out for football
There are 38 players out for football on the Prairie High School team this year with some big holes to fill from last year.
Seniors on the team this year are Troy Lorentz at running back and defensive back, Tim Frei at wide receiver and linebacker, Justin Schmidt at wide receiver and linebacker, Torin Dalgliesh at wide receiver and linebacker, Cody Schumacher at running back and linebacker, and Josh Roeper, Garrett Roush, Devin Watton, Josh Zigler, Robert Nau and Mica Bartlett who all play on the offensive and defensive lines.
Schmidt and Nau are both recovering from knee injuries suffered last spring and may not be able to contribute until later in the season if at all.
Juniors are Damian McWilliams at running back and linebacker, Marcus Higgins at quarterback and defensive back, Levi Lustig at running back and linebacker, Kade Perrin at wide receiver and defensive back, Garrett Schmidt at running back and linebacker and Derek VanderPas and Frank Spencer on the offensive and defensive lines.
Sophomores are Dakota Wilson at running back and linebacker, Tyler Hankerson, Will Weaver, and McCoy Hale at wide receiver and linebacker, Dylan Bruegeman at wide receiver and defensive back, Joseph Halligan at offensive and defensive line, Jake Rowland at running back and linebacker, Westin Crenshaw at offensive and defensive line and Casey Danly at offensive line and defensive end.
Freshmen are Lucas Arnzen and Mason Dalgliesh at running back and linebacker, John Michael Mager at wide receiver and linebacker, Rhett Schlader at quarterback and defensive back, Hunter McWilliams at running back and defensive back, Tanner Ross at offensive line and defensive end, Austin Sonnen at offensive and defensive line, Derrick Falzon at wide receiver and defensive back and Dally Ratcliff at wide receiver and linebacker.
Coach Travis Mader says he doesn’t fear anybody in the league this year although he respects several of the teams. He picks Kendrick as the favorite based on how they handled Prairie at football camp. He figures Troy, Potlatch, Genesee and Prairie will fight it out for the other 2 state playoff spots.
A couple of transfers from other schools could help fill some of the holes as Hale, the step-son of Allen Sonnen, looks like a real threat at wide receiver and could help ease the sting of not having Justin Schmidt for the first half of the season.
Another transfer is Watton, a grandson of Bud and Joyce Stringham. He’s 6’3” and 290 lbs. and got a lot of playing time at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian last year. He looks to be the starting defensive tackle if he gets ruled as eligible by the state.
Mader says he likes the attitude of the players and said they put forth every ounce of effort. He feels they should be able to do all the little things you need to do to win and said his team should be well prepared every time they step on the field to play.
He said the seniors also have a goal of being the winningest class ever which would mean they would have to finish better then the 6-3 mark last year’s seniors had as freshmen.
Kyle Daly has been added to the coaching staff as a volunteer coach and Mader said he’s doing a great job with the running backs.
Prairie’s first varsity action is this Friday at 7 p.m. at Genesee, which already has a game under their belts as they knocked off Lapwai last Friday. The JV team gets into action a night earlier with a home game against Troy at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.
JV schedule change
There has been a schedule change for the Prairie JV football team.
There is no JV game at Timberline on Sept. 26. Last year Timberline had no varsity. This year they apparently don’t have a JV program.
To make up for it Prairie’s JV team will play at Kamiah on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
Boosters Golf Scramble is Sept. 10
The 8th Annual Prairie Pirates Booster Golf Scramble is set for Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Grangeville Country Club.
Registration will be held at 8:30 a.m. with tee-off set for 9 a.m.
It will be a 9-hole golf scramble limited to 12 4-person teams. Each team must use every player’s drive at least once.
Entry fee is $40 per player which includes beverages on the course, green fees and a barbecue afterwards. Proceeds will go toward the motorized American flag to be placed in the Prairie Jr./Sr. High gym.
Contact Chris Kaschmitter at 962-3550 or email email@example.com. Make checks payable to Prairie Booster Club.
PIRATES BOYS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2011
14-Lewis County, here, Homecoming
11 or 12-Kibbie Dome, TBA
18 or 19-Championship, TBA
6-Genesee JV, there, 6 p.m.
12-Deary, JH & JV, here
19-Lewis County JH & JV at Craigmont
26-Timberline, JH only there
29-Kamiah, JV, there, 6 p.m.
10-Lapwai, JH & JV, here
24-C.V., JH & JV, there