September 7, 1995 in Sports

Southeast B-8 Smaller, But Not Any Less Rugged

By The Spokesman-Review
 

One little seven-team league produced last year’s top-ranked B-8 team and another team that finished No. 1 on the field.

The Southeast B-8 is now a six-team league, but every bit as potent.

Defending State B-8 champion Touchet (10-1) graduated few players from the group that beat Pateros 38-24 in last year’s Kingbowl.

Touchet’s lone loss came against league rival LaCrosse-Washtucna, which entered postseason ranked on top but lost to Pateros 36-30 in the quarterfinals.

Touchet and L-W should slug it out again for league superiority. They have one less league rival to fret about because Waitsburg’s increased enrollment sent it to the SEB-11.

Despite the loss of one team, the SEB-8 picked up one state playoff spot while the Northeast B-8 shrunk from four to three postseason bids. St. John-Endicott, with an improved turnout, is a favorite for the No. 3 spot to state.

Come the end of league season, the standings should look like this: Touchet, L-W, SJE, Rosalia, Colton, Prescott.

SOUTHEAST B

LaCrosse-Washtucna Tigercats

1994 record: 6-0, 8-1; first

Coach: Jeff Nelson

Years coaching: Second

Coach’s record: 8-1

Top returners: Joe Kinch, 6-0, 185, sr., RB/DB; Shawn Larkin, 6-2, 255, sr., OT/DG; Casey Rouleau, 6-2, 175, jr., R/LB; Clint Anderson, 5-9, 165, jr., RB/ DB; Jeremy Daniel, 6-2, 160, jr., QB/S; Clint Ledbetter, 6-2, 180, jr., R/LB

Top newcomers: Tom Stine, 5-10, 185, sr., OG/DT; Greg Whitman, 6-2, 185, fr., R/DE.

Quick kicks: Kinch, the team’s top college prospect, rushed for 1,015 yards last year.

Coach’s comment: “I don’t think we’ll miss a beat. … Injuries can devastate us, just like any other eight-man team.”

Outlook: With Daniel at the helm, the Tigercats should finish no lower than second. First place wouldn’t shock anyone (except, maybe, Touchet).

St. John-Endicott Eagles

1994 record: 2-4, 3-6; fifth

Coach: Dick Behrens

Years coaching: Fourth

Coach’s record: 9-17

Top returners: Zach Hergert, 5-9, 170, sr., RB/LB; Joe Gering, 6-3, 190, sr., RB/DE; Brandon Phillips, 6-0, 220, sr., G; Conor Kleweno, 5-10, 160, sr., R/DB; Ryan Schauble, 5-11, 160, sr., R/DB; Chris Larson, 6-0, 205, jr., FB/DG; John Hergert, 6-5, 250, jr., C/G.

Top newcomers: Kale Colyar, 5-9, 150, jr., R/S; Josh Siler, 6-0, 165, soph., QB; Ryan Stolmeier, 6-2, 170, soph., R/DE; Andrew Kolb, 5-10, 160, soph., RB/LB; John Pool, 5-10, 205, jr., C.

Quick kicks: The Eagles blew a chance for .500 last year with an overtime loss to Waitsburg.

Coach’s comment: “I think (a playoff spot) is definitely an attainable goal for us. The last couple of years we’ve had trouble with close games.”

Outlook: Good size and speed, and an increased turnout of 13 should help SJE snare a playoff berth.

Rosalia Spartans

1994 record: 4-2, 6-2; tied for third

Coach: Jim Hereford

Years coaching: Third

Coach’s record: 9-7

Top returners: Brian Maley, 6-1, 190, sr., RB/LB; Tysen Blank, 6-1, 195, jr., QB/DE; David Finley, 5-10, 160, sr., RB/DB; John Cowger, 5-10, 160, sr., OG/LB.

