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Welcome NEW Head Coach Jared Pospisil and his family to lead U Football!

February 7, 2019

We are excited to announce Union's next head football coach Jared Pospisil! Jared has a resume' of success and an excellent ability to connect with young men. He was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the 2011 3A state championship team. Please make sure you give him shout next time you see him. In addition, the entire staff will be staying intact for next fall. It's a great time to be a Knight! Congratulations Jared! For more info on Coach Pospisil click here: https://www.leaguelineup.com/directorinfo.asp?url=ukfootball&id=559987


Schmitz commits to Wartburg College!

February 4, 2019

Congratulations to Union Senior - Silver Schmitz, son of Mark and Krystal,

who has committed to Wartburg College where he plans to continue his education

and football career. Schmitz had 37 receptions for 381 yds and 3 TDs this fall for the Knights.

Wartburg is a member of the NCAA III Iowa Conference. For more information on Wartburg

click here: https://go-knights.net/index.aspx?path=football. Congratulations to Silver and his family!

Roach selected by North side coaching staff for Iowa Shrine Bowl!

Congratulations to Senior Kaleb Roach who has been selected to the North

team for the Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer! Kaleb will report in July. For more

information on the Iowa Shrine Bowl and how the game benefits many children

with physical needs click here:https://www.iowashrinebowl.org/.

Spore and Gross rep the U on 2A All State Academic team!

Congratulations to Union senior Carter Spore. He was recently announced as a member of the IFCA 2A

All State Academic Team!  Union proud of Carter. 👊🏼 🏈

Congratulations to Union senior Kyle Gross He was recently announced as a member of the IFCA 2A

All State Academic Team!  Union proud of Kyle. 👊🏼 🏈

First Team All District Knights added to the wall in WBC Performance room

Congratulations to the six first team all district selections for the 2018 Union squad.   Junior Brayden Grosse, and seniors Lane

Albertsen (2x award winner), Ben Behrens, Ben Rempe, Kaleb Roach, and Rashawn Williams recently had their photos added to the wall

in the We Build Champions Performance room at UHS.   Congratulations to all!   We are proud of you!

Four Knight Alumni added to Next Level Champions wall in WBC Perf room

Thadd Loeb - Class of 1990, Mason Pelke - Class of 2017, Carter Brehm and Jace Glenn Class of 2018 were added to the 

Next Level Champions wall.    In order to have your photo on the Next Level Champions wall one must have completed a 

minimum of one year of college football at any level:  JUCO, NAIA, NCAA I, IAA, II, and III.    Congrats to all!

All State Honors to Union's Roach and Rempe



Knights on the road vs #3 defending 2A champion Waukon!

Join us vs #3 ranked and 2A defending champions Waukon on the road at 7pm.

If you can't make it listen to the dynamic duo of Dean Bostian and Josh Dunkelberger

online at www.unionknights.net. WEAR RED for the SEA OF RED theme! #wintheday #utradition



ALL SOPHOMORES will dress for the playoff run to the Dome!


Please bring your travel bag, shoulder pads, helmet, practice pants and top, game pants and jerseys, belts, all pads that are Union

issue you would put in pants, and any other items, including footballs.   You will be billed for any missing equipment for replacement

cost.   You will also need to turn in your helmet cap (protective cap).


We will have coaches down in the room from 3:15-4pm today!


Thanks and CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 7-2 season, great job young Knights!

Union heads to playoffs for 11th consecutive time! On road vs. Waukon!


Nevada POWs

POWs for Vinton Shellsburg Game!

Iowa HS Football Rankings for 2A: IHSAA, Radio Iowa, and DSM Register

October 8, 2018

Benton Community POWs

POWs vs Benton Community! Congratulations!

Dike New-Hartford POWs


Support your local communities causes at next home game!

In two weeks we play at home again against Benton Community.     We have packaged a

S.I.D.S., autism, and cancer all into one night for our communities.   These three together we

are calling S.A.C.K. for SIDS, autism, cancer...and kick 'em all for the k.    100% of the T-

shirt profits will go back to Knox Blocks (SIDS), River Hills school (autism), and the Iowa City

Children's hospital (cancer).      All of our coaching staff will be wearing these T's and we

hope you will not only purchase one, but spread the word on your email contacts, Facebook

or Instagam, and any word of mouth.    So please do your part to support these three great 

causes as they have been a part of our lives past, present, and future.  


SACK night shirts available for purchase until September 9!



September 21 WE WILL SACK THEM ALL! Get your T now!

This year we are tying all the causes near and dear to our hearts but having SACK (SIDS, Autism, Cancer, Kick ‘em all!) night on September 21st! Order by September 9th to ensure delivery! All proceeds go to support kicking SIDS, Autism, and Cancer!



This Friday help us honor all who serve AND "Break the Gate!"

Union goes to 2-0 with road victory at NFV!

Vote for Britton Rolison's 99 yd touchdown play from Dylan Felderman!

August 26, 2018

CLICK HERE AND SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO VOTE:   http://www.kwwl.com/category/130646/friday-night-heroes

Senior Citizens Get in FREE this Friday!


May the COUNTDOWN BEGIN! Friday night lights is BACK at home!

August 18, 2018

Can there be anything better than the anticipation of the first Friday night football game? You can smell it in the air, it's that magical time of year. We have so many great promotions going on for each home game. Remember your fans out of town (in other states and also in other countries can tune into a LIVE broadcast by clicking here:http://www.theunionknightcast.com/ thanks to our local business sponsors. We also have a direct link to minute by minute scores thanks to Mr. Bruce Rempe by clicking here: http://www.unionknights.net. The countdown begins!




Alumni 7 on 7/Strongman Competition

Union Linemen travel to MidWest Line Camp - 12th consecutive year!

Being a lineman is sometimes a difficult assignment.   No name in the paper, no glory, all work and the

team rises and falls with your efficiency.    Each year our Union linemen (entering 9th-12th grade) have

made the trip to Bloomington, IL and the campus of Ilinois Wesleyan.   It is at this small college that

head Coach Norm Eash has conducted a hidden secret to get better.  A camp just for linemen.   

And his VIP guest coach just happens to be the line coach for the Dallas Cowboys, Paul Alexander.   

Paul is arguably the best in the business.   His dry sense of humor and games at the end of each

practice make each kid feel special and appreciated.    Special thanks to Coaches Denner, Gassman,

and Clapp for driving the players out and staying with them.    BIG thanks to Coach Denner

for organizing it all.   We got better!

LINE CAMP ‘Look A Like’ Winners:
Voldemort, A Shrub, Joe Dirt, Captain America


 Union staff:   Coach Adam Gassman and his son Lincoln, Coach Joe Hadachek, Dallas Cowboys Line

Coach Paul Alexander, Coach Scott Denner, Coach Todd Carlson, and Coach Travis Clapp.


Northern Illinois 7v7 Tournament - Knights on the rise and getting better!

So proud of these champions! We lost some great talent from last year. Good teams/programs always do.

We played at ISU last weekend and it was not on par with our expectations.

Not playing to a level of excellence that has been the tradition here. This week we talked about what

needed to be fixed and asked these young men to 1) compete like a Knight, and 2) get better through OTAs

and one/one talks. Today we accomplished both goals. We competed with great effort and we got better.

Each player got better. Played four schools from Illinois that have enrollments from 1300-2600. All class 8A.

Proud to say we went 4-0! Much work still to do but fellas we are proud of you. Embrace the process. #wintheday


Thanks to Coaches PJ Mouton, Todd Carlson, Chris Behrens, and Don Sallee for taking a competitive

group of Knights to the NIU 7v7 competition during Father's Day weekend.    These men all serve as your

young men as role models and we are honored to work with them to not only become better football

players but better men in our school, communities, and churches.

Kaleb Roach interviewed about 2018 season and his future by Iowa Preps!


Union Knights begin 7v7 season competing at ISU Tournament!

Back row (l to r):  Coach PJ Mouton, Coach Jared Pospisil, Coach Chadd Johnson, Richie Artega,
Ben Rempe, Bryce Parker, Silver Schmitz, Coach Chris Behrens, Ben Behrens, Coach Travis Clapp
2nd row (l to r):  Dylan Felderman, Jon Millard, CJ Weltzin, Trey Smutz, Seth Wirtz, Marc Mahood, Josh Ternus
Front row (l to r): Coach Joe Hadachek, Brayden Grosse, Ryan Sedgwick, Brit Rolison, Levi Gray, Hunter Heitman,
Kyle Gross, Coach Todd Carlson
Photo credit:  Todd Parker

Memorial Day!

May 28, 2018

Iowa Preps reviews Union for this fall!

May 22, 2018

Joann Jones has served her role at Union and we are GRATEFUL!

‪I don’t know how many towels & uniforms this champion lady has washed in her career at UHS. I do know we ALL will miss Joann Jones!   You are the best. 

🏈 #uKnights #irreplaceable

Knights welcome back Coach Jared Pospisil!

May 18, 2018

The Knight coach staff would like to welcome back Coach Jared Pospisil.                                                                        Coach Pospisil will be the cornerbacks' coach for the Knights defense this fall.

Jared coordinated the defense and served as the defensive back coach for the                                                                Knights from 2008-2012. During his last three years 2010-2012, Union averaged ten wins per season. In addition, he has also served as Union High School’s assistant head football coach.

Four of the five years he served as Union's DC were at the 3A level football. His last season we were 2A 2012 district champions. The 2011 state champions showed a great improvement on defense which helped with postseason victories over Washington, Maquoketa, Solon, A-D-M, and the title game giving up only 14 points to Decorah.

Pospisil has written several articles for X and O labs which is an online coaching resource. Jared past duties included video exchange and assisting with the strength & conditioning staff at UHS. His expertise is acceleration and deceleration.

Coach Pop coached Jared Wauters who played defensive back at Wartburg College and Brad Siebel who played DB at Coe College.

Previously, Jared served as defensive coordinator at Waterloo West High, special teams coordinator and offensive 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 daughters, Addison and Elliette, and his son Marek.

Thank you Cole Hinders for your volunteerism to Knights Football!

May 15, 2018

The Union Knights would like to say THANK YOU to Coach Cole Hinders

for his service this past season. Cole was a member of the 2011 3A state

championship team and also a member of the first-ever padded Dysart

Youth Football Club team. Due to job commitment, he will be unable to

return this fall. Coach Hinders is welcome back anytime, thank you!

WIN THE DAY FOOTBALL GEAR from Gregg's due tomorrow!

May 6, 2018

MOMS101 - first ever in Union history!

Zempel returns to the gridiron with the Knights this fall!

April 30, 2018

Not too many people can say they have played and coached in a state championship game

at such a young age.     Two different sports, two different roles, but the same individual.

We welcome Hunter Zempel to the Knights coaching staff as he replaces Tate Hadachek

as a volunteer wide receiver coach.   Hunter was a two-way starter on the Union Knight

3A state championship team in 2011.   He was a four-sport athlete participating in football, 

baseball, wrestling, and soccer.    Zempel is also the current head coach for the traditional

powerhouse Union girls soccer program.    Last year they were in the state championship

game held in Des Moines and were runner-up.     Hunter is finishing up his teaching and

coaching degree at UNI.    Welcome back Coach Zempel!   

Union football camp opportunities to get better before the season!

Union Football Staff has opportunity to hear Kurt Warner speak at FCA!

College visit days and summer one day camp opportunities!

April 25, 2018


DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR SENIOR SPRING TO TAKE visits to colleges you may have an interest

in attending.   There are spring visit dates popping up right now.    When you visit you either add the

school to your list of possibilities or cross it off and realize it's a definite no.    With ONE DAY camps,

you get an evaluation of your talent.    Coaches are evaluating you and you can evaluate the coaching

staff/campus.   Here are a few of the examples we have received through the mail or emails.



Hadachek Moves On

We are officially announcing the departure of assistant coach Tate Hadachek from the Union football program. We would like to thank Tate for his last two year of volunteering for the Union Knights. At this time he has made a decision to give more time to a intern position at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Tate has been active as an usher, youth group leader, as well as an active member of the FCA Huddle at UNI. 

In two years he has made an impact on many and they will continue with his internship. Two years and two trips to the UNI Dome! Not many coaches can say every year they coached in the Dome. Good luck Tate!

April 15, 2018


Wanted to THANK everyone who has supported the Union Knight Football Facebook page.

We recently surpassed 2400 likes.  Thanks to the friends, families, graduates, students, and

fans!      #grateful#wintheday #resUrgence

Win the Day Leadership for next years seniors at Hickory Hills Park!

The junior class (2018 fall seniors to be) met for a four hour leadership day at Hickory Hills park with 

members of the Union football coaching staff including Todd Carlson, Chris Behrens, and Joe Hadachek.

We had a chance to experience an exercise in personal values, an opportunity to share each other's

ONE WORD for 2018, a discussion about how to solve major issues that confront schools today,

and other items that were geared towards maximizing the 168 hours we live each week.     

Congratulations to the Union Knights multi-talented Carter Spore!

March 27, 2018

UNION represents with 40 volunteers at 2018 NE IA SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Congratulations to these 3.0 and 4.0 Honor Roll members for the 2nd trimester!

4.0 Club

Kolten Crawford
Nick North
Carter Spore
3.0 Club
Adam Ahrendsen
Dallas Blackburn
Ben Rempe
Kyle Gross
Kody Crawford
Reece DeVries
Hunter Fleshner
Jace Glenn
Tyler Rottinghaus
Ben Behrens
Bryce Parker
Josh Ternus
Carter Brehm 
Ben Dvorak
Lincoln Mehlert
Tate Hookham
Carter Asmussen
Brayden Grossse
Troy Hanus
Kaleb Roach

Carter Brehm gets home visit from Shriner John Brandt!

Carter Brehm alone with his parents Lyle and Jennie had the honor of a home visit by Shriner John Brandt last night. John went over the expectations required to be a part of the game and covered why the game is played. It’s an amazing story that’s been a tribute to changing 1000’s of kids lives through hospital treatments and care. Thanks John for serving and congratulations Carter for getting the opportunity to play for the North side, Saturday, July 21st in the UNI Dome. For more information click here:http://www.iowashrinebowl.org/

Glenn and family make it official on Wartburg commitment!

February 8, 2018


Jace Glenn has verbally committed to Wartburg College.    Jace is surrounded

by his father Tim, mother Kara, and sister Sam.   Wartburg is a NCAA III member

of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.     Congratulations Jace!

Words of advice from the Super Bowl champion QB, Nick Foles on failing!

2018-2019 District Announcement

For a complete list of districts, click here

State releases what they decided for post season football today.

January 24, 2018

Football remains at 16 teams for playoffs.   


Update on playoffs for 2018-2019:   https://www.iahsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1.24-Football-Release.pdf


More info on the at large strategy:  https://www.iahsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/1.24-RPI-Football-FAQs.pdf


*districts released sometime tomorrow

**first four games will be non-district

Glenn verbally commits!

Jace Glenn, senior co-captain, has verbally committed to Wartburg College.     Glenn also had offers

from Willam Penn and Morningside College.  Jace was the leading  tackler for the 2017 Union Knights

on defense and also contributed as a runner and blocker on offense.

