Get your semi-final tickets NOW! Blackout event by our fan base!
GOT YOUR TICKET YET? Help us BLACK OUT THE EAST SIDE WITH UNION FANS.
It's time to close down the towns! With the win Friday night the Union Knights Football
team will advance to semi-finals round. Game will be played on Saturday, 11/11/17 at 7:06pm.
You can purchase tickets at the high school or middle school office beginning Monday, 1
1/6/17. Or you can purchase tickets online in advance by going to https://unitix.uni.edu/ Click on "Buy Tickets" Click on "Presales/Promotions" Our Promotion code is: Uknights Hope to see you all there Saturday night to support our Knights! Go Knights!!!!
Underdogs again Knights win rematch vs. Cascade! 22-14 in 4th!
Dean Close from Vinton captured this video in closing moments of the quarterfinal game vs Cascade.
It was Cascade's first tie ever in the quarterfinals and they had a (10-0) record including a win over the
Knights in the last 30 seconds in the last regular game of the season. The Knights trailed 7-0 at half as
the stingy Knight defense turned away Cascade time and time again. With the score 14-7, the Knights scored
their second TD and went for the win a got for two play with four minutes left. Cascade's defense held. Later
in the fourth quarter Union would drive the ball down the field and with eight seconds left sophomore kicker
Marc Mahood made a field goal to make it 16-14. Mahood then kicked deep with four seconds left and the
Cougars tried a desperate attempt to lateral the ball back and forth on the return. Union's Kaleb Roach
was able to catch the ball in the end zone and the Knights stormed the field with a 22-14 victory. Here are the
Live coverage of Homecoming tonight! Varsity kickoff at 7:30pm.
We hope you can all join us at home (UHS fb field) tonight with Fr/So kickoff at 5pm and Varsity at 7:30pm. It's Homecoming as Union hosts the Blazers from Dyersville-Beckman HS. Out of town family members want to listen in?
Click on here to get a virtual scoreboard and also LIVE play by play with Josh Dunkelberger and Dean Bostian! The dynamic duo that knows Union football inside and out: www.unionknights.net.
Listen LIVE tonight! Union travels to Oelwein for 2nd District Game
We hope you can all join us at Oelwein tonight with Fr/So kickoff at 5pm and Varsity at 7:30pm. Out of town family members want to listen in? Click on here to get a virtual scoreboard and also LIVE play by play with Josh Dunkelberger and Dean Bostian! The dynamic duo that knows Union football inside and out.
Photo from Vinton Today in Union Today section at Friday's game!
Credit to photo from Vinton Today and Dean Close.
Our athletic trainer, Taylor Vaske, is working on junior Josh Ternus as he preps for warmups for the varsity
game vs. Monticello last Friday. Taylor has been a tremendous asset to all athletes at Union.
Vote for Alpers for KWWL Play of Week!
Vote HERE for our Lincoln Savings Bank, Friday Night Heroes Play of the Week
Knights move on to District play this week after Vinton win on the road!
Proud of our teams improving week 1 to week 2. Double wins with fresh-soph in opener (38-0), and varsity (42-14) over Vinton-Shellsburg.
District play begins with next game at home vs. Monticello! Honoring Patriot Night and Senior Citizen's Night!
Gold Card Sales are now officially underway!
August 11, 2017
On our first night we did a community blitz with the communities of LPC and Dysart to help raise funds
for our football team through Gold Card sales. There are funds needed for player equipment, field equipment,
video equipment, and many other items not covered by our budget. Gold Cards also back our local businesses!
The ones who are asked to join the booster club, sponsor posters, donate items for auctions, and more. If
you have not been asked to buy a card yet let us know and we will get a player to you ASAP.
Above on the left is Tyler Rottinghaus who sold 20 cards the first night in La Porte City, and Mason Scott on the
right who sold 20 cards in Dysart. Thanks for supporting our fund raiser!
MONDAY FIRST DAY OF OFFICIAL PRACTICE!
Players and Parents:
We just finished up with our five day mini-camp, We Build Champions! Appreciate all the time and effort put into the camp as it will pay off as Monday is the first official practice with a team meeting for all 9-12th graders in UHS auditorium.
You will now have access to lockers and the locker room. You can shower after practice and we highly encourage you to do so before leaving. Transportation to and from Dysart UMS to LPC UHS has been arranged for young men needing a ride. If you have a young man that plans on riding the school provided transportation please text/email Coach Adam Gassman.
There are currently THREE forms that need to be done prior to practicing. One is the high school physical which we have been communicating since starting the summer workout program. The second one is a concussion form (handed out to athletes on Monday of mini camp) which must be read and signed by parent and athlete. The third is a new form from UHS office. This form can be filled out online or copy brought to the office. Click here to access forms: http://www.union.k12.ia.us/?page_id=5459
Coach Chadd Johnson is in charge of the forms. We are attaching the latest physical form information we have from the front office. If there is a conflict from what is listed here please contact Brenda or Kenda via phone during normal working hours. (342-2697)If they are highlighted in yellow they are expired and need to be updated before they can practice. The blue highlighted will expire during the season and there are several that expire very early in the season.
If you are not up to date on your forms you are not excused from practice. It is your responsibility to make sure the paperwork is finalized.
9th-12th graders if YOU DO NOT have your helmet fitted yet, this will be done today starting at 3pm. Report behind school next to green house. Enter that door and take a right down the stairs. We close doors at 3:50pm to be a team mtg at 4pm in auditorium.
2017 fall schedule!
Iowa Preps Elite Team (all classes) lands three Knights thus far!
July 7, 2017
It's early but pre-season accolades are coming out via Iowa Preps.
Senior Captain Koby Alpers has landed a spot on the Iowa Preps third team Elite (all classes 8 man to 4A)
as a wide receiver.
On 4th Team Elite offense two Knights were given recognition. Senior QB Troy Hanus and Senior offensive
center Carter Brehm. Both young men are also captains for the 2017 squad.
The 3rd team defense as well as 1st and 2nd team O and D have not been announced yet.
For more information you will need to subscribe to Iowa Preps at iowapreps.com.
Iowa Preps gives update on 2A D4 for fall outlook!
July 1, 2017
Knights compete at NIU 7 vs. 7 and Midwest Line Camp this week!
June 19, 2017
Above photo is from the Midwest Line Camp, 11 consecutive years in attendance!
Thanks to coaches Royce Rottinghaus and Scott Denner for helping with transportation.
The above photo is from the NIU 7v7 competition. (missing Silver Schmitz,
Tim Glenn, and Joe Hadachek).
2017 BWW Challenge Winners
68 1st Team All District Players since 2007
Iowa Preps posts early Pre-Season 2A District 4 information!
Class 2A, District 4 Football Peek
Luke Feddersen | Publisher
Iowa Preps names our early team favorites, MVPs, athletes to watch, and more for Class 2A, District 4 now!
THANKS FOR WEARING THE UNION COLORS! RISE UP THIS FALL 2017!
Coach Hadachek and Staff
2017 PLAYER PARENT MTG THIS SUNDAY! MANDATORY!
2017 Varsity schedule!
2nd Trimester GPAs
The following champions had a 4.0 GPA from last trimester:
Kyle Gross Carter Spore
The following champions had a 3.0 GPA or better from last trimester: Daycen Douglass Ryan Miller Hunter Fleshner Jace Glenn Gavin Miller Keaton Newgren Clayton Thiele Troy Hanus Ben Dvorak Bryce Parker Brayden Grosse Hunter Heitmann Ethen Meyer Carter Brehm Kody Crawford Josh Ternus Brandon Stech Carter Asmussen Brady Rempe Tate Hookham Brock Hadachek Ben Behrens Dylan Stech Jordan Schmitz Mason Pelke Ben Rempe Michael Ahrendsen Koby Alpers Kaleb Roach Trevor Davis
8th grade players from 2016 or young men wanting to play in 2017!
March 30, 2017
FRIDAY, March 31 at UMS in Dysart
2016 8th grade (2017 freshmen) football players at UNION: Show up tomorrow during PAL time at UMS and we will talk about your future as a student, athlete, and champion as you enter high school next fall. Not sure you want to play? Show up and listen to the opportunity to become more and be part of something special at Union. Bring any questions about the summer and fall. GO KNIGHTS!
KYFC - Knights Youth Football Club registration!
March 20, 2017
Attn: 2nd-5th graders..sign ups for youth padded football will be held this Sunday at the La Porte City Elementary from 1-3 PM in the preschool hallway. We do need everyone who plans to go out be there to get fitted for equipment and turn in registration form and payment. We do have a new option this year of paying online. You can go to http://youthsportsfoundation.org/ and then to online football registrations and then click on Union Football. You will register and pay online but we still need you to come on Sunday for equipment fittings. We will have available to purchase a 4 point chin strap which we do recommend to all players, they are $12. If you have yours from last year, please use it. Those that need jerseys, we will have a online store up and running around football camp at the end of July. If you have any questions please contact team mom, Krystal Schmitz. Join the KYFC Facebook group by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/140434179436117/
Latest update includes 2nd trimester grades and last week competitions!
Updated team results! Great race! NE IA Spec Oly & Union Combine!
March 7, 2017
Northeast Iowa Special Olympics photo (thanks Coach Todd Carlson)
THE UNION COMBINE (similar in competition) to the NFL combine is going on this week
with individual and team points for placement on each event. In addition grades and volunteerism
can jump the point totals. Senior lead, everyone else FOLLOW!
NE Iowa Special Olympics is this Sunday at UNI DOME!
February 27, 2017
This Sunday will be the 10th consecutive year we have volunteered at the NE IOWA SPECIAL OLYMPICS.
It's not too late to help out.
The NE Iowa Special Olympics will be held on campus at UNI. Kick off event at UNI Dome. If your name is here you are committed to help out: John Adelmund, Jace Glenn, Quentin Kinsel, Troy Hanus, Brit Rolison, Kolby Alpers, Carter Brehm, Hunter Holman, Josh Ternus, Silver Schmitz, Brandon Stech, Ryan Sedgwick, Bryce Parker, Brayden Grosse, CJ Weltzein, Rashawn Williams, Carter Spore, Kaleb Roach, Levi Gray, Mason Scott, Tate Hookham, Hunter Fleshner, Jacob Wyant, Kyle Cox, Dylan Felderman, Ben Behrens, Trevor Davis, Michael Ahrendsen, and Dylan Stech (subject to hockey). If we are missing someone please get ahold of Coach Todd Carlson.
Ahrendsen selected to play for North at Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer!
February 21, 2017
Senior team captain Michael Ahrendsen was selected by the north coaching staff to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl
to be held at the UNI Dome this July. There are 44 players selected from North of Highway 30 and 44 from south.
All levels of schools must be represented and in addition to playing ability the team members must also exert character
and teamwork outside of football. You can purchase tickets in advance through Ahrendsen for $10. Tickets at door of
game are $15. In addition, there will be ads for the yearly booklet which assist cost of the game as the majority of ticket
sales goes to the Shriner hospitals. Iowa has been #2 for the amount of money raised through the football Shrine games
nationwide. In the past Union Knights Jason Fowler (1993), Jared Wauters (2010 north team captain), Wesley Burnside
(2011), and Trev Hadachek (2012) were selected and played in the game. Jay Scheel was also selected in (2013) but did
not get to participate due to rehab. Joe Hadachek was the defensive coordinator when Wauters played in 2010. The
north won that game 24-0 with head Coach Roger Janssen from Sioux City Heelan.
Newgren and Ahrendsen make official decisions for next level!
Keaton Newgren and Michael Ahrendsen have been playing together for a number of years. Youth football, two years in middle school, and four years in high school. Their final game together was in the finals of 2A at the UNI Dome. However, they may have chance in the near future to play against each other.
Ahrendsen committed late last week to Northwest Missouri State as a "preferred walk on" after having numerous offers at the NCAA II, NAIA, and JUCO levels. The school was a good match for his future plans, farming, and he liked the culture of the Bearcats. He will be lining up on the defensive side of the ball next fall.
Newgren had several offers at NCAA II and some JUCO attention also. He made his final decision on his last visit to Kearney. He felt the program has a new skipper and a new vision. Keaton wants to be a part of that and the education was a good match for him too. He will play offensive line next fall.
The real news is the teammates could match up against each other in college. Both schools are not far apart
distance wise. Both schools play in the same conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Either way Knight fans will be cheering for these two linemen as they enter their college careers.
Union's first commitment was Brock Hadachek as he committed to UNI this summer. In addition Isaiah Vaughan, John Boisen, Dylan Stech, and Dakota Hora are finalizing their plans for college with the opportunity to play football. GO KNIGHTS!
1st team all state RB Vaughan making his college visits!
Audio listening from everywhere: http://ihssnlivestream.com/radio
Players of the Week! Semi-final game victory over Mt. Vernon 49-28!
RB Isaiah Vaughan
OLINE Brock Hadachek, Michael Ahrendsen, Carter Brehm, Keaton Newgren, Daycen Douglass
NG Michael Ahrendsen
CB Koby Alpers
SCOUT TEAM POWs
Information to watch Knights take on Mustangs at 7:06pm TONIGHT!
TONIGHT is the night. 7:06pm is the kickoff TIME. BLACK is the color to wear, as we are BACK (to the Dome) IN BLACK! WE want you there LIVE and in person to rock the Dome. Feel free to share this with your out of state friends and relatives. See Direct and Dish TV channels.
Do everything you can to support the TEAM in person tonight at West Union vs. #1 ranked NFV. The weather will be perfect. If you can't listen to Dean and Ryan tonight by clicking on www.unionknights.net. Ryan Moody will be filling in for Josh Dunkelberger. GO KNIGHTS!
One more round, ONE more opportunity to purchase playoff gear!
CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE: http://www.shoplpcink.co/merchants/union-knights-2016-state-football-qualifier-gear/
POWs for Cascade
Watch this Playoff Selection show ONLINE via Webcast at IHSNN.com
The IHSSN will bring Iowa High School Football playoff pairings to you via webcast on October 22, 2016 at 10:00AM (Saturday). Join us as the ROAD TO THE DOME begins and the teams are paired for the first round of the high school football playoffs. Then join us back here for all the UNI DOME semi-final and final action in November!
This webcast will be the EXCLUSIVE place for your first look at playoff team pairings, game locations and times, so be sure to watch on October 22!www.IHSSN.com and you'll see the link!
CLICK here for teams who qualified: http://www.iahsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016_Football_Qualifiers.pdf
Player of the Week Awards Game 8 vs. North Fayette
Players of the Week vs. Waukon and the nominees for tackle/blocks/hits of week. Here is the link for the Week 7 highlight video.
Additional coverage on Facebook under Union Today!
Football Yard Signs for sale by cheerleaders!
UHS cheerleaders selling Football Yard Signs. Pre-order your signs now- Cost is 20.00 Please contact Kayleen Glenn @ 319.939.7179 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Or Brenda at UHS 319.342.2697 or email her at B_rottinghaus@union.k12.ia.us We are taking orders starting today until September 19th.
Congratulations to the POW for Monticello game!
Union unloads in third quarter with 28 points for a 42-6 district win!
The Union Knights traveled to Monticello as a battle of (2-0) teams took place in 2A district 4.
Union's offense rolled with 23 first downs and did not have to punt the entire game behind the rushing of Dylan Stech (15 rushes, 141 yds, 2 TDs) and Britton Rolison ( 19 rushes, 116 yds, 1 TD). Jace Glenn also added run game fire power with two rushes for 25 yards and two TDs. Troy Hanus rushed for one TD and was 9 of 14 throwing the ball for 139 yards to John Boisen (5 rec, 54 yards), Koby Alpers (3 rec, 45 yards), and Brock Hadachek (1 for 40 yds).
Defensively the Knights gave up their first points of the year in th 2nd quarter. For nine consecutive quarters the Union defense was perfect. The Knight defense was led by Drew Edwards wtih five tackles, along with Jordan Schmitz and MIcheal Ahrendsen with four. Five players had three. Edwards and Daycen Douglass each had a fumble recovery. Senior Clayton Thiele had an interception to bring the Knight turnovers to three. The defense had a total of five sacks and four tackles for loss.
Dakota Hora was six of six in the point after touchdown department and had seven kickoffs for a 55 yard average.
The Knights will continue district play vs. Oelwein on Friday night with kickoff starting at 7:30pm. Union is (3-0) on the year and (1-0) in district play.
Player of the Week Awards Game 2 vs. Vinton-Shellsburg
Union posts second straight shut out! KWWL reports...
September 2, 2016
Listen to Dean & Josh bring you the LIVE broadcast the U vs. VS!
WE want you at the game tonight!
Frosh kick off at 5pm, and varsity vs. Vinton Shellsburg at 7:30pm.
Patriot's Night coupled with "Back the Blue" T shirt promo this Friday!
K-2 We Build Champions Camp held Sunday for 16th consecutive year!
2016 Union Football Team
Cedar Rapids Gazette ranks Knights, Des Register poll also released.
DES MOINES REGISTER
Waterloo Courier interviews Jay Scheel...
CLICK HERE for article on Hawkeye WR depth: http://wcfcourier.com/sports/college/iowa/iowa-football-scheel-eager-to-get-back-to-work/article_10fe691b-e2d4-5b24-bb39-fc04f917c8cc.html
Football Media Day is Thursday, August 18th at UHS
Gold Card sales off to a fast start!
Congratulations to the following champions that sold 10 cards the first night of sales:
1 - Jordan Carey, 2 - Troy Hanus, 3 - Tyler Rottinghaus, and 4 - Brenton Johnson!
We will be out selling cards to help offset the costs of football equipment and other costs
associated with our program. Thanks!
Alums come back and speak during Father-Son Day!
Trev Hadachek, Kolten Bader, and Jay Scheel were generous enough with their time to give back last
Sunday and share a message with all our campers and fathers. We are so blessed with our alumni and
their willingness to come back to the U! Thanks.
Urgent message to all kids 3rd-8th grade!
August 5, 2016
Parents, Players, Alums, and Fans:
Please feel free to forward this to anyone you know has boys 3rd-8th. You don't have to be in our school district to attend. We have two camps starting on Monday. Both are in Dysart.
The 3rd-6th camp for Knights Youth Football Club kicks off at 10:00am sharp at the Dysart Park. This is a two day camp. Football cleats encouraged by not required. Good attitude required! If NOT registered you can still come, just fill out the form by clicking here: https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=kyfc&formID=114211.
The 7th-8th camp for UMS kicks off at 9:00am sharp at the Union Middle School practice fields located west of the middle school. This is a four day camp. Football cleats needed for this. Good attitude required. If NOT registered you still can attend, just fill out the form by clicking here: www.FollowTheKnights.com and clicking on right hand side menu where there is a link that says 2016 Middle School camp.
If anyone has difficulty paying the camp fee/league fee for ANY of our camps/leagues please contact the respective coach in charge or me personally for fee waiver. We scholarship any/all kids due to personal circumstances beyond your control. In addition if your son(s) need football shoes and cannot afford them we have sponsors to help out with these special situations.
All kids need the opportunity to go to our camps and have fun!
Head Football Coach
Union Community Schools
Hadachek commits to UNI!
August 4, 2016
(Brock after a game at home his junior year, with dad, Jon)
Senior to be Brock Hadachek has the size and speed to attract offers. He had full ride offers from Eastern Michigan (FBS), UNI (FCS), Montana State (FCS), and South Dakota (FCS). Several other FCS schools were courting him. Add in one more, one of the best NCAA II schools in the nation, Northwest Missouri State. Another attractive visit and offer.
When it comes down to a tough decision it is always best to use your "gut." Brock's gut told him UNI as he felt peace when leaving campus and talking with Coach Farley and staff. He didn't want to wait until signing date. Brock wanted to focus on his senior year and his teammates. He committed to UNI earlier this week. Good luck Brock! Congrats!
Welcome our new trainer, Taylor Vaske!
Taylor Vaske, LAT/ATC is our Union Knight Athletic Trainer with Athletico Physical Therapy. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has spent time at the high school and collegiate level. She will be available at practices and games throughout the year and will assist in the prevention of injury, rehabilitation and return to play.
Athletico Physical Therapy is the exclusive provider of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training for Union, La Porte City High School. We have a convenient location at 1655 San Marnan Drive in Waterloo, IA where we can schedule complimentary injury screens and physical therapy to help you on your way to feeling better.
We are happy and excited to be a part of the Union Knights Community, best of luck to all athletics this year!
BACK the BLUE!
Email copied from Mike Whittlesey to Coach Hadachek...
"The order form for shirts is live. We've posted info and links to them on our Facebook page,theprogressreview.coandshoplpcink.co. We will also run a story in next week's paper. We will also forward all of the details to the Vinton newspapers. Here's what we posted on Facebook this morning:
On Friday, September 2, the Union Knights football team will host Vinton-Shellsburg. In keeping with the team's annual tradition of "Patriot Night," which honors those who serve their country and their communities, a special "Back the Blue" t-shirt will be offered for sale. What makes these shirts unique is that the proceeds from sales of "Back the Blue" will go to the public safety departments in four area communities: La Porte City, Dysart, Vinton and Shellsburg. Even better, YOU pick which community receives this special donation when you order your shirt.
Gregg's Sporting Goods and The Progress Review are proud to partner with the Union High School football team in this special show of support for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.
2nd group to get equipment on Wednesday, starting at 3pm!
Tanner Cummings commits to U of Dubuque!
August 2, 2016
Congratulations to Tanner Cummings, senior from the class of 2016, on his final decision to attend the University of Dubuque and play football. Tanner was a linebacker/RB and special teams player on the fall 2015 team. He will join fellow teammate Eric Vaughn at UD as well as Union graduate Holly Holmes who will be senior for the Spartans. For more on UD:http://www.dbq.edu/Athletics/MensAthletics/Football/
Congratulations to Michael Ahrendsen on his offer!
July 11, 2016
Senior Captain Michael Ahrendsen received his first offer from Mankato State this weekend!
Michael is a two time captain and also participates in wrestling and track. He is a two time
state qualifier at heavy weight and also current record holder in five minute snatch test.
Face Off Challenge winners get treated to Buffalo Wild Wings!
July 6, 2016
We had a great four team competition this winter called the "Above the Line" Face off Challenge. We had two captains per team voted by their teammates and then a draft. This team won. Co-captained by Jordan Schmitz and Isaiah Vaughan. (Missing from photo is Isaiah Vaughan and Adrian Hernandez). The winners were treated to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cedar Falls. Congrats to all team members involved in the winter/spring competition!
L to R: Treyton Slater, RIchie Artega, Bryce Parker, Carter Asmussen, Lane Albertsen, Tyler Rottinghaus, Ben Rempe, Jordan Schmitz, Brit Rolison. (missing - Isaiah Vaughan, Adrian Hernandez)
July 4, 2016
Combination of UHS seniors (15 strong), the KYFC players, and cheerleaders!
June 30, 2016
Top five max out IMPROVEMENTS from last week!
Union linemen attend MidWest Line Camp for 10th consecutive year!
For the 10th consecutive year Union Community sent a large group across the border to Illinois to participate
in the Midwest Line Camp. This is the oldest camp of it's kind in the USA. The camp was started by Head
Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University, Norm Eash, and Cincinnati Bengals assistant head coach Paul Alexander.
FRONT ROW: L to R - HFC Joe Hadachek, Lincoln Gassman, Adam Gassman, Lane Albertsen, Carter Spore, Mason
Scott, Jacob Wyant, Coach Scott Denner. BACK ROW: L to R - IWU Coach Travis Rundle, Coach Todd Carlson,
Asst Student Coach IWU, Daycen Douglass, Coach Rottinghaus, Jordan Schmitz, Michael Ahrendsen, Carter Brehm,
Indy U Coach Todd Carter, and Bengals Asst HFC Paul Alexander.
7 on 7 team competes at NIU Tournament and finishes (5-0)!
15 players traveled to NIU last weekend to compete with 43 other teams in a 7 versus 7 tournament.
(FRONT ROW l to r): Drew Edwards, Ryan Miller, Troy Hanus, Tate Hookham, Isaiah Vaughan, Bryce Parker,
Brit Rolison, Kaleb Roach, and Clayton Thiele).
(BACK ROW l to r): John Boisen, Jace Glenn, Brock Hadachek, Michael Ahrendsen 'big dog camper', Koby Alpers,
Jordan Schmitz, and Dylan Stech).
Hanus and Parker quarterbacked the 7v7 team and every one did a super job getting better from game one through
the last contest. Ahrendsen and Schmitz then traveled to Bloomington, IL to participate in the MidWest Line Camp.
Alumni Here You Go! Plan on bringing your entire family! Kick off the year!
All Camps NOW OPEN for registration! We Build Champions!
Union graduate transitions to U.S. Army Ranger!
Shay Foulk, staring cornerback on the 2011 3A State Champion Union Knight football team.
Now a man that is a part of a much bigger team. He protects the very land we play on. He is
one of the best of the best. Shay is a U.S. Army Ranger. We were honored to have him come
workout with us today at 6:30am and then address the team before the finisher on the track. Shay
said the thing he remembers most is not the championship but the teammates that surrounded him
and how much adversity we fought through during the 2011 fall. Adversity makes you stronger.
Thanks Shay for the time you gave us today and the service to defend the U.S.A.!!
4.0 and 3.0 GPA Club (3rd Trimester)
4.0 Zane Seuser Ryan Miller Carter Spore
Kody Crawford Tyler Rottinghaus Jace Glenn Tanner Cummings Hunter Fleshner Dylan Stech Carter Hennessy Troy Hanus Carter Brehm Joe Gloede Kyle Gross Gavin Miller Keaton Newgren Bryce Parker Mathias Myhre Ben Dvorak Clayton Sparks Carter Asmussen Josh Ternus Brady Rempe Andy Aryee Treyton Slater Daycen Douglass Brock Hadachek Adrian Hernandez Richie Artega Koby Alpers Sam Johnson Dan Zeien Tate Hookham Ben Rempe Quentin Kinsel Lane Albertsen Ben Behrens Tate Renaud Dakota Hora Kaleb Roach
UMS 2016 6-8th grade workouts available!
June 6, 2016
UMS workouts for guys entering 6th-8th (fall 2016) at 5:10pm on Mon, Wed, and Fri with Coach Kirk Crawford. Coach does an excellent job with the base fundamentals of strength and conditioning. There is no fee for the workouts. Enter the SW door between the weight room and the wrestling room. Thanks!
Grade challenge met with purpose and reason! 37 improve!
June 6, 2016
The squad from fall 2015 was challenged to improve their GPAs from 2nd trimester
to 3rd trimester. Congratulations to the 37 that improved with best improvement
coming from senior to be captain Dylan Stech. The focus on student, then athlete
is important now and later on when applying to colleges. Congratulations to all!
ISU player makes guest appearance at UHS Sunday night!
June 5, 2016
#24 Jamaal Richardson from ISU just happens to be related to Coach P.J. Mouton. We had the surprise of him joining us at our OTA (organized team activity) this afternoon at UHS. After our session he offered some words of wisdom to the fellas. Thanks Jamaal and PJ! Thanks Coach Carlson for the photos! Next session is Wednesday night at 7pm on the UHS practice fields see you there!
Captain Daycen Douglass shines with long snapping ability!
Check the Kohl's report out on Daycen by clicking here: http://kohlskicking.com/profile/daycen-douglass/21991/
Great wisdom from highly respected strength coach Dan John!
Think BEFORE YOU post!
2016 Team Captains and Unity Council announced today!
May 25, 2016
Team Captains are voted by 10-12 teammates and coaches. Unity Council members are voted by
teammates within their own class. We are excited about the leadership represented in the photo above!
New All Time Union Team 5 Minute Snatch Test!
May 19, 2016
Michael Ahrendsen 24 kilo x 169 reps = 8923lbs!
Champion of the Week announced! Rashawn Williams!
May 5, 2016
Rashawn Williams our Union Champion of the Week! He has
been busting it this spring and is disciplined! Congrats Rashawn!
Daycen Douglass, Ben Behrens, Tanner Cummings, Nathan Leroy
Lane Albertsen, Ben Dvorak, Silver Schmitz, Michael Ahrendsen
Brady Rempe, Tate Hookham, Quentin Kinsel
** we are looking for the TOP 10 improved GPAs from last trimester to this trimester!
YOU WILL BE RECOGNIZED at the end of the spring trimester, BE ONE!
Champion(s) of the Week announced!
Champions of the Week! Most difficult week to pick one so we picked two. So many guys busting it the past two weeks. Both of these champs are dual sport and show up ready to go to work each day. To left Jacob Wyant (FB, track) and to right Hunter Fleshner. Hunter is a great example of no excuses with tennis, club baseball, show choir, and musical all going on at the same time right now. #theU#webuildchamps
NE IOWA Special Olympics has 35 Union athletes helping out at UNI Dome!
Congratulations to members of our Club 4 and 3 Point Club from last tri!
Congratulations to Senior Zane Seuser! 2015 2A (IFCA) Academic All State!
Zane is a senior linebacker and tight end from Buckingham, Iowa and the son of Chad/Stephanie Seuser!
Zane is a member of the 2015 2A Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Academic All State. Criteria for nomination and selection: 1. Player must be a senior starter. 2. Player must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or better at the end of their junior year. 3. Player must be involved in other extra-curricular activities. 4. The Head Coach must recommend the player.
Great present this holiday season for player or Union Knight football fan!
http://www.shoplpcink.co/cd-dvds/honor-flight-dvds/ Fans of Union football can order their 2015 season DVD, which features video highlights and slideshows of each game, a tribute to the senior players and a "Greatest Hits" highlight reel. But there's more! Pop the disk in a Windows pc and view all the stories, stats and more in a 34 page yearbook that includes links to view every photo gallery published by The Progress Review this season- literally hundreds of photos at the click of a mouse. For those who prefer a hard copy, you can order the printed yearbook to accompany the DVD.
Senior captain Carter Hennessy has two offers!
November 25, 2015
Senior captain Carter Hennessy (Dysart) had an offer from Concordia-St. Paul (MN) earlier this summer and recently added
an offer from Mankato State (MN). Both colleges are NCAA Division II. Carter has not yet made a final decision and is
considering several other schools. Congratulations Carter and his family!
Senior captain Tate Renaud lands two offers this week!
November 25, 2015
Senior captain Tate Renaud (La Porte City) received offers from two NCAA II schools this past week. The first offer came
from New Mexico Highlands and the second offer came from Wayne State (NE). The senior captain has a few more visits
lined up before making a final decision. Congratulations to Tate Renaud and his family!
Reward and Recognition letter to 2015 team
Union lands 20 to All District Honors this past season!
End of Season Recognition
Union loses to Waukon in round one of IHSAA 2A Playoffs, 32-13.
October 16, 2015
Hadachek Lands Scout Honor of The Week!
POWs for East Marshall
POWs for East Marshall Game: Block: John Boisen TEAMme: Tanner Cummings, Justin Parson, Carter Spore Scout Team: Carter Brehm, Brady Rempe
September 23, 2015
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Union drops district game vs. South Tama on the road, 19-0.
September 19, 2015
The Union Knights traveled to #2 ranked South Tama on Friday night to play their second
district game of the season. As soon as statistics are available we will post summary.
Thanks to the fans that braved the weather and supported us! We will rise again.
This Friday the Knights go back on the road for district play at East Marshall.
Union is (1-3 overall, 1-1 district play).
Union to travel to #2 South Tama for district showdown! TONIGHT.
Post game articles on the Knights victory over Roland Story!
It all started with Father - Son Day which is our annual rite of passage that fall is here and football season is upon us.
That day we pack our fields with fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and players to form the U on our game field.
After our 9-12 camp, we have the KYFC (3rd-6th) and UMS (7-8th) camps. The last camp preps our 1st-2nd graders
for the flag league and we also include any kindergartners wanting to get a jump on the game. End result?
