010 Howe Football TeamBy Corky [email protected]

After a 25 year absence, football is returning to Howe School with coach Al Heminger at the helm.

Ive been pushing for it from day one, my first day here, Heminger said. The decision to play football was made May 1. They will play a seven game schedule.

The Wildcats will dress just over 20 players with possibly more coming in next week. I think when the dust all settles well have 25 players, Heminger said. We

push the fact that you really have to want to be here. Some of these kids its their first exposure to high school football since middle school, Heminger said. On defense the Wildcats

will play a 3-5. On offense Howe will run the spread and trying to run the ball. Well go no huddle, because we have to, Heminger said. We have to be very

structured in what we do, we only get these kids for 90 minutes. When Howe hosts a game, they will play on Saturday afternoon.

Howes rosterNo. 1 2 3 5 7 8 10 12 13 22 32 33 40 53 54 55 64 66 67 68 71 77 80 Name Pian Cheng Cao Tanner Begg Jay Morris Blake Sopko Igor Zinyak Derek Daverna Xing Cheng Pu Jake Thompson Justin Taylor Justin Arnold Tim Ford Ryan Patterson Brandon Leisure Evan Schulbert Zach Poisson Chuck Taylor Eddie Hayes Garrett Haines Troy Topp Patrick McQuiller Austin McLellin Nick Davis Eli Schaap Position WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB QB/LB RB/LB WR/LB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB RB/DB RB/DL WR/LB OL/DL OL/LB OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB Grade 12 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 11 9 10 12 9 9 11 11 12 12 9 9 12 11 9

Spotlighted Senior: Blake Sopko

Favorite College: Ohio State

Howe quarterback/linebacker Favorite food: Homemade mac and cheese Favorite thing about playing: Working hard and making new friends

Favorite color: Blue Favorite Video Game: Halo

Home town: Avon Lake, Ohio Favorite NFL team: Cleveland Browns

Plans after school: University of Toledo to be pharmacist or anesthesiologist

Howe prepares for football seasonBy Corky [email protected]

After being without football for 25 years, the Howe School will be bringing back Americas game this year. Over the years we have had several prospective students that decided to go elsewhere because we didnt have football, Athletic Director Tony DeFelice said. We wanted to bring back one of the schools traditional sports and realize that football is the most popular sport in the country. DeFelice has been at the school since 1990 and re-

members talk then to bring football back. It had been discussed in great detail in the early 90s, DeFelice said. Ultimately it was decided that the time was not right. Over the past four years DeFelice has been gathering information and formulating a plan to bring back football. The biggest challenge has been to coordinate the start up, with a limited amount of resources it has been very important to prioritize the items we need to have a football team, DeFelice said. Right know, we are where we need to be to get started and

that, in itself, is a relief to me. DeFelice said the students are behind the players. The kids at our school were elated when we announced that we will be bring football back, DeFelice said. The interest is there with our kids and we owe it to them to offer the sport. Our school has been changing lives for the better for 126 years. All of us that work here are here because of the kids and starting up football again shows our commitment to them, DeFelice said. Guiding the Wildcats will be coach Al Heminger.

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Lakers looking to repeat as NECC champions in 2010By Brandon [email protected]

Keith Thompson and his football team waited a long time to get back on the football field. Theyve already opened the season with a victory, beating Prairie Heights 487 in their first game of the season. It was the sixth straight time Lakeland beat the Panthers and the fifth consecutive season-opening victory over Prairie Heights. Im so proud of these guys, Thompson said of his team. If youd have seen us scrimmage last week and then tonight youd have thought it was a different team. Weve made tremendous progress from the scrimmage to this week. In their battle for the milk can Lakeland has now won 32 of the 42 meetings. Lakelands defense will once again be the backbone of the team. Thompson prides himself and his football pedigree on playing swarming defense and being able to get to the quarterback on just about every play. Thats what it takes to play defense for one of his teams. If youre going to play defense for us youre going to run, youre going to hit or youre going to sit, he said. Its very simple. Another staple for the Lakeland program will be running the football. During the past three season the Lakers had a dualthreat quarterback in Dakotah Baldridge. Now theyll put their faith in first year started Cody

