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Countdown to Kickoff: Lakeland, Northland Pines, and Port Edwards

by Jayson Geiser

(WAOW) - We continue our "Countdown to Kickoff" with three schools on Thursday.

The Lakeland football team returns 16 starters from last year's team, 8 on each side of the ball.  Even at positions where he loses talent, head coach Don Scharbarth has capable replacements. For instance, at running back, where the loss of 3-year starter Nathan Roy means more carries for 2nd-team all-Great Northern Conference runner Curtis Rich.  Last year, the Thunderbirds made their 13th trip to the playoffs in the last 14 campaigns.  However, it's their first-round loss that has them working even harder this pre-season.

Northland Pines won 8 football games back in 2005, but has managed just 6 total wins since then.  That includes a 1-win campaign in 2009.  This year, the Eagles continue their recent history of conference-shifting, landing in the West PAC conference in the Upper Peninsula.  The guys from Eagle River are hoping for a fresh beginning and a more level playing field now that they're in a league of schools their size.

In the CWC-10 last season, a trio of teams finished atop the standings with 4-1 marks.  That included Port Edwards, who's 6-3 overall record represented their first winning season since 2004.  It's that taste of success that has the Blackhawks hungry for more in 2010.


Online Reporter - Jayson Geiser

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