OVER 250 kids from 15 different towns and communities. Most are Union Community but it's great to have a carload
drive as far as Carroll, Iowa or someone from Marion, Iowa drive over just to check out the fun!
Shout out to UNION ALUMS playing college football this fall!
Logan Sallee (Buena Vista U), Wesley Burnside (UNI), Cole Hinders (Wartburg), Trev Hadachek (Western ILL), Halanier Holmes (U of Dubuque), Kolten Bader (BVU), Jace Hadachek (Wartburg), Jay Scheel (Iowa), Tate Hadachek (Wartburg), Josh Clark (BVU), Alex Barz (Wartburg), Tanner Heckt (BVU), Dylan Bear (Wartburg). #leadership #UFBtradition #webuildchampions
Union Freshmen and Junior Varsity complete first two games.
Union's freshmen competed on Thursday night vs. Denver on the Knight home field in La Porte City and
lost a close game 31-26. The Knight's had a commanding lead at the half as the game came down to
a last minute drive by Denver which converted a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Last year Denver defeated the young 8th
grade Knights 49-0. The freshmen get to play again this Friday at Center Point - Urbana.
The junior varsity team played Monday night at UHS vs. Gladbrook - Reinbeck. Union commanded a 12-0 lead
with a stiff defense and an offense that got clicking in the second quarter. Union's defense remained tough in
second half and pitched a shutout while the Knight offense scored again in the 4th quarter to make the score 18-0.
The next JV game will be played on Tuesday night due to Labor Day weekend.
Union has chances in 4th quarter, falls short 13-6 in home opener.
Two of the pre-season top ranked teams in their respective classes clashed Friday night after a heavy down pour of rain in La Porte City. The game was delayed by 30 minutes to allow the field to drain. With five minutes left in the second quarter, the Knights were down 13-0 and a lightening strike delayed the game as the Knights drove inside the five yard line thanks to a blocked punt by Union's Jace Glenn. After several 30 minute delays it was decided to shorten halftime and keep the game moving to prevent further delays. The Knights struck on the first play after the weather delay with a short touchdown run by Isaiah Vaughan. The decision to go for two fell incomplete.
As the second half started the Knight defense did a great job shutting out the GR offense while several Knight drives ended in turnovers. The game ended with a 13-6 Union loss.
Next game for UNION: @ (1-0) Center Point - Urbana who just came off a 17-10 win over Clear
Creek Amana last Friday.
Players of the Week:
Hammer (tackle) of the Week: Michael Ahrendsen
Special Forces Player of Week: Jace Glenn
Scouts Players of the Week: Alex McKinley, Sam Johnson
TEAMme (teammate) of the Week: Quentin Kinsel
Team photo thanks to Latin Photography
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Knights unveil defensive starters for game one with ARMY of 11 Blackshirt Defense jerseys!
August 25, 2015
PHOTO: (from left to right: D Coordinator Todd Carlson, Daycen Douglass, Eric Vaughn, Jordan Schmitz,
Jared Jolley, John Boisen, Brock Hadachek, Isaiah Vaughan, Zane Seuser, Dylan Stech, Jace Glenn,
Michael Ahrendsen, Head Coach Joe Hadachek).
The Union Knights announced the Army of 11 black shirt defensive starters last night after Monday
practice. Defensive coordinator Todd Carlson and the defensive staff each congratulated several starters
by handing the black jersey to be worn on practice days. The players will get to keep and wear their black
jersey unless another teammate rises up to take their place. In that case the jersey will be turned in and
handed to the new starter. #TheU
To Tell the Truth Monday!
Mondays at 7:00am are days to look at the previous game/scrimmage Hudl film and let the truth
be told. You want to make sure you have watched the entire game prior to this meeting.
In addition, this Monday, all Unity Council members (including alternates) will meet at 7:45am for
a brief meeting. This cycle repeats itself every Monday. Be there!
Captains at Press Day!
From LT TO RT: Michael Ahrendsen, Tate Renaud, Carter Hennessy, Zane Seuser,
Daycen Douglass, and Brock Hadachek
Seniors get group photo at Media/Press Day!
First row: L to R, Alex McKinley, Eric Vaughan, Tanner Cummings, Nick McQuilkin
Second row: L to R, Mathias Myhre, Jared Jolley, Tate Renaud, Carter Hennessy, Zane Seuser
Gold Card Teams
NO scrimmage due to weather.
4pm-Coaches/player meeting in aud.
5pm-Practice (parents are able to come watch)
6pm-Mandatory Parent Meeting (30-45 minutes)
Alums vs Varsity 7v7 and Big Man Competition a BIG HIT!
August 3, 2015
The alums edged out our Union varsity in a match that was tied 34-34 going into the final round last night at the UHS football stadium finishing under the lights! In the BIG MAN competition there were some epic battles by FIVE man teams including two alum teams and two varsity. After a tie, the decision was made to "leg wrestle" to see who won. Chris Ribble rolled out Carter Hennessy for the win.
Finally, we had a first ever fieldgoal and long snap competition. We had three great kickers from our past, Reid Monroe, Brady Petersen, and Steven McGarvey. After being tied at 15 and 25 yards, Dakota Hora, took home the win.
The annual U photo with Father - Son Day! 200+ Union Strong!!
August 2, 2015
Equipment Check Out and Lockers
The following 25 players get their lockers and equipment on Monday. Must see Denner first, then come to equipment room.
On Tuesday, the second 25 will get their items, and Wednesday the remainder will.
1. Koby Alpers
2. Jace Glenn
3. Brock Hadchek
4. Eric Vaughn
5. Clayton Thiele
6. Zane Seuser
7. Dakota Hora
8. Jordan Schmitz
9. Michael Ahrendsen
10. Sam Johnson
11. Hunter Fleshner
12. Trayton Slater
13. Daycen Douglass
14. Keaton Newgren
15. Carter Brehm
16. Carter Hennessy
17. Jared Jolley
18. Alex McKinley
19. Brady Rempe
20. Ryan Miller
21. John Boisen
22. Tate Renaud
23. Tate Hookham
24. Isaiah Vaughan
25. Dylan Stech
Thanks for your years of service Coach DeSousa!
We would like to say thanks to Ryan DeSousa for the past couple of years helping coach at Union HS. Ryan coached TE's, OLB's and was most recently the special teams coordinator. Due to job change he will no longer be able to assist. Ryan was a standout player prior to coaching at Union. THANKS RYAN!
Camp Sign Ups
The following players listed have sent their camp forms in. If you want a t-shirt, e-mail your size to Aly at email@example.com and get your form sent in ASAP!
AdelmundJohn Ahrendsen Michael Alpers Koby Arteaga Richie Asmussen Carter Albertsen Lane Behrens Ben Brehm Carter Boisen John Crawford Kody Douglass Daycen Edwards Drew Fleshner Hunter Glenn Jace Gross Kyle Gray Levi Hadachek Brock Hanus Troy Hanus Seth Hadachek Brock Hennessy Carter Hookham Tate Hora Dakota Johnson Sam Kinsel Quinten Kiler Alex
Kokesh Clayton McKinley Alex McQuilkin Nick Miller Ryan Parker Bryce Rollison Britton Rottinghaus Tyler Rempe Ben Rempe Brady Redman Trey Redman Anthony Renaud Tate Sanderson Carlos Seuser Zane Schmitz Silver Schmitz Jordan Scott Mason Smutz Trey Sparks Clayton Spore Carter Stech Dylan Ternus Josh Thiele Clayton Weltzin CJ Wyant Jacob Vaughn Isaiah Zeien Dan
Ahrendsen, Adam Albertsen, Marcus Bellinger, Cole Blackburn, Dallas Block, Keagan Bowers, Ryan Carey, Jordan Carey, Jacob Crawford, Kolten
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Hennessy lands first offer from NCAA DII school in Minnesota!
June 7, 2015
Carter Hennessy, Captain of the 2015 Union Knights football squad was honored today with his first scholarship offer. Named one of the top linemen for the class of 2016 by Iowa Preps, Hennessy visited and performed for the coaches at Concordia-St. Paul which is a NCAA DII school. Congratulations to Carter and his family! For more on Concordia St. Paul click here: http://www.cugoldenbears.com/index.aspx?path=football&tab=football
Celebration with #1 team in points from winter/spring challenge!
June 7, 2015
Team Seuser won the Buffalo Wild Wings challenge! From left to right: Zane Seuser, Kyle Gross,
Eric Vaughan, Nick McQuilkin, Jared Jolley, and Ryan Miller. Missing was Jake Lawrinenko who
was attending a summer camp. Team were drafted by FIVE strength and conditioning captains and
then the competition was between attendance, performance of individual and team contests as well
as personal testing in agility, speed, and strength. Congrats to all the teams who competed!
June 6, 2015
Coach Brandon Adolphs joined the Union football staff in fall of 2007. He has been on staff as the
running back coach since Coach Hadachek took over the reigns of the program. At this time Adolphs
felt it was time to spend more time with his family and business and we congratulate him on that decision.
Brandon has coached some great running backs during his time at the U including one of the best the state
has ever produced, Wes Burnside. Burnside set a state record for carries in one game with 58 vs Marion his
senior year and helped Knights to the 2011 3A state title while being named MVP of the game. He holds too
many team records to list here. One of the greatest statistics contributed to the team by Adolphs will NOT show
up in the stat book. The last two years our varsity RBs had zero fumbles. Thanks Brandon and enjoy the memories!
For more on Adolphs click here: http://www.leaguelineup.com/directorinfo.asp?url=ukfootball&sid=285374218&id=187969
Skill Position Player OTA's (organized team activities)
June 1, 2015
Monday and Wednesday this week at UHS practice fields, 6pm-7:30pm, prep for 7 on 7. Skill guys (10-11th, 9th optional but encouraged). DBs, WRs, TEs, RBs, QBs, LBs...wear T shirt and shorts and bring FB cleats. Prep for NIU 7 on 7 and rest of summer. (baseball priority for baseball players)
Those who stay and pay the price will be champions!
May 27, 2015
There was a great group of champions getting after it this winter and spring
while most students were still sleeping. A price must be paid to get better.
You have to stick and stay. You have to remain humble while staying hungry.
If you set a personal record you get to "ring the bell!" Join the family.
ROYAL RUMBLE update! Team competition for Buffalo Wild Wings promotion!
May 7, 2015
Tootsie's Ice Cream & More in LPC is giving our rugby team 10% of their profits this weekend! Stop in and enjoy a treat while helping out the rugby team!
Alex Barz, 4th Team Captain from 2014 Squad Commits to Wartburg!
April 16, 2015
(Alex and his mother Heidi Barz after a victory by the Knights)
Alex Barz, Team Captain, SR., OT/DE/LS, has made a verbal commitment to attend Wartburg College and play football next fall. Barz was a 2nd team Des Moines Register all state and first team 2A D6 all district Olineman. He was also a member of the Unity Council and volunteered for Special Olympics.
Wartburg College is a member of the Iowa Conference and made it to the final 8 in the NCAA III playoffs last fall. Congratulations Alex!
Third Union Knight from class of 2015 commits! Bear heading to Wartburg!
April 8, 2015
Dylan Bear, Team Captain, SR., TE/FS, has made a verbal commitment to attend Wartburg College and play football next fall. Bear was the leading receiver for the Knights this past season and also was a starter for the basketball team at Union and an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Wartburg College is a member of the Iowa Conference and made it to the final 8 in the NCAA III playoffs last fall. Congratulations Dylan!
46 possible workouts available, how many did you take advantage of?
April 2, 2015
OPPORTUNITIES ARE NEVER LOST, JUST PASSED ON TO SOMEONE ELSE!
YOU CAN NEVER START OVER BUT YOU CAN HAVE A NEW BEGINNING!
Union's Joel Bishop receives IFCA Distinguished Service Award
March 28, 2015
Union's Joel Bishop (wife LuAnn, Coach Kirk Ferentz) received one of six Iowa
Football Coaches Association Distinguished Service Awards today at the Iowa
Hawkeye Football Clinic. Joel was introduced by HFC Joe Hadachek and acknowledged
prior to the scrimmage in the stadium. Mr. Bishop recently retired from teaching at Union
has volunteered for 43 years running the scoreboard and game clock. He also coached
junior high school football for 25 years (both Union Community Knights and LPC Rams).
Congratulations Joel on a well deserved honor. #UnionStrong
UA gear for workouts and to wear under game uniforms - OPTIONAL
March 27, 2015
2015 U FB team. Optional gear to order. We will placing an order for these Under Armour tops and option to get shorts also. If you ordered them last year you are set. These are identical. Can wear for summer workouts, 7 on 7's, linecamps, etc.. Also with # on sleeve looks very sharp on game nights. Please make check out to UCS and put UA and jersey # in memo. Give ck with your size and jersey # to Coach Douglass. If you don't know your jersey # Coach D can assist. Coach D's contact info under left hand side menu under Contact Info.
Top 35.99 s-xxl Short 32.99 s-xxl if 3x is needed add 4.00 to the pricing.
Congratulations to UHS National Honor Society inductees!
March 24, 2015
Last night the new members of the National Honor Society were recognized as President Nathan Dvorak
welcomed the crowd at UHS auditorium. Below are two photos from the event.
New inductees Alex Barz and Dobson Douglass join teammates Nathan Dvorak,
Noah Garwood, and Tate Hadachek.
Junior class inductee Zane Seuser cited his role of leadership in the strength and
conditioning program as a factor towards his personal development. Amy Kriz,
Mr. Fleshner, Mr. Mullen, and Mr. Slack witness Zane lighting the leadership candle.
THE ROYAL RUMBLE STARTS MONDAY at the UHS Performance Room
March 13, 2015
DRAFT DAY: Our five Strength & Conditioning Captains selected their teammates
today in a draft. The teams are not listed in "draft" order but alphabetic order.
**if you name is missing and you are currently on the football roster enrolled (9th-11th)
please see Coach Denner or Coach Gassman ASAP so we can add you.
Jace Hadachek commits to Wartburg College for 2015!
March 12, 2015
Senior Jace Hadachek, All State LBer, 2x Team Captain, and three year starter for Union Knights has made a verbal commitment to attend Wartburg College and play football next fall. Jace is also part of the 2A 2015 Team Dual state wrestling team. Hadachek started for three years at inside lineback and this past season was also a fullback. Jace has been a member of the Unity Council for four years and is a member of the Union FCA Huddle. Congratulations Jace!
Hadachek Commits to Wartburg College for fall 2015!
February 2, 2015
Senior team captain Tate Hadachek made his official verbal commitment today to Wartburg College. Tate was a first team all district DB for the 2A D5 champions, and leader on the Unity Council for four years. He is also student leader for the Union FCA huddle. Tate plans to play wide receiver in college and is considering the majors of religion and/or business.
3.0 and above Hunter Fleshner Josh Lawrinenko Will Reiter Payton Hellman Daycen Douglass Sam Johnson Dylan Stech Alex Barz Blake Havran Koby Alpers Quentin Kinsel Carter Brehm Jace Glenn Brock Hadachek Keaton Newgren Jared Jolley David Wildeboer Troy Hanus Brady Rempe Mason Pelke Dylan Bear Tate Hadachek Adrian Hernandez Wes Kaufman Tate Hookham Noah Heerkes Trayton Slater Jace Hadachek Carter Hennessy Payton Pelke Nathan Leroy Clayton Thiele Tate Renaud Ryan Miller Tanner Cummings Eric Vaughn
Knights Football recognized by state of Iowa for academic excellence!
We received awesome news last week from our guidance counselor, Amy Kriz, that our football team earned the Academic Achievement Excellence Award from the state of Iowa. The team (9-12th and managers) had a combined Trimester 1 GPA in excess of 3.0. To earn the award we needed to have a minimum of 3.0. Great job by all students and parents!
Congratulations to Union Knights for making the second team 2A squad: Alex Barz, Brady Driscol, and Jace Hadachek.
Reward & Recognize Event champions!
2014 TEAM Captains are thanked for their service and leadership to kick off the 2014 Reward & Recognition Event at UHS.
(from l to r: Coach Jeremy Robb, Jace Hadachek, Alex Barz, Tate Hadachek, Dylan Bear, Brady Driscol, Head Coach Joe Hadachek)
ALL OTHER PHOTOS OF AWARD WINNERS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER LEFT HAND SIDE MENU UNDER PHOTOS.
Three former Knights close out college careers today!
November 15, 2014
Congratulations to former Knights Matt Schmitz, and Brad Siebel as they close out their careers at COE College vs BVU today at 12:05pm. This game is televised on KCRG 9.3, FYI. The Knight Nation is proud of you. #UnionStrong
Last regular season game of career for former Knight and Cornell College Ram captain, T.J. Gray. Right now the Rams are (5-3) with overall record. Good luck vs. St. Norbert's, the Knight Nation is proud of you. #UnionStrong
Union lands ten on first team 2A District 6 All-District Team, 19 players recognized!
November 5, 2014
Union lands nine on first team 2A District 6 All-District Team, two on second team,
two honorable mention, and eight all academic! 19 team players recognized from
past athletic and academic performances.
Senior linebacker Jace Hadachek was named District Defensive MVP and 1st team linebacker.
Other first team defensive players: Sr. Dakota Hopper, DL, Sr. Brady Driscol, DB, Sr. Tate Hadachek, DB, So. Michael Ahrendsen, DL.
Offensively first team Sr. Dylan Bear, TE/WR, Sr. Alex Barz, OL, Jr. Tate Renaud, OL, and So. Isaiah Vaughan, RB.
First team punter, So. John Boisen.
Second team offense: Jr. Carter Hennessy, OL, and So. Brock Hadachek, LB.
Honorable Mention: Sr. Wes Kaufman, and Sr. Justin Carey
District Coach of the Year: Joe Hadachek
All Academic: Seniors: Noah Garwood, Nathan Dvorak, Jace Hadachek, Tate Hadachek, Alex Barz, Dobson Douglass. Juniors: Zane Seuser, and Will Reiter.
Union comes up short 26-20 vs New Hampton
November 4, 2014
View video highlights of Union's playoff game against New Hampton on November 3, 2014,
which include two touchdown passes from Brady Driscol to Dylan Bear that covered 97 and 73 yards.
2A quarter final matchups and results from Round 2
November 4, 2014
Records fall in last game vs. CPU, also one earlier vs. Roland Story!
Earlier in the year, soph RB, Isaiah Vaughan, tied a record for most TDs in one game vs. Roland-
Story with FIVE. Previous records holders with FIVE include: Jason Fowler vs Dike-NH (1991),
Chris Miller vs. Nashua-Plainfield, Garrett Gingrich vs. CPU (1997), Wes Burnside vs.
Central DeWitt (2010), and Trev Hadachek vs. Mt. Vernon (2012).
Several records fell in the first round playoff win over CPU last Wednesday night at the UHS
football field. First of all, sophomore Brock Hadachek broke an individual record of Chris Miller
from 1994 in the South Hardin game. Miller had a 54 yard fumble return vs. Iowa Falls in 1994.
Hadachek took one back for 75 yards in the S. Hardin contest. That record only lasted one week, as
senior Dylan Bear broke it with a 98 yard fumble return vs. CPU. Congrats!
Brock Hadachek Dylan Bear
Also senior Brady Driscol broke a record for interceptions in ONE game vs CPU. The old record by of three was
held by Jason Jeffries vs. Jesup (1995), Mike Loveless vs. Central City-Springville (1997), and Cheyne Reiter vs.
Osage (2007). Brady had FOUR interceptions. Congrats to all.
TEAM RECORD FOR INTERCEPTIONS IN ONE GAME WAS ALSO TIED VS CPU WITH FIVE!
Old record: 5 vs. Jesup (1995), and 5 vs. Central Springs (2013).
The sign above the door of our freshmen locker room
Players of the Game vs CPU, 1st round playoffs
Players of the game vs Center Point-Urbana, round one playoffs:
DB - Brady Driscol
DB - Dylan Bear
DL - Dakota Hopper
LB - Jace Hadachek
OL - Tate Renaud
QB - Brady Driscol
TE - Dylan Bear
WR - Tate Hadachek
Punter - Jon Boisen
2nd round games and 1st round scores!
October 30, 2014
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October 29, 2014
7pm start for Round One playoff game vs. CPU
October 28, 2014
Photo taken was for the BLUE theme earlier this year and the Union student section. The theme for the 2014 playoffs
is BACK IN BLACK. Wear your Union black colored gear and playoff gear if you ordered it. Thanks to all the fans!
Come make some noise as the game starts at 7pm! GO KNIGHTS!
Knights finish with win on road to close our district 7-0! Wednesday play at home vs. CPU!
October 25, 2014
The Union Knights fought off adversity in more ways than one Friday night on the road vs South Hardin. Time after
time when things were not Union's way the defense, offense, and special teams found a way to win 31-18. Update here as soon as we
receive the stats. Union finishes 7-0 district champions in 2A D6. Overall, 7-2.
The Iowa HS Athletic Association posted round one of the Iowa HS playoffs late tonight.
Union gets a rematch at home vs. Center Point - Urbana. Game time kickoff is 7pm so be sure to come
early and cheer loudly to support the Knights! Tickets availability will be posted here and on our Facebook site.
POWs for Anamosa Game
Offense Players of the Game
Defense Players of the Game
Scout Offense players of the week
The O-Line include as a whole includes
Scout Defense players of the week
Team Me players of the Week
Knights fall short in battle of (6-1) teams on the road in non-district game.
October 18, 2014
The Union Knights were tied 14-14 with the Anamosa Raiders on Friday night and ended up losing 31-28.
Stats available soon.
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Jace Hadachek, Prep of Week by Waterloo Courier
October 16, 2014
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October 15, 2014
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Friday night at Anamosa pits topped ranked teams in two districts!
Hinders honored by Iowa Conference after defensive play Saturday vs. COE!
October 13, 2014
POWs for Iowa Falls Alden Game
Offense Players of the Game
Defense Player of the Game
Special Teams player of the Game
Scout Offense player of the week
Scout Defense player of the week
2A District 6
POWs AP Game
Tanner Cummings-Defensive Scout
Blake Havran-Defensive Scout
Jared Jolley-Special Teams Scout
Tate Renaud-Defense/Offensive Scout
Punt Block Team
Senior Night, parent-player info
October 8, 2014
Senior parents need to be lined up on the SW Corner of the track at 7:05 Friday night, introductions will be at 7:10. Order will be Band, XC, Cheer, then FB. This way all fb players can go through the normal warmup routine. Please make sure all parents are aware of this schedule.
Knights post second consecutive shutout at AP, 37-0!
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POWs for East Marshall game
POWs for East Marshall Game
Michael Ahrendsen-Defense Ryder Albertsen-Offense Scout Matt Anderson-Defensive Scout Alex Barz-Offense John Boisen-Offense Justin Carey-Offense Jace Hadachek-Defense Tate Hadachek-Offense Noah Heerkes-Special Teams Jared Jolley-Defensive Scout Christian DeSalva-TEAMme
Thanks cheerleaders for a great homecoming week of festivities! (photo courtesy of KWWL)
Congratulations to the Union Homecoming Court
September 25, 2014
POWs for South Tama Game
POWs for South Tama Game:
Michael Ahrendsen: D Sct Alex Barz: Def Brady Driscol: Spec. Noah Garwood: O Sct Brock Hadachek: Def Noah Heerkes: O Sct Carter Hennessy: Off Dakota Hopper: Off Dakota Hora: Spec. Keaton Newgren: D. Scout David Wildeboer: TEAMme
Knights see lead change six times in home victory! NO QUIT!
September 20, 2014
The Union Knights were resilient this Friday night at home while honoring Patriot Day at the end of the first quarter with nearly 50 firefighters, EMTs, police, and armed service men and women from the local communities.
South Tama jumped up quickly 14-0 as Union's offense was finding ways to move the ball. Then Union kicker Dakota Hora hit one through from 30 yards to make the score at the end of the first period 14-3.
As the defense began to clamp down the run game of South Tama the offense picked up steam. Senior Brady Driscol took a deep ball from sophomore QB John Boisen from 39 yards out. The Knights attempted a fake PAT which failed. South Tama added a fieldgoal at the end of the half, making the score 17-9.
South Tama had the ball first in the second half and the Knights came out with some new found energy. The Knight offense mixed up the run and pass game and RB Jace Hadachek, senior, found paydirt form two yards out to make the score 71-15 after a failed two point conversion.
The defense rose to the occasion again and the Knight offense caught fire with a 23 yard pass from Boisen to sophomore Isaiah Vaughan. This time the two point conversion was good on a pass to Sr, Dylan Bear. Union takes the lead 23-17 for the first time of the evening.
South Tama responded with a Doyle one yard run and PAT kick to go up 24-23. Union's Vaughan got stronger as the Knight oline opened up holes into the Trojan defense. Vaughan scored on a 29 yard run and the two point conversion failed. Now the Knights were up again, 29-24.
The Trojans moved the ball with a mix of run and pass and eventually found an open Damon Whitebreast with a 15 yard pass. The PAT was good, now the Trojans were up 30-29.
With the clock ticking down and less than four minutes a big hit from sophomore Brock Hadachek on QB Doyle caused a fumble recovered by Alex Barz of Union.
Union cranked up it's run game and proceeded to get inside the five yard line with under two minutes remaining. Big fullback Jace Hadachek pounded a one yard run into the end zone to put the Knights up again 35-30 after a failed two point conversion.
Union's defense rose up with a mixture of pressure and coverage to force South Tama to go for it on fourth and nine from midfield. The last pass fell incomplete and the Union offense took a knee to end the game.
Overall, six lead changes verse two teams fighting to stay on top 2A D6 standings.
Defensively, Brock Hadachek led the team with 12 tackles and two sacks. His brother Jace Hadachek had eight tackles including two for loss. Tate Hadachek and Dylan Bear had seven tackles each. Justin Carey, Vaughan, and Wes Kaufman each had four. Union took advantage with two fumble recoveries by Barz and Carey after the Trojans had seven fumbles. Big interceptions by Brady Driscol (2), and Dylan Bear gave Union a five to one advantage in turnovers.
Offensively, Vaughan led all rushers as a sophomore with 145 yds rushing in 21 attempts. He also caught two balls for 18 yards and one TD. Driscol was second in rushing with 20 yards in four attempts while Jace Hadachek had two TDs on four rushes for 12 yards. Boisen was 7 of 14 with two TDs, and one INT for 131 yards. Driscol was 3 of 6 for 37 yards. In the receiving department five receivers each had two: Bear, Drisol, Tate Hadachek, Vaughan, and Carey with Vaughan and Driscol getting TDs.
The Knights will take on East Marshall at home this Friday for homecoming.
Thanks to our pre game sponsors Witham Auto Center and FCTC!
September 19, 2014
Join Witham Auto Center for a test drive up and until 6pm tonight so our school can be awarded a donation to
our Union Booster Club! Also thanks for opportunity to try our some pulled pork on a smoking new grill from Dysart
FCTC. We have an amazing following and are grateful for all the fans and boosters!
Union opens district play with 44-14 win over Roland Story!
September 13, 2014
The Union Knights traveled to Story City on Friday night for their district 2A opener and
came home with a 44-14 win.
Hi-lights included sophomore Isaiah Vaughan rushing for over 200 yards and five touchdowns
in the first half to help Union take a 37-7 lead. Vaughan ended up with 15 rushes for 246 yards and five TDs on the Knight being pulled after first series in third quarter.
Quarterback John Boisen, also a sophomore, was 8 fo 13 with one TD, one INT, and 106 yards connecting 4 times to Dylan Bear (4 rec, 40 yds), 2 times to Tate Hadachek (2 rec, 35 yds) and one to Justin Carey and Brady Driscol. Boisen also rushed fro 66 yds on five carries. Noah Garwood rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries and Jace Hadachek added 32 with six carries. Driscol had one rush for 24 yards.
The Knight defense stepped up big with three interceptions (Brady Driscol, Wes Kaufman, Tate Hadachek). Leading tacklers for the Knights were: Jace Hadachek (7T), Brock Hadachek (6T, one sack), and with four tackles Justin Carey, Dylan Bear, and Wes Kaufman. Carey and Kaufman also had sacks.
Dakota Hora hit a 29 yard field goal and Brady Driscol had a big blocked punt to lead the special teams.
Next week the Union Knights play at home vs undefeated 2A district opponent South Tama.
The Knights are currently (2-1) overall and (1-0) in district play.
POWs for Roland Story Game
POWs for Roland Story:
Alex Barz - Scout O
Dylan Bear - Defense
Brady Driscol - Specials
Tate Hadachek - Defense, Scout O
Wes Kaufman-Defense, Scout D
Zane Seuser - Scout D
Isaiah Vaughan - Offense
This Friday as a gesture of thanks to our Senior Citizens!
September 4, 2014
Union defeats Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 25-7 to begin season (1-0)!
September 1, 2014
The Union Knights traveled to Gladbrook, IA to take on Class A #3 ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck with many questions to be answered.
Who will be the QB? Who will replace the leading rusher and leading tackler? How will the offense line work together? Who is going
to step up on the Dline to replace three seniors? How will the kicking game be with a new kicker, punter, and snapper?
Nearly all those questions and more were answered as the defense dominated GR's offense for four quarters. The only score came when
GR ran back a kickoff return in the fourth quarter. The field conditions were tough and keeping the football dry was even tougher. Union
took the upper hand in the turnover department The revitalized defense created three turnovers, with one fumble recovery (Michael Ahrendsen)
and two interceptions (Brady Driscol and Isaiah Vaughan). Vaughan had the key turnover picking off a GR pass and returning it 73 yards inside the
GR five yard line which led to a Union touchdown. The defense was the hi-light for Union allowing only 81 total offense the entire game.
Led by Jace Hadachek with 11 total (8UA, 3AT) and two sacks the Knight team swarmed the GR offense all night long. Blake Havran and Dylan Bear
each had five tackles, while Justin Carey, Zane Seuser, and Dakota Hopper had four. Tate Hadachek and Michael Ahrendsen had three each and 11
other Knights were in on tackles.
Offensively, sophomore Isaiah Vaughan turned it on in the wet conditions and rushed for 135 yards in 20 carries and 2 TDs. John Boisen, another
sophomore started his first game at quarterback and was 3 of 9 for 17 yards. Brady Driscol had two of the three receptions for 14 yards and Dylan
Bear had the other.
Special teams was another untested entity Friday night. Justin Carey had a big punt return in the fourth quarter for 46 yards and a touchdown and
Will Reiter kicked off five times for a 45.8 average. Some breakdowns occurred on the PAT and punt units proved there are some areas to work on
in week two.
The Union Knights open up at home this Friday night vs. Center Point - Urbana. CPU is currently ranked #9 in the 2A poll by www.iowapreps.com..
TOP 10 Pro Shuttle (20 yard) fall test
August 7, 2014
Top 10+ 40 yd dash times (5.0 and under fall test)
• Box (sprint, bear crawl, back pedal, bear crawl) (1:2)
• 10 reps - 1 minute break – 10 reps
Workout 3: Volume
• 12 X 200 yard sprints (1:1)
Kettlebell blisters, prevention and care
July 8, 2014
Dysart 4th of July Celebration
Week Five Running/Change of directions workouts
Workout 1: Straight Ahead Speed
• 12 X 10 yard Sprints (1:1)
• 8 X 100 yard Sprints (1:3)
• 12 X 10 yard Sprints (1:1)
Workout 2: Change of Direction
• 5-10-5 (20 Yard shuttle) (1:2)
• 10 reps - 1 minute break – 10 reps
Workout 3: Volume
• 16 X 100 yard sprints (1:1)
Notre Dame 7 on 7 participants
Week Four Running/Change of directions workouts
June 29, 2014
Workout 1: Straight Ahead Speed
Get Up Sprints
• 10 X 10 yard sprints (1:1)
• 9 X 20 yard sprints (1:1)
• 8 X 30 yard sprints (1:2)
• 4 X 200 yards sprints (1:3)
Workout 2: Change of Direction
• 60 yard shuttle (5 -10 -15) (1:3)
• 8 reps - 1 minute break – 8 reps
Workout 3: Volume
• 10 X 200 Yard Sprints (1:1)
2014 Varsity Schedule - back of our camp T shirts!
July 1, 2014
8th consecutive year for Knights at ILL WES LINE CAMP!