Wartburg is a member of the Iowa Conference, NCAA III.    Best of luck to you Jace!

Carter Brehm invited to be member of 2018 North Team for Shrine Bowl

December 16, 2017

Congratulations to UNION'S CARTER BREHM. He has been officially invited to be a member of the 2018 Iowa Shrine Bowl North team. This is a great honor recognizing talented players but even a better cause. The children of the Shrine hospital.http://www.iowashrinebowl.org/




Brehm lands another FIRST TEAM ALL STATE HONOR!

December 9, 2017

The Des Moines Register All State Football teams were announced yesterday and Union Co-Captain Carter

Brehm landed a first team spot on the 2A offensive ilne.      He was a first teamer for two  years in a row.   Below

are the other members of the 2A team and if you click here you can see all teams:   https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/high-school/all-iowa/2017/12/08/introducing-des-moines-registers-2017-all-iowa-football-teams/933396001/



December 9, 2017
Now available online or at La Porte City Printing & Design:

2017 Union High School Football Season Highlights DVD. Disc includes video highlights of every game, a special tribute to the seniors and Game Saver!

Bonus content on the DVD includes 18 pages of The Progress Review's coverage of the 2017 season and over 1,400 digital pictures.: https://www.theprogressreview.co/2017-union-football-season-highlights-dvd/

Hadachek earns UNI Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year!

Brock Hadachek had a great career for the Union Knights hi-lighted by an opportunity

to play in the 2A Championship game in the UNI Dome with his teammates.   Brock

was offered a scholarship to play at UNI and was redshirted this past fall.    He was recently

awarded UNI's Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year.   Congratulations Brock!

{The photo below Brock is joined by his brother Levi at the presentation event.}



December 3, 2017 – 07:00 PM




November 21, 2017

Union Middle School Coaching staff at UNI DOME for 2A semi-final!

(from left to right:   Ryan Moody, Gary Ewald, Mike Schmidt, Sam Newton, and Josh Dunkelberger)

Thanks for all the time you put into our middle school students and athletes.    We appreciate you!

2A District 4 1st and 2nd Team All Academic All District

November 14, 2017

Congratulations to the following 16 Union Knight football players

that were first and second team, all district, all academic (2A D4). 


Knights drop semi-final game to Williamsburg 28-14.

November 12, 2017

Live streaming coverage and audio also...for Saturday night 7:06pm!

There are many options to watch and listen to our game this Saturday at 7:06pm.   


have family and friends out of state and they want to support the team.    SO here you go....


Get your semi-final tickets NOW! Blackout event by our fan base!


It's time to close down the towns! With the win Friday night the Union Knights Football

team will advance to semi-finals round. Game will be played on Saturday, 11/11/17 at 7:06pm.

You can purchase tickets at the high school or middle school office beginning Monday, 1

1/6/17. Or you can purchase tickets online in advance by going to https://unitix.uni.edu/
Click on "Buy Tickets"
Click on "Presales/Promotions"
Our Promotion code is: Uknights
Hope to see you all there Saturday night to support our Knights!
Go Knights!!!!

Underdogs again Knights win rematch vs. Cascade! 22-14 in 4th!

Dean Close from Vinton captured this video in closing moments of the quarterfinal game vs Cascade. 

It was Cascade's first tie ever in the quarterfinals and they had a (10-0) record including a win over the

Knights in the last 30 seconds in the last regular game of the season.    The Knights trailed 7-0 at half as

the stingy Knight defense turned away Cascade time and time again.     With the score 14-7, the Knights scored

their second TD and went for the win a got for two play with four minutes left.  Cascade's defense held.   Later

in the fourth quarter Union would drive the ball down the field and with eight seconds left sophomore kicker

Marc Mahood made a field goal to make it 16-14.   Mahood then kicked deep with four seconds left and the

Cougars tried a desperate attempt to lateral the ball back and forth on the return.   Union's Kaleb Roach 

was able to catch the ball in the end zone and the Knights stormed the field with a 22-14 victory.   Here are the 

hi-lights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc5kx39iHXc&sns=fb.

Join the KNIGHTS in the Final 8 at Cascade with 7pm kickoff!

We hope you can all join us at Cascade tonight as we compete

to the FINAL FOUR in the UNI DOME! The Union Knights (7-3) take

on the Cascade Cougars (10-0) at 7:00pm TONIGHT! Do you have

family members wanting to listen in? Click on here to get a virtual

scoreboard and also LIVE play by play with Dean Bostian and UMS

Head Coach Mike Schmidt! This dynamic duo that knows Union

football inside and out. Click to to listen and/or see instant scoreboard:



SENIOR CAPTAIN TROY HANUS set a new all time Union passing record this past Friday night in round one

of the 2A playoffs.   Earlier this year Troy set a new all-time regular season record for passing yards with 1715.   The

record was previously held by Steven McGarvey (2009) with 1516 yards.   

The total passing yards regular season and playoffs record was also held by McGarvey (2009 with 1812 yards).   

Hanus eclipsed it last Friday with a total of 1815 yards.    The record will continue  to climb as this Friday the Knights

get to play in round two of the 2A post season playoffs.








Join the Knights LIVE tonight on www.UnionKnights.net with Josh & Dean!

October 27, 2017

We hope you can all join us at Parkersburg tonight as we start the “Road to the Dome!”

and begin our second season with 16 2A teams fighting for the final two spots.

The Union Knights (6-3) take on the A-P Falcons (8-1) at 7:00pm TONIGHT!

Do you have family members wanting to listen in? Click on here to get a virtual

scoreboard and also LIVE play by play with Josh Dunkelberger and Dean Bostian!

dThe dynamic duo that knows Union football inside and out www.unionknights.net.

Cascade POWs

Back of Playoff, Road to Dome T/Sweatshirt

October 24, 2017

Get your playoff gear for BACK IN BLACK THEME NOW!

Turn orders into DG Elementary, LPC Elementary, UMS and UHS front offices!

We appreciate your support for Union Knight football!

Hanus breaks throwing record set by Steven McGarvey in 2009!

Congratulations to Union's senior QB, Troy Hanus as he had 158 yds passing

tonight in the 22-12 win over North Fayette Valley to bring his regular season t

otal to 1594 yards as he broke the record set by Steven McGarvey in 2009 of

1516 yards. Troy has one more regular season game to go.  GO KNIGHTS!

134 Flag, Youth Padded, and Union Middle School Athletes/Teams to be announced.

Honoring the Fight against Cancer tonight! Honorary captain toss.

POWs for Waukon Game

Live coverage of Homecoming tonight! Varsity kickoff at 7:30pm.

We hope you can all join us at home (UHS fb field) tonight with Fr/So kickoff at 5pm and Varsity at 7:30pm. It's Homecoming as Union hosts the Blazers from Dyersville-Beckman HS.  Out of town family members want to listen in?

Click on here to get a virtual scoreboard and also LIVE play by play with Josh Dunkelberger and Dean Bostian!   The dynamic duo that knows Union football inside and out: www.unionknights.net.

Vote for Union vs DB for Game of the Week!


Vote for Union's homecoming game by clicking here:   http://www.kwwl.com/category/130646/friday-night-heroes



POWs for Monticello

Listen LIVE tonight! Union travels to Oelwein for 2nd District Game

We hope you can all join us at Oelwein tonight with Fr/So kickoff at 5pm and Varsity at 7:30pm. Out of town family members want to listen in? Click on here to get a virtual scoreboard and also LIVE play by play with Josh Dunkelberger and Dean Bostian!  The dynamic duo that knows Union football inside and out. 

CLICK HERE:  www.unionknights.net.

Photo from Vinton Today in Union Today section at Friday's game!

Credit to photo from Vinton Today and Dean Close.   

Our athletic trainer, Taylor Vaske, is working on junior Josh Ternus as he preps for warmups for the varsity

game vs. Monticello last Friday.   Taylor has been a tremendous asset to all athletes at Union.

Vote for Alpers for KWWL Play of Week!

Vote HERE for our Lincoln Savings Bank, Friday Night Heroes Play of the Week

YOU have to go to KWWL by clicking here to vote for KOBY and scroll to bottom of the page: http://www.kwwl.com/category/130646/friday-night-heroes

Knights move on to District play this week after Vinton win on the road!

Proud of our teams improving week 1 to week 2. Double wins with fresh-soph in opener (38-0), and varsity (42-14) over Vinton-Shellsburg.

District play begins with next game at home vs. Monticello! Honoring Patriot Night and Senior Citizen's Night!

Gold Card Sales are now officially underway!

August 11, 2017

On our first night we did a community blitz with the communities of LPC and Dysart to help raise funds

for our football team through Gold Card sales.   There are funds needed for player equipment, field equipment,

video equipment, and many other items not covered by our budget.   Gold Cards also back our local businesses!

The ones who are asked to join the booster club, sponsor posters, donate items for auctions, and more.   If

you have not been asked to buy a card yet let us know and we will get a player to you ASAP.   

Above on the left is Tyler Rottinghaus who sold 20 cards the first night in La Porte City, and Mason Scott on the

right who sold 20 cards in Dysart.    Thanks for supporting our fund raiser! 


Players and Parents:


We just finished up with our five day mini-camp, We Build Champions!    Appreciate all the time and effort put into the camp as it will pay off as Monday is the first official practice with a team meeting for all 9-12th graders in UHS auditorium.


You will now have access to lockers and the locker room.  You can shower after practice and we highly encourage you to do so before leaving.   Transportation to and from Dysart UMS to LPC UHS has been arranged for young men needing a ride. If you have a young man that plans on riding the school provided transportation please text/email Coach Adam Gassman.  


ALL COACHING STAFF EMAILS AND CELL PHONES can be accessed by clicking here:   http://www.leaguelineup.com/directors.asp?url=ukfootball&sid=653437492.


There are currently THREE forms that need to be done prior to practicing.  One is the high school physical which we have been communicating since starting the summer workout program.   The second one is a concussion form (handed out to athletes on Monday of mini camp) which must be read and signed by parent and athlete.   The third is a new form from UHS office.   This form can be filled out online or copy brought to the office.   Click here to access forms: http://www.union.k12.ia.us/?page_id=5459


Coach Chadd Johnson is in charge of the forms.   We are attaching the latest physical form information we have from the front office.  If there is a conflict from what is listed here please contact Brenda or Kenda via phone during normal working hours.   (342-2697)  If they are highlighted in yellow they are expired and need to be updated before they can practice.  The blue highlighted will expire during the season and there are several that expire very early in the season. 


If you are not up to date on your forms you are not excused from practice.   It is your responsibility to make sure the paperwork is finalized.


Our calendar has our up to date practice and game schedule.   Please realize all are subject to change.  To find calendar click here:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/calendar.asp?url=ukfootball&sid=653437492.



Looking forward to the season!


Coach Hadachek and staff

Sunday Alumni 7v7 and Big Man Competition!

July 30, 2017



9th-12th graders if YOU DO NOT have your helmet fitted yet, this will be done today starting at 3pm. Report behind school next to green house. Enter that door and take a right down the stairs. We close doors at 3:50pm to be a team mtg at 4pm in auditorium.

2017 fall schedule!

Iowa Preps Elite Team (all classes) lands three Knights thus far!

July 7, 2017

It's early but pre-season accolades are coming out via Iowa Preps.

Senior Captain Koby Alpers has landed a spot on the Iowa Preps third team Elite (all classes 8 man to 4A)

as a wide receiver.


On 4th Team Elite offense two Knights were given recognition.     Senior QB Troy Hanus and Senior offensive

center Carter Brehm.    Both young men are also captains for the 2017 squad.

The 3rd team defense as well as 1st and 2nd team O and D have not been announced yet.

For more information you will need to subscribe to Iowa Preps at iowapreps.com.



Iowa Preps gives update on 2A D4 for fall outlook!

July 1, 2017

Knights compete at NIU 7 vs. 7 and Midwest Line Camp this week!

June 19, 2017

Above photo is from the Midwest Line Camp, 11 consecutive years in attendance!

Thanks to coaches Royce Rottinghaus and Scott Denner for helping with transportation.


The above photo is from the NIU 7v7 competition.   (missing Silver Schmitz,

Tim Glenn, and Joe Hadachek). 

2017 BWW Challenge Winners

68 1st Team All District Players since 2007

Iowa Preps posts early Pre-Season 2A District 4 information!

Class 2A, District 4 Football Peek

Iowa Preps names our early team favorites, MVPs, athletes to watch, and more for Class 2A, District 4 now!


Beckman Catholic


Columbus Catholic


North Fayette Valley


Union Community



The Darkhorse Team:

North Fayette Valley


Early Favorite:



Another Team to Watch:



Early Preseason Offensive MVP:

Troy Hanus, Union


Early Preseason Defensive MVP:

Jace Glenn, Union/Jace Burrow, North Fayette Valley


Other Players to Follow:

Britton Rolison, Union

Koby Alpers, Union

Quentin Kinsel, Union






Players, Parents, and Union Knight Fans:


You can now order gear for this summer and fall via two great sources.   First of all each year we feature

"THE SHIRT."   This is THE SHIRT for all Union Knight players and fans.     This is the shirt we want you to 

wear to all the games and fill the "Sea of Red!"     We have the motto "RISE UP!" this fall as we are on the road

six of our nine games while we have one of those six games at Upper Iowa (neutral site) where we are the host team.

Gregg also has some other items you will see on the flyer.   The Champion sweats are the heavy old school type that 

last forever.   


If you are interested in Under Armour gear those items are offered with an online store via The Graphic Edge.   Several

items there are for PLAYERS ONLY.    Those items include the UA Men's Squad Woven jacket and bottom (this item is

needed of all players that are sophs, jrs, and srs).    If you have one from past year's that will be fine!   The

Russell five pc girdle is also a player only item.     Like we covered in the meeting Sunday night, if finances prevent

you from ordering a travel top/bottom or girdle please let me know in strict confidence and we will take care of you.













Coach Hadachek and Staff





2017 Varsity schedule!

2nd Trimester GPAs

The following champions had a 4.0 GPA from last trimester:

Kyle Gross
Carter Spore

The following champions had a 3.0 GPA or better from last trimester:
Daycen Douglass
Ryan Miller
Hunter Fleshner
Jace Glenn
Gavin Miller
Keaton Newgren
Clayton Thiele
Troy Hanus
Ben Dvorak
Bryce Parker
Brayden Grosse
Hunter Heitmann
Ethen Meyer
Carter Brehm
Kody Crawford
Josh Ternus
Brandon Stech
Carter Asmussen
Brady Rempe
Tate Hookham
Brock Hadachek
Ben Behrens
Dylan Stech
Jordan Schmitz
Mason Pelke
Ben Rempe
Michael Ahrendsen
Koby Alpers
Kaleb Roach
Trevor Davis

8th grade players from 2016 or young men wanting to play in 2017!

