Bardon expecting quick turnaround at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah

by Dave Boehler
Review Sports Editor

JACK SHAW (RIGHT) tries to make a leaping catch as Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah teammate Raistlin Lopez-Lloyd looks on during a recent practice. – Photo by Mike McGill JACK SHAW (RIGHT) tries to make a leaping catch as Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah teammate Raistlin Lopez-Lloyd looks on during a recent practice. – Photo by Mike McGill Despite finishing 3-6 last season, Josh Bardon thinks his Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah eightman football team can have a great year.

“Our goal is to get to the playoffs and compete for that state title,” the fourth-year coach said. “Do I think we can do it? Absolutely. We don’t have a whole lot of depth after our starters. We’ve got 16 kids and a couple are freshmen that didn’t hit the growth spurt yet, but if our top guys can stay healthy, we’re going to be a tough team.”

Perhaps another reason for the confidence is Bardon said the Resorters were close to “really getting it” last season. His athletes improved all year and the effort was great.

“We lost three or four close games that could’ve went either way,” he said. “So we were a couple plays away from being a 6-3 team versus 3-6. The potential was there, the work was there, it was just a few turnovers in bad situations – and one loss in overtime as well – we really felt like a 6-3 team.”

It also helps knowing only one of the five players who made the all-Great 8 Conference team from a year ago graduated (first-team linebacker Troy Rebedew).

Sophomore running back Raistlin Lopez-Lloyd returns after making the first team as well.

“He had a very good year,” Bardon said. “He was in the top two or three for rushing (in the conference).”

Junior defensive lineman Yoshi Sesoko also was named to the first team.

“He just never quits,” Bardon said. “He’s fast off the ball and just has a good nose, once he gets in there, for going for it. He has strong legs and finds a way to get to the ball.”

Senior Bryce Sitko (offensive lineman) and junior Finn Shields (linebacker) landed on the all-conference second team a year ago.

And after sharing quarterback duties with Lopez-Lloyd, senior Cody Rebedew is the signal caller now.

“He did a really good job and progressed enough to where we’re going to have him our main quarterback, and Raistlin will be more of like a wildcat and situational-type stuff for quarterback.”

Another player to keep an eye on is Jesse Guerrero, a sophomore who played a big role on the offense last season.

“A couple of freshmen who played a lot last year, we’re looking forward to them being sophomores this year,” Bardon said.

Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah opens its season at 7 p.m. Friday at Oakfield. Madison Abundant Life was on the schedule for two games but the team had to forgo the season.

(All games at 7 p.m. unless noted)
Aug. 17 – at Oakfield
Aug. 24 – vs. Rockford Christian Life
Aug. 31 – vs. Green Bay New
Sept. 8 – at Wisconsin Heights, 1
Sept. 14 – at Port Edwards, 4 p.m.
Sept. 21 – vs. Oakfield
Oct. 6 – at Abundant Life/St. Ambrose
Oct. 12 – vs. Wisconsin Heights

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