Four members of the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line were present to help coach at the Illinois Wesleyan
Line Camp held this past Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Union had 13 members of their team present and
there were nearly 200 campers. The Knights had the most of any team which included Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.
Week Three Running/Change of directions workouts
June 23, 2014
Workout 1: Straight Ahead Speed
• 10 X 10 yard Sprints (1:1)
• 10 X 20 yard Sprints (1:1)
• 6 X 100 yard Sprints (1:3)
• 400 yard shuttle (20 back – 40 back – 60 back – 80 back)
Workout 2: Change of Direction
• T drill (30 yard shuffle) (sprint, shuffle, shuffle,
pack pedal) (1:2)
• 8 reps - 1 minute break – 8 reps
Workout 3: Volume
• 14 X 100 yard sprints (1:1)
Workout 3: Volume
• 14 X 100 yard sprints (1:1)
Week Two Running/Change of directions workouts
June 15, 2014
Workout 1: Straight Ahead Speed
• 10 X 10 yard sprints (1:1)
• 8 X 20 yard sprints (1:1)
• 6 X 40 yard sprints (1:2)
• 4 X 80 yard sprints (1:3)
• 2 X 100 yard sprints (1:3)
Workout 2: Change of Direction
• Box (sprint, bear crawl, back pedal, bear crawl) (1:2)
• 8 Reps - 1 minute break – 8 Reps
Workout 3: Volume
• 8 X 200 yard sprints (1:1)
Week One running/change of direction workouts
The following workouts are designed for the Union athlete to perform on "OFF" days where we do not have organized Strength & Conditioning
workouts. It is also primarily designed for the athlete not playing baseball, not participating in basketball activities, but needing additional short
distance work as well as change of direction reps. it progresses until August when it peaks you for mini-camp and the fall season.
When you see work to rest intervals that means work and rest time is the same, like 1:1 or rest may be longer like 1:2 or even 1:3. So if it takes you 15 seconds to run a 100 yards you rest for 45 seconds, thus 1:3. If it takes you 12 seconds to run a 100 yards you rest for 36 seconds.
A 1:1 ratio means time to run and rest are identical.
Workout 1 (Sunday or Tuesday) straight ahead speed
* 10 X 10 yard sprints (work to rest 1:1)
* 6 X 100 yard sprints (work to rest 1:3)
* 10 X 10 yard sprints (work to rest 1:1)
Workout 2 (Friday) change of direction
* 5 - 10 - 5 Pro Shuttle (work to rest 1:2)
8 reps - 1 minute break - 8 reps
Workout 3 (Saturday or Sunday) volume
* 12 X 100 yard sprints (work to rest 1:1)
**we wil post Week Two workouts on Sunday
Summer/Fall WE BUILD CHAMPIONS CAMPS
Top Performers for Fall Test
Top 5 Producers-May Testing 40-
1-Noah Garwood/Nathan LeRoy 4.61
3-Tate Hadachek 4.77
4-Ryan Miller 4.83
5-Brock Hadachek 4.87
1-Dylan Bear 109"
2-Brock Hadachek 107.5"
3-Jacob Holschlg 106"
4-Tate Hadachek 105.5"
5-Daycen Douglass 96.5"
1-Dylan Bear 4.28
2-Jacob Holschlg 4.34
3-Tate Hadachek 4.44
4-John Boisen 4.49
5-Zane Seuser 4.50
1-Michael Ahrendsen 260
2-Dakota Hopper/Tate Renaud 235
3-Keaton Newgren 215
4-Dylan Bear 210
5-Alex Barz/ Jacob Holschlag 205
1-Michael Ahrendesen 495
2-Tate Renaud 395
3-Alex Kane/Nick McQuilkin 335
4-WesKaufman/John McQuiklin/Daycen Douglass 315
5-Brock Hadachek 305
1-Michael Ahrendsen 269
2-Dakota Hopper 255
3-Daycen Douglass 230
4-Alex Bear/Jacob Holschlag/IsaiahVaughn 225
5-Alex Barz 205
Changes to All-Time Top Producers
1-Trev Hadachek 4.45
2-Wes Burnside 4.54
3-Noah Garwood/Nathan LeRoy 4.61
4-Zach Purdy/Jared Wauters 4.68
5-Kolten Bader 4.69
3-Andrew Osuna/ Jay Scheel 4.33
4-Mitchell Dierks 4.37
5-Jacob Holschlag 4.34
1-Kyle Ansley 305
2-Jacob Clark 280
3-Michael Ahrendsen 265
4-Josh Clark 265
5-Chase Hansen 260
1-Josh Clark 575
2-Zach Bathen 540
3-Michael Ahrendsen 495
4-Chase Hansen 480
5-Jacob Clark 470
SUMMER WRAP TIMES
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LPC 6:30 A.M.
Hunter Fleshner Brayden Grosse
Jordan Schmitz Silver Schmitz
LPC 5:00 P.M.
Dysart 6:30 A.M.
Dakota Hopper Jared Jolley
Wes Kaufman Carter Moore
2014 Player - Parent Mtg info
May 19, 2014
TO ORDER GEAR FROM GREGG'S AND THE GRAPHIC EDGE CLICK ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE MENU. GO TO HANDOUTS.
BOTH ORDERS ARE DUE BY MAY 28TH.
CAMP FORM FOR THE "WE BUILD CHAMPIONS" AUGUST CAMP WILL BE ON THE HANDOUTS ALSO. NOTICE UMS AND UHS DATES ARE
DIFFERENT BUT BOTH ARE ALLOWED TO ATTEND FATHER-SON DAY ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 3.
2014 Team Leadership mtg at UHS in auditorium on Friday
May 16, 2014
The Union football team will have a leadership meeting at the UHS auditorium at 7:45am on Friday.
This is for the fall 2014 squad and excludes freshmen. We ask all athletes to bring a pen.
We will be voting on the Junior and Sophomore Unity Council members as well as covering some
important points of emphasis.
Our annual Player-Parent meeting will be held on Monday, May 19 at the UHS auditorium from 7pm-8:15pm.
We request ALL players entering 9th-12th grade be in attendance as well a minimum of one parent for
Kolten Bader finalizes plans to attend Buena Vista University!
Kolten Bader making it official to attend BVU next fall and play football for the Beavers.
BVU is a member of the Iowa Conference and NCAA DIII. Kolten had a great career for the Knights
and will be doing great things in the future at BV.
His parents, Deb Blake, and Kyle Bader are looking over him.
Congratulations to Kolten and his parents. We are proud of you.
Union gradaute Josh Clark featured as TO WATCH for 2014!
Congrats to Knight graduate Josh Clark on being featured in the JCGridiron.com Pre-Season Interior Offensive LinemanWatch List on Friday. https://jcgridiron.rivals.com/.
Congratulations to Tedd Schmitz and his parents
April 4, 2014
We just received word that Tedd officially graduated from boot camp with the U.S. Navy.
Here is Kent and Sue Schmitz with Tedd after the ceremony. Congrats Tedd and thanks
Football schedules for the next two seasons just released!
March 7, 2014
Union Knights 2014 Schedule:
09/05 Center Point-Urbana
09/12 @Roland-Story, Story City
09/19 South Tama County, Tama
09/26 East Marshall, LeGrand
10/10 Iowa Falls-Alden
10/24 @South Hardin
Union Knights 2015 Schedule:
09/04 @Center Point-Urbana
09/11 Roland-Story, Story City
09/18 @South Tama County, Tama
09/25 @East Marshall, LeGrand
10/09 @Iowa Falls-Alden
10/23 South Hardin
What difference do you see between Olympic athletes and novice athletes?
February 18, 2014
Their ability to deal with failure, hands down, and their ability to refocus after being distracted. They’re great at controlling themselves when they fail. They keep themselves motivated and focused always.
- See more at: http://growingleaders.com/blog/podcast-21-5-strategies-help-students-become-mentally-tough/#sthash.rEtFKrrX.dpuf
Knights Players Making Gains!
Carey: +10 bench, +45 squat
Douglass: +5 bench, +50 squat
Hennesey: +40 squat
Heerkes: +30 bench
Kane: +5 bench, +45 squat
Krall: +25 bench, +30 squat
J. McQuilken:+10 bench, +10 squat
McQuilken: +15 bench, +15 squat
Rempe: +5 squat
Renaud: +10 bench, +5 squat
Seuser: +30 bench
Vaughn: +15 bench, +30 squat
Keep up the hard work in the weight room!
The BELL rang EARLY and OFTEN last Thursday at UHS!
February 9, 2014
Thurday we had great effort and results with a max out session includling 24
personal records. While this winter has been challenging with the snow and the
wind chill there has been a core group that show up cosistently and persistently.
The rewards go to the ones who the pay the price. The reward was "ringing the
bell" for each new PR. Next time we "max out" the public is invited to join us!
Jay Scheel signs official letter of intent with Iowa on Wednesday
February 5, 2014
At UHS this Wednesday it was NOT a normal day. First off all due to the snow, wind, and cold there was NO school. Second of
all one of Iowa's premier athletes from this past fall signed to play football at the University of Iowa. Jay Scheel and his parents,
Diand and Dave, along with many fans including administrators, family, and friends saw cameras from KWWL and KCRG, and local
newpaper reporters brave the weather to see Scheel sign. Congratulations Jay Scheel and his family. We are UNION PROUD!
Kolten Bader verbally commits to Buena Vista University
February 1, 2014
Congratulations to Union Knight senior Kolten Bader as he has verbally committed to Buena Vista University. Kolten is from La Porte City and the son of Kyle Bader and Deb Blake. He will be joining the Beavers as a wide receiver after excelling for the Knights as a defensive back and wide receiver. Baderwas a first team 2A D3 player this past season, a sr. Unity Council rep, and a 2 year starter. Kolten will join team members Logan Sallee and Tanner Heckt at BVU and is the 2nd member of the 2014 class to commit to playing next fall. Best of luck Kolten!
Three Knights honored at halftime Friday night at UHS
February 1, 2014
At halftime of girls game at UHS this past Friday night three seniors were honored.
(from left to right: Jay Scheel, Bo Bader, and Nick Weich)
Jay Scheel was honored for being selected to Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer at UNI,
Bo Bader and Nick Weich were both selected to the 2A Iowa Football Coaches All State Academic team.
SCHEEL HAS OFFICIAL VISIT THIS PAST WEEKEND AT IOWA
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A dual-threat quarterback in high school, four-star prospectJay Scheelfirmed up plans with the Iowa coaching staff this weekend to start his college career at wide receiver for the Hawkeyes. We caught up with the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Scheel to talk about his official visit, how the position change will affect him, and much more.
Jay Scheel is going to start out at wide receiver in college.
Q: How was your trip to Iowa?
SCHEEL: I had a really good time. I learned more about the academic side and met with the coaches. I had a lot of fun.
Q: What did they have you do over the weekend?
SCHEEL: I got there at 3:30 on Friday and we ate dinner in the press box. I got to hang out with Trev (Hadachek) before coming back to the hotel. We had breakfast in the morning and academic stuff during the fall. Then I got to hang out with Trev and some of the players. We went to Coach Ferentz's house (Sunday morning) and then I came back this afternoon.
Q: What would you consider the highlight of your trip?
SCHEEL: I knew the in-state guys, but I liked getting to know the out of state guys. They were really cool.
Q: Did they clarify about your position at all?
SCHEEL: I talked to Bobby Kennedy and we talked about me starting at receiver. He really just helped with my decision and what I want to do.
Q: How do you feel about starting at receiver?
SCHEEL: I really like it and I am excited. When I played in high school, it was really fun. I am excited to go there and do whatever I can.
Q: Is it hard giving up quarterback?
SCHEEL: It is a little sad, but I'm playing college football. I can't be that sad about it.
Q: What did you learn from the trip?
SCHEEL: There wasn't a whole lot I didn't know but I did learn a few things about academics.
Q: You've been committed for over a year. How excited are you to finally sign?
SCHEEL: It is really exciting because I've always want to play there. It is only six months away and it is really exciting.
Q: Do you have any signing day plans?
SCHEEL: I'm not sure what will happen. I don't mind if anything does or doesn't happen.
Q: How is your knee doing?
SCHEEL: It is getting better. I'm working on it every day. The trainer and the doctors think I'll be fine. Everything is going great with it.
Jay Scheel selected to Iowa Shrine game, North squad
December 27, 2013
Congratulations to Union Knight senior Jay Scheel. Jay has been invited to play this summer for the North side in the annual Iowa Shrine Bowl to be held at UNI.
To date, the Iowa Shrine Bowl has raised over $2,268,000 for The Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Funds for The Shriner's Hospitals For Children are developed by ticket sales, advertising in the Shrine Bowl program, merchandise sales, contributions and sponsorships.
1st Trimester Academic Champions (3 PT and 4 PT CLUB)
The Union Football staff would like to congratulate the following students who earned the top GPA'sin our program.
4 POINT CLUB (alphabetical) Nathan Dvorak Noah Garwood Zane Seuser
3 POINT CLUB (alphabetical) Nathan Acuff Michael Ahrendsen Kolten Bader Bo Bader Alex Barz Alex Bear Dylan Bear Alan Bergom John Boisen Jacob Clark Trey Davis Daycen Douglass Dobsen Douglass Brady Driscol Elijah Gates Brock Hadachek Jace Hadachek Tate Hadachek Dylan Havran Job Hellman Carter Hennessey Derek Holschlag Kaitlin Holschlag Jacob Holschlag Dakota Hora Sam Johnson Alex Kane Wes Kaufman Nathan LeRoy Cole McNeal Nick McQuilken Vince Neil Keaton Newgren Mason Pelke Will Reiter Brady Rempe Jay Scheel Dylan Stech Clayton Thiele Eric Vaughn Nick Weich
Bo Bader and Nick Weich selected to IFCA Academic 2A All State team for 2013
December 21, 2013
Congratulations to champion Nick Weich and his parents Sam and Sharyl, and also Bo Bader and his parents Barb and Ron. Both were ecently recognized as a members of the 2013 Academic All State football team for 2A. Nick was starting snapper and a member of several special teams units while Bo was a starting defensive end.
Criteria for the award: Criteria for nomination and selection: 1. Player must be a senior starter. 2. Player must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or better at the end of their junior year. 3. Player must be involved in other extra-curricular activities. 4. The Head Coach must recommend the player.
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this article about Jay Scheel and the Union football team.)
Union quarterback Jay Scheel used his senior season of football to continue to improve and grow overall as a player. This Iowa Hawkeye commitment did some good things in the process while compiling over 2,000 total yards, but felt there was even more he could have done.
Jay Scheel finished the season with 1,650 passing yards and 493 rushing yards.
"It went alright but the whole team felt it could have gone better. It is what it is I guess."
Scheel had to focus a lot of the mental portion of the game as a senior.
"We had a lot of adversity so I had to build up my skills as a leader, "he said. "When adversity was happening a lot, myself and all the captains had to step up and show what they have in leading."
The season was tough at times for Scheel as he battled through injuries to carry the team the best he could.
"I was bugged by a little bit of an injury so it was hard to play 100%, "Scheel said. "I was fighting through it and working to get my team better. I did everything I could to help my team continue to win and compete."
Scheel was slowed by a preseason knee surgery and is doing all that he can to get healthy.
"I am just going to do what the trainer and the doctor says. I'll see what they are going to have me do right now."
Even as their top returning scorer on the basketball court, Scheel is unsure what he will be doing this winter.
"Right now, I have to see my doctor. I know I want to do basketball but if I can't play, that is something I won't do."
Scheel does have a lot he hopes to improve on during the winter and spring.
"I'm just trying to get bigger and better. I am just realizing how to use myself and my abilities to become the best I really can be."
A commitment to the Hawkeyes has kept Scheel focused on what the club has accomplished.
"I think it is going well, "said Scheel. "They have lost some close games but they have pulled out a few and are bowl bound. That is a good thing after last year."
Scheel has made multiple trips to Iowa City for games this fall and has enjoyed them.
"It was fun, "he said. "The team played well and we got to see what kind of improvements they were making. It was fun to watch."
The other athletes that Iowa is bringing in have Scheel pleased thus far.
"I feel we have a good lass coming in. I can't wait to get there and make the most of my time there."
Scheel continues to hear frequently from the Hawkeye coaches.
"I get letters every week from them and the coaching staff keeps in touch, "said Scheel. "I talked with Coach Morgan not that long along and we caught up. He was talking to my about when my official is going to be."
The official trip appears to be scheduled close to Signing Day 2014.
"He said he wanted the commits to come in sometime in January," Scheel said. "He said about the 24th or 25th. It is something like that."
Scheel and Driscol represent UNION on all state teams!
November 26, 2013
Union's Jay Scheel was honored on two teams this fall post season. The Des Moines Register QB as a second team QB selection
and the Iowa Newspaper Association second team as a QB. Junior Brady Driscol, among the top in 2A interceptions was honored
by the INA as a first team DB. Congratulations to both of these young men as they carry on the tradition of excellence in our
football program both on and off the field.
Here is the three teams selected by the INA:
Class 2A First Team
Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Alex Drees Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6-4 190 Sr. Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Nate Bergfeld Cascade, Western Dubuque 5-8 165 Jr. Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Zach Hugen Albia 6-2 180 Sr. Offense Lineman Wayne Doerscher Davis County, Bloomfield 6-2 280 Sr. Offense Lineman Sam Brincks Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6-6 220 Sr. Offense Lineman Nick Yarkosky Albia 6-2 250 Soph. Offense Lineman Tanner Kroon Spirit Lake 6-3 270 Sr. Offense Lineman Marcel Connor Louisa-Muscatine 6-4 270 Sr. Offense Quarterback Cole Neary Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6-5 210 Sr. Offense Back Duncan Ferch West Marshall 6-2 210 Sr. Offense Back Marcus Weymiller Waukon 5-11 185 Sr. Offense Back Chase Rupiper Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 5-9 145 Sr. Offense Kicker Austin Errthum Mid-Prairie, Wellman 5-9 155 Sr. Offense Utility Brett Leshen Albia 6-2 180 Sr. Defense Lineman Seth Snitker Waukon 6-3 220 Sr. Defense Lineman Glyeb Ewing Waukon 6-2 235 Sr. Defense Lineman Robbie Peters Mount Vernon 6-3 235 Sr. Defense Lineman Dalton Folkerts Albia 5-9 185 Sr. Defense Linebacker Parker Hesse Waukon 6-3 210 Sr. Defense Linebacker Taylor Niehaus Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6-1 205 Sr. Defense Linebacker Dakota Ness Waukon 5-0 190 Sr. Defense Linebacker Devin Chesler West Marshall 5-10 175 Sr. Defense Back Jacob Ronan Waukon 5-10 160 Jr. Defense Back Brady Driscoll Union, La Porte City 5-9 143 Jr. Defense Back Mitch Steger Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 5-9 165 Sr. Defense Punter Jose Rendon Shenandoah 5-8 165 Sr. Defense Utility Ben Spaeth Spirit Lake 6-2 200 Sr.
Class 2A Second Team Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Austin Folsum Spirit Lake 5-10 145 Jr. Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Bryce Kemp Collins-Maxwell-Baxter 6-5 205 Jr. Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Seth Bietz Mediapolis 5-10 160 Sr. Offense Lineman Logan Messenbrink Gilbert 6-0 225 Sr. Offense Lineman Logan Kruse Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 6-4 245 Sr. Offense Lineman Andy Cooper Sheldon 6-6 310 Jr. Offense Lineman Tyler Lyon West Liberty 6-4 340 Sr. Offense Lineman Jon Krogmann Center Point-Urbana 6-5 235 Sr. Offense Quarterback Jay Scheel Union, La Porte City 6-0 185 Sr. Offense Back Brandon Tomer Louisa-Muscatine 5-11 185 Sr. Offense Back Chase Dobson Nevada 5-11 182 Jr. Offense Back Brandon Kinsey Center Point-Urbana 6-1 180 Jr. Offense Kicker Raudel Fierro West Liberty 5-9 155 Jr. Defense Lineman Adam Drain Mediapolis 6-2 190 Sr. Defense Lineman Tanner Rentschler New Hampton 6-4 182 Jr. Defense Lineman Isaac Houghland Davis County, Bloomfield 6-2 220 Sr. Defense Lineman Steven Peterman Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6-4 215 Sr. Defense Linebacker Ben Weber Cascade, Western Dubuque 5-10 215 Sr. Defense Linebacker Josh Irlbeck Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6-1 200 Sr. Defense Linebacker Jared Gescheidler Gilbert 6-2 215 Jr. Defense Linebacker Bryce Leshen Albia 5-10 160 Soph. Defense Back Elijan Streeter West Marshall 5-10 153 Sr. Defense Back Andrew VanGinkel Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Sr. Defense Back Wyatt Rhoads Gilbert 5-10 155 Jr. Defense Punter Jake Pisarik Mount Vernon 6-3 195 Sr.
Class 2A Third Team
Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Carter Niehaus East Sac Co. 6-1 180 Sr. Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver TJ Lint Greene County 6-1 190 Sr. Offense Tight End/Wide Receiver Russell Greene North Polk 6-3 170 Sr. Offense Lineman Tommy Bomgaars Sioux Center 6-1 200 Sr. Offense Lineman Patrick Girard Collins-Maxwell-Baxter 6-4 295 Jr. Offense Lineman Andrew Meek Bondurant-Farrar 6-3 265 Sr. Offense Lineman Alex Merfeld Nevada 6-4 183 Sr. Offense Lineman Colton Lueck Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 6-5 245 Sr. Offense Quarterback Derek Lieurance Cascade, Western Dubuque 5-11 175 Jr. Offense Back Grant Petersen Bondurant-Farrar 6-1 175 Jr. Offense Back Drake Fuller Bondurant-Farrar Sr. Offense Back Braden Meints Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 6-2 180 Sr. Offense Kicker Peyton Paddock Monticello 5-9 175 Sr. Defense Lineman Collin Hoshaw North Polk 6-2 192 Sr. Defense Lineman Tequesis Young Clarinda 6-3 285 Sr. Defense Lineman Kendrick Suntken Hampton-Dumont 5-11 210 Jr. Defense Lineman Troy Heick West Liberty 6-4 200 Sr. Defense Linebacker Reid Miller Mid-Prairie, Wellman 5-11 190 Sr. Defense Linebacker Connor Frerichs New Hampton 6-1 185 Jr. Defense Linebacker Tony Anstoetter Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 6-5 195 Sr. Defense Linebacker Derek Rupp MOC-Floyd Valley 5-11 180 Sr. Defense Back Jesse Henrichs Central Lyon/George Little Rock 5-10 175 Sr. Defense Back Drew Foster Mediapolis 6-2 180 Sr. Defense Back Nick Greteman Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 6-0 160 Sr. Defense Punter Derek Harksen Camanche 6-0 175 Sr.
Reward and Recognize Event
Knights' fourth quarter rally falls short at Cascade, lose 30-27
Scheel’s late heroics not enough
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights saw their up-and-down season come to an end Wednesday night at Cascade in a 30-27 defeat.
In their first 2013 matchup during the regular season, Union and Cascade went punch for punch and round for round in a game the Cougars eventually won 30-21 after jumping out to a commanding 17-0 lead.
Union vs. Cascade part two looked like part one’s sequel.
The Cougars (8-2) took control from the very beginning, stuffing the Knights’ ground game while scoring on their first two possessions. Cascade halfback Luke Recker – who missed the first matchup against Union – got a taste of the end zone on a 15-yard TD run. Cougars’ sophomore kicker Elmer Gonzalez then nailed a 29-yard field goal to make it 10-0 after one quarter of play.
With Union’s offensive woes continuing, Cascade took full advantage.
Isaac Coohey punched his way across the goal line from two yards out to make it 16-0 midway through the second quarter.
Finally, the Knights’ offense came to life. Union didn’t let a missed field goal deter them. Their following possession, QB Jay Scheel marched the offense down the field and hit junior WR Brady Driscol for an 18-yard touchdown to end the first half. Down 16-7, the Knights (5-5) were back to within striking distance.
But after the break, Cascade regained control.
QB Derek Lieurance broke the pocket and rumbled in for an 8-yard TD to widen the gap back to 16, 23-7.
Union and Scheel closed the gap to 10 after the senior connected with Driscol again, this time for a 9-yard TD. The Knights’ two-point conversion attempt failed, however, keeping it a two-possession game.
What Scheel was doing with his arm, Lieurance was doing with his legs. The Cougars’ junior signal-caller scrambled free for a 10-yard TD, making it 30-13 in favor of Cascade.
Trailing by 17 in the fourth quarter, it appeared the game was in the books.
Playing in what would be their last high school game, the Union seniors didn’t go down without a fight.
Jay Scheel showed off his big play ability two more times before the clock finally expired. The Iowa Hawkeye-commit returned a punt 81 yards to the house to make it a 10-point game and found Tate Hadachek for a 33-yard TD with 1.5 seconds remaining.
The Knights needed a miracle, but their onside kick and strip attempt failed and the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Scheel capped off his impressive four-year career at Union completing 15-of-25 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Driscol (120) and Hadachek (105) both eclipsed 100 yards receiving and hauled in all three receiving touchdowns.
The success through the air didn’t translate to the rushing attack. The Knights were held to 56 yards rushing, led by Scheel who totaled 30 yards on 16 carries. Halfbacks Jacob Holschlag (4-18) and Noah Garwood (4-8) found little running room.
Despite another season coming to an end, Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek saw many positives. “Our no-huddle drive to end the first half was huge. It showed the fight we need to have in close games,” said Hadachek.
The seventh-year coach went on praising his players’ effort until the clock hit zero. “I was very pleased that our team did not quit and took the game to the final second. Unfortunately, sometimes the clock runs out.”
A 5-5 record isn’t what this senior class will be remembered for. They, like the two graduating classes before them, will be remembered as 2011 3A State Champions. Nobody can take that away from them.
“Our seniors were able to taste a great deal of success over the past four seasons,” said Hadachek. “But I’m more proud of the contributions they made off the field and will make after graduation.”
Knights fight to end, rally in 4th falls short 30-27.
October 31, 2013
Thanks to all the fans that traveled to Cascade. Good to see more Union folks there than the home team.
**story and write up to post soon
Knights right the ship; sink Sailors, 42-0
Union playoff bound for sixth straight season
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights broke open a scoreless game with a 27-point second quarter against the Columbus Sailors Friday night, clinching a playoff spot and the three seed in their district due to tiebreaker criteria.
All three facets for Union – offense, defense, and special teams – excelled in a must-win game. The offense eclipsed the 300-yard mark while the defense held the Sailors to 125 yards, totaling eight tackles for a loss in the process. The Knights’ punt return team was impressive as well, totaling 66 yards on four returns.
Overall, it was a game Head Coach Joe Hadachek and the Knights (5-4, 3-3) needed to have. Not that it was only a must-win with their playoff fate on the line, but the Knights were in the midst of a four-game losing streak; a losing streak that had two 35-point losses.
A 42-point win can fix things awfully quick.
“We came together this game,” said Coach Hadachek. “Our offense now has a definite two-running back attack, our defense gang tackled, and our special teams executed their assignments very well.”
The game’s first twelve minutes saw no scoring by either team, but the remaining 36 minutes featured a relentless effort by the Knights.
Union simply overpowered the Sailors (1-8, 1-5) in the second quarter. The Knights went to the ground game for their first three scores. Halfback Jacob Holschlag put Union on the board with a 2-yard TD burst before Jay Scheel broke free for a 15-yard TD scramble. Moments later, Noah Garwood busted loose for a 28-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0.
Scheel finished out the Knights’ dominant second quarter with a 29-yard TD pass to tight end Nathan Harting.
Up 27-0 at the half, Union added exclamation points to their already impressive performance. Garwood plunged in from a yard out for his second score of the night in the third and added his third touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard TD carry. He finished with a team-high 87 yards on 14 carries.
Scheel completed an efficient 8-of-12 passes for 123 yards and a score. He added 35 yards on the ground as well. Coming off a three-turnover game against New Hampton, his decision-making was what impressed Coach Hadachek the most.
“I was thrilled with his (Scheel’s) decision-making,” said Hadachek. “He did a great job of leading our team on offense.”
Back in the playoffs for the sixth straight season, Hadachek understands what’s at stake for his 2013 squad.
“It’s a new season, a new opportunity. Right now, we have a singleness of purpose. We have to go to Cascade and execute.”
Cascade (7-2, 5-1) finished as the two seed in District 4 after falling 42-6 to Dyersville Beckman in their season finale. The Cougars defeated the Knights 30-21 at Union’s Homecoming.
“Cascade is a good ball club,” said Hadachek. “We get a shot at revenge Wednesday night.”
Knights win big over Columbus, head to playoffs for sixth straight season!
October 26, 2013
Tuesday a busy day with the Knights
October 23, 2013
We had a big Tuesday with our team captains and senior Unity Council members being invited to have lunch with the LPC Senior Citizens at the
Senior Center. It was a great time and it was good to hear our players interact with members of our community. The players brougth their game
equipment and showed the crowd how it was worn and some of the advanced technology. Jacob Clark is sitting on the table with three senior
citizens while Cole Reiter, Jay Scheel, Bo Bader, Jace Hadachek, and Kolten Bader also were invited.
Lastly, former Union Knight, Austin Bunz, was on leave from the U.S. Navy. He shared some great points about the core values of the Navy and
how those same core values make up the Union football team. Austin was right on with his message and encouraged out team to keep fighting.
Austin is shown below speaking with passion about his playing days and TEAM being more important than yourself.
We hope you all can travel to Waterloo Columbus as our freshmen play their last game of the year at 5:00pm followed by the varsity game at
7:30pm. For your fans far away from here you can follow the Knights score and online broadcast at www.unionknights.net. Dean Bostian and Ryan
Moody do a terrific job giving you a play by play thanks to our very generous sponsors.
Union pummeled by sixth-ranked New Hampton, 38-3
Knights' early 3-0 lead short-lived
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights were walloped 38-3 Friday night in La Porte City against another solid district foe, 2A’s sixth-ranked New Hampton Chickasaws.
Last season, Union QB Jay Scheel turned in the play-of-the-year during the Knights’ matchup with the Chickasaws. He hurdled a New Hampton defender en route to a big offensive gain.
This season, the Chickasaws had plenty of their own play-of-the-year candidates, including back-to-back pick-6’s of 68 and 34 yards off of the Hawkeye-bound Scheel. The two second-quarter interceptions expanded New Hampton’s 11-point lead to 25 in a matter of seconds and erased any hopes of a Knights comeback.
The loss marked the fourth straight overall for the Knights (4-4, 2-3 2A D3) whose offensive struggles reached an all-time high. The Knights were held to 123 yards of total offense and only managed a first-quarter field goal – a 39-yarder by Eskild Eriksen – for a brief 3-0 lead.
New Hampton’s defense stifled Scheel to the tune of 10-of-22 for a meager 84 yards through the air. They also held the dual-threat QB to an astounding -11 yards rushing on 10 carries. Halfback Jacob Holschlag was bottled up as well. The junior accumulated a season-low 27 yards on 14 rushes. Holschlag’s backup Noah Garwood found mild success on the ground as he led all Knights ball carriers with 32 yards on five carries. Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek reiterated his search for more offensive weapons.
