Glenwood city, Boyceville, Colfax (WQOW) -- There are so many good teams in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, that News 18 Sports calls an audible and covers three teams.
Glenwood City didn't win the DSC title in 2012, but the Hilltoppers went on to win the WIAA Division 7 state championship. Glenwood City knows it'll have a target on its back this season, but the Toppers say that's just fine with them.
"I heard a comment from one of our players," says Glenwood city head coach Shane strong, "if they want to circle us, then we'll circle our entire schedule, but really, it goes back to what we've always said, great attitude and effort, and one game at a time. We don't have to beat nine teams in one night, you know, in our schedule, we have to beat one at a time, so we don't really worry about the pressure."
Glenwood City returns plenty of skill players on offense.
"In the backfield and wideout positions it's very nice to be on the same page with them right from the get-go," says Hilltoppers senior quarterback/linebacker Nick Mrdutt, "it just helps out, we've moved practice along a lot better, and it just helps a ton."
"You know what it's like playing at Camp Randall," says Glenwood City senior offensive lineman/linebacker Donovan Fornal, "and you want it again, and we all do, so it just gives us that little, we know what we're going for, so it just makes us go a little bit harder."
Glenwood City goes to Ladysmith, Friday, to kick off the 2013 season.
Boyceville was another DSC team that got hot at the end of the 2012 season. The Bulldogs made it to the WIAA Division 6 playoffs, and advanced to Level 3. That success has led to increased numbers at this year's practices.
"Last year was a whole lot of fun," says Bulldogs junior wide receiver Mitch Leach, 'and then we have a whole bunch of new kids coming out because they saw how much fun it was, and how good we could do, and all the support."
"We had a lot of guys step up in the backfield," says Boyceville senior lineman Nicholas Wathke, "we have five, six backs that we can rotate through there, have a good, strong backfield so that's not too much of a concern, we have a lot of young guys, we'll be deep, young but deep, but we have guys that can step up and do the job."
The increased numbers of players out for football at Boyceville has lead to some great competition throughout the first few weeks.
"The interesting thing this year is that it's been open competition at every position," says Bulldogs head coach Brian Roemhild, "which has been kind of fun, we've got about six guys competing for that running back spot so to name them would actually be impossible to do right now, at the scrimmage, we ran six different guys , we had two different guys at quarterback, we had guys in battle all over the place on the field, and it's been a lot of fun."
Boyceville visits Flambeau, Thursday night, to kick off the season.
Colfax won a pair of non-conference games last season, but the Vikings went winless in the very tough DSC. Coming into this season, head coach Mark Maloney says Colfax will look for improvement, while depending on the senior leaders, some of whom have been starting since they were freshmen.
"We're looking at those seniors and a couple of juniors that have been around for a long time to lead this team this year," says Maloney, "we haven't been in the playoffs for quite a while, coming up on eight years or so, and we want to get into the playoffs and make our statement for the Dunn-St. Croix and put our contributions in for this tough conference."
Those senior leaders say the Vikings are a very motivated team heading into the 2013 season.
"We had a lot more kids in the weight room," says Colfax senior running back Ethin Kiekhafer, "we made it mandatory to lift, if you wanted to be on varsity you had to lift, it was mandatory, and then everybody seemed like they wanted it more."
"We've been in lifting," says Vikings senior running back Noah Pretasky, "all our linemen and our skill receivers are getting stronger and faster, and we've been really disciplined this year, a lot of conditioning, and we're ready for the regular season."
Colfax kicks off its season Friday, when the Vikings visit Eleva-Strum.
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