Sandpoint High School 2021Football Guide

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Sandpoint High School 2021Football Guide

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From Freshmen to Seniors ........................................... 12

Varsity Schedule. .................................................. 16

Varsity Roster. .................................................... 17

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MEET THE

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Ryan Knowles, Head Coach

Coach Knowles enters his

fourth season in charge of the

Bulldog football program. With

improvement shown each of

the previous three, the bar continues to be

set higher each year under his leadership.

While responsibility for the entirety of the

program is at his feet, Coach Knowles

puts a lot of trust in his staff who are all on

the same page when it comes to season

goals. “I like to enable my coaches and let

them do their jobs, which I believe they

appreciate,” he said.

Ryan enjoys being around the other

coaches off the field as well, calling it a

drama-free brotherhood. While he’s happy

to see his players participate in other sports

throughout the season, he reminds them

that this team is a year-round commitment.

“We build bonds as a team throughout the

year, in the weight room, off the field. Once

you immerse yourself in this process, you’ll

always be a part of this program.”

He’s excited for the roar of a packed

Memorial Field this season and the great

support the team receives on the road as

well. He’s also ready for the preparation

that comes with a new challenge each

week. “We love the chess match each

week, really dissecting your opponent

and trying to put your players in the best

position to win. The crunch-time decisions

and the pressure of a close game late.

Here we go!”

Jeremy Thielbahr, Offensive Coordinator

Another staff member with more than two

decades of experience, Jeremy is happy to

be a part of a program that had such an

impact on his life. “I always wanted to be a

coach, and the coaches here at Sandpoint

changed the trajectory of my life when

I was a player. I want to do the same for

others, and it’s an honor to be here.”

Coach Thielbahr’s offense will be up-tempo

with some no-huddle in hopes of keeping

opponents on their heels. In order to

succeed he’ll need his unit to continue to

buy into being good teammates with 11 guys

doing the same thing, for the same goal,

and for each other. As someone whose life

was changed by the program, he wants

all players who commit to the Bulldogs to

know that once you’re a Bulldog, you’re a

Bulldog for life. “I want these kids to feel

the success and pride of being a Bulldog

the way I did. Sandpoint is real special, and

I want to give back and have others share

in the amazing moments that come with

being a part of this team.”

George Yarno, Offensive Line

Coach Yarno grew up around the game

of football and can’t envision it not being

a part of his life. The son of a former NFL

player and coach, as well as a collegiate

athlete himself, Coach Yarno has been

around some of the highest competition

and top minds in the game. He’s taken

a lot of what he learned from his father

into his own coaching and knows full well

that building a strong culture is the key to

success at any level.

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“We are building a great culture here,

there’s a lot of excitement from the kids

and the community. Other places have

successful programs but don’t have half

the support from the community. Win or

lose, Sandpoint always shows up.”

Having experience playing in front of some

smaller crowds, Coach Yarno knows that

having a packed house does nothing

but boost up his young players, and he

continually reminds them about how

special that support is. A lifelong footballer,

George doesn’t remember every score,

but that’s not always what matters most.

“Being around the kids, the long bus

rides, the fight songs after a win, and the

relationships we build, that’s what sticks

with me.”

Chad Loutzenhiser, Running Backs

For Sandpoint running backs, it’s all about

producing positive outcomes in the running

game while maintaining ball security and

not turning over the football. Loutzenhiser

watched his own boys go through the

football program, and when the last one

graduated, he still wasn’t ready to move on

from the program. Now in his 10th season

with the team, he knows that while getting

the win is always important, the tangible

skills these young men learn as Bulldogs

will aid them in all their future endeavors.

“Be productive, have goals, plans, hobbies

and interests you enjoy, and be sure to

help others and be a part of the community

that supports you so well,” he tells his

players. Coach Loutzenhiser remembers

the ups and downs from seasons past, but

it’s the little things that tie him to his players

and the game he loves to teach: “The

atmosphere around football, the smells,

the bus rides, the Friday night lights, the

clinking in the weight room, I just can’t get

enough of it.”

Nate Loutzenhiser, Wide Receivers

Following in his father’s footsteps,

2015 Sandpoint High School grad Nate

Loutzenhiser steps into a coaching role

with the Bulldogs for the first time this

season. Many players recall seeing

Nate play just a few seasons ago and,

as someone closer to their age, he is

a presence that can be very relatable to

teens. Nate enjoyed spring ball and says

it gave him a lot of time to learn how the

program is run today—as it was different

when he played just a few seasons ago.

A lot will be expected of the wide receivers

this year in a hurry-up offense. “Let’s work

hard so we can be the best out there

and make some big plays,” said Nate.

He’s also happy to be part of a team

again, something he hopes all his players

will understand and cherish. “From my

experience, being part of a team is the

best experience you can have. You learn

to rely on others, form lifelong friendships,

work side by side with others and learn to

be a team player yourself.”

Dylan Benefield, Defense

A former two-way standout at Sandpoint

High School, Coach Benefield is in his

fourth season with the program and with

Coach Knowles, after coaching in the

junior ranks for several years. He greatly

enjoyed his time as a player and is loving

the life of a coach as well.

“Coaching should be fun, and the players

should be excited knowing that when they

put in the work, the results can be great.

And then when it all comes together, it

makes for some great football players and

is exciting for all the Bulldog fans.”

Coach Benefield will work with the

defensive players this season and wants to

make the unit a backbone of the Bulldogs.

He tells his players that success on the field

is achieved well before game time. “I enjoy

getting the players ready to compete and

having them grow as high school athletes,”

he added. He also continually reminds

them that this experience won’t last forever

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“It’s a great day to be a Bulldog, and you

only get to play high school football one

time. Make the most of it and have a great

time doing it!”

Scott Albertson, Secondary

Coach Albertson is familiar to multiple

generations of Bulldog players, as he’s

been around the team since the early ‘90s

and was a part of the State Championship

team in 1997. In fact, Albertson has

been a coach to many of the current

staff members—including Head Coach

Ryan Knowles.

He credits Coach Knowles for creating

a very organized program behind the

scenes, which makes it easier for all the

coaches to do their jobs. His goals for the

secondary this season is to pick up 10

interceptions and to not allow a completion

of more than 40 yards.

Coach Albertson preaches toughness,

dedication and accountability, as he

believes these are skills needed in order

to succeed at just about anything in life.

“Everyone needs to play their position

to the best of their skills, and we are

practicing those skills each and every day.”

As someone who has been around

the program as long as he has, Coach

Albertson says he never grows tired

of watching these boys develop.

“Establishing relationships with the kids

and watching them grow into young men

is a real pleasure.”

Gerred Campbell, Linebackers

Coach Campbell still has fond memories

of his time with the Bulldog program some

20 years ago. He played alongside some

of his fellow coaches on the staff and

looked up to Coach Dylan Benefield, as

he was a senior when Gerred was just a

freshman. He now gets a chance to be a

part of the program again assisting with

the linebackers, shadowing other coaches,

and helping out wherever he is needed.

