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Stratford football dominates Rib Lake/Prentice, pulls into tie atop Marawood

Posted on 23 September 2017 by paul

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PRENTICE – The Stratford football team kept pace with the other two undefeated leaders in the Marawood Conference with a big 55-6 victory over Rib Lake/Prentice on Friday night at Prentice High School.

Stratford is now 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Marawood, tied with Marathon and Edgar for the conference lead.

The Marawood title will be decided in the final three weeks of the season with three head-to-head matchups between the conference leaders. Edgar is at Marathon next week, Marathon is at Stratford on Oct. 6, and Stratford plays at Edgar on Oct. 13.

Rib Lake/Prentice drops to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the Marawood with the loss.

Kade Ehrike had 170 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns on just 11 carries. Two of the TD runs were for 63 yards each as the Tigers built a 36-6 lead by halftime.

Jordan Becker had a pair of touchdown runs, and Mark Handrick and Teddy Redman also added scoring runs for Stratford.

Tigers 55, Red Hawks 6
Stratford 21 15 13 6 – 55
Rib Lake/Prentice 6 0 0 0 – 6
First Quarter

S – Jordan Becker 5 run (Dilan Dehlinger run).
S – Kade Ehrike 5 run (PAT failed).
RLP – Cody Blomberg 30 pass from Trace Brayton (PAT failed).
S – Ehrike 63 run (PAT kick).
Second Quarter
S – Ehrike 63 run (A.J. Schoenfuss run).
S – Becker 11 run (PAT kick).
Third Quarter
S – Ehrike 4 run (kick missed).
S – Mark Handrick 10 run (Wyatt Curtice kick).
Fourth Quarter
S – Teddy Redman 18 run (kick missed).
Team Statistics
First downs:
Stratford 15; Rib Lake/Prentice 8.
Rushing (att-yards): S 34-300; RLP 34-5.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): S 3-8-64-1; RLP 5-11-133-0.
Total yards: S 364; RLP 167.
Fumbles lost: S 1; RLP 4.
Penalties (no.-yards): S 4-22; RLP 7-38.
Individual Statistics
S, Kade Ehrike 11-170, Jordan Becker 6-32, Teddy Redman 2-29, A.J. Schoenfuss 5-22, Kaelen Schmitt 4-22, Mark Handrick 3-12, Dilan Dehlinger 1-10, Matt Handrick 1-3, Chandler Schmidt 1-0. RLP, No. 18 (no name provided) 5-23, Vedder 8-16, Swan 5-7, Brayton 15-minus 41.
Passing: S, Mark Handrick 2-7-33-1, Max Schwabe 1-1-31-0. RLP, Brayton 5-11-133-0.
Receiving: S, Pankratz 1-31, Wrensch 1-29, Schoenfuss 1-4. RLP, No. 35 (no name provided) 1-42, Blomberg 1-30, Swan 1-28, Vedder 1-21, Hopkins 1-12.
Fumble recoveries (defense): S, Becker, Dylan Schoenherr, Schmitt, Multerer. RLP, Hopkins.
Interceptions (defense): RLP, Ulrich.
Records: Stratford 5-1, 3-0 Marawood Conference; Rib Lake/Prentice 1-4, 0-3 Marawood Conference.

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Stratford homecoming football game cancelled due to forfeit from Peshtigo

Posted on 15 September 2017 by paul


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STRATFORD – Stratford’s homecoming football game scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.

The Tigers (3-1) were to host Peshtigo (2-2) in a nonconference game at noon on Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Peshtigo, however, has forfeited the game. The reason for the forfeit was not disclosed.

Stratford has moved its homecoming festivities to the week of Oct. 1-7 and will now play its homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6, against Marathon.

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Stratford football routs Tomahawk for third-straight win

Posted on 09 September 2017 by paul


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STRATFORD – The Stratford football team ripped off its third-straight victory as it pounded Tomahawk 50-14 in a Marawood Conference game Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Stratford is now 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Marawood Conference, while Tomahawk falls to 1-3 and 0-2 in conference play.

Kade Ehrike rushed for 175 and four touchdowns, and added a receiving touchdown for the Tigers, who rolled out to a 29-6 lead by halftime and put the game away with a three-touchdown third quarter.

