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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.