Six graduating seniors will soon be leaving their pads and cleats on the field as they say goodbye to high school football. For some of them, its the last time they will play on a field.
Tyson Ronne plays running back, wide receiver, and cornerback. He has been playing football for the past six years. “What makes a successful team is hard work and dedication all year long,” said Tyson Ronne. His plans after high school are to attend an undecided school to play football. “I'll miss playing with all of the guys I've been playing with since middle school,” said Ronne.
Tyler Bjerke plays offensive guard and defensive tackle. He has been playing since the seventh grade. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends. “My favorite part about football is getting to tackle people,” said Bjerke. As for his plans after high school, he plans on attending Lake Area Technical Institute in the fall.
Ryan Effling plays offensive and defensive line. He has been playing for five years. “I'm going to miss putting on the pads every Friday night with my best friends and going out on the field and having fun,” said Ryan Effling. His favorite football memory was beating Milbank his sophomore year of high school. Effling said, “Hard work and believing in your team is that makes a successful team.” After finishing high school he plans on attending college to major in physical therapy or athletic training.
Kyle Thibeault plays defensive end as well as tackle and has been playing football for the past five years. “My favorite part about football is playing defense,” said Kyle Thibeault. His favorite memory about football was his sophomore year when the team had a good winning streak. “Team work and positive attitudes are what make a team a success,” he said. After high school Kyle plans on attending a college or a tech school somewhere within the state of South Dakota.
Matt Hotzler plays offensive line and linebacker. He has been playing football ever since the seventh grade. “The thing I love the most about football is the feeling I get after making a good tackle or a hard hit,” said Matt Hotzler. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends. His favoite memory about football was when Brian Nieman chased Eric Lundberg around the field with a snake. Hotzler is undecided as for his plans after high school and isn't planning on furthering his football career.
Nick Tekrony cornerback and has played football since the seventh grade. “The practices when we mess around is what I'll miss most about football,” said Nick TeKrony. His favoirte memory is all the conversations on the long bus rides to the games. TeKrony hopes to continue playing football after high school at a college he has yet to decide.