Last Updated: September 2, 2015
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We Build Champions Camps draw over 250 kids!
Shout out to UNION ALUMS playing college football this fall!
Knights unveil defensive starters for game one with ARMY of 11 Blackshirt Defense jerseys!
To Tell the Truth Monday!
Captains at Press Day!
Seniors get group photo at Media/Press Day!
Alums vs Varsity 7v7 and Big Man Competition a BIG HIT!
The annual U photo with Father - Son Day! 200+ Union Strong!!
Thanks for your years of service Coach DeSousa!
Mark the calendar! Sunday, August 2nd
4th of July Floats
Waterloo West Lineman's Challenge
Union wins Superbowl title at IWU Line Camp! 9 straight years of traveling to Illinois.
7 on 7 team travels to Northern Illinois and competes in SIX games!
Football float with the cheerleaders! Festival of Trails parade in La Porte City
Two teams compete at ISU Big Man Challenge in Ames!
Iowa Preps article features senior Captain Tate Renaud!
Hennessy lands first offer from NCAA DII school in Minnesota!
Celebration with #1 team in points from winter/spring challenge!
Thanks Coach Brandon Adolphs for a GREAT EIGHT years!
Skill Position Player OTA's (organized team activities)
Those who stay and pay the price will be champions!
Reminder Team Mtg Monday night and Testing this week!
GET REGISTERED NOW! We Build Champion Champs
Thursday TEAM/IND competition for Royal Rumble
ROYAL RUMBLE update! Team competition for Buffalo Wild Wings promotion!
Rugby Fundraiser
Alex Barz, 4th Team Captain from 2014 Squad Commits to Wartburg!
Third Union Knight from class of 2015 commits! Bear heading to Wartburg!
46 possible workouts available, how many did you take advantage of?
Union's Joel Bishop receives IFCA Distinguished Service Award
UA gear for workouts and to wear under game uniforms - OPTIONAL
Congratulations to UHS National Honor Society inductees!
Jace Hadachek commits to Wartburg College for 2015!
Three Senior Knights make IFCA 2A Academic All State Team
Hadachek Commits to Wartburg College for fall 2015!
Seniors and PARENTS of SENIORS!
Happy New Year!
Be a Champion interview with Cole Hinders
"Be a Champion" message from Tanner Heckt, BVU
Union graduate now representing U.S. Navy addresses players.
Knights Football recognized by state of Iowa for academic excellence!
The Des Moines Register All State Football Teams
Iowa Newspaper All-State Teams
Reward & Recognize Event champions!
Three former Knights close out college careers today!
Union lands ten on first team 2A District 6 All-District Team, 19 players recognized!
Union comes up short 26-20 vs New Hampton
2A quarter final matchups and results from Round 2
Records fall in last game vs. CPU, also one earlier vs. Roland Story!
Players of the Game vs CPU, 1st round playoffs
2nd round games and 1st round scores!
Thanks to our sponsors for Press Box Radio!
7pm start for Round One playoff game vs. CPU
Knights finish with win on road to close our district 7-0! Wednesday play at home vs. CPU!
Knights fall short in battle of (6-1) teams on the road in non-district game.
Jace Hadachek, Prep of Week by Waterloo Courier
Order state playoff T-shirts and sweatshirts now for "BACK IN BLACK" theme!
Friday night at Anamosa pits topped ranked teams in two districts!
Hinders honored by Iowa Conference after defensive play Saturday vs. COE!
Senior Night, parent-player info
Knights post second consecutive shutout at AP, 37-0!
POWs for East Marshall game
Vote through KWWL sports page!
Union rolls with Homecoming victory 49-0 vs East Marshall!
Congratulations to the Union Homecoming Court
Knights see lead change six times in home victory! NO QUIT!
Thanks to our pre game sponsors Witham Auto Center and FCTC!
Union opens district play with 44-14 win over Roland Story!
This Friday as a gesture of thanks to our Senior Citizens!
Union defeats Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 25-7 to begin season (1-0)!
TOP 10 Pro Shuttle (20 yard) fall test
Top 10+ 40 yd dash times (5.0 and under fall test)
TOP 10 FIVE minute SNATCH TEST fall results
TOP 10 Standing Long Jump fall test results
Thanks to the best alums in Iowa High School football!
Week Seven Running/Change of directions workouts
Week Six Running/Change of directions workouts
Kettlebell blisters, prevention and care
Dysart 4th of July Celebration
Week Five Running/Change of directions workouts
Notre Dame 7 on 7 participants
2014 Varsity Schedule - back of our camp T shirts!
Week Four Running/Change of directions workouts
8th consecutive year for Knights at ILL WES LINE CAMP!
Week Three Running/Change of directions workouts
Week Two Running/Change of directions workouts
Week One running/change of direction workouts
2014 Player - Parent Mtg info
Kolten Bader finalizes plans to attend Buena Vista University!
Union gradaute Josh Clark featured as TO WATCH for 2014!
Updates to Players and Parents
Football schedules for the next two seasons just released!
What difference do you see between Olympic athletes and novice athletes?
The BELL rang EARLY and OFTEN last Thursday at UHS!
Jay Scheel signs official letter of intent with Iowa on Wednesday
Kolten Bader verbally commits to Buena Vista University
Three Knights honored at halftime Friday night at UHS
Jay Scheel selected to Iowa Shrine game, North squad
Bo Bader and Nick Weich selected to IFCA Academic 2A All State team for 2013
1st Trimester Academic Champions (3 PT and 4 PT CLUB)
Scheel and Driscol represent UNION on all state teams!
Scheel reflects on senior season
Knights' fourth quarter rally falls short at Cascade, lose 30-27
Knights fight to end, rally in 4th falls short 30-27.
Knights right the ship; sink Sailors, 42-0
Knights win big over Columbus, head to playoffs for sixth straight season!
Tuesday a busy day with the Knights
Union pummeled by sixth-ranked New Hampton, 38-3
Knights can't complete comeback at Hampton-Dumont, fall 20-14
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Hampton-Dumont
Knights fall short on last drive, HD ends up with win, 20-14.
No. 9 Union blanked by 2A's top-ranked Waukon, 35-0
interview via
Knights' Homecoming spoiled by Cascade in 30-21 defeat
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Cascade
Fields of Faith event this Wednesday on UHS FB Field at 7pm
Union falls at homecoming 30-21.
Holschlag, Driscol carry Knights past Osage, 33-6
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Osage
Knights lead 26-6 at half, go on to win 33-6, move to 4-0!
Union manhandles Central Springs in 61-6 rout
Players of the Week announced for performance vs Central Springs
TEAM RECORD tied and Individual Record set last game vs. CS
Union rolls to 61-6 win over Central Springs
Scheel-to-Bear combo too much for A-P in Knights' 37-13 rout
(POW) Players of the Week for Union Knights Football vs AP
Union wins to go to 2-0!
(POW) Players of the Week for Union Knights Football vs CPU
Knights weather the Stormin' Pointers, 26-16
2013 Union Knight Seniors
2013 Union Team Preview
8000 LB CLUB
7000 LB CLUB
5 MINUTE SNATCH - Clark joins exclusive 8000 LB CLUB!
Seven Knights from class of 2013 to play college football this fall!
5 MINUTE SNATCH - Clark joins exclusive 8000 LB CLUB! 3rd Knight in history!
WBC Football Camp kicks off with over 300 attending!
Final camp opportunities wind down as season approaches!
Super Frosh smashes Knight All Time 5 min snatch record!
from NCAA recruiting tips (Twitter)
Thanks Coaches Douglass, Denner, and Gassman, annual line camp at ILL Wesleyan U
Festival of Trails parade in LPC with best cheerleaders in the world!
Thanks Coach Douglass, UNION Knights at Lineman Challenge, ISU
latest email from the head coach
Parents and Athletes (girls and boys)
Scheel visits Iowa spring practice
Union FB JRs volunteer at Play Day, River Hills School in Waterloo
Champions of ATTENDANCE - 80% of life is showing up!
Video from NE Iowa Special Olympics event
Summer Football Camps
Crosser is 6th Union Knight to commit to playing at college level!
Will Crees commits to Central College
Josh Clark officially signs to Iowa Western Community College
Brady Petersen commits to Central College!
Powell, Hadachek, and Clark make college decisions public!
Athletes to officially sign/announce today at UNION HS at 3:15pm
Hadachek adds fourth BCS walk on offer via Arkansas
Seniors Josh Clark and Dalton Crosser recruited by National Champs!
Crees and Petersen hit college recruiting trail!
Congratulations Academic All State!
The truth posted on window of strength & conditioning coach office.
Hadachek has three visits ahead
Heckt becomes first member of Union football team to commit to playing college football!
Trev Hadachek selected to participate in 2013 Iowa Shrine Bowl
2012 Class 2A All State Football Teams and District MVPs - Union athletes honored
Iowa Newspaper Association 2012 All State lands four Knights!
2012 Des Moines Register All State Team recognition
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)
2012 Knight Team breaks or ties 16 all-time records
2A District #3 Champion Union Knights have 19 individuals recognized
'Inside the Huddle' - Union's Repeat Hopes Dashed in Rematch with Waukon
Reward & Recognition Event to be held Sunday, Nov 11th
POWs announced for Waukon, Round 2 playoff game
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Race Past Mt. Vernon in Playoff Opener, 63-20; Rematch set with Waukon
POWs announced for Mt Vernon, Round 1 playoff game
717 listeners last week for Knights on Press Box Radio!
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Sink Sailors, Roll into Postseason with 50-0 Victory
Union wins over Columbus 50-0! 4 TO's and 2 KOR's for TD's
Clark feels team learned from loss
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Leave No Doubt in 48-12 Thumping of New Hampton, Claim District Crown
'Inside the Huddle' - Dynamic backfield carries Union to 52-27 blowout of Hampton-Dumont
New team record set last Friday vs Waukon, feedback from PBR
'Inside the Huddle' - Comeback for the Ages: Knights Rally in Final 7 Minutes, Win 34-33 over Waukon
KWWL Game of Week - Union wins!
Game recap video from KCRG
Knights celebrate Patriot Night by brave effort with 6.5 min left in game to win, 34-33!
NEW Team and Individual Records set
Heckt getting Division II attention his senior season!
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights spear Cougars in non-district battle, 45-14
Belated congratulations to Homecoming King candidates!
Fields of Faith event locked down for Wed. Oct 3rd
'Inside the Huddle' - Union thrashes Green Devils, 41-7; racks up 500-plus in Total Offense
Scheel intreviewed by Iowa Preps
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights Roll in District Opener vs. Central Springs, 50-6
'Inside the Huddle' - Union wins highly anticipated battle with A-P, 41-14
Scheel is dynamic in state athlete
'Inside the Huddle' - Center Point-Urbana stuns Union with last-second field goal, 45-42
Union managers and trainer for 2012
Meet the coach: Kendall Kriz
Meet the coach: Corbin Payne
Meet the coach: Ryan DeSousa
Meet the coach: Daryl Douglass
Meet the coach: Tim Smith
Meet the coach: Kyle Kriz
Introducing your 2012 Union Knight Football Team!
Hadachek named pre-season MVP by Ia Preps
Meet the coach: Alex Brayton
Meet the coach: Donnie Sallee
DSM Register releases pre-season polls 8-12-12
Iowa announces pre-season all state teams
Meet the coach: Curt Hilmer
Meet the coach: Rick Dolleslager
Meet the coach: Scott Denner
Meet the coach: Brandon Adolphs
Meet the coach: Chadd Johnson
Meet the coach: Adam Gassman
Meet the coach: Tony DeSousa
Iowa Preps interviews Hadachek
Meet the coach: Jared Pospisil
Scheel has third offer from Minnesota Gophers!
Crees makes 2A preseason defensive team!
Sr. Captains Heckt and Crees visit Central College on Sunday
Hawkeyes offer Scheel
Senior captain Josh Clark getting noticed
Two more Knights heading to Iowa Central next fall!
Burnside signs letter of intent, Ansley officially commits
90% Club for Union WRAP
Wisconsin impresses Hadachek
Knights take on "First Strike" as team motto heading into 2012
Heckt and teammates visit UIU and Luther College
Senior Profile - Cole Hinders
Crees visited NIU this past Saturday
2012 Team Captains announced
Senior Profile - Logan Sallee
2011-2012 FB and Academic Honors
Hadachek impressed with Minnesota
Union Knights volunteer at NE Iowa Special Olympics
Scheel gets attention from Iowa Preps in recent article
2012 and 2013 Union football schedules
Sallee to play football at Buena Vista University
Hinders commits to play at Wartburg College
50 Academic All State FB Players 3A includes three Knights!
Pre-season hype
Knights Move Down to 2A for 2012-2013 Seasons
Senior Profile - Brenden Kuhn
Senior Profile - Jon Porter
2011 Hi lights of Ride to the Dome!
Senior Profile - Dylan McLaughlin
Congratulations to Sr. Wes Burnside for being invited to 2012 Iowa Shrine Bowl
artwork for championship rings
Top 10 in 1 Minute Push Up Test
Scheel gets 3A soph MVP of district 5 via Iowa Preps
18 seniors, 1 five minute clip...thanks for the memories!
Junior Captain Josh Clark featured in Iowa Preps article
Burnside candidate for KCRG Athlete of the Week!
Senior Profile - Wes Burnside
Reward & Recognition Event to be held Sunday, Dec 4
KWWL AOTW -- Union Football Duo
Video posted July 30, one day before it all started...
Iowa and Iowa Sports Connection All State
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights stun Decorah again, 21-14, to take 3A Championship
State title year includes breaking TEAM/individual All-Time Records
Top Media Outlets for video recap
Rapid Recap: Union wins first ever 3A State Championship
Rapid Recap: Union Captures First State Title!
Watch Knights LIVE!
Playoff Edition, 3A Championship: Union Faces Familiar Foe in Final
Congratulations to Trev Hadachek, 3A D5 Junior co-MVP
'Inside the Huddle' - Union shocks ADM-Adel in 42-28 Shootout; Advances to 3A Title Game
Playoff Edition, Semifinal Round: Union and ADM-Adel Collide with Title Game Aspirations
Kickoff at 7:30pm Monday at UNI Dome!
'Inside the Huddle' - Jay Scheel and Co. burn past Maquoketa in Epic Rematch, 21-13
Playoff Edition, Quarterfinal Round: UNI-Dome appearance on the line as Union hosts Maquoketa
Congratulations to 3A D5 all district selections for 2011
Update information
'Inside the Huddle' - Union playmakers prove to be too much for Solon
Rapid Recap: Down goes Sparty, Down goes Sparty!
Union graduate goes from the student to the teacher!
'Inside the Huddle' - Union Advances to 2nd round of Playoffs with 22-15 Nail Biter
Rapid Recap: Two-Minute 'O' Wins it for Union, 22-15!
Rapid Recap: Knights overpower Vikings, 51-0
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights roll past Marion Indians on Senior Night, 45-14
Rapid Recap: Knights end Marion's Playoff Dreams with 45-14 Blowout
Playoff Preview - Where We Stand
'Inside the Huddle' - Union knocks off 3A District 5 co-leaders Western Dubuque-Epworth, 42-17
Rapid Recap: Big second half allows Union to bury Bobcats, 42-17
Rapid Recap: Knights fall on homecoming night at hands of Maquoketa, 35-15
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights ride 21-point 3rd Quarter to 56-27 victory over Anamosa
Rapid Recap: Resilient Knights stave off fiesty Anamosa, 56-27
Union POW's vs DeWitt
You are what you drink? The will to prepare is an important as the will to win!
'Inside the Huddle' - Knights storm past Center Point-Urbana 56-7
Inside the Huddle - Center Point-Urbana Preview
Knights Continue to Climb in Polls
Union - Independence Quick Recap
Two all-time Union team records fall in Independence game!
Inside the Huddle - Independence Mustang Preview
Union posts first win over Decorah with comeback in 4th quarter!
Knights Paying the Price 2011
Dysart 4th of July Parade! Thanks to all who serve!
Burnside recognized as candidate - 2011 Mr. Football top 10 all classes
Congratulations to Union junior Trev Hadachek
June 5 Minute Snatch Test
Linemen committed to ILLINOIS WESLEYAN Camp!
Congratulations to Union Senior TJ Gray!
Post Workout Tuesday - bands and rollers
Top Test Performers from 3 minute snatch test
Congratulations to Union Senior Matt Schmitz!
2011 Football Captaiins announced
Players Only Information Update
TOP FIVE producers from March test
NE Special Olympics at UNI Dome this Sunday!
TOP 20 2nd trimester GPA's and 3.0 Club
Top 5 Test Champions by category
Union receives MVP honors by IA PREPS in 3A D5 for both JR and SOPH classes
Hadachek named to Soph All State 1st Team
Burnside receives Junior of the Year honor from Iowa Preps (all class award)
1st Trimester Academic Champions
3 Knights named to INA All State teams 2010
Union's Burnside selected to DSM Register 1st team 3A All State
Reward & Recognition Night fills UHS auditiorium
Operation Christmas Child video
Union lands 9 - 1st team, 4 - 2nd team, 5 - All academic with 3A District 5
3A District 5 All District team announcement
Road to the Dome 2010
Knights "perfect" with 29-14 win over Vinton Vikings!
Update on Union' first ever undefeated football season!
District MVPs and TOP RBs in all of 3A
A positive message from an official working our Union game
Union captures 3A District 5 crown on the road at #6 Marion, 41-35!
Pre Game Meals and 48 hours out
KWWL highlights of Western Dubuque vs Union game
Knights christen new football field with six records, come from behind victory over Bobcats, 43-28!
Hadachek featured in Iowa Preps article Thursday
Players of the Week #5 vs Anamosa
The "reason" we get to play on Friday nights...
Knights dominate Anamosa for homecoming win 69-0
KWWL Athlete of week video
3 Knight football players selected for Homecoming court!
Interview with Sr Captain Brad Siebel after hi-lights from DeWitt win
Burnside credits line for success
Thriller game for the fans of Union, Knights win 47-46!
Players of the Week #3 vs Center Point - Urbana
LPC Progress Review hi-lights and photos
Knights win district opener 49-7 over Center Point-Urbana
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK #2 vs Independence
Knights roll 56-7 with all phases offense, defense, and special teams!
Burnside named Iowa Preps 3A Player of the Week and Wloo Courier Prep of Week
Union post game summary with win over Decorah
Union wins 35-20 on road vs 3A powerhouse Decorah!
email from Coach Miller
Pre-season 3A All State players from Iowa
2010 Unity Council members announced
TOP 10 Producers on 40 YD test, and Pro Shuttle Test
Football video - the greatest team sport ever!
Top 10 Producers on testing thus far! Plus 18 names added and some new top 10, top 15 records!
2010 Team Captains announced
Leadership - when all things are equal the team with the best leaders will win!
Vision, without it men will perish...
This is an example of a true champion!
Knight Power Index and Top 5 Performances from last max out
Check out the Knights performing double kettlebell snatches!
Congratulations to Senior leader Jared Wauters!
Pipho selected as first interview for Knights of the Round Table
Union graduate Pipho honored by awards
Speed switch for KB Snatch test
If you have never failed, you have never lived!
Dunkelberger and Wauters receive All State honors!
Congratulations to Senior Captain Austin Bunz!
Congratulations to Senior leader Damon Powell!
Coach Tim Smith honored as Cedar Falls Officer of Year!
Do you want to burn 20 calories per minute?
Burnside interviewed by Iowa Preps
2010 Kickoff for Workouts!
Congratulations to Jared Wauters, 1st Team Iowa Preps Elite Offense
Congratulations to the following Knights leading by example in the classroom!
Wauters, McGarvey selected for DSM Register all state honors
letter from Coach Hadachek to players, parents and fans
Union Knights shine with 12 All District Players
Union rally falls short, 29-22, vs New Hampton in FB State Playoffs
Knight win first post season game, 41-13!
Iowa 3A Power Rankings
Union wins big over #7 Maquoketa at LPC, 40-0!
Two New Records by 2009 squad!
Knights win on the road, 37-9 vs Benton! Move to 6-0
Congratulations to the 7000 LB CLUB!
Webster City intinerary
5 Minute Snatch Test Champions!
Congratulations to McGarvey, Wauters, Bunz and Gross
5 Tips on better hydration
Congratulations to seniors Austin Bunz, Matt Gross, and Jared Wauters
Titans vs Knights - See any similarities?
Max Outs Produce Team Records!
Ed Thomas
A must watch story, once in a lifetime!
What separates 1st place from second place?
The Greatest Ever? Leadership point of the Year
Leaders lead and do things when others don't...period!
TEAM Reward and Recognition Night attracts Union Alums!
What do I eat before practice, games, etc?
Record setting report day establishes 19 all-time bests!
1st Union Strong Man a Success! New Record Set!
The Truth about Steroids
The Men of Union perform Spartan 300 Workout!
8 Workout Tips for High School Athletes by Rob Graf
8 Coaching Points for Proper Running Mechanics
What does it take to be #1?
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We Build Champions Camps draw over 250 kids!

September 2, 2015


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

TONIGHT-Schedule Change

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

Sunday Alums vs. Varsity 7v7/BIG MAN starts at 7pm at UHS stadium!

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 and get your form sent in ASAP!


High School

Adelmund     John
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


Middle School

Ahrendsen, Adam
Albertsen, Marcus
Bellinger, Cole
Blackburn, Dallas
Block, Keagan
Bowers, Ryan
Carey, Jordan
Carey, Jacob
Crawford, Kolten

Cherveny, Brayden
Davis, Trevoe 
Dickerson, Jonathan
Edwards, Dawson
Frisbie, Michael
Gleason, Rocky
Grosse, Brayden
Harkness, Elijah
Heitman, Hunter
Hilmer, Brady
Hoy, Chase
Meyer, Ethan
North, Nick
Putz, Kendall
Stech, Brandon
Stone, Liam
Wellner, Cameron


4th of July Floats

Waterloo West Lineman's Challenge

2nd Place!

Mark the calendar! Sunday, August 2nd

Union wins Superbowl title at IWU Line Camp! 9 straight years of traveling to Illinois.

Coaches Todd Carter (Indy U) and Paul Alexander (Asst HFC, Cincinnati Bengals) on far right.

Alexander puts in the clinic with the IWU head coach and Carter has coached our oline each year.

7 on 7 team travels to Northern Illinois and competes in SIX games!

Union competed against five Illinois teams and one team from Wisconsin while finishing 

(5-1) overall in the tournament held on the campus at Northern Illinois University.

Football float with the cheerleaders! Festival of Trails parade in La Porte City

Two teams compete at ISU Big Man Challenge in Ames!

June 14, 2015


TEAM one (old boys):   Front row L to R:  Quentin Kinsel, Brady Rempe, Nathan Leroy

Second row:  Daycen Douglass, Brock Hadachek, Zane Seuser, Alex McKinley, Jordan Schmitz, Tate Renaud

TEAM TWO (Young boys);    Front row L to R:  Kokesh, Rottinghaus, Gross, Scott, Wiegant

Back row:  Albertsen, Rempe, Spore


Iowa Preps article features senior Captain Tate Renaud!

June 9, 2015

Tate Renaud making some noise from his crushing blocks last season with schools throughout the midwest. Check out hi-lights here:

If you are interested in more articles like this you must subscribe to Iowa Preps.   Here is the link:






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:

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:

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.

Click here to see it:  UNION STRONG

Reminder Team Mtg Monday night and Testing this week!

May 17, 2015

TEAM MTG this Monday night at UHS auditorium for any player that will be entering 9th-12th grade and be 

part of the 2015 season.    We will have information sheets for players and parents that need to be filled out and 

cover some important items in regards to this summer and fall.   MANDATORY attendance.   Estimate 60 minutes long.


Physical testing this week (current HS athletes only):

1.  Monday:  6:30am - standing long jump, 20 yd pro shuttle, bench press, and 3:10pm - 40 yd dash (after school)

2. Tuesday:  6:30am - parallel squat and hang clean

3. Clean up:  6:30am - any text not finished

* height, weight, and body fat should already be done ( if not please see coach Douglass)

GET REGISTERED NOW! We Build Champion Champs

Thursday TEAM/IND competition for Royal Rumble

Thursday competition. Obstacle course sprint.

Top skill: 1st: tied Hookham/R Miller, 3rd: Stech, 4th: Kinsel

Linemen: 1st: P Pelke, 2nd: Johnson, 3rd: Douglass, 4th: Ahrendsen

TEAM: 1st Seuser, 2nd Douglass, 3rd Ahrendsen, 4th Hadachek, 5th Renaud

ROYAL RUMBLE update! Team competition for Buffalo Wild Wings promotion!

May 7, 2015

Rugby Fundraiser

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!    

Wartburg College is a member of the Iowa Conference and finished this past season in the final eight of NCAA III. For more on Wartburg College click here:

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!    

Wartburg College is a member of the Iowa Conference and finished this past season in the final eight of NCAA III. For more on Wartburg College click here:

46 possible workouts available, how many did you take advantage of?

April 2, 2015



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.


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! 

Wartburg College is a member of the Iowa Conference and finished this past season in the final eight of NCAA III. For more on Wartburg College click here:

Special Olympics Information

1. Please arrive to the UNI Dome by 9:30 am. You can pick up your jersey there from Daycen Douglass. RETURN TO HIM BEFORE THE END OF THE DAY! 

2. Underclassmen-if you need a ride, contact one of the older players to see if you can get a ride with them. 

Players Volunteering:

Jace Hadachek
Nathan LeRoy

Tate Hadachek

Brock Hadachek

Zane Seuser

Tate Renaud

Alex Barz

Hunter Fleshner

Isaiah Vaughan

Jordan Schmitz

Daycen Douglass

Keaton Newgren

Clayton Thiele

Jace Glenn

Koby Alpers

Sam Johnson

Dylan Stech

Michael Ahrendson 

Nick McQuilkin


3. Any questions, contact Aly at


Three Senior Knights make IFCA 2A Academic All State Team

Seniors Noah Garwood, Nathan Dvorak, and Jace Hadachek were selected as

IFCA Academic All State Football selections from last fall. There were 32 players

selected at the 2A level and Union had three represented. 

Congratulations to Noah, Nathan, and Jace!

To see all the 2A players click here:  2014 2A Academic All State TEAM

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.

Wartburg College is a member of the Iowa Conference and finished this past season in the final eight of NCAA III. For more on Wartburg College click here:

Seniors and PARENTS of SENIORS!

January 2, 2015

Parents: Now is the time to submit FAFSA applications

for your college-bound students!    If you are not familiar 

with the process call the guidance office at UHS and speak

with Ms. Kriz ASAP.    The amount of time it takes to fill out

the form can reward you with the financial aid necessary to 

fulfill your student's dream.    You can estimate it with last 

year's tax forms if necessary.

Click here:

5 TIPS click here:  I want to know more!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

What does your 2015 look like?    

Don't just survive another year, THRIVE this year!

THRIVE in 2 - 0 - 1 - 5 !

Merry Christmas from the Union Knight coaching staff!

Be a Champion interview with Cole Hinders

December 23, 2014

Be a Champion interview with Cole Hinders (listen and learn opportunity for our younger guys/gals under construction in high school).

click here:

"Be a Champion" message from Tanner Heckt, BVU

December 22, 2014

Click here to here a great message for everyone but especially freshmen and sophomores:

Union graduate now representing U.S. Navy addresses players.

December 18, 2014

Austin Bunz graduated from Union High School.   He accepted a football scholarship to Winona State.  

After two seasons he was driven a different direction for life change.   That direction was the U.S. Navy

and serving our country.   Today he addressed our early morning workout champions about the four common

points that being on a football or related team, and the Navy have in common.    Amazing growth by this young

man.   Thanks Austin!   Knights for life.

Listen to the message here (apologize as the first couple minutes were not able to be recorded):

Congrats to these champions in the classroom!

4.0 and above
Nathan Dvorak
Noah Garwood
Blake Faber
Zane Seuser
Dobson Douglass
Brady Driscol

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!

Iowa Newspaper All-State Teams

Congratulations to the following Iowa Newspaper Association All-State Selections: Brady Driscol, 2nd Team 2A INA Defense Back, Isaiah Vaughan, 2nd Team 2A INA Offense Back, Jace Hadachek, 3rd Team, 2A INA Defensive Linebacker.

For the full list of winners, click here

The Des Moines Register All State Football Teams

November 23, 2014

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)


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.

A valiant Union rally came up just short, as the Chickasaws advance with a 26-20 win.

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).

Isaiah Vaughan


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.

Brady Driscol


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


Special Teams:

Punter - Jon Boisen

2nd round games and 1st round scores!

October 30, 2014




Thanks to our sponsors for Press Box Radio!

October 29, 2014

CPU Agenda

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

Alex Barz

Justin Carey


Defense Players of the Game

Dylan Bear

Alex Kane


Special Teams

Alex Krall


Scout Offense players of the week

The O-Line include as a whole includes

Noah Heerkes

Jared Jolley

Alex McKinley

Keaton Newgren

Adam Purdy


Scout Defense players of the week

Alex Krall

Nick McQuilken

Dylan Stech


Team Me players of the Week

Colton Adams

Nathan LeRoy

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.


Can't make it to the game tomorrow night? Listen at!

Jace Hadachek, Prep of Week by Waterloo Courier

October 16, 2014


Order state playoff T-shirts and sweatshirts now for "BACK IN BLACK" theme!

October 15, 2014



ORDER form located under HANDOUTS on left hand side menu.  Due next Wednesday.

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

Tate Hadachek

Carter Hennessy

Isaiah Vaughan


Defense Player of the Game

Jace Hadachek


Special Teams player of the Game

Brock Hadachek


Scout Offense player of the week

Adam Purdy


Scout Defense player of the week

Jon McQuilken 


Team Me 

Will Reiter 

Danny Zeien


2A District 6 


POWs AP Game

POWs-AP Game

Michael Ahrendsen-Offense

Alex Barz-Defense

Dylan Bear-Offense

John Boisen-Offense

Tanner Cummings-Defensive Scout

Jace Hadachek-Defense

Blake Havran-Defensive Scout

Jared Jolley-Special Teams Scout

Tate Renaud-Defense/Offensive Scout

Isaiah Vaughan-Offense

Punt Block Team

TEAMme-Royce Rottinghaus

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!

October 5, 2014

(photo credit to Courtney Collins, Waterloo Courier, can purchase photo by going to

Union rolled into Parkersburg this past Friday and opened up with a 16-0 halftime lead and cruised to a final 37-0.

It was the second consecutive shutout by the Union defense and also the first time in 186 games AP had not scored in a game.

Hi-lights by our #1 coverage with the FAN ZONE from LPC Progress Review:

Click here for video from KWWL and also see KWWL play of week won by Union with a run by Isaiah Vaughan:

Waterloo Courier coverage:


Press Box Radio

Can't make it to the game tonight? Go to!!

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

Vote through KWWL sports page!

September 29, 2014

Isaiah Vaughan run vs. East Marshall:


Also Union at AP for game of the week!     Thanks Union fans!

Union rolls with Homecoming victory 49-0 vs East Marshall!

September 27, 2014

KWWL hi-lights click here:


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

Tate Renaud-Offense

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


TOP 10 Pro Shuttle (20 yard) fall test

August 7, 2014
































































Top 10+ 40 yd dash times (5.0 and under fall test)

August 5, 2014





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TOP 10 Standing Long Jump fall test results

August 5, 2014

Grade...Name...SLJ in inches

12 Dylan Bear 109"
10 Brock Hadachek 109"
12 Tate Hadachek 106"
12 Brady Driscol 103"
10 Isaiah Vaughn 103"
10 Ryan Miller 101"
11 Will Reiter 99"
10 Daycen Douglass 98"
12 Blake Havran 98"
12 Justin Carey 97"
10 Nathan Leroy 97"
10 Dylan Stech 97"

Top Performers for Increase Poundage on 5 Minute Snatch Test

1. John Boisen-increased 2,218 lbs.
2. Ryan Miller-increased 1,734
3. Sam Johnson-increased 1,486
4. Tate Renaud-increased 1,210
5. Ryder Albertsen-increased 1,158
6. Jon McQuilkin-increased 1,060

Congrats to these players. All of their hard work throughout the off season has paid off!

Thanks to the best alums in Iowa High School football!

August 2, 2014


Missing:  Noah Heerkes and Adam Purdy 

Week Seven Running/Change of directions workouts

July 20, 2014

Week 7

Workout 1: Straight Ahead Speed

Jump Start

12 X 10 yard Sprints (1:1) Jump Start

12 X 20 yard Sprints (1:1)

8 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)

10 X reps - 1 minute break – 10 reps

Workout 3: Volume

18 X 100 yard sprints (1:1)



Week Six Running/Change of directions workouts

July 13, 2014

Week 6

Workout 1: Straight Ahead Speed

12 X 10 yard sprints (1:1)

10 X 20 yard sprints (1:1)

8 X 40 yard sprints (1:2)

6 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)

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

Week 5

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

Week 4

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

Week 3

Workout 1: Straight Ahead Speed

Jump Start

10 X 10 yard Sprints (1:1)

Jump Start

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

Week 2

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


Top Performers for Fall Test

Top 5 Producers-May Testing
1-Noah Garwood/Nathan LeRoy 4.61
2-IsaiahVaughn 4.76
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"
Pro Shuttle
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
Hang Clean
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
Pro Shuttle-
1-Trev Hadachek4.13
2-Dylan Bear 4.28
3-Andrew Osuna/ Jay Scheel 4.33
4-Mitchell Dierks 4.37 
5-Jacob Holschlag 4.34
Hang Clean-
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






LPC 6:30 A.M.

