Experience a big plus for Tiger program

HOWARDS GROVE – A wealth of experience gives the Howards Grove track program a bright outlook this season.

The boys squad has 18 letter winners back on a roster of 29 athletes. The girls team includes 12 letter winners out of 15 members.

“I am very optimistic. We have a great group of athletes this year who are dedicated to their training and are in it for the team,” said fourth-year Tiger head coach Tyler Biederwolf.

“We have many returning athletes who will be a great base and the balance between events is probably the best we have had in awhile.”

The Tigers’ top returning athletes are senior distance runner Jordan Fischer for the boys and senior middle distance runner Emily Eschen for the girls. Fischer was a Division 2 sectional qualifier in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs after placing second in those events at the regional meet.

He earned second in the 800 and 1,600 at the Central Lakeshore Conference Meet. Eschen finished second in the regional 400 and advanced to the sectional. In the CLC Meet, she took third in the 400 and fourth in the 800.

Another key returnee for the boys is junior Ethan Brinkman who placed second in the 100 dash and third in the high jump at the CLC Meet.

Howards’ other returning sectional qualifiers are sophomore Noelle Eschen in the girls 400 and junior Eric Dvorachek in the boys 3,200 with fourth-place regional finishes.

“Our biggest strength is the leadership of our upperclassmen. Our weakness is the getting our underclassmen established and ready to compete,” said Biederwolf about both teams.

“The key to success is the depth of the team and the dedication and hard work they put forth.”

The coach said the seniors and juniors for the boys and girls have stepped up in the last two weeks and will help the program be successful this season.

Biederwolf sized up the conference.

“The conference as a whole should be good. As usual we are looking for the top spot. It is always interesting to see how teams look after another group of seniors move on,” he said.

HGHS placed second in the CLC boys competition last year, with Oostburg earning its second straight title. The Tigers took third in the girls league meet. Random Lake is the seven-time defending CLC champion.

“Our top goal for both boys and girls is to win conference,” said Biederwolf.

Boys and Girls
April 3 – Quad., @ Oostburg, ppd.
April 8 – CLC Quadrangular, here
April 15 – CLC Quad., @ Cedar Grove
April 17 – @ Valders Invitational
April 25 – Tiger Invitational, here
April 29 – CLC Triangular, @ R. Lake
May 6 – CLC Quad., @ Ozaukee
May 9 – @ Oshkosh Lourdes Invite
May 19 – CLC Meet, here
May 27 – Regional, TBA
May 30 – Sectional, TBA
June 6 – State, @ UW-La Crosse
June 7 – State, @ UW-La Crosse

Seniors – *Madison Dolata and
*Jordan Fischer.
Juniors – *Drew Akright, *Ethan
Brinkman, *Eric Bruckschen, *Eric Dvorachek, *Josh Eilers, *Jonah Gerber,

Willie Goedeke, *Evan Klueger and
Alex Strege.
Sophomores – *Jeremy Berglund,
*Ben Dehne, *Derek Grimm, *Lucas
Jaeger, *Alex Navis, *Nick Peterson,
Mason Stauss, Carson Teske, *Reed
Trueblood, *Hunter Voss and *Nathaniel Wagner.
Freshmen – Noah Bramstedt, Austin Brooks, Travis Eilers, Noah Fischer,
Michael Gray, Caleb Holzmann and
Maverick Moore.
Seniors – *Emily Eschen, *Allisha
Kaeppler, *Theresa Manderle, *Natalie Schnell, *Lauren Sheahan, *Ireland
Webster and *Becca Young.
Juniors – *Autumn Risch, *Ali
Schueler and Jenna Zinser.
Sophomores – *Noel Eschen,
*Natalie McCraw and *Erin Spieth.
Freshmen – Elly Goedeke and Miranda Zerger.
* - Returning letter winner.

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