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RYAN KNOWLES, HEAD COACH

Ryan Knowles attended Sandpoint High School, and played football for the Sandpoint Bulldogs, before graduating in 1997. He continued playing

football at the University of Idaho until 2001. The following year, he coached at Central Valley High School in Veradale, Washington, before moving

to Kentridge High School in 2003 and Kentlake High School in 2004. In 2005, he returned to the University of Idaho as a defensive graduate assistant

and, after one year, accepted a position coaching the defensive line at Colgate University. After 12 seasons in upstate as a DL coach, defensive

coordinator and special teams coordinator, Knowles returned to SHS in 2018, where he has been ever since. His biggest supporters are his wife Megan

and two kids, Aubrey (15) and Drew (11).

Coach Knowles enters his fifth season in charge of the Bulldogs football program. With improvement shown each of the previous four years, the bar

continues to be set higher each year under his leadership. His overall record is 22-19. The Bulldogs have finished 3rd (2020) and 2nd (2021) in the 4A

classification in the last two years, and they’ve made the playoffs every year under Coach Knowles.

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 cohesive when it comes to

season goals. “I like to enable my coaches and let them do their jobs, which I believe they appreciate,” he says. Knowles enjoys being around the other

coaches off the field as well.

While he is happy to see his players participate in other sports throughout the season, Knowles 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 War 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

Jeremy Thielbahr spent his fair share of time out on the field during his time as a Bulldogs student-athlete. He would go on to attend Washington State

University from 2007-2011, where he played running back, then tight end his senior year—in which he was also team captain. His coaching career

includes WSU 2002-2003, Montana State 2004-2007, University of Idaho 2008-2011 and Eastside Catholic 2012-2018. Today, you will find coach

Thielbahr back out on the field for his fourth season with the Bulldogs as offensive coordinator.

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As he reflects on his coaching philosophy, he shares that as a coach, his hope

for his players is to “always create forever moments with your teammates,

with the coaching staff. That’s the magic of football; the memories you’ll

never forget, and the moments you’ll cherish forever.”

And those memories and moments are made with unwavering dedication

and hard work. Coach Thielbahr doesn’t hold back on his expectations he

has set for his players, which are simple. “All I want is for them to play hard

on every single play, and to compete. And in return, they can expect to get

as much of my time as I can possibly give, to have their backs, and to be

competing right alongside them.”

When it comes to this season, he is once again looking forward to the

journey. “It’s always a new season, always a new group. To witness how

they act, handle adversity, from this game that commands everything you

have. I really enjoy the players and their personalities they bring every

day to practice and to everyday conversation. Whether we succeed or fail,

we’re all united in the Bulldog brotherhood.”

What impresses Thielbahr more than anything is his players’ ability to

react to adversity in a positive manner and compete at the highest level

that they possibly can athletically. “That’s all I’m ever trying to have them

do, to reach their maximum athletic abilities and talents, and put them in

a position to be successful.”

TRAVIS GARRISON, VARSITY WIDE RECEIVERS, ASSISTANT JV COACH

A Sandpoint Bulldog from 1999-2002, Coach Travis Garrison is living

his dream. “Back when I attended and played for SHS, I had dreams

to one day coach varsity football for the Bulldogs,” he smiles. Garrison

started coaching football in 2013 at the third-grade level. He helped kick

start the Sandpoint Middle School football program with Troy Holt and

coached seventh grade before progressing to ninth. This year, he’s the wide

receivers coach for varsity and assistant coach on JV. And he couldn’t be

more thrilled.

“Many of our staff either played with the Bulldogs or have been part of the

program for many years. This brings a lot of pride, history, and love for our

community and program. The players know they are part of something

bigger than just a number on a roster. The coaches come from different

backgrounds—with some coaching at higher levels of play and some that

have vast years of experience—which brings a lot of skills and talents to

the table that the players can learn from. One of the key aspects of the

Bulldog Football Program is it teaches our students how to be leaders and

overcome adversity.”