“My favorite part is that coaching allows me

to be involved with football again as I was

in high school. I also enjoy teaching other

ether on or off the field,” he said. Some of

those lessons include being accountable

for yourself, being on time, helping others

out, being a team player, giving back to

the community.

“Football teaches you a lot of things in

regards to everyday life, most importantly

football keeps these kids busy, which

keeps them out of trouble.”

Gerred is excited to be a part of the

program, learn, and provide whatever

assistance he can to make the season

a success.

Matt Waterous, Junior Varsity

As head coach of the JV team, Coach

Waterous is in charge of introducing

younger players to what being a Bulldog is

all about. He’s been coaching at Sandpoint

for six years and has seen many of his

players, who just came to try out, blossom

into starters on the varsity team.

“The first thing we do is teach them proper

technique so that as they get bigger and

stronger they’ll have the skills they need to

excel when it’s their turn to line up under

the Friday night lights,” he explained. It’s

in these early years where work ethic is

emphasized. Coach Waterous remembers

a very positive and stable program when

he was a player and wants to replicate that

for his current squad. “They actually face a

lot of adversity, and watching them learn

how to handle it is great,” he said. Matt

preaches responsibility, discipline and

to stay on task—skills these players can

apply to school and life outside of football.

Warren Eggar, Junior Varsity / Special

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20 years and believes there is truly

something special here in Sandpoint. “This

is probably one of the best programs I’ve

seen. I’m amazed at how well run it is,

and the support from the community here

is unbelievable.”

The kicking game is crucial, as missing

PATs or putting your opponents in good

field position can sometimes turn a game

on its head. Coach Eggar preaches that

while it’s the kicker and punter who put

their foot on the ball, linemen, snappers

and holders are all equally responsible

for the results. He wants his players to

remember the successes on the field but

also that football is a great way to learn

about life after high school. “Once you’re

out on your own, you can’t rely on parents

and coaches to get you through all of life’s

troubles. The wins are great, but getting to

mold them into successful adults is equally

as rewarding.”

Kyle Perry, Linebackers and JV Defense

A 2016 Sandpoint graduate, Coach Perry

is excited to be joining the 2021 staff

after completing his college career at the

University of Idaho. While new to coaching,

his recent experience at the FCS level will

bring a unique perspective to his players.

“I’m just really excited to be back in my

hometown, to give back to a program and

community that gave so much to me,”

he stated.

Coach Perry wants to develop vocal

leaders and also those who lead by

example. He’s impressed with how well

the team is meshing together, whether the

results are good or bad. “For me, the best

part of coaching is to see these guys have

passion for the game, the excitement after

big plays, picking teammates up after bad

ones; all that stuff that made it fun as a

player still makes it fun as a coach.”

Kyle has played in front of some roaring

crowds and knows firsthand what a special

place Sandpoint is, especially for North

Idaho. “Sometimes I feel like Sandpoint

could fit in in Texas when it comes to

how much this town loves and supports

Sandpoint football. Between the new

stadium, new lights, new turf and jerseys,

raffle ticket sales, and the way this town

almost shuts down on a Friday night,

it’s a pretty special place to be a good

football team.”

Steve Wimer, Junior Varsity

Another newcomer to the Sandpoint area,

Steve wasn’t sure if he’d be a coach until a

meeting with Coach Knowles came about

back in January. Steve started coaching

back in 2002 and wasn’t ready to give it

up. Like other newer coaches on the staff,

Coach Wimer was impressed at how much

the community rallies around the Bulldog

program. “Here there is so much more buyin

from that community than other places

I’ve been. I’ve never seen parents rally for

their kids the way they do here; it’s unique

and impressive.”

Steve passes on what he’s learned from

the game to his players; commitment to one

another, strong work ethic, and that even

little details matter. He hopes to continue

to build on the program that’s dedicated to

turning its players into productive young

community members. “Follow these and

you can be a good person; it’s much better

and more fun building each other up than

trying to tear each other down.”

Jerrett ‘Jerbear’ Robson, Equipment

Manager

In his 25 seasons with the Bulldogs,

Jerrett has seen a lot of different programs,

schemes, wins and losses, but something

that stays consistent is what happens each

year when a team comes together. “The

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he said. Jerrett is a 1997 graduate of

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He says he especially enjoys watching

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From Freshmen

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COACH RYAN KNOWLES SEES FIRST GROUP

GO THROUGH FOUR YEARS OF HIS PROGRAM

BY COLIN ANDERSON

For Ryan Knowles, the game of football has taken him many

different places. His love of the game started with his first flag

football games in the third grade and blossomed at Sandpoint

High School. He played for the Vandals at the University of Idaho

and, after his playing days were over, wanted to continue to be part of the

game as a coach. Short stints in Seattle and Spokane, back to Moscow

for a year, and eventually he landed a role at Colgate University in New

York, where his team won four league championships during his 12-year

tenure as an assistant. While many would springboard this success into

a head coaching job at the college level or assistant job at the FBS level,

Ryan would instead make the move back to Sandpoint, where his love of

the game all started. “We thought about it for a good two weeks; it was a

hard decision,” he recalled. “Now, every day, I continue to realize that we

made the right decision.”

While being back in the community he loves with family and friends

close by is of great importance, being the leader of his team is something

he takes equal pride in. Coach Knowles enters his fourth season at the

helm. The seniors on this team are the first to go through all four years of

the program he is continually working to establish and perfect. When he

first got the job, Ryan admitted there was a steep learning curve, having

not been a head coach in years, but he has also relished the opportunity

to have a bigger impact on his players. “At the college level, they are

already young men and know the game. Here, we are introducing some

players to it, and we get the chance to actually shape, mold and create

football players. It’s awesome to see the progression as players and as

young men.”

Under Coach Knowles’ leadership and that of his experienced staff, the

team has seen improvement each of the past three seasons, with large

goals being checked off last season, and bigger goals set for this fall. A

big emphasis in the program is showing up to the weight room, and not

just during the season. “The off-season is four times longer than the

football season. This is where you prove to your teammates that you

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are committed and know how to work,”

he explained.

The staff encourages its players to

participate in multiple sports throughout

the year (Coach Knowles is also a track

coach) but wants all participants to

remember that to be part of the Bulldog

football program is a year-round

commitment. Building a close-knit team

ensures not only lasting relationships and

trust, but accountability from the players.

“If you skip a few reps, you might fool a

coach a time or two, but you can’t hide

your effort from your teammates, and

then how will they think of you?” he tells

his players.

While Ryan takes the responsibility of

the program seriously, he enables his staff

to do their jobs without micromanaging.

With many coaches having decades of

experience to lean on, Ryan can put his

trust in them to get the job done in the

film room, on the practice field, game

time, and with the maturation of his

players. The same goes for the players.

If they behave as young men, they are

given the responsibilities and treatment

they deserve.

