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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:51 pm

Here is a link about changes in WIAA baseball. The coaches want to add another division, but the WIAA has declined it for the time being.

Kind of interesting- the baseball coaches point out girl's softball have less teams than baseball...but have a 5th division. Anyways here’s the link :

https://www.htrnews.com/story/sports/hi ... 844112002/

Just one more link then we'll get back to the WIAC football. UW Whitewater looks impressive this season.
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:28 pm

Here is a link that shows the 2018 Wisconsin Legion Baseball tournament:

http://baseball.departmentapps.org/index.php?id=98

The poster did a really good job on the updates.

The WIAA high school football season is underway. A couple weeks back some of the schools used their contact days. Some don't actually "hit" but instead go shirts and helmets. West DePere used it as a "camp" where the participants got t-shirts. Instead of 4 days of 2+ hours of practice, we heard over at Green Bay Preble they only went 2 days but “extremely long” practices.

DNR report notes from late July- Up in Northern Wisconsin raspberries and blueberries were ripe for picking, anglers were catching rock bass, catfish, northern pike, small mouth bass and walleye on the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers. Last Friday was the "full moon buck" named after the new antlers that emerge this time of year.

From the most recent DNR report notes, Bonus anterless harvest authorizations (formerly known as tags), well you can purchase them Mon 13 Aug at 10am through the Go Wild website.

From the Wisconsin Dept of Health Services, the first death was confirmed recently linked to synthetic cannabinolds (aka fake weed, K2 and spice). Confirmed cases of this use is coming out of Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Rock Counties.

Stay away from this crap!
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:43 am

U-W Whitewater Warhawks

UW-Whitewater has been consistentantly one of the best D3 college football programs in the WIAC. Since 1913, the Warhawks have won 35 WIAC Championships and right behind them with 33 WIAC Championships is UW-LaCrosse.

Since the D3 college football championship game began (Stagg Bowl) back in 1973, it was 32 years later in 2005 UW-Whitewater finally turned that corner and made their apperance in this game.

UW-Whitewater would make the Stagg Bowl 7 straight seasons from 2005 to 2011, and come back in 2013 & 2014.

Watching the growth of the program, the Warhawks started 1-3 in Stagg Bowl games but they would eventually win 6 of the 9 appearances.

Last season the Warhawks finished 2nd place in the WIAC with a 6-1 record and 7-3 overall. They started the season uncharacteristically on the wrong foot- losing their first 2 non-conference games then when starting WIAC play, lost to UW-Oshkosh 37-20.

Will have to stop here. Will get back to UW-Whitewater hopefully soon...Oh yes, one neat note...last season there was a U.P. football player on the roster!
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:54 pm

UW-Whitewater Warhawks cont'd

Apologize these team posts aren't "uniformed."

The head coach for UW-Whitewater is Kevin Bullis. Coach Bullis began his coaching career back in the late 80's with University of Minnesota- Morris as the linebackers coach, then from 1990-1993 coached the linebackers again but at UW-River Falls. He went back to the State of Minnesota to be the defensive coordinator at Gustavous Adolphus. Then returned a second time at UW-River Falls as their defensive coordinator from 1995 -2007. He also served as their assistant head coach for four of those seasons.

During his time as an assistant coach at UW-Whitewater, the Warhawks hit their prime years (possibly to be continued). During his tenure as an assistant, the Warhawks reached the Stagg Bowl 6 of those 7 years and Coach Bullis was part of 5 of those D3 National Championship teams.

He enters his 4 season as head coach.

UW-Whitewater's non-conference opponents this season will be Dubuque, Iowa, Concordia Moorhead (MN) and Middle Georgia State...not sure where they are from ha ha just kidding.

The profile of last year's team was heavy on Wisconsin and Illinois players:

57 came from Wisconsin
32 came from Illinois
1 from California (was a starter)
1 from Iowa (was also a starter)
1 came from God's Country on the Michigan side...the Stang Nation... #82 Andy Cooper of Munising. Believe he will be a junior. On his bio he appeared in 2 games last season and did a great job returning kickoffs.

