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ROCKFORD — Dan Cairns is beginning his third season as the Parkway head football coach after six years at Sidney and seven years at Brookside, plus seven years as a varsity assistant at Garfield Heights Trinity.

He returns eight starters on offense (a variation of the spread) and six to the defense (variation of the 4-3), as well as four other lettermen, from a 0-10 team in 2012 (0-8 in the rugged Midwest Athletic Conference).

Only seven lettermen are gone from last fall.

Among the returnees are seniors in quarterback/defensive back Brant Barna (6-4, 195), two-way lineman Noah Gehron (6-1, 340), Adam Carr (wide receiver/defensive back; 5-5, 155), Austin Dennison (defensive back; 5-11, 170), Matt Heindel (6-1, 175; wide receiver/defensive back), Dakota Hucke (5-10, 175; running back/linebacker), Mike Miracle (6-0, 190; offensive line/linebacker), two-way lineman Jarod Moses (6-3, 220), Nick Hoehammer (5-8, 175, offensive line/linebacker), Tyler Kittle (5-6, 150, running back/defensive back), Ryan On (5-8, 170; running back/defensive back) and Dakota Schaffner (6-5, 175; wide receiver/defensive line); and juniors two-way lineman Jared Puthoff (6-2, 230), Hayden Abromavich (5-11, 165/wide receiver/defensive back), Kris Gangwer (5-10, 165, running back/defensive back), Caleb Heindel (5-7, 155; wide receiver/defensive back), Sheldon Kittle (6-0, 185; two way lineman) and Ryan Lautzenheiser (5-9, 160; wideout/linebacker).

As well, juniors Collin Leighner (5-8, 180; two way lineman), Devin Stover (6-1, 190; wideout/defensive line) and Adam Stutz (6-0, 190; two-way lineman) are ready to step into the open spots in the lineup.

“This year’s team consists of a tough, hard-working group of ‘Blue Collar-type players. The kids are tight and love playing together,” Cairns said. “We lack depth; our numbers are low (43 in top four grades), so we can’t afford any injuries.

“Keys to our success are to stay injury-free and establish a running game to take pressure off the quarterback. IN our league, there is a lot of tradition and that means Coldwater, Anna, St. John’s and Marion Local should be the class of the league.”

Joining Cairns (also offensive coordinator) in the coaching ranks are Dave Hucke (defensive coordinator/WRs and DBs), Casey McConahay (QBs and DBs), Nick Riley (OL/DL) and Luke Clouse (RBs and LBs).

Parkway hosts Crestview 7:30 p.m. Friday to open the season.



COLDWATER — Coldwater’s gridiron crew won the program’s third State Football championship in 2012, claiming a Division V title with a 15-0 mark for fourth-year head coach Chip Otten (8-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference).

Otten enters 2013 with a 37-8 mark at Coldwater and a 65-40 mark overall (including at Middletown),

He looks to add to the Cavaliers all-time mark of 508-262-22 (1936-2012) but must replace 26 decorated seniors that were key cogs of a spread offense that scored 33.9 points per game and ceded 6.13 points, including fourth-year quarterback Austin Bruns, wideouts/defensive backs Caleb Siefring, Kyle Post, Jordan Chapin and Josh Huber, defensive stars Zach Dickman, Derek Collett, Alan Kunk, Cody Madaj and Vinny Droesch, amongst others.

He will build this year’s crew around returnees in heir-apparent quarterback Brody Hoying (5-10, 180, junior), two-way player Mitchell Schoenherr (6-1, 200, senior; wide receiver/linebacker) and junior Derek Thobe (6-2, 170; wide receiver/defensive back).

Look for seniors like Adam Klosterman (6-0, 165; wide receiver/defensive back), Grant Muhlenkamp (5-10, 170; running back/outside linebacker), Jason Bills (5-10, 175; running back/defensive back), Matt Kramer (6-1, 85; wide receiver/outside linebacker/kicker), Drew Otten (5-7, 160; wideout/safety), Brad Eckstein (5-10, 160; wideout/outside linebacker), Nick Staugler (5-10, 170; running back/linebacker), Jared Post (6-2, 190; offensive line/defensive end), Alex Klosterman (5-10, 200; two-way lineman), Austin Klosterman (5-10, 200; two-way lineman), Andrew Schwieterman (6-2, 215; two-way lineman) and Zach Huff (5-9, 160; wide receiver/outside linebacker).

As well, juniors Greg Gilliland (6-4, 200; quarterback/long snapper), Brandon Kunk (5-11, 170; wideout/outside linebacker), C.J. Seibert (5-7, 150; wideout/linebacker), Mitch Fullenkamp (5-10, 200; two-way lineman), Rob Cupp (5-10, 220; two-way lineman), Chase Bruggeman (6-1, 180; two-way lineman), Jake Schmidt (5-10, 180; offensive line/linebacker), Ted Fisher (6-0, 155; two-way lineman), Nick Clune (6-2, 195; two-way lineman), Ross Siefring (6-2, 185; two-way lineman), Blake Spangler (5-10, 225; two-way lineman) and Caleb Madaj (6-1, 275; two-way lineman) will be in the mix.

Otten has 24 sophomores that could play roles as well.

Assistant football coaches are Mark Bruns, Randy Wright, Jason Hemmelgarn, Jeff Kerr, Thad Forsthoefel, Dan Kanney and Aaron Alig.