“Teams are always going to key on Scheel…they have for the past two years,” said Hadachek. “We need other players to step up and make plays.”
Who those players are has yet to be determined. Wideouts Brady Driscol and Tate Hadachek have shown glimpses of success. Senior WR Kolten Bader has a three-touchdown game to his credit. For the Knights to have any immediate success, it’s a matter of somebody stepping up consistently, especially in a leadership type role.
“Great teams have great leadership,” said Hadachek. “Everything rises and falls with leadership. For us to win next Friday night (at Columbus) and secure a playoff berth, we have to have somebody lead us.”
Despite another 35-point loss, the Knights still control their postseason fate. If they win, they’re in. First-round home field advantage is out of the equation, but Union does have a realistic shot at a third place finish in District 3.
Union’s final regular season home game, however, was one they’d like to forget.
New Hampton (8-0, 5-0 2A D3) took their first lead of the night on a 1-yard TD plunge by Conner Frerichs. They made it 14-3 on a 10-yard TD pass from Cole McDonald to Kyle Smith. Scheel’s devastating interceptions followed, making it 28-3 at the break.
The Chickasaws tacked on 10 second-half points to complete the scoring. Frerichs scored his second TD on a 22-yard run in the third quarter and Smith booted a 25-yard field goal in the fourth.
Union lost the turnover battle 4-0 and were penalized six times for 55 yards, two statistics the Knights have battled in all four losses.
Coach Hadachek hasn’t dealt with adversity such as this in his six-plus years of coaching, yet a win Friday night and the Knights will play in the postseason for a seventh straight season, all under Hadachek himself.
“A postseason opportunity is on the line Friday night,” said Hadachek. If we can get to the postseason, we give ourselves another season of opportunity and the chance to surprise some people come playoff time.”
Players of the Week Announced for Performance v. New Hampton
Defense POW: Cole Reiter, Michael Ahrendsen Special Teams POW: Eskild Erikson Scout Defense POW: Dylan Bear Scout Offense POW: Trey Davis Special Teams Scout POW: Raymond Sagasta
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff
Knights can't complete comeback at Hampton-Dumont, fall 20-14
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights came up short on a goal-to-go situation Friday night at Hampton-Dumont, dropping their third straight game overall, 20-14.
The Knights, 4-3 (2-2 D3), couldn't stop the Bulldogs' bruising ground attack which featured the wishbone offense. H-D churned out 336 yards of total offense, 282 coming on the ground.
Hampton-Dumont jumped on Union early and surprised the Knights' defense with the games' first TD coming through the air. Cole Miller -- who completed just 2-of-15 throws all night -- connected with Parker Claypool for a 44-yard TD strike. The PAT failed, however, making it 6-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
H-D made it a two touchdown game in the second quarter. Isaiah Noelck -- who ran for a game-high 114 yards on 25 carries -- punched his way across the goal line for a 5-yard TD run.
The Union defense finally came up with an answer for the H-D offense and got a stop late in the second quarter. The Knights' offense responded with a beautifully executed 2-minute offense. Jay Scheel finished the drive by finding a wide open Tate Hadachek for a 42-yard score.
Down 14-7 at the break, the Knights had plenty of momentum carrying into the second half.
The Knights used that momentum and eventually knotted the game at 14 in the third quarter on a Jacob Holschlag 3-yard TD run.
The score remained in a tie until the fourth quarter. Miller put the Bulldogs back in front by six with a 3-yard TD carry of his own.
Down six late in the game, Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek still felt his team was in a great position to win.
"Our defense came up with a huge stop and we forced a bad punt," said Hadachek. "We were right there."
Union's final possession ended in heartbreaking fashion. Scheel drove the Knights inside the Bulldogs' 5-yard line but an errant pass was picked off in the endzone. The Bulldogs kneeled out for the narrow victory.
The Knights won the turnover margin 2-1, but failed to turn those turnovers into points. Brady Driscol picked off his team-high (and 2A leading) seventh interception, a new Union record. The old record of six was shared by Mike Loveless (1997) and Cheyne Reiter (2007) *shed a tear*. The interception was Union's 14th as a team, tops in 2A as well.
However, the Knights were penalized a game-high nine times for 36 yards, erasing any advantage the turnovers provided.
Scheel completed 6-of-16 passes for 188 yards. He threw one TD and one interception. Holschlag led the Knights ball carriers with 62 yards and a TD on 13 carries. He also led the Knights' defense with 15 tackles.
Union's three-game losing streak is the first of its kind in the Joe Hadachek era, spanning six-and-a-half seasons. Hadachek knows a win at home against No. 6 ranked and undefeated New Hampton would eliminate any sour memories. It would also give the Knights a shot at the No. 2 seed in 2A District 3.
"The road doesn't get any easier Friday night. A lot is on the line for our seniors, our team."
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Hampton-Dumont
October 13, 2013
Defensive Back of Week: Jay Scheel
Defensive Linebacker of Week: Cole Reiter
Offensive Receiver of Week: Brady Driscol
Special Teams POW: John Ringelstetter
Scout Defensive POW: David Wildeboer, Brock Barnhart
Scout Offensive POW: Will Reiter
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff
Knights fall short on last drive, HD ends up with win, 20-14.
October 12, 2013
Union Community had a last minute opportunity disappear late in the fourth quarter. Union moved ball inside the five yard line and
failed to convert. Union's next game is at home and is senior night and will also embrace anyone affected by cancer. Purple T-shirts
will be worn by the Union coaching staff as well as fans supporting this cause. The players will also wear a special emblem next Friday.
No. 9 Union blanked by 2A's top-ranked Waukon, 35-0
Knights limited to season-low 195 yards of offense
By Cheyne Reiter
The No. 9 ranked Union Knights hit the road Friday night to take on No. 1 Waukon in what was viewed as the feature matchup in all of 2A.
The Knights and Indians split a pair of tightly contested games during the 2012 season. After dropping last season’s regular season game 34-33, Waukon eliminated Union from postseason play with a 21-14 victory.
Waukon ensured that their first 2013 game against Union wouldn’t be a nail-biter.
The top-ranked Indians jumped out to a commanding 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back, shutting out the Knights, 35-0.
After starting 4-0, the Knights have dropped two straight games for the first time since 2009 and just the third time since Head Coach Joe Hadachek took the reins in 2008. The sixth-year coach saw some areas that need major improvement following Friday night’s defeat.
“We need to block and tackle more physically…period,” said Hadachek.
The Knights opened the game with a promising drive, only to have it end with a Jay Scheel fumble. The Indians capitalized and marched down the field before QB Parker Hesse sprinted in for a 13-yard TD run. The senior added another TD run from 35 yards out to make it 14-0 Waukon after 12 minutes of play.
Waukon extended their lead in the second quarter. Hesse connected with halfback Marcus Weymiller for a 19-yard catch-and-run, making it 21-0 at the break.
Union opened the second half with a defensive stop and had their offense in business, across the 50 in Indians’ territory. However, a protection breakdown led to a Scheel interception – by Hesse – who returned it 76 yards the other way for a touchdown.
The Indians’ Jacob Ronan finished off the Knights in the fourth quarter with a 52-yard TD carry.
Hesse finished 6-of-8 for 62 yards and a TD and also ran 13 times for 85 yards and two scores. Weymiller led Waukon in both rushing and receiving yards. The halfback had 137 yards rushing on 18 carries and added three catches for 44 yards and a TD. Despite Hesse having a hand in four of Waukon’s five touchdowns, Hadachek said there’s a whole lot more to the Indians than just him.
“They’re a good fundamental football team. Weymiller is the most underrated running back in 2A. I’d put him up against anyone we have seen in the last six years in terms of running the football.”
Offensively, it was a struggle for the Knights. Scheel completed just 12-of-25 passes for 127 yards and an interception. His scrambling ability was limited to 31 yards on 16 carries. Jacob Holschlag led the Knights with 32 yards rushing, and Brady Driscol led all receivers with five receptions for 57 yards.
Hadachek knows there may be a shot at redemption down the line against Waukon but for now, the focus is on the Knights’ next opponent, Hampton-Dumont.
“Maybe we’ll get another chance (at Waukon), but we have to worry about Hampton-Dumont right now. They’re the number one rushing team and offense in our district.”
Defensive Linebacker of Week: Jace Hadachek
Offensive Back of Week: Jace Hadachek
Offensive Lineman of Week: Tanner Hilton
Offensive Receiver of Week: Tate Hadachek
Special Teams POW: Cole Reiter
Special Teams POW: Nathan Harting
Special Teams Scout of Week: Zane Seuser
Scout Defensive POW: Michael Ahrendsen
Scout Offensive POW: Alex Kane
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff
interview via IowaPreps.com
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October 2, 2013
Driscol talks Waukon
Luke Feddersen IowaPreps.com Editor
Although they lost last weekend, Union athlete Brady Driscol knows that his team can still accomplish a lot this fall on the gridiron. This standout still remains confident with what his club can do going forward.
"I think it is going pretty good from what we lost last year. We have a lot of guys that have stepped up and it is going well."
The Cascade game is something that Driscol is learning from.
"We had a slow start in the first half really. Then we picked it up in the third but it was too little too late."
Driscol and company have their toughest test of 2013 Friday against the #2 rated team in Class 2A.
"Waukon is really good and they are well advertised. They have a lot of great players. They are fundamentally sound and well coached. It is going to be a tough game."
There are a lot of players on the opposition that Driscol will be focusing on.
"We know that they are a run team so we'll have to buckle down and get to it. They have a really good quarterback and a running back so we'll have to lock on to those two guys. The defense is outstanding as well."
Driscol talked about what could help his club have a successful run.
"I think penalties and turnovers will be the biggest keys. We have had way too many penalties and we need to cut those down. Whoever wins the turnover battle will have a better chance of winning the game."
Recruiting has not come in yet for Driscol but he has kept a close eye on two teams growing up.
"I've always been an Iowa fan. I really like Duke basketball but for football I just stay with Iowa."
Knights' Homecoming spoiled by Cascade in 30-21 defeat
Slow start, crucial penalties too much for Union to overcome
By Cheyne Reiter
Friday night’s matchup between the Union Knights and the Cascade Cougars paired two of the top quarterbacks not only in 2A, but the entire state of Iowa. Unfortunately for the Knights on Homecoming in La Porte City, it was Cougars quarterback Derek Lievrance who torched Union’s secondary.
Lievrance completed 22-of-32 passes for a whopping 344 yards and three touchdowns, often finding gaping holes in the Knights’ defensive backfield. He helped guide Cascade (4-1, 2-0 D4) to an early 17-0 lead, and eventually scored the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter after Union (4-1, 2-0 D3) stormed back to take a brief 21-17 lead.
Two first-half touchdown passes – 10 and 38 yards -- from Lievrance to Nathan Bergfeld sandwiched a Cougars second quarter field goal which provided their 17-point advantage.
Union quarterback Jay Scheel finally got the Knights’ up-tempo offense on the board midway through the second quarter, scoring on a 36-yard scamper. The Knights’ second quarter comeback continued on the Cougars’ ensuing possession. Kolten Bader picked off Lievrance – one of his few mistakes all night – and returned it 47 yards for a TD, pulling Union within three, 17-14.
After half, the Knights took their first and only lead of the night in the third quarter. Union halfback Jacob Holschlag plunged across the goal line from two yards out to make it 21-17.
Cascade came right back on their following possession and capped off a third-quarter, 80-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard TD carry by Lievrance. The PAT was wide of the uprights, leaving the door open for the Knights, trailing by two points, 23-21.
The Union offense couldn’t capitalize, however.
The score remained 23-21 until the seven-minute mark in the fourth quarter. On 4th and 5 deep in Union territory, Lievrance ensured another Knights comeback would not be. The quarterback took advantage of another Union broken coverage, connecting with Kurt Rumm for a 25-yard TD strike.
Down 30-21 and the clock not in their favor, Union needed a magical finish. Friday, it wasn’t meant to be. Their following drive stalled at midfield, and the Knights’ run at perfection was halted in its tracks, a 30-21 non-district defeat.
Union’s aerial attack was limited as Scheel completed just 9-of-20 passes for 114 yards. The dual-threat QB did find space with his legs, running for 151 yards and a TD on 19 carries. Holschlag broke the 100-yard barrier once again as the junior RB churned out 108 yards on 15 carries. Brady Driscol led the Union receivers with four catches for 51 yards.
Despite being outgained in yardage for the first time this season – 431-375 – the Knights’ defense did rack up a season-high six sacks. Bo Bader had an impressive 9 tackles, along with 3 sacks and 1.5 TFL. Holschlag had a team-high 11 tackles and one sack, and Gavin Eastman racked up 10 tackles.
Union won the turnover battle 2-0 but had untimely penalties throughout the night. The Knights were penalized 10 times for 62 yards.
The Knights resume district play this upcoming Friday on the road in Waukon (5-0, 3-0 D3) against the top-ranked Indians. Union won an epic 34-33 regular season game against the Indians last season before being trounced in the second round of the playoffs by Waukon, 21-14. Both games were played in La Porte City.
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Cascade
September 29, 2013
Defensive Back of Week: Tate Hadachek
Defensive Linemen of Week: Jacob Clark
Offensive Back of Week: Jacob Holschlag
Offensive Lineman of Week: Carter Hennessy
Offensive Receiver of Week: Tate Hadachek
Special Teams POW: John Ringelstetter
Special Teams Scout of Week: John McQuilken
Scout Defensive POW: Drake Rousselow
Scout Offensive POW: Tate Renaud
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff
Fields of Faith event this Wednesday on UHS FB Field at 7pm
Optional opportunity to hear from a true champion Chris Norton. This event is designed for middle school aged students and older.
This event is open to all and we have friends that have joined us in the past from Waterloo Columbus, North Tama, Don Bosco, Center Point-Urbana, Vinton-Shellsburg, and Wapsie Valley to name a few. This year we have also heard from Gibert Community and Independence. Bring a friend, dress warm as we will be outside on grass unless it rains. If bad weather we will use main gym at UHS. No fee but encourage you to bring food items that can be donated to NE Iowa Food Bank. Thanks to the Union FCA Huddle members for helping set up, attend gates to collect food, as well as sharing.
Union falls at homecoming 30-21.
Cascade 30, Union 21. Work to do, you win or you learn. Time to learn and get ready for a big game vs Waukon.
Thanks to all the loyal fans and alums who showed up for a packed house.
"We will rise and rise again until lambs become lions."
Union Football Alums, LPC Football Alums and Dysart-Geneseo Football Alums: We request your presence and the homecoming game this Friday vs. Cascade. If you are able to attend we would like you to be announced after the 1st quarter. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org your name and year of graduation and the school you graduated from by noon on Friday so we can post on the scoreboard. If you have your old football jersey, wear it and meet at the SW corner gate entrance. At the end of the first quarter our announcer will make a brief statement and you will all walk across the new track from the SW corner to the NE corner.
Holschlag, Driscol carry Knights past Osage, 33-6
Union defense dominate once again
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights 4-0 (2-0) remained unbeaten Friday night in Osage with a convincing 33-6 win over the Green Devils 0-4 (0-1).
Union RB Jacob Holschlag’s legs and WR/CB Brady Driscol’s hands – both on offense and defense – lifted the Knights to their fourth victory in as many weeks.
The Knights jumped on their opponent right from the beginning with 14 first-quarter points. Holschlag burst across the goal line from 3 yards out to put Union up 7-0 and moments later, Jay Scheel connected with Kolten Bader for a 52-yard TD.
Osage made it a one-score game in the second quarter with their first – and only – touchdown of the night. Green Devils’ QB Collin Havel threw a 79-yard strike to Thatcher Goodale to make it a 14-6 ballgame.
However, the Knights’ secondary made up for their lone mistake in a big way. They intercepted Havel four times – two more by Driscol – and allowed 194 yards on 13-of-29 completions. Driscol leads the Knights and all of 2A with six interceptions in four contests, and Union leads 2A with 12 interceptions defensively, well ahead of Spirit Lake who’s second with nine.
While Driscol was preventing any Osage comeback attempt on defense, he also had an impressive, efficient night on the other side of the ball. The Union junior caught two touchdowns – his only two receptions of the night – from Scheel in the second quarter from 2 and 9 yards out, sending the Knights into half with a 27-6 advantage.
After the break, the Knights were able to establish a rhythm offensively but could only punch it in for a score one time. Holschlag scored his second touchdown of the night on a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter to finish out the scoring. The Knights’ tailback led all ball carriers with 122 yards on 24 carries and two scores.
Scheel completed 14-of-25 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw his second interception of the season. Kolten Bader torched the Green Devils’ secondary with seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Holschlag led the Union defense with 11 tackles and Gavin Eastman added six tackles, two being for a loss. Bader also snagged his first two interceptions of the season. Overall, the Knights limited the Osage attack to 249 yards of offense and forced six total turnovers.
The Knights racked up 443 yards of offense, 247 of them coming on the ground, but had trouble scoring in the second half. Head Coach Joe Hadachek gave credit to Osage.
“Osage always gives us fits. Last year we had to pull away in the second half to get a victory. This year, the script was flipped; we built a lead early and were able to hang on.”
The Knights face a tough test Friday night for Homecoming. Cascade 3-1 (2-0 2A D4) comes to La Porte City for a crossover district matchup. Despite having no common opponents, Hadachek has a pretty good idea of what to expect.
“They run a spread offense and are very well-coached. They’ll get after you defensively, and we expect a good challenge Friday night.”
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Osage
September 22, 2013
Defensive Back of Week: Gavin Eastman
Defensive Linemen of Week: Dakota Hopper, Jacob Clark
Offensive Back of Week: Noah Garwood
Offensive Lineman of Week: Nathan Harting, Tate Renaud
Offensive Receiver of Week: Kolten Bader
Special Teams POW: Justin Carey
Special Teams Scout of Week: Alex Krall
Scout Defensive POW: Tanner Shirk
Scout Offensive POW: Elijah Gates
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staf
Knights lead 26-6 at half, go on to win 33-6, move to 4-0!
Hilights and write up to be here soon!
Union manhandles Central Springs in 61-6 rout
Scheel, Knights set multiple records
By Cheyne Reiter
The No. 4 Union Knights made easy work of Central Springs Friday night with a 61-6 victory.
Union moved to 3-0 on the season while also picking up their first win in district play.
Putting up 61 points is no easy task, especially with the continuous clock rule in effect after half when a team is up by 35 or more points.
However, Union had the game in hand before the break, mainly because of Iowa Hawkeyes’ commit and Union QB Jay Scheel delivering a near-perfect aerial performance.
The electrifying Scheel threw five TDs in the first half, scored another with his legs, and led the Knights to the locker room with a 47-0 lead at halftime.
Union scored two touchdowns in the first quarter on multiple TD passes, one apiece to Brady Driscol and Kolten Bader.
Union put up a whopping 34 points on five touchdowns in the second quarter, ultimately burying Central Springs. Scheel unleashed three more TD strikes, two to Dylan Bear and one more to Bader. He and Jacob Holschlag also had TD runs both from two yards out.
Scheel’s all-around, record-setting performance had his head coach Joe Hadachek in awe.
“He’s got the complete package. He can throw darts on the perimeter, and we all know he runs like a deer. Throw in his short and intermediate passing game and it’s a pretty special talent,” said Coach Hadachek.
The Knights added two more scores in the third quarter, the first being a 43-yard missile to Bader – his third receiving TD of the night – and the second coming on a 9-yard TD carry by Noah Garwood.
When the game ended, Scheel’s numbers looked like those from a video game. He completed 12-of-14 passes for 225 yards and six TD’s. He also carried five times for 46 yards and a score. His seven total touchdowns and six passing TD’s both are Union records.
Holschlag again led all ball carriers with 13 carries for 85 yards and a TD. Garwood added 31 yards on eight rushes. Bader led the receiving corps with five catches for 111 yards and three scores. In total, the offense racked up 396 yards and punted only twice.
While the offense was wheeling and dealing, the Knights’ defense was equally as impressive. They limited Central Springs to just 70 yards of total offense, 64 of them coming on the ground. The secondary intercepted five passes – another Union record – led by Driscol who had two. The junior standout now has four interceptions in just three games.
Central Springs completed just 1-of-15 passing attempts.
Despite the impressive 55-point victory, Hadachek knows there’s more to come.
“We can be better as crazy as that sounds. We want to be playing our best ball towards the end of the regular season.”
With district game No. 2 and Osage lurking, Hadachek continued to emphasize the mental mistakes, in addition to his team not becoming complacent. The Knights accumulated eight penalties.
“We have to cut down on penalties. The aggressive ones are fine, but it’s the illegal procedure(s) and the 12 men on the field type of miscues that hurt us. We can’t become bored with the routine.”
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Central Springs
Fourth-ranked Union ran its record to 3-0 Friday night with an impressive 61-6 home victory against Central Springs.
The Knights handed Central Springs their second loss of the season on the strength of Jay Scheel's arm and a talented group of receivers.
The Knights defense also came through with three 1st-half interceptions.
The Knights rolled to a 47-0 halftime lead.
UNION PLAYS AT OSAGE NEXT FRIDAY IN DISTRICT GAME #2 for the KNIGHTS.
Scheel-to-Bear combo too much for A-P in Knights' 37-13 rout
Balanced offense key to Knights’ success
By Cheyne Reiter
The 2A No. 6 (AP) ranked Union Knights welcomed traditional 1A powerhouse and No. 3 ranked Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons to La Porte City Friday night and moved to 2-0 after a resounding 37-13 blowout.
Thanks to Jay Scheel and Dylan Bear, the Knights opened a commanding 31-7 halftime lead.
Union opened the scoring in the first quarter – on Scheel’s first of three TD connections to Bear – from seven yards out.
The Knights extended their lead with a dominant second quarter. Union senior kicker Eskild Ericksen nailed a 30-yard field goal prior to an A-P 9-yard touchdown run by QB Cody Ryan to make it a 10-7 game, but the Knights scored 21 unanswered points to close the half.
Scheel’s second TD throw was again to Bear who toe-tapped his feet in the back of the end zone.
The Knights defense forced the Falcons to punt on the following possession. Bear was again involved in the score, blocking the punt, allowing Nathan Harting to scoop-and-score from 11 yards out, making it a 24-7 Union advantage. Scheel then connected with Bear one more time before the break. Bear caught the ball in stride, shrugged off two would-be tacklers and sprinted 54 yards for his third touchdown of the half.
Up 31-7, the Knights were able to cruise in the second half. Brady Driscol was on the receiving end of Scheel’s fourth TD pass – a 14-yard strike in the third quarter.
A-P scored a touchdown late to finish out the scoring.
The Union defense forced A-P to grind out 274 yards on 63 carries. The Falcons threw just seven times, were intercepted twice – one each by Driscol and Tate Hadachek – and totaled eight yards through the air.
Union’s offense was well-balanced, totaling 147 yards on the ground and 176 yards passing.
Jacob Holschlag led all Knight defenders with 13 tackles and one sack. He also led the Union rushing attack with 76 yards on 16 carries.
Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek was pleased with the improvements he saw from week one to week two. “Our offensive line and special teams stepped up in a big-time game against a tough foe like A-P. To get a special teams touchdown is a huge boost in momentum.”
As for his star quarterback Scheel, the coach saw maturity in his game. “Jay had a super game. His decision-making ability improved, and he showed he can be an excellent pocket-passer.”
The Knights did not turn the ball over despite fumbling three separate occasions. A-P played mistake-free football for penalties, while Union racked up nine penalties for 65 yards.
Heading into district play, the Knights sit a perfect 2-0 and take on Central Springs (1-1) in their district opener. Central Springs’ Blake Blickenderfer is the leading rusher in the district, averaging 9.5 yards per carry through two games, along with four touchdowns.
Coach Hadachek expects another grind-it-out approach for the second consecutive week. “They like to pound the ball and chew up the clock. We have to slow him (Blickenderfer) down and avoid big plays.”
(POW) Players of the Week for Union Knights Football vs AP
September 8, 2013
Offensive Back of Week: Jay Scheel
Offensive Lineman of Week: Alex Barz
Offensive Receiver of Week: Dylan Bear
Defensive Back of Week: Cole Reiter
Defensive Lineman of Week: Jacob Clark
Defensive LBer of Week: Jacob Hoschlag
Special Teams POW: Eskild Eriksen, Dylan Bear
Special Teams Scout of Week: Nick Weich
Scout Defensive POW: Neiko Morris
Scout Offensive POW: Wes Kaufman, Justin Carey
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff
Union wins to go to 2-0!
September 7, 2013
LA PORTE CITY (KWWL) -
Jay Scheel and Dylan Bear connected on three touchdown passes in the first half to help Union cruise to a 37-13 home win against Aplington-Parkersburg Friday night.
On Union's first drive of the game, Scheel found Bear in the end zone for a 7-yard score.
After a field goal to make it 10-0, A-P QB Cody Ryan scored on a short TD run around the right side to make it 10-7.
However, Scheel would then find Bear in the back of the end zone for a 23-yard TD to make it 17-7.
After a blocked punt was returned for a TD by Nathan Harting put the Knights up 24-7, the Knights would close out the half with less than a minute remaining on a Scheel to Bear connection again.
That would make it 31-7 at the half.
Both teams would score a TD in the 2nd half to make the final score 37-13.
(POW) Players of the Week for Union Knights Football vs CPU
September 2, 2013
Offensive Back of Week: Jacob Holschlag
Offensive Lineman of Week: Tanner Hilton
Offensive Receiver of Week: Dylan Bear
Defensive Back of Week: Brady Driscol
Defensive Lineman of Week: Nathan Harting
Defensive LBer of Week: Jacob Hoschlag
Special Teams POW: Nathan Harting (punting and blocking)
Special Teams Scout of Week: Dobson Douglass
Scout Defensive POW: Bo Bader, Jacob Clark
Scout Offensive POW: Nick Weich, Noah Garwood
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff
Knights weather the Stormin' Pointers, 26-16
2012, 45-42 defeat now a thing of the past
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights won their 2013 opener over the CP-U Stormin’ Pointers Friday night, erasing memories of a 45-42 loss last year with a 26-16 road win.
Union’s Iowa-commit Jay Scheel scored three first half touchdowns – all with his legs – and the Knights stingy defense held off a late charge by CP-U.
In recent memory, it’s been the big play that has killed Union defenses in the past. Friday night, that wasn’t the case against a Knights defense led by six seniors.
The Pointers opened the game with a false start, but nearly busted the big play that has been Union’s kryptonite over the past few years. CP-U’s second play from scrimmage was a 40-yard run – but that was their longest offensive play the entire night. CP-U ended their opening possession with a missed field goal, and the Knights capitalized.
Scheel opened the scoring with a 16-yard TD run in the first quarter. The Knights’ QB was intercepted in the first quarter as well – which CP-U returned for a TD – but the touchdown was nullified on an illegal block.
The lightning-quick speed of Scheel was on display again in the second quarter. He added touchdown runs of 23 and five yards, sending the Knights to the locker room with a 19-0 halftime lead.
CP-U grinded out a scoring drive in the third quarter, finished off on a 3-yard TD by Logan Holtz. A successful two-point conversion followed, cutting the deficit to 19-8.
Union then looked to Scheel and running back Jacob Holschlag in the fourth quarter. The senior QB responded with his fourth touchdown run – a 2-yard carry – extending the Knights’ lead, 26-8.
The Stormin’ Pointers refused to go quietly. Nick Dighton returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, but the Knights defense held up in the end.
Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek – now in his seventh season at the helm – was pleased with his team’s effort. “We had to play our starters for four quarters, which is great for our guys with minimal varsity experience. Give credit to our defense, they allowed just one touchdown all night, and they made them earn it. It wasn’t the home run type of play we’ve seen in the past.”
The Union offense piled up 424 yards, 261 coming on the ground and was forced to punt just three times. Holschlag led the team with 146 yards on 22 carries in his first varsity start. Scheel went 13-23 through the air for 163 yards and added 98 yards on 17 carries. Two juniors – Dylan Bear (4-76) and Brady Driscol (5-62) – led the receiving corps.
Defensively, Jace Hadachek racked up 10 tackles, and Cole Reiter and Holschlag had six apiece. Reiter recovered a fumble and Driscol added an interception. It was an all-around impressive defensive performance for Union who held the Stormin’ Pointers to nine first downs and 211 yards of total offense.
Looking ahead to week two of the non-conference slate, Union welcomes the A-P Falcons to town in the Knights’ home-opener. The Falcons crushed North Tama in their season-opener, 51-13. Coach Hadachek had nothing but good things to say about his upcoming opponent.
“They’re a typical A-P football team. Nothing fancy, but they’re hard-nosed, they have a grind-it-out mentality,” said Hadachek.
The Knights’ character was tested in the opener. They accumulated 92 penalty yards on 13 penalties and also lost the turnover-battle, 3-2.
“We have to take better care of the football. That will be a focal point this week.”
L TO R: Bo Bader, Jace Hadachek, Jacob Clark, Jay Scheel, John Ringelstetter
2013 Union Team Preview
August 20, 2013
2013 Union Team Preview By Luke Feddersen IowaPreps.com Editor
The excitement level is getting higher and higher for the 2013 football season. Iowa Preps continues our team previews and takes an in-depth look at Union in this article. See who they have returning and what our thoughts are on the team now!
Head coach: Joe Hadachek Class: 2A District/Conference: 3 Assistant Coaches: Adam Gassman, Brandon Adolphs, Chadd Johnson, Corbin Payne, Curt Hilmer, Daryl Douglass, Donny Sallee, Jeremy Robb, Rick Dolleslager, Ryan DeSousa, Scott Denner, Tim Smith, Todd Carlson 2012 Record: 9-2
Another outstanding group of seniors is out the door at Union but the talent pool has yet to dry up. Quarterback Jay Scheel is back for his senior season and this Iowa commitment is one of the most versatile athletes in the entire state. He combined for over 2,700 rushing and passing while also making an impact defensively and on special teams. If he stays healthy, Scheel will flat out dominate during his senior campaign. Leading tackler Jace Hadachek is back for his junior year defensively and is an underrated linebacker who can just make plays. The Knights know that they can count on these two but filling the other spots on the field is vital if they can remain in the race for a district crown. That alone will determine how successful this group is during the fall.
Key Players Graduated
Trev Hadachek, WR/SS, 1st Team All District Will Crees, TE, LB, 1st Team All District Brady Petersen, WR/K, 1st Team All District Kicker Josh Clark, T/DT, 1st Team All District Justin Clark, G, 1st Team All District Mitchell Dierks, WR/FS Tanner Heckt, T/DE, 1st Team All District Nic Peters, CB, Honorable Mention Brian Dunkelberger, TE/DE, Honorable Mention Chase Hansen, G, 1st Team All District Andrew Osuna, HB, 2nd Team All-District Tedd Schmitz, C, DE, 2nd Team All District
Returning quarterback position along with a core group of players that have patiently been waiting to play. The winning tradition over the last six year combined with coaching staff continuity.
Biggest concern is lack of game experience. Our senior class has talent and we have good players in the junior and sophomore classes. The biggest challenge we face is finding out who will play what position as fast as possible.
8000 LB CLUB
ONLY 3 men in Union history have hoisted enought weight in five minutes to become members of the 8000 LB club. The
first was Weston Hennings. Weston is joined this year by Jacob Clark (8131 lbs) to left and Michael Ahrendsen (8237 lbs)
to right. Congratulations!
