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             All District Honors 
Landan Paulsen, Levi Paulsen, Lane Nichols,Luke Klingensmith, Reed Mitchell, Alec Still,
Jameson Mandl, Edgar Rodriguez, Beef Petersen, Austin Wilcox, Nic Scheelhause, Connor Lamp

2014 Varsity Football Schedule
8/29/14 Ridge View       L  Holstein 7:00
9/5/14 Unity Christian    W Home 7:00
9/12/14 Akron-Westfield    W Akron 7:00
9/19/14 Atla-Aurelia (Homecoming)    W Home 7:00
9/26/14 LeMars Gehlen    W LeMars Gehlen 7:00
10/3/14 Lawton Bronson    W Home 7:00
10/10/1 West Sioux       W Hawarden 7:00
10/17/14 South O'Brien (Senior Parent Night)  Home 7:00
10/24/14 Sioux Central Sioux Rapids 7:00

Cutline: Front row(L to R): Dan Kahl, Kirk Manker, Jeff McCoy, Pat Rogers, Mike Davis, Kevin Schieuer, Dave Christiansen, Jay Bleil; Back row(L to R): Todd Tabke, Brian Johnson, Kyle Walker, Mike Weaver, Kurt Brosamle, Dirk Steffen, Gary Chesley, Gail Nichols, Kelly Manker, Irvin Martin, Steve Allan.

History: WC State Football Championships

By Dawson Petersen

Many high school students dream of playing for a football state championship, but few get the chance. Woodbury Central athletes played for a football state championship and by the time the last cleat cleared the field, WC's team was the King of the State in Class 1A.

WC played Parkersburg in the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, IA in November 1980 and triumphed: 42-8. At the end of the first quarter when the score was 28-0, that’s when WC, “knew they had victory,” said Irv Martin. Part of their success was Parkersburg’s mistakes; Parkersburg fumbled on many of its first quarter possessions. WC only scored 7 points in the second quarter while Parkersburg scored zero.

In the State Championship game, WC ran a fumblerooski with Mike Weaver, an offensive lineman, and Kelly Manker, the quarterback. Manker dropped the ball on the ground for Weaver to pick up and take into the end zone. According to Martin, if Weaver could have made one cut left or right he would have scored, but numerous Parkersburg defenders stood strong and stopped him just short of the goal line.

WC’s defensive-linemen pressured the ball carriers. Anything the linemen couldn’t get their arms around, the linebackers would clean up and stop the running attack. Pretty much anything that was thrown to a receiver was a potential interception for a touchdown. WC’s offense centered on a strong running attack led by Todd Tabke, the power-back in a Power-I formation.

Throughout the season WC never lost a game. Its toughest game was against the Treynor Cardinals in the State Semifinal game, which ended in a 19-13 WC victory. Treynor was the returning state champion and was “basically the State Championship,” said former lineman Martin. If the teams would have played for the State championship the game would have been a “nail biter,” added former lineman Dave Christiansen. The two teams were evenly matched with WC as the underdog. Another tough game was Milford, but WC managed an 18-14 victory to keep the hopes of an undefeated season and a State Championship alive.

The seniors that year thought there was some “unfinished business” from the year before with Treynor. Head coach Rick Dietz kept all the players focused on one goal: a picture of the UNI Dome which he hung in his coaching office; Coach Dietz told every player, freshman to senior, that was their goal and even more, to win State.

WC players were smaller than today, but their quickness and confidence made up for the lack of size. The players didn’t think anybody could beat them. The football team had athletes on both sides of the ball; four WC state qualifying wrestlers, and a near-state basketball team were part of the football team that went to state.


Athlete of the Week

By Becca Gebel

 Luke Klingensmith, a senior at Woodbury Central, was chosen by Coach Manker as high school football Athlete of the Week. Coach says that Luke “is a true leader by example.”

            “Luke was injured on first kickoff of season last year unfortunately,” Coach Manker says. “He has spent relentless hours within our Wildcat weight room and has himself physically prepared to have a breakout senior season.” Coach adds that Luke started the season by leading the team’s offense as the rusher. “He is a vital part of defense playing outside linebacker and also one of our leading tacklers.”

            According to Coach Manker, “Luke is also a first class young man off the field and within the halls of WC.” 

Athlete of the Week

By McKenna Alitz

Woodbury Central senior Connor Lamp was chosen by Coach Rapp as the Football Athlete of the Week.

According to Coach Rapp, “Connor is a hard worker, a team player and does whatever is asked of him.” Connor, Coach explains, plays linebacker on the defensive side of the ball and also gets reps on offense. “He always has a positive attitude and works hard at making the team better.”

 Coach also adds, “Connor has a nose for the ball, he is always around it. He also comes up with big plays when we need it, whether it is an interception or fumble recovery.”


Football Athlete of the Week

By McKenna Alitz

Drew Petersen “Beef”

Woodbury Central senior Drew Petersen has been chosen by Coach Manker to be this week’s Athlete of the Week.           

According to Coach Manker, “Beef has gone above and beyond within our weight room this off season.” He adds that Drew is the perfect role model for upcoming athletes. All of the extra time Beef has put into the weight room has shown tremendously his past four years with WC’s football team, Coach explains. Along with being a great athlete, Drew “is young man with high character off the field.”

Coach adds, “Beef is a great leader and has all the qualities a coach looks for in an athlete in his position. I appreciate the work ethic he has shown to our younger athletes.”