Having coached many of these players back when they were in the third

and fourth grade, seeing them as juniors and seniors, out on the field,

couldn’t make him more proud. “How they hit the weight room, improved

their football knowledge, grown as players, maintained a strong team.

Through this summer during camp and practices leading to game one,

they helped each other for the good of the team. They are all making each

other get better. I’m excited to see how all they have worked hard for will

translate to the grid-iron on Friday night.”

CHAD LOUTZENHISER, RUNNING BACKS

For Coach Chad Loutzenhiser, some of his fondest memories growing up

involved playing football. When his own boys were young, Loutzenhiser

coached them in junior tackle. His sons would go on to be part of the

Sandpoint Bulldogs program, and when it came time for them to graduate,

he wasn’t done with the program himself. So, he transitioned into coaching

at the high school level. That was 11 years ago, and he’s been coaching

Bulldogs ever since.

Loutzenhiser knows that while getting the win is important, the tangible

skills these young men learn as Bulldogs will encourage them in all their

future endeavors. He tells his players to “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.”

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His philosophy is to guide his players to play to the best of their abilities

while having fun doing it.

He 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.”

With going to state last year and returning most of their starters,

Loutzenhiser is looking forward to watching these young men accomplish

their dream of being state champs this season.

GEORGE YARNO, OFFENSIVE LINE

2022 marks George Yarno’s 13th year coaching football (which includes

stints at Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho, and Coronado High

School in Henderson, Nevada) and his sixth year coaching at Sandpoint

High School.

The son of former NFL offensive lineman and offensive line coach George

Yarno, Sr., Coach Yarno was a collegiate athlete, playing as an offensive

lineman at Nevada and Idaho State University, where he was a three-time

All Big Sky Conference Performer and a one-time All-American. “I was

also a team captain as a senior,” he shares.

When it comes to his players, all he expects is that they give their very best

effort each day. “This may vary from day to day, but I want their best no

matter what. We can teach technique, but effort is solely the responsibility

of the player.”

His players can expect Coach Yarno to “coach them hard and hug them

after.” He adds, “I am firm but fair, and will always have high expectations.”

This season, he believes the team will be known as a group that gets after it!

Yarno says he is most proud of the work ethic and determination his players

have been showing. “They never back down and give me everything they

have, give this team everything they have, every day.”

They return four starters from last year’s state runner-up team, including

All-State performers Carson Laybourne and Wylan Dorrell.

“I am looking forward to competing at a high level and experiencing

success on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” affirms

Yarno. “The relationships built will be forever, no matter the outcome of

the season.”

DYLAN BENEFIELD, DEFENSE

A former two-way standout at Sandpoint High School, after graduating in

1994, Dylan Benefield began coaching junior tackle in 2013, “when this

senior class was in third grade,” he smiles. Benefield joined the Bulldogs

coaching staff, working with the inside linebacker, back in 2018, when

Coach Knowles was named head coach.

Now in his fifth season with the program—and with Coach Knowles—

Dylan enjoys the team of coaches and being a part of the Bulldog family.

“The level of coaching knowledge, skill and camaraderie is unbelievable

with this coaching staff,” he states.

Coach Benefield has high expectations of his players, expecting them to

work hard in the weight room, classroom, and on the football field—as

well as being good kids in the community. And when it comes to what

they can expect from him? “I will be there for them whenever, or whatever,

they need,” he promises.

When it comes to coaching defense, he says this: “To be an inside

linebacker, you have to be very intelligent and have an aggressive downhill

hitting and tackling mindset!”

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RYAN

KNOWLES

JEREMY

THIELBAHR

TRAVIS

GARRISON

CHAD

LOUZENHISER

GEORGE

YARNO

DYLAN

BENEFIELD

STEVE

WIMER

SCOTT

ALBERTSON

KYLE

PERRY

MATT

WATEROUS

WARREN

EGGAR

JERRETT

ROBSON

He shares how proud he is of how the inside linebackers complement

each other and together work as a unit. “The bar is set very high for

linebackers at SHS, and I think everyone inside and outside the program

knows it.”