While becoming a perennial playoff

team and state title contender is the

ultimate goal, having a positive impact

in shaping players’ lives is of equal

importance to Coach Knowles and his

staff. “When we have a worry, one in

five times is about a win or a loss, the

other four out of five times it’s about a

kid’s well-being and making the right

decisions for their future.”

The staff preaches discipline,

commitment to teammates, personal

responsibility and hard work to its

players. If they follow these lessons

whenever their football careers end,

they will be prepared for the adversity

life throws at them once they go off on

their own.

Another factor that made it easier for

“At the college level,

they are already

young men and know

the game. Here, we

are introducing some

players to it and

we get the chance to

actually shape mold,

and create football

players. It’s awesome

to see the progression

as players and as

young men.

Coach Knowles to make the return to

Sandpoint was the support from the

community he knew he would find

upon his return. “The support truly

couldn’t be much better, from the

financial donations, to the team moms,

the volunteer hours committed, it’s just

amazing. I need to continue to earn that

support by showing this community that

I am all in on this program as well.”

Indeed, having a small North Idaho

community so involved in its football

program isn’t something you’ll find

a lot of other places. Coach Knowles

makes sure his players are aware of just

what a unique situation they have here.

“I hammer home to them, ‘You realize

someone just gave you a donation or they

came out to support you.’ I teach humility

and want them to really understand

what’s being done for them.”

Throughout the year you’ll find the

football team helping out in the

community as well. They’ve assisted with

setup at The Festival at Sandpoint and

at the fairgrounds as well as the Long

Bridge Swim. Other projects might be

of smaller nature, but the Bulldogs are

always trying to give back and say thank

you to the community that shows such

immense support for them.

Last season’s win over Hillcrest in the

playoffs has raised the expectations

for this team and the program’s future.

“Guys in the locker room are saying, ‘We

are going to win state’ instead of ‘Let’s try

and get to state’, which is exciting,” said

Knowles. Indeed, a tough path lies ahead

of them to achieve their goal, but it’s a

place that Coach Knowles and his staff

want to be each and every year.

“I thoroughly enjoy trying to make this

the best program in the country. I want

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NAME # GRADE HT WT

BLAKE SHERRILL 3 12 5’7 185

MEREK BAUCK 4 12 5’11 180

LASSE KUHN 11 12 6’0 165

GERRIT COX 13 12 5’9 195

CODY STEIGER 15 12 6’1 175

LUKE MCCORKLE 21 12 6’0.5 165

NATHAN ROBERE 24 12 6'1 190

LAYNE DUNKEL 28 12 6’0 190

DAKOTA WILSON 30 12 5’7 170

MIKE CHAPMAN 62 12 5’11 200

NATE BLAGROVE 65 12 5’11 200

WILL HURST 81 12 6’4 245

CODY NEWHART 1 11 6'1 195

LEVI BALISON 2 11 5’11 200

JACOB GOVE 6 11 6’1 170

PARKER PETTIT 9 11 6’0 195

ARIE VANDENBERG 10 11 6’1 205

JACK ZIMMERMAN 16 11 5’8 165

WESTON BENEFIELD 22 11 6’1 205

KOBY BARLOW 25 11 5’10 150

OWEN WIMMER 31 11 5’11 190

KODA HARTLEY 37 11 5’11 170

JOSEPH HUGHES 44 11 6’1 200

BEN STOCKTON 53 11 5’9 205

CARSON LAYBOURNE 55 11 6’3 305

RYAN MCELROY 58 11 5’9 230

DILLON PLASTER 59 11 6’0 225

TYSSEN CASE 66 11 5’8 225

AUSTIN SMITH 67 11 6’0 215

WYLAN DORREL 77 11 6’4 270

MAX FRANK 5 10 6’0 185

Sandpoint High School

Football 2021

Colors: RED AND WHITE

Mascot: Bulldog

ADMINISTRATION:

Principal: David Miles

Assistant Principal: Derek Dickinson

Athletic Director: Kris Knowles

HEAD COACH: Ryan Knowles

ASSISTANT COACHES:

Jeremy Thielbahr

George Yarno

Chad Loutzenhiser

Nate Loutzenhiser

Dylan Benefield

Scott Albertson

Gerred Campbell

EQUIPMENT:

Brian Jensen

Jerrett Robson

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#3

#4

#11

#13

BLAKE SHERRILL

MEREK BAUCK

LASSE KUHN

GERRIT COX

Grade // 12

Height // 5’7”

Weight // 185

Grade // 12

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 180

Grade // 12

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 165

Grade // 12

Height // 5’9”

Weight // 195

#15

#21

#24

#28

CODY STEIGER

LUKE MCCORKLE

NATHAN ROBERE

LAYNE DUNKEL

Grade // 12

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 175

Grade // 12

Height // 6’0.5”

Weight // 165

Grade // 12

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 190

Grade // 12

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 190

#30

#62

#65

#81

DAKOTA WILSON

MIKE CHAPMAN

NATE BLAGROVE

WILL HURST

Grade // 12

Height // 5’7”

Weight // 170

Grade // 12

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 200

Grade // 12

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 200

Grade // 12

Height // 6’4”

Weight // 245

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#1

#2

#6

#9

CODY NEWHART

LEVI BALISON

JACOB GOVE

PARKER PETTIT

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 195

Grade // 11

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 200

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 170

Grade // 11

Height // 6’

Weight // 195

#10

#16

#22

#25

ARIE VANDENBERG

JACK ZIMMERMAN

WESTON BENEFIELD

KOBY BARLOW

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 205

Grade // 11

Height // 5’8”

Weight // 165

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 205

Grade // 11

Height // 5’10”

Weight // 150

#31

#37

#44

#53

OWEN WIMMER

KODA HARTLEY

JOSEPH HUGHES

BEN STOCKTON

Grade // 11

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 190

Grade // 11

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 170

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 200

Grade // 11

Height // 5’9”

Weight // 205


#55

#58

#59

#66

CARSON LAYBOURNE

RYAN MCELROY

DILLON PLASTER

TYSSEN CASE

Grade // 11

Height // 6’3”

Weight // 305

Grade // 11

Height // 5’9”

Weight // 230

Grade // 11

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 225

Grade // 11

Height // 5’8”

Weight // 225

#67

#77

#5

AUSTIN SMITH

WYLAN DORREL

MAX FRANK

Grade // 11

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 215

Grade // 11

Height // 6’4”

Weight // 270

Grade // 10

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 185

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#9 Parker Pettit

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#3 Blake Sherrill

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Your Family Loves you “Parker Boy!”

We are proud of you.

“It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play” - Paul Bryant

We are proud of the young man you have become and know

you have a bright and successful future ahead of you.

Love, Mom, Dad & Shane

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Football

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

THE CHANCE TO SUPPORT SANDPOINT’S

YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAMS, ALONG WITH THE CHANCE TO WIN BIG

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At the height of summer, many football players instead

have sights set on the upcoming fall, their season to

shine. Every season, it’s clear that Sandpoint’s high

school and middle school football teams create an infectious

energy that is felt by the entire community, and created

through mutual respect and support.