Top newcomers: Bill Lathrop, 5-11, 180, soph., G; Andy Van Grimbergen, 5-9, 150, jr., R/DB

Quick kicks: Maley, a 4.0 student who gained 1,500 yards last year, has added 15 pounds.

Coach’s comment: “We have an experienced backfield with a young line. Maley was a quarterback as a freshman and Finley was a running back as a freshman.”

Outlook: The Spartans would have made the playoffs last year had the league had three playoff spots. This year there are three, but young Rosalia may not match ‘94.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Photo

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: SEB-8 SCHEDULE Sept. 8 Odessa at Touchet, 3 p.m. LaCrosse-Washtucna at Lind, 4 p.m. Cusick at Rosalia, 7 pm St. John-Endicott at Inchelium, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 Dayton JV at Prescott, 3 p.m. Colton at Genesee, 7 p.m. Sept. 15 Rosalia at Cusick, 7 p.m. LaCrosse-Washtucna at Odessa, 7:30 p.m. St. John-Endicott at Lind, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 LaCrosse-Washtucna at Rosalia, 7 p.m. Odessa at St. John-Endicott, 7 p.m. Lakeside (Plummer, Id.) at Colton, 7 p.m. Sept. 29 Kahlotus at Prescott, 3 p.m. Lyle at Touchet, 3 p.m. Rosalia at St. John-Endicott, 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Prescott at Touchet, 3 p.m. Colton at Rosalia, 7 p.m. St. John-Endicott at LaCrosse-Washtucna, 7 p.m. Oct. 13 Touchet at St. John-Endicott Rosalia at LaCrosse-Washtucna, 3 p.m. Prescott at Colton, 7 p.m. Oct. 20 LaCrosse-Washtucna at Touchet, 3 p.m. Colton at St. John-Endicott, 7 p.m. Rosalia at Prescott, 3 p.m. Oct. 27 St. John-Endicott at Prescott, 3 p.m. LaCrosse-Washtucna at Colton, 7 p.m. Touchet at Rosalia, 7 p.m. Nov. 3 Colton at Touchet, 2 p.m. Prescott at LaCrosse-Washtucna, 7 p.m. St. John-Endicott at Rosalia, 7 p.m.

This sidebar appeared with the story: SEB-8 SCHEDULE Sept. 8 Odessa at Touchet, 3 p.m. LaCrosse-Washtucna at Lind, 4 p.m. Cusick at Rosalia, 7 pm St. John-Endicott at Inchelium, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 Dayton JV at Prescott, 3 p.m. Colton at Genesee, 7 p.m. Sept. 15 Rosalia at Cusick, 7 p.m. LaCrosse-Washtucna at Odessa, 7:30 p.m. St. John-Endicott at Lind, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 LaCrosse-Washtucna at Rosalia, 7 p.m. Odessa at St. John-Endicott, 7 p.m. Lakeside (Plummer, Id.) at Colton, 7 p.m. Sept. 29 Kahlotus at Prescott, 3 p.m. Lyle at Touchet, 3 p.m. Rosalia at St. John-Endicott, 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Prescott at Touchet, 3 p.m. Colton at Rosalia, 7 p.m. St. John-Endicott at LaCrosse-Washtucna, 7 p.m. Oct. 13 Touchet at St. John-Endicott Rosalia at LaCrosse-Washtucna, 3 p.m. Prescott at Colton, 7 p.m. Oct. 20 LaCrosse-Washtucna at Touchet, 3 p.m. Colton at St. John-Endicott, 7 p.m. Rosalia at Prescott, 3 p.m. Oct. 27 St. John-Endicott at Prescott, 3 p.m. LaCrosse-Washtucna at Colton, 7 p.m. Touchet at Rosalia, 7 p.m. Nov. 3 Colton at Touchet, 2 p.m. Prescott at LaCrosse-Washtucna, 7 p.m. St. John-Endicott at Rosalia, 7 p.m.

Get stories like this in a free daily email


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus