Varsity Football

Central Kansas League teams

Halstead

Jonah McKee 5-4 155 QB Sr.
Cory Armendariz 5-6 170 FB Sr.
Alex Thibault 5-4 165 RB-DB Sr.
Timothy Glassco 5-10 175 DL Sr.

Coach: Marc Svaty, fifth season. 2011: 6-3

Notes: McKee and Armendariz return to lead an experienced Dragon offense. McKee threw for 866 yards last season and Armendariz lead the team in rushing with 1,030 yards.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Hesston; Sept. 7, at Lyons; Sept. 14, at Smoky Valley; Sept. 21, Sterling; Sept. 28, Pratt; Oct. 5, at Kingman; Oct. 12, at Marion; Oct. 19, Moundridge; Oct. 25, Hillsboro.

Haven

Trae Regier 5-9 175 RB-LB Sr.
Zach Hendrickson 5-8 180 FB-LB Sr.
Jed Beachy 5-10 175 WR-LB Sr.
Dalton Arbuckle 6-0 165 WR-DB Sr.

Coach: Mike Self, second season. 2011: 2-7

Notes: Regier and Hendrickson will showcase the Wildcats’ flexbone offense this year. Expectations are growing for Haven with 17 starters returning this season.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Eureka; Sept. 7, at Pratt; Sept. 14, at Hesston; Sept. 21, Smoky Valley; Ssept. 28, at Belle Plaine; Oct. 5, Nickerson; Oct. 12, Garden Plain; Oct. 19, at Kingman; Oct. 25, Trinity Academy.

Hesston

John Birch 6-2 215 RB-LB Sr.
Wyatt McKinney 6-6 215 QB:Jr.
Marcos Duran 5-11 190 FB-LB Sr.
Ryan Schadler 5-11 175 RB-DB:Jr.

Coach: Marc Marinelli, third season. 2011: 8-3

Notes: Hesston returns six starters on a defense that helped guide them to a 6-1 league record and a 4-0 division record last season. Birch will lead a Swather backfield that possesses plenty of speed and depth.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Halstead; Sept. 7, at Nickerson; Sept. 14, Haven; Sept. 21, Hillsboro; Sept. 28, at Kingman; Oct. 5, at Pratt; Oct. 12, Circle; Oct. 19, at Maize South; Oct. 25, El Dorado.

Hillsboro

Lucas Sinclair 5-11 165 QB-DB Sr.
Mitchell Day 5-7 135 RB-DB Sr.
Christian Ratzlaff 6-2 170 WR-DB Jr.
Tyrell Thiessen 5-11 260 RB-LB Sr.

Coach: Lance Sawyer, first season. 2011: 5-5

Notes: Sinclair will be the one of the few new starters in the Trojan offense. Led by Day and Thiessen, depth and experience will be big assets to Hillsboro’s season on both sides of the ball.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Lyons; Sept. 7, Sterling; Sept. 14, Nickerson; Sept. 21, at Hesston; Sept. 28, Smoky Valley; Oct. 5, Remington; Oct. 12, at Moundridge; Oct. 19, Marion; Oct. 25, at Halstead.

Kingman

Austin Massey 5-11 170 RB-LB Sr.
Nick Meng 6-0 170 TE-DB Sr.
Zach Andersen 6-0 200 FB-LB Jr.
Ryan Boroughs 6-0 190 OL-LB Jr.

Coach: Curtis Albin, second season. 2011: 2-7

Notes: Having to play with many underclassmen last season will be to Kingman’s benefit. Anderson and Boroughs look to build upon all-league seasons as sophomores.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Sunrise; Sept. 7, at Smoky Valley; Sept. 14, Pratt; Sept. 21, at Nickerson; Sept. 28, Hesston; Oct. 5, Halstead; Oct. 12, at Hutchinson Trinity; Oct. 19, Haven; Oct. 25, Garden Plain.

Lyons

Lukas Padilla 5-9 165 RB-DB Sr.
Luis Rascon 5-8 155 RB-LB Sr.
Ryan McClure 5-11 165 QB-DB Jr.
Alan Pina 6-1 190 OL-DL Jr.

Coach: James Johnston, first season. 2011: 1-8

Notes: Johnston takes over the Lions after 24 seasons at South Barber. Padilla and Rascon will gives Johnston an experienced backfield that will compete well in the CKL.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Hillsboro; Sept. 7, Halstead; Sept. 14, at Sterling; Sept. 21, at Pratt; Sept. 28, Nickerson; Oct. 5, at Smoky Valley; Oct. 12, at Ellsworth; Oct. 19, SE-Saline; Oct. 25, at Salina Sacred Heart.

Nickerson

Sean Rodriguez 6-0 190 RB-DB Sr.
Tyler Owen 6-0 190 RB-LB Sr.
Ryan O’Tool 6-1 190 QB Sr.
Bailey Zulkoski 5-10 195 LB Sr.

Coach: Max Heinlein, seventh season. 2011: 4-5

Notes: Experience will not be an issue for the Panthers as they return their entire offensive backfield as well as eight starters on defense.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Pratt; Sept. 7, Hesston; Sept. 14, at Hillsboro; Sept. 21, Kingman; Sept. 28, at Lyons; Oct. 5, at Haven; Oct. 12, Cheney; Oct. 19, Andale; Oct. 25, at Buhler.

Pratt

Jarod Gilmore 5-9 195 OL-LB Sr.
Skylar Dean 5-10 170 DB Sr.
Anthony Cannata 5-10 185 RB Sr.
Robbie Eggleston 6-1 190 DL Sr.

Coach: Forrest Mazey, second season. 2011: 4-6

Notes: Gilmore and Dean return to lead a team that will look for several players to fill key roles on the offensive side of the ball. Fall practices will determine who plays quarterback.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Nickerson; Sept. 7, Haven; Sept. 14, at Kingman; Sept. 21, Lyons; Sept. 28, at Halstead; Oct. 5, Hesston; Oct. 12, at Hugoton; Oct. 19, Ulysses; Oct. 25, at Larned.

Smoky Valley

Spencer Bird 6-0 185 OL-LB Jr.
Holden Hendricks 6-3 180 WR-DL Sr.
Mark Klaasen 6-4 215 DL Sr.
Jake Rogers 5-10 160 WR-LB Sr.

Coach: Chris Hattabaugh, fourth season. 2011: 4-5

Notes: Nine starters return on defense for the Vikings including all four linebackers. Returning all-league players Bird and Hendricks will lead Smoky Valley’s offense.

Schedule: Aug. 31, at Sterling; Sept. 7, Kingman; Sept. 14, Halstead; Sept. 21, at Haven; Sept. 28, at Hillsboro; Oct. 5, Lyons; Oct. 12, McPherson; Oct. 19, at Chapman; Oct. 25, at Abilene.

Sterling

Riley Galyon 5-10 185 QB-DB Sr.
Kirk Engelland 6-1 180 RB-DB Sr.
Austin Maxwell 6-4 225 OL-LB Sr.
Jed Dierksen 6-2 255 OL-DL:Jr.

Coach: Matt Hendricks, fourth season. 2011: 7-3

Notes: The Black Bears return only three starters on offense. Sterling will look to combat its loss of experienced skill position players with its size on the offensive front.

Schedule: Aug. 31, Smoky Valley; Sept. 7, at Hillsboro; Sept. 14, Lyons; Sept. 21, at Halstead; Sept. 28, Ellinwood; Oct. 5, at Medicine Lodge; Oct. 12, La Crosse; Oct. 19, at Inman; Oct. 25, Stanton County.

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