“We have the most supportive community a coach could ask

for,” Sandpoint High Football Coach Ryan Knowles shared,

looking forward to leading his team into the upcoming

season. Each fall, Sandpoint’s youth football teams rely on

community support, starting with the critical preseason

process of fundraising. That’s where the Sandpoint Football

Foundation comes in.

The Sandpoint Football Foundation is a nonprofit organization

that provides fundraising support to local football associations.

Their fundraisers provide essential opportunities for the kids

and the programs they participate in.

“Every year, it’s a chance for our team to get out and shake

hands,” Knowles said of the high school’s participation in

annual fundraising. “A lot of our community wants to connect

with our youth. We get a chance to meet a lot of good people

and give them a chance to win a big prize.”

This year’s biggest fundraiser is the Taylor and Sons Sandpoint

Football Foundation Truck Raffle. Sponsored by local

dealership Taylor and Sons Chevrolet, the grand prize is a

2021 Chevy Colorado, boasting high-tech features, a cherry

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red tint coat and jet-black interior. The truck is valued at a

total of $33,575, making it a very big prize indeed for one

lucky raffle ticket holder this fall.

The foundation holds a raffle fundraiser every year, with half

of proceeds benefiting players at an individual level to cover

costs like program dues, camp costs, gloves and cleats. The

remaining proceeds benefit the program as a whole, paying

for team-issued gear, travel gear, food, and overhead costs.

The fundraiser helps ensure local players meet their financial

obligations while staying outfitted in the safest, most highquality

gear.

Community members can purchase raffle tickets online

through the foundation’s website at SPBulldogs.com, or from

the players directly. Every $5 donation will purchase an entry

for the grand prize drawing.

The winner of the Chevy Colorado will be drawn at halftime

at Sandpoint High’s Homecoming Game against Lake City on

October 1. Ticket sales are unlimited and will run through

October 1, ending just prior to the drawing at halftime.

Coach Knowles reflects nothing but pride for his players,

their sport and their community. “We have the best stadium

in the state, with War Memorial Field at Barlow Stadium on

Jerry Kramer Way,” he stated. “This place is alive with history,

tradition and excitement.”


#81 WILL HURST

GO BULLDOGS!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

- Philippians 4:13

Will, we are so proud of you for your hard work and

dedication. We are so excited for your senior year!

Love always, Dad, Mom & Hannah

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After COVID-19 stalled the foundation’s funding in 2020, this year’s efforts became especially critical. Still, the

teams remain hopeful to regain financial momentum in the upcoming months. “COVID slowed us down for a year,

but we came roaring back this spring,” Knowles said. They boosted fundraising efforts throughout the summer and

are now ready to celebrate with a killer season.

“We have been working very hard this offseason, and I look forward to that paying off,” Knowles shared. “I am

excited to show how tough we are.”

All proceeds from the Taylor and Sons Sandpoint Football Foundation Truck Raffle will benefit current and future

players. Individual and team-based donations to the Sandpoint Bulldogs can be made at SPBulldogs.com, with

every $5 raffle ticket purchase taking the donor closer to a shiny new Chevy Colorado.

“It is a humbling and great honor to lead the Sandpoint Football Team this fall,” Knowles stated. That honor will be

shared by the supportive community that stays dedicated to cheering them on.

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SANDPOINT HIGH SCHOOL CHEER TEAM TRAINS

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“My goal for each athlete is to grow and improve

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Four years of hard work and

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#24 Nathan Robere

GO BULLDOGS!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

What an amazing ride it has been! We can’t

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Love, Dad, Mom, Adam, Natali, Kayla & Sophie

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After volunteering for Sandpoint

High School’s cheer competition

season in 2019, Heather Dinkins

would take on the role of head cheer

coach the following season, with the 2021-

2022 season marking her second year.

She is also a math teacher at Sandpoint

High School.

With a background as a cheerleader herself,

she participated in the sport at Sandpoint

Middle School in seventh and eighth grade,

and Sandpoint High School ninth through

12th grade. “I was a freshman on varsity

and captain grades 10 through 12,” Heather

shares. “The classes of 2001 and 2002 built this

program from the ground up.”

Heather would go on to coach in Phoenix,

Arizona, saying that moving home to

Sandpoint was an “opportunity to help pay it

forward” for what SHS cheer gave to her.

When it comes to what she finds most

rewarding about coaching these athletes,

Heather shares that it is “seeing them embrace

selflessness to become a cohesive team.”

Like any sport, these athletes train hard. During

the summer months, the team participated

in practice from 7 to 10am Monday through

Friday, learning all of the cheers and dances

for the games. Once the school year is in

session, the competition team practices 6 to

7:30pm Tuesday through Thursday, while the

sideline team practices 3:30 to 5pm Monday,

Tuesday and Thursday, with high intensity

interval training held 2 to 3pm Wednesday.

Heather finds that those interested in and who

participate in cheer tend to be adventurous

and athletic. “Throwing people is dangerous

and difficult. I need athletes to fully commit to

cheer. We can teach the rest.”

In addition to cheering on the football teams,

you can find them showing their support at

both the boys and girls basketball games. “This

year we plan to cheer for all sports on their

senior night and provide them with gift bags

to show our appreciation for all of their hard

work,” Heather smiles.

SHS’s 2021-2022 Cheer Team

Manager: Clarity Robinson, Sophomore

Seniors: Olivia Dyk, Jessica Mancuso, Nina Adams

Juniors: Kenzie Wyman, Casey Reid, Mina Lang, McKenna

Kuprienko, Cadence Giese, Jordan Rosenau

Sophomores: Annie Gove, Mia Przybylski, Shaina Crabb,

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RING RING

Community stepped up to

secure iconic Victory Bell BY COLIN ANDERSON

A

s Memorial Field was

undergoing its major

renovation, Sandpoint Parks

and Recreation was also taking

a look at the longstanding Victory Bell

tower and thought it might be in need of

some attention as well. Not long after, Brody

Durfee, owner of Durfee Construction, got

the call and went to work assessing the

structure that had stood since the class of

1961 donated the bell to the school.

“We rented a lift to get us up the 40 feet

or so,” recalled Brody. “We went to step

up on the platform up there, and it started

swaying about 3 feet in each direction. You

could actually hear the poles cracking, so it

was time to get out of there.”

Brody has called Sandpoint home for more

than 25 years after growing up in Southern

Idaho. His wife Abby is a Sandpoint High

School graduate. After it was determined

the entire structure would need to come

down, the only question left was how—and

who was going to help? “Abby told me we

are doing this for free, and I agreed, so we

got rolling,” said Brody.

He called local designer Matt Kemp and

said he was instantly on board with the

project. Matt drew it up also at no cost.

Local structural engineer Jeff Jensen also

came in with an assist. The new structure

housing the bell would be made from

steel, and though the materials would be

expensive, the team wanted to do it right so

it would last the next couple hundred years.