7000 LB CLUB
The exlusive 7K CLUB at UNION. This year includes for first time ever TWO 8K members in same year. The feat was
set by snatching a kettlebell for five consecutive minutes non stop. Five reps left and five reps right while a partner insures
the count and proper technique. (From left to right: Dylan Bear (7066 lbs), John Ringelstetter (7339 lbs), Jacob Clark (8131 lbs,
Michael Ahrendsen (8237 lbs), and Jace Hadachek (7550 lbs)). Bear used a 22K kettlebell and all others used a 24K kettlebell.
Seven Knights from class of 2013 to play college football this fall!
August 6, 2013
Champions representing Union High on the college playing fields this fall. The Knight program has averaged over four young
men each fall heading to post high school football opportunities. From left to right: Trev Hadachek (Iowa), Will Crees
(Central College), Tanner Heckt (Buena Vista University), Brady Petersen (Central College), Josh Clark (Iowa Western
Community College), Dalton Crosser (Iowa Western Community College), Holly Holmes (University of Dubuque).
5 MINUTE SNATCH - Clark joins exclusive 8000 LB CLUB!
4000 CLUB: 4294 Alex Bear, 4576 Drake Rousselow, 4554 Brock Barnhart, 4259 Alex Barz, 4400 Alex Kane, 4268 Alex Krall,
4540 Jon McQuilken, 4928 Will Reiter, 4598 Tate Renaud, 4985 Zane Seuser, 4118 Jon Boisen, 4950 Brock Hadachek
4012 Derek Holschlag, 4540 Sam Johnson, 4505 Nathan LeRoy, 4294 Ryan Miller, 4364 Alek Stone, 4364 Isiah Vaughn
** if we missed anyone please let us know and same if we misspelled your name, it is important to us to be correct and we do our best!
WBC Football Camp kicks off with over 300 attending!
August 5, 2013
Thanks to all who time to come and witness our biggest camp ever! The foundation of our
young players are the parents. All feature on teh bottom row of the U. Players 3rd through 12th
are behind the parents and coaches are at the top of each side of the U. Special thanks to Stephanie
Embretson for this photo. WE BUILD CHAMPIONS!
Final camp opportunities wind down as season approaches!
July 21, 2013
ISU "Under the Lights" peformers Buena Vista one day line campers!
Super Frosh smashes Knight All Time 5 min snatch record!
July 18, 2013
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW TEAM RECORD HOLDER MICHAEL AHRENDSEN.
Michael will be a 9th grade lineman for Union and today did a 5 minute snatch
with a 24 Kilo kettlebell for 156 reps non-stop. Total weight lifted is 8237lbs.
The old record was held by Weston Hennings. All time top 10 list here:
1. 8026 lbs Weston Hennings 2. 7672 lbs Matt Schmitz 3. 7619 lbs Josh Clark 4. 7603 lbs Jacob Clark 5. 7460 lbs TJ Gray 6. 7445 lbs Justin Macal 6. 7445 lbs Bradly Siebel 8. 7407 lbs Cole Hinders 9. 7355 lbs Zach Bathen 10. 7286 lbs Jared Wauters
from NCAA recruiting tips (Twitter)
July 6, 2013
ATHLETES: 25 TIPS FOR BECOMING A BETTER LEADER
1- Don’t blame anyone, ever. If times get tough, put the team on your back and say, “I should/could have done more.” And understand and believe in that statement – you can always lead everyone to do more. Never throw your teammates or coaches under the bus. Even if they probably deserve it, your reactions publically will only make the situation worse. If necessarily, pull them aside one-on-one.
2- Realize that it’s up to you. If you are a junior or a senior- you NEED to become a leader. If you are one of the most talented players on the team, you NEED to be a leader. The lockerroom is waiting for someone to SPEAK UP and STEP UP—this starts with you!
3- During tough times ENCOURAGE those teammates or units that are failing. Urge them to keep fighting!! Support them. Tell them you have their back and know what they are capable of. Offer to join them for extra practice time. Let them know that you believe in them and these tough times will soon pass.
4- “I may not say much but when I speak, people listen.” – If these words come out of your mouth that means you need to SPEAK more often. That means people respect you. That means you have a responsibility.
5- Invite the team or your position group to your house – extra time together away from the faclility helps TREMENDOUSLY. Cook dinner, play video games, watch sports, watch movies, whatever. ANY time that you spend together helps, initiate the effort! Do it on a consistent basis. Set up a weekly tradition.
6- Leadership is contagious!! Leaders create other leaders. It starts with one—let that be you. Your leadership will cause a ripple effect in your team. If you bring relentless and positive energy to everything that you do they will begin to mirror you.
7- Eliminate distractions that are holding you back – junk food, video games, academic issues, partying, drama. When players see their leaders becoming more serious, they will also begin to sacrifice and make smarter decisions. What you will gain in the future by cutting those distractions will motivate you.
8- Initiate extra offseason work—bring the energy, set the pace! Have a positive and relentless attitude!! Personal and team improvements happen in the offseason—not during your season! Set the schedule, set the standards, set the positive attitude.
9- Help your team build trust in each other – no championships are won when a team lacks trust in each other. To be successful, you need teammates that trust each other and a coaching staff who trusts their players. Show your teammates that you trust them. Give your coaches a reason to trust you. Trust begins with simply being where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there!
10- Come 15 min early and stay 15 min late – Come to the weightroom or film room on off days and bring your unit or teammates to do quality work, put in the same effort as if your coaches are there. Multiply the extra time by the number of teammates who join you—it adds up quickly!
11- Show that you CARE – You care about the team and you care about WINNING! Once you decide to quit on your team and just put in minimum effort so will everyone else.
12- Be in the lockerroom as much as you can, create an environment where team wants to be. Music, attitude, conversation—create a positive environment that people want to hang out in.
13- Academics – call out younger players who are slipping to get it together – raise expectations for them to be responsible!! They will follow your lead. Make it cool to be on the Honor Roll!
14- Realize and be sensitive that teammates may have outside issues (family, depression, addiction, injury) going on. Be a listener or supporter. Pull troubled teammates aside. Any distractions off-the-field can keep you away from success; do what you can to help your teammates who are going through off-the-field troubles.
15- Fights are the biggest reason for suspensions and expulsions – When you see teammates scuffling on or off-campus, break it up or diffuse the situation! If 1 player fights, usually everyone fights. Be the calming voice in heated situations. You want teammates who are committed and focused enough on winning to walk away.
16- Go by your coach’s offices for 10 minutes a few times a week – spend time with the assistants and coordinators. Get to know your coaches. Ask them what you can be doing to get better.
17- Hold your teammates to high expectations in every area – if you are successful, they’ll listen!
18- You can be more influential than your coaches, realize that your messages are heard—good and bad.
19- Cut the nonsense at inappropriate times (meetings, practice, film, lift). If your teammates see that you are serious when you need to be, they will focus too.
20- Help with recruiting talent once on a college campus—host top recruits, be positive. The coaches are working their butts off to bring in the best players and if you want to win, you should be doing so as well.
21- Eliminate the negativity in the lockerroom. Establish a NO TOLERANCE attitude for complaining and backstabbing among teammates. Negativity never will win championships. Cut it off immediately! Help feuding teammates to get to the root of their problems and to put them behind them.
22- Get over losses – be positive and move on – brighter days ahead. Get those around you to believe! Frustration makes quitting easier, get your teammates to PUSH PAST that layer of frustration and focus on doing better the next time.
23- Get the fans involved, you will need them all season! Appreciate them at school, invite them to games, pump up crowd at key times. Win or lose, thank them for coming!
24- Talk to your coaches if you or a teammate has a major issue that could hurt team (legal, health, academic, eligibility)—the quicker they hear it, the quicker they can address it – it is what is best for the team.
25- Praise teammates when they do something great. If you are a leader in front of the media, do it publicly. Don’t overdo it but make a point to pat teammates on the back for their improvements. People like recognition and once they begin to get it, they will strive for even more. Motivate the backups and practice players, they don’t get much acknowledgement for their hard work.
Thanks Coaches Douglass, Denner, and Gassman, annual line camp at ILL Wesleyan U
June 18, 2013
Festival of Trails parade in LPC with best cheerleaders in the world!
Thanks Coach Douglass, UNION Knights at Lineman Challenge, ISU
Cheerleader Can Drive
Union Cheerleaders Can Drive
June 7th to July 7th
Drop off spot: 305 State Street- Garage in alley (Coach Kayleen Glenn’s)
Raising money to help pay for uniforms, cheer supplies & comp fees
Thanks for your support!
June 3, 2013
Hadachek enjoyed teaming up with cousin
Luke Feddersen IowaPreps.com Editor
Union linebacker Jace Hadachek may have just been a sophomore but he an opportunity to play varsity for the Knights. His elevation up from the sophomore level allowed him to team up with his cousin, future Iowa walk-on Trev Hadachek.
"It was great. He is such an influential leader and a great guy. He is fun to be around."
Hadachek came away pleased with the year as a whole.
"I think it went really well. I think we went out and played as hard as we could. We did the best we could overall."
As far as his off-season work, Hadachek is trying to step up for this group.
"Really I want to become a better leader and a better influence to me team. I want to be someone people can look up to. That is the type of person I want to be."
Hadachek has kept busy with all things football related as of late.
"I've been working out almost every day. It has been lifting weights, some cross fit, running, plyos, and all the normal stuff."
Three camps are on the summer slate for Hadachek.
"I'm going to Iowa on the 9th, Nebraska on the 12th, and Iowa State in July."
Hadachek has had two of those programs touch base with him early on.
"I've gotten a questionnaire from Iowa and a camp invite from Nebraska. That is about it."
A lot of schools have caught the attention of Hadachek growing up.
"I really like UNI. I have always gone to their games since I was little. I really like Notre Dame because my entire family likes Notre Dame. Iowa has been my favorite because they are the home state school."
latest email from the head coach
May 31, 2013
Parents, Players, and Fans:
The deadline is fast approaching for ordering our annual THE SHIRT (T shirt with this year's team sloggan, RELENTLESS) and other gear from Gregg's in LPC. Please take your form to the UMS or UHS office, or to Gregg's in LPC on Main St. Any questions in regards to sizing direct to Gregg.
The other option we provide is Under Armour via The Graphic Edge. They supply our team travel top and bottom. This is a necessity as a varsity player, optional for all others. If money is an issue please contact either Aly (email@example.com) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org). The other item is a pair of game socks. If you had the ones from UA last year they will work. Otherwise order a pair for this year's games.
We are also attaching the form for the WE BUILD CHAMPIONS camps held at UMS for the middle school aged players, and at UHS for the high school aged players. This camp is highly encouraged above and beyond any other camp due to what you learn in regards to our drills, schemes, and philosophy.
If you have any questions in regards to summer camps please direct them to Coach Daryl Douglass or myself. All contact information for our coaching staff is listed on our football website under COMMUNICATION heading on left hand side menu and click on CONTACT INFO.
Finish strong with the few days remaining and gear up for a great summer!
Parents and Athletes (girls and boys)
May 25, 2013
1. Should my daughter/son work on the skills involved in a sport with more frequency?
2. My son/daughter has an injuries, or nagging things that prevent her from competing, what do we do?
3. Should my son/daughter workout in an organized strength & conditioning program?
4. My daughter/son wants to be better, maybe they need to workout and lift more than once per day?
While there is never anything that is 100% bullet proof. This may be the answers you are looking for:
Four-star quarterback/wide receiverJay Scheeldecided early on that he wanted to continue his football career at the University of Iowa. We caught up with his head high school football coach, Joe Hadachek, and talked to him about the Class of 2014 commitment and where he might fit in best at the college level.
Jay Scheel will probably play more defensive back in high school this year in addition to his duties at quarterback and in the return game on special teams.
Q: What type of player is Jay overall?
HADACHEK: First of all, Jay is a great athlete overall. He is able to do everything you want at quarterback; drop back, play action, and sprint out. Probably the most important thing is when there is nothing there, he makes something happen with his God given abilities.
Q: What are his main strengths at this point?
HADACHEK: His greatest ability is to make the big play. I think the other thing is how flexible he is to play more than one position. Last year, we would run wildcat and run him in motion to be a jet receiver coming across the middle. He is a shutdown defensive back we used in third and long. He is also an electric punt returner. Throw on top of that at quarterback he takes every snap, defenses need to know where he'll line up on every play.
Q: What areas is he working most to improve on?
HADACHEK: I think understanding how certain patterns matchup with certain coverages and understanding progressions and reads. When you throw ten to twelve times a game in high school and some of them are play action boot passes, you are not getting the number of reads you might get in a drop back offense. That is one thing he is working on is understanding the game. From a leadership aspect, he is wanting to improve there. He leads on the field but sometimes Jay doesn't want to be in front of the camera and talking to you, no offense. He wants to play. Since we graduated so many seniors, he'll have to step up and become a leader on the field and a leader off the field.
Q: Where do you expect him to play at the University of Iowa?
HADACHEK: To be honest, those guys know what they are doing and where he can fit in best. They are a great staff and they will use Jay wherever they can use him. If there is an early opportunity at wide receiver or at the quarterback position, they know what they are looking for. He presents that dual threat if you are looking for a guy that can run miss directions, read options, or anything that puts stress on defense he'd fit in there. These guys will figure out where to put him.
Q: Were you surprised at all about how many early offers he received?
HADACHEK: It was something we had not been through. We had my son (Iowa walk-on Trev Hadachek) with the DI-AA offers but not the Division I offers. Once the first one hits, it seems they start escalating. I think I was pleasantly surprised with the level of offers he was getting and he handled it extremely well. It is a lot of pressure getting all the attention and having people wanting you. Being able to do handle that emotionally and socially is something he has done well.
Q: Have any other schools been in the picture?
HADACHEK: Other schools have called and wanted to come through this spring but when they heard he is 100% committed from Jay, they cordially back off and if something changes let us know. It has been a great experience. Nebraska, Stanford, and even Oregon was through last spring and they wanted him to come out to a camp. Jay said I'm pretty happy with the Hawkeyes. Iowa State was the toughest one because he really enjoyed their coaching staff and that opportunity but it was something that since he was a little kid he wanted to be a Hawkeye. He followed through with his dream.
Q: Do you think the dream factored into his early decision?
HADACHEK: I don't know for sure because I have never asked him that. I know the family is big Hawk fans but they have not pressured him. In talking with his mom and dad, they left it up to Jay. This is a guy who didn't take any visits outside of going to Iowa State. He never visited Nebraska or anywhere else. He knew if and when they offered, that is where he was going.
Q: Will he have a different role with your team this fall as a senior?
HADACHEK: I think we've got to use him wisely and not wear him out. I sense he'd like to play more both ways. To answer it directly, you'll see him more on defense. He will still be a punt returner and obviously is a pretty important to our returning core. We only gave three starters back out of twenty two positions so I'd expect him to be a big part on the offensive side of the ball again.
In January, Scheel gave his verbal commitment to the Iowa coaching staff, choosing the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska. As a junior, he earned first team all-state honors at quarterback after finishing with 1,593 yards passing and 1,291 yards rushing, accounting for 42 touchdowns in all for Union.
Four-star commit Jay Scheel, who is recovering from knee surgery this month, made the drive to Iowa City today to watch the Hawkeyes at work in spring practice. We caught up with the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Scheel to talk about the visit, the latest on what position he will play in college, when he will be back to 100% health wise, and much more.
Jay Scheel visited Iowa's spring practice today.
Q: What did you get to do on the visit to Iowa City today?
SCHEEL: We got down there at 11 AM or so and got a tour of the campus, saw the dorm rooms and the academic center because I hadn't seen that yet, and then watched practice and got to see how the team is doing.
Q: Was it different for you at all visiting and watching practice now that you have committed?
SCHEEL: Yeah, a little bit. I hadn't really seen a practice, so it was just cool to see the team and see how they are progressing. It was fun to watch.
Q: Did you go through position meetings before practice?
SCHEEL: Yeah, I sat in the receivers meeting for about 15 or 20 minutes. It wasn't that long because they had already gone through some of the stuff. I just basically watched what Coach Kennedy was trying to get them caught up on.
Q: Did you follow the receivers around at practice too or just kind of take in the whole thing?
SCHEEL: I just sat and watched the whole team. They didn't a lot of individual stuff. They just warmed up and then played two quarters basically just scrimmaging against each other.
Q: Do you find yourself watching the quarterbacks a lot anyway since that's your background and they are still trying to find out who their starter is going to be?
SCHEEL: Yeah, definitely. I like playing quarterback, so it's definitely a position that I look out for.
Q: What did you see from the three quarterbacks today?
SCHEEL: I mean not really one stuck out for me, so I can see where the coaches are coming from not really having one to be completely set on. They all looked just as good as the other one.
Q: Were there any other questions you had or new things you got to see on his visit?
SCHEEL: I didn't really have any questions. Just basically saw what the campus is like and how the dorm life was and whatnot.
Q: Which coaches did you get to talk with?
SCHEEL: Basically every single coach that I usually see. I saw Coach Doyle and I saw Coach Ferentz. I didn't see Coach Davis, but I saw Coach Kennedy.
Q: Was there not much mentioned position wise for you?
SCHEEL: No, they didn't say anything about that.
Q: What are your thoughts on that right now?
SCHEEL: You know, I'd like to play quarterback, but I can play receiver too so it's whatever they want me to do. I'm probably going to go in and start at quarterback, but I mean if it doesn't work out they said I could always go to receiver.
Q: I know you talk with Ross Pierschbacher a little bit. He's come out and said he might take some other visits. Are you still hearing from other schools? Is that something you have thought about doing or where do things kind of stand with you?
SCHEEL: I mean some schools have tried to contact me a little bit, but I haven't really talked to them back. I'm pretty much just set on Iowa and I'm not going to open my recruitment back up. I mean that's Ross' thing and that's what he might want to do, but that's not what I want to do.
In January, Scheel gave his verbal commitment to the Iowa coaching staff, choosing the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska. As a junior, he earned first team all-state honors at quarterback after finishing with 1,593 yards passing and 1,291 yards rushing, accounting for 42 touchdowns in all for Union Community High School in La Porte City.
2013 Spring Parent Meeting
2013 Knight Football Players and Parents:
We are having our annual spring football meeting on Tuesday, May 21st at UHS in the upper gym from 7:00-8:15. It is vitally important that each student-athlete and at least one parent be present for this summer kickoff meeting. We will cover items important to this summer as well as next fall. We would appreciate it if the players would find out their GPA before the meeting. This helps us with recruiting information.
We usually have clothes for sale at the meeting but will instead be posting any left over gear that we have on our Facebook page (Union Knights Football). If you see something on there you like, send Aly an e-mail at email@example.com and she will bring your clothes to the meeting and you can pay her there. All checks need to be made out to “Football Camps.” This gear is not property of Union High School, FYI.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Please bring any questions you may have in regards to our program.
Union FB JRs volunteer at Play Day, River Hills School in Waterloo
Kolten Bader, Nick Weich, Gavin Eastman, and Cole Reiter Bo Bader gets ready to lead a group.
Jacob Clark gets to keep score at basketball station. L to R: Bo Bader, Nick Weich, Jacob Clark, Gavin Eastman, Kolten
Bader, and Cole Reiter volunteer at River Hills Play Day.
Great opportunity for parents and students - FREE
NCAA Eligibility and Recruiting Guidelines and Requirements: What Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Parents Need to Know
Note: Even if you know you can't make the live webinar, go ahead and register anyway. That way you'll be added to a list of registrants who will receive an email containing a link to the recorded webinar when it is available.
In the arena of high school athletics, relatively few athletes garner the attention of college recruiters. This might explain why when it does occur, athletes, parents, coaches, athletic directors, and counselors are often naïve to the process.
The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with Clell Wade Coaches’ Directory is offering the free webinar “NCAA Eligibility and Recruiting Guidelines and Requirements: What Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Parents Need to Know,” Wednesday, April 24, 1 – 2 pm Eastern time.
This free webinar will be led by Dan Eassa of the Recruiting Education Foundation, Tampa, Florida, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to educating coaches, athletic directors, student-athletes, and parents about the college recruiting process and academic eligibility. Dan will address many important recruiting topics including scholarship myths and facts, the NCAA and NAIA eligibility centers, NCAA core course requirements, National Letter of Intent, and much more. These guidelines are always changing, so be sure you get the latest information—register for this free webinar today!
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Top 5 April Testing Data - Champions under construction
We will report to UNI Dome on Sunday, March 3rd by 9:30am. Find the Union black football jerseys. This should not be too hard! If you have already contacted Coach Hadachek he will have a jersey for you to wear if you want to wear one, otherwise just wear UNION colors. Also, bring a sack lunch. In all probability we will be done by 1pm but it depends on the number of events your athlete competes in and when they occur.
If you need a ride and from Dysart area meet at UMS parking lot at 9am. If room from LPC area meet at UHS parking lot at 9am. Both places will meet outside of main entrance. If you don't need a ride you can park near Dome on west side parking lot and enter one of those doors by 9:30 am.
List of volunteers:
Jace Hadachek, Tanner Heckt, Alex Kane, Trev Hadachek, Tate Hadachek, Jordan Scott, Teal Ludeman, Noah Heerkes, Wes Kaufman, Alex Barz, Jay Scheel, Bo Bader, Dakota Hopper, Alex Krall, Raymond Sagasta, Nick McQuilken, Jon McQuilken, Mitchell Hanson, Drake Rousselow, Nic Peters, Zane Seuser.
*if you are still interested contact Mrs. Gassman by the end of the school day TODAY (2.1.13).
Summer Football Camps
February 26, 2013
Parents and Players of UNION FOOTBALL:
As spring approaches we know you will be making summer plans and wanted to get you some camp opportunities to improve the skills and expose your son to the college experience. We realize not everyone has a desire to play college football but these camps are designed to make you a better high school football player. Please feel free to email Coach Douglass or myself if you have any questions. In regards to questions about a specifice camp, please contact the email, phone number, or website to get your answers.
These are two day camps and very intense. Coach Mario Verduzco has coached Garrett Woodson (Simpson College), Steven McGarvey (UW-Platteville), Trev Hadachek (IA), and Jay Scheel (IA). The techniques he coaches are the same techniques that our quarterback coach, Jeremy Robb, uses in drills on a daily basis. Mario is a great teacher and can correct things very quickly as he only has 8 quarterbacks in each session. His sessions sell out quickly.
IOWA STATE 7 on 7/lineman challenge, Sunday, June 9
varsity competition, one team Union, email Coach Douglass for details
11th and 12th grade PUNTERS, KICKERS, and LONGSNAPPER - JUNE 15th
Coach Ryan DeSousa will be lining up transportation and arrangement to take you to a one day special team camp at Iowa. We have done this in the past and it is a great experience!
We have gone to Illinois Wesleyan University for a three day oline/dline camp that has been instrumental in teaching the techniques ofoffensive and defensive line play over the last six years. This camp has assistant oline coach Paul Alexander from the Cincinnati Bengals in additionto his rookie linemen that teach in the camp.
There are college coaches from FCS, NCAA DII, and NCAA DIII teaching at the camp. We stay on campus and are fed well. Ask anyone that has ever attended and I am sure you will get the same response! Best camp for money!! We get a significant discount so when you mail in the check for your camp spot just pay the deposit and we will let you know what the remainder will be.
www.iwu.edu/mic JUNE 16-18 (note UNI position camp conflicts with this camp)
Individual Padded Camp Open to Grades 6-8 as of Fall 2013 (Non-Padded) Open to Grades 9-12 as of Fall 2013 (Padded)
Friday Night Lights Open to High School Players entering their Junior and Senior year in the fall of 2013
2013 UNI Football Camp Schedule 2013 Lineman Camp Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013 Check-in: 9:30 AM, NW Entrance of UNI-Dome Grades: 9th -12th (Fall of 2013) Cost: $50.00 Contact for more information: Rick Nelson, Assistant Football Coach,Rick.Nelson@uni.edu
2013 7 on 7 Tournament Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013 Check-in: 9:30 AM, NW Entrance of UNI-Dome Who: High School Teams Cost: $35.00 per camper, ONE PAYMENT PER TEAM--NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!! Contact for more information: Bill Salmon, Assistant Football Coach,Bill.Salmon@uni.edu
2013 Jr./Sr. Prospect Camp Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013 Check-in: 12:00 - 1:00 PM, NW Entrance of UNI-Dome Grades: 11th and 12th (Fall 2013) Cost: $50.00 per camper, instruction from 1:00 to 5:00 PM Contact for more information: Rick Nelson, Assistant Football Coach,Rick.Nelson@uni.edu
2013 All Position Camp Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013 Check-in: 12:00 - 1:00 PM, NW Entrance of UNI-Dome Grades: 9th - 12th (Fall 2013) Cost: $50.00 per camper, instruction from 1:00 to 5:00 PM Contact for more information: Jeremiah Johnson, Assistant Football Coach,Jeremiah.L.Johnson@uni.edu
Please follow the link or direct your kids to this website to sign up for one of our camps.
In addition there are numerous camps you can attend in the Iowa Conference and you will get well coached and a great experience. Please see websites of respective schools for the camp sessions.
If money is a problem to attend a camp PLEASE email Coach Douglass in strict confidence as we will find a way or make a way for you to attend. We do not want finances to be a reason you cannot attend a camp or 7 on 7.
Thanks for letting us have the honor of coaching your son!
Coach Hadachek and Staff
Crosser is 6th Union Knight to commit to playing at college level!
February 17, 2013
Union Knight two time 1st team all-district defensive lineman, Dalton Crosser (#65) is making the official decision to continue his education and football career in college at the nation's #1 junior college, Iowa Western CC in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Dalton is a native of LaPorte City. Crosser's final two choices were Ellsworth CC in Iowa Falls and IWCC. He will be joining teammate Josh Clark at IWCC. IWCC won the national junior college championship last fall and has a great tradition building on the campus.
We want to wish his parents Gary and Pam, along with Dalton the best of luck as he will be attending IWCC next fall. To see more about IWCC and the Reiver football program click here: http://athletics.iwcc.edu/sports/?Sport=football.
Will Crees commits to Central College
Senior linebacker Will Crees will be playing football next fall at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Crees was a team captain, and two year starter for the Union Knights winning at 3A state title and
a 2A district title the last two years. Will is the son of David and Christy Crees of rural Dysart.
Crees was a two way starter this past season garning 3rd team all state honors as well as first team
all-district honors. Will was a tight end making key catches and having 16 catches for 319 yards and
three TDs. He was the team's fourth leading scorer.
Crees stuck out on defense with big hits game in and game out. He had 58 tackles with
8 solos for loss, and 5 assist tackles for loss. Will had two interceptions while returning one
for a 14 yard TD. He was also tied for first in fumble recoveries with two.
Crees is also a standout baseball player starting since his freshman season. To find out more about
Central College and the football program there copy and paste this link: http://www.central.edu/athletics/football/
Josh Clark officially signs to Iowa Western Community College
February 10, 2013
Union Knight two time all stater, two time team captain, Josh Clark has a big smile with
his mother Penny in this shot at the UHS media center. He has good reason as he will
continue his football career in college at the nation's #1 junior college, Iowa Western CC
in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Josh is a native of LaPorte City and loves to lift weights and compete. This past weekend
he took first place in wrestling districts and heads to Des Moines after finishing 4th last year.
In addition on the football field he has been starting since mid way through his freshman year.
Josh is a two way player, playing both offensive tackle and defensive tackle. He was fifth on
the team in tackles last season with 50. At his position, that is spectacular. He also had 9
assisted tackles for loss, and 7 tackles for loss. Clark was also a key cog in the Knight offense
and when short yardage or key plays were needed it was probably going his direction. The
Knights have traditionally been one of the top offenses in the state 2A and 3A over the last
We want to with Josh and his family best of luck as he finishes out wrestling and will be heading
to IWCC next fall. To see more about IWCC and the Reiver football program click here: http://athletics.iwcc.edu/sports/?Sport=football.
Brady Petersen commits to Central College!
February 8, 2013
Senior captain and special teams MVP Brady Petersen has committed to attend Central College in
Pella, Iowa this week. He is the fourth Union Knight to have plans to play on the college
platform next fall.
Brady has been one of the top kickers in 3A and 2A the last two years and will challenge
for kicking duties at Central in addition to the wide receiver position. Petersen was the
number two receiver on this year's team with 18 receptions and 330 yards with 5 TDs.
Petersen was 55 of 61 in the point after touchdown category and also had four of five
fieldgoald made. Brady was also the team punter while only have 23 attempts averaged
33.5 yards with a longest of 45. He was the third leading scorer on the team with 97 points.
Brady is the son of Julie Petersen and Barry Petersen from LaPorte City, Iowa.
Central College is a NCAA Divsion III member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Trev Hadachek is going to play college football at the University of Iowa. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Hadachek, who attends Union Community High School in La Porte City, IA, announced his decision to join the Hawkeyes as a preferred walk-on on Wednesday.
Trev Hadachek is walking on at Iowa.
"I'm going to be a Hawkeye," said Hadachek.
Hadachek arrived at his decision after weighing all of his options, which included a partial scholarship offer from UNI and walk-on opportunities at Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, and Arkansas.
"Really, it was just my visit. Iowa was just the place that I felt the most comfortable," Hadachek said. "That was really the most overpowering factor for me."
A first team all-state selection, Hadachek was a star on both sides of the ball for Union this past season, finishing with 687 yards receiving, 471 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on offense to go along with 40 tackles and four interceptions on defense. In college, he could project at wide receiver or safety.
"They really left it up to me where I want to start out at," said Hadachek. "I'm not really sure which one I want to do yet."
With the weight of his college decision off his shoulders, Hadachek was able to relax a little on Wednesday, but is looking forward to his future at Iowa.
"It feels great," Hadachek said. "It's definitely a relief to get it over with, but I'm excited about it."
Iowa's 2013 Walk-On Class:
Alden Haffar - 5-foot-10, 213-pound K from West Des Moines, IA (Iowa Central CC)
Andrew Stone - 5-foot-10, 175-pound WR from Cedar Falls, IA (Iowa Western CC)
Tyler Kluver - 6-foot-0, 220-pound LS from Marshalltown, IA (Marshalltown HS)
Corbin Blythe - 6-foot-1, 235-pound DL from Williamsburg, IA (Williamsburg HS)
Boone Myers - 6-foot-5, 255-pound OL from Webster City, IA (Webster City HS)
Chad Gilson - 6-foot-0, 223-pound LB from Urbandale, IA (UNI transfer)
Drake Kulick - 6-foot-2, 205-pound LB from Muscatine, IA (Muscatine HS)
Connor Keane - 6-foot-1, 185-pound WR from St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham Hall)
Paul Brown - 5-foot-10, 190-pound DB from Spirit Lake, IA (Spirit Lake HS)
Bo Bower - 6-foot-2, 208-pound LB from West Branch, IA (West Branch HS)
Kevin Ward - 6-foot-1, 185-pound DB from New Lenox, IL (Providence Catholic HS)
Jake Hulett - 6-foot-3, 235-pound DE from Springville, IA (Springville HS)
Trev Hadachek - 5-foot-11, 175-pound WR/DB from La Porte City, IA (Union HS)
Powell, Hadachek, and Clark make college decisions public!
February 6, 2013
All three have been playing competitive sports since a very young age. All three know what it takes to pay the price. Now,
all three are going to three difference colleges to continue their playing careers.
Kylie Powell signed a national letter of intent with UNI to play soccer.
Trev Hadachek called coach Kirk Ferentz from Iowa yesterday and turned down four FCS offers including UNI, SDSU, ND, and EIU.
Josh Clark is heading to the 2012 national champion of JUCO, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA.
More to be posted soon...this just in...Brady Petersen committed to play at Central College in Pella, IA tonight. Central is a member of the Iowa
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Athletes to officially sign/announce today at UNION HS at 3:15pm
February 6, 2013
Senior co-captains Josh Clark and Trev Hadachek will reveal where they are going today with an offical announcement today at UHS. Both are two time captains and will reveal which schools they are heading to next fall at 3:15pm.