Richardson. The junior signal caller looked shaky at times against Prairie Heights to open the season but he calmed down and led a productive offense that wore down a battered defense. Richardson and the Lakers totaled 452 yards 404 of which were on the ground. A rushing attack will be a bigtime reason Lakeland will be a quality team in 2010. Seniors Dustin Wohlheter and Bryce Bates look to get the bulk of the carries. Junior Tim Abbott will also get his fair share of carries this season from the fullback position. Against the Panthers in the opening week of the season Wohlheter logged 192 yards on 18 carries with two scores. Bates totaled 79 yards on 10 carries. On the night 12 different Lakers carried the rock. While that doesnt expect to happen every single game, Thompson said his team will be running the ball quite often in 2010. Weve got a lot of guys that can carry the football and were going to run the ball a lot, he said. Thats another thing we pride ourselves on here at Lakeland. We like to run the football. Richardson has a good arm and the Lakers have receivers that can haul in passes. But when it comes down to it, Lakeland will try to win as many games as possible with their ground game. Good old-fashioned football. We know at some point

The 2010 Lakeland Lakersduring the season were going to have to throw the football to be successful, Thompson said. And we have all the faith in the world in Cody. I thought I saw some really good things from him tonight (after Prairie Heights game). I think he matured a lot as the summer went on and he has showed why hes our quarterback. The beginning part of the schedule sets up nicely for the Lakers. Already with a win under their belt, the Lakers will look to continue winning as the season moves along in 2010. The Lakers will travel to Fremont and Angola in the early part of the season with Central Noble sandwiched inbetween. The toughest part of Lakelands schedule comes during the final three weeks of the season where they will play very tough games. Two of those are on the road as the Lakers finish up the regular season at South Bend St. Josephs and at Churubusco. Our games later in the year are going to be tough but by that time we will know a lot about our team and we will have developed as the season progresses, Thompson said. But were not worried about that now. Were concentrating out time and efforts one week at a time. Leading the defense this season will be guys like defensive backs Ty Harshberger, senior Scott McKibben and defensive end Tanner Foster, who is also the teams tight end. Thompson said McKibben is a dedicated senior that is willing to go the extra mile on the field. Scott is one of our players that might fly under the radar, Thompson said. Hes the kind of guy that puts in a lot of extra work and wont lead the team in tackles. But hes the type of kid that helps us win football games. Bates will also play in the secondary while Wohlheter will anchor a defensive end position and see time at linebacker. The junior-heavy class includes linebackers Luke Miller and Carlos Morales, who is also the teams kicker. Lakeland has hopes of repeating as NECC conference champions from last season. In 2009 the Lakers won their first seven games but lost their last two to St. Josephs and Churubusco, both close games. St. Joes beat them by a single point while Busco beat them 12-7. Lakeland lost its final game of the season to Northwood in sectionals.

Spotlighted Senior: Scott McKibbenLakeland wide receiver/defensive back

Lakelands rosterNo. 1 2 4 6 7 9 11 12 16 17 18 22 23 24 26 27 31 32 33 34 35 39 40 41 44 45 50 52 53 54 55 59 60 61 64 66 67 68 70 71 72 73 75 76 77 78 79 80 82 83 84 85 86 88 89 Name Position Richard Gravit WR/LB Taylor Raatz WR/DB Tanner Foster TE/DE Zac Paxson WR/CB T.J. Thompson WR/CB Jordan Aldrich QB/DB Kyle Eagleson SL/CB William Kelly WR/CB Austin Guyton WR/CB Cory Troyer FB/LB Cody Richardson QB/FS Bryce Bates WR/DB Luke Miller QB/LB Joey Fuller WR/CB Josh Miller QB/S Eddie BaczynskiRB/CB Wyatt Petty TE/LB Devin Dimos RB/FS Dustin Wohlheter FB/DE Todd Knote WR/DB Kiel Hunter FB/LB Cory Morgan WR/CB Ty Harshberger WR/CB Logan Owens TE/LB Tim Abbott FB/LB Mitch Weber SL/LB Conner Hunter G/DE Oscar Cruz T/NG Caleb Bortner T/DE Evan Garretson T/NG Jeff Morris T/NG Jordan Ehret G/NG Jaxson Prill T/NG Cole McCann G/LB Carlos Morales C/LB/K Adam McCulloch T/DE Austin Kerr G/LB Trevor Johnson C/NG Brice Yunker T/NG Zach Tolle G/NG Bryan Martin T/DE Kyle Faust T/LB Zach Young C/NG Chris Stanford T/DE Matthew Burkey G/DE Joe Ferguson C/DE Alyster Roebel G/LB Chris Leary TE/LB Gavin Robinson WR/CB Dakota Becker SL/LB Michael Stiller SL/LB Joe Leary TE/LB Jacob Lichstin WR/CB Scott McKibben WR/DB TJ Rich WR/FS Grade 10 9 12 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 11 12 11 10 11 11 11 10 11 10 10 11 11 10 11 10 10 10 11 9 12 10 10 10 11 10 10 10 10 10 12 10 12 11 12 10 11 10 11 11 11 12 11 12 11