Despite throwing three interceptions, Stratford was able to control the game as its defense held Tomahawk to 174 total yards.

Jordan Becker added 74 yards rushing on just four carries and Okley Wrensch had a 72-yard reception for Stratford

Stratford will host its homecoming game Saturday, Sept. 16, at noon against Peshtigo in a nonconference affair.

Tigers 50, Hatchets 14
Tomahawk 0 6 0 8 – 14
Stratford 15 14 21 0 – 50
First Quarter

S – Dilan Dehlinger 5 run (Reed Curtis kick).
S – Kade Ehrike 4 pass from Mark Handrick (two-point conversion good).
Second Quarter
S – Ehrike 15 run (kick failed).
S – Ehrike 5 run (Ehrike run).
T – Easton Phalin 4 run (kick missed).
Third Quarter
S – Ehrike 36 run (two-point conversion failed).
S – Ehrike 68 run (Vaughn Breit run).
S – Kaelen Schmitt 3 run (Wyatt Curtice kick).
Fourth Quarter
T – Brady Anderson 4 run (Anderson run).
Individual Statistics
T, Phalin 9-48, Ruid 5-26, Wenninger 8-15, Wiseman 3-14, Bembinster 1-3, Anderson 7-2. S, Kade Ehrike 12-175, Jordan Becker 4-74, Dilan Dehlinger 4-16, Kaelen Schmitt 3-10, Flink 1-10, A.J. Schoenfuss 1-10, Max Schwabe 1-7, Mark Handrick 6-minus 22.
Passing: T, Phalin 3-16-37-0, Wenninger 2-3-29-0. S, Handrick 5-10-120-3.
Receiving: T, Wenninger 2-22, List 1-16, Wurl 1-15, Bembinster 1-13. S, Ehrike 2-20, Vaughn Breit 2-14, Okley Wrensch 1-72, Nick Manecke 1-14, Eli Drexler 1-0.
Records: Tomahawk 1-3, 0-2 Marawood Conference; Stratford 3-1, 2-0 Marawood Conference.

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Stratford football routs Chequamegon

Posted on 01 September 2017 by paul


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STRATFORD – Stratford scored early and often as it routed Chequamegon 70-6 in its Marawood Conference football opener Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while Chequamegon remains winless at 0-3 and 0-1 in the Marawood.

Stratford hosts Tomahawk in another Marawood game Sept. 8 at Tiger Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

Stratford scored six touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 43-0 lead, and built it to 70-0 by halftime as Chequamegon showed no resistance on defense.

Kade Ehrike ran for two touchdowns and caught a 34-yard score from Mark Handrick, all in the first quarter.

Teddy Redman touched the ball twice in the second quarter, resulting in 48- and 20-yard touchdowns for the Tigers.

Tigers 70, Screaming Eagles 6
Chequamegon 0 0 6 0 – 6
Stratford 43 27 0 0 – 70
First Quarter

S – Kade Ehrike 22 run (kick good).
S – A.J. Schoenfuss 53 punt return (two-point conversion good).
S – Dilan Dehlinger 28 run (kick good).
S – Ehrike 34 pass from Mark Handrick (kick good).
S – Ehrike 11 run (Jordan Becker kick).
S – Kaelen Schmitt 9 run (kick good).
Second Quarter
S – Becker 8 run (kick good).
S – (Receiver not reported) 59 pass from Handrick (kick good).
S – Teddy Redman 48 run (kick failed).
S – Redman 20 run (kick good).
Third Quarter
C – Brice McClay 51 run (two-point attempt failed).
Team Statistics
First downs:
Chequamegon 3; Stratford 19.
Rushing yards: C 68; S 286.
Passing yards: C 0; S 146.
Total yards: C 68; S 432.
Fumbles lost: C 2; S 0.
Penalties: C 3-81; C 7-46.
Individual Leaders
C, McClay 5-39; Weik 10-35, Wagner 3-13. S, Teddy Redman 2-68, Jordan Becker 3-57, Kade Ehrike 5-42, Dilan Dehlinger 2-22.
Passing: C, Harris 2-8-0-1. S, Mark Handrick 5-10-146-0.
Receiving: C, Mollman 1-minus 4, No. 26 (no name reported) 1-4. S, Ehrike 1-34, A.J. Schoenfuss 1-22.
Interceptions (defense): S, Dehlinger.
Records: Chequamegon 0-3 overall, 0-1 Marawood Conference; Stratford 2-1, 1-0 Marawood Conference.

