Wakonda/Irene Eagles open season Sept. 3 Twenty-five athletes from Irene and Wakonda will pull on the blue, white, and black jerseys to play football for the Eagles this fall.
Practice for the 2004 football season began on Aug. 16. The immediate task at hand was to replace eight seniors who had graduated from the inaugural Eagles squad.
This year's team will feature a mixture of returning backfield players and a young group of linemen battling for playing time. The squad, which includes five seniors, six juniors, six sophomores, and eight freshmen, has an optimistic outlook to improve on last year's 3-6 record.
Members of this year's team include:
Seniors � Allen Alsdorf, Alex Nielsen, Brandon Parvin, Nick Peterson, and Matt Rempp.
Juniors � Marcio Freire, Eric Hansen, Shaun Hessman, Derrick Pearson, Kent Stockland, and Jared Viergutz.
Sophomores ��Phillip De-vine, Robert Hauger, Mitch Hessman, Brock Mutchelknaus, Adam Polley, Josh Wuestewald.
Freshman � Adam Alsdorf, Eric Anderson, Skyler Bender, Jason Burfeindt, Henry Hauger, Jordan Mayer, Josh Nielson, and Andy Peterson.
Offensively, seniors Alex Nielsen and Brandon Parvin return to their backfield positions. Center Matt Rempp is back, along with seniors Allen Alsdorf and Nick Peterson at guard and end, respectively. Junior Shaun Hessman will man a wingback spot.
Sophomores Adam Polley and Robert Hauger will share time at halfback. Junior Kent Stockland will line up at guard while sophomore Brock Mutchelknaus and freshman Eric Anderson will also be manning the end spots.
Junior lineman Eric Hansen will spell Rempp at center.
Defensively, six underclassmen will help three veteran seniors. The front line will consist of Rempp, junior Derrick Pearson, and sophomore Josh Wuestewald. Alsdorf and junior Jared Viergutz will also see time in the trenches.
Linebacking chores will be attended to by Nielson, Parvin, and Polley. Peterson and Anderson will be called on for relief. In the secondary, expect to see Hauger, Mutchelknaus, and the two Hessmans lining up for action.
The Eagles will open up on Friday, Sept. 3, at Viborg with the Vikings, a strong contender in the Tri-Valley Conference.
Even though there is a youthful look to the team, expect the hard hitting senior leaders to guide this year's Eagles to a successful season.