March 30, 2017

FRIDAY, March 31 at UMS in Dysart

2016 8th grade (2017 freshmen) football players at UNION: Show up tomorrow during PAL time at UMS and we will talk about your future as a student, athlete, and champion as you enter high school next fall. Not sure you want to play? Show up and listen to the opportunity to become more and be part of something special at Union. Bring any questions about the summer and fall. GO KNIGHTS!

KYFC - Knights Youth Football Club registration!

March 20, 2017

Attn: 2nd-5th graders..sign ups for youth padded football will be held this Sunday at the La Porte City Elementary from 1-3 PM in the preschool hallway. We do need everyone who plans to go out be there to get fitted for equipment and turn in registration form and payment. We do have a new option this year of paying online. You can go to http://youthsportsfoundation.org/ and then to online football registrations and then click on Union Football. You will register and pay online but we still need you to come on Sunday for equipment fittings. We will have available to purchase a 4 point chin strap which we do recommend to all players, they are $12. If you have yours from last year, please use it. Those that need jerseys, we will have a online store up and running around football camp at the end of July. If you have any questions please contact team mom, Krystal Schmitz.     Join the KYFC Facebook group by clicking here:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/140434179436117/

Latest update includes 2nd trimester grades and last week competitions!

Updated team results! Great race! NE IA Spec Oly & Union Combine!

March 7, 2017


Northeast Iowa Special Olympics photo (thanks Coach Todd Carlson)


THE UNION COMBINE (similar in competition) to the NFL combine is going on this week 

with individual and team points for placement on each event.    In addition grades and volunteerism

can jump the point totals.     Senior lead, everyone else FOLLOW!

Union Combine

NE Iowa Special Olympics is this Sunday at UNI DOME!

February 27, 2017

This Sunday will be the 10th consecutive year we have volunteered at the NE IOWA SPECIAL OLYMPICS.    

It's not too late to help out.    

The NE Iowa Special Olympics will be held on campus at UNI. Kick off event at UNI Dome. If your name is here you are committed to help out: John Adelmund, Jace Glenn, Quentin Kinsel, Troy Hanus, Brit Rolison, Kolby Alpers, Carter Brehm, Hunter Holman, Josh Ternus, Silver Schmitz, Brandon Stech, Ryan Sedgwick, Bryce Parker, Brayden Grosse, CJ Weltzein, Rashawn Williams, Carter Spore, Kaleb Roach, Levi Gray, Mason Scott, Tate Hookham, Hunter Fleshner, Jacob Wyant, Kyle Cox, Dylan Felderman, Ben Behrens, Trevor Davis, Michael Ahrendsen, and Dylan Stech (subject to hockey). If we are missing someone please get ahold of Coach Todd Carlson.

Ahrendsen selected to play for North at Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer!

February 21, 2017

Senior team captain Michael Ahrendsen was selected by the north coaching staff to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl

to be held at the UNI Dome this July.    There are 44 players selected from North of Highway 30 and 44 from south.

All levels of schools must be represented and in addition to playing ability the team members must also exert character

and teamwork outside of football.   You can purchase tickets in advance through Ahrendsen for $10.   Tickets at door of

game are $15.  In addition, there will be ads for the yearly booklet which assist cost of the game as the majority of ticket 

sales goes to the Shriner hospitals.   Iowa has been #2 for the amount of money raised through the football Shrine games

nationwide.    In the past Union Knights Jason Fowler (1993), Jared Wauters (2010 north team captain), Wesley Burnside

(2011), and Trev Hadachek (2012) were selected and played in the game.   Jay Scheel was also selected in (2013) but did

not get to participate due to rehab.    Joe Hadachek was the defensive coordinator when Wauters played in 2010.     The

north won that game 24-0 with head Coach Roger Janssen from Sioux City Heelan.   

For more info click here:  www.iowashrinebowl.org

Football Camps for spring and summer NOW listed under HANDOUTS!

CHECK OUT ALL SPRING AND SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES:   http://www.leaguelineup.com/handouts.asp?url=ukfootball

John Boisen commits to play next fall!

January 30, 2017

John Boisen will be a member of the Sioux Falls Cougars next

fall in Sioux Falls, SD.    The Cougars are NCAA D2 members and 

led by Coach Jon Anderson.  John was a three year starter for the

Union Knights playing WR, QB, DB, LB and punter.   He is the son

of Todd and Jill Boisen.   Good luck to you next fall John!


Dylan Stech commits to play next fall!

January 30, 2017

Dylan Stech will be a member of the Simpson College Storm

next fall in Indianola, IA.   The Storm is a member of the Iowa

Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and is led by Head Coach

Matt Jeter.   Dylan was a team in captain this past season

and first team all district player.  He is the son of Shane and Heather Stech.

Good luck to you next fall Dylan!

Boisen visits University of Sioux Falls!

January 29, 2017

Senior John Boisen visited the University of Sioux Falls this past weekend.

USF is a NCAA II member and has a great tradition located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

For more information on USF click here: http://www.usfcougars.com/index.aspx?path=football


Isaiah Vaughan commits to play next fall!

Isaiah Vaughan committed to play football next fall at Ellsworth Community

College.    ECC is located in Iowa Falls,    Vaughan led the Union Knights in

rushing the last three seasons with first team all state honors this year.   He

holds several rushing records for the Knights and was one of the top rushers

in 2A this past season.   He is the son of Todd and Jen Renz.  

Good luck this fall Isaiah!

Top Returning Players for 2A District 4 from Iowa Preps features 5 from the U!

January 29, 2017

LB - Jace Glenn

LB - Quentin Kinsel


QB - Troy Hanus

WR - Koby Alpers

RB - Britton Rolison


**to find out the entire list you must subscribe to www.IowaPreps.com 

Newgren and Ahrendsen make official decisions for next level!

Keaton Newgren and Michael Ahrendsen have been playing together for a number of years.   Youth football, two years in middle school, and four years in high school.   Their final game together was in the finals of 2A at the UNI Dome.   However, they may have chance in the near future to play against each other.

Ahrendsen committed late last week to Northwest Missouri State as a "preferred walk on" after having numerous offers at the NCAA II, NAIA, and JUCO levels.    The school was a good match for his future plans, farming, and he liked the culture of the Bearcats.   He will be lining up on the defensive side of the ball next fall.

Newgren had several offers at NCAA II and some JUCO attention also.     He made his final decision on his last visit to Kearney.   He felt the program has a new skipper and a new vision.   Keaton wants to be a part of that and the education was a good match for him too.   He will play offensive line next fall.

The real news is the teammates could match up against each other in college.    Both schools are not far apart

distance wise.   Both schools play in the same conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Either way Knight fans will be cheering for these two linemen as they enter their college careers.


Union's first commitment was Brock Hadachek as he committed to UNI this summer.   In addition Isaiah Vaughan, John Boisen, Dylan Stech, and Dakota Hora are finalizing their plans for college with the opportunity to play football.   GO KNIGHTS! 


1st team all state RB Vaughan making his college visits!

January 18, 2017

Senior Isaiah Vaughan had a great career for the Union Knights and plans to transition to the college level. He has made two visits of schools on his radar. His first visit was at Ellsworth Community College (http://www.eccathletics.com/sports/fball/index) and his second was at Iowa Western CC (http://www.goreivers.com/sports/?Sport=football). Both schools are recruiting him as a running back. (photo below from semi-final game vs. Mt Vernon at UNI DOME). Good luck IV! #theU

Keaton Newgren receives 2nd NCAA D2 offer!

January 17, 2017

Keaton Newgren, senior offensive lineman for the Knights has received his second NCAA II offer. This offer comes from Kearney State in Nebraska. Congratulations Keaton!

(photo courtesy of Jo Wilson)

Update on Jay Scheel with article from The Hawkeye Insider

January 16, 2017

WE SUPPORT YOU JAY!   Thanks for the memories!

Coach Hadachek, staff, team, and the Union Nation.

USA Today

WR Jay Scheel's Football Career at Iowa is Over

Yesterday at 11:35 AM

Jay Scheel has to quit playing football at Iowa.  To read entire article click here:  http://www.scout.com/college/iowa/story/1746020-jay-scheel-s-football-career-is-over


Congratulations to the 3.0 and 4.0 CLUB members from first trimester!

December 26, 2016

Ryan Miller

Carter Spore

Clayton Thiele

Jordan Schmitz

Keaton Newgren

Kyle Gross

Daycen Douglass

Kody Crawford

Brock Hadachek

Carter Brehm

Hunter Fleshner

Troy Hanus

Bryce Parker

Ethen Meyer

Ben Dvorak

Hunter Heitmann

Richie Artega

Carter Asumussen

Trevor Davis

Bradyen Grosse

Jace Glenn

Drew Edwards

Ben Rempe

Brady Rempe

Dakota Hora

Dylan Stech

Koby Alpers

Payton Pelke

Tyler Rottinghaus

Silver Schmitz

Brandon Stech

Josh Ternus 

Merry Christmas to the entire Knight nation!

We will have our event today realizing you may or may not attend due to the abnormally cold weather!

We may try to Facebook Live the event, subject to a good connection in auditorium.  Travel safe!

11 TEAM/individual records broken or tied with 2016 season!

December 2, 2016


November 19, 2016

12 Champions receive all district, all academic honors! Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following 12 champions that not only get it done on the field but in the classroom!

1st Team (3.5/4.0 GPA or higher)-
Carter Brehm
Daycen Douglass
Jace Glenn
Troy Hanus
Keaton Newgren
Bryce Parker

2nd Team (3.25-3.50)
Brock Hadachek
Quentin Kinsel
Ryan Miller
Ben Rempe
Brady Rempe
Dylan Stech


November 19, 2016

Voted Award Winners:


Offensive MVP:

-Skilled- Isaiah Vaughan, Sr, Union

-Lineman- Ethan Lape, Sr, North Fayette Valley


Defensive MVP:

-Back- Mitchell Snitker, Jr, Waukon

-Lineman- Michael Ahrendsen, Sr, Union


Punter:  Sam Stelken, Sr, Beckman Catholic


Kicker: Dakota Hora, Sr, Union


Returner: Dilin Simon, Sr, Cascade


Coach of the Year: Bob Lape, North Fayette Valley


1st Team All District:


North Fayette Valley: 9-0, (7-0)

Dylan Larson, Sr, E/DELuke Butikofer, Sr, G/DT

Josh Guenther, Sr, E/DETate Hovden, Sr, QB/S

Ethan Lape, Sr, T/DTJesse Mackey, Sr, RB/LB

Brandon Wolfe, Sr, G/LBTanner Kuhens, Sr, RB/DB


Union: 8-1, (6-1)

Isaiah Vaughan, Sr, RBMichael Ahrendsen, Sr, OL/DL

Koby Alpers, Jr, WR/DBDylan Stech, Sr, WR/DB

Troy Hanus, Jr, QBJace Glenn, Jr, RB/DB

Daycen Douglass, Sr, OL/DL


Waukon: 6-3, (5-2)

Blaine Swenson, Sr, RB/DETanner Mathis, Sr, E/DB

Mitchell Snitker, Jr, RB/DBBrandon Regan, Sr, OL/LB

Andrew Dickson, Sr, DLAbraham Schwartz, Jr, QB/DB


Cascade: 6-3, (4-3)

Shaylon Strub, Sr, RB/LBAustin Lieurance, Jr, RB/DE/LB

Robbie Droeszler, Sr, TE/LBPaine Delarm, Jr, OL/DL

John Supple, Jr, WR/DB


Beckman Catholic: 4-5, (3-4)

Brady Arens, Sr, WR/DBLuke Funke, Sr, OL/DL/LB

John Gulick, Jr, OL/DLAustin Koopmann, Jr, TE/LB


Columbus Catholic: 2-7, (2-5)

Kaleb Boleyn, Sr, LBTreyshawn Plunkett, Sr, DL

Dylan Gantois, Sr, WR


Monticello: 3-6, (1-6)

Max Keleher, Jr, RBClayton Kraus, Sr, DE


Oelwein: 0-9, (0-7)

Sayer Woodson, Jr, WR/RB/LB


2nd Team All-District:


North Fayette Valley:

Chase Hollinrake, Sr, RB/DBJordan Baumler, Jr, T/DT

Jace Burrow, Jr, RB/LB



Brock Hadachek, Sr, LBJohn Boisen, Sr, WR

Carter Brehm, Jr, OL



Tristan Hansmeier, Jr, RB/LBRylie Wyninger, Sr, DL

Chase Opperman Jr, OL



John Larkin, Sr, WR/DBLogan Smith, Sr, OL/DL

Quenton Recker, Jr, OL/DL


Beckman Catholic:

Cody Feldman, Sr, DB/RBLuke Hageman, Jr, RB/DL

Ryley Helle, Jr, OL/DL


Columbus Catholic:

Cole Weber, Jr, OLMitch McFarland, Jr, LB

Nathan Corrigan, Jr, DE



Jacob Lorenzen, Jr, OLLake Stahlberg, So, LB

Andy Tjaden, Sr, DE


Dillon Arndt, So, DB


Honorable Mention:


North Fayette Valley

Austin Frieden, Sr, C/DTBlaize Frieden, Sr, RB/S



Jordan Schmitz, Sr, OL/DLClayton Thiele, Sr, WR/DB



Alex Brink, Jr, DLJadon Johnson, Jr, DB


Beckman Catholic:

Carson Schlotfeldt, Sr, RB/DLJoel Vaske, Jr, QB


Columbus Catholic:

Jacob McBride, Jr, DENick Augustine, Jr, RB



Quinton Fellinger, Sr, OLLogan Westphal, Sr, DB



Robby McKeeman, Sr, OL/LB


Golden Award:


North Fayette Valley:

Trey Kuhens, Sr, FB/LB



Hunter Fleshner, Jr



Max Swartz, Sr, DB



Blake Simon, Jr


Beckman Catholic:

Connor McDermott,  Jr, LB/TETy Pottebaum, Jr, TE/DL

Justin Wessel, Jr

Columbus Catholic:

Conner Langan



Jacob Manternach, Jr, QB



Updated information to watch or listen to championship game Friday!

November 17, 2016
The UNION KNIGHTS kickoff vs. the Boyden-Hull Rock Valley Tigerhawks at 2:06pm this Friday!
If you cannot be there in person, here are some options for video and audio.

IOWA, ILLINOIS, and INDIANA live feed:   http://stream.nbcsports.com/rsn/high-school-iowa-watch-live?pid=28187

VIEWING outside IOWA, ILL, and IND:  http://ihssnlivestream.com/
Audio listening from everywhere:  http://ihssnlivestream.com/radio

Players of the Week! Semi-final game victory over Mt. Vernon 49-28!


RB Isaiah Vaughan

OLINE Brock Hadachek, Michael Ahrendsen, Carter Brehm, Keaton Newgren, Daycen Douglass


NG  Michael Ahrendsen

CB  Koby Alpers


Koby Alpers

Michael Ahrendsen


Jacob Wyant

Carter Brehm


Kody Crawford



Information to watch Knights take on Mustangs at 7:06pm TONIGHT!