Warhawks Offense

Their main shoes to fill are a couple O-Line spots and the tightend position. They graduated a guard and tackle, but a couple of the returning linemen were pretty diverse. One played center and tackle (Nate Trewyn from Janesville/Milton) , a conference honorable mention and Matthew Saager (*Lodi) played both guard and tackle. Their tightend they lost started all 10 games. Their receivers aren't in bad shape as two key players return. UWW returns all 3 key personnel who played the running back positions. Returning at the quarterback position will be senior Cole Wilber from California. He started 9 games last season.

Warhawks Defense

Looking at my notes, have got "DB's- Great Shape." "DL-Great Shape." "LBs-Great Shape." All four starting defensive backs return. 3 will be seniors. The defensive line graduated 1 senior, but his backup played in 10 games last season. The defensive line will be led by senior defensive end Harry Henschler (Janesville Craig) -1st Team All WIAC.
The linebackers return every one of 5 different starters. The key LB who returns is 1st team Bryce Leszczynski (Milwaukee Pius XI).

Note of Special Teams: A special teams standout is Josh Ringelberg-Junior from Greendale. Handled punt return duties. Was WIAC Honorable Mention in this area. Can also return kickoffs, play receiver and running back.

source: UW-Whitewater website and WIAC website.

* CCR sings about Lodi...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YpozyJk-ttc
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:23 am

Morning

One more WIAC team to go. Before getting to them, just wanted to share some football on-goings and thoughts from a displaced Yooper here in the great state of Wisconsin.

Last week our younger son and I went to the Packers preseason game. To be completely honest, I haven't watched as much NFL football like I used to. Especially last season. I just don't see the players of today like the ones I saw as a kid.

But just like with our oldest son- I went more for the father/son experience. First thing, we took the "free" bus service transportation to Lambeau. It was my first time taking it, so it was like experiencing the game from someone outside of Green Bay. The fans were fun to be around and respectful of those wearing Tennessee jerseys.

The food prices are getting worse. A beer was $11.25 or $11.50 something like that. But at least I was supporting our fellow Wisconsin workers over in Chippewa Falls at the Leinenkugel Brewing Company.

I like college football more than the NFL. I like their rules too. I don't like these "automatic first down" and "from the spot of the foul" rules. Too many gimmes for the offense but it's our society today isn't it? Always trying to make things easier/lowering the bar. Finding ways for success to come easy.

Turning to local high school football, also last week throughout Wisconsin scrimmages were held. People here in Ashwaubenon know the next few years could be very rough. Participation numbers have been drastically dropping. In recent years a few Juniors have been dropped down to play JV games and the teams still struggled.

Many heard about Ashwaubenon's scrimmage performance against Appleton North. Mentioned this recently in the past, but Appleton North's QB transferred out of Ashwaubenon a few years ago. He's recognized as one of the top players in the area.

Anyways athletics are full of disappointment. We got news Ashwaubenon's starting QB was told "He's no longer the starter." This senior was the one who put in all the off season 7 on 7 spring and summer sessions. He may start at DB though so their could be a silver lining in all this.

Ashwaubenon opens the season against Green Bay Preble. Preble now has 4 former Ashwaubenon high school/middle school coaches in their program.
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:34 pm

UW-Oshkosh Titans

Last season the Titans ran the table in the WIAC, going undefeated in conference play at 7-0, 12-1 overall. That one loss came in a semi-final loss to Mount Union, Ohio. Will try to find a video link on that game. It was a gut wrenching loss. UWO had a good lead in the game and had a chance to tie it in the end. You know that game had to eat at the returning players all off season.

The team's head coach is Pat Cerroni. Little longer coaching path than the other WIAC head coaches. After graduating high school back in the '80's, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years. After his enlistment he attended and graduated from Carrol University, then went on and got his masters from UW-Oshkosh. He spent his earlier coaching years at the high school level- schools like Arrowhead, Waukesha, Catholic Memorial, then a head coaching job at Menomonee Falls. In 2000 he joined UW-Oshkosh as an assistant. He will begin his 12th season as head coach.

Coach Cerroni didn't build UWO up to where they are overnight. A few posts back it's shown how UW-Oshkosh has been competing with UW-Whitewater about the past 4-5 years. Finally 2 years ago in 2016 they made it to the Stagg Bowl. It appeared they were mirroring UW-Whitewater's climb to the top from 10 years ago but that semi-finals last year will be tough pill to learn from.

This year's non-conference opponents will be Carthage College, Davenport University (MI), and Lincoln University (MO).