Benefield is looking forward to once again working with the coaches,

Friday nights, and making another run to the state title game.

STEVE WIMER, DEFENSIVE LINE

With more than two decades of coaching under his belt, Steve Wimer

wasn’t ready to give it up—and doesn’t plan on it anytime soon. He joined

the Bulldogs’ coaching staff just last season.

He reflects on his own football career as he enters his second season

with the Bulldogs. After high school, he played offensive line at Cabrillo

Community College in California from 1983-1984, before transferring

to St. Mary’s College for his junior and senior years, where he continued

to play o-line from 1985-1986. Fast forward 11 years, and Wimer was

head coach at Meeker Junior High School in Renton, Washington, from

1997-2001, then coached linebackers at Kentridge High School in Kent,

Washington, from 2002-2017.

Since day one of joining SHS’s football program, he’s experienced nothing

short of a staff that is incredibly dedicated. “Most of the staff work fulltime

jobs outside of education yet find, all season, to be on the field,”

he shares. “The staff of the other teams I have coached were primarily

teachers in the building or at other buildings in the district.”

Then there’s the players. Wimer acknowledges the amount of energy and

dedication that players have shown thus far, and attests that “they work

more in the off-season than any other team I’ve seen. I’m proud of the

players I coach, as they are talented men who are willing to learn and

improve their skills.”

As the players continually work hard to do their best, so does Coach

Wimer. “The players I coach can depend on me to be reliable, consistent

with my expectations, and know that I will do all I can to make them

competitive. If they make the effort to apply what I am sharing, they will

improve and enjoy the game.”

When asked about the 2022 season, he brings up the challenge of

returning to the state tournament, adding, “Everyone is aware of

Sandpoint and will be prepared.”

SCOTT ALBERTSON, SECONDARY

Born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho, Scott Albertson began playing

football in the seventh grade. After graduation, he attended Whitworth

College, as he was offered a college scholarship to play football. He

started for the Pirates (Whitworth) his sophomore year at free safety and

finished his career in 1990.

The following year, and on and off since, he’s been coaching at Sandpoint

High School.

“I was part of the coaching staff in 1997 when we won the only state

championship,” he remembers fondly. “I coached current head coach

Ryan Knowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Thielbahr. I also

coached current JV coach Kyle Perry. In other words, I have coached

a lot. I calculated it out the other day and have 15 years of coaching the

secondary at SHS.”

Coach Albertson shares that the coaching staff for the Bulldogs is

different than any other—based on experience and the deep roots that

their crew has. “We care about the great tradition of Sandpoint football

and want to see it continue and get better and better,” he says. “Not only

do the players become better athletes but better at facing adversity that

life may hand them.”

When it comes to coaching these student-athletes, he expects them to be

coachable, give 100 percent, and never give up. “I expect my players to

give me 100 percent to their ability. If you’re better than the guy ahead of

you then you will play and win.”

Albertson is dedicated to his players, though he admits juggling coaching

with other businesses and obligations can be difficult. “Being dedicated

is what it takes. Working hard to get back to the state championship. It

is a tough road, and it takes all of us giving 100 percent to accomplish

the task.”


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He shares that he is very proud of the returning players’ knowledge that they have of the game, adding that coaches and players are

constantly learning every week, “but some of the players really grasp the game—and it definitely shows on the field.”

Ready to embrace a new season, Coach Albertson is grateful for the support of his family—especially his gal Darcie. “This is time

consuming, and without her understanding and support, it would be impossible.”

KYLE PERRY, LINEBACKERS AND JV DEFENSE

A 2016 Sandpoint graduate, Kyle Perry was excited to join the Bulldogs' football staff in 2021 after completing his college career at the

University of Idaho. This season marks his second year as a coach for the Bulldogs' football team (as well as the SHS baseball team).