TONIGHT is the night. 7:06pm is the kickoff TIME. BLACK is the color to wear, as we are BACK (to the Dome) IN BLACK! WE want you there LIVE and in person to rock the Dome. Feel free to share this with your out of state friends and relatives. See Direct and Dish TV channels.

Also online capacity to watch or listen. http://www.ihssn.com/



Player of the Week Awards quarter final game vs. NFV!

Defense - Michael Ahrendsen, Koby Alpers

Offense - Keaton Newgren, Isaiah Vaughan

Special Teams - Bryce Parker

Scout Teams - Ben Rempe, Kaleb Roach

2016 2A State Championship bracket

One last chance at GEAR for the Dome! Back in black!

One last time by request!     Our colors for the Dome Saturday and beyond are BLACK...as in "Back in Black!"    Order by 3pm TUESDAY and get in time for game this Saturday!   BLACK OUT!   http://www.shoplpcink.co/merchants/union-knights-2016-state-football-qualifier-gear/

Thanks to all of our sponsors and Dean Bostian, Josh Dunkelberger, Ryan Moody!

Thanks to all of sponsors!   When you are looking for any service, or item be sure to give these local

businesses first shot!    They back us and without their support we have no show.    

Check out the Knights from last week and TONIGHT! GO KNIGHTS!

November 4, 2016

Check out the hi-lights from the battle last weekend in round one of the playoffs: https://video214.com/play/zxIJOq2152KV0FsJ88PWzQ/s/dark

Do everything you can to support the TEAM in person tonight at West Union vs. #1 ranked NFV. The weather will be perfect. If you can't listen to Dean and Ryan tonight by clicking on www.unionknights.net. Ryan Moody will be filling in for Josh Dunkelberger. GO KNIGHTS!

One more round, ONE more opportunity to purchase playoff gear!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER ONLINE:  http://www.shoplpcink.co/merchants/union-knights-2016-state-football-qualifier-gear/

POWs for Cascade

Watch this Playoff Selection show ONLINE via Webcast at IHSNN.com

The IHSSN will bring Iowa High School Football playoff pairings to you via webcast on October 22, 2016 at 10:00AM (Saturday). Join us as the ROAD TO THE DOME begins and the teams are paired for the first round of the high school football playoffs. Then join us back here for all the UNI DOME semi-final and final action in November!

This webcast will be the EXCLUSIVE place for your first look at playoff team pairings, game locations and times, so be sure to watch on October 22!www.IHSSN.com and you'll see the link!



CLICK here for teams who qualified:  http://www.iahsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2016_Football_Qualifiers.pdf

Player of the Week Awards Game 8 vs. North Fayette

Players of the Week vs. Waukon and the nominees for tackle/blocks/hits of week. Here is the link for the Week 7 highlight video.




Player of the Week Awards Game 7 vs. Waukon!

Players of the Week vs. Waukon and the nominees for tackle/blocks/hits of week. 
Here is the link for the Week 7 highlight video.

Player of the Week Awards Game 6 vs. Waterloo Columbus!

October 3, 2016

Player of the Week Awards Game 5 vs. Dyersville- Beckman

September 26, 2016

Union down 7-0, scores 42 unanswered points in first half!

Congratulations to the POW for the Oelwein game!

September 19, 2016

Union cruises to (4-0) with 47-0 lead at half, finishing 62-0!

September 17, 2016

Great coverage on Facebook by The Progress Review plus KCRG was at game,   Union hilights at 4:25 minute mark!   Thanks KCRG!  http://www.kcrg.com/content/sports/Friday-Night-Lights-End-Zone-Week-4-Part-3-393803331.html

Additional coverage on Facebook under Union Today!

Football Yard Signs for sale by cheerleaders!

UHS cheerleaders selling Football Yard Signs.
Pre-order your signs now- Cost is 20.00
Please contact Kayleen Glenn @ 319.939.7179 or email her at cheer1982@hotmail.com
Or Brenda at UHS 319.342.2697 or email her at B_rottinghaus@union.k12.ia.us
We are taking orders starting today until September 19th.


Congratulations to the POW for Monticello game!

Union unloads in third quarter with 28 points for a 42-6 district win!

Hi lights from KCRG:  http://www.kcrg.com/content/sports/Friday-Night-Lights-Part-3-392970331.html

Union chosen as Game of the Week by KWWL:  http://www.kwwl.com/category/130142/video-landing-page?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=12721745#.V9Or8qSa8YM.facebook


The Union Knights traveled to Monticello as a battle of (2-0) teams took place in 2A district 4.
Union's offense rolled with 23 first downs and did not have to punt the entire game behind the rushing of Dylan Stech (15 rushes, 141 yds, 2 TDs) and Britton Rolison ( 19 rushes, 116 yds, 1 TD). Jace Glenn also added run game fire power with two rushes for 25 yards and two TDs.   Troy Hanus rushed for one TD and was 9 of 14 throwing the ball for 139 yards to John Boisen (5 rec, 54 yards), Koby Alpers (3 rec, 45 yards), and Brock Hadachek (1 for 40 yds).
Defensively the Knights gave up their first points of the year in th 2nd quarter.   For nine consecutive quarters the Union defense was perfect.   The Knight defense was led by Drew Edwards wtih five tackles, along with Jordan Schmitz and MIcheal Ahrendsen with four.   Five players had three.  Edwards and Daycen Douglass each had a fumble recovery.  Senior Clayton Thiele had an interception to bring the Knight turnovers to three.  The defense had a total of five sacks and four tackles for loss.
Dakota Hora was six of six in the point after touchdown department and had seven kickoffs for a 55 yard average.
The Knights will continue district play vs. Oelwein on Friday night with kickoff starting at 7:30pm.  Union is (3-0) on the year and (1-0) in district play.

Player of the Week Awards Game 2 vs. Vinton-Shellsburg

Union posts second straight shut out! KWWL reports...

September 2, 2016

Listen to Dean & Josh bring you the LIVE broadcast the U vs. VS!

WE want you at the game tonight!

Frosh kick off at 5pm, and varsity vs. Vinton Shellsburg at 7:30pm.

CAN'T MAKE IT? Listen here live and also get up to the date score thanks to Mr. Bruce Rempe:http://www.theunionknightcast.com/listen-live.html

Marion post game


Patriot's Night coupled with "Back the Blue" T shirt promo this Friday!

K-2 We Build Champions Camp held Sunday for 16th consecutive year!

2016 Union Football Team

Cedar Rapids Gazette ranks Knights, Des Register poll also released.



Waterloo Courier interviews Jay Scheel...

CLICK HERE for article on Hawkeye WR depth:  http://wcfcourier.com/sports/college/iowa/iowa-football-scheel-eager-to-get-back-to-work/article_10fe691b-e2d4-5b24-bb39-fc04f917c8cc.html

Football Media Day is Thursday, August 18th at UHS

Gold Card sales off to a fast start!

Congratulations to the following champions that sold 10 cards the first night of sales:

1 - Jordan Carey, 2 - Troy Hanus, 3 - Tyler Rottinghaus, and 4 - Brenton Johnson!

We will be out selling cards to help offset the costs of football equipment and other costs

associated with our program. Thanks!

Alums come back and speak during Father-Son Day!

Trev Hadachek, Kolten Bader, and Jay Scheel were generous enough with their time to give back last 

Sunday and share a message with all our campers and fathers.    We are so blessed with our alumni and

their willingness to come back to the U!   Thanks.

Urgent message to all kids 3rd-8th grade!

August 5, 2016

Parents, Players, Alums, and Fans:


Please feel free to forward this to anyone you know has boys 3rd-8th.   You don't have to be in our school district to attend.   We have two camps starting on Monday.  Both are in Dysart.


The 3rd-6th camp for Knights Youth Football Club kicks off at 10:00am sharp at the Dysart Park.    This is a two day camp.  Football cleats encouraged by not required.   Good attitude required!   If NOT registered you can still come, just fill out the form by clicking here:  https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=kyfc&formID=114211.


The 7th-8th camp for UMS kicks off at 9:00am sharp at the Union Middle School practice fields located west of the middle school.   This is a four day camp.  Football cleats needed for this.   Good attitude required.   If NOT registered you still can attend, just fill out the form by clicking here: www.FollowTheKnights.com and clicking on right hand side menu where there is a link that says 2016 Middle School camp.


If anyone has difficulty paying the camp fee/league fee for ANY of our camps/leagues please contact the respective coach in charge or me personally for fee waiver. We scholarship any/all kids due to personal circumstances beyond your control. In addition if your son(s) need football shoes and cannot afford them we have sponsors to help out with these special situations.  


All kids need the opportunity to go to our camps and have fun!


Thank you!


Joe Hadachek

Head Football Coach 

Union Community Schools

Hadachek commits to UNI!

August 4, 2016

                      (Brock after a game at home his junior year, with dad, Jon)


Senior to be Brock Hadachek has the size and speed to attract offers.   He had full ride offers from Eastern Michigan (FBS), UNI (FCS), Montana State (FCS), and South Dakota (FCS).   Several other FCS schools were courting him.   Add in one more, one of the best NCAA II schools in the nation, Northwest Missouri State.   Another attractive visit and offer.

When it comes down to a tough decision it is always best to use your "gut."   Brock's gut told him UNI as he felt peace when leaving campus and talking with Coach Farley and staff.   He didn't want to wait until signing date.   Brock wanted to focus on his senior year and his teammates.    He committed to UNI earlier this week.    Good luck Brock!   Congrats!

Welcome our new trainer, Taylor Vaske!

Taylor Vaske, LAT/ATC is our Union Knight Athletic Trainer with Athletico Physical Therapy. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and has spent time at the high school and collegiate level. She will be available at practices and games throughout the year and will assist in the prevention of injury, rehabilitation and return to play. 
Athletico Physical Therapy is the exclusive provider of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training for Union, La Porte City High School. We have a convenient location at 1655 San Marnan Drive in Waterloo, IA where we can schedule complimentary injury screens and physical therapy to help you on your way to feeling better. 
We are happy and excited to be a part of the Union Knights Community, best of luck to all athletics this year!


Email copied from Mike Whittlesey to Coach Hadachek...

"The order form for shirts is live. We've posted info and links to them on our Facebook page, theprogressreview.co and shoplpcink.co. We will also run a story in next week's paper. We will also forward all of the details to the Vinton newspapers. Here's what we posted on Facebook this morning:



On Friday, September 2, the Union Knights football team will host Vinton-Shellsburg. In keeping with the team's annual tradition of "Patriot Night," which honors those who serve their country and their communities, a special "Back the Blue" t-shirt will be offered for sale. What makes these shirts unique is that the proceeds from sales of "Back the Blue" will go to the public safety departments in four area communities: La Porte City, Dysart, Vinton and Shellsburg. Even better, YOU pick which community receives this special donation when you order your shirt.


Gregg's Sporting Goods and The Progress Review are proud to partner with the Union High School football team in this special show of support for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.


Orders for "Back the Blue" t-shirts may be placed online at http://www.shoplpcink.co/merchants/back-the-blue-t-shirt/


Order deadline is August 20, 2016."


Michael Whittlesey
La Porte City Printing & Design
213 Main Street
La Porte City, IA 50651

2nd group to get equipment on Wednesday, starting at 3pm!

Tanner Cummings commits to U of Dubuque!

August 2, 2016

Congratulations to Tanner Cummings, senior from the class of 2016, on his final decision to attend the University of Dubuque and play football. Tanner was a linebacker/RB and special teams player on the fall 2015 team. He will join fellow teammate Eric Vaughn at UD as well as Union graduate Holly Holmes who will be senior for the Spartans. For more on UD:http://www.dbq.edu/Athletics/MensAthletics/Football/

‪#‎goknights‬ ‪#‎unionstrong‬


Tuesday rank order of who gets locker and equipment!

Union Fans of all ages welcome! This Sunday night! 6pm warmup, 7pm start!

Invitation to all Father's, Brother's, and Grandfather's!

July 20, 2016

 Invitation for all father's with sons to attend Father-Son Day!

July 31st, rain or shine. 

CLICK HERE:   https://youtu.be/oWnWYjqD1go


Get REGISTERED NOW! Camps for everyone K-12!

July 19, 2016

Congratulations to Michael Ahrendsen on his offer!

July 11, 2016


Senior Captain Michael Ahrendsen received his first offer from Mankato State this weekend!

Michael is a two time captain and also participates in wrestling and track.   He is a two time

state qualifier at heavy weight and also current record holder in five minute snatch test.

Face Off Challenge winners get treated to Buffalo Wild Wings!

July 6, 2016

We had a great four team competition this winter called the "Above the Line" Face off Challenge. We had two captains per team voted by their teammates and then a draft. This team won. Co-captained by Jordan Schmitz and Isaiah Vaughan. (Missing from photo is Isaiah Vaughan and Adrian Hernandez). The winners were treated to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cedar Falls. Congrats to all team members involved in the winter/spring competition!

L to R:  Treyton Slater, RIchie Artega, Bryce Parker, Carter Asmussen, Lane Albertsen, Tyler Rottinghaus, Ben Rempe, Jordan Schmitz, Brit Rolison.  (missing - Isaiah Vaughan, Adrian Hernandez)

July 4, 2016

Combination of UHS seniors (15 strong), the KYFC players, and cheerleaders!

June 30, 2016

Top five max out IMPROVEMENTS from last week!

Union linemen attend MidWest Line Camp for 10th consecutive year!

For the 10th consecutive year Union Community sent a large group across the border to Illinois to participate

in the Midwest Line Camp.   This is the oldest camp of it's kind in the USA.  The camp was started by Head 

Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University, Norm Eash, and Cincinnati Bengals assistant head coach Paul Alexander.

FRONT ROW:  L to R - HFC Joe Hadachek, Lincoln Gassman, Adam Gassman, Lane Albertsen, Carter Spore, Mason

Scott, Jacob Wyant, Coach Scott Denner.    BACK ROW:  L to R - IWU Coach Travis Rundle, Coach Todd Carlson, 

Asst Student Coach IWU, Daycen Douglass, Coach Rottinghaus, Jordan Schmitz, Michael Ahrendsen, Carter Brehm, 

Indy U Coach Todd Carter, and Bengals Asst HFC Paul Alexander.

7 on 7 team competes at NIU Tournament and finishes (5-0)!

15 players traveled to NIU last weekend to compete with 43 other teams in a 7 versus 7 tournament.

(FRONT ROW l to r):  Drew Edwards, Ryan Miller, Troy Hanus, Tate Hookham, Isaiah Vaughan, Bryce Parker,

Brit Rolison, Kaleb Roach, and Clayton Thiele).   

(BACK ROW l to r):  John Boisen, Jace Glenn, Brock Hadachek, Michael Ahrendsen 'big dog camper', Koby Alpers,

Jordan Schmitz, and Dylan Stech).

Hanus and Parker quarterbacked the 7v7 team and every one did a super job getting better from game one through

the last contest.    Ahrendsen and Schmitz then traveled to Bloomington, IL to participate in the MidWest Line Camp.

Alumni Here You Go! Plan on bringing your entire family! Kick off the year!

