""""" WIAA Football """""""""""""""""" High School Football Underway; Peshtigo Training Camp Begins
Summer vacation for our local high school athletes is nearing an end. Though some may be sad by the fact, no one looked more excited than Eric Seyler's Bulldogs, who were unleashed from their kennels Tuesday Aug. 2 for the first official practice of the football season.
Head Coach Seyler will again be at the helm of the dog pen along with assistant coaches Pat Robbins, Jeff Bayerl, Rick Raygo, John Berth and Rick Neumann
"We might just be a little faster than we were last year," said Seyeler. "We don't have a lot of size and had to replace a lot of our numbers from last year, but we had some good contact days, the guys look good."
This year's squad is composed of 12 seniors, 12 juniors, 12 sophomores and 6 freshmen. The list of seniors includes Josh Biegler, Aaron Ehlert, Justin Fischer, Alex Harper, Dalton Keller, Tyler Lamahieu, Cameron Lepkowski, Tyler Sinks, Connor Smith, Justin Thill, Blake VanVooren and Jeremy VanVooren.
Juniors are Gavin Brissette, Gavin Forsberg, Dakota Heckel, Drew Koenigs, Seth Kuhn, Austin Liske, Max Neumann, Riley Reif, Jon Shultz, John Sophonsutthi, Lawsyn Uher and Zach Wauters.
"Some of our sophomores are a little tentative as to how they fit into the picture, but are finding their roles," said Seyler. "We have some real good freshman athletes as well."
Composing the corps of sophomores are Aiden Bohaczek, Reese DeMarce, Alex Dolata, Nick Parrett, Travis Plym, Jared Potkay, Max Rauch, Mohammed Salem, Tyler Saltzman, David Schuelke, Joe Sodini and Mitchell VanVooren.
The six freshmen are Jerad Jandt, Nick Nielson, Mitchell Peters, Jordan Riebe, Gunner Sommers and Devyn Wauters.
"It's always tough when you lose a good group of guys," said Seyler. "It's a little like my first year here when the team was replacing guys like Berth, Keller and Neumann. But at least this year there isn't a new system to learn."
Last season the Bulldogs could have cruised their way to an undefeated season, if it were not for the tough and talented Cougars, who handed Peshtigo one of only two defeats.
"Coleman and Bonduel are the only two teams we haven't been able to overcome in the past two seasons," said Seyler. "So we will definitely be looking forward to these games, especially the final game of the season where we will take on Coleman."
This will also be the last year Peshtigo will be part of the M&O Conference and will be leaving the conference to become part of the Packerland Conference.
"It is definitely our goal to go out on the top," said Seyler.
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