In addition senior soccer standout Kylie Powell will also be present signing her letter of intent to play soccer at UNI.
Union athlete Trev Hadachek was among the in-state prospects that visited Iowa City this weekend. For the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Hadachek, who currently has a preferred walk-on offer from the Hawkeyes, it was a chance to learn more about the program, talk with the coaches, and see the sights around campus.
Trev Hadachek hopes to make a decision in the next couple of days.
"Well, I hadn't really been able to see the campus much before, so we got a nice tour and that was one of the major things that I wanted to see," said Hadachek. "Then we talked with the coaches over at the football offices. I met with Greg Davis about playing slot receiver and the defensive backs coach said that if I wanted to play there, I could do that too."
"Overall, I had a really good time," he continued. "It really just kind of opened up my eyes a little bit more as to what Iowa football is all about."
The Hawkeyes also spoke to Hadachek about their walk-on program and some of the past success stories. Then, the two-star prospect had a chance to meet with some of the walk-ons currently on the team and ask them any questions he might have.
"I took away that walking on at Iowa could be a great opportunity for me," Hadachek said. "I talked to a couple of the walk-ons and they said they were treated the same as everyone else. My host, Riley McCarron, was actually a walk-on and he said he might play next year as a redshirt freshman. It really just kind of made me realize if I were to go there, I could still definitely make a difference."
Now, Hadachek has a decision to make with national signing day just around the corner. He has preferred walk-on opportunities at Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, and Arkansas, and a partial scholarship offer from UNI on the table.
"I'm just kind of letting it all soak in right now," said Hadachek. "I'll probably know more come Monday or Tuesday."
Hadachek adds fourth BCS walk on offer via Arkansas
January 29, 2013
Trev Hadachek received a fourth BCS walk-on offer from the Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC today.
Hadachek's other offers come from Iowa, ISU, and Wisconsin. He has an opportunity to be a preferred walk on
at all four institutions.
Hadachek was offered by UNI this past weekend on his official visit. UNI is IAA and a FCS member. Coach Rick
Nelson has been recruiting him at UNI.
To find out more about the Arkansas program under the direction of new head coach Bret Bielema copy and paste:
Seniors Josh Clark and Dalton Crosser recruited by National Champs!
January 28, 2013
Two seniors that have shared a great deal of time together on defense are Josh Clark and Dalton Crosser. Now there may
be a chance they will be re-UNITED next fall on the gridirion.
Josh has been a two time all state performer and dominated on both sides of the ball last fall. Josh also placed
4th in 2A state wrestling at heavy weight last winter and is gettin ready for sectionals this Saturday. Josh has been a two time
captain for the Knights helping pave the way with the 2011 State 3A champions and the 2012 2A D5 champions. His work ethic
in the weight room has been a key ingredient to staying injury free while playing varsity ball for four years. It is very rare that
a freshman see the field for the Union Knights.
Dalton Crosser has been a noseguard all four years and became a 2nd team all district performer as a junior and this year was
a first team all district player. Dalton has also helped out when needed on special teams and scout team at practice. He has
also been a member of the Union boys track team in high school.
Both young men just got back from visiting one of the top JUCOs in the nation, Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Ia. They both commented on how great the facilities were at Ia Western and how much they liked the coaching staff at the school.
Iowa Western CC was the 2012 NJCAA National Champions and has a great history of success in a short amount of time. Last year over 80 NCAA division I programs visited the school to recruit. You can see more about the school and the history of success by clicking here: http://athletics.iwcc.edu/sports/?Sport=football.
With two weeks to go until signing day, secondary coach Ben Strickland and offensive line coach T.J. Woods were in Iowa to try and round out their first signing class under new head coach Gary Andersen.
Hadachek is waiting to hear back from the Badgers.
In particular, Strickland and Woods met with La Porte City prospectTrev Hadachek, who had an offer from the Badgers under their previous staff to come to Madison as a preferred walk-on. Hadachek said Strickland and Woods wanted to reassure him that his preferred walk-on offer was still on the table with Andersen and his staff running the program.
"They wanted to tell me that they're honoring everything that coach Bielema left, so right now I have a preferred walk-on spot," Hadachek told BadgerBlitz.com Wednesday.
Hadachek said Strickland will be reviewing the 5-foot-11 athlete's film, and if Strickland likes what he sees then Hadachek will look into visiting the Badgers again in the near future.
"Coach Strickland said he's going to watch my film and he's going to get back to me on what they think by the end of this week," Hadachek said. "What he says will decide whether I visit and take them as a serious option, which I definitely would because that's a great program."
Hadachek said that Wisconsin's walk-on program has a history of producing productive players, and that Strickland's own history as a walk-on helped the two establish a connection after the majority of Wisconsin's staff left for new jobs over the last month and a half.
"[Strickland] told me I reminded him a lot of himself. He was a walk on. I know coach Andersen was a walk-on too wherever he played," Hadachek said. "I know that's a very good walk-on program there at Wisconsin, so I would feel very confident going into Wisconsin as a walk-on."
"I would want to take a visit first and talk to coach Andersen first before I make a final decision."
Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Fordham are also interested in Hadachek, but he said that the vibe he picked up from his last visit to Madison during the spring was hard to beat.
"The whole Madison area shows up for the game," Hadachek said. "They love their football, and I'd want to play in front of a crowd like that. When I went there it was crazy."
Senior LB/TE Will Crees and senior PK/WR Brady Petersen have been checking
into possible colleges to continue their playing careers.
Crees recently visited Buena Vista University and Central College of the Iowa Conference. He also has a visits lined up at Wartburg College and University of Dubuque. All schools are NCAA III and great places to further his education and football career.
Petersen has checked out University of Sioux Falls (NCAAII) and also Buena Vista Univeristy. He recently visited Central College on an overnight with teammate Will Crees.
Stay plugged in to the Knights website as Crees and Petersen finalize their decisions in the near future.
Jay Scheel says there was nothing specific that made today the day for him to commit to Iowa. It was more about fulfilling a lifelong to dream to play college football for the Hawkeyes. We caught up with the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Scheel to talk about his decision today, what position he thinks he will play in college, and much more.
Jay Scheel committed to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz this morning.
Q: Can you just talk about the meeting with Coach Ferentz this morning and how it all took place?
SCHEEL: Well, they wanted me to come down early to the junior day, so they could talk to me personally and have me sit down with Coach Ferentz. We were just talking in the press box and catching up a little bit and then I told him I wanted to accept the scholarship and make a commitment.
Q: What was his reaction?
SCHEEL: He kept saying, "That's fantastic," and seemed really excited and so did all of the other coaches.
Q: What made today the day as far as the timing of it all?
SCHEEL: My heart's just been leaning towards Iowa and ever since I've been a little kid, I've wanted to play college football and Iowa has always been the place. I love the black and gold and I just feel at home there. Today just felt like the day because I was going to be able to see Coach Ferentz in person and I just felt like I needed to get it over with.
Q: What have the last few hours been like since you announced it?
SCHEEL: It feels really good. I knew that I was going to do it today, so I didn't really feel like it was going to be like a weight lifted off my shoulders, but once it happened, it really felt great.
Q: In talking with the Iowa coaches recently, what has been the focus position wise?
SCHEEL: Well, I talked to Coach Greg Davis, the offensive coordinator, and he said that he really feels like I can excel at receiver, but if I want to give quarterback a shot, I could. Coach Ferentz also said that, so I'm not so sure I shouldn't give quarterback a shot, but we'll see what I want to do and what they prefer once I get there.
Q: Is that okay with both sides just kind of leaving it open for now?
SCHEEL: Yeah, I'm okay with playing anything really. Part of the reason the coaches want me to play receiver is it's a better chance to see the field, but I think I could do well at either position. We'll just wait and see.
Q: When Ross Pierschbacher committed last week, he said he was already talking to you about joining him and getting some others on board. Did you two turn into recruiters at the junior day today?
SCHEEL: Yeah, we kind of did. Really, him committing made it a ton easier for me because he's a great athlete and a great lineman. It's going to be awesome being able to play college football with him.
Q: What's next for you? Were you scheduled to go to more junior days before?
SCHEEL: Well, now I'm probably not going to go to any more junior days. I'm just going to play basketball and focus on that for now and then when football comes around just have fun playing the rest of my high school career.
Q: Looking back on the day, can you just kind of sum up the overall feeling now that you are back home?
SCHEEL: It feels good. I'm really happy with the decision I made. The whole recruiting process was pretty interesting, but I'm glad that it's over with.
In committing to the Hawkeyes, Scheel chose Iowa over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska. As a junior, he earned first team all-state honors at quarterback after finishing with 1,593 yards passing and 1,291 yards rushing, accounting for 42 touchdowns in all.
January 20, 2013
Blair Sanderson Staff
The Iowa Hawkeyes have landed their second commitment in the Class of 2014. La Porte City Union athlete Jay Scheel gave his verbal pledge to Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz this morning before the start of the Hawkeyes' junior day in Iowa City.
Jay Scheel has committed to Iowa.
"Jay committed to Coach Ferentz this morning," said Jay's father, Dave Scheel, via text message. "He's going to be a Hawkeye."
Scheel, who grew up a Hawkeye fan, chose Iowa over scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska. He is the second Class of 2014 prospect to commit to the Hawkeyes this month, joining Cedar Falls offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher, who made his decision a week ago.
On the football field, Scheel is a versatile prospect that could play quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive back in college. The Iowa coaching staff has talked to him mostly about wide receiver, but has told the Class of 2014 prospect that it will be up to him where he wants to play.
As a first team all-state quarterback his junior year at La Porte City Union, Scheel finished with 1,593 yards passing and 1,291 yards rushing, accounting for 42 touchdowns in all.
HawkeyeReport.com will have much more on Scheel and his commitment to Iowa later today once the junior day concludes.
Congratulations Academic All State!
January 19, 2013
The Iowa Football Coaches Association recently released their academic all state teams. Union Community's Brian Dunkelberger and Trev Hadachek both were honored at the Union basketball game last night. To be considered a senior must be a starter, have a minimum of 3.7 acculmlative GPA, and particpate in other school activities. Below is a list of the former Union football players we have record of receiving this award.
2011: Shay Fehl, Brenden Kuhn, Dylan McLaughlin
2010: Josh Dunkelberger, Jared Wauters
2007: Brian Wiig
2012 IFCA Academic All State (2A)
NAME School Trey Achterhoff MOC-Floyd Valley Brody Armstrong Mediapolis Lance Barber Nevada Colin Barker Osage Andrew Benning Hampton-Dumont Clayton Blythe MOC-Floyd Valley Paul Brown Spirit Lake Thomas Brown Sheldon Community Jake Christensen Greene County Stetson Dagel Cherokee Washington Gabe Dubberke Nevada Brian Dunkelberger Union Colby Dunn West Marshall Matt Dykstra Sheldon Community A J Flora CMB Trev Hadachek Union Tyler Havel Osage Josh Jirak Center Point-Urbana Jordan Junk Cascade Jesse Klaes Osage Sam Knepper Cascade Sawyer Krotz Center Point-Urbana Joe Liberko Mount Vernon Mitchell Madson Greene County Toby Maggert Sheldon Community Rick Maris Spirit Lake Jon Nilles MOC-Floyd Valley Riley Rausch Cascade Brandon Roseberry Center Point-Urbana Ben Sampson Cherokee Washington Dylan Schilling Greene County Cole Schleusner Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Noah Stochl New Hampton Tyler Stokesbary Nevada Brandon Stoll Spirit Lake Brandon Tenge New Hampton Carter Thies Waukon Austin Troendle Waukon Andrew Van Hulzen South Central Calhoun Drake Van Roekel North Polk Ben Vorwerk Mediapolis Logan Walker Mount Vernon Colton Warnke Clarion-Goldfield Jacob West South Central Calhoun Jordan Wolfe Waukon
January 14, 2013
Luke Feddersen IowaPreps.com Editor
Union athlete Trev Hadachek knows that he will be playing college football at the next level. This senior is working hard on figuring out where will be the best fit for him over the next four to five years.
"Right now, I am taking an official visit to Iowa on the last weekend before Signing Day. I think it is February 1st. I am going to Montana State this next weekend. Iowa State told me I have a preferred walk-on and I will visit there. Iowa told me the same thing. I'm not sure if there is a possibility of an offer at Iowa but Coach Morgan said he will be coming to my school sometime this month."
Hadachek is focused mainly on those three programs.
"I turned down a South Dakota State scholarship so right now it is between those three right now. There is always the possibility of going Junior College but I'm not sure about that route. I'll decide after my visit to Iowa."
A favorite is something that Hadachek is not going to name at this point.
"Not really but I wouldn't mind being a preferred walk on because you get treated like everyone else. I feel I can earn one too. Right now, I want to find where the best fit is for me."
Hadachek is unsure the exact situation at Montana State as well.
"They have been talking like it would be a grayshirt but I'm not really sure. I'll find out more when I go up there. They are a top five program in the nation and I really like their head coach."
After four-star offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher committed to the Hawkeyes on Saturday, one of the first phone calls he made was to fellow in-state prospect Jay Scheel. The two players in the Class of 2014 have been staying in touch as they work their way through the recruiting process and now Pierschbacher is hoping Scheel will join him at Iowa.
Jay Scheel will be visiting Iowa on Sunday.
"We've been talking a little bit more lately, mostly just about college decisions and where we're thinking about going," said Scheel. "Obviously he decided on Iowa and I think I'm kind of leaning towards Iowa also."
On Sunday, both Scheel and Pierschbacher will be back on campus in Iowa City for a junior day with the Hawkeyes. In addition to Iowa, Scheel has also been invited to junior days at Iowa State, Minnesota, and Nebraska, all of whom have offered, but currently only has Iowa on his schedule.
"I'm excited to get back on campus at Iowa," Scheel said. "I haven't been there in a little while, so I'm excited to talk to the coaching staff and head coach Kirk Ferentz."
As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Scheel finished with 1,593 yards passing and 1,291 yards rushing, accounting for 42 touchdowns in all. A versatile athlete with good speed, he could play on either side of the ball in college whether it is at quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive back.
"I don't know what I want to play in college yet," said Scheel. "I still have another year or so to decide, so I'll just wait and see what I feel like and what my coaches want me to do. I'll play anything really."
Early on, most of Scheel's conversations with the Iowa coaching staff focused on playing wide receiver in college, but recently the Hawkeyes have told him he could start out wherever he wanted.
"Coach Morgan asked me what I want to play the other day and I said probably receiver, but he said I could play whatever I wanted," Scheel said. "So it's nice to have that option if I go there."
January 1, 2013
December 31, 2012
reposted from HawkeyeReport.com
Talk about it in Off the Record
With several different options on the table and some bigger schools still evaluating him, Trev Hadachek's recruiting might go right up to signing day. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Hadachek, who attends Union Community High School in La Porte City, IA, has taken one official visit so far and has two more scheduled for January, including one with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Trev Hadachek will visit Iowa on February 1."Coach Morgan from Iowa called today and scheduled my official visit," said Hadachek. "We were going to do it January 18, but he said the students aren't going to be back from break yet, so he wanted me to wait until they are so I can experience the college life more. We're going to do it the last weekend before signing day, February 1."
Currently, the Hawkeyes are talking to Hadachek about possibly coming in as a preferred walk-on, but have not ruled out the possibility that a late scholarship offer could open up. As is the case with other schools, Iowa has told the versatile Class of 2013 prospect that he could play on either side of the ball in college. "Basically, they have offered as a preferred walk-on, but there's still a chance that maybe something happens and I get an offer. As of right now, it's a preferred walk-on though," Hadachek said. "Position wise, they said that I could come in and try out wherever I wanted, but they've talked to me mostly about playing safety and that's what I played at their camp." Along with Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin are also recruiting Hadachek as a preferred walk-on. At the FCS level, he currently holds scholarship offers from South Dakota State, North Dakota, and Eastern Illinois, and may add Montana State to the list soon. "I'm going to Montana State on January 25," said Hadachek. "They haven't offered yet, but they've talked about doing it or possibly doing a grayshirt type of thing. I'm just going to go up there and check it out and talk to the coaches so we can find out more." While Hadachek will take a long look at the FCS offers he already has on the table, he has not ruled out the possibility of paying his own way and walking on at the FBS level yet either. "I haven't ruled it out yet," Hadachek said. "It's something that I'm still considering because I definitely want to play at the highest level I can."
As a senior, Hadachek was a star on both sides of the ball for Union, finishing with 687 yards receiving, 471 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on offense to go along with 40 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense. Following the season, he was named first team all-state and has been selected to play in the 2013 Shrine Bowl.
Heckt becomes first member of Union football team to commit to playing college football!
December 29, 2012
Senior co-captain Tanner Heckt verbally committed to play football at Buena Vista University today. Tanner, 6'5, 230lbs, is part of a senior class that won a 2A district title, a 3A state championship, and had a combined 21 wins in the last two seasons. Heckt was a first team 2A D3 all district performer for the Knights at offensive tackle. He also started at defensive end and played on special teams.
Tanner was a 2nd team all academic district team member and a member of the Unity Council. He also particpates in basketball and track at Union. Tanner's parents are Bob Heckt and Angela Keese Jackson. Heckt lives in Dysart.
Buena Vista is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and is located in Storm Lake, Iowa. The Beavers finished in a five way tie for 2nd place this fall. For more information you can click on this link: www.bvu.edu/athletics/sports/football
Trev Hadachek selected to participate in 2013 Iowa Shrine Bowl
December 12, 2012
Senior WR/DB Trev Hadachek has been selected to play in the 2013 Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer. The game has been moved from ISU's campus to the UNI Dome. Hadachek will suit up for the North side as they game features Iowa's top players north of highway 30 versus the best south of highway 30.
There are 46 graduating High School Seniors selected for each Squad by the coaching staffs. The division line for the North and South basically is Highway 30 as it crosses the State, East to West, with the western extension from Denison to Onawa. All schools bordering Highway 30 have players on the South Squad, except for the Cedar Rapids schools where the players are on the North Squad. The exception is Cedar Rapids Prairie, which represents the South Squad. In 1986 the number of players was increased from 40 to 44 to permit participation of more small schools on the All-Star squads. In the 2002 game an additional kicker was added and in 2006 a punter was added for a total of 46. Each fall the Iowa High School coaches are requested to recommend a defensive and offensive player whom he feels will be a good representative of his school and community. He is not only a good athlete, but also one who is also academically successful, and active in school and community activities. In July the Iowa High School Coaches Association selects a Head Coach for each Squad. They in turn select five assistants so as to have one from Class 4-A, 3-A, 2-A, and 1A/A. and 8 person. The coaches select the players from the nominations submitted earlier by their coaches. Every effort is made to select players from across the State, with a representative balance in the number of players from each Shrine Center jurisdiction.
In addition to Hadachek, senior Josh Clark was nominated for defense and Brady Petersen was also nominated for the kicker position. This is the third consectutive year a Union football player has been selected. Last year standout running back Wesley Burnside played for the north team. In 2010 Union wide receiver Jared Wauters was selected as a captain for the north team and Coach Joe Hadachek was the defensive coordinator for the north side in a 24-0 victory. The first Union Knight to play in the Shrine Bowl was Jason Fowler who was a member of the 1993 team.
*4.0 Club- Brian Dunkelberger Noah Garwood Caleb Larison Austin Pauling Zane Seuser Nick Weich
*3.0 Club- Trev Hadachek Jon Hellman Will Reiter Tanner Heckt Nathan Dvorak Eli Kautz Jess Larison Wyatt Samuelson Aaron Haas Tate Hadachek Jacob Clark Jay Scheel Bo Bader Nic Peters Max Thomsen Wes Kaufman Justin Clark Chase Hansen Alex Henley Dobson Douglass Christian Gray Alex Barz Jace Hadachek Cole Reiter Mitchell Hanson Brady Petersen Carter Hennessey Alex McKinley Will Crees Trey Davis Tyler Fischels Dylan Bear Blake Havran Kolten Bader
*The 4.0 Club and 3.0 Club members combined have the Top 20 GPA's for the first semester.
Hard work at morning WRAP with poor man's glute-ham machine
December 6, 2012
2012 IowaPreps.com Class 2A All State Football Teams and District MVPs - Union athletes honored
First Team 2A
Utility - Jay Scheel
Defensive line - Josh Clark
Defensive back - Trev Hadachek
Second Team 2A
Utility - Will Crees
2012 IowaPreps.com Elite Team - 3rd Team Defense
DL - Josh Clark
2012 IowaPreps.com District MVPs - SENIORS
Union Community - Trev Hadachek
Others considered - Josh Clark, Will Crees, Nic Peters
2012 IowaPreps.com District MVPs - JUNIORS
Union Community - Jay Scheel
Iowa Newspaper Association 2012 All State lands four Knights!
1st Team INA Defense Line - Sr., Josh Clark
1st Team INA Offense Utility - Jr., Jay Scheel
3rd Team INA Defense Linebacker - Sr., Will Crees
3rd Team INA Offense Wide Rec/TE - Sr., Trev Hadachek
2012 Des Moines Register All State Team recognition
1st Team 2A Offensive Lineman Josh Clark, SR.
1st Team 2A Offensive Quarterback Jay Scheel, JR.
1st Team 2A Defensive Back Trev Hadachek, SR.
*2011 Josh Clark was a DSM Register 2nd Team 3A defensive lineman and Trev Hadachek was a 2nd Team 3A defensive back.
2012 2A D3 1st Team All District
2012 2A D3 2nd Team All District
2012 2A D3 Honorable Mention All District
2A D3 All Academic Teams (1st team above, 2nd team below)
November 12, 2012
2012 Knight Team breaks or ties 16 all-time records
TEAM Season Records
* Regular Season Most Points:403-2012
Previous Record: 397 points from 2010
* Regular Season Most First Downs: 173, 2012
Previous Record: 171 from 1997
* Regular Season Most Total Offense: 3,863 - 2012
Previous Record: 3,578 from 2010
* Regular Season Most Fumbles Recovered: 13, 2012
Previous Record: 12 from 1993, 1996, 2005, 2008
* Most Fumbles Recovered, Regular Season & Playoffs: 15, 2012
Previous Record: 14 from 2011
INDIVIDUAL Season Records
* Regular Season Most Points,Kicker: 56 Brady Petersen, 2012
Previous Record: 54 Steven McGarvey, 2009
* Most Points, Kicker, Reg Season & Playoffs: 67 Brady Petersen-2012
Previous Record: 55 Steven McGarvey, 2009
* Regular Season Most Passing TDs: 17 Jay Scheel, 2012
Previous Record: 16 Steven McGarvey 2009
TEAM Game Records
* Most First Downs: 26 vs Waukon, 2012
Previous Record: 25 vs. Starmont in 1992, 25 vs. Jesup in 1996
* Most Passing Yards: 293 vs Cascade,2012
Previous Record: 285 vs. Vinton-Shellsburg in 1998
INDIVIDUAL Game Records
* Most Touchdowns: Trev Hadachek 5 vs Mt. Vernon
Tie of Previous Record: Wes Burnside-2010, Garrett Gingrich-1997, Chris Miller-1995, Jason Fowler-1991
* Most Receiving Yards: 191 Trev Hadachek vs Cascade, 2012
Previous Record: 188 Cory Feldpouch vs. Western Dubuque- 2010
* Most Passing Yards: 293 Jay Scheel vs Cascade, 2012
Previous Record: 285 Clint Albertsen vs. Vinton-Shellsburg 1998
* Longest Run from Scrimmage: 98 yds, Jay Scheel vs Central Springs, 2012
Previous Record: 95 yds. Wes Burnisde vs. Anamosa, 2009
* Longest Pass Play: 97yds Trev Hadachek from Jay Scheel vs Cascade
Previous Record: 95 yds. Trev Hadachek from Jay Scheel vs Solon- 2011
* Longest KO Return: 98 yds Justin Carey vs Waterloo Colum., 2012
Previous Record: 93 yds. Zach Purdy vs. Anamosa-2009
2A District #3 Champion Union Knights have 19 individuals recognized
November 6, 2012
The following Union Knights were recently announced as 2012 All District award winners in various categories. We are proud to say that 19 different individuals received either academic or performanced based recognition. There were seven on 1st team Academic All District, and two on 2nd team Academic All District. This is the most academic recognition we have received in the last six years. In addition, we had nine young men receive 1st team honors including the kicking position, three 2nd team, and two honorable mention. Special district honors went to four Union individuals. **You can access the complete all district list by going to HANDOUTS (located on left hand side menu) and clicking on 2012 2A District #3.
All-district Kicker - Brady Petersen
Lineman MVP - Josh Clark
Offensive MVP - Jay Scheel
2012 Class 2A District #3 First Team:
Jay Scheel QB
Trev Hadachek WR
Chase Hansen OL
Justin Clark OL
Tanner Heckt OL
Josh Clark DL
Dalton Crosser DL
Will Crees LB
2012 Class 2A District #3 Second Team:
Tedd Schmitz OL
Andrew Osuna RB
Jace Hadachek LB
2012 Class 2A District Honorable Mention:
Nic Peters DB
Brian Dunkelberger LS/TE
2012 Class 2A District #3 First Team Academic All-District:
Bo Bader - jr
Brian Dunkelberger - sr
Trev Hadachek - sr
Elijah Kautz - sr
Austin Pauling - sr
Brady Petersen - sr
Jay Scheel - jr
Nicholas Weich - jr
2012 Class 2A District #3 Second Team Academic All-District:
Justin Clark - sr
Tanner Heckt - sr
Nicolas Peters - sr
2012 Class 2A District #3 Coach of Year - Joe Hadachek
'Inside the Huddle' - Union's Repeat Hopes Dashed in Rematch with Waukon
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights were defeated by the Waukon Indians Monday night, 21-14, in a rematch featuring two powerhouse, 2A District 3 programs.
In the previous matchup between the two schools, also played in La Porte City, the Knights erased a 19-point deficit in just over a six-minute span, stunning Waukon with a 34-33 victory. Union went on to claim the district crown and a No. 1 playoff seed, but revenge was on the minds of a determined Indians squad.
Prior to Monday's game, Union head coach Joe Hadachek stated simply, "It's tough to beat a good team twice."
His quote proved to be true.
The script for both teams was set as each dominated in their first round playoff games -- Union winning 63-20 over Mt. Vernon; Waukon blanking CP-U 35-0.
Unfortunately, the tale for the Knights ended on a sour note.
An impressive Waukon defense that shut out a CP-U team - one that put up 45 points against Union in week 1 - continued their dominance against the potent Knights attack.
The Knights mustered just two touchdowns in the Monday night defeat after averaging 46.6 points per game offensively in their previous ten contests. Their season-low for points scored in a game came during the 34-33 shocker of Waukon in week six.
While it was Union's offense that keyed many of their victories, the defense had been efficient as well. However, one flaw plagued the Knights in many of their wins, as well as the loss to CP-U -- their inability to prevent the "big play."
The "big play" occurred in quarter one - a 57-yard touchdown run by Cole Ewing - that set the mood for the entire night.
Waukon came to play. Revenge was on their minds.
The early score gave Waukon a 7-0 lead and that lead held for much of the first half. Union finally drove deep into Waukon territory and capitalized on an Indians' fourth-down offsides penalty. Trev Hadachek connected with Will Crees on a 12-yard touchdown strike from the "Wildcat" formation and headed to the locker room knotted, 7-7.
Halftime adjustments allowed the Knights to temporarily come to life. Union earned their first lead of the night early in the third quarter as Jay Scheel broke loose for an 18-yard score. Waukon answered as playmaker Parker Hesse took a screen-pass 28 yards and tied the game, 14-14.
The Waukon defense continued to fluster the Union offense in the fourth quarter. The Indians took the lead for good as Marcus Weymiller plunged in from three yards out, providing the final score; Waukon - 21, Union - 14.
Union did drive across the 50 into Waukon territory but turned the ball over on downs with just over three minutes remaining. Waukon's ground game churned out three first downs, preventing Union with any chance for last-second heroics.
The highlight-reel-waiting-to-happen between Union's Scheel and Hadachek were unable to escape a relentless Waukon defense. Scheel ran 13 times for 39 yards and a score, but 18 of those 39 came on the touchdown run. Hadachek did find a bit of running room - 5 carries, 41 yards; 6 receptions, 63 yards - but was consistently double- and triple-teamed all night. Waukon's game plan - shut down the dynamic duo in Scheel and Hadachek.
Unfortunately for Union, the Indians' game plan worked.
While the 21-14 defeat ended Union's hopes of repeating as state champions, a nine win season is hard to ignore. The 2012 seniors leave with the most wins in school history - 38, and also have the aforementioned state championship under their belts - the first and only football state title in school history.
Losing 23 seniors will be hard to replace, but as we've seen with Coach Hadachek before, he will find a way to reload and compete for another district title and beyond. With D1-prospect Jay Scheel calling the shots one more season at quarterback, it's hard to envision the Knights fading anytime soon.
POWs announced for Waukon, Round 2 playoff game
Players of the game:
Defense: Tanner Heckt, DL, Will Crees LB, Trev Hadachek DB
Offense: Trev Hadachek, WR and Josh Clark OL
Spec Teams: Brian Dunkelberger LS, and Brady Petersen PK/PU
Scout Team: Justin Carey, Mitchell Brandhorst, Jacob Clark
Reward & Recognition Event to be held Sunday, Nov 11th
PUBLIC IS INVITED, Parents and Players:
Our annual Reward & Recognition Event for Union Knight football
will be held at UHS auditorium on Sunday, November 11th at 2pm.
There will be further posts about this event but please mark your calendar
and plan on joining us to celebrate the 2012 2A district 3 champions.
An optional event for parents and players interested in pursuing college and/or college football will be held in the media center from 1:15-1:45pm.
We will cover the recruiting process, how to promote your athlete, school admissions, college testing, and the whole process in general. You do NOT need to be interesting in playing college football to attend.
** there will be no food at this event
POWs announced for Waukon, Round 2 playoff game
Players of the game:
Defense: Tanner Heckt, DL, Will Crees LB, Trev Hadachek DB
Offense: Trev Hadachek, WR and Josh Clark OL
Spec Teams: Brian Dunkelberger LS, and Brady Petersen PK/PU
Scout Team: Justin Carey, Mitchell Brandhorst, Jacob Clark
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Race Past Mt. Vernon in Playoff Opener, 63-20; Rematch set with Waukon
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights (9-1) cruised in their 2A playoff opener, using three special teams touchdowns en route to a 63-20 blowout of the Mt. Vernon Mustangs (5-5) Wednesday night.
Before kickoff, Union head coach Joe Hadachek told his team that they needed to make a statement to the rest of Class 2A.
Jay Scheel provided the opening remarks.
Scheel, inserted as the deep man -- for the first time -- on the kickoff return team, caught the ball at his own 9-yard line.
91 yards later, it was 6-0, Union.
The scoring had only just begun.
Union's stout defense held the Mustangs on their opening possession to a three-and-out. On the ensuing punt, Trev Hadachek tracked the ball to his own 31-yard line. With a wall of blockers to his right, Hadachek sprinted 69 yards for the score - his first of five scores on the night. Just minutes into the game, the Knights led, 14-0.
While Union's return units were spectacular in the early going, the kickoff team was suspect. The Mustangs' Conner Schaffer did his best Scheel-imitation, racing 96 yards to silence the Union crowd, cutting their deficit to seven.
The first half track meet, however, was far from over.
Hadachek scored his second touchdown of the night from the Wildcat formation, pushing the Union lead back to two touchdowns. Mt. Vernon would answer with a scoring drive of their own, capped off by an 8-yard run by Marshal Tuerler.