All Camps NOW OPEN for registration! We Build Champions!

Union graduate transitions to U.S. Army Ranger!

Shay Foulk, staring cornerback on the 2011 3A State Champion Union Knight football team.

Now a man that is a part of a much bigger team.   He protects the very land we play on.   He is

one of the best of the best.    Shay is a U.S. Army Ranger.   We were honored to have him come

workout with us today at 6:30am and then address the team before the finisher on the track.   Shay

said the thing he remembers most is not the championship but the teammates that surrounded him

and how much adversity we fought through during the 2011 fall.   Adversity makes you stronger.

Thanks Shay for the time you gave us today and the service to defend the U.S.A.!!

4.0 and 3.0 GPA Club (3rd Trimester)

Zane Seuser
Ryan Miller
Carter Spore


Kody Crawford
Tyler Rottinghaus
Jace Glenn
Tanner Cummings
Hunter Fleshner
Dylan Stech
Carter Hennessy
Troy Hanus
Carter Brehm
Joe Gloede
Kyle Gross
Gavin Miller
Keaton Newgren
Bryce Parker
Mathias Myhre
Ben Dvorak
Clayton Sparks
Carter Asmussen
Josh Ternus
Brady Rempe
Andy Aryee
Treyton Slater
Daycen Douglass
Brock Hadachek
Adrian Hernandez
Richie Artega
Koby Alpers
Sam Johnson
Dan Zeien
Tate Hookham
Ben Rempe
Quentin Kinsel
Lane Albertsen
Ben Behrens
Tate Renaud
Dakota Hora
Kaleb Roach

UMS 2016 6-8th grade workouts available!

June 6, 2016

UMS workouts for guys entering 6th-8th (fall 2016) at 5:10pm on Mon, Wed, and Fri with Coach Kirk Crawford. Coach does an excellent job with the base fundamentals of strength and conditioning. There is no fee for the workouts. Enter the SW door between the weight room and the wrestling room. Thanks!

Grade challenge met with purpose and reason! 37 improve!

June 6, 2016

The squad from fall 2015 was challenged to improve their GPAs from 2nd trimester

to 3rd trimester.   Congratulations to the 37 that improved with best improvement

coming from senior to be captain Dylan Stech.     The focus on student, then athlete

is important now and later on when applying to colleges.   Congratulations to all!


ISU player makes guest appearance at UHS Sunday night!

June 5, 2016

#24 Jamaal Richardson from ISU just happens to be related to Coach P.J. Mouton. We had the surprise of him joining us at our OTA (organized team activity) this afternoon at UHS. After our session he offered some words of wisdom to the fellas. Thanks Jamaal and PJ! Thanks Coach Carlson for the photos! Next session is Wednesday night at 7pm on the UHS practice fields see you there!


Captain Daycen Douglass shines with long snapping ability!

Check the Kohl's report out on Daycen by clicking here:   http://kohlskicking.com/profile/daycen-douglass/21991/

Great wisdom from highly respected strength coach Dan John!

Think BEFORE YOU post!

2016 Team Captains and Unity Council announced today!

May 25, 2016

Team Captains are voted by 10-12 teammates and coaches.   Unity Council members are voted by

teammates within their own class.    We are excited about the leadership represented in the photo above!

New All Time Union Team 5 Minute Snatch Test!

May 19, 2016


Michael Ahrendsen 24 kilo x 169 reps = 8923lbs!

Champion of the Week announced! Rashawn Williams!

May 5, 2016

Rashawn Williams our Union Champion of the Week! He has

been busting it this spring and is disciplined!  Congrats Rashawn!

 ‪#‎theU‬ ‪#‎UnionStrong‬

Under Armor Gear forms and Summer Camp links on our site under HANDOUTS!

May 5, 2016

Two former teammates wear PURPLE at two different schools this spring!


In 2011 these two teammates played together in the UNI Dome while helping win a 3A state championship.

Today, both have played in the Dome wearing colors different than the Knight red, black, and silver.   Wes 

Burnside enjoyed a great spring prepping for his final year at running back for the UNI Panthers.   As a high school

senior Wes was named the MVP of the 2011 championship game before attending Iowa Central CC for two years prior

to UNI.  While his teammate, Trev Hadachek, played at Iowa for two years, then transferred to WIU.  He was a WR and

special teams player for WIU when the Leathernecks traveled last fall to UNI and pulled off a win in a very tight ball game.  

WIU has a new coaching staff and Hadachek has been moved to safety.  This fall the Panthers travel to WIU on November

12 at 1pm CST.    No matter what the outcome we will be cheering for our Knight alums!   GO KNIGHTS!

Champion(s) of the Week announced!

April 28, 2016

We have two, multi-sport athletes that are Union's Champions of the Week!

John Boisen is a two sport athlete with football and basketball, while Drew Edwards is a three sport

athlete with football, basketball, and soccer.     They have displayed terrific attendance, super effort, and

are working on better themselves in all skills of the performance room and agility/running program.

Congrats to John and Drew!

Update on ABOVE THE LINE competition between four teams!

April 14, 2016

Here are the totals from the competitions today.   At the end of the day, there is another lead change,

All I see is Gold retakes the lead, and Touch Down Divas pulls within 25 points of Slayas.  

Only 265 points separate 1st and 4th for above teams!


Want to be recruited, keep your behavior and posts Above the Line!

April 10, 2016

Great examples of what can happen to YOU if you make the wrong decisions

posting with social media.   What you think is temporary becomes permanent.

Keep it simple, keep your behavior "Above the Line!"

Champion of the Week announced! Bryce Parker!

April 8, 2016

Champion of the Week!

Bryce Parker doesn't say much when working out he just flat out

gets it done.    Work ethic defines him.   He is pushing to get better

with the U Strength & Conditioning program that averages 50+ 

males working out three times per week.   #paytheBryce

Scheel listed at #2 and moving up! Working two positions this spring!

April 8, 2016

Check this out!   Scheel back to make those famous one hand catches, click here:  JAY SCHEEL.

Junior Brock Hadachek takes visit to South Dakota!

April 3, 2016

"Had an unbelievable visit at the University South Dakota! I was

extremely impressed by both the coaching staff and the campus."      

Comments from Brock Hadachek post visit at USD this past weekend.

Champion(s) of the Week announced!

April 2, 2016

Union Knight "Champion(s) of the Week!" Outstanding work

effort this spring and three challenging workouts this week

by Troy Hanus (lt) and Clayton Thiele (rt). ‪#‎UnionStrong‬.

Eastern ILL (IAA level) offers one day camp!

CLICK HERE:   www.eiupanthers.com

Hadachek receives first offer from FCS school - University of S Dakota

March 22, 2016

Junior Brock Hadachek received his first offer yesterday from the University of South

Dakota.   USD is a !AA member of the MIssouri Valley Conference.    Hadachek is also

a member of the track and basketball teams.   Brock was a captain as a junior at the U.

Congratulations to Champions of the Top 10, 4 Point, & 3 Point Clubs!

Congratulations to the following student-athletes that had a strong performance last trimester!

If for some reason we are missing your name please get in touch with Coach Hadachek.

1.  Zane Seuser, Ryan Miller, Kody Crawford, Carter Spore

5.  Hunter Fleshner

6.  Jace Glenn

7.  Andy Aryee

8.  Cael Lamb, Kyle Gross

10. Clayton Sparks


The following champions had a 4.0 GPA from last trimester:

Kody Crawford, Ryan Miller, Zane Seuer, Carter Spore


The following champions had a 3.0 GPA or better from last trimester:

Hunter Fleshner, Jace Glenn, Andy Aryee, Cael Lambe

Kyle Gross, Clayton Sparks, Carter Brehm, Troy Hanus

Joe Gloede, Gavin Miller, Bryce Parker, Ben Rempe

Adrian Hernandez, Tyler Rottinghaus, Josh Ternus, Treyton Slater

Richie Arteaga, Carter Asmussen, Hunter Klima, Carter Hennessy

Clayton Thiele, Kaleb Roach, Koby Alpers, Brock Hadachek

Daycen Douglass, Ben Behrens, Tanner Cummings, Nathan Leroy

Lane Albertsen, Ben Dvorak, Silver Schmitz, Michael Ahrendsen

Brady Rempe, Tate Hookham, Quentin Kinsel


** we are looking for the TOP 10 improved GPAs from last trimester to this trimester!

YOU WILL BE RECOGNIZED at the end of the spring trimester, BE ONE!


Champion(s) of the Week announced!

Champions of the Week! Most difficult week to pick one so we picked two. So many guys busting it the past two weeks. Both of these champs are dual sport and show up ready to go to work each day. To left Jacob Wyant (FB, track) and to right Hunter Fleshner. Hunter is a great example of no excuses with tennis, club baseball, show choir, and musical all going on at the same time right now. ‪#‎theU‬ ‪#‎webuildchamps‬

NE IOWA Special Olympics has 35 Union athletes helping out at UNI Dome!

CLICK here to see short video from Sunday:  NE IA SO VIDEO


TEAMS WILL BE competing against each other and get points for attendance, spring sports,

spring clubs, grades, volunteering time, TEAMme actions, and ind/team competitions each week.

Points and attendance will be posted in the "We Build Champion" Performance Room weekly.

Those that volunteered at the NE IOWA Special Olympics this Sunday receive 15 points per athlete.

Those team results are:


Ahrendsen/Newgren, total of 135 points.
Hadachek/Stech , total of 105 points.
Schmitz/Vaughan, total of 60 points.
Douglass/Rempe, total of 30 points.

Union Knights football schedules for 2016-2017 released by state!

Denner becomes certified Speed & Agility Coach!

February 25, 2016

Coach Scott Denner has become Union Community's first certified Speed & Agility Coach.

The certification was made available by Athlete's Acceleration and Denner recently completed all

necessary requirements and received his certificate.

"We are fortunate to have someone like Coach Denner that cares to go the extra mile.   He is a team player 

and does the little things that make a BIG difference.    Denner was presented with an opportunity and jumped 

at the chance to help our athletes at Union get better with running and agility skills.   We have already seen

marked improvement with a recent testing," commented Head Football and Strength Coach Joe Hadachek.


Volunteer and Make a Difference! NE IA Special Olympics at UNI Dome!

February 18, 2016

On Sunday March 6 the NE IOWA Special Olympics will come to the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

It is a great occasion to share the asset of time with some great athletes that will be competing just like

you compete on the football field, the court or mat, or any other place where you have a chance to display

your skills.   For the past nine years we have traveled up to Cedar Falls, IA and volunteered.   In addition

to our Union athletes we have been joined by the UNI Football team, and athletes from all over NE Iowa.

SIGN UP NOW IN THE UHS FRONT OFFICE or in the UHS Media Center with Ms Gassman!


Champion of the Week announced! Jordan Schmitz!

February 12, 2016

Champion of the Week, Jordan Schmitz!

Always comes with a great attitude at 6:30am and never complains.

He is a direct result of hard work and a coachable attitude.

Summer Football Camp information begins!

February 8, 2016

February 3, 2016

Union has three seniors from the class of 2016 that have signed or made verbal commitments

to attend college and play football.    


Senior Carter Hennessy, Dysart, signed today with Mankato State University.  

Mankato is a NCAA II school located in Mankato, MN..   For more information on Mankato State and the 

Maverick football program click here:   http://www.msumavericks.com/index.aspx?path=football&

(Tate Renaud on the left and Carter Hennsessy on the right)


Senior Tate Renaud, LaPorte City, signed today with Ellsworth Community College.  

Ellsworth Community College is a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC)

and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).   ECC is located in Iowa Falls, IA..

For more information on Ellsworth CC and the  Panther football program click here:



Senior Eric Vaughan, LaPorte City, verbally committed today to the University of Dubuque.  

Dubuque is an NCAA Division III affiliate and a member of the Iowa Conference.  UD is located in Dubuque, IA..

For more information on the University of Dubuque  and the  Spartan football program click here: 


Workout for Friday (NON winter sport athletes)

New 2A Districts announced for 2016-2017 seasons!

January 20, 2016

Third "Champion of the Week" reconognized!

January 7, 2016

Jace Glenn is our Champion of the Week! Jace is a rare FOUR sport (football, basketball, track, and baseball)

athlete at Union and commits to twice per week during basketball to get better with strength & conditioning.

His effort is always "Above the Line."   Congrats Jace! 
#theU #showup #workhard


Congratulations to members of our Club 4 and 3 Point Club from last tri!


Congratulations to Senior Zane Seuser! 2015 2A (IFCA) Academic All State!


Zane is a senior linebacker and tight end from Buckingham, Iowa and the son of Chad/Stephanie Seuser!

Zane is a member of the 2015 2A Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Academic All State. 
Criteria for nomination and selection:
1. Player must be a senior starter.
2. Player must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or better at the end of their junior year.
3. Player must be involved in other extra-curricular activities.
4. The Head Coach must recommend the player.


Tradition of Academic Excellence at the U!

2015-Zane Seuser, 2014-Nathan Dvorak, Noah Garwood, Jace Hadachek, 2013-Bo Bader, Nick Weich,

2012-Brian Dunkelberger, Trev Hadachek, 2011-Shay Fehl, Brenden Kuhn, Dylan McLaughlin,

2010- Brad Siebel, 2009-Jared Wauters, 2007-Brian Wigg,

2004 Tom Ocheltree, 2000-Travis Turner

Ternus is honored as "Champion of the Week"

Congrats to Champion of the Week, Josh Ternus!  

Josh has been working hard with the Union Strength & Conditioning program

the past two weeks and shows up everyday with great work ethic. #UnionStrong

Knights land three on top list for 2017 from Iowa Preps!

December 2, 2015

   *Go to www.IowaPreps.com to subscribe to get more in depth information.

Great present this holiday season for player or Union Knight football fan!

Fans of Union football can order their 2015 season DVD, which features video highlights and slideshows of each game, a tribute to the senior players and a "Greatest Hits" highlight reel. But there's more! Pop the disk in a Windows pc and view all the stories, stats and more in a 34 page yearbook that includes links to view every photo gallery published by The Progress Review this season- literally hundreds of photos at the click of a mouse. For those who prefer a hard copy, you can order the printed yearbook to accompany the DVD.

Senior captain Carter Hennessy has two offers!

November 25, 2015

Senior captain Carter Hennessy (Dysart) had an offer from Concordia-St. Paul (MN) earlier this summer and recently added

an offer from Mankato State (MN).  Both colleges are NCAA Division II.    Carter has not yet made a final decision and is

considering several other schools.  Congratulations Carter and his family!

Senior captain Tate Renaud lands two offers this week!

November 25, 2015

Senior captain Tate Renaud (La Porte City) received offers from two NCAA II schools this past week.   The first offer came

from New Mexico Highlands and the second offer came from Wayne State (NE).   The senior captain has a few more visits

lined up before making a final decision.    Congratulations to Tate Renaud and his family!

Reward and Recognition letter to 2015 team

Union lands 20 to All District Honors this past season!

End of Season Recognition

Union loses to Waukon in round one of IHSAA 2A Playoffs, 32-13.

