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August 1.6, 2021 The Star SPORTS t. Joh Head Coach Cory’Davis’ gives week. The teamfwill kick off the season this Friday. Woodchucks will need younger teammembersto stepxup By John Rosinski ‘ * Of The Star The St. John Woodchuck football team will look to reload this year and hopefully get to finish the season. The ‘Chucks qualified for the playoffs . last year but didn’t get an opportunity to take part due to COVID-l9. Almost 30 players in grades 9-12 are out for football this season. Head Coach Cory Davis return for his 22nd year. He will be assisted by Arren St. Vincent, Phil Pearson, Eli Luna and Keifer Langan. Together the coaching staff will return some key players from last year’s team that played up front. Like every team, however, St. John can’t bring back everyone from last year and this year’s unit will have less experience at the skill positions. A key position to fill will be at the quar- terback position. Davis indicated junior Zavier Parisien , has been getting several reps during the pre- . season, but added the underclassman needs to improve as the weeks churn along. Up front St. John will count on senior Jayton Slater and juniors Caden Belgarde and Isaac Charbonneau to anchor the offen— sive and defensive lines. Only three seniors came out to start the season, but Davis said the sophomores and juniors that make up the bulk of the team are raring to go. “We’re in a lot better shape, physically, at the start of this year than We were .last Woodchucks (Continued on Page 10) assistant coach Arren St. Vincent, . By John Rosinski . . OfTheStar . “‘We just need everyr If size matters then this year’s Dunseith one on the to do football team is fixing to have a nice season. It’s hard to know how much human is their own A '01: Of enough to be considered sufficient, but the get caught try_ Dragons are poised to provide almost 1,000 pounds of linemen up front. The team will, if to do other I nothing else, be able to answer the age old . question of ‘where’s the beef?’ and then r Into Zack Pfahl, Rodney Laverdure Jr, and trOUbIe. lust need to Trenton Azure all stand over 6 3 and com— do what ey are supi bine to give the Dragons over 900 pounds of force on the line. posed to do.” The trio will be asked to provide a foun- r _- , . dation for a program looking to battle for this ’ wally Decoteau’ Dunseith ‘ Dragons head coach year’s playoffs. Head Coach Wally DeCoteau I returns for his sixth year. During his tenure A “ he’s provided Dunseith High School with Icessful, but said the kids simply need to focus some consistent coaching and has always on the little things that can make a big differ- picked up at least a couple wins every year. ence. ' This year, he wants his herd of Dragons to “We just need everyone on the field to do move forward. ' their own job. A lot of time they get caught “1 want us to be over .500 and if we can trying to do other things and then we get into handle that, then the playoffs could be in trouble. They just need to do what they are sight,” DeCoteau said. “We have to try and supposed to do.” get over the hump and instead of three or four A total of 29 kids are out for football this wins get it up to five or six.” year. DeCoteau said another emphasis this The Dragons have spent the better part of year is creating more depth. He said if a the preseason focusing on defense. In year’s player is on the roster, he wants them to be past DeCoteau said the scheme implemented ‘ Dragons by the coaches has had a chance to be suc- (Cominued on Page 10) l ' ! ut instructions to Zander Parisian during a Woodchuck pratice las St.‘John woodchuck layers go through drillsunder the “watchfulveye of Cougars want to do more than to just make playoffs By John Rosinski Of The Star A year removed from the playoffs, the North Prairie Cougars are looking to not only make it back to the post— season, but maybe stick around a few rounds. The Cougars have been on a 'good run of consecutive playoff appearances but have struggled winning in those games. The last playoff win for NP was a Wild 6462 win over Mott in October of 2017. Despite losing six seniors to graduation, Head Coach Josh Keller said he’s excited for the season. He described his players as very coachable, and simply very competitive. “We’re a little younger in a few spots, but these kids want to do well and they work re- ally hard,” Keller said. The foundation of any suc— cessful team is usually found on the offensive and defensive lines and the Cougars appear to have a few players that can provide some firm Support. The group will be led by 6’5” sophomore Nate Tastad. The burly lineman played var- sity all last year, learning the speed and the force of the game at the top tier. Keller de- scribed Tastad as an incredibly motived player who is excited for the season. Junior Isaac Herbel is ex— pected to be right next to Tas— tad, giving the Cougars two linemen that saw extensive varsity action. Herbel, who' has enjoyed success in wrestling, provides the Cougars with a lineman strong enough to provide key block- ing, but also quick enough to chase down an opposing ball carrier. 1 North Prairie Coach Tori Danielson, left, 9 withthe Cougar linemen. . Dunseith’s sizeable squad in srch f winning season Senior Wyatt Dunlop and junior Devlin Forschen are battling for the third lineman position. Junior Nicholas Mears is expected to be the team’s quarterback, having spent the last few years guiding the jun— ior varsity at the same posi- tion. Mears will be flanked by a host of playmakers, including Deryk Thomas and Mitchell (an... Dunseith Dragon Had Football Coach Wally DeCoteau huddles with hlS squad during practice last Week. A Cougar receiver watches the ball into his hands during practice last week. Leas. Tyrell Yoder will do a lot of the rushing for NP while Justin Hudson and Blake Mattson will also get opportu- nities to carry the rock. Carter Casavant and Cole Henderson will also be seeing some reps for the varsity. A total of 28 kids in grades 9-12 are out for football this Cougars (Continued on Page 11) o fthrouh some technique drills