Up 21-13 and still in the first quarter, Union sophomore Justin Carey housed another kickoff return -- his second in as many weeks -- to push the lead back to two scores.
After just one quarter of play, the scoreboard read Union, 28; Mt. Vernon, 13.
In the second quarter alone, it was the standout senior for Union - Trev Hadachek - who would ultimately put this game out of reach.
The D1-prospect outscored the Mustangs himself, scoring three total touchdowns. The first came on an errant pass as Hadachek jumped a route in the flats and went untouched 36 yards the other way. Hadachek later caught a 38-yard touchdown catch from Scheel, putting the Knights up big, 42-13. Following a second Tuerler touchdown from Mt. Vernon, Scheel got into the scoring act again with a 17-yard keeper.
With attention focused on Scheel for a majority of the season with multiple D1 offers, it was Hadachek who reminded fans and scouts that he's a special player as well.
A highlight-reel, Sportscenter-worthy, one handed catch by Hadachek summed up the senior's terrific night. His father and coach, Joe Hadachek, was in awe by his son's performance - 250 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns, scoring four different ways.
"Great players make big plays in big games. It was obviously a breakout game for Trev," said Hadachek.
The senior called his own number after the spectacular grab, finishing off the first half scoring with a 4-yard Wildcat keeper.
24 minutes into the game and a combined 76 points were on the scoreboard. Fortunately for Union, 56 of the 76 were on their side.
The second half saw just one score altogether, mainly due to the continuous clock. The score came on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Scheel to Dylan Bear.
On a night where the Knights eclipsed the 60-point barrier, resulting in multiple players having gaudy statistics, the focus quickly turns to Waukon. The Indians (8-2) blanked Center Point-Urbana, 35-0, in a dominating performance without their star halfback and linebacker Marcus Weymiller.
"We expected Waukon to come away with a victory. However, we didn't anticipate them shutting out CP-U, a very good football team who beat us in week one. In our case, it will be extremely difficult to beat a good team (Waukon) twice in one season but we're prepared for it."
Hadachek also said they would prepare as if Weymiller were 100 percent.
"He's a good back, makes the most of his 10-12 touches per game. We can't turn the ball over five, six times, and expect to win. Our special teams units have done an excellent job relieving the pressure for our offense, and that may be the key to success Monday night."
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. in La Porte City. The winner will advance to take on the winner of Dyersville, Beckman - New Hampton.
POWs announced for Mt Vernon, Round 1 playoff game
Players of the Week for the Mt. Vernon game:
OFF: Trev Hadachek, WR/QB, Chase Hansen OL
DEF: Josh Clark, DT, Trev Hadachek, DB
ST: Kick off return team
Scouts of week: Nick Wiech, Jacob Holschlag
717 listeners last week for Knights on Press Box Radio!
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'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Sink Sailors, Roll into Postseason with 50-0 Victory
(**photos courtesy of The Progress Review, LPC)
POWs for Waterloo Columbus game:
Special Teams - KOR unit
Defense - DE Tanner Heckt, LB Will Crees
Offense - TE Brian Dunkelberger, OC Tedd Schmitz
By Cheyne Reiter
An opening kickoff miscue by the Waterloo Columbus Sailors 0-9 (0-6) was the only scoring the Union Knights 8-1 (6-0) would need in a fifty point shutout.
The Sailors miscue resulted in a safety and just seconds into the game, a 2-0 Union lead. The ensuing punt on the kickoff was housed 78 yards by Justin Carey and just 17 seconds into the game, the Knights led 9-0.
Union added another first quarter touchdown as Trev Hadachek found Jay Scheel from eight yards out.
The rout was on as the Knights scored three second quarter touchdowns thanks to Scheel's arm, legs, and a defensive score. A 53-yard touchdown jaunt by Scheel provided the first score and Will Crees intercepted a Sailors pass, returning it 14 yards for another touchdown. Before the half came to a close, Scheel connected with Brady Petersen for a 21-yard touchdown and cruised into halftime with a 36-0 lead.
With the continuous clock in effect for the entire second half, the Knights showed no signs of letting up.
Justin Carey took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score, breaking the previous Union record of 95 yards by Zach Purdy. Scheel threw his second TD pass of the game to tight end Brian Dunkelberger to complete the scoring for the remainder of the game.
The offense, defense, and special teams were equally impressive on Friday night. Scheel had a hand in four Union scores offensively, the defense forced four turnovers and totaled seven sacks, and special teams recorded a safety, in addition to the two kickoff returns for scores.
Union's victory completes their undefeated run in district play and also extends their winning streak to eight games.
The No. 1 seeded Knights take on the No. 4 seed from 2A District 4, Mt. Vernon, at 7 p.m Wednesday night in La Porte City. The two teams have two common opponents this season: Cascade and Center Point-Urbana. The Knights won 45-14 over Cascade and lost 45-42 to CP-U in week one while Mt. Vernon lost to 40-7 to Cascade and suffered a one-point defeat to CP-U, 22-21, in the final game of the regular season.
The winner of Wednesday's game takes on the winner of CP-U and Waukon.
Union wins over Columbus 50-0! 4 TO's and 2 KOR's for TD's
Union was up 9-0 with 17 seconds off the clock thanks to a kickoff that turned into a safety and a Knight kickoff return that went the distance. The Union Knight defense was smothering all night long only giving up 51 total yards in four quarters. Will Crees returned an interception for a pick six for 14 yards and Tyler Fishels and Trev Hadachek also had interceptions on the night. Christian Gray added a fumble recovery to give the Knights four turnovers total.
Union special teams also provided key field position all night long including two kickoff returns for touchdowns. The first was by Kolten Bader for 78 yards and then freshman Justin Carey took another one back 98 yards. The 98 yard return breaks Zach Purdy's 93 yard return in 2009 vs. Anamosa.
The Knight offense was led by Jay Scheel who was 5 of 8 for two TDs and he also rushed three times for 56 yards and one TD.
Union who is the #1 seed in 2A district 3 will host Mt. Vernon who is #4 seed in district 4 on Wednesday night at 7pm.
Clark feels team learned from loss
October 16, 2012 (from Iowa Preps, you can subscribe to more info by going to www.iowapreps.com)
The expectations were very high for Union lineman Josh Clark and his teammates this fall on the gridiron during a move to the Class 2A level. A season opening loss quickly left them to realize that they can't just show up and win.
"Everyone is coming to get us and everyone wants to get a piece of the defending 3A champions. Anything can happen. Just because we are in 2A doesn't mean it is any easier."
Clark feels that the Knights remain headed in the right direction.
"It was a rocky start at first but every single game we have gotten better and better. We have come together more as the team I believe we can be."
A week nine battle against Columbus is one that Clark knows could be favorable.
"They look like they don't have very many guys and have been having trouble all year long."
Clark has three college programs calling him as of late.
"It has been Iowa State, Iowa Western, and UNI."
One of those programs stood out according to this talented senior.
"It would definitely be Iowa State with the way Paul Rhoads has turned around the program. They are having a lot of success."
The Junior College route is something that Clark is taking seriously.
"I'm looking into it a lot. I'm not a huge name recruit and people may overlook me because of my grades and size. They have a really good program and I'd like to be a part of that.
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Leave No Doubt in 48-12 Thumping of New Hampton, Claim District Crown
By Cheyne Reiter
As the old football saying goes, "Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships."
That was certainly the case Friday night.
The Union Knights 7-1 (5-0) clinched the 2A District 3 title with a resounding 48-12 victory over the New Hampton Chickasaws 7-1 (4-1). The offense featuring the electric Jay Scheel lived up to its billing being a top 3 scoring offense in Class 2A.
However, it was the Union defense that was the unsung hero in what was supposed to be a high-scoring, shootout battle for the district crown.
New Hampton came into the contest with the No. 7 scoring offense in 2A, averaging over 41 points per game. Three seniors -- quarterback Noah Stochl, halfback Brandon Tenge, and wide receiver Sawyer Anderson -- were each among the district leaders in yardage at their respective positions. Altogether, the trio could find no answers against the Union defense. Stochl completed just 11 of 20 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. Tenge finished with 118 yards on 25 carries, but a long run against the Union reserves provided a large portion of his total yardage. Anderson came into the game averaging 27.7 yards per catch, but was unable to bust any long gains, hauling in just six catches for 83 yards. Overall, the Knights defense was what stood out most to Head Coach Joe Hadachek.
"Our defense deserves a lot of credit," said Hadachek. "They sometimes go unnoticed with Scheel and the offense grabbing all the attention, but they definitely put forth their best game of the year."
While the defense was nothing short of spectacular, the offense made the most of its opportunities as well.
Hadachek noted the explosiveness of his offense - in their first seven offensive plays, four resulted in touchdowns.
Needless to say, Scheel used his legs early and often. Scheel added to his Division 1 highlight reel as he galloped 22 yards for the first Knights score - high hurdling a Chickasaw defender in the process.
Union continued its early dominance with two more Scheel touchdown runs, the second coming on a stunning 84-yard burst. When New Hampton began to focus on Scheel's rushing prowess, he unleashed a 44-yard TD strike to tight end Will Crees. The long TD pass had Union out to a commanding 28-0 lead, just minutes into the second quarter.
The only thing able to slow down the Knights attack Friday night? A one-hour lightning delay.
Following the delay, the Knights added two more scores - a 35-yard TD carry by Scheel and the other coming on a 2-yard plunge by Halanier Holmes.
While halfback Andrew Osuna didn't reach pay dirt in the 36-point blowout, his surge at halfback continued. The senior rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries.
Besides the impressive statistics for Union, the win meant more than just a district title for Coach Hadachek.
"We played this game for the 2009 squad - we had revenge on our minds."
When asked about Union's upcoming opponent - Waterloo Columbus - Hadachek said the mentality would remain the same.
Columbus spoiled the Knights season in 2007, crushing Union's early-season hopes of reaching the playoffs. The Knights were 4-0 at the time of the Columbus defeat and finished in third place - one spot shy of postseason play.
Kickoff Friday night is set for 7:30 p.m. in La Porte City as Union concludes their 2A District 3 slate with the Sailors, 0-5 in district play and 0-8 overall.
With the No. 1 seed locked up for the Knights, they will be watching the scoreboard for 2A District 4. Mount Vernon is currently hanging on to the No. 4 seed in that district, respectively.
Agenda for HAMPTON DUMONT
3:30pm Bus departs from UMS to UHS for those needing ride
4:15pm – FROSH warm up with select coaches
5:00pm – FROSH KICKOFF!
5:00pm – FCA optional 10 min mtg in UHS auditorium (varsity and coaches)
5:15pm - TEAM mtg at UHS auditorium; bring your scouting reports, O, D and Spec Teams
5:30pm – depart to locker room to get taped, dressed
6:00pm – specials out to practice field to warm up
6:10pm – all others out to practice field, as soon as game over head to game field for team warm
7:00pm – announcement in stadium of all youth football teams
7:15pm – time cap for teams to leave the field, last minute message and quiet time
7:23pm – depart game field for National Anthem and band will enter south side
7:28pm – mock coin flip
7:30pm – KICKOFF
Saturday, October 6 – (Dolleslager/Hilmer) 9:00-10:00am at UHS 45 minute FLUSH workout, all players that are JUNIORS and SENIORS and any SOPHS that play/dress.
Sunday, October 7 – coaches meetings at UHS 12:30pm-3:30pm, Gassman room at 12:30pm
Monday, October 8
7am-7:40am Varsity film UHS auditorium, anyone dressing for the game required unless excused
7:45-8:00am Unity Council mtg in UHS auditorium, if you have 3 points or more required to be there
4:55pm JV bus departs to Jesup for JV game
6:00pm JV game at Jesup, pick up game jersey before school to wear at school
'Inside the Huddle' - Dynamic backfield carries Union to 52-27 blowout of Hampton-Dumont
POWs for Hampton-Dumont game:
OFFENSE: Josh Clark, Jay Scheel, Andrew Osuna
SPEC TEAMS: Brady Petersen
DEFENSE: Will Crees, Tyler Fischels
SCOUTS of week: Drake Rousselow, Bo Bader, Austin Pauling
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights 6-1 (4-0) extended their winning streak to six consecutive games on Friday night with a 52-27 defeat of Hampton-Dumont 2-5 (1-4).
Thanks to two 100-plus rushers on offense and a relentless defense, the Knights raced out to a commanding 42-7 halftime lead.
On Union's second offensive possession, Jay Scheel put the Knights on the scoreboard with a 7-yard touchdown run.
Following a defensive stop, Scheel set up the Knights at the Bulldogs' 10-yard line with a 36-yard punt return. One play later, Trev Hadachek called his own number from Union's "Wildcat" formation and scored, providing the Knights with a 14-0 cushion.
The Knights put the game well out of reach in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 28-7 in the 12-minute period.
An additional Union touchdown after half made the score 49-7 heading into the final quarter. Three fourth-quarter touchdowns by Hampton-Dumont made the game appear closer than expected. A 45-yard field goal by Brady Petersen provided the final score, 52-27.
However, for those in attendance, the game wasn't all that close.
The Knights out-gained the Bulldogs 435-303 in total yards, racking up 320 rushing yards in the process. Scheel carried the rock just six times but was very effective totaling 113 yards and four touchdowns. Andrew Osuna joined Scheel in eclipsing the 100-yard mark, rushing for 112 yards on 11 carries and one score. Sophomore Max Thomsen chipped in a hard-fought 63 yards as well.
While the Knights were extremely impressive with the ground game, they were equally as impressive through the air. Scheel completed 8-of-10 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown - a 20-yard strike to Hadachek.
One week after setting the school-record for most first downs in a game with 26 versus Waukon, the Knights nearly matched that total with 23 against Hampton-Dumont.
On the other side of the ball, the Knights bottled up the Bulldogs - six individuals recorded a tackle for loss. Union's Dalton Crosser was the beneficiary of a Bulldogs fumble, recovering the lone turnover in the game. Christian Gray led the Union defense with 7 total tackles, 2.5 of those being for a loss.
Knights kicker Brady Petersen made a name for himself on special teams in 2A - the senior drilled a season-long 45-yard field goal and was also 6-of-6 on PATs.
The dominant victory sends the Knights into a highly-anticipated matchup with undefeated New Hampton. Both squads are 4-0 in district play and a win would all but guarantee a district championship and No. 1 seed entering the playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in New Hampton. The Knights last traveled to New Hampton in the second round of the 2009 playoffs, losing 29-22.
New team record set last Friday vs Waukon, feedback from PBR
It was a crazy night last Friday at UHS on the home football field. Not only did the Knights comeback from an unbelievable deficit but the offense also set a new record for first downs in one game with 26 vs. Waukon. The old record was held by Union Knight teams in 1992 vs Stamont, and 1996 vs Jesup with 25.
Press Box Radio serves a live broadcast not only coast to coast but around the world. In fact here are three of the emails that were sent during the game last week including one from England and one from Germany:
"This is staff sergeant Shane Krafka stationed RAF Lakenheath England 2004 Union High graduate.
I want to wish the Union Knights good luck at there game tonight. Thanks."
"thats the best comeback i've ever listened to, congrats union players and coaches" --- Dan ??
"Hey this is Lennart,
I'm listening again like every week!
Wish I was there for this IMPORTANT game!
But you know what ?! I'm coming back next week!!!! Can't wait to come for a visit in your class mr. bostian!"----Skynyrd
'Inside the Huddle' - Comeback for the Ages: Knights Rally in Final 7 Minutes, Win 34-33 over Waukon
POW's for Waukon game:
Offense: Chase Hansen-OL, Andrew Osuna-RB, Mitch Dierks-WR
Defense: Josh Clark-DL, Tanner Heckt-DL, Will Crees-LB
Special teams: Brian Dunkelberger
Scout team POW's: Alex Bear, Aaron Haas, Nic Peters
By Cheyne Reiter
Following Friday night's epic finish that saw Union score three touchdowns in the final six minutes, KCRG reporter K.J. Pilcher summed up his experience at La Porte City on his Twitter account.
"The Union-Waukon football game has to be the most thrilling game I have ever covered."
Boy, was it ever.
The Union Knights 5-1 (3-0) shocked the previously undefeated Waukon Indians 5-1 (3-1) in the closing minutes, thanks to an opportunistic defense and special teams that recovered fumbles when the Knights needed them most.
However, it was a slow start that nearly cost the Knights.
Waukon halfback Marcus Weymiller took the first play from scrimmage and sprinted 80 yards for a touchdown, giving the Indians a 7-0 lead.
The Knights answered with a field goal by Brady Petersen and trailed 7-3 after one quarter of play.
The second quarter saw Waukon's Parker Hesse score on a 45-yard TD run before Jay Scheel scored from 11 yards out. Union's successful two-point conversion by Trev Hadachek provided the 14-11 halftime score.
Scoring in the second half came in bunches.
Outside of another Petersen field goal that knotted the game at 14-all early in the third quarter, it was Waukon's offense that provided the highlights for the first 18 minutes of the second half.
Weymiller duplicated his 80-yard touchdown run with another 80 yarder that electrified the Waukon crowd, giving them a 21-14 lead. Weymiller would add a 9-yard TD carry before the end of the third quarter. Waukon, 27. Union, 14.
Waukon added to their commanding lead with another Hesse touchdown from 31 yards out and with just seven minutes remaining, led by a comfortable 19 points.
However, Union made Waukon and the rest of Class 2A aware of one thing.
No lead is safe.
Union punted away midway through the fourth quarter and a muffed catch was recovered by the Knights. The Knights' offense capitalized on the excellent field position as sophomore Max Thomsen punched his way across the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown. The missed PAT resulted in the Knights trailing by just 13 points.
With momentum hanging in the balance, the Union defense forced a fumble and once again, the Knights came up with the recovery deep in Waukon territory.
Andrew Osuna got into the scoring act as he plowed through the Indians' defense on a 1-yard carry, pulling the Knights within six points, 33-27.
The defense continued to do their part.
Union forced a three-and-out, giving the offense a shot to take an improbable lead.
Quarterback scrambles by the elusive Scheel drove the Knights inside the Waukon five yard line with under a minute remaining. The game-winning touchdown followed as Scheel rolled left and drilled a perfect pass into the waiting hands of Mitchell Dierks.
With the score tied at 33-33, Petersen's PAT was the deciding factor. He drilled the extra point and Union prevailed as Waukon drove down the field into Union territory before running out of time.
Twenty points by the Knights in the final seven minutes proved to be the difference. The Union defense allowed 415 yards of total offense to the Indians with 363 coming from the ground game but refused to lay down in the final minutes.
As for the offense, it was a very uncharacteristic game for the potent Knights attack. Despite setting a school-record with 26 first downs and running 80 plays to Waukon's 41, the final score could easily be flipped.
The usually error-free Scheel had his share of miscues on offense, turning the ball over five times. The standout junior completed just 9-of-25 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown to Dierks, along with being intercepted three times. However, Scheel added a touchdown via his legs, racking up 163 well-earned rushing yards. Halfback Andrew Osuna provided an additional 118 yards on 23 carries.
The turnover-prone Knights survived in an instant classic, a game that will be remembered for years to come.
At 5-1 overall and atop 2A District 3, the Knights play at home versus Hampton-Dumont 2-4 (1-3) this coming Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Kj Pilcher - Facebook post
"Made a horrible mistake in newspaper story identifying wrong player to score winning Union TD. I will not sleep well for a couple days now. Sorry, Mitch Dierks."
Knights celebrate Patriot Night by brave effort with 6.5 min left in game to win, 34-33!
Union Knights keep fighting 'til the last tick is off the clock. We won't back down we never have, we never will...
A great ball game was played Friday night in La Porte City and fans that stayed until the end will have a story to tell. After all the things that went wrong for nearly three and a half quarters, the magic happened in the last six and a half minutes.
Two consecutive turnovers, one caused by a fumbled punt return recovered by Brian Dunkelberger, and another caused by swarming defense recovered by Nic Peters, allowed the Knights an opportunity to have hope in the end.
Bottom line a PAT by Brady Petersen and TD catch from Mitchell Dierks from Jay Scheel put Union in the driver seat with less than one minute to play, 34-33. Waukon had two passes that were completed and crossed the fifty into Knight territory. After the second completion the final tick of the clock went off as the Indians tried to spike the ball.
End result, Union wins 34-33 in arguably the best comeback in the last six years. The Knights move to 5-1 and travel to Hampton-Dumont in a battle of two more teams that moved down from 3A football to 2A this year.
More info to be posted when statistics are sent and reporter Cheyne Reiter has time to submit 'Inside the Huddle.'
NEW Team and Individual Records set
Acknowledgement of former record holders (thanks to Gregg McLaughlin, team statician):
TEAM game record: Most Passing Yards (old) 1998 vs Vinton 285 yds, (new) 2012 vs Cascade 293 yds
IND Longest run from scrimmage: 2009 Wes Burnside vs Anamosa 95 yds (old), (new) 2012 Jay Scheel vs CSM 98 yds
IND Most Passing Yards: (old) 1998 Clint Albertsen vs Vinton 285 yds, (new) 2012 Jay Scheel vs Cascade 293 yds
IND Most Receiving Yards: (old) 2010 Cory Feldpouch vs West D'que 188 yds, (new) 2012 Trev Hadachek vs Cascade 191 yds
IND Longest Pass Play: (old) 2011 Trev Hadachek from Jay Scheel 95 yards, (new) 2012 Trev Hadachek from Jay Scheel 97 yds
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights spear Cougars in non-district battle, 45-14
Players of the Week:
Offense: WR-Trev Hadachek, OL-Tedd Schmitz
Off Scout of week: Jacob Clark
Defense: DL-Jacob Clark, LB-Jace Hadachek, DB-Trev Hadachek
Def Scout of week: Bo Bader
By Cheyne Reiter
Since the Knights opening week defeat to Center Point-Urbana, they have racked up leads by half that are insurmountable for their opponents.
Fortunately for Union, this past Friday was no different.
The Union Knights cruised past the Cascade Cougars, jumping out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and by half, were leading by a comfortable 28 points, 35-7.
Usually it's the ground game that establishes the offense for Union. However, with the arm of Jay Scheel and an arsenal of receivers at Scheel's disposal, the air attack was on display - in record-setting fashion.
Scheel picked apart the Cougars' defense, completing 10-of-13 passes for a whopping 293 yards. The 293-yard performance was an individual/team record with many of those yards going to senior Trev Hadachek. The dynamic duo connected on a record 97-yard touchdown strike which accounted for over half of Hadachek's 191 receiving yards, also an individual/team record. Hadachek also accounted for two more Scheel touchdown passes while Mitchell Dierks was the recipient of the fourth.
Aside from the Scheel-to-Hadachek show, the running game also fared well against the 3-2 Cougars. Andrew Osuna accumulated 66 yards on 17 carries while Scheel added 63 yards of his own, one being a touchdown from three yards out.
While the offense was nothing but spectacular, the Knight defense quietly shut down Cascade.
The Knights forced two interceptions, both by Hadachek, and Will Crees recovered one fumble. Union totaled six sacks and limited the Cougars to just 65 yards rushing. With the Knights out to a commanding lead in the early-going, Cascade was forced to pass for a majority of the night. Jace Hadachek led the tackling department, racking up 11 total tackles along with 1.5 sacks.
With the non-district win, the Knights move to 4-1 overall and remain 2-0 in 2A District 3 play. Union returns to La Porte City next week to take on the undefeated Waukon Indians in a crucial district matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Heckt getting Division II attention his senior season!
September 25, 2012
IowaPreps.com Editor (to subscribe go to www.iowapreps.com for paid subscription), posted courtesy of IowaPreps.com
Union defensive end Tanner Heckt has the size and skills to play football at the next level. That is why this talented senior has caught the attention of a number of programs at the Division II level this fall.
"It has been Upper Iowa, the University of Sioux Falls, Southwest Minnesota State, Central, and a little bit from UNI."
Heckt visited one of those schools recently and has more coming soon.
"I was just at the Upper Iowa game and then I'll be going to Sioux Falls this weekend and then Southwest Minnesota State the weekend after."
His trek to Upper Iowa came back as a positive experience overall.
"I really liked it. Their coaches are down to Earth. They are really cool guys to be around. I like their new stadium. It is a nice campus."
Heckt has been enjoying the way that his high school team has been playing as of late.
"We started off with a rough start but everything is going well now. We are starting to turn the corner at just the right time."
The season opening loss to Center Point-Urbana was an eye opener.
"We really learned that every practice has to be as serious as we want to play. We had a lackadaisical week of practice and it didn't pay off in the end."
Heckt still feels there are things that the Knights can improve.
"I think we need to keep playing hard defensively and the offense needs to keep doing what we are doing."
#6 rated Waukon is next on the schedule.
"They are going to be tough. They are off to a good start and they have a good running back with (Marcus) Weymiller. They should be good."
There is one thing that Heckt noticed about their opponent early on.
"I have been told they play really hard. After watching their film, I know they play very hard."
Belated congratulations to Homecoming King candidates!
Congratulations to the homecoming king candidates and their mothers:
(L to R, Christy and Will Crees, Gloria and Trev Hadachek (front), Brian and Rory Dunkelberger (behind), and Angie and Christian Gray)
Congratulations to Christian for winning the King crown!
Fields of Faith event locked down for Wed. Oct 3rd
This is NOT just for UNION students, open to students from all over the state of Iowa. PLEASE bring one can or non-perishable good for the NEIA Food Bank to donate to a great cause.
'Inside the Huddle' - Union thrashes Green Devils, 41-7; racks up 500-plus in Total Offense
Players of the Week vs Osage:
DEFENSE: DL-John Ringelstetter, LB-Austin Dengler, DB-Nic Peters
DEF scout: Mitchell Brandhorst
OFFENSE: OL-Tanner Heckt, WR-Brady Petersen
OFF scout: Tyler Fishels, Jesse Stock
SPEC TEAMS: Austin Dengler
By Cheyne Reiter
Five years ago, the last time Osage and Union met in a 2A clash, the Green Devils spoiled the Knights' homecoming with a 19-17 victory. Fast forward to 2012; Union flipped the script.
Union notched their third consecutive victory this past Friday night as they trounced Osage on Homecoming, 41-7. With players on offense who can score any time they touch the ball, it was the defense who was forced to step up in this KWWL Game of the Week. Faced with the No. 2 passing offense in 2A, that task wasn't supposed to be easy.
The Knights defense sent a message from the get-go; this one wasn't going to be close.
Union's defense swallowed up the Green Devils' offense, limiting them to just 164 yards of total offense. The No. 2 air attack threw for just 141 yards while Nic Peters intercepted two Osage passes. The Knights totaled seven defensive sacks, imposing their will on an offense who had the ability to score in bunches.
While the defense harassed Osage's offense all night, it was business as usual for the Knights offense.
The Knights ground out 303 yards of rushing and also aired it out for an additional 209 yards. Aside from a fumble that was scooped up for six, the offense was unstoppable.
The dual-threat Scheel completed 14-of-22 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and also ran 13 times for 180 yards, scoring once on an 83-yard burst. Andrew Osuna led the Union halfback department with 11 carries for 72 yards and a score while Trev Hadachek provided 54 rushing yards of his own. Brady Petersen once again led the Knights receiving core, hauling in five receptions for 81 yards, scoring once from 18 yards out.
Union led 21-0 after 12 minutes of play and 27-7 at the half. They added to their lead with two second half touchdowns.
With the win, the Knights moved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in 2A District 3 play. The Knights are currently tied with New Hampton and Waukon for the 2A D3 crown. Next week, the Knights travel to Cascade, a solid squad from 2A District 4 in a non-district matchup. Cascade is also 3-1 and 2-0 in their district, respectively. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Scheel intreviewed by Iowa Preps
September 13, 2012
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Union athlete Jay Scheel has helped his team win their last two games this fall on the gridiron. A third straight victory is the hope this weekend as they battle Osage in their Homecoming matchup.
"It definitely makes it a lot more fun. We'll be excited to play and be ready."
Scheel feels that the Knights have done a great job turning the corner.
"It has been a lot of fun. We had a rough start in the first week but we are rolling now."
Losing to Center Point-Urbana is something that Scheel was able to learn from.
"It is not underestimate any team and not take any plays off. We have to keep our heads in it and stay focused."
Scheel has been happy with his play but knows he can still do more.
"I've been a little banged up. I have tendinitis in my knees. I feel I am playing better overall but I'm not satisfied with it. I can still pick it up."
A recent visit to the Iowa-Iowa State game was something that Scheel enjoyed.
"It was a fun game but it could have gone a little better for them. It was a really cool experience and I thought the trip was awesome."
Scheel has plans to see another school in the near future.
"I plan on going to an Iowa State game sometime soon."
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Roll in District Opener vs. Central Springs, 50-6
Knight Players of the Week:
Lineman - Justin Clark
Back - Jay Scheel
Receiver - Will Crees
Scout of week - Vincent Neil
Lineman - Josh Clark
Back - Nic Peters
Linebacker - Will Crees
Scout of week - Jacob Clark
Kickoff - entire unit
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights overwhelmed the Central Springs Panthers on Friday night, jumping out to a 50-0 halftime lead.
Central Springs attempted to keep the Knights high-powered offense off the field, grinding out a 16-play drive that saw the Knights shut down Central Springs inside the Knights five-yard line. When the Knights offense took the field, this game was ultimately over.
Quarterback Jay Scheel displayed his blazing speed, taking the second play from scrimmage and sprinting 98 yards for the Knights first score. After the two-point conversion pass to Cole Reiter was good, the Knights found themselves up 8-0 near the end of the first quarter.
The opportunistic Union defense forced five Panthers' fumbles, recovering four. Those turnovers led to an astounding 42 points in the second quarter. Scheel added touchdown runs of 18 and 21 yards and also threw his lone touchdown pass to Will Crees from ten yards out. Trev Hadachek rounded out the Union scoring with three touchdown carries from 1, 4, and 6 yards out. Before Central Springs could catch their breath, the Knights had a 50-0 lead.
With the continuous clock in effect for the entire second half, the Knights allowed just one third quarter touchdown with many reserves in the game to provide the 50-6 final score.
Scheel, Hadachek, and tight end Will Crees led the Knights in total yardage and scoring. Scheel ran for 142 yards on just four carries, three of those for touchdowns. He also amassed 106 yards passing, completing 6-of-9 passes with one touchdown. Hadachek had 52 yards rushing on 11 carries, three for touchdowns, while also snagging one catch for 40 yards. Crees led the Knights receiving core with 48 yards on three receptions.
As a team, the Knights dominated in every category. They had 15 first downs to Central Springs' 7 and had 376 totals yards to the Panthers' 173.
The victory for Union 2-1 (1-0 2A D3) sets them up with a battle against Osage (2-1) this Friday night in La Porte City. Osage is coming off their first loss as they suffered a 23-20, non-district defeat at the hands of 1A's No. 10 ranked Saint Ansgar. Union last played Osage in 2007, losing the Knights' homecoming, 19-17.
'Inside the Huddle' - Union wins highly anticipated battle with A-P, 41-14
Knight POW's announced for AP game:
SPEC TEAMs - (LS/SS, Brian Dunkelberger), P.A.T. unit
DEFENSE - (DL, Tanner Heckt), (LB, Jace Hadachek), (DB, Trev Hadachek)
OFFENSE - (OL, Chase Hansen), (WR, Brady Petersen), (RB, Andrew Osuna)
Def Scout of Week - service offense, entire team
Off Scout of Week - Cole Reiter
By Cheyne Reiter
The Union Knights' tackling was to blame in a 45-42 loss to CP-U in week one. That certainly wasn't the case in week two.
Behind a bend-but-don't-break defense and prolific offense, 2A's sixth-ranked Knights rolled over traditional 1A powerhouse and No. 3 A-P, 41-14, at Ed Thomas Field.