Jared Ansley

Alex Barz

Dylan Bear

John Boisen

Justin Carey

Jordan Carey

Kyle Colwell

Trevor Davis

Christian DeSalva

Daycen Douglass

Dobson Douglass

Brady Driscol

Blake Faber

Dylan Felderman

Hunter Fleshner
Brayden Grosse

Jace Glenn

Seth Hanus

Tanner Hilton

Dakota Hora

Derek Holschlag

Jacob Holschlag

Sam Johnson

Alex Kane

Quentin Kinsel

Alex Krall

Nathan LeRoy

Jake Lawrinenko

Joshua Lawrinenko

Jonathan McQuilkin

Nick McQuilkin

Gavin Miller 

Ryan Miller

Keaton Newgren

Bryce Parker

Adam Purdy

Anthony Redman

Trey Redman

Will Reiter

Ben Rempe

Brady Rempe

Kaleb Roach

Zane Seuser

Zeke Seuser

Treyton Slater

Jordan Schmitz
Silver Schmitz

Brandon Stech

Dylan Stech

Alek Stone

Austin Timmer

David Wildeboer

Dan Zeien

Eric Vaughn


LPC 5:00 P.M.

Colton Adams

Harley Adams 

John Adelmund

Bryan Artega

Allan Bergom

Tanner Cummings

Anthony Garza

Kyle Gross

Christian Hoyas

Mason Pelke

Payton Pelke

Preston Peterson

Tate Renaud

Tanner Shirk

Clayton Sparks

Clayton Thiele 

Nolan Wandschneider

C.J. Weltzin



Dysart 6:30 A.M. 

Michael Ahrendsen

Lane Albertsen

Ryder Albertsen 

Koby Alpers

Carter Brehm

Nathan Dvorak

Noah Garwood

Brock Hadachek

Jace Hadachek

Tate Hadachek

Troy Hanus

Blake Havran

Jon Hellman

Payton Hellman

Carter Hennessy

Adrian Hernandez

Tate Hookham

Dakota Hopper

Jared Jolley

Donald Lyons

Wes Kaufman
Carter Moore

Jakob Rutledge

Isaiah Vaughn 

Zach Winkelpleck

2014 Player - Parent Mtg info

May 19, 2014








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 

communication purposes.

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 Pre-Season Interior Offensive LinemanWatch List on Friday.





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

for serving our country!  For more information you can click here:

Tedd is in Division 134.   

Take Pride in UHS facilities! Do it wrong or right but it is a sheer reflection of our program.

Updates to Players and Parents

March 11, 2014


First of all congratulations on a strong finish in the 2nd trimester to all our of student-athletes.  We had very few casualties in the 

classroom.   We are proud of two great back to back semesters dating back to spring of 2013.   Keep up the great work as we will 

post the top 20 and 3.0 GPA club on our website very soon.   Also, congratulations to Nathan Dvorak, Noah Garwood, Jace

Hadachek,and Tate Hadachek as they were inducted into National Honor Society with some other champions last night at UHS

under the direction of Mrs. Kriz.   Maintain the classroom excellence!

Secondly, giving back has always been a big part of our program and also UHS.   We are pleased to announce the following

champions volunteered at the 2014 NE Iowa Special Olympics this past Sunday at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Keaton Newgren,

Sam Johnson, BrockHadachek, Tate Hadachek, Jace Hadachek, Alex Barz, Dylan Stech, Dakota Hopper, Dakota Hora, Dylan

Bear, Isaiah Vaughn, Jack Ollendieck, Christian Hoyas, Clayton Thiele, John Boisen, Michael Ahrendsen, Zane Seuser, Nathan

LeRoy, Wes Kaufman, Alex Krall, Dayton Powell, and LaurenBarz.   Forgive me if I missed a name.   It is just amazing to watch

our students in action and giving their time and energy to others.   In addition, the hi-light is watching the champions compete at the

Special Olympics as we had several from our Union Community School district. You can catch a glimpse of the action here:

Thirdly, we also took a group of 12 young men to the University of Dubuque this past Sunday after the Special Olympics.  

They are hosting a unique opprortunity to use their brand new indoor football facility and have a two hour skills session coached by

the UD staff.  We arrived at 6:00pm and the session went from 6:30-8:30pm.   There were about 55 kids from NE Iowa present

including our U dozen.   Thanks to Heather Stech, Toby Hall, and Coach Todd Carlson for assisting with transportation.    There are

sessions available this Sunday and next also.  I know most of the guys who attended this past Sunday are planning on going back

due to the great experience.  You can get a form off our team website under left hand side menu under the heading HANDOUTS.

Click here: 

Please call Coach Todd Carlson if you have any questions.  We will not have any coaches going to this second session but

Carlson can answer any questions you may need answered.   Todd's cell number is 319-230-3911 and his email address




Lastly, we have posted all games all levels thanks to Aly on our team website.   We have a 9 game schedule with four home and

five away and also nine frosh games and eight JV games.   All are subject to change.    We thank you for following the Knights

Football Facebook site also as we topped 1700 likes and this would compare to 2300 for UNI Football which is an amazing

accomplishment for a high school team.  Not on Facebook site yet?  

Click here:


Have a great week!

 Coach Hadachek and Staff

Football schedules for the next two seasons just released!

March 7, 2014

Union Knights  2014 Schedule:


08/29 @Gladbrook-Reinbeck

09/05 Center Point-Urbana

09/12 @Roland-Story, Story City

09/19 South Tama County, Tama

09/26 East Marshall, LeGrand

10/03 @Aplington-Parkersburg

10/10 Iowa Falls-Alden

10/17 @Anamosa

10/24 @South Hardin


Union Knights  2015 Schedule:


08/28 Gladbrook-Reinbeck

09/04 @Center Point-Urbana

09/11 Roland-Story, Story City

09/18 @South Tama County, Tama

09/25 @East Marshall, LeGrand

10/02 Aplington-Parkersburg

10/09 @Iowa Falls-Alden

10/16 Anamosa

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:

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

LeRoy:+25 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.





January 26, 2014

Scheel coming in at receiver

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.

Merry Christmas

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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November 14, 2013

Scheel reflects on senior season

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  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

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October 2, 2013

Driscol talks Waukon

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."

Alumni Events

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 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

September 17, 2013

Defensive Back of Week:  Gavin Eastman
Defensive Lineman of Week:  Bo Bader
Defensive LBer of Week:  Cole Reiter

Offensive Back of Week:  Jay Scheel

Offensive Lineman of Week:  Vincent Neil

Offensive Receiver of Week:  Kolten Bader
Special Teams POW:  Elijah Gates
Special Teams Scout of Week:  Bo Bader
Scout Defensive POW:  Oline unit (Barz, Neil, Hilton, Renaud, Hennessy), Tanner Shirk
Scout Offensive POW:  Blake Havran
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff

TEAM RECORD tied and Individual Record set last game vs. CS

September 15, 2013
TIED Team Game Record
Most Interceptions - 5, 2013 team vs Central Springs tied with Union team vs Jesup, 1995
NEW Individual Record set
Most Touchdowns Passing - 6, Jay Scheel vs Central Springs (2013)
old record not available
**Thank you to our team statician Gregg McLaughlin for supplying us with the new and old records

Union rolls to 61-6 win over Central Springs

September 14, 2013



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.


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


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.

Click here for video on Union's win over AP:   game highlights

(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.”

Top Performers for Fall Test

Pro Shuttle

1-Brady Driscol 4.24

2-Kolten Bader 4.39

3-Dylan Bear 4.40

4- Gavin Eastman/ Isaiah Vaughn 4.45

5-Noah Garwood 4.51


40 Yard Dash

1-Kolten Bader 4.53

2-Brady Driscol 4.55

3-Noah Garwood 4.57

4-Dylan Bear 4.58

5-Justin Carey 4.68


Standing Long Jump

1-Dylan Bear 110"

2-Kolten Bader 105"

3-Tate Hadachek 103"

4-Louis Hernandez/ Cole Reiter 101"

5-Brock Hadachek 99"

2013 Union Knight Seniors

2013 Seniors, seniors have always been the bedrock and foundation of Union Football. Proud of this crew. Come watch them play! — with Nick WeichBo BaderElijah GatesEskild EricksenJacob ClarkCole ReiterJay ScheelVincent NeilKolten BaderAlex BearNathan HartingGavin EastmanJohn Ringelstetter and Drake Rousselow.


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 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
2013 breakdownOverview | Top Returnees | Newcomers


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 Offensive Starters

Jay Scheel, QB
Kolten Bader, WR/DT

Returning Defensive Starters

Cole Reiter-RB/FS, 5'10, 165lbs., 2014
Jace Hadachek-OC/LB, 5"11, 220 lbs., 2015
Kolten Bader-WR/DT, 5"10, 145lbs., 2014

Other Returning Varsity Players

Jacob Clark, OG/LB 5'10" 320lbs., 2014

John Ringelstetter, TE/LB, 5'11, 205lbs., 2014

Bo Bader, DE/OT, 6'5, 210 lbs, 2014

Justin Carey, WR/FS, 5'9, 155 lbs., 2015

Cody Rutledge, OT/DT, 5'10, 260 lbs., 2014

Nathan Harting, TE/DT, 6'0, 205lbs., 2014

Nick Weich, OC/DE, 5'7, 180 lbs., 2014

Vince Neil, OG/LB, 6'0" 220lbs., 2014

Drake Rousselow, WR/FS, 6'0, 135 lbs., 2014

Tanner Hilton, OC/DT, 6'0, 195 lbs., 2015


Jacob Holschlag HB/LB, 5'11, 160lbs., 2015
Tate Hadachek WR/CB, 5'10, 150lbs, 2015
Dylan Bear TE/LB, 6'0, 190 lbs., 2015
Alex Bear TE/LB, 6'1, 220lbs., 2015
Elijah Gates
Brady Driscol QB/CB, 5'9, 140 lbs., 2015
Alex Barz OT/DE, 6'2, 240lbs., 2015
Gavin Eastman
Dakota Hopper OT/DE, 6'2, 265 lbs., 2015

Team Strengths

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.

Questions Marks

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

7K club 2013

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!

Group One test:

Group Two test:

5 MINUTE SNATCH - Clark joins exclusive 8000 LB CLUB! 3rd Knight in history!

August 5, 2013

Top performers of the day:

8131 lbs Jacob Clark, only third Knight in history to break 8K club, first was Weston Hennings and second was Michael Ahrendsen

7000 CLUB:  7339 John Ringelstetter, 7066 Dylan Bear, Jace Hadachek 7550

6000 CLUB:  6124 Nathan Harting, 6556 Vince Neil, 6177 Cole Reiter, 6824 Tanner Hilton, 6652 Dakota Hopper

5000 CLUB:  5491 Bo Bader, 5913 Nick Weich, 5500 Ryder Albertsen, 5412 Trey Davis, 5368 Dobson Douglass, 5632 Nathan Dvorak

                 5940 Noah Garwood, 5192 Tate Hadachek, 5940 Blake Havran, 5561 Noah Heerkes, 5896 Jacob Holshlag, 5192 Wes Kaufman

                 5588 Teal Ludeman, 5060 Neiko Morris, 5016 Tanner Shirk, 5702 Mitchell Hanson, 5324 Carter Hennessy, 5346 Daycen Douglass,

                 5412 Keaton Newgren, 5420 Jordan Schmitz

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



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


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)

Can’t drop off?? We will pick up! Call Kayleen 319.939.7179 or Stefanie 319.961.9910

Raising money to help pay for uniforms, cheer supplies & comp fees

Thanks for your support!

June 3, 2013

Hadachek enjoyed teaming up with cousin

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.

click here for Gregg's form:

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 ( or myself (   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.

click here for The Graphic Edge form:

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.  

WBC for middle school aged young men:

WBC for high school aged young men:

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!

 Coach Hadachek

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:

Click here for 7 minute video:

May 23, 2013

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May 22, 2013

Scheel is a dynamic athlete

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.

May Max-Outs

Bench Press

1-Jacob Clark 310lbs.

2-Nathan Harting 275 lbs.

3-Jace Hadachek 260 lbs.

4-Dakott Hopper/John Ringelstetter 240 lbs.

5-Tanner Shirk 235 lbs.

Graduating Srs.

1-Josh Clark 410 lbs.

4-Tanner Heckt 250 lbs.


1-Jacob Clark 450 lbs.

2-Michael Ahrendsen 405 lbs.

3-Dakota Hopper 375 lbs.

4-Dylan Bear 350 lbs.

5-Tate Hadachek 330 lbs.

Graduating Srs. 

1-Josh Clark 575 lbs.

2- Tanner Heckt 485 lbs.

Pro Shuttle

1-Dylan Bear 4.355

2-Jacob Holschlag 4.39

3-Tate Hadachek 4.42

4-Kolten Bader 4.495

5-Caleb Larison 4.575

Graduating Srs.

1-Trev Hadachek 4.255

3-Tanner Heckt 4.41

Standing Long Jump

1-Neiko Morris 108"

2-Dylan Bear/Caleb Larison 107"

3-Tate Hadachek 106"

4-Kolten Bader 102"

5-Jacob Holschlag/Cole Reiter 100"

Graduating Srs.

1-Trev Hadachek 114"

2-Tanner Heckt 110"



Scheel visits Iowa spring practice

April 26, 2013


April 25, 2013

Scheel visits practice


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 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!


Top 5 April Testing Data - Champions under construction

April 11, 2013

Pro Shuttle Average

1-Dylan Bear-4.32
2-Kolten Bader-4.44
3-Ryan Miller-4.45
4-Tate Hadachek-4.5
5-Jacob Holschlag-4.51

graduating srs:

1- Trev Hadachek - 4.29
2- Will Crees - 4.475
2 - Tanner Heckt - 4.475


Standing Long Jump

1-Dylan Bear-105"
1-Caleb Larison-105"
2-Kolten Bader-103"
3-Brock Hadachek-102"
4-Tate Hadachek-101"
5-Jacob Clark-96"
5-Blake Havran-96"
5-Jacob Holschlag-96"

graduating srs:

1-Trev Hadachek - 115"
2 - Tanner Heckt - 101"


Front Squat

1-Alex Bear-270lbs.
1-Tate Hadachek-270lbs
2-Dylan Bear-265lbs.
2-Tanner Hilton-265lbs.
3-Dakota Hopper-260lbs.
4-Cole Reiter-245lbs.
5-Wes Kaufman-240lbs.

graduating srs:

1 - Josh Clark - 385lbs

Split Jerk
1 - Jacob Clark - 300 lbs.
2 -Michael Ahrendsen-235lbs.
3 -Dakota Hopper-225
4 -Alex Bear-185lbs.
4-Vince Neil-185lbs.
5-Dylan Bear-180lbs.
5-Jacob Holschlag-180lbs.
5-Tanner Hilton-180lbs.
5-Caleb Larison 180lbs.
5-Cole Reiter 180lbs.

 4 Minute Snatch Test

1-Jacob Clark - 6,283lbs.
2-John Ringelstetter - 5,376lbs.
3-Nick Weich - 4,928lbs.
4-Michael Ahrendsen - 4,828lbs.
5-Mitchell Hanson - 4,480lbs.

graduating srs:

1 - Josh Clark - 6,758 lbs


Champions of ATTENDANCE - 80% of life is showing up!

Congratulations to the following champion athletes who have attained 40 or more workouts with the Union Strength &

Conditioning program.   W.R.A.P. (weight-lifting, running technique, agility, power) sessions are scheduled Monday,

Wednesday, Thursday at 6:30am-7:40am in the "We Build Champions" weight room.
















ALL ATTENDANCE IS POSTED UNDER TOP LEFT HAND SIDE MENU UNDER Handouts.   If you do not see your name on the list it is because you 

have ZERO attendance.   You can never START over but you can have a NEW BEGINNING!





Video from NE Iowa Special Olympics event

NE Iowa Special Olympic this Sunday!

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.


UNI QB seminars:  various dates starting in June.

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!

Register on March 1st!  Http://



Union Linemen (7th-12th): 

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.   JUNE 16-18  (note UNI position camp conflicts with this camp)


IOWA ONE DAY CAMPS -this sell out very quickly!

for athletes entering 11th and 12th grade

questions:  Terry Armstrong, 319-335-8944,

IF YOU want to get into this camp we highly urge you to register early on March 1 which is the first day for registration.

June 9th, June 10th, June 14th, June 15th, June 17th, and June 19th options



Friday night experience is awesome!  You get to go on the game field under the lights.  Highly encourage you to do this even if you are not planning on playing college ball as a senior or junior.

April 5-6

Coaches Clinic
Open to Coaches of All Levels and the General Public

June 2nd
Jr./Sr. Prospect
Open to High School Players entering their Junior and Senior year in the fall of 2013
June 12th

Little Cyclones
Open to Boys & Girls Entering Grades 1-6 in Fall of 2013

June 12th

Special Teams
Open to Grades 7-12 as of Fall 2013

Individual Padded Camp
Open to Grades 6-8 as of Fall 2013 (Non-Padded)
Open to Grades 9-12 as of Fall 2013 (Padded)
July 19th

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,
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,

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,

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,

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:

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:

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 

three years.


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:

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.

Good luck to champion Brady Petersen!


February 6, 2013

Hadachek headed to Iowa

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.

February 3, 2013

Hadachek returns from Iowa

 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:



Top Producers for Winter Test

1-Hopper 345
1-McIntosh 345
2-Harting 315
3-Kane 300
4-Tate Hadachek 295
5-Dylan Bear 275
1- Scheel 103.5
2- Tate Hadachek 103
3- D Bear 101.5
4-K Bader 95
5-Justin Carey 92
5-Harting 92

1-Harting 225
2- C Reiter 195
3-Carey 185
3-K Bader 185
4-Barz 180
5-Turner/Kane 170

1-Harting 255
2-Ringo 130
3-Hopper 225
4-Scheel 205
5-D Bear 200
Pro Shuttle
1-Scheel 4.55
2-K Bader 4.555
3-Tate Hadachek 4.57
4-Justin Stock 4.595
5-D Bear 4.62

January 24, 2013



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 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."

For more Wisconsin Badgers news, notes and discussion, follow John on Twitter.

Crees and Petersen hit college recruiting trail!

January 21, 2013




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.

January 20, 2013



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



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. 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



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."

The truth posted on window of strength & conditioning coach office.

January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013



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

Blair Sanderson

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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:

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.  

Trev Hadachek 2012 Hudl highlights:  

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.   

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TOP 20 1st trimester GPA's and 4.0/3.0 Club

*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 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 Elite Team - 3rd Team Defense

DL - Josh Clark


2012 District MVPs - SENIORS

Union Community - Trev Hadachek

Others considered - Josh Clark, Will Crees, Nic Peters


2012 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

* 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.

Special Honors:
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!

Thanks to all our Union Knight Football team sponsors for Press Box Radio! Last week we had 717 listeners, keeping the tradition of having the largest following by any Press Box Radio team. Thanks to AdvoCare (Gloria Hadachek), Altorfer Ag Products (Kendall Havran), American Pattern & CNC, Betterton Chiropractic, Joe's Gyms, The Progress Review (LPC), Usana (Todd & Angie Gray), Witham Auto Centers, and Young's Golf Carts.

'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

Luke Feddersen Editor

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.


3:30pm Bus departs from UMS to UHS for those needing ride
4:15pm – FROSH warm up with select coaches

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.

KWWL Game of Week - Union wins!

Game recap video from KCRG

Report from KCRG reporter KJ Pilcher:
KCRG with KJ Pilcher

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

Luke Feddersen Editor (to subscribe go to for paid subscription), posted courtesy of

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

Luke Feddersen Editor

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%

Special Teams:
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

Bill Seals (reposted from, for subscription to this service to see more about top recruits in state of IA go to

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.

Top FIVE Producers in August Testing

Long Jump

1. Trev Hadachek 114
2. Kolten Bader 106
3. Tanner Heckt 104
4. Caleb Larison 103.5
5. Brady Petersen 102

Pro Shuttle

1. Trev Hadachek 4.17
2. Andrew Osunna 4.33
3. Marcelo Hernandez 4.45
4. Dylan Bear 4.55
5. Brady Petersen 4.59


1. Trev Hadachek 4.55
2. Kolten Bader 4.69
3. Noah Garwood 4.71
4. Justin Carey 4.73
5. Brady Driscol/Blake Havran 4.86

Union managers and trainer for 2012

Thanks to our servant leader managers!
(bottom row: L to R, Rachel Hicks, Kuennen Murphy, and
back rom: L to R, Joe Hicks, Yosh Abe (trainer).
(absent from photo: Justin Rottinghaus, Adam Purdy)

Justin is a returning manager and Adam is in his first year.

Also helping out is Adam Purdy who is in the team picture,
serving out a red-shirt injury year while volunteering as managers.
Special thanks to Coach Scott Denner for helping guide these champions.

Meet the coach: Kendall Kriz

Meet the Coach: Kendall Kriz

Title: Strength coach - Russian Kettlebell Certified

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

**to view all other distict MVP's access membership at

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

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 announces pre-season all state teams

Four Union Knight football players were recognized as 2A pre-season all state by 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.

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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

Luke Feddersen Editor
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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.

To find out more about Minnesota football click here: Gopher Football

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 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.

Congratulations Will!

Hawkeyes offer Scheel

July 10, 2012

Blair Sanderson

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
Luke Feddersen Editor
(this information is exclusive to Iowa subscribers, you can subscribe by
going to and read more on a daily basis)

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!

For more information on Iowa Central click here: Iowa Central College Football

Top 20 GPAS and 3.0 Club

3.0 Club

Alex Barz
Dylan Bear
Trey Davis
Brady Driscol
Dobson Douglass
Nathan Dvorak
Noah Garwood
Jace Hadachek
Tate Hadachek
Jacob Hoschlag
Wes Kaufman
Caleb Larison
Jess Larison
Tanner Shirk
Max Thomsen
Dave Wildeboer

Bo Bader
Kolten Bader
Alex Bear
Jacob Clark
Jared Frost
Austin Lee
Cole Reiter
Jon Roettger
Drake Rousselow
Jay Scheel
Ted Tecklenberg

Mitchell Brandhorst
Justin Clark
Brian Dunkelberger
Christian Gray
Trev Hadachek
Tanner Heckt
Eli Kautz
Austin Pauling
Nic Peters
Brady Petersen
Tedd Schmitz

Shay Fehl
Cole Hinders
Tyler Kirkpatrick
Brenden Kuhn
Dylan McLaughlin
Logan Sallee
Hunter Zempel

*Top 20*
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
If anyone is interested in preordering 2012 football yard signs please e-mail Kayleen Glenn at and let her know your name, address, phone number, and how many you would like. The cost is $15.00.

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.


Ryder Albertsen
Mitchell Brandhorst
Will Crees
Nathan Dvorak
Noah Garwood
Brock Hadachek
Jace Hadachek
Trev Hadachek
Tate Hadachek
Chase Hansen
Blake Havran
Jon Hellman
Wes Kaufman
Alex McKinley
Nic Peters

*DYSART 5:00 PM*

Michael Ahrendsen
Jayson Aschenbrenner
Jackson Bunz
Jacob Condon
Austin Dengler
Carter Hennessey
Tanner Heckt
Dakota Hopper
Sam Johnson
Austin Leng
Austin Ludwig
Dylan McIntosh
Carter Moore
Camden Pippert
Jordan Ramirez
Zane Seuser
Jessie Stock
Justin Stock

Bryan Artega
Bo Bader
Bre Bader
Alex Barz
Jena Boisen
John Boisen
Justin Carey
Jacob Clark
Josh Clark
Justin Clark
Tanner Cummings
Dobson Douglass
Mitch Dierks
Brady Driscol
Christian Gray
Tyler Fischels
Hunter Fleshner
Nathan Harting
Kole Hedeman
Tanner Hilton
Jacob Holschlag
Christian Hoyas
Alex Kane
Quentin Kinsel
Caleb Larison
Jess Larison
Nathan LeRoy
Jon McQuilken
Nick McQuilken
Vince Neil
Austin Pauling
Cole Reiter
Will Reiter
Drake Rousselow
John Ringelstetter
Tedd Schmitz
Tanner Shirk
Ted Tecklenberg
Max Thomsen
Eric Vaughn
Matt Vogeler

Harley Adams
Matt Anderson
Kolten Bader
Brock Barnhart
Alex Bear
Dylan Bear
Dan Burkett
Dalton Crosser
Trey Davis
Brian Dunkelberger
Mitchell Hanson
Noah Heerkes
Marcelo Hernandez
Eli Kautz
Alex Krall
Teal Ludeman
Neiko Morris
Andrew Osuna
Brady Petersen
Adam Purdy
Brady Rempe
Cody Rutledge
Raymond Sagasta Jr.
Wyatt Samuelson
Jay Scheel
Bryon Sells

TOP FIVE producers from MAY Test

Bench Press
1-Josh Clark 385 lbs.
2-Jacob Clark 310 lbs.
3-Dalton Crosser 290 lbs.
4-Nathan Harting 250 lbs.
5-Tedd Schmitz 230 lbs.

1-Josh Clark 545 lbs.
2-Jacob Clark 470 lbs.
3-Tedd Schmitz 355 lbs.
4-Jace Hadachek 335 lbs.
5-Christian Gray/Tanner Heckt 320 lbs.

Pull Ups
1-Kolten Bader 25
2-Trev Hadachek 21
3-Jay Scheel 15
4-Tate Hadachek 14
5-Noah Garwood 13

90% Club for Union WRAP

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

John Veldhuis 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 Monday night. "I think that Crazy Legs race was going on, and I'd never seen so many runners. Then we got inside the old gym and met the coaches and stuff like that.

"The campus is awesome and the stadium is great, too. That new facility that they're building is definitely going to be first class."

It certainly sounds like the Badgers pulled out all the stops for the recruits during their spring game weekend. In addition to eating and talking with the coaching staff, Hadachek and the other recruits toured the Wisconsin campus and got to see what the Badgers are planning for upgrading their facilities.

"They took us into the auditorium and they showed us what their new layout is going to look like," Hadachek said. "And then we had a player panel where you asked the players questions, and after that we headed to the spring game. And then after that we went back (indoors) and we talked with the coaches again."

The player panel in particular was interesting for Hadachek, who got to talk with players like redshirt junior linebacker Ethan Armstrong. The Badgers haven't offered Hadachek a scholarship at this time, so if he were to join the Badgers it would be as a walk-on.

"(Armstrong) was there, and you know he seems like he was in kind of the situation I'm in," Hadachek said. "He was a walk-on, and he was on the edge between a scholarship and a walk-on, so it was really cool hearing from him.

"The way they're handing out their scholarships for my class, they said they don't know if they're going to offer any defensive backs. That's what they're looking at me to play. I talked to coach Chris Ash and he said that he wants me to come to camp, and based on my performance I'll find out whether they want me to walk on or whatever happens after (that).

"If the opportunity presented itself, I'd have to sit down with my family and talk about it. But I really like it there."

Ash has been talking with Hadachek the most so far, and actually knows Hadachek's father from his days coaching in Iowa.

"The one thing with coach Ash is that he's really honest with me ? I really respect that," Hadachek said. "He lets me know where I sit at all times when I talk to him, and we run the same type of defense as they do, so that really helps me. He told me he liked my film, and he really wants me to work with me at camp, so I'm really excited to get up there and work with him."

Hadachek was also really impressed with the Badgers fans who braved the cold weather on Saturday to watch the annual spring game.

"The fans were crazy," Hadachek said. "I couldn't believe (it) - even for the spring game. It was like 40 degrees out and a couple guys had their shirts off, I couldn't believe it.

"I was freezing, but I mean even the players were talking about how crazy their fan base is. So that's definitely something I would love to play around."

Hadachek currently hold offers from North Dakota and Eastern Illinois, but Iowa State, South Dakota State, Iowa, Northern Illinois, Minnesota, and Northern Iowa have also shown interest recently. He doesn't have any real favorites at this point, but he said his goal is to play Division 1 football.

Hadachek said he's planning on visiting Northern Illinois and Iowa State sometime soon, but he's also planning on making another trip to Madison for a camp in late June.

Knights take on "First Strike" as team motto heading into 2012

Getting one's retaliation in first. In warfare the first (or pre-emptive) strike strategy aims to maximize damage to one's enemy; combining the element of surprise (SPECIAL TEAMS), the full deployment of (OFFENSIVE) capability, and undermining an opponent's ability to respond (DEFENSE).

FIRST STRIKE 2012 - "Fight like a Knight"

First of all, let's be clear here. We do not contend that football is in any way, shape, or form like true combat. We respect all our men and ladies that serve our country and realize we play a game. Those serving are playing for keeps. In fact, our team leadership award, The Garrett Gingrich Leadership Award, honors one of our Union graduates. We are proud of Garrett and others that have served, are serving, or will serve our country.

FIRST STRIKE 2012 - "Fight like a Knight"

From a football prospective WE want to emphasize what WE want to accomplish from this day forth is a commitment to believe in the First Strike creed. WE do not want to sit back and wait, WE want to be aggressive. WE want to go for it. WE believe in bringing our A game to every workout, practice, or game.

FIRST STRIKE 2012 - "Fight like a Knight"

Heckt and teammates visit UIU and Luther College

Tanner Heckt,Chase Hansen,and Brady Petersen, visit Upper Iowa University and Luther College this past weekend

The following comments were made by Tanner Heckt in reference to the visit to both campuses.

About the UIU visit:
When Chase, Brady, and I pulled into Fayette, I got that small town feeling. We arrived at campus and there were a lot of nice buildings. The campus is small, but not to small. I really have yet to decide a major. I was impressed by the stadium for the most part. With the re modeling going on, it will be almost 100% brand new. The weight room was small, but Coach Frana said they plan on a new one in the coming years. Coach Frana is a great guy, very down to earth, and did a great job being straight foreword. I plan on visiting the University of Sioux Falls this coming weekend. I will also be visiting Simpson the following week.

About the Luther College visit:
Luther was also really nice, and the coaches and players were very outgoing. Achedemically, they are a great school for science studies. Decorah is also a beautiful town.

Crees visited NIU this past Saturday

Junior Will Crees visited Northern Illinois University during spring game this past Saturday with his mother and Brian Dunkelberger. NIU is located in Dekalb, IL.. The following interview was conducted on Monday after his visit by head coach Joe Hadachek.

Northern Illinois opens up the 2012 season vs the Iowa Hawkeyes at Soldier Field on September 1st.

To read a recap on the NIU Huskie spring game click here: NIU spring game info

What was your 1st impression when you pulled into Dekalb, IL and onto the NIU campus? "The campus was very nice."

What did you like about campus outside of the athletic facilities? "I liked how the campus was close together and easy to get around."

What was the first thing that impressed you about NIU athletic facilities?
"The first thing that impressed me was how big the weight room was."

How was the weight room?
"The weight room was huge with many racks and had everything a weight room would need."

How was the stadium?
"The stadium was nice with a beautiful turf field."

Academically do you know what subject you are going to major in?
"I don't know what I'm going to major in yet."

Anyone else accompany you on the trip to Dekalb?
"My mother and Brian Dunk."

What other campus' have you visited to compare to NIU?

Any other visits planned in near future?
"I'm going to visit Simpson."

Senior Profile - Cole Hinders

By: Cheyne Reiter

Full name: Cole Steven Hinders

Date of birth: October 23, 1993

Football position: Tight End, Linebacker

When football career first began: 4th Grade

Accolades: 2-time letter winner (JR, SR), 1st Team All-District (SR), Most Improved, Offensive MVP, 2nd Team All-District (JR), 1st Team Academic All-State.

Pregame routine: Listening to Ace Hood and taping my wrists.

Favorite memory: Winning the state championship.

What will you miss most about Union football? The lifelong friendships I have made with the players, some of which I have been playing with since 4th grade.

College Interest: Football at Wartburg.

Best advice ever given: Don't think, just play.

Recommendation for future Knights: Go to every football event you can. Not only will it make you a much better player, but it also will help you form great bonds with your teammates. Have fun and soak it up because it will be over fast.

Quote from Head Coach Joe Hadachek: "Cole picked it up big time as a junior and played both ways and then used that as a foundation to be an impact senior. He worked hard year-round in the weight program and also participated in basketball and track to stay competitive. His best football is ahead of him. Wartburg is lucky to get him."

2011-2012 FB and Academic Honors

National Honor Society also on FB Team, January 2012:
7 of the 15 new inductees to National Honor Society are also on the football team from last fall. Congratulations to Brian Dunkelberger, Shay Fehl, Trev Hadachek, Eli Kautz, Austin Pauling, Brady Petersen, and Hunter Zempel and all the other inductees.

IFCA All State Academic: Brenden Kuhn, Shay Fehl, Dylan McLaughlin

DSM Register All State:
1st team, RB, Wes Burnside, Jr.
2nd team, DL, Josh Clark, Jr.
2nd team, DB, Trev Hadachek, Jr.

You can see all the selections of the DSM Register by copying the following link in your web browser:

INA All State Selections:
Captain of 3A and 1st team: Wes Burnside, RB
1st team offense: Josh Clark, OT
1st team defense: Trev Hadachek, DB
3rd team defense: Dylan McLaughlin, LB

copy and paste to see other selections to INA:
3rd team defense: Kyle Ansley, DE

2012 Team Captains announced

The 2012 football team captains representing the Knights on and off the field next fall will be: Josh Clark, Trev Hadachek, Brian Dunkelberger, Tanner Heckt, Will Crees, and Brady Peterson. All six captains will be seniors and were a crucial part of the success in last year's 3A state championship run.

