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Hancock Boys of fall are hard at work

The 2010 Hancock High School football team, coaches and cheerleaders are, in front (L-R) - Cheerleaders Hannah Collins, Shelby Arnold, Mauri Taylor, Emily Wentler, Shelbi Koeltzow, Katherine Newhouse and Brooke Jepma. Middle row - Patrick Koehl, Micah Baker, Jerid Berning, Taylor Holleman, Seth Nelson, Jordan Miller, Jerrid Jepma, Ross Ascheman and Brady Koehl. In back - coaches Chad Christianson, assistant coach Cory Bedel, Dan Lonneman, Bryan Shaw, Michells Algarate, James Newhouse, Nick Marczak, Jeff ...

The grain is getting harvested, the days are getting shorter, Favre is back for another season, and the boys of fall are once again hard at work.

The Hancock Owls football team started practice on Aug. 16 with 20 players currently on the roster. The Owls will be young this year, with only two seniors on the roster and only three players who have had significant experience from last year.

There are a few big guys on the team this year, but they need to take advantage of their speed and athleticism to be successful this year. The two lone seniors this year are Nick Marczak and Chanc Nack. Marczak being called upon to anchor the line for the Owls. Nack, a 6-foot-2 senior, is vying for a position at defensive end. The Owls have nine juniors on the squad this year. They are all working for a starting position. They are Michells Algarate, Daniel Lonneman, Collin Cunningham, Jeffrey Peterson, Austin Steege, James Newhouse, Bryce Wilson, Brady Koehl, and Bryan Shaw. Algarate and Steege saw quite a bit of time last year and will be asked again to play some key roles for the Owls. Shaw saw some playing time toward the end of the season last year and will be called upon as the work horse in the running game on offense as well as anchoring the defense at middle linebacker.

Cunningham and Wilson will be asked to use their speed on the offensive side as both running backs and receivers while working for time in the Owls secondary. Lonneman, Peterson, Newhouse, and Brady Koehl are all working for spots in the trenches both offensively and defensively. Seth Nelson, Jerrid Jepma, and Micah Baker make up the sophomore class. Rounding out this year's squad are the freshmen, Taylor Holleman, Jerid Berning, Ross Ascheman, and Patrick Koehl.

The Owls open the regular season on Sept. 3 in Eagle Bend, where they will take on the Eagle Valley Rebels. The home opener is the following week, Friday, Sept.10, against the Spartans from Chokio-Alberta-Herman-Norcross.