Lakeland senior Scott McKibben is an avid paintball player and hes good too. So good that in a previous time playing with friends he wasnt shot the entire time. McKibben said he helps relate the art of paintball to playing football. The more attention to detail that he has, the better off hell be. It must work. In the Lakers season opening victory over Prairie Heights McKibben intercepted a pass in the second quarter to give Lakeland the ball deep in Panther territory. Head coach Keith Thompson said McKibben is a dedicated senior that is willing to go the extra mile on the field. Scott is one of our players that might fly under the radar, Thompson said. Hes the kind of guy that puts in a lot of extra work and wont lead the team in tackles. But hes the type of kid that helps us win football games.

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Wildcats look to continue winning tradition on the gridironBy Tom MielcarekJournal Correspondent

Many of the Three Rivers starters this season may be new, but the experience they got last year as reserves on a team that advanced to the state finals could prove to be valuable. A lot of the kids coming back got five extra weeks of practice, Wildcat coach J.J. Wagner said. Theyve worked hard and seen what it takes to win. Theyve put in the time in the summer, in conditioning, in passing camps. They know there is a lot of tradition on the varsity and doing things the right way. Wagner knows that it will take some work by his coaching staff to keep the Wildcat tradition rolling. We hope to piece things together to be successful, he said. There are high expectations, lots of tradition. It helps with the motivation. One concern is the transition for many players to the speed of the game at the varsity level. Its different for each group as they learn the speed of the game, Wagner said. We hope its only a snap and theyre ready to go. The Wildcats used the scrimmages to see what every player could contribute. The coaches had a good idea of the depth chart and used the time for evaluation and how each player can help the team to be successful. We dont invest a lot in the scrimmages, Wagner said. We break everything by times. The firsts will get six minutes, the seconds and

thirds then will get three each. Then well rotate, so they all get the same amount of time. One player who showed good things at the scrimmage is new quarterback, senior Tanner Wilson. I thought he played well at the scrimmage and in the preseason, Wagner said. He saw some time last year, in games where we had a big lead. Hes improved his decision making. Wagner has given him one important rule to follow this season. Weve told him we want to end each drive with a kick, he said. Either a PAT (after a touchdown), field goal or punt. We dont want to turnover the ball. Three Rivers will still run the spread formation, but will probably run the ball more frequently. Well run a little more and throw to keep them honest, Wagner said. It will be closer to a 50-50 balance. A senior-laden front line will provide the blocking with Jack McIntee at left tackle, Joel Menz at left guard, Scott Bottles at center, Kyle Mykolaitis at right guard and Juwain Burton at right tackle. Were hoping for big things (from the line), Wagner said. Its the spread, but we still have to run. Theyre bigger than last year. Three backs will see time in the backfield for the Wildcats. They all provide a different look to opposing defenses. Theyre all going to get touches, Wagner said. The choices include senior Jackson Conner, a transfer