Look for the Unity Council announcement next.

2012 Unity Council Members

Josh Clark
Will Crees
Brian Dunkelberger
Trev Hadachek
Tanner Heckt
Brady Petersen

Bo Bader
Kolten Bader
Jacob Clark
Jay Scheel
Alt: John Ringelstetter

Brady Driscoll
Jace Hadachek
Caleb Larison
Alt: Max Thomsen



April 22, 2012


Luke Feddersen Editor

Union athlete Trev Hadachek has played himself into a wide range of attention from college coaches. But at the next level, are schools more interested him for his offensive or defensive skills?
"It depends on the school. Minnesota likes me better at wide receiver and Iowa State likes me better at defensive back."

Hadachek named both of those programs among the ones after him,

"I've been hearing a lot from North Dakota, South Dakota State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Iowa State, and Minnesota said that they could offer based on my performance at their camp."

The summer will allow Hadachek to showcase his skills in front of a wide range of colleges.

"I'm going to Iowa State, UNI, Minnesota, Iowa, possibly Wisconsin, Michigan State, and maybe South Dakota State."

Hadachek has been working hard this off-season in order to prepare himself.

"They have been pretty good. We are getting in three times a week in the morning and doing speed and agility then lifting. I've been throwing with Jay Scheel and that has been going good. We are getting better."

Senior Profile - Logan Sallee

By Cheyne Reiter

Full name: Logan Earl Gene Sallee

Nickname: Sally

Date of birth: February 4, 1994

Football position: Center

When football career first began: 4th grade

Accolades: 2-time letterwinner, Most Improved Award, 1st team All-District as a senior

Pregame routine: Listen to Skrillex

Favorite memory: Beating Solon and eventually winning the state title.

What will you miss most about Union football? Practicing with the linemen everyday.

Best advice ever given: If you put in the time, you will be rewarded.

College interest: Buena Vista to play football.

Recommendation for future Knights: Never quit, always stick it out.

Quote from Head Coach Joe Hadachek: "Logan has two characteristics that make him a champion. He has work ethic and he is coachable. Everyday he comes to practice ready to go. Logan waited patiently for four years to get a starting position and leaves our program as a state champion."

Hadachek impressed with Minnesota

April 4, 2012

Lucas Trickle

Trev Hadachek currently has one offer from Eastern Illinois, but he is looking to add to that list. The Dysart, Iowa, native made the trip to Minnesota on Tuesday for an unofficial visit. Hadachek tells GopherIllustrated about his trip to check out the maroon and gold.

"My visit to Minnesota was great. I had a lot of fun and it was awesome to see everything. Minneapolis was a cool city and I was surprised by how nice it was. I had a really great time."

Shortly after arriving in Minnesota, the Iowa athlete had a chance to speak with Head Coach Jerry Kill and Receivers Coach Pat Poore.

"I talked to Coach Kill and Coach Poore while I was there. Coach Poore told me that they liked my film, but he wanted to see me in person before making a decision. I will be back for camp to show Coach Poore what I can do. Coach Kill said just told me that they knew about me and to keep working hard. He told me where he wanted to go with the program. The coaches did a great job of selling their program."

Hadachek spent most of his time in Minnesota watching spring practice on Tuesday afternoon.

"The practice was fun to watch. They ran practice different than most schools and I liked that a lot. There wasn't much standing around, they were always doing something. You could tell that the guys were used to a high pace practice and they got a lot of things accomplished in a two hour period."

The unranked athlete spent much of his time watching the wide receivers.

"I actually go to sit in during a receivers meeting. At practice I followed around the receivers most of the time to get a better look at how Coach Poore teaches his receivers. I liked the way he coaches a lot. He is willing to help a guy one-on-one if he has a problem and that is something I definitely like. He seems like he would be a fun coach to play for."

Hadachek was surprised with everything that the Golden Gopher football program has to offer.

"I was very impressed by everything they have, and the coaches were very down to earth which I loved. It is definitely up there with my top schools. Based on everything I saw, I would strongly consider playing there should the opportunity present itself."

Hadachek does not see any reason why the Gophers staff can't turn things around in a hurry.

"The facilities are great as well as the coaches. The locker room is unreal. Its obvious they have a plan in place and its turning the right direction."

Junior/Senior Camp: June 3rd
7 on 7 Tournament: June 10th
Big Man: June 10th
Little Cyclones: June 13th
Special Teams Camp: June 13th
Padded Camp: June 14th, 15th & 16th
Friday Night Lights: July 20th

To register:

9-10 grade-June 9th
11-12-June 10,11,15,16,18

To register:

There is a large list of UNI camps-to look at dates and register go here:

Union Knights volunteer at NE Iowa Special Olympics

Click here to see the Knights in action: Union Knights volunteer at NE Iowa Special Olympics

Important Dates for 2012 Football Season

2012 Pre-Season Practice Schedule
****We Build Champions mini-camp begins July 29th-Aug 2. Sunday starts at 3pm, M-Th starts at 4pm.****
Wednesday, August 1st – First Legal Day of Practice for any schools playing Week 0

Monday, August 6th - First Legal Day of Practice•No Contact
•Sleds, dummies, shields, and ropes are permitted
•Helmets are permitted
•More than one practice per day is permitted

Thursday, August 9th-•First day of pads and contact
•More than one practice per day is permitted

Saturday, August 11th-•No Practice allowed, can be used as a press/photo day

Monday, August 13th-Friday, August 17th •One (1) practice per day
•Recommended-Normal length and time of day of practice

Thursday, August 16th-•Scholarship Rule- 30 day consequence begins for all football schools regardless of when their first competition is.

Saturday, August 18th -•Practice permitted on this day

2012 Playoff Schedule- 8 Player & 11 Player
1st Round - All Classes

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (All Classes)
7:00 PM
2nd Round Playoffs-All Classes
Monday, October 29, 2012 (All Classes)
7:00 PM
Quarterfinal Round Playoffs-
Friday, November 2, 2012 (All Classes)
7:00 PM
Semi Final Round Playoffs- [UNI-Dome]
Thursday, November 8th
8 Player- 9:06 AM
8 Player- 12:06 PM
(UNI Football Practice)
Class 3A- 5:36 PM
Class 3A- 8:21 PM

Friday, November 9th
Class A- 10:06 AM
Class A- 1:06 PM
Class 4A- 4:06 PM
Class 4A- 7:06 PM

Saturday, November 10th
Class 1A- 10:06 AM

Class 1A- 1:06 PM
Class 2A- 4:06 PM
Class 2A- 7:06 PM
Final Round Playoffs- [UNI-Dome]
Thursday, November 15th
8 Player- 10:06 AM
Class A- 1:36 PM
(UNI Football Practice- 4:00-6:00 PM )
Class 3A- 7:06 PM
Friday, November 16th
Class 1A- 11:06 AM
Class 2A- 2:06 PM
Class 4A- 7:06 PM

2012 Playoff Schedule-UNI-Dome

Wednesday, October 24th (1st Round Playoffs)
6:15 PM
8:45 PM

Monday, October 29th (2nd Round Playoffs)
6:15 PM
8:45 PM

Friday, November 2nd (Quarter Final Round Playoffs)
6:15 PM
8:45 PM

Semi Final Round Playoffs- [UNI-Dome]
Thursday, November 8th
8 Player- 9:06 AM
8 Player- 12:06 PM
(UNI Football Practice)
Class 3A- 5:36 PM
Class 3A- 8:21 PM

Friday, November 9th
Class A- 10:06 AM
Class A- 1:06 PM
Class 4A- 4:06 PM
Class 4A- 7:06 PM

Saturday, November 10th
Class 1A- 10:06 AM

Class 1A- 1:06 PM
Class 2A- 4:06 PM
Class 2A- 7:06 PM

2012 State Championship Game Schedule

UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls

Final Round Playoffs- [UNI-Dome]
Thursday, November 15th
8 Player- 10:06 AM
Class A- 1:36 PM
(UNI Football Practice- 4:00-6:00 PM )
Class 3A- 7:06 PM

Friday, November 16th
Class 1A- 11:06 AM
Class 2A- 2:06 PM
Class 4A- 7:06 PM

TOP 20 2nd trimester GPA's and 3.0 Club

1-Caleb Larison
1-Jess Larison
2-Eli Kautz
3-Noah Garwood
3-Nathan Dvorak
4-Dylan McLaughlin
5-Trev Hadachek
6-Brian Dunkelberger
7-Jace Hadachek
8-Brenden Kuhn
9-Austin Lee
10-Jon Roettger
11-Austin Pauling
12-Bo Bader
13-Nick Weich
14-Shay Fehl
15-Trey Davis
15-Brady Petersen
16-Tanner Heckt
17-Jay Scheel
18-Cole Hinders
19-Tate Hadachek
20-Nic Peters

Alex Barz
Trey Davis
Dobson Douglass
Nathan Dvorak
Noah Garwood
Jace Hadachek
Tate Hadachek
Blake Havran
Jacob Holschlag
Dakota Hopper
Caleb Larison
Jess Larison
Max Thomsen
Raymond Sagasta

10TH GRADE 3.0
Bo Bader
Kolten Bader
Alex Bear
Jacob Clark
Austin Lee
Jon Roettger
Jay Scheel
Ted Tecklenberg
Nick Weich

11TH GRADE 3.0
Mitch Brandhorst
Justin Clark
Brian Dunkelberger
Tyler Fischels
Trev Hadachek
Tanner Heckt
Eli Kautz
Austin Pauling
Nic Peters
Brady Petersen

12TH GRADE 3.0
Shay Fehl
Cole Hinders
Cordt Holub
Tyler Kirkpatrick
Brenden Kuhn
Dylan McLaughlin
Logan Sallee
Hunter Zempel

Scheel gets attention from Iowa Preps in recent article

Luke Feddersen Editor

Related Links:
Iowa's Top 140 in 2014
Iowa's Top QBs in 2014
2012 Preseason Rankings

Talk about it in Off the Record
Union quarterback Jay Scheel stepped in behind center during the course of his sophomore year of football. The result was a Class 3A title that showed the Knights were one of the best teams within state borders.

"It was really fun. We were down after the loss but we got a lot better."

The success was something Scheel expected coming in.

"I wasn't really surprised. We came together as a team."

Scheel spent the winter focused on another sport.

"I have been in basketball and I've been lifting weights at 6:30."

Two areas are what Scheel is trying to get better at before the 2012 season.

"It is reading defenses. I need to work on that and just becoming more calm."

Scheel has received early attention from two colleges.

"I've been to a visit at Iowa and I got a questionnaire from Iowa State. That has been about it."

The trek to Iowa was something that Scheel enjoyed.

"It was really fun. I got to talk to Kirk Ferentz one-on-one and then we got a tour."
The coaching staff would like to recognize the following athletes for above average improvement with their strength and conditioning max outs.

Bo Bader +30 lbs. bench press
Barz +50 lbs. squat
Brandhorst +2" standing long jump
Justin Carey +6" in standing long jump
Douglass +35 lbs. squat
Dunkelberger +10 lbs. squat
Haas +25 lbs hang clean
Tate Hadachek +25 lbs. squat
Kane +20 lbs. bench press
Kaufman +20 lbs squat
Kautz +15 lbs. bench press
McQuilken +10 lbs. squat
K. Murphy +20 lbs. bench press
Neil +2.5" standing long jump
Osuna +30 lbs. squat
Peters +25 lbs. squat
Purdy +10 lbs hang clean
Petersen +15 lbs. hang clean
Ringelstetter +15 lbs bench press
Rousselow +20 lbs. squat
Rutledge +10 lbs. squat
Turner +15 lbs. bench press
Weich +10 lbs. hang clean
2-SCHEEL 117"
4-K. BADER 106"
5-J. LARISON 104"


2-SCHEEL 4.33
3-DIERKS 4.37
4-GRAY 4.42
5-C. LARISON 4.55

5-HECKT 230 LSB.

5-HECKT 355 LBS.

2012 and 2013 Union football schedules

Union, La Porte City 2012 Schedule:

08/24 Center Point-Urbana
08/31 @Aplington-Parkersburg
09/07 @Central Springs
09/14 Osage
09/21 @Cascade, Western Dubuque
09/28 Waukon
10/05 Hampton-Dumont
10/12 @New Hampton
10/19 Columbus Catholic, Waterloo

Union, La Porte City 2013 Schedule:

08/30 @Center Point-Urbana
09/06 Aplington-Parkersburg
09/13 Central Springs
09/20 @Osage
09/27 Cascade, Western Dubuque
10/04 @Waukon
10/11 @Hampton-Dumont
10/18 New Hampton
10/25 @Columbus Catholic, Waterloo

Sallee to play football at Buena Vista University

Congratulations to Union Knight senior, Logan Sallee, who has officially committed to attending school and playing football at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA next fall. Logan was a starter at center and also played D line for the state champion Knights. Logan has been playing padded football since the 4th grade with the KYFC through UMS into UHS. His father, Donnie, is an asst coach on the UHS staff. Good luck Logan and Sallee family! Buena Vista University is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

For more information you can hit this link: Iowa Conference Football

Logan was part of a senior class that brought home the first ever football state championship to Union High School. In addition to Buena Vista University, Sallee was also considering University of Dubuque.

Best of luck to Logan and his family!

Top 5 Max Out Results

1-Hansen 295 lbs.
2-Jacob Clark 290 lbs.
3-Trev Hadachek/Harting 235 lbs.
4-Heckt 215 lbs.
5-Justin Clark 205 lbs.

1-Trev Hadachek 114"
2-Jay Scheel 107"
3-Heckt 105"
4-Dierks/Petersen 102"
5-Haas 101.5"

1-Jacob Clark 455
2-Hansen 440 lbs.
3-Trev Hadachek 380 lbs.
4-Dierks 365 lbs.
5-Justin Clark 345 lbs.

1-Hansen 260 lbs.
2-Trev Hadachek/Heckt 235 lbs
3-Jacob Clark 225 lbs.
4-Harting 205 lbs.
5- Dierks/Neil 200 lbs.

1-Trev Hadachek 4.31
2-Scheel 4.58
3-Petersen 4.61
4-Tate Hadachek 4.63
5-Carey 4.67

Hinders commits to play at Wartburg College

Cole Hinders, son of Pam Hinders and Curt Hinders, has officially committed to attending Wartburg College in Waverly, IA next fall. Hinders was a two-year starter for the 3A Union Knights and a first team 3A D5 selection for 2012. Academically he was also chosen as an academic all district selection (3.5 GPA or higher). Cole was also honored as a team captain for 2012 and team unity council leadership member. He also participates in basketball and track.

Wartburg College is a member of the NCAA Division III, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The football team finished in a three way tie for second place in 2011. For more information about Wartburg football and the IACC click here: Knight football information

Hinders played both ways for the Union Knights football team, linebacker and tight end. He was part of a senior class that brought home the first ever football state championship to Union High School. In addition to Wartburg College, Hinders was considering Coe College, University of Sioux Falls, Upper Iowa University, and Winona State.

Best of luck to Cole and his family!

50 Academic All State FB Players 3A includes three Knights!

Congratulations to Brenden Kuhn, Shay Fehl, and Dylan McLaughlin for showing excellence not only on the field but also in the classroom. Here is a list of all 3A athletes who made the 2011 IFCA All State Team.

Class 3A

Adam Aljets – Williamsburg
Hunter Banes – Marion
Matt Bieber – Clear Lake
Michael Bohlke – West Delaware
Jonathan Bopes – Maquoketa
Nick Clasen – Maquoketa
Taylor Cox –Pella
Hunter Crawford – Charles City
Cole Croston – Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Eli Dahlstrom – Mount Vernon
Chris Davis – Waverly-Shell Rock
Sam Davis – Pella
Will Evans – Dallas Center-Grimes
Shay Fehl – Union
Matt Foley – Williamsburg
Zach Gardner – Dallas Center-Grimes
Connett Croghan – Mount Vernon
Jared Grove – A-D-M
Grant Gustafson – Pella
Nick Hageman – Charles City
Perry Hawks – Maquoketa
Kendall Hazel – Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Lane Hovey – A-D-M
Kevin Jennings – Keokuk
Jarod Juhl – Harlan
Brennan Kaldenberg - Winterset
Denny Kramer – Harlan
Jared Kramer – Dallas Center-Grimes
Aaron Krapfl – Anamosa
Kyle Kregel – Decorah
Brenden Kuhn – Union
Ben Landers – Creston-OM
Seth Lansman – Harlan
Heath Loeffelbein – Glenwood
Seth Marburger – Perry
Dylan McLaughlin – Union
Tyler Mohrhauser – Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Coby Mooers – Carlisle
Derek Person – Algona
Robert Rathje – Benton Community
Austin Schmidt – A-D-M
Ray Schmidt – Williamsburg
Kyle Schrader – Central Community
Nik Schulte – Anamosa
Blaine Snitker - Waukon
Matt Stewart - Grinnell
Cole Tenold - Perry Community
Jacob Timm – Mount Vernon
Matthew Thompson – Perry Community
Mitch Thompson - Grinnell

Knights Move Down to 2A for 2012-2013 Seasons

By Cheyne Reiter

The defending 3A State Champion Union Knights will move down to 2A District 3 for the next two seasons.

The Knights last played in 2A in Head Coach Joe Hadachek's first year where he led Union to a 6-3 overall record, finishing third in 2A D4 behind North Fayette and Waterloo Columbus Catholic. Following that season, the Knights jumped up to 3A and made the postseason for the next four years, winning one district title in 2010 while claiming the state title in 2011. The Knights record in that four-year span of 3A play was a sensational 36-9.

As we fast forward to the upcoming 2012 season, the Knights will play an entirely new set of teams. Let's take a look at the records of the seven teams in 2A D3 from the 2011 campaign.

Central Springs: 0-9 (0-7 2A D3)
Waterloo Columbus Catholic: 2-7 (1-6 2A D3)
New Hampton: 7-3 (6-1 2A D3, No. 2 seed and lost first round of playoffs)
Osage: 6-4 (4-3 2A D3, No. 4 seed and lost first round of playoffs)
Waukon: 2-7 (2-5 3A D4)
Hampton-Dumont: 3-6 (2-5 3A D3)
Union: 12-2 (5-2 3A D5, won state championship)

Since the 56 2A teams are divided into 8 districts of 7 teams, each team will play a non-district game during it's bye week. In Union's case, they will play Cascade, Western Dubuque from 2A District 4 (not the same Western Dubuque team from last season).

In addition, the two traditional non-district games to open the season will be released in the coming weeks.

Pre-season hype

Posted January 17, 2012
Football 2012: Your first rankings by Jeff Linder
In the wake of the IHSAA’s football reclassification and district reassignment for 2012 and 2013, Iowa Prep Sports’ Jeff Linder provides one person’s preseason top 10.

It’s a little bit BC Moore, a little bit Quik Stats, a little bit hunch.

CLASS 2A 2011 W-L 2011 Postseason
1. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 11-1 3A quarterfinalist
2. Union 12-2 3A champion
3. Mediapolis 11-1 2A quarterfinalist
4. Spirit Lake 13-1 2A runner-up
5. West Marshall 12-1 2A semifinalist
6. Carroll Kuemper 10-2 2A quarterfinalist
7. Sheldon 6-4 2A qualifier
8. Dyersville Beckman 11-2 2A semifinalist
9. North Polk 8-3 2A second round
10. Osage 6-4 2A qualifier
10 others to watch (alphabetic order): Albia (7-3), Baxter CMB (6-4), Cascade (5-5), Center Point-Urbana (4-6), Central Lyon-GLR (7-4), Clarion-Goldfield (7-5), Forest City (8-3), MOC-Floyd Valley (5-5), Monroe PCM (11-1), New Hampton (7-3).

CLASS 3A 2011 W-L 2011 Postseason
1. Norwalk 9-2 3A second round
2. Creston/Orient-Macksburg 8-2 3A qualifier
3. Solon 9-2 3A second round
4. Keokuk 7-3 3A qualifier
5. Decorah 11-3 3A runner-up
6. Carroll 8-3 3A second round
7. Sioux City Heelan 8-2 3A qualifier
8. Oskaloosa 8-3 3A second round
9. Grinnell 8-3 3A second round
10. Pella 10-2 3A quarterfinalist
10 others to watch (alphabetic order): Adel ADM (12-1), Atlantic (4-6), Boone (5-5), Harlan (9-4), Maquoketa (10-2), Spencer (5-7), Webster City (9-2), West Delaware (10-2), Washington (5-5), Williamsburg (6-4),

Senior Profile - Brenden Kuhn

By Cheyne Reiter

Full name: Brenden Matthew Kuhn

Nickname: Kuhn/Kuhner

Date of birth: June 22, 1994

Football position: Cornerback

When football career first began: 7th grade

Accolades: Varsity letterwinner, Most Improved Award

Career Statistics: 23 solo tackles along with 12 tackle assists totaling 35 tackles with 3 of those coming for a loss. Led the championship team with 5 interceptions totaling 109 yards in return.

Pregame routine: Pace around the locker room.

Favorite memory: Sealing the championship game with an interception on the last play.

What will you miss most about Union football? Getting to play with my friends every Friday night.

Best advice ever given: If you make a mistake, flush it.

College interest: Undecided

Recommendation for future Knights: Play every play like it's your last.

Quote from Head Coach Joe Hadachek: "Brenden is one of those stories that makes it all worthwhile to stick and stay for four years. Pre-season he was listed as a backup at corner. Due to Zempel's injury, he was promoted to a starting role and never relinquished it. He has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time. The icing on the cake was the championship game with Kuhn making the big pick and having the game smarts to cover up the ball with both arms before going down. He is going to be successful in life just like he was on the football field."

Senior Profile - Jon Porter

By Cheyne Reiter

Full name: Jonathan Alan Porter

Nickname: Porter

Date of birth: January 19, 1994

When football career first began: 4th grade

Accolades: Two-year Varsity Letter Winner, Team-Me Award

Career Statistics: 25 solo tackles and 9 tackle assists totaling 34 tackles with 4 of those coming for a loss. Had 3 career interceptions totaling 117 yards in returns, one being for a touchdown. Had one catch for 17 yards on offense. Returned 3 kickoffs for 29 yards as well.

Pregame routine: Listen to Ace Hood

Favorite memory: Beating Solon and winning state

What will you miss most about Union football? Dominating with all of my brothers.

Best advice ever given: Never give up on your dream.

College interest: Upper Iowa, Dubuque, Simpson

Recommendation for future Knights: Go to every weight and kettle bell session because they really do make a difference.

Quote from Head Coach Joe Hadachek: "Jon Porter is the type of player that makes a team great. He worked four years to get on the field this year. There's an old western saying that goes like this...'The cowards never even started, the weak died along the way, only the strong survived.' That is a great definition of Jon Porter."
1- Wes Burnside 79
2- Max Thompsen 72
3- Trev Hadachek 65
4- Josh Clark 63
5- Andrew Osuna 60
6- Caleb Larison 58
7- Brady Petersen 54
8- Cordt Holub 53
9- Jay Scheel 50
10- Logan Sallee 48

2011 Hi lights of Ride to the Dome!

Senior Profile - Dylan McLaughlin

By Cheyne Reiter

Full name: Dylan Reid McLaughlin

Date of birth: September 11, 1993

Football Position: Linebacker

When football career first began: 5th grade

Accolades: Two-time 1st team All-District LB as JR and SR; Two-time All-Academic District as JR and SR; 3rd team All-State LB Iowa Newspaper Association as SR; 3rd team All-State Iowa Preps LB as SR

Career Statistics: 126 solo tackles and 78 tackle assists totaling 204 tackles in his career, 26 of those being tackles for a loss. Recovered three fumbles on defense as well. Had three carries is his career for two yards as well as returning one kickoff for 14 yards his senior season.

Pregame routine: Listen to Five Finger Death Punch.

Favorite memory: Winning the 2011 State Championship.

What will you miss most about Union football? Hearing the fans and coaches cheer when something good happens.

Best advice ever given? If you make a mistake, make it 100 percent.

College interest: Wrestle at Wartburg or Coe

Recommendation for future Knights: Don't lead with your head.

Quote from Head Coach Joe Hadachek: "Dylan McLaughlin was an impact player for us on defense. When you look at the area we improved the most as a team, the defense sticks out. Dylan was right in the middle of that defense, playing great against the run while also providing great pass drops. He played when he was injured, he played when he was tired, and he led by example both on and off the field. We are going to miss him."

Congratulations to Sr. Wes Burnside for being invited to 2012 Iowa Shrine Bowl

Add another accomplishment to the Wes Burnside resume' of success, Iowa Shrine Bowl 2012. The list of Union football players that have played in the Iowa Shrine Bowl is short one. Only two others, Jared Wauters (Elberon) and Jason Fowler (Dysart), have experienced what is truly an amazing experience that takes place each July in Ames, Iowa. Athletes selected are amazingly gifted on the field but also possess character/leadership off the field.

This game is an all star game of sorts. It brings the finest talent in Iowa High School football through all levels of play 8-man through 4A. It also brings together coaches from every level. It divides the talent north and south with the line being highway 30. However, the real stars are the kids helped by the generosity of the Iowa Shriners. The amount of time and energy it takes to put this all together is huge. For more information on how the game changes lives each year, click here: Iowa Shrine Bowl

Good luck Wes! You are representing the communities that make Union one of the best kept secrets in the state. If you get a chance to THANK a Shriner please do so... GO KNIGHTS!

artwork for championship rings

Top 10 in 1 Minute Push Up Test

1. Wesley Burnside-74
2. Jon Porter-63
3. Josh Clark-61
4. Trev Hadachek-60
5. Cole Hinders-59
5. Brady Petersn-59
6. Caleb Larison-55
6. Andrew Osuna-55
7. Christian Gray-53
8. Blake Hofstadter-51
9. Jay Scheel-50
10. Mitchell Dierks-47
10. Drake Rousselow-47

Scheel gets 3A soph MVP of district 5 via Iowa Preps

2011 Class 3A Sophomore MVPs
By Luke Feddersen Editor

The seniors will be getting a lot of the attention for postseason awards but Iowa Preps feels that the sophomores deserve some recognition as well. We name our sophomore conference MVPs in Class 3A now. See which elite athletes received the honors today!

District 5
Jay Scheel, Union
Scheel being able to take over behind center may have been one of the turning points this season. He spent the year dominating.

Class of 2013 Football Stock Risers
The 2011 football season is now completely in the books. Iowa Preps takes an in-depth look back at the year and has put together a list of ten juniors whose stock has risen more than their classmates. See who is included now!


An injury opened the door for Scheel at quarterback and he ran with the opportunity. He quarterbacked the Knights to the Class 3A title and showed some amazing skills along the way.

18 seniors, 1 five minute clip...thanks for the memories!

Thanks to The Progress Review and Mike W, turn sound on, click here:
Stand Up for the Champions
The Union Football staff would like to congratulate the following students who earned the top 20 GPA's in our program.

1. Dylan McLaughlin
1. Caleb Larison
1. Jess Larison
2. Austin Pauling
3. Noah Garwood
3. Jace Hadachek
4. Brenden Kuhn
5. Shay Fehl
6. Jon Roettger
6. Eli Kautz
7. Nathan Dvorak
8. Logan Sallee
9. Austin Lee
9. Nic Peters
9. Brady Petersen
10. Alex Barz
10. Trey Davis
10. Blake Havran
10. Bo Bader
10. Hunter Zempel
11. Jacob Hoschlag
12. Tyler Fischels
12. Trev Hadachek
13. Jacob Clark
13. Nick Weich
13. Cole Hinders
14. Tyler Kirkpatrick
15. Brian Dunkelberger
15. Tanner Heckt
16. Raymond Sagasta
17. Dobson Douglass
17. Dakota Hopper
18. Tate Hadachek
19. Christian Gray
20. Ted Tecklenberg

We would also like to congratulate those in the 3.0 Club for 1st Trimester.

1. Caleb Larison
1. Jess Larison
1. Dylan McLaughlin
2. Austin Pauling
3. Noah Garwood
3. Jace Hadachek
3. Brenden Kuhn
4. Shay Fehl
5. Jon Roettger
5. Eli Kautz
6. Nathan Dvorak
7. Logan Sallee
8. Austin Lee
9. Nic Peters
9. Brady Petersen
10. Alex Barz
10. Trey Davis
10. Blake Havran
10. Bo Bader
10. Hunter Zempel
10. Jacob Hoschlag
11. Tyler Fischels
11. Trev Hadachek
12. Jacob Clark
12. Nick Weich
12. Cole Hinders
13. Tyler Kirkpatrick
14. Brian Dunkelberger
14. Tanner Heckt
15. Raymond Sagasta
16. Dobson Douglass
16. Dakota Hopper
17. Tate Hadachek
18. Christian Gray
19. Ted Tecklenberg
20. Brady Driscol
20. Alex Bear
20. Jay Schell
20. Reid Monroe
21. Tedd Schmitz
22. Dylan Bear
22. Alex Kane
22. Max Thomsen
23. Justin Carey
23. Wes Kaufman
23. Teal Ludemann
23. Cordt Holub
24. Jordan Ramirez

Junior Captain Josh Clark featured in Iowa Preps article

December 2, 2011

Special season for Josh Clark
Luke Feddersen Editor

Union lineman Josh Clark came into the football season with varsity experience under his belt. That helped him to take his game to another level in the trenches as a junior while pushing the Knights to the Class 3A title.
"There were so many good things about my junior season. After we won (State), the emotions were going. Leading up to it, I didn't blow it up like we were playing in the State championship game."

Clark admitted that what this team went through early helped them make a push through the postseason.

"Last year, we went into the playoffs a little confident being undefeated. We had never been through any adversity or trouble going through the season. This year, we had trouble early and I felt we were battle tested. We had gone through the hard stuff and started playing great at the right time."

There is a certain part of Clark's game that he wants to get better at during the off-season.

"I want to put on a little weight and work on my agility. I can overpower just about everyone I play against but some guys would slip by me using their quickness. I want to improve my quickness side to side."

Clark has his sights now set on a big season of wrestling.

"Our wrestling team will do pretty good this year. I think I can place in the top three at heavyweight this year."

A few college coaches have been showing Clark early attention.

"My first letter was from UNI. I went with Trev (Hadchek) to Iowa State. Illinois has been sending me some stuff and I got a letter from Nebraska."

Clark named one college program that he has followed since he was younger.

"I always kind of liked Nebraska because their home games are always so crazy."

Burnside candidate for KCRG Athlete of the Week!

By Cheyne Reiter

Following his 142 yards and one touchdown effort in the 3A Championship game, Wes Burnside has been nominated as a candidate for the KCRG Athlete of the Week.

Burnside compiled 1,993 total rushing yards on the season and duplicated his touchdown total from 2010 with 30 scores. He helped lead the Knights to their first state title in 24 years.

Although no offers are on the table yet, Burnside has received numerous looks from Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, Minnesota, and South Dakota State.

The Athlete of the Week award will be announced Thursday night during the 10:00 p.m. newscast. The other two finalists are both football players as well; Nate Streb of Class 2A State Champion Iowa City Regina and Ben Knake of Class A State Champion Lisbon.

Senior Profile - Wes Burnside

By Cheyne Reiter

Full name: Wesley Maliek Burnside

Nickname: Wes "Express"

Date of birth: July 23, 1993

Football position: Halfback/Defensive Back

When football career first began: 4th grade Marshalltown Football League

Accolades: Three-time 1st team All-District HB as SO, JR, and SR; Two-time 1st team All-State HB Des Moines Register as JR and SR; Two-time 1st team HB Iowa Newspaper Association as JR and SR; named captain of the 2011 3A INA All-State team; named 3A player of the year by Iowa Sports Connection; KWWL Athlete of the Week as a junior; KWWL Play of the week vs. Maquoketa (1st game) as a senior.

Career Statistics: 813 carries for 5,944 yards (7.3 YPC) and 77 touchdowns, 8 receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown, 1-of-1 passing for 26 yards, 76 total tackles, 7 punt returns for 103 yards, 12 kickoff returns for 265 yards.

Knight Records held: Individual Game Performances: Touchdowns - 5 vs. Central-Dewitt (JR); most rushing attempts - 57 vs. Marion (JR); most rushing yards - 318 vs. Marion (JR); Individual Season Performances: Regular Season rushing yards - 2,154 (JR); Regular Season + Postseason rushing yards - 2,336 (JR); Regular Season most points scored - 178 (JR); Regular season + Postseason most points scored - 190 (SR); Regular season + Postseason most touchdowns scored - 30 (JR and SR).

Pregame routine: Listen to Ace Hood/Lil Wayne

Favorite memory? Winning the 2011 State Championship.

What will you miss most about UK football? Being coached by people who have made a huge impact on my life.

Best advice ever given? Hard work was preached at the Tim Dwight Camp and I took it to heart.

College interest: Has taken visits to Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, Minnesota, and South Dakota State.

Any Recommendations for future Knights? Work hard in the offseason to be the best you can be.

Quote from Head Coach Joe Hadachek: "He had a career most kids dream of and better yet, he elevated his team to a whole nother level. You don't replace a player like Burnside, you just hope someone can attempt to fill his shoes."

Reward & Recognition Event to be held Sunday, Dec 4

Players, Parents, Family and Friends of Union Knight Football:

We will hold our annual Reward & Recognition Event at UHS in La Porte City on Sunday, December 4th from 6:30-8:00pm. Each player will be formally announced by his head coach (frosh, sophs, and varsity) and some individual awards will be presented. The cheer squad will also be making a presentation prior to the football team.