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Stratford football blanks Antigo

Posted on 26 August 2017 by paul


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ANTIGO – The Stratford football team earned its first win of the season by shutting out Antigo 28-0 in a nonconference game Friday night at Schofield Stadium.

Both teams are now 1-1 this season.

Kade Ehrike ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter for the only score of the first half as the Tigers took a 7-0 lead.

Vaughn Breit caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Mark Handrick in the third quarter, and Ehrike and Teddy Redman each had rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to finish off the scoring.

Ehrike rushed for 106 yards and added four catches for 43 yards for Stratford.

The Tigers outgained Antigo 336-192 overall.

Stratford opens Marawood Conference play next Friday, Sept. 1, at home against Chequamegon.

Tigers 28, Red Robins 0
Stratford 0 7 8 13 – 28
Antigo 0 0 0 0 – 0
Second Quarter

S – Kade Ehrike 3 run (Reed Curtis kick).
Third Quarter
S – Vaughn Breit 15 pass from Mark Handrick (A.J. Schoenfuss pass from Max Schwabe).
Fourth Quarter
S – Ehrike 1 run (Curtis kick).
S – Teddy Redman 34 run (Curtis kick).
Individual Statistics
S, Kade Ehrike 15-106, Teddy Redman 3-49, Dilan Dehlinger 6-17, Jordan Becker 2-12, Matthew Chapel 1-12, Kaelen Schmitt 2-10, Justin Schoenherr 1-3, Devin Dennee 2-0, Okley Wrensch 1-minus 1, Mark Handrick 6-minus 2. A, Jericho Kelly 14-63, Dominic Smith 13-44, Adam Schmidt 6-27, Matt Winter 8-15, Clayton Miller 2-11, Dane Tischendorf 1-3.
Passing: S, Mark Handrick 10-13-130-0. A, Winter 2-9-29-0.
Receiving: S, Ehrike 4-43, Vaughn Breit 2-33, Dehlinger 1-21, Eli Drexler 1-15, Andrew Bargender 1-11, Ty Pankratz 1-7. A, Smith 1-28, Kelly 1-1.
Records: Stratford 1-1; Antigo 1-1.

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Stratford football falls short in opener against Stanley-Boyd

Posted on 18 August 2017 by paul

Stratford running back Kade Ehrike runs upfield for a 29-yard touchdown reception during Friday’s game against Stanley-Boyd at Tiger Stadium in Stratford. The Tigers lost 21-14. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Stratford quarterback Matt Handrick throws a pass during the second quarter of the Tigers’ loss to Stanley-Boyd on Friday at Tiger Stadium in Stratford. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

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By Paul Lecker

STRATFORD – It was a game of missed opportunities for the Stratford football team in its 2017 season opener against Stanley-Boyd.

The inability to get off the field on defense in the first half and some missed scoring chances on offense by Stratford led to a 21-14 loss on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Stratford outgained Stanley-Boyd 336-274 and held the Orioles to just 46 yards rushing, but couldn’t overcome a slow start.

“We shot outselves in the foot,” Stratford coach Jason Tubbs said. “They won the game, the scoreboard says that. But when you score a touchdown and you get a block in the back, you get down to the 1-yard line and fumble after a penalty – we have some guys and it showed tonight. Our youth kind of exposed us tonight, but I guarantee these guys will learn from that.

“We dominated the second half. We had chances and unfortunately you have to learn from those mistakes and get better.”

On Stanley-Boyd’s first two drives of the game it converted on four-straight third-down plays that led to two scores.

L.J. Schmeizer connected with Brandon Herrick for a 65-yard touchdown pass on the Orioles’ third offensive play. After a three-and-out for Stratford, Stanley-Boyd converted three third-down plays, the final one resulting in a 14-yard touchdown run by Matt Nesterick that put the Orioles up 14-0.

Stratford reached the Orioles’ 4 on its next drive and had a touchdown wiped out on an illegal block call before turning it over on downs with 2:04 to go in the opening quarter.