The Knights jumped out to a 34-7 halftime lead due to their high-powered offense. Jay Scheel ignited the Knights offense with an early 28-yard touchdown scramble and that's the closest A-P got all night. He added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brady Peterson that gave the Knights a 14-0 lead before A-P's Alex Frey ripped off a 51-yard run to make the score 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Scheel once again lifted the Knights in the second, throwing another touchdown strike to Peterson before hauling in a 21-yard touchdown reception of his own from Trev Hadachek.
When the clock struck 00:00 in the fourth quarter, Scheel and Hadachek had some impressive numbers, but it was the third and fourth weapons on offense that keyed the Knights success.
Andrew Osuna returned after missing week one with an injury and ground out 64 yards on 14 carries. Hadachek carried just ten times Friday night, showing that Osuna's presence in the lineup will alleviate the workload Hadachek encountered in week one. In addition to Osuna's valuable carries, Brady Peterson led the Knights receiving core snagging four catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
After speaking with Head Coach Joe Hadachek in week one, other players besides Hadachek and Scheel were highly sought after to step up a 45-42 season-opening heartbreaker.
It sure looks like they responded.
Give credit to the offense, they toppled the 40-point barrier in consecutive weeks, but it was the defense that helped win this slugfest. After allowing 45 points in week one, they limited an A-P offense to 14 points following a 52-point showing in their season-opener against North Tama. Aside from touchdown carries of 51 and 63 yards, the Knights somewhat limited the A-P rushing attack while forcing three turnovers.
With the win, the Knights 1-1 (0-0) head into 2A District 3 play with a little momentum. They travel to Central Springs 0-2 (0-0) this upcoming Friday night as they begin their chase for a 2A District 3 title.
'Inside the Huddle' - Center Point-Urbana stuns Union with last-second field goal, 45-42
UNION Players of the Week:
LINE - Justin Clark, sr. guard opened holes for running game and solid pass protection
BACKS - Trev Hadachek and Jay Scheel combined for big nights through ground and air
LINE - Dalton Crosser, sr. played solid run defense for four quarters
BACK - Cole Reiter, jr. in his first varsity start, graded out at 84%
KO returner Marcelo Hernandez
Return blocker Jace Hadachek
Offensive Scout POW: Christian Gray
Defensive Scout POW: Bo Bader
'Inside the Huddle' - Center Point-Urbana stuns Union with last-second field goal, 45-42
By: Cheyne Reiter
2011 is history. The 3A State Champions banner hangs high in the Union gymnasium, proudly displaying the Knights' accomplishments from last season. The mentality the Stormin' Pointers brought to Union Friday night was just that; that was all "last season."
As we've moved to 2012, the Knights have carried plenty of hype in the nine month offseason. The drop from 3A to 2A had outsiders crowning Union as the early favorites to repeat as state champions; Union was ranked near the top of Class 2A in nearly every poll. CP-U had something to say about that.
The Stormin' Pointers shocked the Knights Friday night in what has become a tradition from Union, at least once a year -- the game turned into a track meet. The track meet ended with CP-U kicker Brayton Brandt drilling a 32-yard field goal as time expired to seal the victory.
CP-U, 45. Union, 42.
With blazing speed all over the field in Union's Jay Scheel and Trev Hadachek, as well as CP-U's wide receiver Josh Jirak, scoring was aplenty.
In the first quarter alone, the two teams combined for 28 points, highlighted by a 65-yard touchdown reception by CP-U's Jirak as well as a 38-yard touchdown scramble by Scheel that knotted the game at 14-all.
While the first quarter was a shootout, the second was not. Union took a 21-14 lead into halftime following a 5-yard touchdown carry by halfback Trev Hadachek.
Last season, Knights fans saw Union usually put away teams in the second half, in large part due to the adjustments made at halftime. However, that wasn't the case Friday night. CP-U managed to outscore Union 14-7 in the third quarter on a 21-yard QB keeper by Ryan Wilken and also on a short 2-yard run by halfback Brandon Roseberry, his second TD of the night. Hadachek had the lone touchdown in the third as the teams headed to quarter four knotted up 28-28.
In the fourth, the teams traded two touchdowns. The Knights had the lead on two different occasions but CP-U always answered. The biggest answer came with under five minutes remaining as Jirak took a bubble screen 65 yards to the house to tie the game at 42. Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek believed those answers contributed to the Knights defeat.
"Every time they answered us with a touchdown of their own, they gained a new level of confidence," said Hadachek.
The Knights came out with their two-minute offense but went 3-and-out. CP-U set up their game winning field goal with a long pass deep into Union terrority and allowed Brandt to finish off Union.
"Obviously, we have some miscues that need to be ironed out before next week," said Coach Hadachek. "We need to block and tackle better. I'll give us credit, we never quit, but we'd like to avoid these types of shootout games."
Union was led by QB Jay Scheel who accumulated three total touchdowns, 244 yards rushing, in addition to 8-12 passing for 100 yards. In his first-ever start at halfback, Trev Hadachek piled up 153 yards along with 29 yards receiving. He also was a part of three Knight touchdowns. Although these two had great games from a statistical standpoint, Coach Hadachek is searching for that third option.
"Someone is going to have to step up. We're not sure who it will be, but we need someone who can relieve the stress on Jay and Trev."
Next week, the Knights 0-1 (0-0) take on Aplington-Parkersburg 1-0 (0-0) in Parkersburg, a game that will carry plenty of hype with it due to Union's connection with A-P in recent history. Coach Hadachek is well aware that it won't be easy.
"They have a reputation of running the football effectively. Turnovers and special teams are going to be the two most important factors, along with fundamental tackling."
Scheel is dynamic in state athlete
August 28, 2012
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Talk about it in Off the Record
Switching from wide receiver to quarterback midway through his sophomore season paid dividends for an Iowa prep's team, as it went on to win a state championship. But the move has also paid off in the rising junior's recruitment.
Scheel has offers from ISU, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.
LaPorte City Union quarterback Jay Scheel enters his junior campaign with four BCS-level offers in hand - a remarkable feat for a player who has yet to play quarterback an entire season at the varsity level.
"I didn't expect any of it and it's all been a big surprise," said the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder. "It's a huge honor. It's exciting to see what other people think of me. I played quarterback my whole life, but then moved to wide receiver as a sophomore. All of the recruiting interest has helped my career and how encouraged and confident I am to play the position."
An injury to starting quarterback Trev Hadacheck opened the door for Scheel's emergence last fall. He put Union on his back and carried it to a state championship last fall. He completed 80-of-141 passes for 1,334 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding 548 rushing yards.
Scheel carried that momentum over to this summer, where he performed well at numerous camps.
"At some camps I was a little banged up with a tweaked hamstring, which I've had since the track season," Scheel said. "There's still a lot to work on and camps always help that. I had fun at all of the camps and tried to compete."
He's since picked up offers from Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska, and is getting interest from other regional programs.
"I'm still pretty open on things," Scheel said. "Over the summer I went to a lot of visits to Iowa and Iowa State, plus I went to camps at Minnesota and UNI. I've probably been on more visits to Iowa than Iowa State. I'm a little more comfortable with the coaches at Iowa, but I'm also pretty comfortable with the coaches at Iowa State too."
I-State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham is the lead recruiter for Scheel.
"He's told me a little bit about the offense they're going to run this year," Scheel said. "It helps being recruited by him. He's not been able to call me, and the only way we've been in touch is if he calls my coach and I call him. But I'm sure on September 1st, I'll be hearing from him more."
Messingham is working to get the quarterback on campus a couple times during the fall. Scheel will also watch the Cyclones play in Iowa City and is considering a trip to Wisconsin.
"I definitely plan on going to the Iowa-Iowa State game, and might go up to a Wisconsin game to see what it's like up there," Scheel said. "I'm definitely going to a few games at Iowa State."
Union opened the season with a 45-42 loss to Center Point-Urbana and faces perennial Class 1A power Aplington-Parkersburg on Friday.
Other Info: Coach Kriz is an official RKC and recently recertified. RKC is Russian Kettlebell Certified which hold the highest degree of respect in the kettlebell industry. Many schools have called, visited, and implemented KBs in their programs after seeing the success of the Union Knights.
Kendall has been a great asset to the Union Knights with assisting strength and conditioning at UMS during the summer. Known for his "tough" workouts he has been instrumental with the mental toughness of our program.
Kendall was as standout athlete at Dysart-Geneseo HS in wrestling (state qualifier), baseball, and golf. He received attention for his baseball talent from the Kansas City Royals organization.
Kendall is the lead RKC instructor at Joe's Gym in Dysart.
Kendall's wife Brenda also went to Dysart-Geneseo HS. His son Kyle, and daughter Whitney were athletes at Union HS and both went on to particpate in college athletics at Buena Vista University. Kyle was four-year wrestler at BVU and Whitney was a standout softball player. Whitney is an assistant softball coach and Kyle is an assistant football coach.
Meet the coach: Corbin Payne
Name: Corbin Payne
Title: Asst coach - DEs
Other Info: This will be Corbin?s first year coaching the defensive ends at Union High School.
Before coming to Union High School Corbin was a Varsity Defensive Line Coach at Waterloo West High School for one season.Coach Payne played High School Football at Waterloo West High School. Where he played linebacker and fullback. After high school Coach Payne attended Wartburg
College where he played Defensive End and was part of the 1993 and 1994 Iowa
Conference Champion Team and also two Division III Playoff appearances.
Corbin earned his BA from Wartburg College in Management.
Corbin was born and raised in Waterloo and is a Lieutenant with the Waterloo Police
Corbin is married to his wife Rossi and has daughters Caylee and Abby. When not working or coaching Coach Payne enjoys working-out, drag racing and spending time at Clear Lake.
Meet the coach: Ryan DeSousa
Name: Ryan DeSousa
Title: Student Asst - Wide Recievers
Other Info: Ryan joins us as a student assistant from UNI after having a four year standout career for the Knights.
As a player DeSousa was a first team all-district player and stood out at OLB and TE his senior season. He was also Union's punter and worked extremely hard in the weight room.
Meet the coach: Daryl Douglass
Name: Daryl Douglass
Title: Director of Football Operations - asst OL
Other Info: Coach Douglass will be entering his 2nd year as a volunteer member of the coaching staff.
Douglass will assist with the OL (9-12th) and also was announced in June as the Director of Football Operations. Duties will include assisting the HFC with all camps, practice organization, and off-season clinics.
Prior to joining the UHS staff Douglass was a volunteer coach with the Knights Youth Football Club.
Daryl is a Desert Storm Veteran serving in US Navy Aircrew and over 12 years in Public Safety serving instructor positions in both.
Daryl and his wife Donna live in rural LaPorte City with their two sons Dobson and Daycen who are both active in the Union Sports programs.
Meet the coach: Tim Smith
Meet the coach: Tim Smith
Assistant coach - DEs/LBs
4th year coaching defense at Union High School.
Last year Tim helped coach all stater Kyle Ansley who is slated to attend Iowa Central Community College. He also coached TJ Gray who plays at Cornell, and Matt Schmitz who plays at Coe College.
Education: Police Science Degree, Hawkeye Community College, 2002. Bachelor Degree in Business Management, Columbia Southern University, 2011. EMT-B/Firefighter.
Playing Experience: Cedar Falls Schools
Tim lives in La Porte City with wife, Erin and two children Taylen and Tucker. Tim is a Lieutenant with the Cedar Falls Police Department.
Hobbies: weightlifting, running, horseback riding and spending time with family.
Meet the coach: Kyle Kriz
Name: Kyle Kriz
Title: Asst coach - RBs
Other Info: Kyle is a graduate of Union High School. During his high school career he played four years of football, baseball, and also wrestled.
After graduation Kyle went to Buena Vista University and wrestled in college for the Beavers in Storm Lake, Iowa in the highly competitive Iowa Conference under legendary coach Al Baxter.
Upon graduating he was offered a teaching and coaching position at Belmond-Klemme High School. He taught science and recently resigned as head wrestling coach to move back to the Union Community school district. Kyle recently accepted a full-time position at Pioneer Hybrid in Dysart.
He is married to another Union alum, Amy Higgins. Amy will be in her first year at the guidance counselor at UHS. The Kriz' reside in Dysart.
Introducing your 2012 Union Knight Football Team!
Hadachek named pre-season MVP by Ia Preps
Class 2A, District 3 Team by Team MVPs
Iowa Preps has spent the entire summer previewing the 2012 football season. We are nearly complete with our district previews in Class 2A. In District 3, here our who we have named the MVPs on each team.
Union - Trev Hadachek
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Meet the coach: Alex Brayton
Meet the coach: Alex Brayton
Title: Asst coach - QBs
Other Info: Alex will be in his 2nd year on the UHS staff. This year he takes over full control of the QB position.
He was a high school standout QB at West Fork HS in Iowa and then went on to play two years as a QB at Iowa Western Community College before transferring to UNI.
Meet the coach: Donnie Sallee
Meet the Coach: Donnie Sallee
Title: Asst coach - WR's
Other Info: Don Sallee will be entering his 6th year as a member of the Union Knight staff. He as coached wide receivers all six years and has also served as offensive coordinator for the freshmen and sophomore teams.
Donnie's son, Logan is a member of the 2011 state championship team and is planning on playing football at Buena Vista University fall of 2012.
Prior to joining the staff at UHS, Sallee was an assistant to Hadachek with the origination of the Knights Youth Football Club. The first KYFC team consisted of a great number of players who took UHS to the Dome this past season.
Donnie's claim to fame as a member of the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings team in high school was picking off NFL legend Kurt Warner who was the QB for Regis High School.
Donnie's wife name is Rebecca and he also has a daughter attending UHS, Natalie.
DSM Register releases pre-season polls 8-12-12
John Naughton, Des Moines Register preview for 2A
courtesy of the Des Moines Register
CLASS 2-A PREVIEW
The class is different, but the goal remains the same for Union of LaPorte City ? bring back another title trophy.
The school went 12-2 last year while winning the Class 3-A state championship. Realignment dropped the team into 2-A.
Among the returning players are all-staters Josh Clark, a defensive lineman, and Trev Hadachek, a defensive back.
Quarterback Jay Scheel is drawing the eye of college recruiters. The junior has already received scholarship offers from Iowa and Nebraska.
Hadachek, a senior who also plays wide receiver, has been earning offers from Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) programs. He had 53 tackles and three interceptions on defense along with 44 receptions for 684 yards and six touchdowns.
Clark took fourth in the state wrestling meet last season.
Eleven starters return from last season?s team, along with six other letterwinners.
The team has 22 seniors that have been playing football together since they were in the third grade. That will give Union strong leadership on and off the field, coach Joe Hadachek said.
Among the graduation losses was all-state running back Wes Burnside. He rushed for 1,993 yards and 30 touchdowns. Scheel, who ran for 548 yards, is the leading returning rusher.
Team, 2011 record
1. Union (LaPorte City) 12-2
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 11-1
3. Mediapolis 11-1
4. Spirit Lake 13-1
5. West Marshall 12-1
6. Sheldon 6-4
7. South Central Calhoun 9-2
8. Cascade 5-5
9. Carroll Kuemper 10-2
10. Bondurant-Farrar 4-6
Iowa Preps.com announces pre-season all state teams
Four Union Knight football players were recognized as 2A pre-season all state by www.IowaPreps.com recently.
First team selections on offense were seniors Josh Clark as a lineman, Trev Hadachek, as a wide receiver, and junior Jay Scheel as a quarterback.
Second team selection went to senior linebacker Will Crees.
To learn more in depth information about 2012 predictions and 2A all state selections subscribe to www.iowapreps.com.
Meet the coach: Curt Hilmer
Name: Curt Hilmer
Title: Asst coach - DBs
Other Info: Coach Hilmer was a four sport standout (17 letters in four years) at Dysart-Geneseo HS. He lettered in baseball (5), wrestling (4), football (4), and track (4).
After HS Coach Hilmer enrolled at Wartburg College. He is also a long standing assistant coach with the Union Knight wrestling program which is one of the top programs in the state of Iowa.
Curt has four children: Kelsi, Raini, Brady, and Jaimi.
Meet the coach: Rick Dolleslager
August 10, 2012
Rick is going to be joining the Knights in his 8th year as
year assistant football coach at Union High School coaching Outside Linebackers and Defensive Ends.
This past season he helped coach all state LBer Dylan McLaughlin and also Cole Hinders who is planning on playing college football at Wartburg College.
Coach Dolleslager recently took up mountain climbing and trains year round for the opportunity.
Education: Iowa Law Enforcement Academy 1990, FBI Academy Finger Print Examiner Certification 1996, Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University in 1992, Basic Polygraph Examiner Certification Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice 1992, Advanced Polygraph Examiner Certification Department of Defense Polygraph School 1994.
Playing Experience: Batavia HS, IL 1976. Team Captain
Lives in La Porte City with wife Ranae.
Hobbies: Weight Lifting, Motorcycling, Boating and Camping.
Meet the coach: Scott Denner
Meet the Coach: Scott Denner
Coach Denner will take on more responsibilites this fall, his 2nd on the Knight staff. He has attended the IWU Line Camp for two summers and is a great student of the game. Denner will coach the varsity line and have duties assisting the HFC including overseeing the managers.
Mr. Denner also helped out coaching with the Union strength & conditioning program last year.
Coach Denner has also accepted the position of head boys basketball coach at Union High School and has been working with the young men over the summer in preparation for this winter.
Scott comes to us via Postville HS where he was the former Head Coach. Coach Denner led his team to the playoffs at Postville and also was an elementary teacher.
Prior to his Postville position, Coach Denner was a standout athlete at Turkey Valley HS and then played at Wartburg College. He was an impact player for the Knights and received some NFL scout attention.
Meet the coach: Brandon Adolphs
5th year assistant football coach/head sophomore coach at Union
Adolphs coached two time first team all state, 2012 Shrine Bowl running back Wesley Burnside. Burnside is one of the top rushers all time in the state of Iowa and holds nearly every Union Knight rushing/scoring record. In 2010,
Burnside rushed for a state record 56 times vs Marion High School in a Knight victory.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Business- General Business, St. Ambrose University 2003
Playing Experience: St. Ambrose University letterman 1999-2002, Team Captain 2002, Second Team All-American and First Team All-Conference 2002, Honorable Mention All- Conference 2001, North Tama HS 4yrs, Third Team All-State
Lives in Dysart with wife Abby.
Hobbies: Kettlebells, spending time with my wife, traveling, spending time outdoors, hunting.
Meet the coach: Chadd Johnson
Name: Chadd Johnson
Title: Asst coach - OLBs
Other Info: Linebackers Coach-9th year coaching for Union High School. Spent 4 years coaching Running Backs and Linebackers for the Union Knights under Coach Mark Hubbard. The last 5 seasons I have coached the Linebackers under Head Coach Joe Hadachek
This past season he helped coach all state LBer Dylan McLaughlin and also Cole Hinders who is planning on playing college football at Wartburg College.
Playing experience-Graduate of Aplington-Parkersburg High School where I was an All-State Linebacker, full back, and team captain. 2 year starter at Waldorf College earning 1st Team All-American honors at the Linebacker position. Transfered to St. Cloud State University where I was a 2 year letter winner and starter at Linebacker.
Education: A.A. in Liberal Arts from Waldorf College, B.S. degree in Business from St.Cloud State University.
Lives in LaPorte City with his wife, Jen and two kids, Ella and Chase
Meet the coach: Adam Gassman
Coach Gassman joined Hadachek in 2007 at Union HS and was instrumental with teaching and coaching the young men in our defensive line. Adam is also entering his sixth year as a math teacher at Union. Before coming to UHS Gassman was a coach and teacher at Vinton-Shellsburg.
Adam played defensive line four years for the Drake University Bulldogs in Des Moines, IA prior to a standout career as a three sport athlete at Western Dubuque HS. Hadachek recruited Gassman to Drake.
Adam's wife Jennifer oversees the media center at Union High School and they have two sons, Lincoln and Isaac. The Gassman's live in rural Dysart and are very active in their church.
Meet the coach: Tony DeSousa
Meet the coaches: Tony DeSousa
Title: Special Team Coord - Assistant Tight Ends
Other Info: 20th season at Union this fall, 2012. Previous Head freshman coach, Head JV coach and coached numerous offensive and defensive positions while at Union Community School. Was named 2006 Class 2A Assistant Football Coach of the Year by Iowa Football Coaches Association.
Education: Master of Arts Degree in Manufacturing Processes, University of Northern Iowa,1992, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education: Major, Industrial Technology, Minor- Coaching and Safety Education 1975.
Playing Experience: University of Northern Iowa, 1971-72, Monticello High School ?four years.
Lives in rural LaPorte City with wife, Linda of 36 years. Sons: Tyler, 26 and Ryan, 19 both played at Union. Ryan will be coaching with the Knights as a student assistant this fall.
Hobbies: Going to the gym, outdoor activities including hunting and fishing, working with young people.
Iowa Preps interviews Hadachek
August 1, 2012
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Union athlete Trev Hadachek knows the importance of college football camps. That is why this talented senior hit the road in order to showcase his skills at five different camps.
"I've been to Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and UNI."
Hadachek wished he could have done more overall.
"I was kind of banged up this summer with injuries but for the most part I felt I did well. I felt like I did okay for what I could do."
The feedback that Hadachek received remained positive overall for this standout.
"Wisconsin said that I could walk on and that they'll watch me close. Iowa had not been recruiting me much before the camp but I talked to the coaches and they said I moved up their list. Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa State all said to send my first four games and they'll make a decision from there."
Hadachek is still sorting through a number of options at the college level.
"I still have offers from North Dakota, South Dakota State, and Eastern Illinois. For Division I-A schools, the two that are in contact the most are Iowa and Iowa State."
His final year of prep football is on his mind and Hadachek is excited for their opener against Center Point-Urbana.
"We played them last year so we know what they got coming back. They made a late run to the playoffs last year so it'll be a good game for us right off the bat."
Hadachek feels two areas can help his team win their second straight title.
"Staying healthy is #1. The younger players have to step up into their roles and do their jobs."
Meet the coach: Jared Pospisil
Name: Jared Pospisil
Title: Asst Head Coach -Defensive Coordinator - Secondary
Other Info: This is Jared's fifth year as Union's defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Jared is also Union High School's assistant head football coach.
The 2011 state champions had great improvement on defense which helped win post season games over Washington, Maquoketa, Solon, A-D-M, and the title game giving up on 14 points to Decorah.
Pospisil has written several articles for X and O labs which is a on-line coaching resource. Jared also handles video exchange and is an assistant with the strength & conditioning staff at UHS. His expertise is acceleration and deceleration.
Coach Pop coached Jared Wauters who is a defensive back at Wartburg College and Brad Siebel who plays DB at Coe College.
Previously, Jared served as defensive coordinator at Waterloo West High, special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Charles City, a sophomore coach at Montgomery-Lonsdale High (MN), and volunteered for West Central and Vermillion High Schools and the Dakota Lawdawgs (all in SD).
Jared earned a BA in English, BS in education, and masters in special education, from the University of South Dakota, where he also played defensive back for the Coyotes.
Jared currently lives in La Porte City, with his wife, Sarah, and his two girls, Addison and Elliette. They are expecting a third child very soon.
Scheel has third offer from Minnesota Gophers!
Junior QB Jay Scheel now has three offers on the table heading into this fall. Minnesota is the third D1 school to verbally offer Scheel a scholarship. Iowa was the first to offer, followed by Iowa State.
Congratulations Jay and family! Come watch the Knights as they open varsity play at home vs Center Point - Urbana on Friday August 24th. The game will be dedicated to Union Community's senior citizens.
Sr. Captains Heckt and Crees visit Central College on Sunday
Senior captains Will Crees (LB/TE) and Tanner Heckt (OT/DE) visited Central College this past Sunday. Both student athletes will help lead Union this fall as seniors with great experience from last year's state championship team.
Heckt and Crees are considering all options right now and have visited Northern Illinois, Upper Iowa, University of Sioux Falls, and Simpson College.
Crees makes 2A preseason defensive team!
2012 2A Second Team Preseason All State Defense
Will Crees, returning starter at linebacker for the Union Knights, was named
to the Iowa Preps.com 2nd team 2A Preseason All State Defensive team. Will suffered a broken arm last season but returned at the end to give the Knights a boost in the playoffs and was an impact on the state championship team stopping the opponents from running the ball. Crees is a senior captain from Dysart, IA and his parents are David and Christy.
Hawkeyes offer Scheel
July 10, 2012
Talk about it in Off the Record
The Iowa Hawkeyes are making a lot of early moves in-state in the Class of 2014 and this week the coaching staff extended another new scholarship offer. This one went to La Porte City Union quarterback Jay Scheel, who led his team to a state championship in Class 3A as a sophomore last season.
Class of 2014 prospect Jay Scheel added an offer from Iowa this week.
"Coach Reese Morgan contacted me this week and he was telling me about the cookout they are having at Iowa on July 29," said Scheel. "Then we started talking about an offer and I guess they decided to offer me quite a while ago, but I didn't know about it yet. He told me they wanted to make sure that I knew I had an offer there."
That is already the fourth in-state offer for the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2014 as Scheel joins Ross Pierschbacher, Allen Lazard, and Keegan Render on Iowa's list. For the quarterback, who says he grew up a Hawkeye fan, it is his first scholarship opportunity.
"It's a great feeling," Scheel said. "Getting an offer this early is definitely not something that I expected. It's an honor. I'm excited about it."
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Scheel actually started out at wide receiver his sophomore year, but a shoulder injury to teammate Trev Hadachek forced a move to quarterback in the middle of the season. Moving under center, he finished the year 80/141 passing for 1,334 yards and 12 touchdowns and added 548 yards rushing as well. Scheel played quarterback at Iowa's camp last month, but has the athleticism to play elsewhere down the road if needed.
"They didn't really say what position they were offering at," said Scheel. "I like playing quarterback, but I'll play anything in college. If it's not quarterback, I'm guessing it would be wide receiver."
Along with Iowa, Scheel also attended camps at Iowa State, Minnesota, and Northern Iowa this summer and has received positive feedback from each school. Their coaching staffs will be watching his progress closely this season as he returns as the starting quarterback for the state champs.
"I'm just going to play even harder now and try to get more offers," Scheel said. "I'm going to see what options I can get and probably wait until my senior year before I decide anything."
Senior captain Josh Clark getting noticed
July 11, 2012
Clark expecting more success
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Union lineman Josh Clark helped his team dominate their way to the Class 3A title last fall on the football field. When looking ahead to 2012, this standout expects a great deal from the Knights once again.
"We are going to be pretty entertaining with Jay (Scheel) and Trev (Hadachek) on offense. I think we'll surprise some people with how solid our defense will be this year."
Clark spent much of June on the road attending a number of college camps.
"I've been mostly to Iowa State ones. We also had a team one at the Midwest linemen camp in Illinois. I'll be going to South Dakota soon and another one at Iowa State."
The camps are something that Clark is using to get better.
"I feel like the first camp I went to I had to take the rust off a little bit. Now that I see what colleges want, and want me to do, I've practiced and have gotten better. I feel good about the camps."
Clark received praise as well as an area to work on.
"They like how explosive and strong I am. The thing they want me to improve on is being playing the pass. I'm not good at that so I got to work on it."
The focus to make strides is what Clark wants to do.
"I am trying to work out twice a day. I try to do a running workout and then have a heavy lifting one."
Two more Knights heading to Iowa Central next fall!
Two more Union Knights are planning on going to college and participating in football. Senior LB/SA and special teams player Jon Porter and TE/DE Brad Gallup both made significant contributions with the journey to the UNI Dome and Union's first ever state championship in football. The Knights won the 3A state title with one of the smallest enrollments in 3A defeating the Decorah Vikings 21-14. Gallup caught the go ahead touchdown in the 4th quarter to put the Knights up for good as they opened the season with a win over Decorah and ended the season with a win over Decorah.
They are both going to Fort Dodge and Iowa Central Community College after visiting and verbally committing on Wednesday. They will play for head coach Kevin Twait and the Triton football program joining teammates Wesley Burnside and Zach Bathen.
This brings the total of six players planning on playing football next fall at the collegiate level.
Congratulations to Jon and Brad and their families!
1. Nathan Dvorak
1. Noah Garwood
1. Jace Hadachek
1. Caleb Larison
1. Jess Larison
1. Jay Scheel
2. Jon Roettger
3. Hunter Zempel
4. Bo Badder
4. Tate Hadachek
5. Jacob Clark
6. Austin Lee
7. Cole Hinders
8. Brian Dunkelberger
8. Shay Fehl
9. Tyler Kirkpatrick
9. Austin Pauling
10. Eli Kautz
10. Brenden Kuhn
10. Logan Sallee
11. Justin Clark
11. Trey Davis
11. Trev Hadachek
12. Wes Kaufman
13. Tyler Fischels
13. Noah Heerkes
13. Tyler Hook
13. Alex Kane
14. Teal Ludeman
15. Austin Leng
15. Reid Monroe
16. Dylan Kokesh
17. Justin Carey
17. Will Crees
17. Alex Krall
18. Chase Hansen
19. Trevor McLaughlin
20. Nick Weich
Burnside signs letter of intent, Ansley officially commits
Two-time, 3A first team all-state running back Wes Burnside signed his officially letter of intent at Union Middle School joining teammate 3rd team INA all stater Kyle Ansley at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, IA next fall. Both were recruited by head Coach Kevin Twait. Burnside departs Union Community as one of the all time rushing leaders in the state of Iowa. Burnside was a two time team captain and holds nearly every rushing record at UHS. Wes will also represent the North side at the Iowa Shrine Bowl in July.
Kyle Ansley had a standout season for the 3A state champion Knights at defensive end and also holds Union's record for hang clean with over 300 pounds. Ansley had a great year in the shot put also breaking the UHS record with a throw of over 59 feet. Ansley will compete in camp for a traveling position and opportunity to earn a scholarship.
For more information on Iowa Central Community College and the Triton football program you can log on here: Triton Football at ICCC
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TOP FIVE producers from MAY Test
Top 40 Times
1-Trev Hadachek 4.63
2-Justin Carey 4.78
3-Tanner Heckt 4.85
4-John Ringelstetter 4.91
5-Dylan Bear 4.94
Top Pro Shuttle Times
1-Trev Hadachek 4.13
2-Andrew Osuna 4.365
3-Caleb Larison 4.475
4-Christian Gray 4.525
5-Noah Garwood 5.65
Summer Weight Lifting Times
Summer workouts are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You are expected to come to the time you've chosen which is listed below. If something unexpected comes up where you will be unable to attend you must notify the coaches in advance.
*DYSART 5:00 PM*
*LA PORTE CITY 6:30 AM
*LA PORTE CITY-5:00PM*
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The photo includes all the champions that have been to WRAP workouts 90% or more. The Knights work on Olympic, power, and kettlebell lifting techniques and exercises in addition to body weight exercises. They also are heavily involved in agility, acceleration/deceleration, plyometric, and various dynamic and static stretch techniques. In addition, we have incorporated unique exercises and stretch with the use of bands. On average there are anywhere from 40-60 athletes (boys and girls, 8th grade through 12th attending workouts).
Wisconsin impresses Hadachek
May 1, 2012
BadgerBlitz.com Staff Writer
Dysart, Iowa, athlete Trev Hadachek made the three and a half hour trip to Madison for the Wisconsin Badgers' spring game, and it definitely seemed like the Badgers made a good impression on the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect.
Hadachek was one of many prospects in Madison on Saturday.
"(It was) good - I was with my dad and when we pulled in I was shocked," Hadachek told BadgerBlitz.com Monday night. "I think that Crazy Legs race was going on, and I'd never seen so many runners. Then we got inside