Mountain Metals was able to keep material

costs down to a minimum and handled all

the fabrication and welding manpower,

again, free of charge.

While the project came together relatively

quickly, the ongoing construction around

Memorial Field paused the hoisting of

the bell. “There’s underground water and

electricity, so we didn’t want to dig this

monstrosity of a footer and then have

to move it or work around it,” Brody

explained.

While the bell wouldn’t be up for the

season, it created a unique opportunity

for Brody and the Bulldogs. After the old

structure was dismantled, the bell itself

was placed on a flatbed trailer and taken

to Brody’s shop, where it would be secure

until it was ready to rise again. As the team

was on the road and wrapping up a seasonopening

victory over Moscow, a coach

called Brody to see if the bell could be

delivered to Memorial Field so the players

could celebrate their victory. The team

wouldn’t get home until around 1am, but

Brody would be sure they got their chance.

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The giant white "victory" V

stands proud alongside the

bell, and players, fans and

family members are hoping to

hear the bell ring after each

home game this season.

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“I called the city, not asking for their permission, but

letting them know that this was going to happen,” he

laughed. “When they got home, 60 high school kids,

running on a full blast of adrenaline, shot over to the

bell, climbed up on the trailer and started ringing it.

I thought to myself, ‘Man, I hope it stays on there!’”

Thankfully, the bell was secure, and that special moment

was a realization for Brody. Instead of letting the

tradition pass for a season, he would be able to bring the

bell to all games—home and away—utilizing the trailer.

Brody and Abby already go to every game in support of

the Bulldogs, and hooking up the trailer to transport the

bell would be an easy way to keep the wonderful tradition

alive.

When it was finally time to raise the bell back up, overlooking

Memorial Field, it was again a group of volunteers and local

professionals coming together to make sure it was done right.

After five decades of mostly neglect, the new structure is set

to stand the test of time. It’s adjacent to the concession stand

and was turned slightly from its original position to face the

grandstands. As someone who truly enjoys giving back to his

community, Brody made sure everyone on his construction

crew got a turn in helping with the project, whether it was during

the original tear down or its rise to glory. “Everyone was so great

to work with, and Abby and I are so thankful and happy to have

been a part of it.”

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With each Bulldog victory this season,

fans will be treated to the ringing of

the bell; one ring for each point scored

in the game.

1961, the crew was surprised to find it in impeccable shape.

“It’s pretty magnificent and, aesthetically, it’s exactly the same

as when we took it down,” said Brody. Over the decades, a

few brave, possibly foolish, souls had climbed the tower and

scratched their name in the bell. There were other marks that

could have also been eliminated, but the group decided to

leave everything as it was, again preserving the history of the

bell itself.

The giant white “victory” V stands proud alongside the bell,

and players, fans and family members are hoping to hear the

bell ring after each home game this season. Brody and Abby

remember times when support for the Bulldogs was rampant

and believe they are beginning to see more of that energy

return to the field each home game. “Going down to the field

on Friday night, seeing the grandstands full, it’s just fun! It’s

such a great place to meet up as a community and cheer on our

Bulldogs,” said Brody.

With each Bulldog victory this season, fans will be treated to the

ringing of the bell; one ring for each point scored in the game.

Despite the players giving their full energy to the game, they

still find the strength to run full speed to the bell in celebration

of another Bulldog victory. It’s something that Brody and Abby

never tire of seeing and are thankful to have been a part of

keeping the tradition alive for generations to come.

“I just love watching them sprint 100 miles per hour over

there to ring it, to keep the tradition going, and provide

all the work for free just makes hearing it each time all

the better.”

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FOOTBALL

by Bonner General Health

the Leading Sport in Concussions in Males

Concussion Awareness is Key to a Full Recovery

Concussions from sports-related injuries can affect youth,

adolescents and young adult athletes participating in contact

or collision sports. The growing number of sports-related

concussions increases the need for awareness of coaches and parents

on how to identify a concussion, provide a supportive environment for

athletes to report their injury, and find an effective treatment for a safe

return to sports activities.

A concussion occurs from a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts

the brain’s normal function. This results in injury to the soft tissues of the

brain and brain cells caused by the brain moving back and forth quickly

or twisting within the skull. It is important to note that concussions can

result without a direct blow to the head, making symptom identification

vital to the diagnosis. An athlete does not have to lose consciousness to

have sustained a concussion. Common symptoms of a concussion include

headache, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, confusion, light or sound

sensitivity, nausea, and sleep disturbances such as sleeping too much

or difficulty sleeping at all. Some athletes who have been injured may

display severe symptoms, while others may experience very few. Others

may show no concussion symptoms until the next day or even a few days

later. Rest for one to two days after the incident, then symptom-guided

return to activity with care to avoid another concussion, is essential.

Although every state has implemented “Return to Play” laws, many

athletes fail to report their symptoms and return to activity before it is safe

to do so. The reason varies, but for many, it’s fear of repercussions such

as being pulled from the game, losing opportunities like scholarships or

playing time, and pressure from peers, coaches and parents. Football is

the leading sport in which concussions occur for males, and soccer is the

leading sport for concussions in females. However, it is necessary to note

concussions can happen in any sport.

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Educating coaches, players and parents on identifying concussion

symptoms is vital for seeking proper medical attention. Creating a safe

environment that encourages athletes to report symptoms without fear

of consequence is of equal importance. Most people fully recover from

a concussion in a matter of weeks. Still, if the athlete doesn’t report the

injury or seek medical attention, they are at risk for re-injury, which is

even more detrimental to their brain health and function. Intervention

for young athletes is vital, as their brains are still growing and developing.

Performance Therapy at Bonner General Health offers comprehensive

post-concussion therapy that assesses an athlete’s headache severity and

impact on daily activities, cognitive levels, complex vision screening,

balance, gait, movement, and presence of vertigo. After an injury, athletes

may need to follow guidelines to manage their symptoms, including:

• No screen time, including smartphones, computers, tablets and TV

• No driving

• Taking breaks to allow the brain to rest

• Using sunglasses, hats and earplugs to manage

light/sound sensitivities

• No contact sports or activities in which potential

re-injury may occur

• No caffeine

• No alcohol, sedatives or medications that induce drowsiness

For more information on these services, call Performance Therapy Services

at Bonner General Health at 208.265.3325 or visit BonnerGeneral.org.