The Tigers managed to find pay dirt on their next drive as quarterback Matt Handrick hit Kade Ehirke on a screen pass that went 29 yards for a touchdown on fourth-and-9 to cut the deficit to 14-7 just 1:35 into the second quarter.

Stanley-Boyd responded with a 12-play, 74-yard scoring drive. The Orioles converted two more third-down plays and scored when Schmeizer hit Luke Spaeth for a 7-yard touchdown on a fake field goal to allow Stanley-Boyd to regain its two-touchdown lead.

From there the Stratford defense was stout, allowing just five first downs the rest of the game.

“Last year we didn’t hustle in this game (the 2016 opener at Stanley-Boyd) and all of a sudden it went from 21-7 to 35-7,” Tubbs said. “Here, we give up a fake field goal for a touchdown, two big plays for touchdowns, but other than that we kept coming back, we didn’t quit, we didn’t hang our heads. We kept fighting.”

Stratford fumbled on the Stanley-Boyd 7 with just more than 1 minute to go in the first half and threw an interception in the end zone after reaching the Orioles’ 9-yard line in the final 2 minutes of the third quarter to account for two more scoring opportunities that slipped by.

Stratford closed to within a touchdown when Handrick connected with Andrew Bargender for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 5:56 to go in the game, one play after Handrick threw to Vaughn Breit for a 19-yard pass on fourth-and-7.

After getting the ball back with 2:58 to go on its own 32, Stratford reached the Stanley-Boyd 34 after a 22-yard pass to Breit and a facemask penalty on the final play of regulation. Because of the defensive penalty Stratford was given an untimed down and following a false start, Eli Drexler was forced out of the pocket and was tackled on the 30 to finish the game.

Ehrike finished with 107 yards rushing on 16 carries and also caught five passes for 63 yards to lead the Stratford offense. Handrick was 12-for-22 for 156 yards passing and threw two interceptions.

Herrick caught five passes for 132 yards and Schmeizer finished 15-for-19 passing for 228 yards for the Orioles.

Stratford plays another nonconference game next Friday, Aug. 25, at Antigo.

Orioles 21, Tigers 14
Stanley-Boyd 14 7 0 0 – 21
Stratford 0 7 0 7 – 14
First Quarter

SB – Brandon Herrick 65 pass from L.J. Schmeizer (Herrick kick), 9:46.
SB – Matt Nesterick 14 run (Herrick kick), 6:04.
Second Quarter
ST – Kade Ehrike 29 pass from Matt Handrick (Reed Curtis kick), 10:25.
SB – Luke Spaeth 7 pass from Schmeizer (Herrick kick), 6:05.
Fourth Quarter
ST – Andrew Bargender 23 pass from Handrick (Curtis kick), 5:56.
Team Statistics
First downs:
Stanley-Boyd 9; Stratford 11.
Rushing (att-yards): SB 42-46; ST 40-168.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): SB 17-21-228-0; ST 12-22-168-2.
Total yards: SB 274; ST 336.
Penalties: SB 9-74; ST 7-43.
Punting (att-avg.): SB 5-44.0; ST 4-31.8.
Fumbles (total-lost): SB 2-1; ST 1-1.
Individual Statistics
SB, Ben Turner 9-33, Matt Nesterick 7-24, Clayton Carlson 3-9, Brandon Herrick 2-5, Noah Gillingham 2-5, Willy Reynolds 2-3, Luke Spaeth 2-minus 3, L.J. Schmeizer 9-minus 33. ST, Kade Ehrike 16-107, Eli Drexler 2-28, Jordan Becker 5-25, Teddy Redman 3-13, Dilan Dehlinger 4-8, A.J. Schoenfuss 2-6, Matt Handrick 8-minus 19.
Passing: SB: Schmeizer 15-19-213-0, Herrick 2-2-0-0, Gillingham 0-1-0-0. ST, Handrick 12-22-156-2.
Receiving: SB: Herrick 5-132, Turner 5-44, Collin Meyer 5-23, Gillingham 1-7, Spaeth 1-7. ST, Ehrike 5-63, Andrew Bargender 3-41, Vaughn Breit 2-41, Drexler 1-11, Schoenfuss 1-0.
Interceptions (defense): SB, Herrick, Carlson.
Fumble recoveries (defense): SB, Brandon Wright. ST, Aiden Hoffman.
Punting: SB, Gillingham 5-44.0. ST, Reed Curtis 4-31.8.
Records: Stanley-Boyd 1-0; Stratford 0-1.

