New coaching staff looking for improved 2023 WEM football teams

By: 
Jay Schneider, lrlife@frontiernet.net

Front row, left to right: Ethan Cage, Cody Akemann, Kaden James, Keegan Kuball, Preston James, Talen Taylor, Tarek Tolzman, and Gavin Atherton. 2nd Row, left to right: Avery Breyer, Hayden Duhme, Gabe LaCanne, Brody Holicky, Jacob Androli, Brady Murphy, Dawson Slechta, and Avery Wetzel. 3rd Row, left to right: Jaxon Baer, Evan Lange-Wenker, Luke Michael, Aric Williams, Bryce Gagnon, Spencer Oorlog, Macy Anderson, Kavan Sheehy, and John Woratschka. 4th Row, left to right: Grady Grohman, Jasper Christensen, Parker James, Reed Sammon, Trey Richards, Mason Denis, Jamarion Dominick, Wyatt Priem, and Wyatt Janda-Jones. 5th Row, left to right: Zac Quast, Casey Oorlog, Timothy Kellstadt, Axel Gruzebach, Auston Holicky, Aiden Anderson, Griffin Storey, Josiah Schmidtke, and Ethan Einertson. Back Row, left to right: Kandran Geyer, Sam Stier (Head Coach), Chad Atherton (Defensive Coordinator), Cory Immerman (Offensive Coordinator), Mark Thompson (Assistant Coach), Connor Scharf (Junior Varsity Head Coach), and Anna Nielsen (Manager). Not Pictured: Isaac Quast, Brendan Snesrud, Ben Root, Ben Wendel, Koby Sanders, Cody Culhane, and Dave Wollin (Assistant Coach).

New WEM football coach Sam Stier will be starting the 2023 season with a number of returning players from the Buccaneers team which finished 1-8 last season.

With a new coaching staff and more than 15 players returning with varsity experience, the Bucs should be able to show some improvement.

Stier has nine seniors, nine juniors, and 16 sophomores on his varsity team. A number of freshmen will also get a chance to see some action this season.

But for Stier, even though the players are returning, it is a clean slate. No player was guaranteed their previous position from 2022 or 2021. They were all competing for varsity spots like a brand new player would.

The senior class includes Aric Williams (5-9, 140), Luke Michael (6-0, 190), Isaac Quast (5-7, 170), Spencer Oorlog (6-3, 195), Bryce Gagnon (5-10, 255), Evan Lange-Wenker (5-8, 160), Koby Sanders (6-1, 265), and Macy Anderson (5-4, 115). Lange-Wenker, Williams, Quast, Oorlog, Michael, and Gagnon saw varsity action in 2022.

Lange-Wenker led the team with 309 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 12 catches in 2022. He will be used in multi positions this season and will see the ball plenty on offense.

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