The Center for Disease Control offers valuable resources for

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CONCUSSION

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SIGNS/SYMPTOMS

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Ringing in the ears

Nausea

Vomiting

Fatigue or drowsiness

Blurry vision

TREATMENT

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Junior VARSITY SCHEDULE 2021

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GAME

GAME

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August 26

Post Falls High School

Home - 6pm

2 7

September 2

Coeur d'Alene High School

Away - 6pm

3 8

September 13

Colville High School

Home - 6pm

4 9

5

September TBD

OPEN

- -

September 23

Lewiston High School

Away - 5pm

October 2

Gonzaga Prep

Home - 10am

October TBD

OPEN

- -

October 16

Mead High School

Away - TBD

October 21

Lakeland High School

Away - 5pm


NAME # GRADE HT WT

JOSEPH UZABEL 14 11 5’11 165

HUNTER GARCIA 7 10 6’0 165

MASON TWINEHAM 8 10 5’8 175

TYSON HODGES 12 10 5’8 185

CONNOR HINDBERG 17 10 6’1 170

CODY BREWSTER 18 10 5’9 155

ELI ALLSHOUSE 19 10 5’11 150

SHANE SHERRILL 20 10 5’7 150

KHYRIN RIDDLE 23 10 5’11 180

KOSTAS BAUCK 27 10 5’9 170

NICK WEISGRAM 33 10 5’7 125

RYDER HAYNES 34 10 5’8 155

LUCAS HANSEN 40 10 5’9 175

JACOB CHAMPION 42 10 5’9 125

TY EACRET 47 10 5’11 160

MANNY COLON 51 10 5’9 230

MATT CHAPMAN 52 10 5’11 220

CAMERON BARRETT 63 10 5’11 250

LEVI DUMARS 70 10 5’11 330

LEVI DORREL 74 10 5’11 225

TYREL NEELY 87 10 6’2 220

GRAHAM DUNKEL 88 10 6’0 170

SETH KIZANIS 90 10 5’0 85

Sandpoint High School

Football 2021

Colors: RED AND WHITE

Mascot: Bulldog

ADMINISTRATION:

Principal: David Miles

Assistant Principal: Derek Dickinson

Athletic Director: Kris Knowles

HEAD COACH: Matt Waterous

ASSISTANT COACHES:

Warren Eggar

Kyle Perry

Steve Wimer

EQUIPMENT:

Brian Jensen

Jerrett Robson

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growth over the year. Taking a student

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Since just 2 years old, Sara’s life has

been immersed in dance. While living

in Maryland, she was trained under a

graduate of the Joffrey Ballet. In 1996,

at the age of 10, her family moved to

Sandpoint, where she danced with Laurie

Buck (the previous dance team head coach

for SHS) at Studio One Dance Academy.

Sara danced and competed with Studio

One for four years before life took another

direction. She started teaching with Laurie

in 2014 and has been teaching there ever

since. And …she looks forward to taking

the lead as head coach for this year’s

Sandpoint High School Dance Team.

Encouragement is key to becoming an

excellent dance team member, according

to Sara. “Having team members believe

and cheer each other on is the best thing

to have, along with good attitudes, ready

to learn and work.”

She’s happy that they were able to add JV

to the team this year, “as it gives more

opportunity to dancers in our community.”

Sara’s ultimate goal for her student athletes

is for them to pursue their dreams. “If they

want to join dance teams in college, I want

to make sure they have or are working

toward those skills. If they want to join

dance teams outside of school, then I want

them to have those skills. Mostly, I want to

keep the love of dance in all their hearts;

to be confident, sweet young women.”

You can find the dance team hitting the

field for football games, dancing on the

courts at our basketball games, and at Battle

for the Paddle. Competition season begins

in November, and the team competes

at area dance competitions through the

winter months. The season concludes

with districts in January followed by state

in February. Sara is thrilled for this year’s

competitions, as they are both fun and a

good experience for her girls.

“I am so excited for this year,” Sara smiles.

“The girls have been working hard all

summer long, and I can’t wait to see what

skills they master this year.”

SHS’s 2021-2022 Dance Team

Seniors: Amanda Steiner (V) and Madi Duke (JV)

Juniors: Madison Coon (V), Riley Adam (V), Haleigh

Knowles (V), Mikah Little (V), Kaylee Bennett (V), Serena

Bernhlisel (V) and Margo Barton (VA)

Sophomore: Lily Barker (VA)

Freshmen: Jaden Peratos (VA), Camielle McClelland (JV),

Ada Anderson (JV), Isadora Gilchrist (JV), Lena Krause (JV)

and Hannah Loomis (JV)

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Sandpoint High School

Football 2021

Colors: RED AND WHITE

Mascot: Bulldog

ADMINISTRATION:

Principal: David Miles

Assistant Principal: Derek Dickinson

Athletic Director: Kris Knowles

HEAD COACH: Corey Coon

ASSISTANT COACHES:

Sean Lyon

Quentin Ducken

Travis Garrison

Jason Adam

JD McElroy

EQUIPMENT:

Brian Jensen

Jerrett Robson

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When it comes to sports equipment, the first word that often

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a football player might desire from their gear,

safety and protection are the true non-negotiables.

For the Sandpoint Bulldogs, choosing to fit their

players in premier protective gear by leading company Riddell helps

ensure this safety.

Riddell Athletic Equipment and Reconditioning representative

Allen Martin has been fitting Sandpoint football players for

their equipment since 2015. He usually makes two annual

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“We take care in providing equipment that keeps the athlete

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Martin shared. “There is no substitute for keeping an athlete

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His process is a collaborative one. “All of our helmets are 5-star helmets, which is the

best you can get, but the specific style is up to the head coach and what they want to

work with,” Martin said. Riddell’s shoulder pads are not rated, but Sandpoint uses

the top-of-the-line pads that are in use by most high schools and colleges

in the area.

Riddell, known for its innovative, high-quality football gear, is a top

selection for many football organizations. “Trainers and equipment

managers at the college and pro level use our brand of products

about 78 percent of the time. That means there is a trust level and a

proven level of performance from our equipment that they have all

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That level of trust trickles down from the professional levels to reach

the high school and junior high players. “The equipment at Sandpoint

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As a company, Riddell’s mission is to boldly champion the future of football. They

believe in football and its bright future, and reflect this belief through their products.

Their products were innovated out of necessity, specifically leather cleats that wouldn’t

hold up in wet weather conditions. Founder John T. Riddell experienced the problem

firsthand within his own high school football team, leading to his invention of the

removable cleat that transformed the traditional football shoe.

Since the 1920s, Riddell has produced products designed to enhance players’

performance and, in turn, enhance the game of football. The company’s innovations

are backed by extensive research, driven by the wants and needs of players at all levels

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“The game of the future will be won with the brain,” they stated, emphasizing the

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the athletes’ equipment fittings, but the process is the same.

Just like in a high school athlete’s fitting, athletes at a professional level must be checked

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There is an undoubtedly high level of trust that goes

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“It just confirms that trust in me, and in the equipment

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To utilize high-end protective gear like Riddell

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Fundraising efforts leading up to the 2021 season

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#13 Gerrit Cox

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Every practice, every game, you give 100%

Gerrit, you were made for BULLDOG

FOOTBALL! Have an amazing Senior year.

Thanks for all the cheers!

Love, Mom & Dad

#47 Ty Eacret

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We are so proud of you!! Go Bulldogs!

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#14 Joseph Uzabel

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#4

Merek Bauck - When asked about a

standout moment in his football career,

Merek Bauck said that he was proud of the

progress he has made over the years and

continues to progress as a healthy player.