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High school football preview: Stratford looks for repeat Marawood title

Posted on 17 August 2017 by paul

The Stratford football team scrimmages during a preseason practice last week at Stratford High School. The Tigers host Stanley-Boyd in their season opener Aug. 18 at Tiger Stadium. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


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By Paul Lecker

STRATFORD – The Stratford Tigers are coming off a season where they won their first outright Marawood Conference title since 2007 and reached the second round of the playoffs, finishing 9-2.

Six first-team all-Marawood players have graduated, three of which are moving on to play NCAA Division II football, but as is the case most of the time in Stratford, the cupboard is far from bare.

The Tigers bring back six all-conference players, including first-team inside linebacker Aiden Hoffman, and they expect to be competing with the likes of Edgar and Marathon for another Marawood crown.

Two-time Marawood Back of the Year Kamren Bornbach, and a stout offensive line led by Tanner Weinfurter, Tyson Kauffman and Ethan Fabry are gone, but Jason Tubbs said he likes what he sees from those ready to step in.

“Our seniors have done a nice job working in the offseason,” Tubbs said. “They definitely aren’t the same size, but their quickness is going to be apparent on the field. Our junior class is a nice group of kids that will mix in some spots, and our sophomores are a good team that is pushing kids to get on the field right now. It’s going to be a fun year. I want to say we’re a young team, but I want to see what we look like at the end of the year.”

Four running backs that ran for more than 150 yards last year are back for the Tigers. Juniors Kade Ehrike (287 yards, five touchdowns) and Derek Marten (163 yards, four TDs), and seniors A.J. Schoenfuss (171 yards, three TDs) and Jordan Becker (255 yards, two TDs) return to a backfield led by quarterbacks Eli Drexler, a junior, and Mark Handrick, a senior.

Drexler stepped into the starting role early last season as a sophomore and threw for 532 yards and a pair of scores, and was a rushing threat as well.

Tubbs said senior Connor Multerer is ready to step in at one tackle spot, Luke Barten will play guard, and returning starters Aiden Hoffman and Dylan Schoenherr will return to the offensive line. The open spot is right tackle, where he said one of the younger guys could find a spot in the lineup.

Barten on the defensive line and senior defensive back Dilan Dehlinger were both second-team all-conference picks, while Becker, Drexler and Ehrike were honorable mention choices that also return to the defense.

“It’s going to be hard to replace Kam and Ethan, but other than that we’ve got a lot of guys back,” Tubbs said. “We have a lot of guys that played in our system and I feel confident in our defense will be strong. We have to find someone to replace Cole Hoffman, our strong safety, and have some guys that are competing there.”

Barten said he is excited to see what the new Tigers will lend to the team on the field this fall as they try to contend for a 26th-straight trip to the WIAA playoffs.

“We have a bunch of great sophomores coming up to replace a really great senior class,” Barten said. “We have all the same goals as last year. It’s a great tradition and a great program to be in. I’m just really glad to be a part of it and keep winning every year.”

Fri., Aug. 18 &STANLEY-BOYD, 7 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 25 &at Antigo, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 1 CHEQUAMEGON, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 8 TOMAHAWK, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 16 &PESHTIGO*, Noon
Fri., Sept. 22 at Rib Lake/Prentice (at Prentice), 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 29 at Auburndale, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 6 MARATHON, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 13 at Edgar, 7 p.m.
Home games in CAPS, at Tiger Stadium

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Number of local players participate in Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games

Posted on 24 July 2017 by paul

Former Spencer/Columbus Catholic players Noah Zastrow, left, and Max Johnson competed for the North team at the annual Wisconsin Football Coaches Association State All-Star Games on July 15 at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. (Photo courtesy of Jason Gorst)


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By Paul Lecker

OSHKOSH – Nine players from Central Wisconsin were among the dozens to take part in the annual Wisconsin Football Coaches Association State All-Star Games, which were held July 15 at Titan Stadium.