Coldwater opens up defense of its title 7:30 p.m. Friday versus Kenton.



MARIA STEIN — Marion Local football mentor Tim Goodwin added to the Flyer legacy with another state title, copping the Division VI crown in December.

They Flyers finished 2012 with a 13-2 mark, including 6-2 in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

Goodwin only has six seniors to replace from last season, so the 2013 Flyers are well-stocked to make a strong run at their third straight title.

The biggest cog for this group is third-year quarterback Adam Bertke (6-6, 215, senior; safety), along with seniors Austin Albers(6-1, 180; wideout/linebacker), Troy Homan (6-2, 195; wideout/outside linebacker), Matt Bertke (5-10. 200; center/nose), Jason Brunswick (6-2, 220; two-way lineman), Sam Poeppelman(6-3, 295; two-way lineman) and Nate Nagel(5-11, 170; wideout/cornerback); and juniors Jacy Goettemoeller (5-10, 175; running back/outside linebacker; coming off knee surgery from the state title game), Ryan Bruns (6-7, 205; wideout/defensive end), Evan Fleck(5-11, 170; wideout/safety), Dustin Rethman (5-11, 180; quarterback/cornerback), Jacob Kunkler(6-0, 180; tight end/linebacker), Joe Schwieterman (running back/linebacker) and Chris Lochtefeld (6-4, 200; offensive tackle/defensive end).

As well, seniors Brandon Prenger(6-2, 180; wideout/outside linebacker) and Alex Ungruhn (6-1, 165; wideout/cornerback); juniors Cory Heitkamp (6-2, 155; wideout/cornerback), Ethan Nietfeld (5-11, 195; running back/noseman), Nathan Heckman (6-2, 215; two-way lineman), Blake Benton (5-10, 170; running back/outside linebacker), Trevor Cooper (5-8, 220; two-way lineman), Mason Thobe (6-1, 240; two-way lineman) and Peyton Kramer (6-2, 200; two-way lineman); and sophomores Derek Albers (6-0, 180; wideout/outside linebacker), Cole Griesdorn (5-11, 155; safety), Caleb Schemmel (5-10, 160; two-way lineman), Joe Wuebker (5-9, 150; running back/linebacker), John Schwieterman (6-5, 185; two-way lineman), Hunter Wilker (5-11, 80; wideout/cornerback), Kyle Homan (5-9, 160; wideout/safety) and Aaron Nietfeld (5-9, 175; running back/linebacker).

Assistant coaches are Dan Koenig, Kevin Otte, Greg Bruns, Dan Thobe, Bob Gecewich, BJ Wolters, Bill Goodwin and Jason Scheer.

Marion Local opens with Shawnee 7:30 p.m. Friday.



ST. HENRY — St. Henry’s football program has a storied history, winning six state chamionships.

However, the last title was in 2006.

Coming off a 9-4 campaign, including 5-3 in the Midwest Athletic Conference, Brad Luthman takes over for Jeff Starkey and will try to add more hardware to the Redskins trophy case.

One major loss is four-year quarterback Kyle Stahl.

Likely taking over for the 6-4 signal-caller is either Jeff Paul (6-3, 180, senior; also a candidate at wide receiver/defensive back) or Mitchel Stammen (5-11, 160, sophomore; also a wideout/defensive back).

Other starting candidates on a very young team (eight seniors) include seniors Tyler Schwieterman (5-11, 160; wide receiver/cornerback), Chris Hess (6-1, 195; tight end/defensive line), Adam Reichert (5-10, 165; running back/outside linebacker), Jordan Osterholt (5-10, 170; running back/inside linebacker), Mitch Staugler (5-11, 215; center/inside linebacker), Chase Hemmelgarn (6-1, 200; two-way lineman), Briar Holloman (5-10, 163; wide receiver/defensive back) and Matt Meier (6-2, 185; tight end/defensive line).

As well, juniors DJ Kunkler (5-9, 160; wideout/cornerback), Tanner Wourms (5-10, 170; running back/inside linebacker), AJ Niekamp (6-0, 167; wideout/defensive back), Evan Prenger (6-0, 175; tight end/outside linebacker), Caleb Bender (5-11, 155; wide receiver/defensive back), Matt Werling (5-8, 155; wideout/cornerback), Nate Langenkamp (5-10, 154; running back/inside linebacker), Andrew Lundvall (6-2, 180; tight end/outside linebacker), Cole Froning (5-10, 150; running back/defensive back), Jason Schneider (6-0, 175; two-way lineman), Austin Clune (6-2, 185; two-way lineman), Lucas Roll (6-0, 210; two-way lineman), Adam Guggenbiller (5-10, 195; two-way lineman), Andrew Kleinhenz (5-10, 215; two-way lineman) and Jacob Linn (6-2, 160; tight end/defensive line).

Only eight sophomores dot the roster: Jesse Niekamp (6-1, 165; running back/cornerback), Paul Stammen (5-10, 158; wideout/defensive back), Jason Homan (6-0, 160; wideout/outside linebacker), Kaleb Filadelfo (6-2, 152; running back/outside linebacker), Evan Lefeld (6-1, 190; center/inside linebacker), Alex Hartings (6-4, 170; two-way lineman), Justin Rindler (6-1, 212; two-way lineman) and Jaden Ontrop (6-1, 170; tight end/outside linebacker).

St. Henry opens against Marion Pleasant.


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