“I was injured my freshman and sophomore

year, but I came back from my injury and

played a full season as a starter on junior

varsity last year,” he said. “Having that

season to play for a whole year without

being injured was a big step in my career

as a football player, and I can’t be more

grateful for it. I hope to carry that through

this year.

“I’m looking forward to playing with my

brothers and going to war with them each

and every day,” he added. “We’re going to

prepare for each and every game and win

that state title.”

Advice to younger players: “Keep your

eyes forward. Keep working and living in

the present. Keep doing what you can to

make your football careers better.”

#65

Nate Blagrove - “If I were to pick a moment

that sticks out to me, it would probably

have to be last year when our game with

Hillcrest was tied 27 to 27, and we sent

out Elek Christoferson to kick that gamewinning

field goal,” Blagrove reminisced.

“I’d have to say that was a pretty

incredible moment.”

Blagrove said that he was looking forward

to a number of things this season, but he

is most looking forward to spending time

with his teammates and continuing to

strengthen the bonds which already exist

on this team.

“The strong brotherhood that we forged

after losing that game against Skyline

has only become stronger,” Blagrove said.

“This year we are going to be a pretty hard

team to stop.”

Although not a Sandpoint native, Blagrove

has nothing but good things to say about

the town of Sandpoint and recognizes the

unique opportunity to someday return. “I

would definitely come back to Sandpoint

to watch some Bulldog football after I

graduate. It’s really about Memorial Field

and the nice fall breeze. There’s just

something special about it.”

#62

Michael Chapman - Michael Chapman is

a football player who loves his team and

loves his town. “I love being with my team

and winning games,” Chapman said.

A baller with few words, Chapman has

one thing on his mind, and that’s bringing

a championship home for his teammates,

Sandpoint High School and the City of

Sandpoint.

“I just want to win a championship with my

teammates,” he said. “That’s it.”

Advice to younger players: As a starter

on varsity, Chapman had one piece of

advice for the underclassmen: “Show up.”

#13

Gerrit Cox - Sandpoint native Gerrit Cox is

looking forward to this year’s playoffs and

being ready for standout moments like he

had last year.

“During last year’s district championship

was the most memorable moment for me,”

Cox said. “Coach said that we are going

to get the stop and return the punt back.

We lined up with 25 seconds left in the first

half, the score was zero to zero. The ball

bounced in front of me, and I picked it up

and ran it for a touchdown. That ended up

being the one and only score of the game.”

With the new season approaching, Cox

and his teammates are confident that they

will go all the way to win a championship.

And with this confidence, Cox had a few

words of advice for underclassmen.

Advice to younger players: “Work hard

every day,” he said. “Pay attention, keep

your focus and know your assignment.

Just be the best player you can be.”

#28

Layne Dunkel - Layne Dunkel started his

football career in the third grade. Over the

thousands of moments in his 10 years of

football, the moment that sticks out to him

the most is when his dad started a new

football league when Dunkel was in the

seventh grade.

“It was at that time that I had to step up

and be a leader,” he recalled. “We only

had three or four other guys who had ever

played before, and it was my time to shine.”

As Dunkel has grown into his leadership

role, he has also tuned up his playing

skills, looking forward to shining under the

bright lights this season with one thing on

his mind: winning. “I’m looking forward to

winning and getting a ring.”

After the season, Dunkel is looking to go to

college close to his alma mater. But even if

someday a college or job opportunity pulls

him away, his retirement plans will always

include moving back to his hometown of

Sandpoint.

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Whatever happens to Dunkel in the future,

he will always remember the time Garrett

Cox threw him a touchdown pass his

freshman year of high school.

#81

Although Kuhn is new to Sandpoint, he has

nothing but good things to say about the

city. “Sandpoint is a very beautiful city,” he

said. “It’s small, but cool. I’m really looking

forward to playing at Memorial Field.”

#21

Sandpoint, he has been to the finals at his

previous school in Southern California—

and he knows what it takes.

“A standout for me with this team is when

we made it to the semi-finals last year,”

he said. “It was pretty special how we’ve

grown together as a team. I’m looking

forward to the state finals this season.”

Although not originally from Sandpoint,

Robere said that he plans on returning to

Sandpoint someday because, as he said,

“It’s a great place to live.”

Advice to younger players: “Work hard—

and don’t stop.”

Will Hurst - “During our Lake City game

last season, I had a tackle for loss that

saved a touchdown,” said Will Hurst. “That

was really important to me.”

When asked if he was looking forward

to more moments like the game-winning

play he had last season, Hurst’s response

was, “Yes, definitely. I’m really excited for

this season. I’m looking forward to my first

sack. That’s one accomplishment that is

still on my list to achieve.”

As a Sandpoint native, Hurst hopes

to someday work in Sandpoint after

graduation. “I would really like to go into

construction,” he said. “That’s something I

would really like to do in Sandpoint.”

Advice to younger players: Before he

left, Hurst had a few words of advice for

his fellow underclassmen wanting to make

an impact on the football team: “I would

overemphasize the weight room. The

weight room is very important.”

#11

Luke McCorkel - Luke McCorkel is excited

to get the season started. He can’t wait to

get out there and beat the teams that the

Sandpoint Bulldogs haven’t beat in the

past year.

What stands out for McCorkel during his

high school career as a football player is

getting a chance to prove himself as an

underclassman. “Getting repetitions on

the varsity football squad as a sophomore

has really helped get to the next level,” he

said. “Also, beating Moscow in that second

game to move on in the playoffs was really

special to me."

With aspirations to get a degree in

kinesiology, McCorkel plans to come

back to Sandpoint someday to coach the

Sandpoint Bulldogs and/or train future

teams.

Advice to younger players: With parting

words of wisdom for his underclassmen

teammates, McCorkel implored that they

act now. “Get on the grind now. It goes by

so fast. Get in the weight room. I wished

I had focused on the weight room, even

more so back then than I even do now.”

#3

Blake Sherrill - For Blake Sherrill, starting

for the Sandpoint Bulldog varsity football

team on defense as a junior at Sandpoint

High School was just one of many standout

moments in his football career.

“When I heard them calling out my name

and introducing me at Memorial Stadium

right after the renovations were made, that

was very special to me.”

After being so close to winning state last

year, Sherrill can’t shake the taste for a

championship. “I’m looking forward to

winning state this year,” he said. “I feel

like this year is the year that we will push

through and win it all.”

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#15

Lasse Kuhn - Brand new to football, Lasse

Kuhn is coming off his first week of practice

and looking forward to this season.

“I’ve only been playing for a week,” Khun

said. “I got my first interception the other

day, and I’m looking forward to getting

more this season.”

Nathan Robere - Although senior wide

receiver Nathan Robere hasn’t been

under the bright lights of the state finals in

Cody Steiger - “It’s all about winning,

hanging with my friends and having fun,”

said senior DB Cody Steiger.