“After graduating from University of Idaho, where I played football, I was excited to come back and be a part of Sandpoint athletics,”

he shares.

This year, Perry is looking forward to seeing Kyrin Riddle and Levi Balison on the field. “These two are strong, athletic weight room

guys with a tough style of play. Gritty guys that represent the old-school smash-mouth football that Sandpoint fans get excited to see,”

he says.

Coach Perry strives to develop vocal leaders and also those who lead by example. “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.”

MATT WATEROUS, JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH

Born and raised in Sandpoint, Matt Waterous was once a Bulldog himself, playing football at SHS. After graduating in 2005, he went

on to the University of Idaho, where he graduated in 2011—and shortly after, returned to Sandpoint to begin his SHS coaching career.

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 says.

2022 marks Waterous’ eighth season coaching at Sandpoint and fourth year as head coach for Sandpoint High School’s junior varsity

football team. As head coach of the JV team, Coach Waterous is in charge of introducing younger players to what being a Bulldog is

all about.

Waterous preaches responsibility, discipline, and to stay on task—skills these players can apply to school and life outside of football.

It’s in these early years where work ethic is emphasized.

WARREN EGGAR, JUNIOR VARSITY/SPECIAL TEAMS

2022 marks Coach Warren Eggar’s third season with the Bulldogs. With his 20-plus-year resume of coaching, he 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.”

JERRETT ‘JER BEAR’ ROBSON, EQUIPMENT MANAGER

A 1997 graduate of Sandpoint High School, Jerrett ‘Jerbear’ Robson has enjoyed well over two decades with the Bulldogs, continuing

to be a major part of the team each season.

Over the years, he’s witnessed a variety of different programs, schemes, wins and losses, but something that stays consistent is what

happens each year when a team comes together. “The uniqueness and camaraderie, the support from the community, it’s like one big

family,” he says.

Robson says he’s blessed to be on Coach Knowles’ staff and appreciates the organization and concepts he’s brought to

the program.

From seeing freshmen step onto the field for the first time, to watching them transform as they leave the field for the last time as

seniors, he enjoys being a part of each season and its players. Robson offers an easy piece of advice that can apply to anyone on the

team: “Be prepared for anything! How you prepare yourself now is how you are going to be when you’re out in the real world, so do

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Ryan Knowles

SANDPOINT HIGH SCHOOL HEAD FOOTBALL COACH:

ON THE ATTACK, ON AND OFF THE FIELD

by ABIGAIL THORPE

Ryan Knowles played football for Sandpoint High School,

graduating in 1997. He went on to play football for the

University of Idaho, receive an education degree, and pursue his

dream job: coaching. A year and a half teaching and coaching in Seattle,

working as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Idaho football

team, and then 12 years of coaching at Colgate University in New York

later, Knowles had an opportunity to come back to coach for his home

high school team. He, his wife and two kids moved back four years ago,

and he’s been building the program ever since, carrying on the family

coaching torch.

When he’s not focused on all things football and the team, you’ll find

Coach Knowles with his family, fishing, riding UTVs and enjoying

all that Sandpoint has to offer—there are not many places you can go

from swimming in the lake one day to a 7,000-foot peak the next. That’s

Sandpoint for him.

Q. What do you love most about Sandpoint, and what stands out

about the community here?

A. Just being from here, a tremendous source of pride. I heard this from

a lot of different people—you’ve got to move away sometimes to know

what you had. When I got back here, I realized we vacationed here every

year that I was gone. For the opportunity to coach a team that helped

build me and live in a place that we vacation, it’s kind of an unbelievable

opportunity.

Moving to New York, I didn’t know anybody. My wife and I had to carve

our life out of nothing. Moving back, it’s the opposite. We have all of our

family around us, I have a ton of friends around here. The community is

so supportive, they’re excited—it shows in everything we do. When I need

something, I have a bunch of resources to go and talk to about getting it

done. I have the energy, I just don’t always have the resources, but the

community does, and they provide that. It’s been a great relationship so

far.