Hadachek Lands Scout Honor of The Week!

POWs for East Marshall


POWs for East Marshall Game:
Block: John Boisen
TEAMme: Tanner Cummings, Justin Parson, Carter Spore
Scout Team: Carter Brehm, Brady Rempe

September 23, 2015

To get more info on high school sports you can subscribe to Iowa Preps.  www.iowapreps.com

Union drops district game vs. South Tama on the road, 19-0.

September 19, 2015

The Union Knights traveled to #2 ranked South Tama on Friday night to play their second 

district game of the season.   As soon as statistics are available we will post summary.

Thanks to the fans that braved the weather and supported us!   We will rise again.

This Friday the Knights go back on the road for district play at East Marshall.    

Union is (1-3 overall, 1-1 district play).

Union to travel to #2 South Tama for district showdown! TONIGHT.

Post game articles on the Knights victory over Roland Story!

(photo courtesy of Vinton Newspapers)

The Progress Review:  http://theprogressreview.co/2015-football-union-41-roland-story-21/

The Cedar Rapids Gazette:  http://www.thegazette.com/subject/sports/multi-talented-vaughan-running-wild-for-union-20150912

Vinton Newspapers:  http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/vinton_newspapers/sports/article_6a06ef7c-5b4a-11e5-97a7-0bd8b5b36cdb.html

Vinton Today:  http://www.vintoniowa.org/articles/Sports/article1015670.html

Youth Camp Feature

The Dysart Reporter:  http://www.dysartreporter.com/page/content.detail/id/509959/Lots-of-kids--lots-of-fun-at-football-camp.html?nav=5009

Players of the Week vs. Roland Story!

PLAYERS OF THE GAME vs. Roland Story:

Hammer (Tackle): Jace Glenn

Bulldozer (Block): Michael Ahrendsen

Special Forces (Spec Teams): Daycen Douglass, Dylan Stech

TEAMme (Teammate): Sam Johnson, Adrian Hernandez

Scout Team (Service units): Clayton Thiele

September 11, 2015

Patriot Day to be honored this Friday night at end of 3rd quarter!

September 9, 2015

Do you have family members or friends that serve our communities?

If so they will be honored with their names on the scoreboard and a walk on the game field

this Friday.   Please email Aly the first and last name (firefighters, police, paramedics, dispatchers, and

those serving in our armed forces).   Email to send name(s):  iowateam@gmail.com


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

PBR Sponsors

We would like to thank the following Press Box Radio Sponsors: USANA-Todd and Angie Gray, for help with cost for broadcasting through Press Box Radio.  Check it out here:  www.unionknights.net.

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

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 iowateam@gmail.com 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: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1794305/highlights/218830375/v2

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






Hennessy lands first offer from NCAA DII school in Minnesota!

June 7, 2015

Carter Hennessy, Captain of the 2015 Union Knights football squad was honored today with his first scholarship offer. Named one of the top linemen for the class of 2016 by Iowa Preps, Hennessy visited and performed for the coaches at Concordia-St. Paul which is a NCAA DII school. Congratulations to Carter and his family!
For more on Concordia St. Paul click here: http://www.cugoldenbears.com/index.aspx?path=football&tab=football

Celebration with #1 team in points from winter/spring challenge!

June 7, 2015

Team Seuser won the Buffalo Wild Wings challenge!   From left to right:   Zane Seuser, Kyle Gross,

Eric Vaughan, Nick McQuilkin, Jared Jolley, and Ryan Miller.   Missing was Jake Lawrinenko who 

was attending a summer camp.    Team were drafted by FIVE strength and conditioning captains and 

then the competition was between attendance, performance of individual and team contests as well

as personal testing in agility, speed, and strength.    Congrats to all the teams who competed!

June 6, 2015

Coach Brandon Adolphs joined the Union football staff in fall of 2007.    He has been on staff as the 

running back coach since Coach Hadachek took over the reigns of the program.    At this time Adolphs

felt it was time to spend more time with his family and business and we congratulate him on that decision.

Brandon has coached some great running backs during his time at the U including one of the best the state

has ever produced, Wes Burnside.    Burnside set a state record for carries in one game with 58 vs Marion his

senior year and helped Knights to the 2011 3A state title while being named MVP of the game.   He holds too

many team records to list here.   One of the greatest statistics contributed to the team by Adolphs will NOT show

up in the stat book.   The last two years our varsity RBs had zero fumbles.   Thanks Brandon and enjoy the memories!

For more on Adolphs click here:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/directorinfo.asp?url=ukfootball&sid=285374218&id=187969

Skill Position Player OTA's (organized team activities)

June 1, 2015

Monday and Wednesday this week at UHS practice fields, 6pm-7:30pm, prep for 7 on 7.    Skill guys (10-11th, 9th optional but encouraged).   DBs, WRs, TEs, RBs, QBs, LBs...wear T shirt and shorts and bring FB cleats.   Prep for NIU 7 on 7 and rest of summer.  (baseball priority for baseball players)

Those who stay and pay the price will be champions!

May 27, 2015

There was a great group of champions getting after it this winter and spring

while most students were still sleeping.   A price must be paid to get better.

You have to stick and stay.    You have to remain humble while staying hungry.

If you set a personal record you get to "ring the bell!"   Join the family.

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:http://www.go-knights.net/index.aspx?tab=football&path=football

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:http://www.go-knights.net/index.aspx?tab=football&path=football

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:http://www.go-knights.net/index.aspx?tab=football&path=football

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 iowateam@gmail.com


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:http://www.go-knights.net/index.aspx?tab=football&path=football

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:  https://fafsa.ed.gov/

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: http://youtu.be/6rVm22hSftA

"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!

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 www.unionknights.net!

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.

Press Box Radio

Can't make it to the game tonight? Go to www.unionknights.net!!

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:  http://www.kwwl.com/category/130646/friday-night-heroes


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:  http://www.kwwl.com/story/26641740/2014/09/27/union-knights-marshal-east-marshall


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 www.iowapreps.com..


TOP 10 Pro Shuttle (20 yard) fall test

August 7, 2014
































































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

August 5, 2014





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TOP 10 FIVE minute SNATCH TEST fall results





























































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 JCGridiron.com Pre-Season Interior Offensive LinemanWatch List on Friday.  https://jcgridiron.rivals.com/.





Congratulations to Tedd Schmitz and his parents

April 4, 2014


We just received word that Tedd officially graduated from boot camp with the U.S. Navy.  

Here is Kent and Sue Schmitz with Tedd after the ceremony.   Congrats Tedd and thanks

for serving our country!  For more information you can click here:  http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/

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:  //s3.amazonaws.com/my.llfiles.com/00116587/2014-QB-WR-Training-1-1.pdf 

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

is toddcarlson@lpctel.net.



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:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Union-Knights-Football/254538910044


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: http://growingleaders.com/blog/podcast-21-5-strategies-help-students-become-mentally-tough/#sthash.rEtFKrrX.dpuf

Knights Players Making Gains!

Carey: +10 bench, +45 squat


Douglass: +5 bench, +50 squat

Hennesey: +40 squat

Heerkes: +30 bench

Kane: +5 bench, +45 squat

Krall: +25 bench, +30 squat

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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this article about Jay Scheel and the Union football team.)


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 www.unionknights.net.  Dean Bostian and Ryan

Moody do a terrific job giving you a play by play thanks to our very generous sponsors.

Union pummeled by sixth-ranked New Hampton, 38-3

Knights' early 3-0 lead short-lived

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights were walloped 38-3 Friday night in La Porte City against another solid district foe, 2A’s sixth-ranked New Hampton Chickasaws.

Last season, Union QB Jay Scheel turned in the play-of-the-year during the Knights’ matchup with the Chickasaws. He hurdled a New Hampton defender en route to a big offensive gain.

This season, the Chickasaws had plenty of their own play-of-the-year candidates, including back-to-back pick-6’s of 68 and 34 yards off of the Hawkeye-bound Scheel. The two second-quarter interceptions expanded New Hampton’s 11-point lead to 25 in a matter of seconds and erased any hopes of a Knights comeback.

The loss marked the fourth straight overall for the Knights (4-4, 2-3 2A D3) whose offensive struggles reached an all-time high. The Knights were held to 123 yards of total offense and only managed a first-quarter field goal – a 39-yarder by Eskild Eriksen – for a brief 3-0 lead.

New Hampton’s defense stifled Scheel to the tune of 10-of-22 for a meager 84 yards through the air. They also held the dual-threat QB to an astounding -11 yards rushing on 10 carries. Halfback Jacob Holschlag was bottled up as well. The junior accumulated a season-low 27 yards on 14 rushes. Holschlag’s backup Noah Garwood found mild success on the ground as he led all Knights ball carriers with 32 yards on five carries. Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek reiterated his search for more offensive weapons.

“Teams are always going to key on Scheel…they have for the past two years,” said Hadachek. “We need other players to step up and make plays.”

Who those players are has yet to be determined. Wideouts Brady Driscol and Tate Hadachek have shown glimpses of success. Senior WR Kolten Bader has a three-touchdown game to his credit. For the Knights to have any immediate success, it’s a matter of somebody stepping up consistently, especially in a leadership type role.

“Great teams have great leadership,” said Hadachek. “Everything rises and falls with leadership. For us to win next Friday night (at Columbus) and secure a playoff berth, we have to have somebody lead us.”

Despite another 35-point loss, the Knights still control their postseason fate. If they win, they’re in. First-round home field advantage is out of the equation, but Union does have a realistic shot at a third place finish in District 3.

Union’s final regular season home game, however, was one they’d like to forget.

New Hampton (8-0, 5-0 2A D3) took their first lead of the night on a 1-yard TD plunge by Conner Frerichs. They made it 14-3 on a 10-yard TD pass from Cole McDonald to Kyle Smith. Scheel’s devastating interceptions followed, making it 28-3 at the break.

The Chickasaws tacked on 10 second-half points to complete the scoring. Frerichs scored his second TD on a 22-yard run in the third quarter and Smith booted a 25-yard field goal in the fourth.

Union lost the turnover battle 4-0 and were penalized six times for 55 yards, two statistics the Knights have battled in all four losses.

Coach Hadachek hasn’t dealt with adversity such as this in his six-plus years of coaching, yet a win Friday night and the Knights will play in the postseason for a seventh straight season, all under Hadachek himself.

“A postseason opportunity is on the line Friday night,” said Hadachek. If we can get to the postseason, we give ourselves another season of opportunity and the chance to surprise some people come playoff time.”

Players of the Week Announced for Performance v. New Hampton

Defense POW: Cole Reiter, Michael Ahrendsen
Special Teams POW: Eskild Erikson
Scout Defense POW: Dylan Bear
Scout Offense POW: Trey Davis
Special Teams Scout POW: Raymond Sagasta
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff

Knights can't complete comeback at Hampton-Dumont, fall 20-14

By Cheyne Reiter

The Union Knights came up short on a goal-to-go situation Friday night at Hampton-Dumont, dropping their third straight game overall, 20-14.

The Knights, 4-3 (2-2 D3), couldn't stop the Bulldogs' bruising ground attack which featured the wishbone offense. H-D churned out 336 yards of total offense, 282 coming on the ground.

Hampton-Dumont jumped on Union early and surprised the Knights' defense with the games' first TD coming through the air. Cole Miller -- who completed just 2-of-15 throws all night -- connected with Parker Claypool for a 44-yard TD strike. The PAT failed, however, making it 6-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.

H-D made it a two touchdown game in the second quarter. Isaiah Noelck -- who ran for a game-high 114 yards on 25 carries -- punched his way across the goal line for a 5-yard TD run.

The Union defense finally came up with an answer for the H-D offense and got a stop late in the second quarter. The Knights' offense responded with a beautifully executed 2-minute offense. Jay Scheel finished the drive by finding a wide open Tate Hadachek for a 42-yard score.

Down 14-7 at the break, the Knights had plenty of momentum carrying into the second half.

The Knights used that momentum and eventually knotted the game at 14 in the third quarter on a Jacob Holschlag 3-yard TD run.

The score remained in a tie until the fourth quarter. Miller put the Bulldogs back in front by six with a 3-yard TD carry of his own.

Down six late in the game, Union Head Coach Joe Hadachek still felt his team was in a great position to win.

"Our defense came up with a huge stop and we forced a bad punt," said Hadachek. "We were right there."

Union's final possession ended in heartbreaking fashion. Scheel drove the Knights inside the Bulldogs' 5-yard line but an errant pass was picked off in the endzone. The Bulldogs kneeled out for the narrow victory.

The Knights won the turnover margin 2-1, but failed to turn those turnovers into points. Brady Driscol picked off his team-high (and 2A leading) seventh interception, a new Union record. The old record of six was shared by Mike Loveless (1997) and Cheyne Reiter (2007) *shed a tear*. The interception was Union's 14th as a team, tops in 2A as well.

However, the Knights were penalized a game-high nine times for 36 yards, erasing any advantage the turnovers provided.

Scheel completed 6-of-16 passes for 188 yards. He threw one TD and one interception. Holschlag led the Knights ball carriers with 62 yards and a TD on 13 carries. He also led the Knights' defense with 15 tackles.

Union's three-game losing streak is the first of its kind in the Joe Hadachek era, spanning six-and-a-half seasons. Hadachek knows a win at home against No. 6 ranked and undefeated New Hampton would eliminate any sour memories. It would also give the Knights a shot at the No. 2 seed in 2A District 3.

"The road doesn't get any easier Friday night. A lot is on the line for our seniors, our team."

Players of the Week announced for performance vs Hampton-Dumont

October 13, 2013

Defensive Back of Week:  Jay Scheel
Defensive Linebacker of Week:  Cole Reiter
Offensive Receiver of Week:  Brady Driscol
Special Teams POW:  John Ringelstetter
Scout Defensive POW:  David Wildeboer, Brock Barnhart
Scout Offensive POW:  Will Reiter
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff

Knights fall short on last drive, HD ends up with win, 20-14.

October 12, 2013

Union Community had a last minute opportunity disappear late in the fourth quarter.   Union moved ball inside the five yard line and 

failed to convert.   Union's next game is at home and is senior night and will also embrace anyone affected by cancer.   Purple T-shirts

will be worn by the Union coaching staff as well as fans supporting this cause.   The players will also wear a special emblem next Friday.

No. 9 Union blanked by 2A's top-ranked Waukon, 35-0

Knights limited to season-low 195 yards of offense

By Cheyne Reiter

The No. 9 ranked Union Knights hit the road Friday night to take on No. 1 Waukon in what was viewed as the feature matchup in all of 2A.

The Knights and Indians split a pair of tightly contested games during the 2012 season. After dropping last season’s regular season game 34-33, Waukon eliminated Union from postseason play with a 21-14 victory.

Waukon ensured that their first 2013 game against Union wouldn’t be a nail-biter.

The top-ranked Indians jumped out to a commanding 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back, shutting out the Knights, 35-0.

After starting 4-0, the Knights have dropped two straight games for the first time since 2009 and just the third time since Head Coach Joe Hadachek took the reins in 2008. The sixth-year coach saw some areas that need major improvement following Friday night’s defeat.