This is a non-food event and ask all players to wear their travel warmups and red Team T-shirt for attire. The event is casual for all others.

If you and your son are interested in college football and/or the opportunities that may be available please meet in the UHS Media Center from 5:30-6:00pm for a short program that will cover options. Although this is optional we highly recommended this event if your son is a junior or senior.

There will be a Christmas sale starting at 5:00pm in the lobby area of the auditorium. This is our annual, end of the year liquidation of Union Knight T shirts, hats, and other items.

Union 3A State Champion NIKE T-shirts will also be available on site through Gregg's as well as car window stickers with this accomplishment.

The store will close at 6:30pm, and reopen after the event.

In addition, two different versions of 2011 hi-lights will also be available. You can order/purchase these dvds on site this Sunday.

For team members that were part of the championship game roster we will be finalizing rings this week. If you are interested in getting one you may want to include this on your Christmas wish list. This is something you will have for the rest of your life. We do not have a price yet but will do our best to get out this information as soon as possible.

See you there!

Coach Hadachek and Staff

KWWL AOTW -- Union Football Duo

To watch KWWL video click here: KWWL interview with Trev and Jay

Junior Trev Hadachek and Sophomore Jay Scheel have just helped Union High School to their first ever state championship. A combination of speed, size, and athleticisms helped Hadachek and Scheel to get there, but it was an injury that changed the course of the Knights season.

"I separated my shoulder and I didn't actually know it until after the game and I've been playing quarterback my whole life so I was kind of upset at first," athlete of the week Trev Hadachek said.

The Knights didn't miss a beat, rolling off 8 in a row to a 3A championship.

"Adversity happens, and Trev got down and I just stepped in." athlete of the week Jay Scheel said.

"They just flipped flop positions really on offense," head coach Joe Hadachek said. "Jay's been a quarterback since he's been a young guy too, and we knew he had talent and skills, and we were really making him the go to guy at wide receiver and with the injury to Trevs shoulder to be honest with you he stepped right in and played like a junior or senior."

Trev Hadachek is a first team all-state defensive back and racked up over 1,600 all purpose yards on the offensive side of the ball. Meanwhile Jay Scheel, coming in midseason at the quarterback position put up over 2,000 all-purpose yards.

What the future holds with two quarterbacks is anyone's guess

"No doubt you can put some special trick plays in if you got two guys that can throw. I don't think there is any offense with two quarterbacks in the backfield but we might have to look at it this summer," coach Hadachek said.

But for the two, three sport athletes, who work out together, motivate each other and inspire one another will hit the track and the hard wood before what hope to be another trip to the dome.

Video posted July 30, one day before it all started...

The Union Knights preparation for the 2011 season began in the weight room the day after the last game of 2010. Players realizing that the dream is still alive. What dream? Watch this.

Iowa and Iowa Sports Connection All State

November 21, 2011

Luke Feddersen Editor

Iowa Preps has released out together our 2011 Class 3A All State teams from the football season. See which top tier athletes made the cut on our first team All State now!

Wes Burnside Union

Josh Clark Union

Trev Hadachek Union

Iowa Preps has released out together our 2011 Class 3A All State teams from the football season. See which top tier athletes made the cut on our third team All State now!

Kyle Ansley Union

Dylan McLaughlin Union

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Iowa Sports Connection Class 3A All-State Football Team features Burnside as the player of the year in 3A, Hadachek as 1st team, and Ansley, McLaughlin as 2nd team selections.

Click here to see the whole team: Iowa Sports Connection All State Team

'Inside the Huddle' - Knights stun Decorah again, 21-14, to take 3A Championship

By Cheyne Reiter

Another game, another victory.

The Union Knights (12-2) won their first-ever state championship Saturday in another come-from-behind victory over the Decorah Vikings (11-3), 21-14.

In similar fashion to the week one game between these two powerhouses, the Knights jumped out to an early lead.

After holding the Vikings to a 3-and-out on their opening possession, the Knights took over and marched down the field. After being stopped at the Vikings 4-yard line, Brady Petersen nailed a 21-yard chip shot to give Union a 3-0 lead.

Union held Decorah on their next possession as well, and the Knights eventually capitalized with a 33-yard touchdown burst by Burnside. After running into a wall of his own linemen, Burnside scampered around the left edge and went untouched the rest of the way for the 10-0 advantage.

It looked like the rout was on.

Finally, the ground-and-pound game of Decorah found some holes.

The Vikings answered the Union score with an 80-yard scoring drive, capped off by a bruising 8-yard TD run by Josey Jewell. The Viking TD pulled them within three, 10-7.

Decorah found an answer on defense as well.

The Knights were unable to get playmakers Scheel and Hadachek much space. After a Shay Fehl interception at the Union 1-yard line ended a scoring-threat by Decorah, a rare Scheel mistake followed.

Throwing out of his own endzone, Scheel threw behind Hadachek who had a step on his defender deep down the middle. The pass was picked off and Decorah was back in business in Union territory.

However, the Union defense shut down the Vikings and got the ball back with just a few minutes remaining.

The high-powered Union offense was led by a heavy dose of Burnside and the scrambling-ability of Scheel as the two led Union down to the Decorah 19-yard line. With no timeouts, Union rushed their kicking unit onto the field, hoping to add three crucial points before halftime. The hurry-up field goal attempt from 36 yards out by Brady Petersen was good, firing up the Union sideline at both teams headed to the locker rooms with the score 13-7, in favor of the Knights.

All season long, Knights coaches have made the necessary adjustments and ultimately bury their opponents in the third quarter.

However, Decorah's playoff experience and tradition trumped the Knights in the third.

After another long drive by the Vikings, Josey Jewell added his second touchdown on a 10-yard carry. The successful PAT gave Decorah their first lead, 14-13.

Time and time again, the Decorah defense mustered any Knight chances of scoring, frustrating an offense averaging over 35 points per game.

With time ticking midway through the fourth quarter, the Knights big-play ability featured in all of their previous playoff wins, broke loose. Faced with a 1st-and-10 from the Vikings 36-yard line, Scheel faked to Burnside before unleashing a perfectly thrown ball to TE Brad Gallup who was five yards behind Decorah's last defender. The aerial strike gave Union a 19-14 lead.

A critical two-point conversion followed. Scheel bootlegged to his right and saw nothing but green turf to the goal line. Scheel used his speed to beat the Decorah defenders and gave Union a seven-point advantage, 21-14.

Needing a score, the Vikings offense stalled out and punted away to Union. The Knights bled the clock under three minutes and went for the dagger, trying to clinch their first state title.

On a 3rd-and-17 from their own 25-yard line, Scheel aired out a strike to Hadachek on a post-route. The Decorah defender made a spectacular diving play, swatting away the ball and Union's chances of ending any Decorah comeback.

A Union punt followed, and Reid Monroe made sure the Vikings would have to earn it.

With Decorah going for the block, Monroe launched a clutch, record-breaking 75-yard punt that skipped through the Decorah end zone.

For a predominantly rushing team, 80 yards to cover is very difficult, especially with the Knights expecting the pass.

Viking QB Blake Moen drove Decorah all the way to the Union 32-yard line, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.

Brenden Kuhn decided to clinch it.

Moen fired a pass to his right but overthrew his intended target. Instead, Kuhn caught the errant pass right in his breadbasket, and once again, Union was off to the races.

Kuhn returned the interception 61 yards before laying down to seal the Union victory.

On the Union sideline...pandemonium.

Coaches hugged, players celebrated, fans roared.

Game-MVP Wes Burnside led Union with 142 well-deserved yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. Scheel connected on 6-of-13 passes for 111 yards along with one touchdown and one interception. Gallup led the Knights with 80 yards on three catches, along with the game-winning 36-yard touchdown reception.

For the first time in 24 years, the Union Knights are Iowa football state champions.

In 1997, the 8-1 Knights didn't make the postseason because of a tie-breaker situation.

In 2009, the 8-2 Knights lost in their first ever second round playoff appearance.

Just a year ago, the 9-0 Knights were shocked in the first round.

In 2011, the Knights are champions, a year in which Union faced more adversity than ever before.

It's time to let it resonate throughout the state.

We are...UNION.

State title year includes breaking TEAM/individual All-Time Records


TEAM Season Records
*Most points regular season and playoffs - 501, 2011 new, replacing 412, 2010, old
*Most net rushing yards, season and playoffs - 3518, 2011 new, replacing 3213, 1997 old
*Most first downs regular season and playoffs - 228, 2011 new, replacing 177, 2009 old
*Most total offense regular season and playoffs - 5226, 2011 new, replacing 3847, 2009 old
*Most fumbles recovered regular season and playoffs - 14, 2011 new, replacing 12, 2008, 2009, and 2010 old

INDIVIDUAL Season Records
*Most points regular season and playoffs - 190, Wes Burnside, 2011 new, replacing 184, Wes Burnside, 2010 old
*Most TDs rushing regular season and playoffs - 30, Wes Burnside, 2011 tied with 30, Wes Burnside, 2010 old

TEAM Game Records
*Most rushing yards - 415 vs Independence, 2011, replacing ?
*Most yards total offense - 549 vs Independence, 2011 replacing 521 vs Jesup, 1995 old
*Long pass play - 95 yds Trev Hadachek from Jay Scheel vs Solon, 2011 replacing 92 yds Cory Feldpouch from Trev Hadachek, 2010 old
*Longest punt return - 90 yds Jay Scheel vs Maquoketa, 2011, replacing 67 yds Jason Fowler vs Maquoketa Valley, 1992 old
*Longest punt - 75 yds Reid Monroe vs Decorah 2011, replacing 70 yds Ross Monroe vs Decorah 2003 old

Rapid Recap: Union wins first ever 3A State Championship

By Cheyne Reiter

Say it ain't so!

The Union Knights captured their first-ever state title Saturday night in another thrilling come-from-behind victory.

The Knights found themselves trailing 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter; their backs against the wall yet again.

Once again, Union found a way.

Jay Scheel connected with a wide-open Brad Gallup for what proved to be the winning score.

The Knights defense closed out the Vikings final drive in Union territory as Brenden Kuhn came away with the game-winning interception.

A stunning season; one that will be talked about for years to come.

An unforgettable experience transpired for each Knight player, coach, and fan following the victory.

Adversity? Forget about it. This team proved that nothing can stand in their way. The Knights hit their stride following their Maquoketa regular season defeat and never looked back.

The IHSAA 3A football state championship of 2011 belongs to the Knights of Union. Two communities once divided, now as one, together.

In dramatic fashion, the roller coaster season has come to a close. Except in a rare occurrence, the roller coaster finishes at the top this time.

As champions.

Watch Knights LIVE!

Players, Parents, and Fans:

#1 We want you all at the game kickoff time 4:05pm this Saturday, UNI DOME, wearing RED Union clothing. SEA of RED!

#2 If you absolutely cannot be there Fox 28 has it click here: Fox live broadcast of 3A Championship game

#3 If you live out of state here is a web broadcast (you must pay to watch):
Iowa HS Live Sports Network

#4 Virtual scoreboard through your Facebook site and phone: Knight FB Virtual Scoreboard

Rapid Recap: Union Captures First State Title!

By Cheyne Reiter

Say it ain't so.

The Union Knights captured their first-ever state title Saturday night in another thrilling come-from-behind victory.

The Knights found themselves trailing 14-13 midway through the fourth quarter; their backs against the wall yet again.

Union found a way.

Jay Scheel connected with a wide-open Brad Gallup for what proved to be the winning score.

The Knights defense closed out the Vikings final drive in Union territory as Brenden Kuhn came away with the game-winning interception.

A stunning season; one that will be talked about for years to come.

An unforgettable experience transpired for each Knight player, coach, and fan following the victory.

Adversity? Forget about it. This team proved that nothing can stand in their way. The Knights hit their stride following their Maquoketa regular season defeat and never looked back.

The IHSAA 3A football state championship of 2011 belongs to the Knights of Union. Two communities once divided, now as one, together.

In dramatic fashion, the roller coaster season has come to a close. Except in a rare occurrence, the roller coaster finishes at the top this time.

As champions.

Playoff Edition, 3A Championship: Union Faces Familiar Foe in Final

By Cheyne Reiter

As the saying goes..."It's not how you start, but how you finish."

In this case, both Union and Decorah faced off in week one of the regular season with the Knights snatching away a come-from-behind victory, 20-17. The two meet again this Saturday on the grand stage of Iowa High School Football; the state finals in the UNI-Dome.

To get to this point, it hasn't been an easy road for either squad.

Decorah began the season with a record of 0-1, losing a heartbreaker at Union. The Vikings rebounded with four consecutive victories, highlighted by a 27-7 victory over the Oelwein Huskies. A tough matchup vs. West Delaware in week six followed, with the Vikings coming out on the short end of the stick, 38-21. Little did they know, that would be their last loss pending Saturday's result.

The Vikings have reeled off seven straight wins since that Sept. 30 loss. A 27-13 victory over Waverly-Shell Rock propelled Decorah into the No. 2 seed of 3A District 4.

Decorah's four playoff opponents included: Boone (5-4), No. 2 ranked Clear Lake (10-0), a rematch with No. 9 West Delaware (10-1), and Harlan (9-3). Decorah won those games 30-17, 24-8, 24-14, and 35-14, respectively.

Tradition and experience are two keys Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek mentioned about Decorah.

"They expect to win," said Coach Hadachek. "They are well-coached and fundamentally sound."

Decorah features a fierce rushing attack led by JR RB Josey Jewell. He has accumulated 1408 yards on 173 attempts, good for an 8.1 average. Throw in 16 touchdowns and you have a big-play-waiting-to-happen halfback.

Coach Hadachek said the gameplan was pretty simple. "To win this football game, we have to shut down Jewell."

The 20-17 victory for Union in week one was only a sample size of what's to come Saturday. A lot has changed since these teams last faced off, mainly due to injuries.

Brad Gallup and Kyle Ansley missed the season opener, and Trev Hadachek was still the quarterback. Jay Scheel made his first varsity start at receiver, but was hidden in the shadows of playmakers Wes Burnside, Hadachek, and Hunter Zempel. Zempel suffered a season-ending week three elbow injury and Hadachek separated his shoulder in week four. Scheel took over the reins at QB and has flourished with an 8-1 overall record at the helm since. Hadachek has been Scheel's main target down field, and Burnside keeps churning out 150+ yard efforts. Coach Hadachek knows the Knights have some valuable weapons on offense.

"We're still trying to improve before Saturday, but to be honest, we had a great offensive practice today (Thursday)," said Hadachek.

For Union, it'll be their first appearance in the championship. This postseason has seen many firsts as the Knights reached their first ever quarterfinal and semifinal, but Trev Hadachek knows the road doesn't end here.

"We're going to have to play our best game of the season to beat them," said Hadachek. "Playing in the UNI-Dome is unreal, but we have to come ready to play again on Saturday."

The Knights postseason has been unreal up to this point, and a championship would be the icing on the cake to an improbable run.

This past Monday, the Knights played exceptionally well in their 42-28 win over ADM-Adel.

How about an encore?

Congratulations to Trev Hadachek, 3A D5 Junior co-MVP

2011 Class 3A Junior MVPs
By Luke Feddersen Editor
District 5

Trev Hadachek, Union, Athlete/Josh Schulte, Anamosa, Wide Receiver
The honor within this district was shared between two worthy candidates. Hadachek battled through injury issues but made up for his lack of time behind center by excelling at receiver. Schulte and Anamosa focused their entire season on the passing game and that resulted in him totaling over 1,100 yards receiving.
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'Inside the Huddle' - Union shocks ADM-Adel in 42-28 Shootout; Advances to 3A Title Game

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights continue to impress. Throw out the stats, throw out the rankings, throw out the undefeated records; this team is for real.

And fun to watch.

The three-headed monster of Jay Scheel, Trev Hadachek, and Wes Burnside put on another highlight-reel performance in the 42-28 victory, making multiple plays that would deserve ESPN Top 10 recognition.

Five scoring plays of 57 yards or more proved to be too much for ADM-Adel to handle.

Entering the game against what seemed to be the most prolific offense in all of 3A, Knight fans expected a grind-it-out approach to keep the Tiger attack off the field.

That certainly wasn't the case.

After the Knights forced a three-and-out by the Tigers on their opening possession, Union took control inside their own 35-yard line. A couple rushes by Burnside failed to accumulate much yardage, so Union dug deep into their playbook. The call? A wheel route out of the backfield by Burnside up the Union sideline...wide open.

The rest is history. Union was off to the races.

The 62-yard pitch-and-catch from Scheel to Burnside gave the Knights a 6-0 lead after placekicker Brady Petersen had the PAT blocked.

On the Tigers following possession, the Knights bent, but did not break. The first three plays of the drive resulted in three first downs, and the Tiger offense seemed to be hitting its stride. Inside the Knight 35-yard line, SR QB Gavin Glenn locked in to his intended target but underthrew the receiver, and Shay Fehl made him pay with an interception.

The Knights second drive did feature the grind-it-out approach as a series of carries by All-State RB Wes Burnside paid dividends. Eventually, the Knights would gain a 14-point cushion following a 2-yard plunge by Burnside and successful two-point conversion pass to Brad Gallup.

ADM-Adel fans were in shock. 12-0. A perfect season slipping away right before their eyes.

Gavin Glenn and Co. finally found an answer.

The ensuing 11-play drive was capped off with a 4th-and-6 completion to an unmarked Jordan Grove, making the score 14-7 in the second quarter. The teams continued to trade touchdowns for the rest of the night.

While Glenn silenced the Knights crowd and momentum with the 6-yard strike, Scheel quickly ignited the crowd, swinging "Big Mo" back in the Knights favor. After avoiding would-be-tacklers, Scheel connected with Hadachek on a post route down the middle. From 30 yards out, one Tiger defender stood between Hadachek and the goal line.

A step to the left, a head shake to the right, a shoulder fake to the left, and a burst to the right left the ADM-Adel defender lying on the turf. The 57-yard score gave Union another 14-point lead, only to see the Tigers storm right back.

The Tigers answered the Knights big-play ability with another efficient drive. Faced with a long 3rd-and-goal from the Knights 17, Glenn found receiver Lucas Thompson behind Hadachek near the back pylon for the 17-yard TD pass, pulling the Tigers within seven at halftime, 21-14.

A thrilling first half left fans wanting more, and boy oh boy, they got just that.

On the Knights opening possession of the third quarter, Jay Scheel was at it again, this time using his legs. Those in attendance at last week's 21-13 victory over Maquoketa know Scheel's capabilities of breaking off the big one, but sometimes are still left speechless following the stunning carries he reels off.

This particular carry may have been Scheel's best one yet.

Faced with a 3rd-and-13 from his own 18-yard line, Scheel dropped back to pass. Instead, a small crease opened and Scheel exploited it. A couple jukes avoided the first two tacklers, and a spin move capped off the jaw-dropping run. Scheel was wrapped up multiple times, but the 155 pound sophomore was able to slip free up the Union sideline for the 82-yard score.

It was deafening on the Union sideline. Meanwhile, the Tiger fans sat in disbelief. Union 28, ADM-Adel 14.

However, the Tigers clawed their way right back. ADM-Adel attacked the Knight defense with a bruising ground game, gashing the Knights down the field. Another 4th-and-goal by ADM-Adel awaited, and a fade route to Lane Hovey worked wonders. The SR WR out-jumped Union cornerback Brenden Kuhn for the 11-yard score, pulling back within 7, 28-21.

The Knights gave another opportunity to Wes Burnside, and he made the most of it. The stingy Tiger defense had limited Burnside on the ground up until late in the third quarter, but Burnside busted off a vintage "Wes Express" run, trampling an ADM-Adel defender on his way to an 82-yard TD burst. The fake field goal attempt was swatted away by a Tiger defender making the score 34-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

Once again, the Tigers had an answer on offense. Glenn moved the Tigers quickly down the field, eluding Knight tacklers and turning broken plays into big gains. ADM-Adel drove inside the Knight 10-yard line, but Union locked down Glenn until fourth down. With Knights' fans on their feet, Glenn silenced them. A 5-yard pop-pass over the middle to Jared Grove pulled the Tigers within six, 34-28.

Union countered with a dagger. On a 2nd-and-15 deep inside Knight territory, Scheel rolled left, looked downfield, and aired out a beautiful pass to a wide-open Brad Gallup. Seventy yards later, the Knights found themselves up 42-28 after the two-point pass was completed to Hadachek.

Finally, the Knight defense shut the door on any hopes of a Tiger comeback. Glenn was intercepted on back-to-back possessions by Hadachek, sealing the Knights spot in the championship game.

To put the high-powered offenses in perspective, the two teams combined for 892 total yards; Union with 514 and ADM-Adel with 378.

The Knights shredded the No. 1 overall defense in 3A, shown by the Knights only punting a total of two times. Burnside racked up 162 yards on 27 carries for two touchdowns and added a 62-yard reception for a score as well. The experienced Jay Scheel completed 10-of-15 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns, connecting on scoring strikes of 57, 62, and 70 yards. Hadachek led the receiving category with seven receptions for 117 yards and a score, consistently beating double-team coverage down the field.

Unlike Maquoketa limiting 2/3 of the three-headed monster, the Tigers had no answer for any of Union's offensive stalwarts.

Defensively, the Knights shut down Gavin Glenn for the most part. Glenn completed just 14-of-33 passes for 142 yards. Although he threw for four scores, three interceptions (two by Hadachek, one by Fehl) proved costly. Thanks to Dylan McLaughlin's team-high 13 tackles (10 U, 3 A, 2 TFL) and Kyle Ansley swarming the Tiger attack (6 U, 4 A, 1 TFL), the Knights find themselves one win away from a historic title.

With the win, Union advances to play Decorah in the 3A championship game at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The game will be a rematch between the two as Union (11-2) hosted Decorah (11-2) in week one of the regular season and won 20-17 in a fourth quarter come-from-behind victory. Decorah won the other 3A semi-final matchup with a convincing 35-14 win over Harlan.

Playoff Edition, Semifinal Round: Union and ADM-Adel Collide with Title Game Aspirations

By Cheyne Reiter

Union (10-2) continues their surreal postseason run tonight at the UNI-Dome, taking on ADM-Adel (12-0) with Knight fans once again having the biggest-game-in-Union-history mentality.

To say the least, these playoffs have been nothing but unbelievable for Union.

In round one, the Knights found themselves trailing with under two minutes remaining but perfected a two-minute offense and scored the game-winning touchdown on a strike to Trev Hadachek. The result? A 22-15 victory over Washington and an upcoming match with the 4-time defending state champion Solon Spartans.

As we all know, Union pulled off the monumental upset the following week. The Knights defense set the tone with a barrage of turnovers and the offense did the rest. Burnside racked up over 200 yards, Hadachek had a 95-yard TD catch, and the Knights handed the Spartans their first postseason defeat since 2006, 39-24. With the victory, the Knights advanced to their first ever quarterfinal game, a rematch with the Maquoketa Cardinals.

To quickly summarize, the game with Maquoketa featured a budding star by the name of Jay Scheel. A 90-yard punt return TD and a 76-yard TD keeper by Scheel energized the Union attack while Burnside was bottled up once again by the blitz-heavy Cardinal defense. The Knights successfully burned up the final minutes to hang on for the emotional 21-13 win. The bittersweet victory advanced the Knights to the UNI-Dome for the first time ever.

For Union, it's all about the three-headed monster of Burnside, Hadachek, and Scheel that proved to be 2/3 stoppable against Maquoketa. Knights fans know that you can stop one, in the case last Monday night, two, but no way can you bottle up all three playmakers in 48 minutes of highlight-reel action. One of them will bite you, and if two or all three are clicking, just sit back and enjoy the show. Although ADM-Adel boasts the No. 1 scoring defense (10.08 PPG) in all of 3A, I expect the speed of Union combined with the speed of the turf to put up a great deal of points.

Not only do the Tigers have a solid defense, but they also possess the No. 2 scoring offense (40 PPG). Their spread offense, led by senior QB Gavin Glenn, does just what their offense is meant to do, spread the ball. Glenn has thrown for 2,876 yards on 203-of-306 completions, good for a 66.3% completion percentage. Throw in a 34:8 TD-to-INT ratio and you have an extremely dangerous QB. If not beating you with his arm, he can do it with his legs as he has rushed 110 times for 667 yards and 8 touchdowns. Another threat, SR RB Jared Grove, has carried the rock 187 times for 1305 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Tigers also have five different receivers with at least 29 catches, the most dangerous being SR WR Lane Hovey who has 54 receptions for 958 yards and 15 touchdowns.

As a result, the Knights defense easily faces their toughest assignment yet. Last week, Union showed vast improvement from their first defeat to Maquoketa, holding them to 13 points compared to 35 in their first contest. ADM-Adel owns a similar offense to that of Maquoketa, but playing in the confines of the UNI-Dome means points will be aplenty.

Expect an old-fashioned shootout. Oklahoma State-Kansas State style. Oregon-Stanford style. Two high powered offenses that will surely entertain a packed house tonight.

So here we are, less than eight hours away from the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The moment we've all been waiting for. What previous Union teams could only dream about; the previous playoff teams that scratched the surface but came up just short.

The time is now. Enjoy it.

Kickoff at 7:30pm Monday at UNI Dome!

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'Inside the Huddle' - Jay Scheel and Co. burn past Maquoketa in Epic Rematch, 21-13

By Cheyne Reiter

Two words. Jay Scheel.

The sophomore sensation put on a show tonight in a 21-13 Knight victory, beating the 10-1 Maquoketa Cardinals who beat Union earlier this year, 35-15.

On the Cardinals opening possession, the game resembled the last matchup very closely. QB Chase Coakley started off a perfect 7-of-7 passing and drove the Cardinals down the field before completing a TD pass to an uncovered receiver. The PAT was missed wide left, but the Cards were out to an early 6-0 lead.

The Knights first possession stalled immediately. Unable to penetrate through the fierce Cardinal defensive line, the Knights were forced to punt. After Union held Maquoketa, the 'Play of the Year' occurred.

A booming punt drove Union punt returner Jay Scheel back to his own 10-yard line. After starting to his right and being bottled up by a swarm of Maquoketa cover men, Scheel broke loose.

Across the field he went. Up the near sideline. Gone.

A 90-yard, Devin Hester-esque punt return touchdown by Scheel sent Union fans into an uproar. I, myself, had goosebumps. There was something about that play that sent a shiver through my spine; I'm sure I wasn't alone.

Needless to say, those chills didn't go away for long.

The Union defense held Maquoketa once again and let Scheel do the rest.

Just minutes after the unbelievable punt return TD, Scheel struck again with his legs. Scheel faked to Burnside and ran right. After hurdling out of two would-be-tacklers, Scheel was off to the races. Two more Maquoketa defenders stood between Scheel and the endzone, but the speedy Scheel stutter-stepped and blew past them igniting the Union crowd into chaos for the second time.

One play, 76 yards. Gone.

The last two Union plays amassed 166 total yards and two touchdowns thanks to Mr. Scheel himself.

Up 14-6, no lead was safe against the prolific Maquoketa offense. Coakley maneuvered the Cardinal offense down the field time and time again into the Union redzone, but the bend-but-don't-break approach by the Knight defense locked it in when it mattered most. Union forced three fumbles, recovering all of them, one being inside the Knight 35, and the other two both inside the Union 10-yard line.

Turnovers are crucial in any game, especially tonight, and Union won the turnover battle 3-0, swinging any momentum the Cardinals had managed back into Union's favor.

In the fourth, it was Scheel who struck again. After a Scheel carry took Union to the Cardinal 5-yard line, he showed that his arm is pretty special too. Rolling to his left, Scheel lofted a perfectly thrown ball to TE Brad Gallup who had a Maquoketa defender draped all over him. The diving grab in the endzone gave Union a 21-6 lead with just under six minutes remaining.

The Cardinals answered quickly as Coakley shredded the Knights secondary in just 51 seconds, completing his second TD of the night to make the score 21-13 with five minutes left.

The final Knights possession burned up the clock and any hopes that Maquoketa had of tying the game.

Union faced a 4th and inches on their own 27-yard line, and a gutsy, do-or-die call by Union head coach Joe Hadachek paid dividends. Following a timeout to think it over, out came the offense. A QB sneak, to none other than Jay Scheel, was the call.

First down. Game over. Dome bound.

Statistically, the electrifying Jay Scheel filled the stat sheet. He ran for 156 yards and a touchdown while throwing for an additional 95 yards and one touchdown on 9-of-14 throws, not to mention his 90-yard punt return TD along with a fumble recovery on defense.

All in all, it was a special night for a special player.

In addition, the powerful 3A D5 first-team selection, Wes Burnside, accumulated just 45 yards on the ground, similar to his last output (49 yards) vs. the Cardinals. Another first-team performer, Trev Hadachek, led the receiving yards category with 46 total while Brad Gallup had 34 yards receiving and the last Knights touchdown.

Coming off the biggest win in Union history vs. Solon, a 39-24 victory, the Knights easily topped that tonight.

With the victory, postseason play continues for Union, 10-2, next Monday night at 7:30 p.m. vs. 12-0, undefeated ADM, Adel, who advanced to the semifinals with a 25-13 win over Pella.

Only this time, it'll be UNI-Dome style.

Congratulations to 3A D5 all district selections for 2011

ALL ACADEMIC (3.5 or higher GPA)
Shay Fehl
Cole Hinders
Brenden Kuhn
Dylan McLaughlin
Brian Dunkelberger
Trev Hadachek
Eli Kautz
Austin Pauling
Brady Petersen

1st team:

RB Wes Burnside 5'9 200 lb
DB/WR Trev Hadachek 5'10 175 lb
LB Dylan McLaughlin 5'11 165 lb
DT/OT Josh Clark 6'2" 250lb
DE Kyle Ansley 5'11 200lb
TE/LB Cole Hinders 6'3" 200 lb
OC Logan Sallee 5'10 205lb
PK Brady Petersen 6' 145lb

2nd team:

LB Will Crees
QB/DB Jay Scheel
DB Shay Fehl
DT Dalton Crosser

Playoff Edition, Quarterfinal Round: UNI-Dome appearance on the line as Union hosts Maquoketa

By Cheyne Reiter

Ever since Joe Hadachek took over as the Knights football coach, there has been nothing but improvement. Just look at the history.

2007 - 6-3
2008 - 7-3 (substate round) No. 3 seed
2009 - 8-3 (1st round) No. 2 seed
2010 - 9-1 (substate round) No. 1 seed
2011 - 9-2 (quarterfinal+?) No. 2 seed

The 2011 version of the Union Knights will look to take the team to a place they've never been before, the UNI-Dome.

Tomorrow night, the Knights play host to the 10-1, 3A D5 No. 1 seed Maquoketa Cardinals in what will be another absolute thriller.

In week 6 of the regular season, the Cardinals traveled to La Porte City to take on the Knights and overpowered them in a 35-15 triumph.

Give Maquoketa credit. They outplayed the Knights in every aspect; offense, defense, and special teams. Coach Hadachek said it simply during the Press Box Radio postgame interview, "we were outmatched."

Granted, possibly the most electrifying running back in the entire state, Wes Burnside, was at roughly 75% as he was recovering from a nagging hamstring injury. In addition, Trev Hadachek suffered a shoulder injury just two weeks earlier at CC-DeWitt, missed the Anamosa game, and made his first ever start at wide receiver vs. the Cardinals. To add to the list, Jay Scheel was making only his second start at QB against one of the top teams in the state.

Regardless, you go to play with what you got, and on that Friday night, Maquoketa handed it to the Knights in every aspect.

This time around for Union, there will be no excuses.

Burnside is at 100%, and the Scheel-to-Hadachek combination has been nearly flawless. Maquoketa knows the Knights are at full strength, the question is, can they stop the three-headed monster once again?

In just six games at receiver, Hadachek has racked up 31 receptions for 513 yards and five touchdowns as Scheel's favorite target. Rushing also hasn't been an issue for the Knights since their last defeat at the hands of Maquoketa. After an uncharacteristic 49 yards on the ground vs. the Cardinals, Burnside has rushed for no less than 146 yards in the following five victories.

Offensively, the Knights will need to control the line of scrimmage if Burnside wants to get the ball rolling. Adjustments up front have been made; it'll be interesting to see if those pay dividends tomorrow night.

Defensively against Maquoketa, Union was unable to slow QB Chase Coakley (87 yards) and RB Craig Johnson (210 yards, 2 TD) running the ball. The read option confused the Knights all night long. When not using his legs, Coakley shredded the Union defense through the air, connecting on 11-17 throws for 161 yards and three touchdowns.

Tomorrow night, I expect a much closer, contested battle up until the finish. Union's motto 'Leave a Legacy' was on full display last week in Solon as this 2011 team took Knight football to a place it's never been before, the quarterfinals.

Think a UNI-Dome appearance isn't on their minds? Think again.

Update information

Players, Parents, and Fans:

Wanted to give you a quick update on playoff tickets for Monday night at 7pm in La Porte City. You can pre-purchase $6 tickets at UMS or UHS and avoid waiting in line before the game. There are no discounts for children or senior citizens for state games. If you are interested go to front office at UMS in Dysart or UHS in LPC during normal school hours.

If you do NOT have red colored Union Knight gear for Monday night be sure to get a T shirt or sweatshirt purchased by calling Gregg. He will be around this weekend and would be happy to assist you with getting a playoff T-shirt (sizes S-XL are still available, no 2X, 3x) in addition to other red long sleeve T shirts, hoodies, and jackets. Gregg's store number is 319-342-2880 and his cell number, 319-230-7892.

