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Hale has new coach, new outlook for 2012 football season

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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 5:00 am

HALE – Hoping to buck the trend of 12 straight losing football seasons at Hale High School is first year head coach Bill Hjorth.

“I think if we can stay healthy, we’ll be alright and can achieve our goal of making the playoffs,” Hjorth, who was an assistant with the team last year, said. “At Thursday’s scrimmage it was apparent that injuries can potentially change the outcome of our season. It was pretty obvious that we don’t have much depth.”

Returning from last year’s team that went 2-7 are seniors Ryan Richardson (quarterback), Dan Katterman (running back), Travis Tripp (guard), Matt Fiefield (guard) and Patrick Myers (offensive line); juniors Josh Smith (fullback), Kyle Reilly (wide receiver), Colin Schroeder (tackle), Kelby Chrivia (running back), Nate Barnes (tight end) and Zion Lalonde (defensive line); and sophomores Jaime Balbaugh (offensive line), Zack Hjorth (offensive line) and Leo Polkowski (wide receiver).

“Richardson is our starting quarterback, he’s a fast strong kid and has shown a lot more poise this year,” Hjorth said. “I look for him to be a team leader. Katterman (when healthy), he would be a team leader for us. We don’t have a whole lot of seniors so there’s not a lot of varsity experience on the team.”

New to the team are senior Travis Fante (wide receiver), junior Travis Comstock (defensive line), sophomores Richard Brito (defensive back), Taylor Schroeder (defensive line) and Levi Sanders (defensive end) and freshmen James Weatherwax (defensive line) and Doug Weber (defensive line).

 

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