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Thursday, November 3, 2011 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine 2011 proved to be an- other outstanding year for 7th grade football at Norwalk. The players were very successful on the field and off as they prepared for future years by taking on leadership responsibilities. The team finished with 59 players creating a sound founda- tion for their next step, 8th grade football. The 2011 Norwalk 7th grade A team went unde- feated with a 6-0 record for the most victories in a sea- son, ever! The team over- came many obstacles through this history-mak- ing season by outscoring their opponents 276-56. Led by a high scoring of- fense, a swarming defense and opportunistic special teams pla36 the Warriors provided a glimpse into the future of Norwalk football. The high energy Cole Hopkins provided the of- fensive spark at quarter- back as the. Warriors ran around, threw, and over all six of their opponents. Running backs Justin South and Brady Brandsfield each took turns in tearing the oppos- ing defenses apart by us- ing their speed and strength. Oren Waters set the offense up by estab- lishing powerful runs up the middle and blocking oh the perimeter with Jantzen Simpson provid- Norwalk 7th Grade Football ing many powerful runs. These four players, along with Hopkins at quarter- back combined for nearly 40 rushing touchdowns in, our six games. The potent rushing attack was an- chored by the outstanding line play and blocking of everyone on the team. Of- fensive center Ryan Kennedy anchored the small but quick line that produced the huge run- ning lanes for our backs. Garret Klyn, an under- sized guard, stepped up and filled a much needed spot at left guard. Jacob Endres, our super sub, was a rock on the right side. Nathan Cox took on and defeated much larger de- fensive lineman all season long. Jacob Connelly and John Putbrese provided many blocks that allowed the backs to break long touchdown runs on the outside. Kason Krall al- lowed the offense to catch opposing defenses by sur- prise with his pass receiv- ing abilities. The defense was equally as dominating as it combined for seven inter- ceptions with three being returned for touchdowns. Numerous game changing defensive plays were re- corded including a huge game changer by Nick Eltjes against Indianola. Riley Borst set the tone for the defense from his nose position as he used his quickness and strength to disrupt opponent's backfields. Caleb Rees' speed and hard hitting al- lowed him to contain out- side runs and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Chris Bowles used his quickness and smart play to anchor the all-important left side of the Warrior de- fense. The Norwalk 7th Grade B team had a successful season on the field, com- piling a record of four wins and only two losses. The group of 21 players gave a great effort all year that allowed them a chance at victory in every contest. The team was led by a solid rushing attack from a backfield that in- cluded Quarterback Alan Delker, Full Backs Tyler Hirl and Jake Gudenkauf and Running Backs Isiah F.unk, Trevor Neil, An- drew Mellencamp and Kasey Leeper. Opening the holes for the running game were lineman Max Acri, Matthew Karnes, Caleb Seymour, John Belizzi, Corbin Srfiith, Kaleb Bierstedt, Chris Jaminet, Tanner Downs and Jordan Buchanon. This group of players did an excellent job of playing multiple positions on the line and working together to lead our offense down the field. Tight Ends Colton Arnold and Gabi Hager, as well as receivers Keegan q SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES F SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. 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Pride leaders for the C team were Sam Campbell (quarterback/ safety), Zach Swisher (wide receiver and comer) and Mitch Kames (center and nose). Kames moved up to the B team halfway through the season. Other members of this team in- clude: John Link (offensive and defensive tackle), Conlan Lingwall (offen- sive and defensive tackle), Jonah Hildebrandt (offen- sive tackle and linebacker), Alex Hoover (center/ guard and defensive end), Brandon Fick (guard and defensive tackle), Dillon Duax (guard and defen- sive tackle), Nathan Horkstrom (offensive tackle and nose), Wyatt Grubb (tight end and de- fensive end), Joe Rico (quarterback and safety), Rece Smith (running back and linebacker), Gaige Raymond (running back and defensive end), Sam Downey (running back and linebacker), Johnny Strait (running back and corner), Alex Wichhart (wide receiver and line- backer), Mateo Cortez (wide receiver and comer), Doug Stanley (tight end and linebacker), Max Chasten (wide receiver and corner), Jeffery O'Hara (wide receiver and safety/corner) and Ryan Hensley (wide receiver and comer). This team worked very hard throughout the sea- son. The C team competed against our other two teams all season long dur- ing practice. Unfortu- nately the C and B teams had to merge together for a few games this season because the teams on our schedule did not have enough players to fill a third team. Our C team handled this transition very well. Nobody com- plained and when it was their turn to play they stepped up and performed nicely. The C team was for- tunate to go and play at Johnston (the only group that played Johnston) where the players could see the field for an entire game. The team had plenty of memorable mo- ments through the season. The Grinnell game stands out as having multiple outstanding plays and overall performances. The C team scored the go ahead and eventual game winning touchdown. The defense also stopped Grinnell's B team offense multiple times. Players were constantly asking in anticipation if they could get into "the ball game (which at times wasn't al- ways good thing). As coaches we admired the players desire to want to play this great game. The coaching staff was very proud of the C' team and believes there is a lot of tal- ent moving forward from this team. This article would not be complete without rec- ognizing the hard-work- ing student managers that served faithfully through- out the season. Seve.nth grade video operators and practice managers: Lind sey Livingston and Sydney Richeson. Eighth grade managers: Sam Urlis, Kylee Watrous and Caitlin Nguyen seeing that the team had plenty of hy- dration during practices and games. Special side- line assistant Rhett Dempsey was invaluable for vital game time infor- mation. No amount of apprecia- tion will be enough for coaches Mike Elbert, Frank Roth and Cory Goldsmith as they went beyond the call of duty in their prac- tice, game day and off-sea- son preparation. COMMITTED TO OUR CUSTOMERS: AND OUR COMMUNITY.. Volleyball Tryouts Norwalk Volleyball Club tryouts will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Lakewood Elementary School Gym. Tryout time is 7th and 8th grade, 2-4 p.m. and 9th and 11th grade, 4:30 - 7 p.m. Contact Barb Logan with any questions at 287- 5390. Lakewood Teacher is Runner Up Elizabeth Altemeier, a first-grade teacher at Grant Wood Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, is the 2011 Excellence in Educa- tion Award winner. The award is sponsored by the Iowa State Education As- sociation (ISEA), the Iowa Farm Bureau, WHO Ra- dio, KDSM FoX 17, StapIes and Sm.ilemakers. Alte- meier was chosen from over 50 teachers nomi- nated by co-workers, stu- dents and community members because of the difference she makes ev- ery day in the lives of her students. Now in its 12th year, the Excellence in Education Award is designed to honor the countless educa- tors across the state who, like Liz Altemeier, make a difference in the lives of their students each and every .day. Nominations were solicited beginning in September through Oc- tober 7 and forms were available at local county Farm Bureau offices and through the ISEA. Altemeier will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and her school will receive an- other $1,000 from the Iowa Farm Bureau during an awards ceremony and banquet Tuesda)6 Nov. 15, at the Polk County Con- vention Complex in Des Moines, also courtesy of the Iowa Farm Bureau. Runners-up will also be honored at the Excellence in Education banquet-- Scott Bertelsen, a high school speech teacher and drama coach at Forest City High School; Janet Coon, a middle school science teacher at East Middle School, Sioux City; Debbie DeVore, a high school En- glish teacher, speech and theater coach at Maquoketa Valley High School, Delhi; and Pamela Nichols, a fifth- grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary School, Nor- walk. All of the nominees, along with the individuals who nominated them, are invited to attend the awards banquet at no charge, courtesy of the Iowa Farm Bureau. v .................. _ ,