In addition, for those of you who have utilized we appreciate your support and are happy to report our last broadcast exceeded the capacity of PBR. We had over 750 listeners in the USA and abroad so PBR has upgraded to allow us to have more capacity. Here is a posted comment from one of our parents, Angela JK, from IA: "Just in my family was Germany, Iowa City, Durant, South Carolina, and Nebraska. They all Love it!!"

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Finally, congratulations to Brittany Frush placing 4th place at state in girls cross country, and also the girls volleyball team heading to state for the 2nd consectutdive year! We also wanted to wish the best of luck as the cheerleaders compete this weekend at state! GO KNIGHTS!

'Inside the Huddle' - Union playmakers prove to be too much for Solon

By Cheyne Reiter

The Knights may be in the process of being regarded as a powerhouse football program.

Beating Solon, five-time consecutive finalists and four consecutive championships (2A 2007, 2008, 2009; 3A 2010) is a good start.

On high schools version of "Monday Night Football," the Knights played as if they were on national television.

From the get-go, the Union defense set the tone.

Solon opted to receive, and on their second play from scrimmage, an ill-advised J.J. Hanus pass was intercepted by Knight cornerback Brenden Kuhn, setting up the Knights deep in Spartan territory.

The Knights capitalized on the short field position, giving the ball to none other than Wes Burnside who finished off the short-scoring drive with a 13-yard score. After the successful PAT, the Knights were out to an early 7-0 lead.

On the following Spartan possession, the Knights defense stepped up once again, this time forcing a fumble, one of five Spartan fumbles (three recovered) on the night. The opportune Knight defense set up Union in Solon territory once again. The Knights finished this drive with another 13-yard score, this time from fullback Kyle Ansley. The missed PAT made the score 13-0, just minutes into the first quarter.

Finally, Solon was able to hang on to the football. A quick 4-play drive resulted in a Spartan touchdown by Cody Fritz, making the score 13-7 at the end of the first.

In the second, Union's playmakers stepped up.

After a Solon punt trickled down to the Union 5-yard line, the Knights chose to air it out. Jay Scheel connected with Trev Hadachek on a deep post route and 95 yards later, the Knights found themselves up 19-7 after the failed two-point conversion.

Solon's following possession would eat up a majority of the clock as the Spartans drove the length of the field. They got as close as the 3-yard line, but a penalty backed them up and the Knights defense held. A 32-yard field goal by Josh Proehl was good, making the score 19-10 in favor of Union as both teams headed to the locker rooms.

The second half would show who made the necessary adjustments. Time and time again, it seems to be the Knights who put up big numbers in the third quarter.

The Knights adjustment was to not adjust at all.

Feed Burnside the rock, keep Solon honest with deep passes, and let the defense close it out; a winning formula.

Union started with the ball and pounded it down the field. Burnside got his number called and made the most of it, scoring from 12 yards out to make the score 25-10 after the missed PAT. Later in the third, Scheel found Hadachek once again, this time from 28 yards out to make the score 31-10 after Brady Petersen's third missed PAT of the night.

With a 21-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, one would think that is comfortable. But against an experienced Solon squad, nothing is certain.

Cody Fritz scored his second touchdown of the night from four yards out to bring the score to 31-17. Quarterback J.J. Hanus used his feet to add another touchdown, making the score 31-24 with just a few minutes remaining.

Solon attempted an onside kick but the Knights recovered. With short time remaining, the Spartans needed a stop. With Union's playmaking ability, that was too much to ask for.

Scheel's great fake toss to Burnside sucked the Spartan defense one way while Scheel went the other. With blazing speed, Scheel scored 54 yards later, ultimately sealing the victory.

At 39-24, it would take a miracle by the Spartans to come back; the Knight defense would have nothing of it. Stuffing Solon at the Union 1-yard line to end the game punctuated the Knight victory.

The Knights pulled off the improbable, the unthinkable.

Offensively, Burnside beat up the Spartan defense for 205 yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns. His lead blocker, Kyle Ansley, saw his fair share of carries, carrying four times for 31 yards and a touchdown.

As Solon keyed on the Knights running game, quarterback Jay Scheel was effective passing the ball. Scheel was 5 of 7 for 138 yards and two touchdowns, once again taking care of the football. He added five carries for 50 yards and a score as well. All five completions went to the 'big-play-waiting-to-happen' Trev Hadachek.

With the Knights high-powered offense gaining most of the attention, it was the defense who made a statement.

The Knights forced four total Spartan turnovers (three in the first quarter), one interception by Kuhn and three fumbles recovered. Ansley (10 T, 1 TFL) and Cole Hinders (10 T) led the Union charge.

Next Monday night at 7 p.m., the Knights will host the 3A D5 No. 1 seed Maquoketa Cardinals (10-1) who defeated the Grinnell Tigers (8-3) last night by a 42-14 final. Earlier this season, the Cardinals defeated Union 35-15 on homecoming night.

With Union being 100 percent healthy and a trip to the UNI-Dome on the line, expect to see a much closer contest this time around.

Rapid Recap: Down goes Sparty, Down goes Sparty!

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights pulled off the improbable.

A 39-24 victory over the 4-time defending state champion Solon Spartans sets up another home game for Union next Monday night.

Union jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead thanks to two forced turnovers (one int. and one fumble recovery). Burnside capitalized on the first turnover with a touchdown run before fullback Kyle Ansley got his number called for the second touchdown.

The Spartans stormed down the field on their next possession and capped it off with a touchdown run to bring the score to 13-7.

Following a Solon punt to the Union five yard line, Scheel connected with Hadachek and 95 yards later, the Knights found the score in their favor, 19-7.

Seconds before half, following a big goal line stand by Union, Solon kicked a field goal to make the score 19-10.

The Knights would add to their lead with three second half touchdowns, finally putting the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with the last score to make it 39-24. Fans stormed the field in celebration as Union pulled off the biggest win in Knight history.

The Knights advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history, moving their record to 9-2 overall. They will get a rematch with the 10-1 Maquoketa Cardinals who were 42-14 victors over 3A D6 No. 2 seed Grinnell.

In their previous district matchup, the Cardinals defeated a beat-up Knights squad on Union's homecoming night, 35-15. The Knights have reeled off five consecutive victories, most in convincing fashion, since that loss. With a full week to prepare for both coaching staffs, expect a very competitive game as the winner will advance to semifinals in the UNI-Dome.

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October 31, 2011

Hadachek ready for battle with Solon
Luke Feddersen Editor

Union athlete Trev Hadachek has helped push the Knights to the second round of the playoffs. But their biggest test remains on the schedule later tonight as they battle the defending champions from Solon.

"Solon is well coached and fundamentally sound. They don't give up a lot of big plays. They have a great tradition. It is going to be a fun game. We have always liked playing top tier schools because we want to be a program like Solon. It is going to be a good game."

Hadachek knows that the Spartans have a lot of talent to slow down.

"They got a really good quarterback in JJ Hanus. They have a playmaker at middle linebacker in Jay Pike. He is a really good player too. Their running back is really shifty. All in all, they are pretty well rounded."

Two things will determine the victor according to Hadachek.

"I definitely think it is going to be who wins in the trenches. It will be our offensive line vs. their defensive line and our defensive line vs. their offensive line. Whoever makes the least mistakes will usually win the game."

Hadachek admits that knocking off the Spartans would be a huge thing.

"It would mean a lot. We've been working so hard and have been waiting for this. We know to knock off a team like this that we have to play our very best."

An offer from Eastern Illinois remains on the table but Hadachek has other interest as well.

"I've been getting letters from Iowa State, Oregon, Wisconsin stopped in the school, and South Dakota. That has been about it."

Hadachek mentioned a few schools he has seen this fall.

"I visited Northern Illinois, Iowa State, UNI, and I was a guest of Wes Burnside at Iowa."

Union graduate goes from the student to the teacher!

Text from former Union Knight athlete Cory Feldpouch: "They introduced a new thing at my baseball workouts, the kettlebell. I demonstrated how to do the workouts for the team and coaches." Cory is a freshman playing baseball at NIACC in Mason City.

Here is a great example of a Union athlete who participated in the Knight strength and conditioning program are equipped to be successful in college athletics. He not only knows technique with barbell and dumbell lifts but he knows the kettlebell. We have been doing kettlebell workouts for the last five years. You see kettlebells growing in the college and event the professional ranks. You even see it on The Biggest Loser TV show.

The 4000 square foot new weight room is going to be terrific and will allow a minimum of 60 students to workout at one time. With the new rubber floor it will be kettlebell resistant.

Congratulations Cory as the student becomes the teacher!

'Inside the Huddle' - Union Advances to 2nd round of Playoffs with 22-15 Nail Biter

By Cheyne Reiter

As Trev Hadachek put it ever so kindly, "It's something you dream about doing."

For those unaware, the Knights won in stunning fashion over the Washington Demons in the playoff version of 'Wednesday Night Lights.' Down 15-14 with just 2:02 left on the clock, Union's season rested in the hands of the offense.

They came through.

After the ensuing kickoff, a "pooch" kick, was fair caught by the Knights at their own 41, they would need roughly 30 yards to feel comfortable in sending out the field goal unit to attempt the game winner. Little did they know, that wouldn't be necessary.

Quarterback Jay Scheel executed the two-minute offense to perfection, although a few ill-advised passes, three tipped by Demon defenders, could have led to the game ending in another opening round heart-breaker.

With 1:24 remaining, Scheel found Hadachek on a sideline hitch route, but the Demon defender was all over the intended pass. As it slipped through his fingertips, Hadachek snatched it and took off up the sideline. After eluding tacklers and burning down the sideline, the Knights would regain the lead 22-15 following the successful two-point conversion.

Hadachek would later describe the winning touchdown as crazy, resilient, and the time of his life.

After a strip sack was recovered by Union with Washington across midfield and threatening to score, it would just take one Knight kneel to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

For Knights fans, this is one that will be talked about for quite some time.

Early on, the game seemed like Union would take control and never look back.

After holding Washington to a three-and-out on their opening possession, the Knights got the ball at their own 30 and relied heavily on Burnside. Union got down to the Demon 20 before they faced a 4th and 2, but a hand-off to Burnside once again proved to be the right call. The Wes 'Express' burst to the edge, trampled one defender, and walked into the end zone to give Union a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter with the score still 7-0, the Demons drove to the Union 19 before they faced a 4th and 6. Instead of attempting the field goal, they opted to go for it. Linebacker Cole Hinders knocked down the attempted pass and Union regained possession.

On the following possession, the Knights drive stalled at midfield. As the Knights sent out their punting unit on 4th and 11, Union head coach Joe Hadachek called for a fake. Washington was ready for it and stopped Union's Trev Hadachek after picking up eight yards.

The Demons capitalized.

A 30-yard completion to Colin Steele set up the Demons inside the Union 5-yard line, and quarterback Jake Redlinger followed that up by called his own number, scampering in from three yards out to knot the score at seven all. The score would remain 7-7 for the rest of the half, a relatively low scoring affair for two offenses who can score in bunches.

Union regained the lead in the third quarter, once again feeding Burnside the ball time and time again. A 6-yard touchdown run by Burnside, his seventh consecutive carry of the 70-yard scoring drive, put the Knights up 14-7 with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter would be a classic.

"A leadership-driven team," Joe Hadachek said, once his heart rate returned to normal levels.

Early in the fourth, the Knights faced a long 4th and 26, an obvious time to punt the ball. As Reid Monroe booted it away, the Demon returner muffed it and Union would take it in for the score, or so they thought. Illegal procedure and personal foul penalties both against Union would erase the score and set up a 4th and 46. Monroe once again punted away, this time launching it all the way down to the Washington 17 to switch the field position back in the Knights favor.

After a couple Washington and Union drives stalled out, Union found themselves up 14-7 with just over 3:30 remaining. The Demons moved the ball down the field with a vicious air attack and eventually connected on a 31-yard touchdown strike to Brock Kimball. With the score now 14-13, it was decision time for the Demon coaching staff.

A gutsy call would follow...and pay off. Out came the offense, and Redlinger found a wide-open Colin Steele in the corner of the end zone and Washington found themselves up 15-14 with 2:02 left on the clock.

As mentioned before, that's when the Knights took over.

The Scheel-to-Hadachek combo proved to be unstoppable on the final drive and carried the Knights to the second round of postseason play.

With the win, the Knights will face the defending 3A champion Solon Spartans next Monday night in Solon. Kickoff is at 7:00.

Rapid Recap: Two-Minute 'O' Wins it for Union, 22-15!

By Cheyne Reiter

I'll save a majority of the adjectives for the post-game article, but I guess I'll give you one to put this game in perspective...UNBELIEVABLE. The Knights won tonight's first round contest over the Washington Demons by a 22-15 final in absolutely breath-taking fashion.

After Union took an early 7-0 on their opening possession, the Demons responded late in the second quarter with a touchdown of their own. Tied up at 7-all, fans would be in for a treat in the second half.

Once again on their opening possession of the second half, the Knights drove the football down the field and scored to go up 14-7. The score would remain that way until a roller coaster ending in the last five minutes.

The Demons scored a touchdown with less than 2:30 remaining and after sending out the PAT unit, they called a timeout. After breaking the huddle, out came the Demon offense to go for the win. On the road, underdogs, whatever you want to call it, the Demons wanted to shock Union.

On the two-point conversion attempt, the Knights had QB Jake Redlinger wrapped up, but after he slipped free he found a wide-open target waiting in the end zone, and just like that, the Knights would trail by a 15-14 margin.

The Knights would get roughly two minutes to get into field goal range. In a crucial situation like this, teams usually look for their playmakers and in this situation, the Knights would do just that. Scheel connected with Hadachek multiple times on the final drive, and finally on a short sideline hitch route completion, Hadachek eluded the Demon tacklers and scored the game-winning touchdown with just over a minute remaining. Knights players, coaches, fans, and announcers Dave Reisner and Ryan Moody went into pandemonium. After the successful two-point conversion attempt by Union, the score would be 22-15 in the Knights favor.

One more defensive stand would be necessary to seal the victory, and the Knights defense came up big. A strip sack would be recovered by Union and with one final 'victory formation' play, the Knights found themselves 22-15 victors and advancing to the "Sweet 16" of postseason play.

Next Monday night, the Knights will travel to Solon, the defending 3A champions of 2010 and also 3-time champions of 2A in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Knights will look to knock off the now 9-1 Solon Spartans in a game that will certainly gain much media attention as Solon seeks their fifth consecutive state championship.



Rapid Recap: Knights overpower Vikings, 51-0

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights manhandled the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings tonight by a final of 51-0. With the win, the Knights clinched home field advantage for their first playoff game as they will host the 3A District 6 No. 3 seed, Washington Demons.

Union stormed out to a 38-0 halftime lead as the offense, defense, and special teams all contributed to the outstanding Knight effort.

The Knights clinched their fourth consecutive playoff appearance in just five seasons under Joe Hadachek. Not only will the Knights be in the playoffs once again, they will also host the first round game for the third consecutive year. Two years ago, the Knights defeated the Oelwein Huskies to make their first ever second round appearance but fell last year to Clear Creek-Amana 22-15 in their opening round matchup. As the Knights are clicking on all cylinders, expect to hear some noise come Wednesday night as the 2011 team hopes to do just as their motto says...Leave a Legacy.

To fast forward to Wednesday night, here are your first round matchups between 3A D5 and 3A D6.

3A D5 No. 1 - Maquoketa hosts 3A D6 No. 4 - Williamsburg
3A D5 No. 3 - Western Dubuque travels to 3A D6 No. 2 - Grinnell

3A D5 No. 2 - UNION hosts 3A D6 No. 3 - Washington
3A D5 No. 4 - Center Point-Urbana travels to 3A D6 No. 1 - Solon

'Inside the Huddle' - Knights roll past Marion Indians on Senior Night, 45-14

By Cheyne Reiter

The Knights are starting to regain their rhythm.

After a 35-15 defeat to 3A District 5 leaders in the Maquoketa Cardinals two weeks ago, the Knights pounced on the Bobcats of Western Dubuque, 42-17, and followed that win with a 45-14 drubbing of Marion this past Friday night on Senior Night.

Things looked promising from the very beginning for Union as the Indians muffed the opening kickoff and were forced to start inside their own 5-yard line. After the defense made a stand, Union drove to the Marion 24 before being stopped. The Knights then sent on their field goal unit and kicker Brady Petersen drilled the 41-yard field goal to give the Knights an early 3-0 lead.

Following another defensive stand by the Knights, senior Wes Burnside had his number called numerous on the next offensive drive. After gashing the Marion defense multiple times, the Wes 'Express' capped off the scoring drive with a 7-yard touchdown carry. Just like that, the Knights lead climbed to 10-0.

Still in the first quarter, Marion's stagnant offense needed an awakening. Their star halfback, Colton Storla, moved into the shotgun at QB, also known as the "Wildcat" formation. The Indians sent their starting QB Cale Cannoy on a seam route and Storla connected with a 67-yard touchdown strike to get the Indians on the board, 10-7.

That would be the last score from the Indians until late in the fourth quarter, with the game clearly out of reach.

Nearing the end of the first quarter, Knights fans erupted in joy as sophomore Jay Scheel juked, jived, and then blazed past the Marion defense for an 87-yard touchdown score. The Knights regained their 10-point advantage, 17-7 at the end of the first.

Both defenses took notice in the second quarter and stymied the attacks of the opposing offenses. Union seemed to be well on their way to another score before Burnside coughed up the football and Marion recovered inside their own 40.

The Knights defense answered the call.

Marion's backup QB Brian Kinney was inserted into the lineup, and his first pass attempt sailed right into the numbers of Union senior cornerback Brenden Kuhn who returned the interception all the way down to the Marion 15-yard line with under 1:30 remaining.

The Knights capitalized on the turnover with a 4-yard scoring plunge by Burnside to give Union a 24-7 advantage at the break.

In a battle of the top two halfbacks in 3A D5, Burnside's yardage total outnumbered Marion's Colton Storla 103-21 at half. The Knights defensive unit was simply outstanding all night long.

Meanwhile, the second half saw more scoring from Union.

Burnside added two touchdowns in the third quarter to bury the Indians in a huge hole at 38-7. The first was a 1-yard touchdown dive before Burnside utilized his elusiveness with a 45-yard touchdown burst. In possibly his last home game of an illustrious career, Burnside finished with 175 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns.

The Knights added a fourth quarter touchdown as Jay Scheel connected with Trev Hadachek who caught it at the Marion 20, shrugged off two Marion defenders, side-stepped another, and took it in for the 40-yard TD score.

As much as the seniors starred on senior night, sophomore Jay Scheel continued to make a name for himself. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and added four carries for 97 yards and a score.

Junior Trev Hadachek once again led the Knights receiving corps with seven receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown, something he has done every game since being inserted into the wide receiver position.

Defensively, the Knights first-stringers limited Storla all night long. Josh Clark totaled 7 tackles with one being for a loss while Will Crees also managed 7 tackles with two being for losses. Collectively, the Knights defense totaled 10 tackles for losses, a key statistic showing the dominance that Union had over the Marion offensive attack.

With the win, the Knights 6-2 (4-2) moved into second place of 3A District 5 while Marion fell to 4-4 (2-4) and out of the playoff picture. Union controls their own destiny of hosting a first-round playoff game as they travel to Vinton to take on the Vikings next Friday night at 7:30 p.m., following the 5:15 Soph/JV kickoff. If victorious, the Knights will most likely grab the No. 2 spot and host either Williamsburg or Washington on Wednesday, October 26th.

Rapid Recap: Knights end Marion's Playoff Dreams with 45-14 Blowout

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights ran past the traditional powerhouse of the Marion Indians tonight by a final score of 45-14.

Momentum was largely in favor of the Knights as the Indians muffed the opening kickoff and started inside their own 5-yard line. Following a three-and-out by the Indians, Knights kicker Brady Petersen nailed a 41-yard field to give the Knights a 3-0 lead, a lead they would not let go of for the entire night.

Wes Burnside tacked on four touchdowns to his season total and seemed to be back at 100 percent health-wise. In addition, Jay Scheel ignited the Union offense with a blazing 87-yard touchdown scamper in his fourth consecutive start at quarterback.

After pitching a shutout in the second half last week against Western Dubuque, the Knights first-string defense limited the Marion offense to just seven points total.

With the playoffs nearing, Union has their full arsenal of weapons at hand and those weapons were on full display tonight.

With the win, the Knights move to 6-2 and 4-2 in 3A District 5 while Marion falls to 4-4 and 2-4 in district play, officially eliminating the Indians from playoff contention.

Complete game analysis and statistics to follow later this weekend.

Playoff Preview - Where We Stand

By Cheyne Reiter

With just two weeks remaining in the season and some teams fighting for their playoff lives, let's take a look at possible playoff matchups as 3A District 5 goes head-to-head with 3A District 6.

Current Standings

3A D5 Overall Record (District Record), Point Differential Average

1. Maquoketa, 6-1 (5-0), +13
2. Western Dubuque, Epworth, 5-2 (4-1), +6.6
3. Union, La Porte City, 5-2 (3-2), +3.8
4. Central Clinton, DeWitt, 3-4 (3-2), +1.2
5. Marion, 4-3 (2-3), +0.4
6. Center Point-Urbana, 2-5 (2-3), -6.6
7. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3-4 (1-4), -5.4
8. Anamosa, 2-5 (0-5), -13

3A D6
1. Solon, 6-1 (5-0), +13
2. Grinnell, 6-1 (5-0), +11.6
3. Washington, 4-3 (3-2), +5.2
4. Williamsburg, 5-2 (3-2), +3.8
5. Benton, Van Horne, 2-5 (2-3), -7
6. South Tama, 2-5 (1-4), -6.8
7. Mount Vernon, 1-6 (1-4), -8.8
8. Clear Creek-Amana, 0-7 (0-5), -13

Taking a look at D5's remaining schedule, I see Maquoketa running the table at a perfect 7-0. While nothing is certain, Union and DeWitt both are presented favorable matchups and if they both win out, could finish in a 3-way tie with Western Dubuque for second place. Tiebreakers would be in place and each team went 1-1 against each other, thus going to the next tiebreaker of point differential average.

Looking at D6's remaining schedule, the last two weeks of the regular season will be very telling. Benton Community, who currently sits in 5th place, has very favorable matchups in South Tama and Mount Vernon. Meanwhile, Washington travels to Solon and then Williamsburg, two football-rich communities with plenty of tradition. To determine the 3A D6 title, barring any upsets, Solon will travel to Grinnell to finish the regular season.

3A D5 Projected Top 4

1. Maquoketa
2. Union, La Porte City
3. Central Clinton-DeWitt
4. Western Dubuque, Epworth

3A D6 Projected Top 4

1. Solon
2. Grinnell
3. Williamsburg
4. Benton, Van Horne

In this scenario, the Union Knights would host Williamsburg. With a win, Union would possibly get a shot at the defending 3A state champions in Solon if the Spartans take care of Western Dubuque, Epworth.

Remember, these are only projections; these standings are not set in stone just yet. With two weeks remaining, it'll be exciting to watch how things shake out...stay tuned.

'Inside the Huddle' - Union knocks off 3A District 5 co-leaders Western Dubuque-Epworth, 42-17

By Cheyne Reiter

Union played lights out on a night where the lights also went out at the stadium and entire community of Epworth for just over an hour.

Before the hour delay, Western Dubuque's Sam Burds booted a 25-yard field goal to put the Bobcats up 3-0. After the Knights were forced to punt it away on their following possession, Western Dubuque muffed the punt inside their own 30, and Jay Scheel had the scoop-and-score from 22 yards out to give the Knights a 7-3 lead.

Then, the lights went out.

Fans sat in darkness with their cell phones being their only light as they waited for power to be restored.

Once the lights came on just after 9 p.m., Union added a 1-yard touchdown run by Wes Burnside to go up 14-3, still in the first quarter.

In the second, the Bobcats answered with a good mix of the run and pass and capped it off with a 26-yard touchdown pass from QB Nick Tuttle to Hunter Westhoff to pull within four points, 14-10. Union punted on their next possession and the Bobcats Tuttle connected on a 32-yard touchdown strike, this time to Tyler Donovan to give Western Dubuque a 17-14 lead.

Just 7 seconds before half, Union's Burnside added his second 1-yard touchdown score of the night to put Union up 21-17 as both teams headed to the locker rooms.

Halftime adjustments by the Knights coaching staff were on display in the second half as Union buried the Bobcats with three third quarter touchdowns. Trev Hadachek reeled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jay Scheel to give Union a 28-17 lead and Burnside scored his third touchdown of the night, this time from 13 yards out. Tight end Brad Gallup finished out the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown reception from Scheel, and the Knights would go on to win by a final of 42-17.

Offensively, Union righted the ship as they were limited last week vs. Maquoketa. This week, the Knights totaled 383 yards and 15 first downs vs. Western Dubuque. Jay Scheel, making his third consecutive start at QB, completed 6 of 12 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Burnside broke loose for 211 yards on 23 carries and added three touchdowns. Andrew Osuna also carried 7 times for 65 yards. Hadachek totaled 32 yards on the ground as well as catching four passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Gallup also had two catches for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, after allowing 17 first half points, the Knights pitched a shutout in the second. Led by defensive tackle Josh Clark (9 tackles, 2.5 for loss) and linebacker Dylan McLaughlin (8 tackles), the Knights stopped the Bobcats in their tracks for most of the night.

Special teams wise, Union placekicker Brady Petersen was a perfect 6-6 on his PAT's, and the punt coverage unit recovered and returned a Bobcat fumble for an early 7-3 lead.

The Knights now move to 5-2 (3-2 3A District 5) while the Bobcats fall to 5-2 (4-1). Union hosts Marion next week for their final regular season home game. Varsity will begin at 7:30 p.m. following the 5:15 sophomore game.

Rapid Recap: Big second half allows Union to bury Bobcats, 42-17

By Cheyne Reiter

The Knights overcame last week's loss to Maquoketa, an hour delay, and a tough Western Dubuque squad all in one night. The Knights were coming off a 35-15 defeat to Maquoketa at home and faced a tall task in Epworth. The Knights scored 21 second half points to win 42-17 in a crucial game with playoff implications.

Just minutes into the game, power went out at the field as well as the entire town of Epworth. Union's Jay Scheel had just scored on a muffed punt return by the Bobcats to put the Knights up 7-3 before the lights went out. Game totals are not available yet, but Burnside and the Union offense had a big night. The Knights defense pitched a shutout in the second half as Union led 21-17 heading into the locker rooms.

Union now moves to 5-2 (3-2 3A District 5) while Western Dubuque, Epworth falls to 5-2 (4-1). Western Dubuque travels to Maquoketa 6-1 (5-0) next week with a district title on the line and with a Bobcat loss, Union could still claim the No. 2 seed if they win their last two games vs. Marion and Vinton-Shellsburg. Union will be hosting Marion next week for their last regular season home game.

Rapid Recap: Knights fall on homecoming night at hands of Maquoketa, 35-15

By Cheyne Reiter

The Maquoketa Cardinals 5-1 (4-0) came into Knight Stadium to take on Union 4-2 (2-2) and left with a 35-15 victory. A big and fast Cardinal defensive line limited Union halfback Wes Burnside to just 47 yards. Burnside was able to score two touchdowns but that wasn't enough as Maquoketa quarterback Chase Coakley led an offensive attack that Union struggled to stop throughout the night. The game was tight heading into the locker rooms as Maquoketa held just a six-point, 21-15 advantage, but two second half touchdowns by the Cardinals buried any hopes that Union had of coming back.

Union travels to Epworth next week to take on Western Dubuque 5-1 (4-0). That game won't be any easier than tonight's as they defeated Central Clinton-DeWitt tonight by a final of 31-14.
The last order of the T-shirts for Cancer Awareness Week at Union is going in Friday. Awareness week is Oct. 10-14. If you are interested in ordering one please e-mail Gloria Hadachek at Purple represents all types of Cancer. All proceeds from Cancer week go to Cedar Valley Hospice. We will also be selling purple lollipops at the Frosh FB game, the home Cross Country meet, the VB game and the Varsity game that week. For $2 you can give us the name of someone you know who has fought or is fighting Cancer and we will run their name across the Football score board at the game. We will be getting names all week of Oct. 10 at all the sporting events. T-shirts are $15.

Rapid Recap: Resilient Knights stave off fiesty Anamosa, 56-27

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights moved to 4-1 (2-1) after tonight's victory over the Anamosa Blue Raiders 2-3 (0-3), 56-27.

Offensive fireworks were on display all night long. Union saw the Blue Raiders score an 84-yard touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage, but the Knights rebounded and eventually pulled out the victory. The score may seem a bit lopsided, but both teams headed into the locker room tied 21-21, in what was a very competitive and exciting first half.

More in-depth analysis and statistics to follow later this weekend.

'Inside the Huddle' - Knights ride 21-point 3rd Quarter to 56-27 victory over Anamosa

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights 4-1 (2-1) rebounded from a tough loss last week to DeWitt with a high scoring 56-27 win over the Anamosa Blue Raiders 2-3 (0-3).

Don't let the score fool you; this game was much closer than the final score. Anamosa, coming off a previous 0-9 season, presented a dangerous passing attack at an inexperienced Union secondary. That inexperience showed on the first play from scrimmage as Nik Schulte connected with his younger brother Josh Schulte for an 86-yard touchdown pass. The Knights trailed 6-0 after the missed PAT.

The Knights answered with a platoon of running backs getting the ball. Wes Burnside eventually gave Union a 7-6 lead after a 5-yard touchdown run and added to the Knights lead with a 14-yard touchdown just moments later. Union led 14-6 but the air attack of Anamosa responded. Following Burnside's second touchdown of the night, Anamosa's Nik Schulte found a wide-open Aaron Krapfl for an 80-yard touchdown pass and after the two-point conversion, the game was knotted up 14-14 after just one quarter of play.

The second quarter saw another Union halfback, Mitchell Dierks, find pay dirt with a 13-yard touchdown carry to put the Knights up 21-14. The Blue Raiders didn't panic and moved the ball efficiently down the field before Nik Schulte called his own number with a 3-yard touchdown run just seconds before halftime. Both teams headed to the locker room tied 21-21 after a very entertaining first half.

Union quarterback Jay Scheel (filling in for the injured Trev Hadachek) and Union's third halfback Andrew Osuna took over in the second half. The Knight defense gave Union a lead they wouldn't relinquish as Shay Fehl intercepted a long Schulte pass and returned it 22 yards for a 28-21 lead. The aforementioned Osuna scored his first of three touchdowns in the second half to give Union a 35-21 lead. A highlight reel punt return touchdown by Jay Scheel put Union up 42-21 heading into the fourth quarter. Osuna added his second and third touchdowns of the night as the three-headed monster rushing attack of Burnside, Dierks, and Osuna totaled six touchdowns collectively.

Aside from eight penalties and three turnovers, the Knights were impressive by scoring from all three phases of play (offense, defense, and special teams). Dierks led all Knight halfbacks with 159 yards on 22 carries and Osuna led the halfbacks with three touchdowns. Jay Scheel completed 7 of 13 passes for 200 yards and an interception in his first career start at quarterback. Brady Petersen was the leading receiver on the night with 98 yards on just two catches. Cole Hinders, Dylan McLaughlin, and Brad Gallup (making his first start of the year) led the Knight defense in tackles. The defense responded by limiting Anamosa to just six points in the second half after allowing 21 points to be scored in the first half.

To put the high potent offenses in perspective, the Knights racked up 521 yards of total offense while Anamosa had 481 of their own, combined for an unbelievable 1,002 total yards.

The Knights will host the district 5 leaders Maquoketa next week at home for homecoming. The varsity game will begin at 7:30 following the 5:15 sophomore game.

You are what you drink? The will to prepare is an important as the will to win!

Parents and Players:

It is our job to help educate our athletes in the do's and don'ts of nutrition. This not only applies to the 24-48 hours before a game but all year long if you want to be the best you can be.

Consuming soda pop or other carbonated beverages, especially to kick start your morning, is NOT good for you. You might think you get an energy boost from soda but you will also get a crash and if it is regular soda an extreme amount of sugar.

Stay away from Monster, Amp, Rock Star, and other drinks that are designed to stir your energy levels to an abnormal level then give you an after effect that will not help you perform well in the classroom or on the football field.

Attaching several pictures of the amount of sugar in popular drinks. Bottom line is when you make a decision it not only effects you but all of us.

Remember two rules:

1. Nothing white at night.
2. If it looks like plastic or tastes like plastic do not consume it.

Two helpful hints:

1. Do not do MAJOR change in your diet, you must feel good.
2. Stay away from greasy or fried foods, pastas are recommended 48 hours out.

By Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D.
Football is a game of strength, speed and skill - all of which can be affected by what, when and how much an athlete eats and drinks.
Athletes need to apply the same effort to proper fueling as they give during practices and competition. Players sometimes neglect nutrition, which can result in poor performance.
Common Nutrition Mistakes...
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not eating at regular intervals
• Eating too much protein and short-changing carbohydrates
Setting Nutrition Goals
With a little education, football players can make changes that will be felt both on and off the field. The team should set nutrition goals together, such as:
• Drinking on a schedule
• Refueling at half-time
• Eating immediately after practices or games
What to Eat
Football players need carbohydrates to fuel hard-working muscles. Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruits and vegetables should be the bulk of a football player's diet filling up 2/3 of the plate at every meal. Protein foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy foods, nuts, soy products and beans, are essential for good health, but are not the primary fuel source for exercise, and so should occupy only 1/3 of the plate.
All Day Fueling
Unlike professional football players who practice during the day, younger athletes don't take the field or hit the gym until after school. Since bodies don't run well on empty, eating every 3 to 4 hours is necessary to properly fuel both the body and mind. Encourage your athletes to:
• Eat within 1 hour of waking up.
• Eat something at lunch.
• Snack before practice on a sports drink, energy bar, cereal or granola bar.
• Bring a post-exercise snack to eat before leaving the locker room. Good choices include an energy bar, bagel, crackers or fruit with a sports drink.

