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ELK MOUND — The Mounders may have lost some key players to graduation, but with 60 kids trying out for varsity spots there should be no issues for Coach Lew and his coaching staff to fill their positions.
The Mounders finished the 2018 season with a conference record of 5-1 that earned them a third of the D-SC title shared with Spring Valley and Mondovi.
Elk Mound ended the season 8-3 after a loss in the second round of the playoffs to Westby by a score of 35-6.
“We have strength in the number of kids in the program, with over 25 seniors and juniors,” Mounders’ head coach David Lew said.
Running back, Brady Redwine, is the biggest spot Lew will need to fill for the Mounders as Redwine put up big numbers during his senior year with 2,106 rushing yards, 83 total tackles and 158 yards receiving.
Redwine was named 1st team running back and the Dunn-St. Croix conference offensive player of the year, he was also named to the All-state team as a running back.
Brett Lew, linebacker, and Colton Ward, quarterback, also walked the stage in May taking with them their varsity experience.
Lew was a driving force for Elk Mound on defense making 109 total tackles and one forced fumble against his opponents, Ward was the Mounders’ starting quarterback for 10 games making 38 of his 71 attempts for 611 yards.
Other graduates included Rian Flynn with 305 receiving yards, Marcus Kinblom with 68 total tackles, Ryan Zurbuchen with 54 tackles, Max Marquardt with 79 tackles and Mason Close with 66 tackles.
However, the Mounders’ will see three players with varsity experience returning in Nate Lew, Blaze Todd and Chase Rhude.
Nate Lew garnered 39 total tackles with 28 being solo as well as a sack, Todd ran for 287 yards in his 39 attempts and averaged 7.4 yards a carry and Rhude will help on offense as one of four quarterbacks.
But Coach Lew knows there is a lack of experience in some positions that will lead to a weakness for Elk Mound.
But the team will focus on competing in every game as well as having fun.
“Stats do not matter in this program,” Lew explained. “We want to make it fun for our players in practice and games while teaching life-long lessons along the way.”
It is coach Lew’s belief that Spring Valley, Durand, and Mondovi will be the teams to beat with Mondovi returning much of their team and Spring Valley and Durand being well coached in tradition.
This is coach Lew’s seventh year as head coach and he holds a record of 32-30.
“I’m looking forward to working with a great group of young men and excited for the season,” Lew stated.
Seniors: Kyle Deling, Dominic Hall, Chase Rhude, Nathan Sweeney, Blaze Todd.
Juniors: Aiden Balts, Vincent Biegel, Ryan Bohl, Reese Brunner, Blake Burlingame, Zane Clemmens, Major Gunderson-Morris, Mason Hay, Ben Heath, Aaron Heuer, Michael Jenson, Alex Johnson, Ethan Levra, Nate Lew, Sam Lor, Antonio Meyer, Gabe Moschkau, Brett Rosenthal, Mitchell Ruppelt, Logan Schultz, Ryder Simington, Jayden Wyrwicki.
Sophomores: Quintin Erdman, Sawyer Hunsucker, Ethan Johnson, Avery Kaanta, Terry Mercer, Braedon Pederson, Matt Rowen, Devan Scheffler, Carson Steinhorst, Brex Todd, Korbin Verdon, Cameron Wallin.
Freshmen: Tate Anderson, Ryan Bartig, Aidan Barthlomew, Marcus Barum, Carson Baskin, Diesel Brenden, Jerome Delikowski, Isaac Hay, Steven Hay, Josh Livingston, Ethan Oas, Brock Rowan, Harley Simington, Nathan Svee, Evan Webster, Alex Woodford