The event, for graduated seniors, featured three games for eight-man teams, small schools, and large schools.

The local players all played for the North team in the Small School contest, which was won by the South 25-20.

Stratford’s Kamren Bornbach, a linebacker, and Tanner Weinfurter, an offensive lineman, played alongside a number of players they competed against for years from youth football through their high school careers.

Bornbach, who will be playing collegiately at St. Cloud State, and Weinfurter, who will be playing at Winona State University, were joined on the North team by Edgar running back Alec Hafferman and offensive lineman Tyler Matysik, Abbotsford linebacker Brock Halopka, Spencer/Columbus Catholic running back/punter Noah Zastrow and offensive lineman Max Johnson, Marathon offensive lineman Bryce Seubert, and Owen-Withee defensive end Josiah Goerlitz.

Zastrow finished with seven carries for 11 yards rushing and also caught three passes for 28 yards in the loss. Hafferman had one catch for two yards.

Defensive statistics were not made available.

The South team trailed 17-6 at halftime after two touchdowns by Two Rivers quarterback Dawson Kiphart.

Poynette’s Tanner Kerr and Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau’s Derek Haines had TD runs in third quarter, and Cedar Grove quarterback John Weiss threw a touchdown pass to River Valley’s Ryan Wickman for go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. Weiss had 214 yards passing and two touchdown passes for the South.

The Large School game was halted midway through the third quarter due to lightning with the South leading 10-0.

Brookfield East running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd, another Winona State recruit, scored the game’s only touchdown. Monona Grove kicker Collin Larsh had a 21-yard field goal for the game’s other points.

The game featured a number of future Wisconsin Badgers, including offensive linemen Alex Fenton of Menomonie and Tyler Beach of Port Washington, Delavan-Darien’s Ethan Cesarz, and Kettle Moraine’s Sam DeLany.

The North won the eight-man game 32-20. Siren’s Brady Mangen had 170 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the win for the North.

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Four local players selected to play in Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-star game

Posted on 03 April 2017 by paul

Stratford linebacker Kamren Bornbach (2) was one of four local players chosen to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games. The games will be held July 15 in Oshkosh. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


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Four local high school seniors have been selected to play in the 2017 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games, which will be held Saturday, July 15, at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh.

Spencer/Columbus Catholic running back/punter Noah Zastrow and offensive lineman Max Johnson, and Stratford offensive lineman Tanner Weinfurtner and inside linebacker Kamren Bornbach will play for the North team in the Small School game against a group of South all-stars at 2 p.m.

The Eight-Man all-star game is set for 10 a.m. and the Large School game will be at 6 p.m., all at Titan Stadium. The annual all-star games are for graduating seniors.

Zastrow and Johnson were first-team all-Cloverbelt Conference selections last fall after helping the Rockets to an 8-3 record and a 6-2 mark in the conference before they lost in Level 2 of the Division 5 playoffs to Amherst.

Zastrow, a first-team all-state selection by the WFCA as a utility player, had 1,358 yards rushing, 233 receiving and 25 total touchdowns for Spencer/Columbus in 2016.

Johnson was a key member of the Rockets’ offensive line that produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, that also included junior Hunter Luepke.

Weinfurtner, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle, and Bornbach both recently signed letters of intent to play college football at Division II schools in Minnesota next fall after Stratford won its first outright Marawood Conference championship since 2007 and finished 9-2 overall after a loss to Durand in Level 2 of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs.

Bornbach, a St. Cloud State recruit, was the Marawood Back of the Year after leading the conference in scoring with 114 points and finishing second in rushing with 771 yards.

Weinfurtner was a first-team all-Marawood selection at offensive line after helping the Tigers to a perfect 7-0 record in the conference.

Central Wisconsin players picked to the Large School North team included Wisconsin Rapids quarterback Ben Olson, and offensive lineman Jacob Erdman, inside linebacker Grant Roth, and defensive back Joey Roth of Stevens Point.

Area players chosen to the Small School North team who will be playing with the SC and Stratford contingent, are running back Alec Hafferman and outside linebacker Tyler Matysik of Edgar, defensive end Josiah Goerlitz of Owen-Withee, outside linebacker Brock Halopka of Abbotsford, and offensive lineman Bryce Seubert of Marathon.