Drink Up!
All players benefit when the body is optimally hydrated. This is not just a game-day issue, but a daily priority. To prevent dehydration, especially in hot, humid environments, athletes need to drink often and enough. Get your athletes off to the right start:

• Recommend sports drinks over water, because sports drinks taste great, contain electrolytes, like sodium, and may help prevent cramping.
• Weigh players before and after practices to determine individual fluid losses and monitor them to replace every pound lost by drinking at least 20 ounces of fluid.
• Ask athletes to bring their own sports bottles and drinks so their favorite fluid is readily available.
• Remind athletes that spitting out fluids doesn't hydrate the body!
• Educate players about the importance of seeing what they pee. The goal is light-colored urine and lots of it!

Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D. is Director of the sports medicine nutrition department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and nutrition consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

'Inside the Huddle' - Knights storm past Center Point-Urbana 56-7

Compiled by: Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights opened their 2011 3A District 5 campaign with a convincing 56-7 win over the Center Point-Urbana Stormin' Pointers this past Friday night.

Led by the one-two punch of Wes Burnside and Trev Hadachek from the offensive side, the Knights jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Hadachek burst through the Pointer defense for a 10 yard touchdown run before Burnside got his own number called and plunged in for an 8 yard score.

Following the first quarter, it looked like the route was on; Center-Point Urbana had other plans. They began to fluster the Union offense and eventually scored a touchdown of their own on a Brandon Roseberry 21 yard plunge to pull within 14-7. Union countered with a long scoring drive finished off by Burnside once again and the 2-point conversion by Hunter Zempel gave the Knights a 22-7 lead heading into the locker room.

A back and forth first half fired up the Knights as they came out and ultimately buried CP-U in the third quarter alone. A tragic arm injury after a 37 yard punt return by Union senior Hunter Zempel helped fuel the Knights as well. Several players said that they 'played the second half for him.' The Knights scored four touchdowns, highlighted by an elusive 41 yard run from Burnside. Hadachek also scored once again, this time on a thrilling 47 yard fumble return. The Knights led 50-7 heading into the 4th quarter and tacked on a 1 yard touchdown run by Andrew Osuna to close out the final at 56-7.

Burnside finished the night with 160 yards on 20 carries and also added four touchdowns to bring his season total to ten in just three contests thus far. Hadachek completed 7 of 11 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and also scrambled for an additional 82 yards on the ground. The Knight offense piled up 411 yards total following their record-setting 549 yard output last week.

Defensively, the Knights were led by seniors Dylan McLaughlin and Cole Hinders as they both piled up 10 tackles apiece. Defensive end Kyle Ansley seemed to be all over the field as well and finished with six tackles. The Knights continued their dominance as they limited the CP-U offense to just 153 yards of total offense on 45 plays. Three games into the season, the Knights defense has given up just 24 points total.

The Knights 3-0 (1-0) travel to Dewitt 1-2 (1-0) this Friday night for a showdown as last year's game between the two saw a track meet in which the Knights won 47-46. Varsity kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. following the 5:15 sophomore game.

Inside the Huddle - Center Point-Urbana Preview

Compiled by: Cheyne Reiter

Week #2 saw the Knights bury the Independence Mustangs 57-0, in large part because the Knights had no turnovers while racking up 549 yards of total offense (a new Union record). The Knights avoided a sluggish start as senior halfback Wes Burnside cut loose for 286 yards and four Knight touchdowns while Hunter Zempel racked up three touchdowns of his own. The victory gave the Knights two non-district wins as they now head into district play.

Union sits at 2-0 (0-0) as they begin district play tomorrow night, while they face Center Point-Urbana 0-2 (0-0), a squad heading in the opposite direction and maybe still searching for their identity. The Stormin' Pointers suffered a 41-7 defeat by a sound 2A team in Dyersville, Beckman last week, and in Week #1 they were trounced by Williamsburg 34-7. Let's have a look at tomorrow nights match-up.

Last year's result: Union 49 Center Point-Urbana 7

CP-U Outlook:

From an offensive standpoint, there isn't much to look at when you check the statistics from the Stormin' Pointers first two games. Last week, they rushed for a mere 45 yards with junior Brandon Roseberry leading the way at 28 yards on 11 carries. If they don't develop the run game, that could lead to big trouble. Senior QB Sebastian Hollandsworth has struggled in his first two games as he is just 7-29 for 96 yards. Not to mention he has a 1 to 5 touchdown to interception ratio. A limited passing game may lead to the Knights stacking the box and ultimately shutting down the CP-U offense. In last years contest vs. Union, CP-U only racked up only 121 yards of total offense.

Union Outlook:

After opening the season with a tough match-up in Decorah, the Knights breezed by the Mustangs in week #2. Union rediscovered last years potent offense while also pitching a shutout versus Independence. The Knights also punted a total of zero times, a formula that may spell doom for the Stormin' Pointers. I don't expect to see Union's offense slow down much, especially after totaling 354 yards last year against CP-U. The Wes 'Express' ignited the Union "O" last year with 167 yards and four touchdowns while QB Trev Hadachek also scored two rushing touchdowns.

Final Prediction:

Union boasts the #6 offense in 3A scoring 38.5 points per game while also sporting the #6 scoring defense at just 8.5 points per game. Meanwhile, CP-U has been outscored 71-14 in their first two games combined. I spoke with a few Union players on their main goal for Friday night and the message was pretty simple, "We want shutouts." I'll take their word for it -- Union wins it 47-0 and will head into a showdown with Central Dewitt next week.

Knights Continue to Climb in Polls

Compiled by: Cheyne Reiter

Following last week's 57-0 drubbing of Independence, Union saw itself climb in various polls across the state.

In the BCMoore rankings on (comparable to the BCS polls in college football) has Union at #5 in class 3A. The official poll has Union at #3 in class 3A, and also jumped the Knights from #11 to the #10 spot in their overall rankings (includes all classes).

The Iowa AP Poll has Union ranked the highest after week 2 games were completed, as the Knights see themselves sitting at #2 in class 3A.

Union - Independence Quick Recap

Compiled by: Cheyne Reiter

Union 2-0 (0-0) routed the Independence Mustangs 0-2 (0-0) tonight by a final score of 57-0. The Knights stormed out to a 36-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Union heads into district play unscathed and will face Center Point-Urbana 0-2 (0-0) in La Porte City next week.

Union-Indee statistics and in-depth analysis to follow.

To catch Friday night light hi-lights from game click here:
Union @ Independence hi-lights from KCRG-TV

Inside the Huddle - Independence Mustang Preview

Compiled by: Cheyne Reiter

After week 1, Union sits at 1-0 (0-0) overall following a thriller which took place last Friday night vs. the Decorah Vikings. Patience was key with the Knights as they were frustrated by a quick and strong Viking defense for the first three quarters. Eventually, Union's ground game got going and with the help of a trick play, they stormed back from a 17-6 deficit in the second half to win 20-17. Week one had its ups and downs but when it was all said and done, Union walked off with a W. With that being said, let's take a look at this weeks upcoming match-up.

Union 1-0 (0-0) travels to Independence 0-1 (0-0) Friday night looking to carry over that 4th quarter momentum from last week's contest. Independence faced off with a solid 2A team in Waterloo Columbus. Although they lost that contest 36-19, there are some things to watch for in this weeks game with Union.

Last year's result: Union 56 Independence 7

Indee Outlook:

The Mustangs rushed for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns last week vs. W'loo Columbus while throwing for 64 yards and an INT. They didn't have a rusher over the 100 yard mark meaning they possess a well-balanced attack from the backfield. Three seniors will be getting their name called a lot Friday night in Nick Fuller, Nick Shannon, and Sam Rasmussen. Although Indee lacks the tradition of success that Decorah possessed, they may attack the Knights in similar fashion. Each possession will be critical, and they may try to eat up some clock to keep the Knights high-powered offense off the field.

Union Outlook:

As for Union, look for them to establish their ground game with Wes Burnside early and often. In last years affair, Burnside carried only 15 times for 188 yards and 4 TD's. Union QB Trev Hadachek also had a hay-day on the ground by carrying 6 times for an astonishing 132 yards. As Union hits the dirt, the play-action pass may open up quite a bit as well. Senior wideout Hunter Zempel may be on the receiving end of a couple big plays. Obviously, the one-two punch of Burnside and Hadachek will be eyed all night by the Mustang defense.

Final prediction: Look for a similar result to last year as Union will be looking to break out of the gates early and often. Union wins this one 49-6 and ought to head into district play with plenty of momentum next week at an undefeated 2-0.

Two all-time Union team records fall in Independence game!

Thanks to team stat keeper Gregg McLaughlin we just found out there were two new Union football team records set on Friday night at Independence.

In 1998 the Union Knight football team set the record for rushing yardage with 399 yards. On Friday the Knights totaled 415 yards to raise the mark.

The second record was total offensive yardage. Union had 549 yards in total offense with 134 in the air and 415 on the ground. The old record was 521 yards vs Jesup in 1996.

Union posts first win over Decorah with comeback in 4th quarter!

The Union Knights faced off against the Decorah Vikings Aug. 26th in the 2011 season Friday night opener. The Knights ended up taking the game with a score of 20-17.

*all credit to Waterloo Courier for this information and covering our game

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa --- It's no secret that 9-0 2010 season followed by a first-round exit in the state playoffs has lit a fire under Union Community's football team.

With their backs to the wall in Friday's home opener, the Knights showed just how well-conditioned and resilient they've become. Union overcame a 17-6 deficit with just under 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter to defeat Decorah, 20-17, in a battle of teams that finished atop their respective Class 3A districts a year ago.

"Every team I've played on, we've been resilient, we come back," Union junior quarterback Trev Hadachek said. "We knew we were still in this game. Deep down, through all the workouts and all the summer activities, we want to get back to where we were - a district championship. We knew we could come back, and eventually our stuff started clicking. We got going."

Throughout much of Friday night's contest, Decorah was in firm control. The Vikings held the state's top returning rusher, Wes Burnside, to 32 yards on 12 carries in the opening half.

When Burnside did break a 79-yard run early in the third quarter, that drive ended with Union's nemesis, Jacob Humpal, leading a brigade of Decorah defenders who met the Knights' star in the backfield for a goal-line stand. Hadachek was being treated on the sideline during that play with cramping in both calves.

A 45-yard pass from Blake Moen to Kyle Kregel that gave Decorah an 11-point lead came on the ensuing Vikings' drive.

Union, however, never backed down. Hadachek re-entered the game, and the Knights' answered Decorah's score with one of their own. Hadachek rushed for 11 yards and hit Hunter Zempel on an 8-yard pass before Burnside set up a 5-yard TD run with a 7-yard scamper. The two-point conversion on a pass from Hadachek to Will Crees pulled Union within three.

Union proceeded to pull ahead for good on its opening drive of the fourth quarter, thanks in part to a 20-yard reverse pass from wide receiver and back-up QB Jay Scheel to Hadachek. On the next play, Burnside recorded a 4-yard TD run with 6:16 remaining.

"We wanted to run it," Union coach Joe Hadachek said of the reverse. "I wasn't sure when, but to be honest with you, Trev's the one that called it."

"We needed a spark right there," Trev Hadachek added. "We were at a really dull spot in the game. We called timeout, we come and run that trick play, we got ourselves going and scored on the next play. ... I knew Jay could make that throw and I knew I could catch it."

Following Union's go-ahead score, Decorah had the ball twice. But a fourth-down pass break-up by Hadachek and an interception by Zempel as Josh Clark was pressuring the Vikings' quarterback ended the game.
Decorah, which used Humpal's punt returns of 30 and 49 yards to set up its first two scores, eventually found itself out of gas at the finish line.

"We were getting tired, worn down, we couldn't get our breath," Decorah coach Bill Post said. "We made a nice goal-line stand there, but once Burnside popped that long run through there it kind of let a little more wind out of our sails than we wanted."

Moen completed 5 of 10 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in his varsity debut. Josey Jewell led Decorah with 52 yards rushing on 15 carries, and Gayge Samuelson added 41 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

"I thought we did some pretty good things," Post said. "Our offensive line blocked pretty well. Defensive line played well the first three quarters, but they started tiring at the end there and we couldn't keep them out. We couldn't get any pressure on Burnside."

Burnside rushed for 135 of his game-high 167 yards in the final two quarters.

"Wes definitely got himself ready for this game," Trev Hadachek said. "In the offsesaon he goes harder than anyone out there. He took over in the second half."

Coach Joe Hadachek couldn't have been more pleased with the conditioning of his team in Week 1. "I've got to hand it to our players," he said. "They pay a price, we lift four times a week. I do feel that we're in decent shape."

Decorah 0 10 7 0 - 17
Union 6 0 8 6 - 20
Union - Jay Scheel 31 pass from Trev Hadachek (kick failed)
Dec - Joshua Lee 25 field goal
Dec - Gayge Samuelson 7 run (Lee kick)
Dec - Kyle Kregel 45 pass from Blake Moen (Lee kick)
Union - Wes Burnside 5 run (Will Crees from Hadachek)
Union - Burnside 4 run (kick failed)
Dec Union
First downs 10 12
Rushes-yards 40-157 41-196
Passing yards 101 68
Comp-Att-Int 5-11-1 4-8-1
Return yards 86 3
Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 3-15 5-35
Punts-avg. 3-36 5-34.6
DECORAH - Josey Jewell 15-52, Gayge Samuelson 8-41, Kyle Hove 1-43, Drew Schwartz 4-26, Blake Moen 9-5, Dustin Smith 1-1, Michael Peter 1-minus 11.
UNION - Wes Burnside 28-167, Trev Hadachek 13-29.
DECORAH - Blake Moen 5-10-1, 101 yards; Samuelson 0-1-0, 0 yards.
UNION - Hadachek 3-7-1, 48 yards; Jay Scheel 1-1-0, 20 yards.
DECORAH - Jon Porter 2-51, Samuelson 2-42, Jewell 1-8.
UNION - Hunter Zempel 2-17, Scheel 1-31, Hadachek 1-20.

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Top 10 Testing Results

5 Minute Snatch Test
10- Kyle Ansley- 32kgx85=5,997 LBS.
9- Caleb Larison- 16kgx173=6,054 LBS.
8- Wes Burnside- 28kgx100=6,173 LBS.
7- Mitchell Dierks- 24kgx118=6,244 LBS.
6- Dylan McLaughlin- 24kgx119=6,296 LBS.
5- Cordt Holub- 20kgx150=6,614 LBS./ Reid Monroe 20kgx150=6,614
4- Brady Petersen- 24kgx132=6,984 LBS./Tedd Schmitz 24kgx132=6,984
3- Christian Gray- 24kgx135=7,143 LBS.
2- Cole Hinders- 24kgx140=7,408 LBS.
1- Josh Clark- 32kgx108=7,619 LBS.

40 YD.
10- Christian Gray- 5.0
9- Brad Gallup- 4.95
8- Will Crees- 4.9/Cole Hinders- 4.9
7- Reid Monroe- 4.89
6- Dylan Kokesh- 4.87
5- Mitchell Dierks- 4.75 /Blake Hofstader- 4.75
4-Hunter Zempel- 4.72
3- Kyle Ansley- 4.65
2- Wes Burnside- 4.54
1- Trev Hadachek- 4.45

Standing Long Jump
10-Wes Burnside-100/Cole Hinders-100/Dylan McLaughlin-100
9- Marcelo Hernandez-101/Reid Monroe-101
8-Caleb Larison-101.5
7-Mitchel Dierks-102
6-Jay Scheel-103
5-Tanner Heckt-104
4-Brady Petersen-105
3-Shay Fehl-105
2-Trev Hadachek-110
1-Kyle Ansley-111

Pro Shuttle
10- Shay Fehl-4.775
9-Will Crees-4.68
8-Jon Porter-4.625
7-Hunter Zempel-4.535
6-Andrew Osuna-4.53
5-Marcelo Hernandez-4.515
4-Mitchell Dierks-4.475
3-Jay Scheel-4.46
2-Kyle Ansley- 4.455
1-Trev Hadachek-4.4

Knights Paying the Price 2011

Players Registered For WBC Camp

The following players are signed up for camp. If you do not see your name please get your registration paper and money sent to:

Joe Hadachek
910 Park St
Dysart, IA 52224
Attn: Football Camps

Albertsen, Ryder
Bader, Kolten
Barz, Alex
Bear, Alex
Bear, Dylan
Brandhorst, Mitchell
Burnside, Wesley
Clark, Jacob
Clark, Josh
Clark, Justin
Crees, Will
Davis, Trey
Driscol, Brady
Douglass, Dobson
Dunkelberger, Brian
Fehl, Shay
Fischels, Tyler
Gallup, Brad
Garwood, Noah
Hadachek, Jace
Hadachek, Tate
Hadachek, Trev
Hansen, Chase
Harting, Nathan
Havran, Blake
Heckt, Tanner
Heerkes, Noah
Hilton, Tanner
Hinders, Cole
Holub, Cordt
Hook, Beau
Hopper, Dakota
Kane, Alex
Kautz, Eli
Kaufman, Wes
Kirkpatrick, Tyler
Kokesh, Dylan
Kuhn, Brenden
Larison, Caleb
Larison, Jess
Leng, Austin
Ludeman, Teal
McIntosh, Dylan
McLaughlin, Dylan
McLaughlin, Trevor
McQuilken, John
Monroe, Reid
Morris, Neiko
Murphy, Justin
Neil, Vincent
Osuna, Andrew
Pauling, Austin
Peters, Nic
Petersen, Brady
Purdy, Adam
Ramirez, Jordan
Reiter, Cole
Ringelstetter, John
Rousselow, Drake
Rutledge, Cody
Sallee, Logan
Scheel, Jay
Schmitz, Tedd
Schulz, Lenart
Stock, Justin
Tecklenberg, Ted
Thomsen, Max
Turner, Ben
Weich, Nick
Wildeboer, David
Zempel, Hunter

Adams, Colton
Ahrenden, Michael
Acuff, Nathan
Boisen, John
Bunz, Jackson
Condon, Jacob
Cummings, Tanner
Douglass, Daylen
Hanson, Mitchell
Havran, Dylan
Hanus, Seth
Hellman, Jon
Hennessy, Carter
Johnson, Sam
Miller, Ryan
McNeal, Cole
McQuilken, Nick
Ollendieck, Jack
Pearson, Cole
Pippert, Camden
Purdy, Stallone
Reiter, Will
Rempe, Brady
Schmitz, Jordan
Samuelson, Wyatt
Sells, Bryon
Seuser, Zane
Stech, Dylan
Struve, Dillon
Struve, Trevor
Struve, Zach
Thiele, Clay
Vaughn, Isaiah
Vaughn, Eric
Vaughn, Jacob
Williams, Isaiah
Winkelpleck, Zach
The KYFC (Knights Youth Football Club) was started in Dysart, the summer of 2003. There were two teams, a handful of sponsors, and five volunteer coaches. Today it has grown to nearly 100 players, over 20 coaches, and an administrative assistant, all volunteer. The boys participate in the Marshalltown Football League, a 100% volunteer organization that has teams participating from Pella, West Marshall, East Marshall, North Tama, South Tama, and Marshalltown to name a few.

Many of the players that have participated on the varsity level the past few years have participated in the KYFC. Thanks to all those volunteers who make the KYFC a first class organization for Union Community schools.

Burnside recognized as candidate - 2011 Mr. Football top 10 all classes

*courtesy of, for more information and other candidate subscribe by going to

2010 Stats
290 carries for 2,336 yards, 30 touchdowns, 50 tackles,

College Decision/Recruiting:
Burnside feels that South Dakota State is closer to offering him and has made visits to Iowa and Iowa State as well.

Rushed for well over 200 yards per game as a junior and posted some monster numbers.
His overall abilities on the gridiron helped the Knights go undefeated during the regular season.
Burnside doesn't have any offers but he has put himself in a good position for college.

Team lost to the #4 seed in the first round of the playoffs.
Will need to get to the UNI-Dome to show to the voters what he can do overall.
Can he improve after rushing for over 2,300 yards?

Current Mr. Football Ranking (Out of Ten)

Congratulations to Union junior Trev Hadachek

Eastern Illinois University (IAA) of the Ohio Valley Conference offered Union QB, Trev Hadachek, a full ride scholarship after the completion of a try out camp conducted in Rock Island, IL on the campus of Augustana College.

Trev was one of several Union athletes that attended the padded camp. He is the first junior from the Iowa class of 2013 to get an offer. As a sophomore last year, Trev help lead Union to an undefeated regular season in Class 3A D5. He received several post season honors including CO-Offensive MVP and class of 2013-SOPH District MVP. Hadachek also broke the Union HS boys track record in the 100m with a time of 11.06 previously held by Jared Wauters.

Eastern Illinois is located in Charleston, IL and opened the season last year vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes. For more information on EIU and their athletic program click here: EIU Panthers

June 5 Minute Snatch Test

7,000 LB CLUB

Cole Hinders 7,286
Josh Clark 7,392
Jacob Clark 7,603

6,000 LB CLUB

Cordt Holub 6,160
Shay Fehl 6,293
Trev Hadachek 6,336
Nathan Harting 6,512
Mitchell Dierks 6,547
Jon Porter 6,706
Tedd Schmitz 6,758
Justin Murphy 6,864

5,000 LB CLUB

Wes Burnside 5,113
Dalton Crosser 5,122
Jay Scheel 5,192
Tyler Kirkpatrick 5,210
Brady Petersen 5,280
Dakota Hopper 5,324
Tanner Heckt 5,324
Andrew Osuna 5,333
Chris Ribble 5,597
Logan Sallee 5,755
Christian Gray 5,808
Jace Hadachek 5,940
John Ringelstetter 5,940

4,000 LB CLUB

Tyler Fichels 4,013
Brock Barnhart 4,092
Blake Havran 4,161
Alex Barz 4,189
Wes Kaufman 4,259
Tanner Hilton 4,440
Drake Rousselow 4,541
Dylan Bear 4,576
Austin Pauling 4,646
Justin Clark 4,708
Brian Dunkelberger 4,752
Jon Roettger 4,752
Brenden Kuhn 4,893
Caleb Larison 4,899
Dylan McIntosh 4,963

Linemen committed to ILLINOIS WESLEYAN Camp!

It's not too late to register BUT act now! Call me if you have questions, we will post time to pick up equipment at UHS this week plus also the departure time for this upcoming Sunday. You will need linens (sheet, pillow, blanket for bed plus towel(s) to shower), shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. Small coolers OK for bottle water. There will be camp store for some items if you would prefer to buy there like snacks, Gatorade, etc.

There will also be opportunity to order pizza at night which you can pool money together to pay for but all meals but the one on the way out and one on the way back are paid for by your camp fee.

If you have a practice jersey bring it. We have duffel bags to check out also! You will have to sign a form to borrow our equipment, FYI.

Michael Ahrendsen
Alex Bear
Dylan Bear
Mitchell Brandhorst
Jacob Clark
Josh Clark
Dalton Crosser
Daycen Douglass
Brian Dunkelberger
Jace Hadachek
Tanner Heckt
Noah Heerkes
Carter Hennessy
Tanner Hilton
Cordt Holub
Dakota Hopper
Wes Kaufman
Eli Kautz
Austin Lee
Justin Murphy
Vince Neil
Chris Ribble
John Ringelsetter
Logan Sallee
Tedd Schmitz

Joe Hadachek
Adam Gassman
Scott Denner
Zach Hasselbrink
Mike Kaufman
Jeff Lee
Daryl Douglass

Congratulations to Union Senior TJ Gray!

Congratulations to Knight senior captain, TJ Gray, who is the third student-athlete to commit to play football next fall. TJ will be going to Cornell College. TJ is multi-talented with theatre and pre-med as academic options.

TJ is the son of Todd and Angie Gray and this past season was a two-way starter at DE and OC. He was a first team all-district player and helped the Knights achieve their first ever undefeated regular season and 3A district championship. TJ started as a junior. In addition he was a standout performer with Union's fine arts program.

He will be going to Cornell College in Mt Vernon, IA. They are part of the NCAA Division III Iowa Conference. More information on Cornell College and the Rams football program:

TJ is the third Union player to commit to play football next fall. Matt Schmitz recently committed to COE College and Zach Bathen committed to Iowa Central Community College. All three were 2010 captains.

Congratulations TJ!

Post Workout Tuesday - bands and rollers

The post workout session involves the usage of foam rollers and band stretching. This decreases muscle soreness and also helps increase joint mobility.

Top Test Performers from 3 minute snatch test

TOP 3 Performers by Kettlebell Weight Used in Test:

*32K Zach Bathen 32 reps, 4365lb total

24K Shay Fehl 103 reps, 5438lb total
24K Josh Clark 100 reps, 5280lb total
*24K Brad Siebel 95 reps, 5016lb total
24K Mitch Dierks 89 reps, 4699lb total

20K Cordt Holub 87 reps, 4330lb total
20K Tanner Heckt 84 reps, 3696lb total
20K Chase Kruckemeyer 82 reps, 3608lb total

16K Cole Reiter 86 reps, 3027lb total
16K Brenden Kuhn 84 reps, 2957lb total
16K Bo Bader 83 reps, 2922lb total

* 2010 senior to graduate
other performances listed on left hand side MENU under HANDOUTS

Congratulations to Union Senior Matt Schmitz!

Senior Matt Schmitz has verbally committed to attend COE College next fall. Schmitz was a standout DE and OT for last year's team, a captain, 1st team All-District (3A-D5), and All-State player.

The Coe College football team finished the season ranked in the top 15 of both the poll and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll. Coe has the longest active streak of being ranked by any Iowa Conference school. Coe is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which is affiliated with NCAA III.

Matt is the son of Kent and Sue Schmitz of La Porte City and is currently undecided on his college major.

Schmitz is the second Union Knight from this year's senior class to commit to play college football. Earlier, Zach Bathen, accepted an offer to play at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

For more information on COE College you can go to
The 2011 Union Knight football captains were formally announced during WRAP today at UHS. The captains are voted by their peers and coaches to lead and represent the team in several categories including daily leadership, public appearances, and coin toss.

The captains are: Wes Burnside (SR), Dylan McLaughlin (SR), Trev Hadachek (JR), Shay Fehl (SR), Josh Clark (JR), and Cole Hinders (SR). Congratulations to all.

TOP FIVE producers from March test

WEIGHT ROOM ATTENDANCE 11-29-10 - 3-9-11
38 Jacob Clark
38 Josh Clark
38 Trev Hadachek
38 Tedd Schmitz
38 Shay Fehl
38 Jon Porter
38 Cole Hinders
37 Wes Burnside
37 Brad Gallup
37 Tanner Heckt
37 Brenden Kuhn
37 Hunter Zempel
36 Bo Bader
36 Reid Monroe
36 Nic Peters
35 Eli Kautz
35 Jay Scheel
36 Chase Kruckemeyer
34 Logan Sallee
34 Justin Murphy
34 Chase Hansen
34 Ben Turner
33 Mitchell Brandhorst
31 Nick Weich
28 Andrew Osuna
28 Brian Dunkelberger
26 Justin Clark
26 Cordt Holub
25 Vincent Neil
24 Jon Ringelstetter
22 Drake Rousselow
20 Brady Petersen
16 Chris Ribble
15 Tyler Kirkpatrick
13 Dalton Crosser
13 Alex Bear
11 Cody Rutledge
10 Tyler Fichels
10 Austin Pauling
7 Christian Gray
6 *Will Crees
6 Aaron Haas
6 Dylan McLaughlin
6 Cole Reiter
5 Kyle Ansley
5 Levi Harrill
4 Jared Frost
4 Dylan Kokesh
3 Nathan Harting
2 Kolton Bader
1 Riley McDowell
0 Joey Damro
0 Marcelo Hernandez
0 Austin Lee
0 Jordan Ramirez
0 *Jon Roettger
0 Ted Tecklenberg
0 Jacob Zeien
0 Dalton Adams
0 Mitchell Dierks
0 Jordan Scott
0 Logan Thompson
0 Nikk Brown
0 Austin Dengler
0 Beau Hook

* denotes approved off site workouts

300 Burnside
300 Bathen
285 Clark
255 Murphy
250 Hansen

4.23 Hadachek
4.34 Fehl
4.38 Burnside
4.41 Zempel
4.56 Porter

109" Hadachek
105" Scheel
104" Burnside
104" Heckt
103"" Fehl

1.58 Hadachek
1.59 Burnside
1.63 Fehl
1.64 Scheel
1.69 Gallup

*athletes that have a minimum of 75% attendance

Special Mention Performances

Tedd Schmitz- improved bench weight by 20 lbs.
Jacob Clark- improved pro shuttle time by 0.20
Jon Porter- improved bench weight by lbs.
Tanner Heckt- down 2% body fat, improved pro shuttle time by .2
Hunter Zempel- improved long jump by 3”
Brenden Kuhn- personal best in three W.R.A.P categories
Bo Bader- improved pro shuttle time by -0.11
Chase Hansen- improved bench weight by 25 lbs.
Ben Turner- improved bench weight by 25 lbs.
Mitchell Brandhorst- improved 10 yd. dash time by 0.315 and pro shuttle time by 0.15
Nick Weich- personal best in two W.R.A.P categories
Brian Dunkelburger- improved pro shuttle time by 0.11 and 10 yd. dash by 0.05
Nic Peters- improved long jump by 4”
Eli Kautz- personal best in three W.R.A.P categories
Chase Kruckemeyer- personal best in two W.R.A.P categories
Logan Sallee- improved long jump by 2”
Justin Murphy- improved bench weight by 25 lbs.

Players Only Information Update

Players Only:

We are ordering spring workout T shirts and the following guys have met at MINIMUM of 75% of workouts. Please submit your T shirt size ASAP as you have earned one:

38 Jacob Clark
38 Josh Clark
38 Trev Hadachek
38 Tedd Schmitz
38 Shay Fehl
38 Jon Porter
38 Cole Hinders
38 Will Crees
37 Wes Burnside
37 Brad Gallup
37 Tanner Heckt
37 Brenden Kuhn
37 Hunter Zempel
36 Bo Bader
36 Reid Monroe
36 Nic Peters
35 Eli Kautz
35 Jay Scheel
36 Chase Kruckemeyer
34 Logan Sallee
34 Justin Murphy
34 Chase Hansen
34 Ben Turner
33 Mitchell Brandhorst
31 Nick Weich
28 Andrew Osuna
28 Brian Dunkelberger

Anyone can order a spring 2011 workout T shirt. The cost is $10. Just email or text me your first and last name plus size.

In addition, next year's seniors have met on a couple of items in regards to this summer and next fall. Our team motto for the 2011 poster will be "Leave a Legacy, Defend the Title." Leave a legacy has more meaning than winning football games. You have set a high bar for future expectations for Union football.

We must continue to push to do better in the classroom. We are seeing that on our first grade check this 3rd trimester.
Start strong, finish strong. Shoot for the 3 Point Club if you have never been there. Do not get into a hole with missed assignments and homework. It is your responsibility to communicate with your classroom teacher. Find out exactly what you need to do to improve your grade when you fall into a "D" or "F" category.

Socially, we need to also be wise and leaders by example. I do not have the time to be the Facebook policeman. The seniors need to lead in this area. Don't be posting anything that could embarrass our school or program. Profanity is not cool, it is a sign of immaturity. The same with any pictures that could provide evidence to breaking school or team rules. For example, if you are at a party and alcohol or drugs are present, you are going to be guilty by association. Whether you did anything wrong or not is not the issue. If you are in the wrong environment you will get caught. Think about your teammates, think about your reputation, and think about "leaving a legacy." What type of legacy do you want to leave?

Coach Hadachek

NE Special Olympics at UNI Dome this Sunday!


We will report to UNI Dome on Sunday, March 27th by 10am. Find the Union black football jerseys. This should not be too hard! If you are not a player I will have a jersey for you to wear if you want to wear one, otherwise just wear UNION colors. Also, just in case bring a sack lunch. We will bring a cooler with bottled water. 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.

Here is a link from two years ago. It is lifechanging to help to say the least.

Joe and Glo Hadachek, Adam and Jennifer Gassman, Rick Dolleslager

Tate Hadachek, Trev Hadachek, Hunter Zempel, Cole Hinders, Will Crees, Nic Peters, Brad Siebel, Tanner Heckt, Jon Porter, Brian Dunkelberger, Brenden Kuhn, Kaley Grosse, Chris Ribble, Jordan Scott,
Dylan McLaughlin, Andrews Osuna, John Ringelstetter, Shey Fehl, Blake Clark, Dani Hutton

*if you are still interested please text me or email me asap!