“We need to block and tackle more physically…period,” said Hadachek.

The Knights opened the game with a promising drive, only to have it end with a Jay Scheel fumble. The Indians capitalized and marched down the field before QB Parker Hesse sprinted in for a 13-yard TD run. The senior added another TD run from 35 yards out to make it 14-0 Waukon after 12 minutes of play.

Waukon extended their lead in the second quarter. Hesse connected with halfback Marcus Weymiller for a 19-yard catch-and-run, making it 21-0 at the break.

Union opened the second half with a defensive stop and had their offense in business, across the 50 in Indians’ territory. However, a protection breakdown led to a Scheel interception – by Hesse – who returned it 76 yards the other way for a touchdown.

The Indians’ Jacob Ronan finished off the Knights in the fourth quarter with a 52-yard TD carry.

Hesse finished 6-of-8 for 62 yards and a TD and also ran 13 times for 85 yards and two scores. Weymiller led Waukon in both rushing and receiving yards. The halfback had 137 yards rushing on 18 carries and added three catches for 44 yards and a TD. Despite Hesse having a hand in four of Waukon’s five touchdowns, Hadachek said there’s a whole lot more to the Indians than just him.

“They’re a good fundamental football team. Weymiller is the most underrated running back in 2A. I’d put him up against anyone we have seen in the last six years in terms of running the football.”

Offensively, it was a struggle for the Knights. Scheel completed just 12-of-25 passes for 127 yards and an interception. His scrambling ability was limited to 31 yards on 16 carries. Jacob Holschlag led the Knights with 32 yards rushing, and Brady Driscol led all receivers with five receptions for 57 yards.

Hadachek knows there may be a shot at redemption down the line against Waukon but for now, the focus is on the Knights’ next opponent, Hampton-Dumont.

“Maybe we’ll get another chance (at Waukon), but we have to worry about Hampton-Dumont right now. They’re the number one rushing team and offense in our district.”


Defensive Linebacker of Week:  Jace Hadachek
Offensive Back of Week:  Jace Hadachek

Offensive Lineman of Week:  Tanner Hilton

Offensive Receiver of Week:  Tate Hadachek

Special Teams POW:  Cole Reiter
Special Teams POW:  Nathan Harting
Special Teams Scout of Week:  Zane Seuser
Scout Defensive POW:  Michael Ahrendsen
Scout Offensive POW:  Alex Kane
**players of the week are nominated each week by respective position coach
and then voted upon by entire coaching staff

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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 iowateam@gmail.com 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
IowaPreps.com Editor

The excitement level is getting higher and higher for the 2013 football season. Iowa Preps continues our team previews and takes an in-depth look at Union in this article. See who they have returning and what our thoughts are on the team now!

Head coach: Joe Hadachek 
Class: 2A
District/Conference: 3
Assistant Coaches: Adam Gassman, Brandon Adolphs, Chadd Johnson, Corbin Payne, Curt Hilmer, Daryl Douglass, Donny Sallee, Jeremy Robb, Rick Dolleslager, Ryan DeSousa, Scott Denner, Tim Smith, Todd Carlson
2012 Record: 9-2
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:  http://youtu.be/jhQgGHgvIh0

Group Two test:  http://youtu.be/UFhmOg0ssfM

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:  //s3.amazonaws.com/my.llfiles.com/00116587/joe_1.pdf

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 (iowateam@gmail.com) or myself (jhadachek@gmail.com).   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:  //s3.amazonaws.com/my.llfiles.com/00116587/BB1433E-Union-Football-Apparel.pdf

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:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/handouts.asp?url=ukfootball&sid=54094596

WBC for high school aged young men:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/handouts.asp?url=ukfootball&sid=54145920

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: http://youtu.be/158fKSthnc8

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 iowateam@gmail.com and she will bring your clothes to the meeting and you can pay her there.  All checks need to be made out to “Football Camps.” This gear is not property of Union High School, FYI.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Please bring any questions you may have in regards to our program.

Union FB JRs volunteer at Play Day, River Hills School in Waterloo

Kolten Bader, Nick Weich, Gavin Eastman, and Cole Reiter                     Bo Bader gets ready to lead a group.

    Jacob Clark gets to keep score at basketball station.                 L to R: Bo Bader, Nick Weich, Jacob Clark, Gavin Eastman, Kolten

                                                                                                  Bader, and Cole Reiter volunteer at River Hills Play Day.

Great opportunity for parents and students - FREE

 NCAA Eligibility and Recruiting Guidelines and Requirements: What Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Parents Need to Know


Note: Even if you know you can't make the live webinar, go ahead and register anyway. That way you'll be added to a list of registrants who will receive an email containing a link to the recorded webinar when it is available. 

In the arena of high school athletics, relatively few athletes garner the attention of college recruiters. This might explain why when it does occur, athletes, parents, coaches, athletic directors, and counselors are often naïve to the process.   

The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with Clell Wade Coaches’ Directory is offering the free webinar “NCAA Eligibility and Recruiting Guidelines and Requirements: What Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Parents Need to Know,” Wednesday, April 24, 1 – 2 pm Eastern time. 

This free webinar will be led by Dan Eassa of the Recruiting Education Foundation, Tampa, Florida, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to educating coaches, athletic directors, student-athletes, and parents about the college recruiting process and academic eligibility. Dan will address many important recruiting topics including scholarship myths and facts, the NCAA and NAIA eligibility centers, NCAA core course requirements, National Letter of Intent, and much more. These guidelines are always changing, so be sure you get the latest information—register for this free webinar today!

TO REGISTER COPY AND PASTE THIS INTO YOUR WEB BROWSER:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/134180321

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://www.hawkeyefootballcamps.com



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.   

www.iwu.edu/mic   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, camps-clinics@hawkeyefootball.com

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,Rick.Nelson@uni.edu
2013 7 on 7 Tournament
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Check-in: 9:30 AM, NW Entrance of UNI-Dome
Who: High School Teams
Cost: $35.00 per camper, ONE PAYMENT PER TEAM--NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!
Contact for more information: Bill Salmon, Assistant Football Coach,Bill.Salmon@uni.edu

2013 Jr./Sr. Prospect Camp  
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Check-in: 12:00 - 1:00 PM, NW Entrance of UNI-Dome
Grades: 11th and 12th (Fall 2013)
Cost: $50.00 per camper, instruction from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Contact for more information: Rick Nelson, Assistant Football Coach,Rick.Nelson@uni.edu

2013 All Position Camp
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Check-in: 12:00 - 1:00 PM, NW Entrance of UNI-Dome
Grades: 9th - 12th (Fall 2013)
Cost: $50.00 per camper, instruction from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Contact for more information: Jeremiah Johnson, Assistant Football Coach,Jeremiah.L.Johnson@uni.edu

Please follow the link or direct your kids to this website to sign up for one of our camps.





In addition there are numerous camps you can attend in the Iowa Conference and you will get well coached and a great experience.   Please see websites of respective schools for the camp sessions.


If money is a problem to attend a camp PLEASE email Coach Douglass in strict confidence as we will find a way or make a way for you to attend.  We do not want finances to be a reason you cannot attend a camp or 7 on 7.   


Thanks for letting us have the honor of coaching your son!


Coach Hadachek and Staff

Crosser is 6th Union Knight to commit to playing at college level!

February 17, 2013

Union Knight two time 1st team all-district defensive lineman, Dalton Crosser (#65) is making the official decision to continue his education and football career in college at the nation's #1 junior college, Iowa Western CC in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Dalton is a native of LaPorte City.   Crosser's final two choices were Ellsworth CC in Iowa Falls and IWCC.  He will be joining teammate Josh Clark at IWCC.   IWCC won the national junior college championship last fall and has a great tradition building on the campus.

We want to wish his parents Gary and Pam, along with Dalton the best of luck as he will be attending IWCC next fall.   To see more about IWCC and the Reiver football program click here: http://athletics.iwcc.edu/sports/?Sport=football.

Will Crees commits to Central College

Senior linebacker Will Crees will be playing football next fall at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Crees was a team captain, and two year starter for the Union Knights winning at 3A state title and 

a 2A district title the last two years.   Will is the son of David and Christy Crees of rural Dysart.


Crees was a two way starter this past season garning 3rd team all state honors as well as first team

all-district honors.  Will was a tight end making key catches and having 16 catches for 319 yards and 

three TDs.  He was the team's fourth leading scorer.


Crees stuck out on defense with big hits game in and game out.   He had 58 tackles with 

8 solos for loss, and 5 assist tackles for loss.  Will had two interceptions while returning one

for a 14 yard TD.  He was also tied for first in fumble recoveries with two.


Crees is also a standout baseball player starting since his freshman season.   To find out more about 

Central College and the football program there copy and paste this link:  http://www.central.edu/athletics/football/

Josh Clark officially signs to Iowa Western Community College

February 10, 2013

Union Knight two time all stater, two time team captain, Josh Clark has a big smile with 

his mother Penny in this shot at the UHS media center.   He has good reason as he will

continue his football career in college at the nation's #1 junior college, Iowa Western CC

in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Josh is a native of LaPorte City and loves to lift weights and compete.   This past weekend

he took first place in wrestling districts and heads to Des Moines after finishing 4th last year.

In addition on the football field he has been starting since mid way through his freshman year.

Josh is a two way player, playing both offensive tackle and defensive tackle.   He was fifth on 

the team in tackles last season with 50.   At his position, that is spectacular.  He also had 9 

assisted tackles for loss, and 7 tackles for loss.   Clark was also a key cog in the Knight offense

and when short yardage or key plays were needed it was probably going his direction.   The

Knights have traditionally been one of the top offenses in the state 2A and 3A over the last 

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: http://athletics.iwcc.edu/sports/?Sport=football.

Brady Petersen commits to Central College!

February 8, 2013

Senior captain and special teams MVP Brady Petersen has committed to attend Central College in 

Pella, Iowa this week.   He is the fourth Union Knight to have plans to play on the college

platform next fall.   


Brady has been one of the top kickers in 3A and 2A the last two years and will challenge

for kicking duties at Central in addition to the wide receiver position.    Petersen was the 

number two receiver on this year's team with 18 receptions and 330 yards with 5 TDs.


Petersen was 55 of 61 in the point after touchdown category and also had four of five

fieldgoald made.  Brady was also the team punter while only have 23 attempts averaged

33.5 yards with a longest of 45.  He was the third leading scorer on the team with 97 points.


Brady is the son of Julie Petersen and Barry Petersen from LaPorte City, Iowa.


Central College is a NCAA Divsion III member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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:  http://athletics.iwcc.edu/sports/?Sport=football.



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 BadgerBlitz.com Wednesday. 

Hadachek said Strickland will be reviewing the 5-foot-11 athlete's film, and if Strickland likes what he sees then Hadachek will look into visiting the Badgers again in the near future.

"Coach Strickland said he's going to watch my film and he's going to get back to me on what they think by the end of this week," Hadachek said. "What he says will decide whether I visit and take them as a serious option, which I definitely would because that's a great program."

Hadachek said that Wisconsin's walk-on program has a history of producing productive players, and that Strickland's own history as a walk-on helped the two establish a connection after the majority of Wisconsin's staff left for new jobs over the last month and a half. 

"[Strickland] told me I reminded him a lot of himself. He was a walk on. I know coach Andersen was a walk-on too wherever he played," Hadachek said. "I know that's a very good walk-on program there at Wisconsin, so I would feel very confident going into Wisconsin as a walk-on."

"I would want to take a visit first and talk to coach Andersen first before I make a final decision."

Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Fordham are also interested in Hadachek, but he said that the vibe he picked up from his last visit to Madison during the spring was hard to beat. 

"The whole Madison area shows up for the game," Hadachek said. "They love their football, and I'd want to play in front of a crowd like that. When I went there it was crazy."

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.

HawkeyeReport.com will have much more on Scheel and his commitment to Iowa later today once the junior day concludes.

Congratulations Academic All State!

January 19, 2013

The Iowa Football Coaches Association recently released their academic all state teams.   Union Community's Brian Dunkelberger and Trev Hadachek both were honored at the Union basketball game last night.   To be considered a senior must be a starter, have a minimum of 3.7 acculmlative GPA, and particpate in other school activities.   Below is a list of the former Union football players we have record of receiving this award.


2011:  Shay Fehl, Brenden Kuhn, Dylan McLaughlin

2010:  Josh Dunkelberger, Jared Wauters

2007:  Brian Wiig


 2012 IFCA Academic All State (2A)

NAME School
Trey Achterhoff MOC-Floyd Valley
Brody Armstrong Mediapolis
Lance Barber Nevada
Colin Barker Osage
Andrew Benning Hampton-Dumont
Clayton Blythe MOC-Floyd Valley
Paul Brown Spirit Lake
Thomas Brown Sheldon Community
Jake Christensen Greene County
Stetson Dagel Cherokee Washington 
Gabe Dubberke Nevada
Brian Dunkelberger Union
Colby Dunn West Marshall
Matt Dykstra Sheldon Community
A J Flora CMB
Trev Hadachek Union
Tyler Havel Osage
Josh Jirak Center Point-Urbana
Jordan Junk Cascade 
Jesse Klaes Osage
Sam Knepper Cascade
Sawyer Krotz Center Point-Urbana
Joe Liberko Mount Vernon
Mitchell Madson Greene County
Toby Maggert Sheldon Community 
Rick Maris Spirit Lake
Jon Nilles MOC-Floyd Valley
Riley Rausch Cascade
Brandon Roseberry Center Point-Urbana
Ben Sampson Cherokee Washington
Dylan Schilling Greene County
Cole Schleusner Central Lyon/George-Little Rock
Noah Stochl New Hampton
Tyler Stokesbary Nevada
Brandon Stoll Spirit Lake
Brandon Tenge New Hampton
Carter Thies Waukon 
Austin Troendle Waukon
Andrew Van Hulzen South Central Calhoun
Drake Van Roekel North Polk
Ben Vorwerk Mediapolis
Logan Walker Mount Vernon
Colton Warnke Clarion-Goldfield
Jacob West South Central Calhoun
Jordan Wolfe Waukon

January 14, 2013



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."

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

reposted from HawkeyeReport.com

Talk about it in Off the Record

With several different options on the table and some bigger schools still evaluating him, Trev Hadachek's recruiting might go right up to signing day. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Hadachek, who attends Union Community High School in La Porte City, IA, has taken one official visit so far and has two more scheduled for January, including one with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Trev Hadachek will visit Iowa on February 1."Coach Morgan from Iowa called today and scheduled my official visit," said Hadachek. "We were going to do it January 18, but he said the students aren't going to be back from break yet, so he wanted me to wait until they are so I can experience the college life more. We're going to do it the last weekend before signing day, February 1."