A full list of the state all-stars can be seen at

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Stratford trio sign national letters of intent to play football at Division II Minnesota schools

Posted on 01 February 2017 by paul

Stratford High School senior Kamren Bornbach signed a letter of intent to play college football at NCAA Division II school St. Cloud State in Minnesota on Wednesday during a ceremony honoring three Tigers that signed their letters to play in the Northern Sun Intercollege Conference. Bornbach is joined by his parents Kristin and Scott Bornbach. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Stratford High School senior Tyson Kauffman signed a letter of intent to play college football at NCAA Division II school Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday during a ceremony honoring three Tigers that signed their letters to play in the Northern Sun Intercollege Conference. Kauffman is flanked by his parents Jerome Kauffman and Betsy Miller. (Photo by Paul Lecker/

Stratford High School senior Tanner Weinfurtner signed a letter of intent to play college football at NCAA Division II school Winona State University in Minnesota on Wednesday during a ceremony honoring three Tigers that signed their letters to play in the Northern Sun Intercollege Conference. Weinfurtner is joined by his parents Lisa and Kurt Weinfurtner. (Photo by Paul Lecker/


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By Paul Lecker

STRATFORD – Three Stratford High School teammates will now be playing against each other in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after each signed letters of intent Wednesday, during a ceremony at Stratford High School, to play football at a trio of NCAA Division II schools in Minnesota.

Kamren Bornbach will enroll at St. Cloud State University, Tyson Kauffman will play at Concordia University in St. Paul, and Tanner Weinfurtner will go to Winona State University to continue their respective football and academic dreams.

Bornbach, a 5-10, 220-pound running back/linebacker, was a two-time two-way first-team all-Marawood Conference selection, earning Back of the Year honors last season for the Tigers after rushing for 771 yards and leading the conference in scoring with 114 points (16 touchdowns, 13 extra-point kicks, one field goal, and one two-point conversion).

Bornbach, who also is a two-time WIAA Division 3 state wrestling champion, plans on studying bio-medical science and entering the pre-chiropractic program at St. Cloud, and found it to be a great fit for him both on and off the field.

“St. Cloud has been one of my goals now for a while,” said Bornbach, who will play inside linebacker and at SCSU. “I went to camp there this summer, put myself in front of the coaches to show what I could do. This season played a big part in it and they stuck with me.”

Kauffman, a 6-5, 280-pounder, was a first-team all-Marawood Conference selection at offensive line the past two seasons.

Tyson’s older brother Hunter was a red-shirt freshman on the Concordia team last season, and his experience played a big role in Tyson choosing to play for the Golden Bears.

“What it was about Concordia that really got me was that their coaches were very personable,” said Kauffman, who plans on studying biology and going into the pre-med program. “I got a good feel off of them, and the team, and I wanted to be a part of that.

“It was nice knowing that (Hunter) sees the coaches on the field and in practice. He couldn’t have a better relationship with his O-line coach, and that’s something I want to have with the guy I’m going to be working with in college, pretty much every day.”

Weinfurtner battled through a knee injury midway through the 2015 season that sidelined him for the rest of that year. He came back to play for the USA Football Under 18 national team in the International Bowl series last February at AT&T Stadium in Texas and was at full strength last season for the Tigers as they finished 9-2, reached the second round of the WIAA Division 6 playoffs, and won the Marawood Conference outright for the first time since 2007.

“It came down to Duluth and Winona, and I took an official visit to Winona and fell in love,” Weinfurtner said. “It’s a family atmosphere and everybody gets along. Academically, it fits right in to what I need. I plan on majoring in criminal justice and psychology, and they have an amazing department. They work with internships with the Winona County sheriff’s department and the Twin Cities.”

After the injury in his junior year, Weinfurtner said his dream of playing college football wavered, but his family helped him through it.

“There were a couple of times where I questioned it and seriously had to take a look at myself to see if it was something I could work through,” Weinfurtner, a 6-4, 305-pound offensive tackle, said. “My parents were instrumental in keeping me going. Every time I felt down, it was my mom (Lisa) or my dad (Kurt) telling me to keep going, that I had it in me. Without them, I wouldn’t have made it through. Working back from that, it helped me shape and build my character. I’m a lot stronger because of it now.”

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