TOP 20 2nd trimester GPA's and 3.0 Club

The Union Football staff would like to congratulate the top 20 GPA's from last trimester and also the 3.0 GPA Club:

1. 4.0 Shay Fehl
1. 4.0 Logan Sallee
1. 4.0 Brian Dunkelberger
4. 3.93 Eli Kautz
5. 3.92 Nick Weich
6. 3.87 Dylan McLaughlin
6. 3.87 Trev Hadachek
6. 3.87 Austin Pauling
9. 3.83 Austin Lee
10. 3.80 Brenden Kuhn
11. 3.75 Matt Schmitz
12. 3.73 Bo Bader
12. 3.73 Chase Kruckemeyer
12. 3.73 Cole Hinders
15. 3.67 Brady Petersen
16. 3.60 Tyler Kirkpatrick
17. 3.58 Hunter Zempel
18. 3.53 Nathan Harting
18. 3.53 Cordt Holub
20. 3.50 Jay Scheel
20. 3.50 Jordan Ramirez
20. 3.50 Ted Tecklenburg

The champions above are members of the 3 POINT CLUB and also:
Shay Fehl
Logan Sallee
Brian Dunkelberger
Eli Kautz
Nick Weich
Dylan McLaughlin
Trev Hadachek
Austin Pauling
Austin Lee
Brenden Kuhn
Matt Schmitz
Bo Bader
Chase Kruckemeyer
Cole Hinders
Brady Petersen
Tyler Kirkpatrick
Hunter Zempel
Nathan Harting
Cordt Holub
Jay Scheel
Jordan Ramirez
Ted Tecklenburg
Jon Roettger
Kolton Bader
Tanner Heckt
Bradly Siebel
Cory Feldpouch
Mitchell Brandhorst
Chase Hansen
Riley Ellsworth
Will Crees
Aaron Haas
Alex Bear
Drake Rousselow
Vincent Neil
Levi Harrill
Tyler Fishels
Beau Hook
Joey Damro
Tairk Goken
Justin Clark
TJ Gray



Excuses, excuses, excuses...quit making excuses. If you honestly cannot get to one of the three workout times (the most flexible workout schedule in Iowa) then follow this body weight weight workout at home.

You have two options: 1) relax or 2) workout to get better

The 300 home version workout (no weights needed other than your body):

warmup: jump rope in garage for 5 minutes if possible, then proceed to warm up flexibility stretches

3 rounds of the following (do not rest until you finish each round, one minute rest, then go again):

20 body weight squats (hands behind head)

20 pushups (narrow grip with hands near sides, elbows tight)

20 burpees (standing position, jump down to ground kick feet back, up)

20 crunches (hands across chest, do not pull on neck)

20 tri dips (use sturdy folding chair or similar, feet on floor,legs ext)

You can use variations of pushups each round if you want. From a chair you can put your feet up on the chair and body angled downwards. This would give you an "incline" type effect. If you place hands on chair and legs angled downwards this would give you a "decline" type effect.

For squats you can put one leg back and do 10 right legged and 10 left legged, 1 legged squats. For balance, place hands out to side or behind head. ENJOY the PAIN!


Top 5 Test Champions by category

The top five champions are listed from the last physical test date (Power Index will also be up soon):

525 Zach Bathen*
465 Wes Burnside
465 Dalton Crosser
430 Josh Clark
415 Justin Murphy
395 Cole Hinders

300 Zach Bathen*
275 Wes Burnside
255 Josh Clark
250 Justin Murphy
225 Cole Hinders
225 Chase Hansen

1.60 Trev Hadachek
1.61 Jay Scheel
1.62 Wes Burnside
1.64 Hunter Zempel
1.69 Shay Fehl
1.69 Brad Gallup

4.39 Trev Hadachek
4.46 Hunter Zempel
4.50 Jay Scheel
4.61 Shay Fehl
4.65 Brad Gallup

110" Trev Hadachek
103" Tanner Heckt
101" Shay Fehl
101" Hunter Zempel
99" Wes Burnside

*senior 2010
**these are not ALL TIME RECORDS, this data is from December 2010 test only, we will update ALL TIME including Power Index number ASAP

Union receives MVP honors by IA PREPS in 3A D5 for both JR and SOPH classes

Iowa just posted 2010 Junior and Sophomore MVPs each each district. Union had the MVP in 3A District 5 for both JR and SO. There were other athletes considered but we listed the Union information only. If you want additional information you can go to

Class 3A, District 5 JUNIOR MVP - Wes Burnside, Union

His postseason didn't get to last as long as Burnside had hoped but this junior posted some ridiculous numbers throughout the course of the year. He totaled 2,336 yards in just ten games and was nearly impossible to tackle throughout the fall months.

Others Considered from Union:
Dylan McLaughlin

Class 3A, District 5 Sophomore MVP - Trev Hadachek, Union

Hadachek got a taste of varsity football as a freshman but stepped into a leading role during his sophomore campaign behind center. He threw 13 touchdowns for a team that went on to win a district title.

Others Considered from Union:
Cole Hinders

Hadachek named to Soph All State 1st Team

Congratulations to Union Knight quarterback Trev Hadachek as he was recently named to the Iowa Preps Sophomore All State Football - First Team Offense. Iowa Preps has all state frosh, soph, junior and elite team recognition. The web site address is if you want to subscribe.

Burnside receives Junior of the Year honor from Iowa Preps (all class award)'s Junior of the Year

After an amazing 2010 football season, Iowa Preps has been handing out awards left and right. One of the most difficult honors for us to choose was the Junior of the Year. This is presented to the junior who performed the best during the previous season. See who earned this honor now!

For those curious, this honor is based solely on what an athlete does during the football season. Recruiting, prestige of the player, and anything along those lines do not mean much here.

There were some fantastic candidates. Cedar Falls running back Barkley Hill, Dowling Catholic wide receiver Amara Darboh, Bettendorf linebacker Nate Shaw, Heelan quarterback Paul Jacobsen, Heelan running Michael Malloy, North Fayette athlete Jake Greco, and a host of others really could have made a case for this award. But in the end, another game changing running back pulled away.

Our 2010 Junior of the Year award goes to Union running back Wes Burnside. In a year where there were so many question marks surrounding the Knights, the experience he earned as a sophomore paid huge dividends. Burnside proved to be one of the most elusive rushers in the entire State and showed a knack for making big plays when his team needed them most.

During their first nine games, this standout pushed his team to an undefeated regular season and the district title. This was something that few outside of the Union area would predicted considering all the talent that they lost to graduation. Burnside was asked to carry their offense and he did that early and often throughout the course of the fall.

Things certainly did not go as planned in the postseason but that didn't stop Burnside from racking up 2,336 yards, 30 touchdowns, and also finding the energy to rack up 50 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Few individual athletes meant more to their team, regardless of class, then him.

Again, this really is one of the most difficult awards to hand out. But in the end, the overall importance of Burnside on his team gave him a slight nod over a very talented group of juniors.

1st Trimester Academic Champions

December 6, 2010
TOP 20 GPA's for fall 2010, first trimester:
1 - Brad Siebel
1 - Trev Hadachek
3 - Chase Kruckemeyer
4 - Brenden Kuhn
5 - Eli Kautz
6 - Shay Fehl
6 - Austin Pauling
6 - Bo Bader
9 - Brian Dunkelberger
10- Jon Roettger
11 - Hunter Zempel
12 - Cole Hinders
12 - Austin Lee
14 - Nic Weich
15 - Dylan McLaughlin
15 - Jay Scheel
17 - Matt Schmitz
17 - Jordan Ramirez
19 - Brady Petersen
20 - Riley McDowell
20 - Teddy Tecklenburg

3 POINT CLUB members for GPA fall 2010:

Brad Siebel
Matt Schmitz
Blake Clark
TJ Gray
KJ Bader
Chase Kruckemeyer
Brenden Kuhn
Shay Fehl
Hunter Zempel
Cole Hinders
Dylan McLaughlin
Cordt Holub
Reid Monroe
Tyler Kirkpatrick
Trev Hadachek
Eli Kautz
Austin Pauling
Brian Dunkelberger
Brady Petersen
Nic Peters
Justin Clark
Levi Harrill
Chase Hansen
Mitchell Brandhorst
Tyler Fishels
Bo Bader
Jon Roettger
Austin Lee
Nick Weich
Jay Scheel
Jordan Ramirez
Riley McDowell
Ted Tecklenburg
Beau Hook
Kolton Bader
Alex Bear
Jacob Clark
Jared Frost

3 Knights named to INA All State teams 2010

Congratulations to Wes Burnide (JR), TJ Gray(SR), and Matt Schmitz(SR) all named to all state I.N.A. today. Burnside was named to 3A's 1st team as RB, Gray named to 3rd team as OL, and Schmitz named to 3rd team as DL.

Check out the entire all state team here:

Iowa Newspaper Association All State Teams

Union's Burnside selected to DSM Register 1st team 3A All State

Des Moines Register 3A All State Team

Congratulations to Wes Burnside on selection to the 2010 Des Moines Register all state team 3A first team!

Reward & Recognition Night fills UHS auditiorium

THE 2010 UNION KNIGHT football team had the fourth annual Reward and Recognition Event on Sunday, November 15th at UHS auditorium. The following awards were announced in addition to official announcement of the frosh and soph teams, varsity team and all district teams (1st, 2nd and all academic).

CAPTAINS SIGNED HELMETS: Zach Bathen, Brad Siebel, Blake Clark, TJ Gray

MVP Award: voted by teammates and coaches, the player who contributes the most value to our football team leading by example on and off the field, playing defense, and/or offense and/or special teams.

Wes Burnside

Defensive Player(s) of the Year: nominated by coaches, MVP excluded

Dylan McLaughlin, Matt Schmitz

Offensive Player(s) of the Year: nominated by coaches, MVP excluded

TJ Gray, Trev Hadachek, and Josh Clark

Special Teams Player(s) of Year: nominated by coaches, MVP excluded

Brad Siebel, Reid Monroe

Newcomer of the Year: nominated by coaches, can be any first year player

Jay Scheel and John Ringelstetter

Most Improved Player: nominated by coaches, based on performance based improvement on the field under game conditions

Cole Hinders and Cordt Holub

TEAMme Award: nominated by coaches, player who exemplifies putting the team priority beyond personal recognition or playing time

KJ Bader and Cody Krall

Drew Hemesath Unsung Hero Award: (1) nominated by coaches, individual who displays highly respected characteristics on the practice field or game field and may not receive additional recognition.

Blake Clark presented by Drew Hemesath

Garrett Gingrich Leadership Award: (1) nominated by coaches, individual who leads by example, both on and off the field. Displays influence in a positive manner and exemplifies a true champion in the game of life.

Brad Siebel presented by Angie Gingrich

Tony De Sousa Staff Appreciation Award: (1-4) nominated by coaches in appreciation for contribution to our program above and beyond the call of duty, can be a parent(s), school personnel, or community members:

Kendall Kriz
Dale Wambold
Desi McLaughlin
Union School Board (Bart Frush - President)

Union lands 9 - 1st team, 4 - 2nd team, 5 - All academic with 3A District 5

UNION KNIGHTS (7-0 in district, 9-1 overall)

1st team:
RB - Wes Burnside - Jr
DL/OL - Matt Schmitz - Sr
OL/DL - TJ Gray - Sr
QB - Trev Hadachek - So
DB - Brad Siebel - Sr
DL/OL - Josh Clark - So
LB - Dylan McLaughlin - Jr
WR/DB - Cory Feldpouch - Sr
OL - Zach Bathen - Sr

2nd team:
LB/TE - Cole Hinders - Jr
DB/WR - Hunter Zempel - Jr
TE - Brad Gallup - Jr
OL - Cordt Holub - Jr

The following (JR/SR) Knights were all-academic
3.5 GPA or above:

Shay Fehl, Jr.
Chase Kruckemeyer, Jr.
Dylan McLaughlin, Jr.
Brad Siebel, Sr.
Cole Hinders, Jr.

3A District 5 All District team announcement

2010 3A District 5 Football
All – Conference Selections
Coach of the Year – Joe Hadachek, Union, LaPorte City
Punter of the Year – Curran Lipsett, Marion
Kicker of the Year – Curran Lipsett, Marion

First Team
1. Logan Williams RB, 12
2. Gunner Tranel LB, 11
3. Logan Merchant C, 12
4. Troy Hallberg OT, 12
5. John Lippmann WR, 12
2nd Team
1. Taylor Romman DL, 12
2. Darrin Charlier DB, 11
3. Nolan Edwards DB, 11
4. Travis Libbert RB, 12

First Team
1. Vaughn Takes LB, 12
2. Justin Walker OL, 11
Second Team
1. Aaron Krapfl, DB, 11
2. Cade Payton LB, 12
3. Gavin Eilers DB, 12
4. AJ Engelbart DB, 12

Gus Duscheck, 11 AJ Engelbart, 12
Nik Schulte, 11 Mitch Frazier, 11
Aaron Krapfl, 11 Cole Rundle, 11
Sean DeVries, 11 Demetrik Brown, 10

Marion –

1st team Offense
Colton Storla 5’10” 190 TB JR
Mike Carter 6’4” 285 T SR
Justin Dolly
Tre Kinney

1st team Defense
Jake McDonald 6’3” 215 LB JR
Dusty Albaugh 6’1” 170 DB SR
Tyler Fisher 6’1” 180 LB SR

2nd Team:
Zach Neilsen
Mitch Vargason
Mitch Ross
Dylan Cronk

All District Punter All District Kicker
Curran Lipsett Curran Lipsett

All Academic:
Dusty Albaugh Dylan Cronk Byron Fish
Curran Lipsett Markus Newton Tyler Spear
John Tiernan Hunter Banes Tyler Ohl

Western Dubuque –

1st Team
Michael Kluesner
Nick Lenstra
Matt Kaas
Mitch Ramler
Travis Stelken
Zach Schwartz

2nd Team
Sam Burds
Logan Pitz
Riley Demmer
David Demmer

Western Dubuque - All-Academic

Justin Heim
Adam Hoeger
Sam Burds
Nick Lenstra
Tyson Massey
Jared Mueller
Zach Schwartz
Riley Demmer
Jacob Wernimont
Hans Gaul
Hunter Westoff
Ryan Lehman

Maquoketa –

First Team
Macabe Hudrlik, 12, DB
Chase Coakley, 11, QB
Eric Callahan, 12, WR
Cole Wentworth, 11, OL
Perry Hawks, 11, WR
Craig Johnson, 11, RB/DB

Second Team -
Nick Clasen, 11, LB
Travis Regan, 12, C
Jon Bopes, 11, WR/DB
Bradley Waller, 11, DB/K

All – Academic
Eric Callahan, 12
Chase Coakley, 11
Perry Hawks, 11
Jon Bopes, 11
Bradley Waller, 11
Brady Whitney, 12
Travis Regan, 12
Tyler Brady, 11
Nick Clasen, 11
Andrew Johnson, 12
Lance Muhlhausen, 11

DeWitt -
1st Team
Ryan Lechtenberg 12/DB
Joe Carber 11/DL
Dillon Connell 12/OL
Tom McClimon 12/OL
Joe Feldpausch 12/RB
Brandon Jasper 12/RB

2nd Team
Anthony Green 11/LB
Chris Lubben 11/DB
Dustin Petersen 11/RB
Dylan Petersen 11/OL

Academic All-District
Ryan Lechtenberg (12)
Nikki Green (12)
Anthony Green (11)
Kyle Schrader (11)
Dylan Petersen (11)
Nick Green (11)
Chas Cahill (12)
Kyle Miller (12)
Drew Jacobi (12)

Knights "perfect" with 29-14 win over Vinton Vikings!

As the last seconds clicked off the clock the "perfect" regular season came to an end and history was made as Union finished (9-0) with a 29-14 win over the Vinton Vikings. In addition to being the first ever undefeated regular season, the 2010 Knights were also the first ever district championship in class 3A. In 23 years previous the Union Knights were 2A district champions in 1992 and also 2A co-district champions on 1997.

A rather lack luster first half nearly put the standing only room crowd to sleep as the Knights and Vikings were tied 7-7 going in at the end of the second quarter. Wesley Burnside continued on his 200 yards per game terror as he broke over the 2000 yard mark (season) early in the first half. Burnside put the Knights up 6-0 on the very first drive of the game and a Reid Monroe PAT made it 7-0. Vinton countered in the second period with a 9 yard run by Logan Williams and he also kicked the PAT to make the game a 7-7 tie. Vinton had the ball for most of the first half as they were 5 of 5 on fourth down conversions.

The second half belonged to the district 5 champion Knights as they scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and the Union defense stiffened. Burnside had an eight and 63 yard run in the third quarter with a Monroe PAT and a two point pass conversion from Cory Feldpouch to Blake Clark. At the end of the third quarter the score was Union 22, Vinton 7. The Vikings continued to play into the fourth and scored on a 21 yard run by Gunner Tranel and with the PAT made the score Union 22, Vinton 14. The Knight run game continued to churn out yardage and moved the ball into the red zone until sophomore QB Trev Hadachek scored on a 1 yard plunge making the final score Knights 29, Vikings 14 after the Monroe PAT. Monroe also punted four times on the night for a 37.8 averaging to maintain good field position.

Vinton had averaged over 300 yards per game in district play and the Knight defense held them to 206 in 55 carries. Vinton was also forced to pass 15 times as Riffey completed 7 of 15 attempts for 96 yards and one interception by Union senior captain Brad Siebel. For the Knight defense, juniors Cole Hinders (13T, 9UT, 4AT, 2TFL) and Wes Burnside (13T, 7UT, 6AT) led the team in tackles. Linebackers Dylan McLaughlin (12T, 6UT,6AT, 1.5TFL) and Blake Clark (11T, 5UT, 6AT, 2.5TFL) were closely behind. The defensive line was led by Matt Schmitz with (7T, 4UT, 3AT, 2TFL). In addition to the interception, Siebel (6T, 4UT, 2AT) had several key stops.

Offensively the Knights only scored 29 points but broke the all time record for points during the regular season with 397 averaging 44 points per game. The old record was 320 points from the 1997 2A co-district champion team. The 2010 team also broke the team record for offensive regular season most total offense with 3578 yards (the old record was 3574 yards, 1997).

Wes Burnside has completely re-wrote the rushing and scoring record book. Burnside finished with 238 yards against the Vikings in 22 carries and 3 TDs. He averaged over 10 yards per carry. Burnside finished the regular season with several individual records including 2154 yards rushing (old record 1415 by Brett Hakeman, 2004), most points, 178 (old record 122 by Garrett Gingrich, 1997), and most touchdowns, 29 (old record not available). He also set the individual game records of most yards rushing with 318 vs. Marion (old record by Garrett Gingrich, 269 vs. Maquoketa Valley, 1997), most rushing attempts, also an unofficial state record, 57 (old record 42 by Chris Miller vs Cascade, 1993) and tied the record for TDs in a game with 5 (tied record with Gingrich vs CPU, Miller vs Nashua-Plainfield, and Jason Fowler vs Dike-NH).

The Union Knights will play at home vs Clear Creek Amana from district 6 at 7pm in La Porte City.

Road to the Dome 2010

Update on Union' first ever undefeated football season!

UNION KNIGHTS WIN 29-14 over the Vinton Vikings to complete the school's first ever undefeated season in 23 years!

3A District champs a(7-0), (9-0) on the year and getting ready to take on Clear Creek Amana at home on Wednesday in La Porte City at 7pm!

You can order the "Back in Black" official Knight playoff T's (both long and short sleeve) by calling or texting Gregg at Gregg's Sporting Goods. The form in under the heading HANDOUTS. You want to get 'em while they are hot for the Back in Black on Wednesday night.

The Knights are back in the Iowa HS playoffs for the THIRD consecutive year. Due to the home advantage, we will be wearing black, thus "back in black."

A positive message from an official working our Union game

Subject: A Positive Message and Thank You

Hello Andy and Don.

On behalf of our football crew, I wanted to take an opportunity to let you know how impressed all of us have been with the coaches and players that we have had an opportunity to work with this year at Union. Everyone involved has exhibited only the highest levels of sportsmanship and professionalism. From the positive reinforcements that the coaches vocalize to the players, communication with the officials, and seeing your athletes help the opposing players off the ground following a tackle, Union is without question one of the finest schools that we have worked with this season. You may find it hard to believe, we do not always have such a positive experience in every contest we officiate. It is our hope that you have been equally satisfied with our crew’s work this season and please know that we always welcome feedback – positive or negative. We look forward to working again next season with your student athletes and coaches and wish everyone only the very best during the post and off-seasons.

Take care and we’ll see you soon.

M. R.

District MVPs and TOP RBs in all of 3A

Class 3A District MVPs by Luke F @ Iowa

There may be only one week left of the 2010 regular season but that won't be stopping Iowa Preps from naming who we feel are the district MVPs in 3A. This includes picks in all eight of the districts. Find out which talented athletes earned these awards now!

District 5 - West Burnside, Union
Why - The way Burnside has played this fall has made him one of the most obvious choices for a district MVP in any class. He is about to topple the 2,000 yard mark as a junior and has continued to show why he is a game changer. Burnside will be one to keep a close eye on in the postseason.

Others Considered - Trev Hadachek of Union, Colton Storla of Marion, Dusty Albaugh of Marion, Chase Coakley of Maquoketa, Joe Feldpausch of Dewitt

District 6 - Zach Twedt of Benton
Why - Yes his team has struggled in comparison to Solon, Williamsburg, and others. But there may not be a single more important 3A player to his team. Twedt is well over 1,000 yards on the ground and has once again been dominating at linebacker as well.

Others Considered - JJ Hanus of Solon, Brett Waughop of Williamsburg, Kelly O'Rourke of Williamsburg, Jordan Ferch of Williamsburg, Austin Blythe of Williamsburg, Dylan Villhauer of Clear Creek-Amana

Top 10 Running Backs in 3A by Luke F @ Iowa Preps, posted Oct 21, 2010

Eight weeks are in the books and there is no doubt that the race to the 3A State title has a lot of interesting subplots. But one key area that will determine who hoists the State title is which club has the best running back. Iowa Preps puts together our list of the top ten running backs in 3A this fall and ranks them 1-10 now!

Notes: Recruiting had nothing to do with this list. It was based on productivity on the field and overall team success. This was a very difficult list to put together and we hope to update it later in the season as well. Please let us know what you think.

1.) Wes Burnside of Union
The fact that Burnside is rated ahead of an All State and State champion in Barrett says a lot about the type of year that he has been having so far. He has his team undefeated through the first eight games of the year and on pace to win the district title. But if he wants to stay #1, Burnside must prove he can do it in the playoffs.

2.) Dylan Barrett of Harlan
3.) Jordan Ferch of Grinnell
4.) Brandon Domeyer of West Delaware
5.) Keegan Parks of Webster City
6.) Colton Storla of Marion
7.) Zach Twedt of Benton
8.) Zach Crain of Norwalk
9.) Cody Sacquitne of Decorah
10.) Michael Malloy of Sioux City Heelan

Union captures 3A District 5 crown on the road at #6 Marion, 41-35!

It was a standing room only white out night for the Union fans, a 3A district championship win for the Knights, and a record setting night for Wes Burnside. Both Union (AP ranked #8) and Marion (AP ranked #6) were unbeaten at (7-0) before the kickoff. Both teams realized the 3A district 5 champion would be the winner of this game. The game pitted the district's top scoring offense (Union averaging 47 points/game) vs. the district's top scoring defense (Marion allowing only 7 points/game). It also showcased the #1 district rusher (Burnide, 318 yds) vs. the #2 rusher (Marion's Storla, 49 yards). In the end the Union team did what it has done all season long and come back from being behind to win 41-35.

Wes Burnside, the junior running back, continues an assault on the not only the Union record book but all the state of Iowa. Behind an offensive line that opened up holes for four quarters, Burnside broke the Union offensive rushing record for carries in one game with 57 and also broke his own record of yards rushing in one game with 318. The attempts record is believed to be a state all time record; however, there is no record kept for rushes in one game by the state. Burnside is close to 2000 yards rushing for the season as he has 229 attempts for 1916 yards and 26 TDs. Sophomore quarterback Trev Hadachek also rushed for two touchdowns and rushed for 32 yards in 13 carries. The Knights had 83 total plays on offense to the Marion Indians 49.

The Union offense continued an assault on the record books by breaking the team record for points in one season with 354 (previous record was 320,1997)after only 8 games. Meanwhile, the defense came up with two key interceptions (Brad Siebel and Hunter Zempel) in the fourth period to seal the victory in addition to a fumble recovery by Dylan McLaughlin. Leading tacklers for the Knights included McLaughlin (6T, 4UT, 2AT), Hunter Zempel (5T, 2UT, 3AT) and Cole Hinders (5T, 3UT, 2AT). Zach Bathen had two tackles for loss with Kyle Ansley and TJ Gray having one each.

Special teams coverage was solid all night long and Reid Monroe had a big fieldgoal at the end of the second quarter to send the Knights into the locker room up 17-14. Cory Feldpouch had 5 kickoff returns for 139 yards. At the end of the game the Knight players rushed over to thank the Union fans for their great support all season long. This game will be talked about for many years to come.

Other District 5 Scores:
Center Point-Urbana 36, Anamosa 6
Central Clinton, DeWitt 36, Vinton-Shellsburg 29
Epworth, Western Dubuque 17, Maquoketa 10

KWWL highlights of Western Dubuque vs Union game

Union rallies again to stay undefeated

LA PORTE CITY (KWWL) -- For the 3rd time this season, the Union Knights came from behind with a furious second half rally to remain undefeated, with a 43-28 victory over Western Dubuque.

The victory on Pink-Out and Senior night in La Porte City moves Union to 7-0 on the season, and sets up next Friday's much-anticipated rematch from last year and a clash of unbeatens in Class 3A District 5. The Knights travel to Marion to face the undefeated Indians, whom knocked off Union last year.

Friday night saw the Knights celebrate the first game to be played at the Union football field at the new sports complex. It's a beautiful complete facility with an 8-lane track, scoreboard, concession stand and football field. Until Friday night, the Union Knights had played all of their home games this season on the field in Dysart. The renovation project ran several weeks behind schedule because of wet weather.

Western Dubuque took a 21-14 halftime lead. The Bobcats scored three times in the first half, including an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Adam Hoeger. Union's amazing junior running back, Wes Burnside, has already set a Union single season school rushing record. Burnside now has 1,600 yards on the season, and there are still two regular season games yet to be played, not to mention the playoffs.

It wasn't just Wes Burnside Friday night. Sophomore quarterback, Trev Hadachek, fired a key touchdown pass to Cory Feldpouch late in the second quarter. Later, Hadachek and the Knights would set an all-time school touchdown pass record, as Hadachek passed 92 yards for the touchdown to put Union up 43-21 with eight minutes left to play.

Union beats Western Dubuque, 43-28 to remain undefeated. Next week, it's Union vs Marion for the District 5 Championship in Marion.

Online Reporter: Ron Steele

Knights christen new football field with six records, come from behind victory over Bobcats, 43-28!

The Union Knights opened up the new facilities Friday night in La Porte City with two halves of football. The first half was one where Western Dubuque controlled a slight edge in all three phases of the game and jumped out 21-14. The second half started with a 22 point explosion in the third quarter with the Union defense, offense and special teams all contributing. It all started when Trev Hadachek returned an interception for a TD on the Bobcats opening drive of the 3rd quarter and the Knights turned on the throttle to cruise to a 43-28 victory.

Before the game started there was a special tribute to the senior football players and cheerleaders. The game was also tabbed as a "pink" out where fans, coaches, and players wore pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. In addition, Craig and Deb Gingrich, parent's of Garrett and Taylor Gingrich, were honored as part of the coin flip. The Gingrich's were representing all the Union community members who have served our country past and present. Currently, they have two sons, Garrett and Taylor Gingrich, both actively serving. Jason Merchant was also recognized for currently serving.

The Knights stalled out on the first offensive drive of the game and were forced to punt behind the leg of Reid Monroe (2 punts for 38 yd ave). Western Dubuque went to a combination of run and pass to move the ball down the field and finished with a touchdown pass from District 5 pass game leaders Matt Kass (10 of 25, 126 yds, 1 Td, 1 int) and Nick Lenstra (5 rec for 92 yards) from 35 yards out. After a Sam Burds PAT, the Bobcats led 7-0. Union responded with the "Wes Express" going back to Wes Burnside and he responded behind the offenive line with a drive that ended with a 3 yard run for TD. Monroe's PAT was good to tie the game 7-7. The Bobcats took the next kickoff return the distance with Adam Hoeger going 86 yards to a TD. Burds PAT made the game 14-7, Western Dubuque.

The Knight offense was still not in sink and Western Dubuque took another possession in the second quarter and drove until Kass hit Lenstra with a 15 yard TD pass. After the PAT the Bobcats led 21-7. The Knights fought back, like they have all season, with Trev Hadachek (9 of 13, 2 Tds, 1 int) connecting with Cory Feldpouch for a 39 yard TD pass. Before this game Hadachek ranked #1 with QB passing efficiency in 3A District 5. The Bobcat lead was cut to 21-14 after the PAT by Monroe and the Knights went into halftime down by seven.

On the opening drive of the second half Trev Hadachek picked off a Kass pass and returned it 41 yards for TD. It was just the spark the Knights needed to inject a different level of play for Union to finish the final two quarters. The PAT missed and Union trailed 21-20. The third quarter was very good to Union as they scored 22 points including two Wes Burnside runs for TD and 2 - two point conversions. Hadachek ran one and Brad Siebel connected with Feldpouch via the air on the other one. As the third quarter ended the score was Union 36, WD 21.

The Union defense responded to the challenge in the second half and stepped up to only allow one TD in the fourth quarter. The defense was led by Dylan McLaughlin (11T, 8UT, 3AT, 1TFL) and Wes Burnside (10T,8UT,2AT). In addition Matt Schmitz had (6T, 5UT, 1AT) and three tackles for loss. Others having tackles for loss were TJ Gray, Cole Hindres and Cody Krall.

The fourth quarter gave Union an opportunity to take deep field position and have Hadachek connect with Feldpouch on a record breaking 92 yard TD reception. The previous record was Steven McGarvey to Jared Wauters, 90 yds vs Mt Vernon, 2009. After the Bobcats Mike Kluesner scored on a 3 yard run and made the PAT the final score was Union 43, Western Dubuque 28.

PERFECT ending to opening new stadium with six new records:

Wes Burnside broke four records with a great night rushing breaking the 200 yard mark. Burnside carried the ball 27 times for 234 yards and 3 TDs. He broke the all-time rushing record for regular season performance by Brett Hakeman (1415), the all time rushing record for most yards (regular season and post season) held by Jason Fowler (1426), the most TDs record formerly held by Garrett Gingrich (20 Tds,) and most points also formerly held by Gingrich (122 pts).

Burnside, a junior, has accomplished all four goals in seven games at the 3A level. He now has 23 TDs and and 138 points. He has 1598 yards rushing after seven games. Going into Friday night he was the leading rusher, all levels, in the state of Iowa.

In the pass game, Cory Feldpouch broke a record for most receiving yards in a game with 188 in four receptions and two TDs. The old record was 171 by Jared Wauters (2009 vs Benton). Feldpouch was also part of the record combination of the longest TD reception in Union history with a 92 yard catch from Trev Hadachek. The old record was Steven McGarvey to Jared Wauters (2009 Mt. Vernon).


There were several record breaking performances this past Friday. In honor of the first win on the new field and a great second half, the honor for Player of the Week went to the entire TEAM. Congratulations Union Knights!

Hadachek featured in Iowa Preps article Thursday

October 7, 2010

Luke Feddersen Editor

Union quarterback Trev Hadachek had some big shoes to fill behind center for the Knights in 2010. But this talented sophomore has been an impact player for an undefeated team that has spent most of the year ranked among the top ten teams at the Class 3A level.

Trev Hadachek
"We had a really good summer and winter. We knew we could be this strong even if people would overlook us. All we care about is playing our best on Friday."

Hadachek knows that there still are areas that Union can clean up.

"I think we have to be more consistent with our drives. We'll have some really good drives and then have penalties to knock us back. We are getting better at stopping people. That really is about it."

Western Dubuque is on the schedule next and the only thing that stands between them and a seventh victory.

"We have never played them before so I don't know what to expect. They have a really good passing game. They have good people good games so we won't overlook them. It'll be a tough test."

Hadachek mentioned a few of the things that could help them earn a victory.

"I think it is who controls the ball the best and who can score touchdowns. Our defense has to play good because they throw the ball really well and run really well. It should be a hardnosed game."

Although it is early, Hadachek has received college attention from one program.

"Buena Vista has sent me some stuff. That has been about it."

Hadachek mentioned the two schools that he has followed since he was much younger.

"Notre Dame has always been my favorite college and so has UNI. My dad has watched Notre Dame on Saturdays for a long time. We also go to UNI games almost every time so it is a home town thing."

The "reason" we get to play on Friday nights...

This past Friday night we all enjoyed homecoming in Dysart with great weather, a tremendous crowd, and a win. After the game two of our players, Matt Schmitz and Dylan McLaughlin, were interviewed by the Press Box Radio crew (Union's David Reisner and Ryan Moody). Dale Wambold, teacher at UHS, really deserves a great deal of recognition for coordinating this spectacular opportunity to air our games. In addition, the National Guard came up to make this a special broadcast.

Due to the feedback from the last broadcast we needed to rent another lift to get the Press Box crew high enough to see the game and give feedback to the 100+ fans listening in live every week. We would like to thank Kendall Havran (Altorfer), Rob Roettger (RJR Enterprises), and Gloria Hadachek (AdvoCare) for being kind enough to donate money to cover the fee for the lift.

