Football season preview
The Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross Spartans graduated five seniors from their 6-4 football team of a year ago, but will return eight starters from that squad.
Seniors Alex Erickson (QB/DB), Mac Kampmeier (TE/DE), Justin Holslin (C) and Brandon Staples (DB/WR) will serve as team captains.
Juniors Evan Ellison (DE/G), Zach Gibson (G/NG), Daniel Nelson (LB/RB) and Patrick Backman (LB/FB), and sophomore Chandler Erickson (CB) join Alex Erickson, Kampmeier and Holslin as returning starters.
Senior Aaron Vold (DB/RB), juniors Kelly Engquist (QB/DB), Tanner Kirkiede (TE/DE), Cole Rundquist (G/NG) and Adam Asfeld (C), and sophomores Austin Dierks (TE/DE) and Clay Staples (G/NG) are all expected to contribute at the varsity level this season.
"Our strength this year will be our experience and leadership," stated head coach David Hofland. "We don't have great numbers this fall but the kids we have are kids of great character and have been working extremely hard to get ready for the season. We will have a little bit of size with some speed to go along with it. We could have nice mix. Our weakness will, once again, be our depth. We cannot afford injuries. Some of our younger players are going to have to step up to give us that needed depth."
Neal Hofland and Matt Fragodt will assist Coach Hofland, and Steve Haren will coach at the junior high level.
Wheaton, Brandon/Evansville and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley are the teams to beat in the Pheasant South Conference, while Wheaton, Hills-Beaver Creek and Edgerton are the top teams in Section 3 of 9-man.