Currently, the Hawkeyes are talking to Hadachek about possibly coming in as a preferred walk-on, but have not ruled out the possibility that a late scholarship offer could open up. As is the case with other schools, Iowa has told the versatile Class of 2013 prospect that he could play on either side of the ball in college. "Basically, they have offered as a preferred walk-on, but there's still a chance that maybe something happens and I get an offer. As of right now, it's a preferred walk-on though," Hadachek said. "Position wise, they said that I could come in and try out wherever I wanted, but they've talked to me mostly about playing safety and that's what I played at their camp." Along with Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin are also recruiting Hadachek as a preferred walk-on. At the FCS level, he currently holds scholarship offers from South Dakota State, North Dakota, and Eastern Illinois, and may add Montana State to the list soon. "I'm going to Montana State on January 25," said Hadachek. "They haven't offered yet, but they've talked about doing it or possibly doing a grayshirt type of thing. I'm just going to go up there and check it out and talk to the coaches so we can find out more." While Hadachek will take a long look at the FCS offers he already has on the table, he has not ruled out the possibility of paying his own way and walking on at the FBS level yet either. "I haven't ruled it out yet," Hadachek said. "It's something that I'm still considering because I definitely want to play at the highest level I can."

As a senior, Hadachek was a star on both sides of the ball for Union, finishing with 687 yards receiving, 471 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns on offense to go along with 40 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense. Following the season, he was named first team all-state and has been selected to play in the 2013 Shrine Bowl.

Heckt becomes first member of Union football team to commit to playing college football!

December 29, 2012

Senior co-captain Tanner Heckt  verbally committed to play football at Buena Vista University today.   Tanner, 6'5, 230lbs, is part of a senior class that won a 2A district title, a 3A state championship, and had a combined 21 wins in the last two seasons.   Heckt was a first team 2A D3 all district performer for the Knights at offensive tackle.   He also started at defensive end and played on special teams.  

Tanner was a 2nd team all academic district team member and a member of the Unity Council.   He also particpates in basketball and track at Union.   Tanner's parents are Bob Heckt and Angela Keese Jackson.   Heckt lives in Dysart.

Buena Vista is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and is located in Storm Lake, Iowa.   The Beavers finished in a five way tie for 2nd place this fall.   For more information you can click on this link:  www.bvu.edu/athletics/sports/football

Trev Hadachek selected to participate in 2013 Iowa Shrine Bowl

December 12, 2012

Senior WR/DB Trev Hadachek has been selected to play in the 2013 Iowa Shrine Bowl this summer.   The game has been moved from ISU's campus to the UNI Dome.    Hadachek will suit up for the North side as they game features Iowa's top players north of highway 30 versus the best south of highway 30.  

Trev Hadachek 2012 Hudl highlights:  www.hudl.com/athlete/25488/hilights/15588373  

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.   

For more information on the July 27th event you can copy and paste:  www.iowashrinebowl.org

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 IowaPreps.com Class 2A All State Football Teams and District MVPs - Union athletes honored

First Team 2A 

Utility - Jay Scheel

Defensive line - Josh Clark

Defensive back - Trev Hadachek


Second Team 2A

Utility - Will Crees


2012 IowaPreps.com Elite Team - 3rd Team Defense

DL - Josh Clark


2012 IowaPreps.com District MVPs - SENIORS

Union Community - Trev Hadachek

Others considered - Josh Clark, Will Crees, Nic Peters


2012 IowaPreps.com District MVPs - JUNIORS

Union Community - Jay Scheel

Iowa Newspaper Association 2012 All State lands four Knights!

1st Team INA Defense Line - Sr., Josh Clark

1st Team INA Offense Utility - Jr., Jay Scheel

3rd Team INA Defense Linebacker - Sr., Will Crees

3rd Team INA Offense Wide Rec/TE - Sr., Trev Hadachek

2012 Des Moines Register All State Team recognition


1st Team 2A Offensive Lineman Josh Clark, SR.

1st Team 2A Offensive Quarterback Jay Scheel, JR.

1st Team 2A Defensive Back Trev Hadachek, SR.


*2011 Josh Clark was a DSM Register 2nd Team 3A defensive lineman and Trev Hadachek was a 2nd Team 3A defensive back.


2012 2A D3 1st Team All District

2012 2A D3 2nd Team All District

2012 2A D3 Honorable Mention All District

2A D3 All Academic Teams (1st team above, 2nd team below)

November 12, 2012

2012 Knight Team breaks or ties 16 all-time records

TEAM Season Records
* Regular Season Most Points:403-2012
 Previous Record: 397 points from 2010
* Regular Season Most First Downs: 173, 2012
 Previous Record: 171 from 1997
* Regular Season Most Total Offense: 3,863 - 2012
 Previous Record: 3,578 from 2010
* Regular Season Most Fumbles Recovered: 13, 2012
 Previous Record: 12 from 1993, 1996, 2005, 2008
* Most Fumbles Recovered, Regular Season & Playoffs: 15, 2012
 Previous Record: 14 from 2011

INDIVIDUAL Season Records
* Regular Season Most Points,Kicker: 56 Brady Petersen, 2012
 Previous Record: 54 Steven McGarvey, 2009
* Most Points, Kicker, Reg Season & Playoffs: 67 Brady Petersen-2012
 Previous Record: 55 Steven McGarvey, 2009
* Regular Season Most Passing TDs: 17 Jay Scheel, 2012
 Previous Record: 16 Steven McGarvey 2009

TEAM Game Records
* Most First Downs: 26 vs Waukon, 2012
 Previous Record: 25 vs. Starmont in 1992, 25 vs. Jesup in 1996
* Most Passing Yards: 293 vs Cascade,2012
 Previous Record: 285 vs. Vinton-Shellsburg in 1998

* 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 www.iowapreps.com)

Luke Feddersen
IowaPreps.com 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
IowaPreps.com Editor (to subscribe go to www.iowapreps.com for paid subscription), posted courtesy of IowaPreps.com

Union defensive end Tanner Heckt has the size and skills to play football at the next level. That is why this talented senior has caught the attention of a number of programs at the Division II level this fall.
"It has been Upper Iowa, the University of Sioux Falls, Southwest Minnesota State, Central, and a little bit from UNI."

Heckt visited one of those schools recently and has more coming soon.

"I was just at the Upper Iowa game and then I'll be going to Sioux Falls this weekend and then Southwest Minnesota State the weekend after."

His trek to Upper Iowa came back as a positive experience overall.

"I really liked it. Their coaches are down to Earth. They are really cool guys to be around. I like their new stadium. It is a nice campus."

Heckt has been enjoying the way that his high school team has been playing as of late.

"We started off with a rough start but everything is going well now. We are starting to turn the corner at just the right time."

The season opening loss to Center Point-Urbana was an eye opener.

"We really learned that every practice has to be as serious as we want to play. We had a lackadaisical week of practice and it didn't pay off in the end."

Heckt still feels there are things that the Knights can improve.

"I think we need to keep playing hard defensively and the offense needs to keep doing what we are doing."

#6 rated Waukon is next on the schedule.

"They are going to be tough. They are off to a good start and they have a good running back with (Marcus) Weymiller. They should be good."

There is one thing that Heckt noticed about their opponent early on.

"I have been told they play really hard. After watching their film, I know they play very hard."

Belated congratulations to Homecoming King candidates!

Congratulations to the homecoming king candidates and their mothers:
(L to R, Christy and Will Crees, Gloria and Trev Hadachek (front), Brian and Rory Dunkelberger (behind), and Angie and Christian Gray)
Congratulations to Christian for winning the King crown!

Fields of Faith event locked down for Wed. Oct 3rd

This is NOT just for UNION students, open to students from all over the state of Iowa. PLEASE bring one can or non-perishable good for the NEIA Food Bank to donate to a great cause.

'Inside the Huddle' - Union thrashes Green Devils, 41-7; racks up 500-plus in Total Offense

Players of the Week vs Osage:
DEFENSE: DL-John Ringelstetter, LB-Austin Dengler, DB-Nic Peters
DEF scout: Mitchell Brandhorst
OFFENSE: OL-Tanner Heckt, WR-Brady Petersen
OFF scout: Tyler Fishels, Jesse Stock
SPEC TEAMS: Austin Dengler

By Cheyne Reiter

Five years ago, the last time Osage and Union met in a 2A clash, the Green Devils spoiled the Knights' homecoming with a 19-17 victory. Fast forward to 2012; Union flipped the script.

Union notched their third consecutive victory this past Friday night as they trounced Osage on Homecoming, 41-7. With players on offense who can score any time they touch the ball, it was the defense who was forced to step up in this KWWL Game of the Week. Faced with the No. 2 passing offense in 2A, that task wasn't supposed to be easy.

The Knights defense sent a message from the get-go; this one wasn't going to be close.

Union's defense swallowed up the Green Devils' offense, limiting them to just 164 yards of total offense. The No. 2 air attack threw for just 141 yards while Nic Peters intercepted two Osage passes. The Knights totaled seven defensive sacks, imposing their will on an offense who had the ability to score in bunches.

While the defense harassed Osage's offense all night, it was business as usual for the Knights offense.

The Knights ground out 303 yards of rushing and also aired it out for an additional 209 yards. Aside from a fumble that was scooped up for six, the offense was unstoppable.

The dual-threat Scheel completed 14-of-22 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and also ran 13 times for 180 yards, scoring once on an 83-yard burst. Andrew Osuna led the Union halfback department with 11 carries for 72 yards and a score while Trev Hadachek provided 54 rushing yards of his own. Brady Petersen once again led the Knights receiving core, hauling in five receptions for 81 yards, scoring once from 18 yards out.

Union led 21-0 after 12 minutes of play and 27-7 at the half. They added to their lead with two second half touchdowns.

With the win, the Knights moved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in 2A District 3 play. The Knights are currently tied with New Hampton and Waukon for the 2A D3 crown. Next week, the Knights travel to Cascade, a solid squad from 2A District 4 in a non-district matchup. Cascade is also 3-1 and 2-0 in their district, respectively. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Scheel intreviewed by Iowa Preps

September 13, 2012

Luke Feddersen
IowaPreps.com 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
CycloneReport.com (reposted from IowaPreps.com, for subscription to this service to see more about top recruits in state of IA go to www.iowapreps.com)

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 www.iowapreps.com

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 Preps.com announces pre-season all state teams

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

First team selections on offense were seniors Josh Clark as a lineman, Trev Hadachek, as a wide receiver, and junior Jay Scheel as a quarterback.

Second team selection went to senior linebacker Will Crees.

To learn more in depth information about 2012 predictions and 2A all state selections subscribe to www.iowapreps.com.

Meet the coach: Curt Hilmer

Name: Curt Hilmer

Title: Asst coach - DBs

Other Info: Coach Hilmer was a four sport standout (17 letters in four years) at Dysart-Geneseo HS. He lettered in baseball (5), wrestling (4), football (4), and track (4).

After HS Coach Hilmer enrolled at Wartburg College. He is also a long standing assistant coach with the Union Knight wrestling program which is one of the top programs in the state of Iowa.

Curt has four children: Kelsi, Raini, Brady, and Jaimi.

Meet the coach: Rick Dolleslager

August 10, 2012
Rick is going to be joining the Knights in his 8th year as
year assistant football coach at Union High School coaching Outside Linebackers and Defensive Ends.

This past season he helped coach all state LBer Dylan McLaughlin and also Cole Hinders who is planning on playing college football at Wartburg College.

Coach Dolleslager recently took up mountain climbing and trains year round for the opportunity.

Education: Iowa Law Enforcement Academy 1990, FBI Academy Finger Print Examiner Certification 1996, Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University in 1992, Basic Polygraph Examiner Certification Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice 1992, Advanced Polygraph Examiner Certification Department of Defense Polygraph School 1994.

Playing Experience: Batavia HS, IL 1976. Team Captain

Lives in La Porte City with wife Ranae.

Hobbies: Weight Lifting, Motorcycling, Boating and Camping.

Meet the coach: Scott Denner

Meet the Coach: Scott Denner

Coach Denner will take on more responsibilites this fall, his 2nd on the Knight staff. He has attended the IWU Line Camp for two summers and is a great student of the game. Denner will coach the varsity line and have duties assisting the HFC including overseeing the managers.

Mr. Denner also helped out coaching with the Union strength & conditioning program last year.

Coach Denner has also accepted the position of head boys basketball coach at Union High School and has been working with the young men over the summer in preparation for this winter.

Scott comes to us via Postville HS where he was the former Head Coach. Coach Denner led his team to the playoffs at Postville and also was an elementary teacher.

Prior to his Postville position, Coach Denner was a standout athlete at Turkey Valley HS and then played at Wartburg College. He was an impact player for the Knights and received some NFL scout attention.

Meet the coach: Brandon Adolphs

5th year assistant football coach/head sophomore coach at Union

Adolphs coached two time first team all state, 2012 Shrine Bowl running back Wesley Burnside. Burnside is one of the top rushers all time in the state of Iowa and holds nearly every Union Knight rushing/scoring record. In 2010,
Burnside rushed for a state record 56 times vs Marion High School in a Knight victory.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Business- General Business, St. Ambrose University 2003

Playing Experience: St. Ambrose University letterman 1999-2002, Team Captain 2002, Second Team All-American and First Team All-Conference 2002, Honorable Mention All- Conference 2001, North Tama HS 4yrs, Third Team All-State

Lives in Dysart with wife Abby.

Hobbies: Kettlebells, spending time with my wife, traveling, spending time outdoors, hunting.

Meet the coach: Chadd Johnson

Name: Chadd Johnson

Title: Asst coach - OLBs

Other Info: Linebackers Coach-9th year coaching for Union High School. Spent 4 years coaching Running Backs and Linebackers for the Union Knights under Coach Mark Hubbard. The last 5 seasons I have coached the Linebackers under Head Coach Joe Hadachek

This past season he helped coach all state LBer Dylan McLaughlin and also Cole Hinders who is planning on playing college football at Wartburg College.

Playing experience-Graduate of Aplington-Parkersburg High School where I was an All-State Linebacker, full back, and team captain. 2 year starter at Waldorf College earning 1st Team All-American honors at the Linebacker position. Transfered to St. Cloud State University where I was a 2 year letter winner and starter at Linebacker.

Education: A.A. in Liberal Arts from Waldorf College, B.S. degree in Business from St.Cloud State University.

Lives in LaPorte City with his wife, Jen and two kids, Ella and Chase

Meet the coach: Adam Gassman

Coach Gassman joined Hadachek in 2007 at Union HS and was instrumental with teaching and coaching the young men in our defensive line. Adam is also entering his sixth year as a math teacher at Union. Before coming to UHS Gassman was a coach and teacher at Vinton-Shellsburg.

Adam played defensive line four years for the Drake University Bulldogs in Des Moines, IA prior to a standout career as a three sport athlete at Western Dubuque HS. Hadachek recruited Gassman to Drake.

Adam's wife Jennifer oversees the media center at Union High School and they have two sons, Lincoln and Isaac. The Gassman's live in rural Dysart and are very active in their church.

Meet the coach: Tony DeSousa

Meet the coaches: Tony DeSousa

Title: Special Team Coord - Assistant Tight Ends

Other Info: 20th season at Union this fall, 2012. Previous Head freshman coach, Head JV coach and c