With the National Guard being present it is only fitting to thank all those out there serving our country both past and present. Without the freedom we all sometimes take for granted we do not get to play, get to watch, or get to listen to a football game. Hard to imagine life without football if you are football fan. However, it is even harder to imagine life without the freedom that we have in this country.

The picture above is Union's own Garrett Gingrich hugging his wife Angie before departing to serve one more time to protect this country this past August. We (Union football) have named our annual leadership award the Garrett Gingrich Leadership Award in his honor. He has come back the past two years, this past year with his wife Angie, to support our banquet and say a few words. While our players and coaches get hugs like this after a game we really don't know what a hug like this would feel like unless we have served.

Matt Schmitz was allowed to say "hi" to a member of his family serving overseas via the live broadcast and I was able to say "hello" to Garrett too. Don't know if you were able to listen G-man but we love you and support you...GO KNIGHTS!

If you want to listen to any broadcast or rebroadcast of the Union Knight varsity football games all you have to do is click here and save it as a favorite on your browser.

Press Box Radio

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Coach Hadachek and Staff

Players of the Week #5 vs Anamosa

Congratulations to the following Players of the Week for their performance in the Anamosa game:

DEFENSIVE record for least amount of yards in a game (11yds total) and least amount of first downs in a game (2), OLD record was 4 vs Sumner-
Fredricksburg and Hudson, 2004

DLINE - Matt Schmitz and TJ Gray
LBers - Cole Hinders
Secondary - Brad Siebel

SPECIAL TEAMS - two TDs created from the PUNT block team
TEAM unit - Punt Block/Return

OFFENSE record set for most amount of points in a game with 69, OLD record was 60 vs Dike-New Hartford, 1991

OLINE - Josh Clark
WR - Brad Siebel

SCOUT POW Special Teams - TBA

Knights dominate Anamosa for homecoming win 69-0

Homecoming was held at UMS field in Dysart as the final preparations are being made for the new football field behind the high school in La Porte City. This home away from home has been great for the Union Knights as they jumped to (5-0) on the season and (3-0 ) in District 5 3A with a win over Anamosa 69-0.

The defense set the tone for the entire game with dominance over the Blue Raiders. Anamosa produce only 11 yards of total offense and one net yard rushing the ball in 35 attempts. There were only two first downs for the Blue Raiders and 15 tackles for loss. The Union defense also created two turnovers, one fumble and one interception. Leading the way in the tackling department was sophomore Will Crees (10T, 5UT, 5AT, 1.5TFL), junior Cole Hinders (8T, 4UT, 4AT, 3TFL), and senior Matt Schmitz (6T, 4UT, 2AT, 3TFL). Josh Clark, Dylan McLaughlin, and Chase Kruckemeyer each had four tackles. Senior Max Rotzler picked off Anamosa and rumbled for 10 yards before being tackled in the second half.

The special team units helped secure a homecoming victory with several big plays. The punt block/return unit lead the way with one punt block and one missed snap, both for TDs. The Knights scored when Brad Siebel recovered the ball in the end zone and a two point conversion allowed Union to go up 8-0. Trev Hadachek (3 of 4, 72 yds, 2 TD) then connected with Cole Hinderson a 30 yard strike to go up 15-0 after Reid Monroe's PAT. Brad Gallup scored after receiving a 26 yard pass from Hadachek and immediately followed up with a punt block, scoop and score for TD. The leading rusher in the state of Iowa, Wes Burnside (15 rushes, 224 yds, 4 TDs), scored on two consecutive runs from 1 and 51 yards out. Hadachek (2 rushes, 27 yds, 1TD) scored on a 8 yard romp and Burnside finished out the second quarter with a 24 yard scamper and after the PATs, the Knights commanded a 56-0 lead into halftime.

After receiving the football, Burnside scored on his final play of the night from 10 yards out and after a Monroe PAT the Knights led 63-0. Sophomore Mitchell Dierks, who backs up Burnside, scored on a 14 yard run in the fourth quarter. A miscue on the PAT unit, made the final score Union 69, Anamosa 0.

The Knights travel to Maquoketa (4-1)this Friday to continue District 5 play. The sophomore game starts at 5:15pm and the varsity game kickoff at 7:30pm.

KWWL Athlete of week video

Freshman Game 9-27-10

Freshman Game against Anamosa has been canceled

3 Knight football players selected for Homecoming court!

Congratulations to TJ Gray, Brad Siebel, and Blake Clark from the Knights football team who were selected to the 2010 homecoming court. In addition, Casey Ewald, Ashley Frush, Aly Garwood, Paige Sears, and Kelsi Hilmer complete the court of four guys and four gals. The queen will be announced at halftime of Union's football game against Anamosa in Dysart this Friday. The king will be announced at halftime of the Powder Puff game on Friday. Congratulations to the entire court!

Interview with Sr Captain Brad Siebel after hi-lights from DeWitt win

Courtesy of the Cedar Valley Times newspaper

Burnside credits line for success

September 21, 2010

Burnside credits his line
Luke Feddersen Editor

Through the first four weeks of the football season, Union running back Wes Burnside has rushed for nearly 900 yards thus far. But those numbers have not been something that have surprised this standout junior.

Wes Burnside

"Not at all. I am confident in our offensive line so I am confident that we can put up big numbers."

Burnside feels the Knights can get better but has been having fun thus far.

"It has been going really good. We got a lot of stuff to fix up but we are still doing good."

Consistency is something that Burnside feels can improve.

"At times, we are up and down. Overall, our offense line is playing great. Trev (Hadachek) is playing good."

A 46-45 win over Dewitt last Friday helped Burnside push his team to 4-0 on the fall.

"It was really thrilling because we were down. We just came out in the second half with fire. We started stopping the run. We could never find the ball so we worked hard to do that."

Burnside knows that the only thing that stands in the way of a fifth win is Anamosa.

"I think they are a lot better than they have been in the past. I think we can't down play them."

Recruiting has remained steady for Burnside thus far.

"It has been about the same. I've been getting some letters from Iowa. That has been about it."

Thriller game for the fans of Union, Knights win 47-46!

The game was played Friday night on the UMS football field in Dysart but at times it might have resembled a track meet. The resilent Union Knights overcame a two touchdown lead twice en route to a 47-46 victory. The standing room only crowd stayed until the final click off the clock with the Knights in victory formation to seal the win. Patriot's Day was also celebrated with pre-game recognition of the men and women who serve our country (armed forces, police, fire, rescue).

The game produced 93 points and over 1000 yards of offense in addition to a few special teams situations that added to the excitement during the four quarters of 3A District 5 play. Central Clinton DeWitt came into the game with a record of (1-2) and the Knights (3-0). However, DeWitt's losses were to 2A 2009 state champion Solon and a talented team from Fairfield. This game was an absolute battle and a fight to the finish.

DeWitt jumped out to an early 13-7 with a trade of TD runs by DeWitt's Brandon Jasper (65 yards) but missed the PAT, and Union's Wes Burnside (JR) 74 yards. Burnside's run was the first offensive play for the Knights. Joseph Feldpausch then ran 80 yards to put DeWitt up 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. Feldpausch had a great night with 18 rushes, 385 yards, and 3 TDs.

In the 2nd quarter Burnside powered and sprinted his way to a 55 yard touchdown but the PAT was missed. DeWitt then scored two more times to make the halftime score DeWitt 26- Union 13.

Union would rally behind Burnside's running and Trev Hadachek's (SO) arm (6 of 13, 157 yds, 2 TDs) and score two TDs in the third quarter with a 26 yard TD pass to junior Brad Gallup (2 rec, 50 yds, 1 TD) and a 15 yard TD run by Burnside. Feldpausch from DeWitt had another TD run to let DeWitt lead 34-26 heading into the final period.

The fourth quarter started with DeWitt's Feldpausch and Union's Burnside trading TD runs one more time followed by the Knights giving up a 83 yard kickoff return by Chris Lubben to make the score DeWitt 46 and Union 32. At the half way mark of the 4th quarter Hadachek (12 rushes, 52 yds) connected on a 64 yard TD strike to senior Brad Siebel (2 rec, 83 yds, 1 TD). The Knights then went for the two point conversion and Hadachek connected with sophomore Will Crees on a diving catch to make the score DeWitt 46, Union 40. The DeWitt offense was stopped two times by fumbles. Cory Feldpouch (SR) and Dalton Crosser (SO) each had a fumble recovery. Crosser's came when the Knight's needed it and the offense charged down the field with a mix of run and pass. Burnside ran it in from two yards out to tie the game 46-46. Junior Reid Monroe who had missed a previous PAT attempt booted this one between the uprights to give the Knights a 47-46 lead. As the fourth quarter was winding down DeWitt received the kickoff and began their last drive of the game. In a key series in Knight territory the Union defense made a couple stops to create a third and long situation. DeWitt rolled out and threw a deep pass that was intercepted inside the five yard line by Siebel. The Knight offense was then able to run the clock out and seal the victory, 47-46.

Leading the Knights defensively were Brad Siebel (8T, 4AT, 4UT), Cole Hinders (6T,4UT, 2AT), and Dylan McLaughlin (7T, 4UT, 3AT, 1TFL). The Knight defense also had two additional tackles for loss (Cody Krall, Matt Schmitz). The Union defense created three turnovers (two fumbles, one int) while offensively they played error free. The Knights were penalized nine times while DeWitt only had five penalties.

The Knights move to (4-0) overall and (2-0) in the district. The next game is homecoming versus Anamosa. The current plan is to play the game on the new sodded football field behind the high school in La Porte City.

Players of the Week #3 vs Center Point - Urbana

Defensive back - Wes Burnside
Defensive line - Matt Schmitz
Defenisve Lber - Blake Clark

Offensive line - TJ Gray
Offensive back - Cory Feldpouch

Special teams ind - TJ Gray
Special teams unit - kickoff team

Offensive scout of week - Cody Krall
Defensive scout of week - NA

LPC Progress Review hi-lights and photos

Knights win district opener 49-7 over Center Point-Urbana

The Union Knights jump to 3-0 and play in Dysart next Friday vs Cental Clinton DeWitt. CCD had a win over Anamosa this Friday.

KWWL video and audio hi-lights from Union at CPU

Led by an aggressive defense the Union Knights jumped out to a 27-0 lead at halftime and went on to win their third consecutive game with the final score, 49-7. The Union defense, sparked by 11 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, and an interception return for TD held the Center Point-Urbana offense to 7 points and 112 yards of total offense. The defensive charge was led by Dylan McLaughlin (11T, 6UT, 5AT, 2TFL), and Matt Schmitz (6T, 3AT, 3UT, 1TFL). Wes Burnside, Cody Krall, and TJ Gray added five tackles each. Gray and Krall each had one fumble recovery while Jon Porter picked off a tipped pass and returned it 29 yards for a Knight touchdown.

Offensively the Knights continue to strike early and often with the run game combination of Wes Burnside (20 carries, 167 yds, 4 TDs) and Trev Hadachek (8 carries, 89 yds, 2 TDs, and 4 of 8 for 74 yds). Brad Gallup and Brad Siebel each had two receptions on the night. Union's offense averaged almost 9 yards per play en route to 354 yards and 15 first downs.

The Knight special teams provided a 5 of 6 PAT performance from Monroe while he punted two times for a 42 yard average. Three times CPU had penalties of roughing the punter and gave Union additional scoring opportunities. TJ Gray blocked a fieldgoal attempt and gave Union a big boost in momentum.

The Knights are now (3-0 overall), (2-0 non district) and (1-0 in 3A district 5). Union returns home to play Central Clinton - DeWitt at Dysart, UMS field with varsity game kicking off at 7:30pm. CCD has won two out of the last three district titles and is an annual 3A playoff participant.


DEFENSIVE LB - Blake Clark, graded out at 93%, led defensive charge in first half
DEFENSIVE LINE - Matt Schmitz, graded out at 90%, dominated line of scrimmage
DEFENSIVE BACK - Wes Burnside, graded out at 90%, big hitter

OFFENSIVE LINE - TJ Gray, graded out at 95%, run and pass blocked to near perfection
OFFENSIVE BACK/WR - Cory Feldpouch, graded out at 88%, key blocks at point of attack to assist with run game production

SPECIAL TEAMS - KO unit and TJ Gray for fieldgoal block

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK #2 vs Independence

Players of the week vs Independence:

Back - Brad Siebel
Line - Matt Schmitz and TJ Gray
LBer - Dylan McLaughlin

Cory Feldpouch and Kyle Ansley

Line - TJ Gray and Matt Schmitz
Back - Trev Hadachek

Tyler Kirkpatrick
Brenden Kuhn

Knights roll 56-7 with all phases offense, defense, and special teams!

Union opened up at Dysart with their first home game of the year vs an optimistic Independence Mustang team (1-0) coming off a big win in week one. The Independence fans traveled well and packed the sidelines at UMS field with the standing room only Knight crowd. 1500 pork burgers were gone prior to kickoff.

The Knights dedicated this game to the Senior Citizen's of La Porte City and Dysart while also inviting the KYFC (Knights Youth Football Club, 3rd-6th) and UMS (7th-8th) players to join them as they entered the field and played the national anthem. It was an awesome site to have Union players shoulder to shoulder for 60 yards with approximately 175 red jerseys joining the Knight varsity team.

After deferring the flip due to a high wind from the NW, the Knight defense held the Mustangs to a three and out series. It did not take long for Wes Burnside (15 rushes, 188 yds, 4 TDs) to burst for a 40 yd TD run and after Reid Monroe kicked the PAT the Knights led 7-0. Again the defense held, with leading tacklers Blake Clark, 10 T, 6UT, 4AT, 1TFL and Dylan McLaughlin, 10T, 7UT, 3UT, 2.5 TFL, and Matt Schmitz, 5T, 1UT, 4AT, 2 TFL. The Union offense ran the ball down to the field until Burnside broke loose on a 13 yard run. After the Monroe PAT, the score was 14-0.

The new head coach and win last week kept the Mustangs inspired as Independence rallied on a 27 yard run by Kreston Caldwell-McMurrin and after PAT would trail 14-7. Field position was a key factor all night long as Union's punt return unit would provide a big advantage. Monroe only punted one time in four quarters while the Mustangs were forced to punt six times.

The second quarter was all Union. The defense pitched a shutout and a blocked punt by Cory Feldpouch turned into a scoop and score by Feldpouch from 8 yards out. Prior to that sophomore QB Trev Hadachek (4 of 4, 66 yds, 2 TDs, and 6 rushes for 132 yds) connected with Cole Hinders on a 26 yard scoring strike and Burnside added another rushing TD from 10 yards out. To finish out the scoring in the second quarter Hadachek connected with Hunter Zempel on a 37 yard aerial bomb to put the Knights up 42-7 at halftime.

The Knights opened up with a well blocked kickoff return and a super run by Feldpouch (2 returns, 64 yds). It was all Burnside on the first offensive drive of the third quarter finishing with a 33 yard run for TD putting Union up 49-7. Mitchell Dierks, who replaced Burnside, would also score in the third quarter on a 9 yard run. Final score, Union 56, Independence 7.

Twenty-two Knights were involved in making at least one tackle and seven Knights scored points during the four quarters of play. Next Friday the Knights open up 3A district 5 play at Center Point-Urbana.

Copy and paste this link to see pictures and video from the Waterloo Courier:

Burnside named Iowa Preps 3A Player of the Week and Wloo Courier Prep of Week

Wes Burnside was recently name 3A Player of the Week by Iowa Preps ( His honor was based on his performance this past week at 3A opponent Decorah. Burnside was also named 1st team 3A running back this fall by Iowa Preps.

In addition, Wes was named Waterloo Courier Prep of the Week this past Wednesday.

Congratulations Wes and team!

Union post game summary with win over Decorah

The Union Knights won on the road at Decorah in a battle of non-district 3A teams.

Union fell behind 13-0 and benefiting from a blocked PAT. Decorah erupted for two quick scores in the first quarter with a two yard run and a 68 yd run.
The Knight defense stiffened in the second quarter and the offense took advantage of an assisted punt block by junior Reid Monroe to score the first TD on a 7 yard scamper by pre-season all state running back Wesley Burnside. The Knight defense did a great job on the next possession and the offense took advantage by scoring the second TD of the 2nd quarter with sophomore Trev Hadachek hitting Monroe on a 10 yard pass. After Monroe made both PAT attempts, Union led 14-13 at the half.

Union came out on fire in the third quarter and scored two more TDs created by great defense and special teams coverage. The first TD of the third quarter was Brad Siebel catching a long pass from Hadachek (39 yards) and the second TD by Burnside running behind Brad Gallup, Zach Bathen, and Josh Clark. After the Knights led 28-13, Decorah came up with a big turnover preventing Union from scoring again inside the red zone. The Vikings scored on a long run making the score 28-20.

The Knights offense controlled the clock the end of the fourth quarter and scored with a 6 yard run by Hadachek. After a Monroe PAT, the final score was 35-20.

Offensively Burnside dominated the ground game with 228 yards in 31 carries and two TDs. Hadachek connected with five different receivers with Monroe and Siebel having touchdown catches. He also had a rushing TD.

Defensively the Knights were led by pre-season all state LBer, Blake Clark, with 13 tackles followed by Dylan McLaughlin, Wes Burnside, Brad Siebel, Josh Clark, and Brad Gallup all with 5. The Union defense had 8 tackles for loss during the game. TJ Gray and Hunter Zempel both had fumble recoveries.

Next Friday the Knights take on Independence at Dysart at 7:30pm in non-district action. Independence is coming off a big win versus Waterloo Columbus. The game at UMS field honors all senior citizens.


DEFENSE: Hunter Zempel, 89% grade efficiency and great pass coverage
Blake Clark, 87% grade efficiency, 13 tackles, 9 UT, 4 AT

SPECIAL TEAMS: Reid Monroe, 5 of 5 PATS, assisted on blocked punt, punted for good field position

OFFENSE: Wes Burnside, 88% grade efficiency, 228 yds, 2 TDs, 31 carries, 7.45 yds/carry, 84 yards after contact
Matt Schmitz and Zach Bathen for helping create 35 points and 421 yards of total offense


Union wins 35-20 on road vs 3A powerhouse Decorah!

email from Coach Miller

Coach Hadachek,

I wanted to wish you, the staff, and the team as a whole luck against the Vikings of Decorah. I have been keeping close tabs on you through coach Brus, and optimism is the feeling that fills me. The opportunity that you have in front of you is enormous. The potential is limitless. Being with Union athletics, especially football, was a dream that I have only recently woke up from. I have no doubt that the players will be ready to play, coaches ready to lead, and the fans ready to cheer. Car Pei Diem: Latin . seize the day; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future.

I want to say that I still feel apart of the Union football family. It has followed me to my farthest endeavor. When those lights go on, the smell of cut grass, the adrenaline rush, and overwhelming euphoria hits I know that the Union Nation will prevail. I will be listening and will have no doubt that a victory is ahead of you. Good luck again, and now that there are Union Knights that are pulling for you from afar.


Landon Miller

2009 student assistant coach

Pre-season 3A All State players from Iowa

3A 1st Team All State Offense

3A 3rd Team All State Defense

3A 3rd Team All State Offense


2010 Unity Council members announced

The following individuals were voted to represent their respective classes for the 2010 football season. We will meet each Monday and enforce Unity Council point violators, help with the team decision making process on various items, and most importantly provide a communication platform for the Union Knights football team. Congratulations the the student-athletes and parents.

Zach Bathen
Blake Clark
TJ Gray
Bradly Siebel
Matt Schmitz
(alternate - Cory Feldpouch)

Wes Burnside
Dylan McLaughlin
Reid Monroe
Hunter Zempel
(alternates - Bradley Gallup, Cole Hinders)

Josh Clark
Will Crees
Trev Hadachek
(alternate - Brian Dunkelberger)

Bo Bader
Jay Scheel
Ted Tecklenburg
(alternates - Dylan Kokesh, Austin Lee)

Alternates on are stand by for Unity Council mtgs in the event a selected Unity Council member has a commitment (academically or family) that he cannot attend the scheduled meeting.

TOP 10 Producers on 40 YD test, and Pro Shuttle Test

40 yd dash - TOP 10 Performers

GR First Last 1st 2nd Best
11 Wes Burnside 4.69 4.56 4.56
10 Trev Hadachek 4.68 4.59 4.59
12 Cory Feldpouch 4.79 4.59 4.59
9 Dylan Kokesh 4.72 4.72 4.72
10 MitchellDierks 4.78 4.75 4.75
11 Reid Monroe 4.93 4.78 4.78
9 Jay Scheel 4.91 4.79 4.79
12 Bradly Siebel 4.87 4.85 4.85
9 Marcelo Hernandez 5.03 4.94 4.94
10 Will Crees 5.03 4.94 4.94

Pro shuttle - TOP 10 Performers

Grade First Last Right Left Avg.
10 Trev Hadachek 4.67 4.65 4.66
12 Cory Feldpouch 4.64 4.72 4.68
10 Nic Peters 4.72 4.65 4.685
9 Dylan Kokesh 4.8 4.68 4.74
12 Blake Clark 4.66 4.91 4.785
11 Cordt Holub 4.75 4.82 4.785
10 MitchellDierks 4.84 4.78 4.81
9 Jay Scheel 4.81 4.84 4.825
10 Brady Petersen 4.87 4.78 4.825
12 TJ Gray 4.77 4.9 4.835

Football video - the greatest team sport ever!

Top 10 Producers on testing thus far! Plus 18 names added and some new top 10, top 15 records!

2010 Fall Testing results from mini-camp:

1 - 113" Cory Feldpouch, SR
2 - 107" Trev Hadachek, SO
3 - 104.5" Kyle Ansley, JR
4 - 104" Wes Burnside, JR
5 - 102" Reid Monroe, JR
6 - 99.5" Mitchell Dierks, SO
7 - 98.5" Jay Scheel, FR
8 - 97.5" Tanner Heckt, SO
9 - 96" Cole Hinders, JR
9 - 96" Aaron Haas, JR

1 - 7672lbs Matt Schmitz, SR
2 - 7460lbs TJ Gray, SR
3 - 7354lbs Zach Bathen, SR
4 - 7142lbs Shey Fehl, JR
4 - 7142lbs Josh Clark, SO
6 - 6772lbs Wes Burnside, JR
7 - 6393lbs Christian Gray, SO
8 - 6349lbs Trev Hadachek, SO
9 - 6216lbs Reid Monroe, JR
10 - 5864lbs Mitchell Dierks, SO

ALL TIME Knight Football
Kettlebell Lifting Records

5 minute snatch test
(above 7000lbs RED KETTLEBELL CLUB)
*team members receive a 24K red kettlebell
with individual record and date

1. 8026 lbs Weston Hennings
2. 7672 lbs Matt Schmitz
3. 7460 lbs TJ Gray
4. 7445 lbs Justin Macal
4. 7445 lbs Bradly Siebel
6. 7355 lbs Zach Bathen
7. 7286 lbs Jared Wauters
8. 7143 lbs Josh Clark
8. 7143 lbs Shey Fehl
10. 7128 lbs Austin Bunz
11. 7075 lbs Gary Urban
12. 7022 lbs Reece Ewoldt

6000 LB CLUB
13. 6772 lbs Wesley Burnside
14. 6393 lbs Christian Gray
15. 6349 lbs Trev Hadachek
16. 6336 lbs Steven McGarvey
17. 6217 lbs Reid Monroe
18. 6178 lbs Zach Purdy
19. 6125 lbs Josh Dunkelberger
20. 6072 lbs Spencer Elliott

5000 LB CLUB
21. 5914 lbs Brandon Harp
22. 5884 lbs Cody Krall
23. 5864 lbs Mitchell Dierks
24. 5764 lbs Ryan DeSousa
25. 5632 lbs Bob Mangrich
26. 5597 lbs Matt Gross
27. 5556 lbs Jon Porter
27. 5556 lbs Max Rotzler
28. 5500 lbs Dylan McLaughlin
29. 5385 lbs Matt Harting
30. 5210 lbs Ryan Christensen
31. 5104 lbs Matt Feuerbach
31. 5104 lbs KJ Bader
31. 5104 lbs Casey Ewald
34. 5060 lbs Logan Sallee
35. 5016 lbs Cole Johnson
35. 5016 lbs Mark Jesse

4000 LB CLUB
37. 4973 lbs Logan Thomsen
38. 4928 lbs Dylan Schmitz
39. 4894 lbs Dalton Crosser
40. 4858 lbs Garrett Woodson
41. 4850 lbs Cole Hinders
41. 4850 lbs Justin Murphy
43. 4822 lbs Kyle Ansley
44. 4806 lbs Cordt Holub
44. 4806 lbs Chris Ribble
46. 4787 lbs Will Crees
47. 4761 lbs Brady Petersen
48. 4752 lbs Drew Hemesath
49. 4717 lbs Chase Kruckemeyer
50. 4664 lbs Johnny Goodwin
51. 4656 lbs Jay Scheel
52. 4620 lbs Blake Hofstadter
53. 4611 lbs Jake Reiter
54. 4532 lbs Tad Talaska
55. 4515 lbs Skylar Hager
56. 4488 lbs Blake Clark
57. 4470 lbs Logan Thomsen
58. 4444 lbs TJ Brandhorst
59. 4409 lbs Nathan Harting
59. 4409 lbs Bo Bader
61. 4365 lbs Damon Powell
62. 4338 lbs Tyler Kirkpatrick
63. 4330 lbs Michael Bruns
64. 4294 lbs Seth Woodson
65. 4277 lbs Tyler Kirkpatrick
66. 4268 lbs Jonathan Porter
67. 4154 lbs Brett Aldrich
68. 4153 lbs Joey Damro
69. 4144 lbs Cory Feldpouch
70. 4136 lbs Nic Jungling
71. 4188 lbs Ethan Wellman
71. 4188 lbs Andrew Osuna
73. 4136 lbs Brad Jaquith
74. 4093 lbs Levi Harrill
75. 4083 lbs Mike Ross
76. 4048 lbs TJ Feldpouch
76. 4048 lbs Tedd Schmitz
78. 4012 lbs Tanner Heckt

2010 Team Captains announced

The 2010 team captains were officially announced at the Parent-Player meeting tonight. Seniors Blake Clark, Bradley Siebel, Zach Bathen, and TJ Gray will lead the Knights into summer workouts starting Tuesday, June 1. We will go Tuesday, Thursday, Friday due to Memorial day weekend. The following week will be normal routine: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Leadership - when all things are equal the team with the best leaders will win!

Characteristics of Unforgettable Leaders:

1. They see themselves as their brother and sister's keeper.
2. They look for gifts, talents, skills and abilities in others.
3. They help others become aware of their gifts.
4. They know they can change lives.
5. They do not allow others to waste their lives.
6. They love their work.
7. They combine strong interpersonal skills with humor to connect.
8. They are lifetime learners.
9. They are answering a call.
10. They are positive people.
11. They persist in their high expectations.
12. They know and use the most powerful motivator....encouragement.

Vision, without it men will perish...

Seek Help for the Vision by John C. Maxwell

Teamwork makes the dream work. If you can achieve your vision by flying solo, then chances are you're not doing anything worthwhile. A big dream requires a talented team in order to take root in reality.

Wilt Chamberlain was one of the most gifted athletes to ever set foot on a basketball court. He holds the NBA record for most points in a game (100), most rebounds in a game (55), and the highest scoring average for a season (50.4 points per game). However, Wilt was so talented that he had trouble meshing with his teammates. At one point, coaches even advised him to shoot less so that other players could be involved.

Despite his prodigious abilities, Wilt never won a championship while the star player of his team. However, he did eventually learn to become an unselfish player. As his point totals declined, he became better and better at setting up teammates to score. Well past the prime of his career, Wilt finally won achieved his vision of winning a title. As a role player for the Los Angeles Lakers, he captured two NBA championships. His growth as a teammate made him an invaluable asset even though his athleticism had diminished from its peak.

This is an example of a true champion!

Knight Power Index and Top 5 Performances from last max out

The Knight Power Index was designed and formulated by Coach Adam Gassman with assistance from Coach Jared Pospisil. This index ranks the athlete based on his performances but also takes into account body weight.

Knight Power Index
Grade First Last
11 Zach Bathen 5.453447616
10 Wes Burnside 4.981910131
11 TJ Gray 4.724893775
9 Trev Hadachek 4.679209053
10 Bradly Gallup 4.586283468
11 Cory Feldpouch 4.569610768
10 Reid Monroe 4.439964817
10 Cordt Holub 4.41390
10 Justin Murphy 4.247747235
11 Matt Schmitz 4.240874324
10 Dylan McLaughlin 4.168155319
11 Blake Clark 4.165256476
10 Chase Kruckemeyer 4.129606986
11 Cody Krall 4.024728955
11 KJ Bader 3.810686384
10 Logan Sallee 3.802983584
9 Josh Clark 3.731970075
9 Nic Peters 3.719229911
9 Brady Peterson 3.680164501
9 Tanner Heckt 3.543901965
9 Christian Gray 3.437482962
9 Will Crees 3.349673693
10 Hunter Zempel 3.238003181
9 Andrew Osuna 3.184862981
9 Brian Dunkelberger 3.040433029
9 Logan Thomsen 3.019281684
10 Brenden Kuhn 2.932848999
9 Tedd Schmitz 2.833475071
9 Justin Clark 2.756031446
10 Cole Hinders 2.670249459
9 Tyler Fischels 2.474571448
9 Austin Pauling 1.419451513
9 Eli Kautz 0.922827697

Congratulations to the following Union Knights that had top FIVE performances at our last max out session:

1 - Zach Bathen 24K 85 reps 4497 lbs
2 - Wes Burnside 24K 84 reps 4444 lbs
3 - Logan Sallee 20K 80 reps 3527 lbs
4 - Matt Schmitz 24K 66 reps 3492 lbs
4 - Josh Clark 24K 66 reps 3492 lbs

1 - Zach Bathen 470 lbs
2 - Justin Murphy 350 lbs
3 - Logan Sallee 310 lbs
4 - Cory Feldpouch 300 lbs
4 - Cole Hinders 300 lbs
4 - Trev Hadachek 300 lbs

1 - Zach Bathen 290 lbs
2 - Wes Burnside 245 lbs
3 - Josh Clark 225 lbs
4 - Cody Krall 195 lbs
5 - Logan Sallee 185 lbs

1 - Wes Burnside 4.84
2 - Cory Feldpouch 4.85
3 - Trev Hadachek 4.87
4 - Reid Monroe 5.05
5 - Cody Krall 5.06

1 - Trev Hadachek 4.46
2 - Blake Clark 4.49
3 - Cory Feldpouch 4.50
4 - Brady Petersen 4.73
5 - Reid Monroe 4.735
5 - Brad Gallup 4.735

1 - Cory Feldpouch 1.6
2 - Wes Burnside 1.63
3 - Hunter Zempel 1.69
3 - Brenden Kuhn 1.69
5 - Cody Krall 1.72
5 - Trev Hadachek 1.72

1 - Trev Hadachek 109"
2 - Cory Feldpouch 108"
3 - Wes Burnside 104"
4 - Reid Monroe 103"
5 - Zach Bathen 98"
5 - Cody Krall 98"
5 - Garrett Prestemon 98"

1 - Logan Thomsen 6.9%
2 - Cory Feldpouch 7.8%
3 - Hunter Zempel 8.0%
4 - Blake Clark 11.4%
5 - Cody Krall 12.0%

1 - Shay Fehl 100%
1 - Zach Bathen 100%
3 - Cory Feldpouch 97%
4 - Wes Burnside 92%
4 - Justin Murphy 92%

Here is a list of your teammates that failed to show up for testing (Bench, Squat, 3M Snatch, 10 and 40 YD dash, 20 YD pro shuttle, Standing Broad Jump, % Body Fat, height and weight):

Dalton Adams
Dalton Crosser
Austin Dengler
Mitchell Dierks
Mitchell Even
Levi Harrill
Tylor Hudson
Kyle Ansley
Alan Geiger
Blake Hofstadter
Tyler Hook
Tyler Kirkpatrick
Chris Ribble
Josh Spragg

Check out the Knights performing double kettlebell snatches!

Enjoy the short video below of the strength and conditioning program with the Union Knights performing double kettlebell snatches. This round is 1-2-3-4-5. The number of repetitions are laddered up from 1 to 5 and is also coordinated with the breathing. We have also performing ladders with decreasing repetitions.

The last couple weeks over 50 athletes performed in the upper gym and our 1200 square foot weight room. Enjoy the pain!

Congratulations to Senior leader Jared Wauters!

Senior standout Jared Wauters made his final decision to attend Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa this week. Jared is the son of Jerry and Lori Wauters and lives near Elberon, Iowa.

Jared played wide receiver, safety, and ran back punts. He received many honors the past two years including first team all state, selection to the North Shrine Bowl team, Union team captain and offensive co-MVP, and first team all district. He was among the top receivers in 3A football this past season and holds ten Union football all time team records.

In addition to an outstanding career on the football field, Jared received 2009 academic all state honors from the IFCA.

Jared plans to play football and basketball at Wartburg College. Wartburg College is a NCAA III member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and located in Waverly, Iowa. Check out Wartburg Knight football by clicking here.

Pipho selected as first interview for Knights of the Round Table

Matt Pipho is interviewed as first in a series: Knights of the Round Table

Click here to listen to Matt Pipho

Union graduate Pipho honored by awards

"Congratulations to Matt Pipho for being awarded the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award and the Thacker Award. The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Thacker scholarships are awarded to select student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Recipients of the awards must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom." HFC, Randy Shannon, Miami

Speed switch for KB Snatch test