September 9, 1997 in Sports

Southeast B-11 League

 

Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks

1996 record: 0-5, 1-8, last

Coach: Ken Lindgren

Years coaching, record: 1st, 0-0

Starters, lettermen returning: 10, 13

Base offense, defense: Single back; 4-4

Top returners: Shawn Blackledge, sr., 5-11, 175, OL/LB; Jon Alires, sr., 5-10, 245, OL/DL; John Wall, sr., 6-5, 195, QB/ DE; Derek Teal, sr., 5-10, 160, WR/DB.

Newcomers: Andy Gumm, soph., 5-8, 180, OL/LB; Seth Perrins, soph., 5-7, 130, RB/DB.

Quick kicks: Lindgren steps up to head job after six years as an assistant that included a state B-8 title in 1992.

Coach’s comment: “Should be a good, competitive league this year. DeSales finished second in state and Waitsburg beat DeDales in the last game of the regular season.”

Outlook: The Nighthawks have the right ingredients to make a big jump with the offensive line returning and experience in the backfield. The prediction is third, but only two of the seven teams make the playoffs.

Garfield-Palouse Vikings

1996 record: 3-2, 5-3, third

Coach: Kevin Sheffler, Phil Morgan, co-coaches

Years coaching, record: 1st, 0-0

Starters, lettermen returning: 4, 8

Base offense, defense: Wing T or I; 4-4 or 4-3

Top returners: Brad Bischolff, sr., 6-2, 180, QB; Jason Cronk, sr., 6-2, 185, FB (from guard); B.J. Carter, 6-3, 265, T; Tim Herbert, sr., 6-2, 230, T.

Newcomers: None listed

Quick kicks: Co-coaches have 10 years of experience, but have their first head job taking over for Larry Stephenson.

Coach’s comment: “(Our strengths are) the quarterback position and … the lines, (we lost) many skill players. No expectations this year, we are very young and somewhat small.”

Outlook: The Vikings are young and inexperienced and a sixth-place finish in the seven-team league is likely.

St. John-Endicott Eagles

1996 record: 2-3, 5-4, fourth in SE-B8

Coach: Frank Watson

Years coaching, record: 2nd, 5-4

Starters, lettermen returning: 6, 8

Base offense, defense: I; 5-4

Top returners: Josh Siler, sr., 6-0, 190, QB; John Stoner, sr., 5-9, 150, E; Ryan Stolmeir, sr., 6-4, 215, E/K; Andrew Kolb, sr., 6-0, 170, LB.

Newcomers: None listed Quick kicks: The Eagles move up from 8-man with only 14 upperclassmen.

Coach’s comment: “This is our first year in the league. We will have to wait and see how we stack up against the opposition.”

Outlook: It’s tough to expect much moving from 8-man to 11-man, but being competitive in a couple of games would make a good stepping stone for the Eagles to build on.

Note: DeSales and Waitsburg are considered league favorites. Asotin and Pomeroy are other teams in the league.

, DataTimes


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