The 2010 Three Rivers Wildcatsfrom Cassopolis, senior Colin Muehlberger and senior Gabe Solis. Jackson is quick, makes good cuts and has good power, according to Wagner, while Muehlberger is a slasher, who runs to daylight. Solis does a nice job of pass protection, catching passes out of the backfield. He has good hands, Wagner added. The receivers for Three Rivers will be juniors Aaron Vedmore and Jackson Draime, while seniors Jamal Hunt, Kevonte Wilder and Jake Cowing will all see time in the slot positions. Theyre all quick kids and they need to get consistant, Wagner said. But they lack experience, so theyll be some growing pains. There are a lot of changes on the defensive side of the ball as well. Were replacing 10 of 11, so we have big questions, Wagner said. Were looking for 10 others to fill in. Nose tackle, senior Bobby Jaseph, is the only returner. The other inside guys will be seniors Dariel Carr and Dylan Sheldon. The ends will rotate between senior Pat Sampson, Conner and Muehlberger. Behind the line will be Bottles and Draime at inside linebacker, while seniors Dre McKentry and Ethan Madison will be in the secondary, along with Cowing and Hunt. We need to learn to trust each other, to know what is going on within the structure of the defense, Wagner said. The quicker we recognize whats needed, the better well be. Wagner feels most teams will still be gunning for them, since they are a perennial power in the battle for the Wolverine Conference title. We still have a bullseye on our chest, he said. There is no such thing as a down year. If theyve (the Wildcats) played their hardest, thats all we could ask for. Three Rivers is focused on the upcoming game only. We only concern ourselves with one week at a time, Wagner said. Allegan is the first game as we look to win a league title. Thats where we start. Wagner feels there is more parity in the league. The last couple of years, Ive felt things have been pretty balanced, he said. Anybody can win on any Friday.

Three Rivers rosterNo. 2 3 4 6 9 13 15 19 20 22 24 25 27 28 35 37 40 42 44 51 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 70 71 72 74 76 79 80 81 82 83 85 87 89 Name Position Jamal Hunt WR/DB Colin Muehlberger RB/LB Dusty Stevens WR/DB Tanner Wilson QB/DB Aaron Vedmore WR/DB Patric Sampson WR/LB Jackson Draime WR/LB Bobby Jaseph RB/DT Kevonte Wilder WR/DB Jackson Conner RB/LB Juji Kipker WR/DB David Hartsig WR/LB Jake Cowing WR/DB Blake Colbert K Gabe Solis RB/LB Alexza Kiser WR/DB Dre McKentry WR/DB Colbey Hoyt WR/DB Troy Thomas WR/DB Scott Bottles OL/LB Jake Chrisman OL/DT Kyle Ochsenrider OL/LB Greg Miller OL/DT Kyle Mykolaitis OL/DT Brad Chapman OL/DT Dylan Sheldon OL/DT Nathan Sassaman OL/LB Miles Baker OL/DT Zach McClain OL/DT Dean Lee OL/DT Theeron Kiser OL/LB Jack McIntee OL/DT Juwain Burton OL/DT Nick Hull OL/LB Dariel Carr OL/DT Austin Cox OL/DT Brian Green OL/DT Dylan Cornish OL/DT Joel Menz OL/DT Ethan Madison WR/DB Kent Anding WR/DB Corey WalczakWR/DB Ryan Frederick WR/LB C.J. Shelton WR/DB Khristain Williams WR/LB Simran Gill DT Grade 12 12 11 12 11 12 11 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11 11 12 12 11 12 11 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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Spotlighted Senior: Bobby JasephThree Rivers running back/nose tackle

Guarding the middle of the Wildcats defense with be Bobby Jaseph, the lone returner to the defensive line.

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What do you like most about playing defense? I like hitting people, playing smash mouth football What is your best high school sport memory? The satisfaction of beating Saginaw Swan Valley to get to the state final What did you do over the summer? Worked and lifted weights Plans after high school? Become a Navy Seal or study sports medicine Any pregame rituals? Gabe Solis and I go to Subway and then to Dunhams to play Putt Putt.

Coachs quoteTheyve worked hard and seen what it takes to win. Theyve put in the time in the summer, in conditioning, in passing camps. They know there is a lot of tradition on the varsity and doing things the right way. J.J. Wagner

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Chiefs eye third straight trip to playoffsBy Corky [email protected]

The White Pigeon football team has gotten used to making appearances in the post season. This year they hope to make it three in a row, but they must overcome the loss of key personnel. Taking the place of All State running back Alex Krajniak will be Lance Lemmerhart and Chris Shirk. This is our two-headed monster, coach Jason Vogel said. Lance at tailback, hes a kid that is hard to get your hands on, he gets lost in the shuffle and he can take hard hits. Chris is a scrappy kid who isnt afraid to run between the tackles, Vogel said. White Pigeon lost three starting offensive lineman. But the line will be anchored by third year starter Roger Stewart (6-5, 295). Roger is a kid that people wont be able to match up with, Vogel said. He has great foot work, hes quick and stronger that hes ever been.

Stewart has been getting a lot of looks from colleges including Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Michigan State, Indiana and Illinois. Returning to lead the Chiefs offense is quarterback Mike Niblock. Last season he threw for 584 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 228 yards. Mike has gotten bigger and stronger this year, Vogel said. But I think the biggest thing is last year he played not to make a mistake. This year hes playing to make plays. Also returning to start is wide receiver Cory Wynkoop (6-3, 166). Last season he had 18 receptions for 236 yards and three scores. New to the White Pigeon team and looked to solidify the offensive line are Holden Tullos (5-10, 225), Dylan Poley (5-9, 210 and David Cloud (6-3, 225). Joining the Chiefs will be tight end Dayton Laverack and wide receiver Kenton Barczak. White Pigeon returns nine

The 2010 White Pigeon Chiefsstaters on the defensive side of the ball. Returning are lineman Stewart, Poley and Bob Armstrong. Linebackers Holden Tullos and Laverack and defensive backs, Niblock, Lemmerhart, Shirk and Travis Shoulders. New at the defensive line is John Tullos and linebacker Zach Gropp. As far as the SJV goes, Vogel sees Mendon at the top with Bronson and Centreville battleing. The SJV has teams that hit, they all can run the ball. Every game is a battle, Vogel said. White Pigeon has added tougher teams to their schedule, taking the place of the Red Arrow Conference are the likes of Cassopolis, Edwardsburg, Berrien Springs and Comstock Park. We have a lot of talented seniors, Vogel said. Our schedule is tough, well have to play good football every week. Tougher competition should help us as the playoffs come around.

White Pigeons rosterNo. 2 3 4 6 7 8 11 12 20 23 25 33 34 41 45 52 57 58 70 71 72 73 74 78 81 83 84 Name Lance Lemmerhart Zach Evilsizor Zach Gropp Pierce Lanway Mike Niblock Cory Wynkoop Dayton Laverack Alex Conley Chris Shirk Nate Wolf Travis Shoulders Tony Gilbert John Tullos Robbie Gibson Robin Lewis Joel Miller Zach Dok Dylan Poley Roger Stewart David Cloud Bob Armstrong Holden Tullos Casey Byler Dakoda Stamp Kenton Barczak Austin Dean Austin Johnson Position RB/DB RB/DB RB/LB WR/DB QB/LB WR/DB TE/LB WR/DB RB/DB QB/DB RB/DB RB/LB OL/DL TE/LB WR/DB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/LB OL/DL WR/LB WR/DB OL/DL Grade 11 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 10 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 11 10 12 11 11

Spotlighted Senior: Mike NiblockWhite Pigeon Quarterback

Niblock enters his second season at quarterback. More of the offense will fall on his shoulder this year.

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Offense or defense? I love to play offense, I like the added pressure of having the ball in my hands.I like being a leader and the adrenaline. What is your best high school sport memory? Last season, beating Edwardsburg in overtime.

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Worst high school memory? Every Mendon game Any pregame rituals? I do about an hour of extra stretching and then I have a Red Bull before the game.

What the coach said: He is a leader, but I think the biggest improvement from last year is he played not to make a mistake. This year hes playing to make plays.

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Hornets poised for another playoff runBy Corky [email protected]

With a stronger non conference schedule, Mendon coach John Schwartz believes nothing but good can come from it. Were playing a much tougher schedule, if we lose one or two games thats not necessarily a bad thing as long as we make the playoffs, Schwartz said. Playing a tougher schedule just makes you better in the playoffs. We want a tough schedule, Schwartz said. This season the Hornets will take on Berrien Springs (9-3), who lost in the regional finals. They have added Edgerton (Ohio) who finished with a 9-2 record. Mendon will also take an extended road trip to Wisconsin in week five. Leading the Hornets offense will be junior Chance Nightingale. He has the responsibility of replacing his big brother CJ, who led Mendon the last two seasons. Chance has a strong arm and he scramble well, Schwartz said. Were are expecting him to make good decisions as the year goes on. I think hell be fine. Another key loss for the Hornets is Jordan Higgins. Running the ball this year will be Tyler Harris, Glen Batten, Tanner Cook and Cody Bingaman. These four are sure to give opposing defenses a headache. Not only are they formidable runners, but threats to catch the ball from the back field. I think well be able to run some play action, Schwartz said. Schwartz said they give Mendon the opportunity to have many different looks offensively. They all can catch the ball, Schwartz said. Harris cuts real well and has good speed, Batten is big and he eludes tacklers well. Cook will be a fullback, hes good inside runner, Schwartz said. Cody started back there last year for us. The Hornets have always been known as a running team, with the occasional pass.