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Cody has his eyes set on going to the state

championships this season, and from the

determination on his face, nothing is going

to stop him and the Bulldogs.

Advice to younger players: When asked

about a piece of advice that he would give

to underclassmen trying to make varsity,

Steiger said, “Do your best and try your

hardest, and everything will fall into place.”

#30

Dakota Wilson - Although Dakota Wilson

started his football career a little later than

most other players on the team, he couldn’t

help but expound upon the privilege he

has had playing for Coach Knowles.

“Coach Knowles has been the best

coach I’ve ever had,” Wilson said. “I can

honestly say that he has been the most

knowledgeable coach that I’ve ever had for

any sport. I feel like he’s easy to connect

with. I can even talk with him about more

personal stuff. He is truly a father figure

to me.”

When asked about the upcoming season,

Wilson shared, “I’m looking forward to

beating Post Falls and beating Lakeland.

I’m also looking at getting playing time in

those games and getting a few sacks.”

The Sandpoint native has even bigger

plans once he’s completed his education.

“I plan on someday returning to Sandpoint

and opening my own gym,” he said. “I know

Sandpoint, I know the people, and I just

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CELEBRATING

OUR BIGGEST CHEERLEADERS

Team Moms

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

F

or young athletes, support can take many forms.

For the Sandpoint High School football team,

one of the greatest, most dedicated sources of

support is a group of devoted parents known as the

Team Moms.

This season, a total of 13 Team Moms, the highest number the

football team has ever seen, helps drive morale, camaraderie

and energy amongst players, parents and coaches alike. Pooling

their time and resources throughout the season, Team Moms

provide a constant supportive presence for the team in the form

of homemade meals, fundraising events, decorating the field and

lockers at home games, and much more.

“We’re basically a support system within the coaching staff,” shared

Carolyn McCorkle, who has taken lead of the program in her last

year as a Team Mom. Her grandson, Luke McCorkle, is a senior

this year, marking Carolyn’s third and final year with the group.

The Team Moms’ support begins even before the start of the

football season, at the team’s biggest fundraiser, a golf tournament

and silent auction that takes place every July. All proceeds from

the annual event go toward supporting the team, helping to feed

the kids, cover camp costs and provide any needed supplies.

When the first weeks of August arrive and the team’s practice

routine begins, Team Moms start providing meals for the players,

starting with prepared lunches and progressing to add evening

means as the season progresses. The daily meals consist of

hamburgers, tacos, teriyaki chicken, pulled pork and steak dinners.

Coach Ryan Knowles’ motto is, “A team that eats together, plays

together.” And eat together they do, between the Thursday dinners

before game nights, light lunches on Fridays, and snacks during

practices and games, thanks to the Team Moms.

To manage the football team’s growing player count, Coach

Knowles has separated players into sub-teams according to age.

Each sub-team of about 10 to 12 kids has its own name, with titles

like War Dogs, Spartan Dogs, Hound Dogs and Mad Dogs, each

with its own assigned Team Mom.

Outside of the team’s fundraising efforts, a significant portion of

the funding that supports the football programs is provided by

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the parents themselves. As the resources the school and

district are able to provide are limited, many parents

provide additional support by donating time and resources

of their own to benefit the team.

The Team Moms are a prime example of this willingness

to donate, along with additional support from businesses

within the community.

The football program’s relationships with local grocers has

been a major help in the Team Moms' ability to provide

meals for the team.

“We have great relationships with Safeway, Super One,

Yoke’s, and more, that help us cover the costs,” McCorkle

said. On Mondays, the Dairy Depot donates burgers to feed

the team. Being a part of the local nonprofit Sandpoint

Football Foundation has helped drive those partnerships.

McCorkle reports nothing but appreciation in return from

her team and their coaches.

“They are always grateful,” she shared. “I’ve not heard one

kid come through the dinner line without saying thank

you. They come back for seconds.”

The concept of Team Moms began a few years before

McCorkle’s time. At its start, the Team Mom program

consisted of a single person, who would get help from

other parents as needed.

As the needs grew within the football program, so did the

need for additional support from the team’s parents. To

accommodate the growth, Knowles began his new system

of assigning smaller groups within the team, placing a

Team Mom at the head of each group.

Now, with 10 to 12 kids per sub team, the football program

totals 60 JV and Varsity players, and 50 freshman players.

Including the coaches, the Team Moms feed 70 to 75

people every day throughout the season, and that doesn’t

include the daily snacks provided. On practice and game

days, players are provided energizing snacks like fruit

cups, yogurt, bananas, trail mix and granola bars.

Spending mealtimes together promotes more than keeping

the players nourished and energized. It promotes a sense of

togetherness, a camaraderie amongst players that doesn’t

stop with the students. The same sense of belonging

translates to the moms themselves.

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“There’s lot of bonding between the moms,” McCorkle shared.

“We do coffee and lunch together. After the last football program

was over, we went and had a spa day.”

The time spent enjoying each other’s company is an added

reward from all that the Team Moms do for their players.

“I just think if you’ve done it for several years, at the end of the

last year you’ve developed some great relationships,” McCorkle

said, reflecting on her time with the group as she enters her last

season as a Team Mom.

Experienced Team Moms do their best to include and guide

freshman moms throughout the season, helping them prepare

to take over the program as their players get older. The support

continues even after their time with the team. “Last year’s head

Team Mom always comes back to help,” McCorkle said. Last

season’s Senior Mom, Sylvia Kappen, returned this season to

assist with some of the cooking.

“This year, the program is so organized and so well run,”

McCorkle shared, proud to work among so many fellow team

parents, along with the supportive coaching staff.

McCorkle calls watching her grandson enter his senior year

“bittersweet.” She looks forward to the memories that will be

made this year, simply from “getting the girls together every day.”

Friendly chatter is a constant amongst the moms. As much

time as they spend together throughout the season, from

summer fundraising to cooking together, attending games, and

everything in between, their camaraderie only grows.

The group of Team Moms stays in constant communication

using the Band app, an app that allows sports organizations to

create a channel to talk amongst themselves. In the midst of a

busy football season, communication is key for coordinating

everything they do for the team.

When asked what she’s most looking forward to in the upcoming

season, McCorkle draws on a specific memory. “Seeing the kids

walk out from the locker rooms, through the balloons,” she said.

“When they come through the stadium from the locker rooms,

they march in single file. It’s a pretty awesome sight.”

The love Team Moms have for their players is undeniable. Aside

from their own time, money and resources donated to their

kids, the moms are a source of unconditional support within the

football program. As the first game of the season approaches,

they look forward to soaking the strong sense of community that

comes with cheering on the Bulldogs.

This

Years

Team

Moms

Missi Balison

Brooke Blagrove

Anna Butler

Heather Chapman

Sara Garrison

Hollie Hurst

Vali Johansen

Carolyn McCorkle

Chris Newhart

Sandra Sherrill

Darcey Smith

Jenny Straub

Charis Uzabel

Sylvia Kappen (Graduate mom)

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