While the change from conference to district scheduling has everyone talking, the turnover at the skill positions will be the key to the success of the New York Mills football team in 2015.
After going 5-5 last season, the Eagles lost Dustin Gaudette, their starting quarterback, along with AJ Wegscheid, Tucker Skoblik, Zach Bauck and Chance Pettow to graduation.
"We lost some skilled position people that will have to be replaced," stated New York Mills head coach Matt Radniecki.
Radniecki returns to lead the Eagles' program this fall. JJ Weller and Kris Koll will serve as assistants. The junior high coaching staff is made up of Dustin Geiser and Eric Niemi.
"It is going to be a fun year," Radniecki said. "We have 41 players out and things have been going very well."
Some of the Eagles' returning letterwinners for this year are: Sam Erkenbrack, Taylor Cooley, Zach Frost, Dominik Stafki, Jesse Roberts, Josh Olson, Jett Saewert, Tristan Leiran and Sam Hendrickx.
Charlie Fox, Aaron Arno and Mason Friederichs, along with several others, will also see playing time this season.
"The kids have been working hard and I appreciate the effort that each and every one is putting in," Radniecki added.
The coaching staff has three main goals for the upcoming season...
With a completely different schedule thanks to the new District plan, past experiences and scouting reports aren't much of a help when it comes to the "teams to watch" this season, but Radniecki may have received some information through the grape vine.
"On our side of the district, I would say Pine River-Backus will be an early favorite from what I hear," Radniecki explained.