Schwartz expects to pass the ball about 35-percent of the time. Leading the receivers are Logan Ahrens, Robby Gonser, Cody Henckel, Bingaman and Batten. These five will also make the running game better because of their ability to block. Logan has good speed and has good hands. Gonser is fastest kid, Schwartz said. Bingaman and Batten can move from the backfield to a wideout. Schwartz said his tight end will be Henckel. Cody is a tough kid, who can block real well, Schwartz said. In the trenches is a cast of six battling for four spots. With these kids whos playing where is a nice problem to have, Schwartz said. At center will be senior Cory Girdley (6-2, 275). Cory provides leadership for the offensive line. Also at the guard positions will be Derek Brueck (6-3, 200), Cody Ross (6-1, 195) and Dakota Brietich (5-10, 230). At the tackles will be Gabe Tompkins (6-1, 205), Kyle Kline (6-0, 200) and Kevin Kuhlman (6-1, 210). Making life tough for the opposition will be the heart of the Hornets defense. Our inside kids are tough, Schwartz said. It will be hard to run against us for four quarters. The defensive tackles will be Tompkins, Kuhlman, Girdley and Spencer How (5-9, 160). At the defensive ends will be Brueck, Ross, Henckel and Kuhlman. The inside linebackers will be Bingaman, Kline and Brietich, while on the outside will be Cook and Batten. The outside people give us a lot of flexibility, Schwartz said. All of these kids can play. The Hornet defensive backs all possess good hands and good speed. They will be led by Ahrens, Nightingale, Gonser and Henckel. As far as the SJV goes Schwartz sees a battle every game. White Pigeon will have a good team and I think Bronson has a good nucleolus returning, Schwartz said.

The 2010 Mendon Hornets

Mendons rosterNo. 2 4 5 7 8 15 17 24 32 51 54 56 58 60 66 67 74 76 79 Name Position Tyler Harris RB/DB Spencer Howe WR/LB Chance Nightingale QB/DB Logan Ahrens WR/DB Glen Batten WR/LB Cody Henckel TE/DB Robby Gonser WR/DB Cody Bingaman RB/LB Tanner Cook RB/LB Dakota Brletich OL/LB Gabe Tompkins OL/DT Kaleb Irons OL/DL Zach Loudenslager OL/DL Cody Ross OL/DE Derek Brueck OL/DE Kyle Kline OL/LB Kevin Kuhlman OL/DE William Jones OL/DL Cory Girdley OL/DT Grade 10 12 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 10 12 11 11 11 11 12 10 11 12

Coachs quoteWere playing a much tougher schedule, if we lose one or two games thats not necessarily a bad thing as long as we make the playoffs. Playing a tougher schedule just makes you better in the playoffs. John Schwartz

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14 Thursday, August 26, 2010 www.sturgisjournal.comCOLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULEAIR FORCE Sep. 4 Northwestern St., 2 p.m. Sep. 11 BYU, 4 p.m. Sep. 18 at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 25 at Wyoming, 2 p.m. Oct. 2 Navy, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9 Colorado St., 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at San Diego St., 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at TCU, 8 p.m. Oct. 30 Utah, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Army, Noon Nov. 13 New Mexico, 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at UNLV, 10 p.m. AKRON Sep. 4 Syracuse, 6 p.m. Sep. 11 Gardner-Webb, Noon Sep. 18 at Kentucky, 7 p.m. Sep. 25 at Indiana, 7 p.m. Oct. 2 N. Illinois, 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Kent St., 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Ohio, 2 p.m. Oct. 23 W. Michigan, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Temple, 1 p.m. Nov. 6 at Ball St., 1 p.m. Nov. 17 Miami (Ohio), TBA Nov. 26 Buffalo, TBA ALABAMA Sep. 4 San Jose St., 7 p.m. Sep. 11 Penn St., 7 p.m. Sep. 18 at Duke, 3:30 p.m. Sep. 25 at Arkansas, TBA Oct. 2 Florida, TBA Oct. 9 at South Carolina, TBA Oct. 16 Mississi