Looking at the profile of last season's team:

Wisconsin- 85 players
Illinois- 15 players

That's it. Of those 15 players from Illinois, 8 were either starters or backups.

Offense

Here's the bottom line: Center, Quarterback, Running Back, one key Receiver...all their key scoring weapons from last season...gone. Even the backup quarterback graduated.

Big holes to fill, but on a bright side an outstanding cast of supporting players around them. Next up at Running Back is junior Mitch Gerhartz (Hortonville). The tightend returning was a WIAC honorable mention- Cody Moon (Sr, Laconia). Three of the offensive linemen coming back made WIAC recognition- Tyler Power (Sr, Hortonville) and Alex Wendorf (Sr, Watertown) were 1st team selections and Austin Summers (Sr, Illinois) honorable mention. Many of the backups will be seniors too. One standout All-Purpose back returning is Dom Todarello (Sr, Arrowhead). The receiving corps is wide open.

Defense

Should be very, very strong. The defensive line will be young and experienced. Will have 2 sophomores and a junior. The junior leading the D-Line is 2nd team WIAC Brady Heimer (Kimberly). The Titans return 2 of the 4 starting linebackers- 2nd team WIAC Scott Skornicka (Sr, Two Rivers) and 1st team WIAC Derrick Jennings, Jr (Sr, DeForest). Jennings should be the leader on D.
Cornerbacks- great shape. All 4 starters return. Watch for 1st team WIAC Cole Yoder (Sr, Oshkosh West). Other standouts are Sr AJ Plewa (2nd team WIAC from South Milwaukee) and WIAC honorable mention Taylor Ripplinger (Sr, Arrowhead).

Some special teams notes- Senior Turner Gersthardt (Oshkosh North) returns as both the kicker and punter. Mentioned Dom Todarello- he also does a super job as a return specialist.

Also returning- the holder and long snapper.

So again, the big producers of last year are gone- the center, QB, RB and key Receiver, but a great supporting cast around whomever fills those roles. Another note, after that 2016 Stagg Bowl apperance, many top notch high school recruits came to UWO. Saw an interview with Coach Cerroni and he said how he warned those freshmen they wouldn't play- but they were willing to wait it out and stay with the program.

Coach Cerroni also stated when you win the WIAC, you know you can compete with any (D3) team in the nation.

source: WIAC and UW-Oshkosh websites.

Want to get back and post that one video link, as well as touch on 3 private colleges here in Wisconsin who have been good to U.P. football players.

So remember if you move here and raise a family, the WIAC schools are your bread and butter for higher education. You won't be disappointed sending your kids there. It's a wonderful system.
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:59 pm

Well it's been a nice evening involving football. Packers hosting Pittsburgh in pre-season football and the high school football teams kicked off their 2018 season this evening.

Here is the link to that UW-Oshkosh semi finals game against Mount Union last season. Some of the Titans players who made big plays in the video return (Todarello & on defense Jennings, Jr.):

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7DaVigA2EXg

A side note- In local high school football in our neck of the woods Ashwaubenon lost to Green Bay Preble 10-7. Down 10-0 in the 2nd half, Ashwaubenon blew 2 scoring oppotunities- a lost fumble inside Preble's 10 yd line and a missed field goal.

Preble really didn't look strong. Late in the game their defense looked really winded and tired. On a personal note, never really thought this conference did anything for Bay Port and Preble. It shows when they play teams from heavier D1 conferences in the state.

But they are a good test for our D2 schools.

Heard Pulaski was up on Southwest 14-10. Think Pulaski has a good shot at winning the conference here. If their running back stays healthy they should be a top contender.
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby amped0808 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:00 am

Pulaski won 21-17 over Southwest last night.
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Re: Displaced Yoopers in WI thread. Dedicated to the "906."

Postby Hueby » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:51 am

amped0808 wrote:Pulaski won 21-17 over Southwest last night.


Thanks amped0808!

Very defensive games last night. Unusual. Hopefully we can see more “Defense/running games.” Was surprised as Southwest graduated a lot of seniors. Pulaski now runs the single wing.

BTW Our older son was at that game last night between Ashwaubenon and Preble. He texted and said how the Preble coach ripped off his headset and went off....on the DC. (They only had 10 men on the field and had to burn a time out). One or two plays later Ashwaubenon fumbled inside the Preble 10 and lost the ball.
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