Q. What have been some highlights of your Bulldogs coaching

experience?

A. The first year is always tough. I got here late, so I didn’t really have an

off season. My dad was the defensive line coach for the first two years.

That was definitely a highlight being able to coach with him. The first

year was tough, but our ability to beat Lakeland that year and get in the

playoffs—that was a really big deal for that team at that time. It was a

big step for us as a program, we needed that, and the boys played really

well. The following year we had a solid team that really helped turn the

tide as far as the culture. The following year was COVID. I will never

forget the COVID year—that team showed up the day we were allowed to

come back, ready to work. We went all the way to the semifinals that year

and really stepped up. And last year, that was a fantastic team. We fought

tooth and nail all the way to the state championship.

When I first got here, to think we would be the first-ranked team going

into the playoffs and being in the state championship—I wanted to do

that, but I wasn’t sure of the path that was gonna get us there, other than

hard work. I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take, and the boys

bought in and got us a long way last year, and the expectation is even that

much higher this year.

Q. What is most exciting/rewarding about serving as head

football coach?

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A. For every time I lie awake at night worrying about football, there’s

four times I worry about these boys not being the best people they can

be—although it’s a little mind numbing thinking that I can raise 140 boys

on top of my own two kids. They all get a little piece of my mentoring

every day, and that’s very rewarding to me. It’s not about the monetary

compensation—and every coach across the country will tell you that—it’s

about the influence.

Q. What do you hope to help your students achieve in the year to

come, both athletically and personally?

A. I have a vision I want to see out of this thing all year long. A team is

from August to November, but our program is all year long. This whole

process about taking a ninth-grade boy to a young adult as a senior. I like

to facilitate that process of getting them to mature and get ready for the

real world.

I want to teach them to be on the attack in everything that they do. In all

my years of coaching, the best players and teams I’ve been around, they

don’t just play football, they do more. They get great grades, they hold

jobs, they hold relationships, they handle their business. I’m really trying

to teach these kids to attack life, go do everything. Don't say, “I can’t do

this because I’m doing that." Do both. Our motto this year is “sick ‘em”;

it fits us, it fits our Bulldog mascot, it represents everything I want out of

them as they approach their jobs, college, a trade school, the work force,

personal relationships. Be on the attack, demand a lot of yourself, expect

a lot, don’t just settle. Don’t sit back, go get it.

Q. What role has sports played in your own life, and how has this

impacted your work in the community?

A. I’ve been a jock my whole life—I like sports, it’s always been an escape

for me. Football has always been a game changer for me. It's always just

been who I am. It's why I coach. I know every kid I coach isn’t going to

coach someday. I hope that they think about it. I hope they love the sport

as much as I do. I’ve got a big group of my friends around me—there’s

guys coaching with me right now that I graduated with, years in front of

me, years behind me.

I try to help out [in the community] as much as I can with the boys. I

think it’s really valuable for them to get out there. We try to get guys out

with the Long Bridge Swim to help out with that. We always volunteer to

help out with the Bonner County Fair. Lost in the ‘50s has always been

a big fundraiser for us. The boys did a Toys for Tots drive last year and

raised $10,000 for the kids. I’m always looking for opportunities to give

back—I really challenge them to get out and do this stuff.

Q. Any particular person or experience who has influenced you most

and helped shape how you approach work and life?

A. I’d say my dad. He’s always been a rock to me, backed up by Satini

Puailoa, my high school coach. Nick Hull—he gave me my first job as a

college coach—was a tremendous influence on me and how I try to run a

team and a defense. I’d say my 12 years at Colgate were really influential

on me in a lot of different ways. The whole experience in general was

invaluable. From an influential standpoint, I’d say my family and my dad.

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NAME # GRADE HT WT

LEVI BALISON 2 12 5’11 205

LUCAS HANSEN 3 11 5’10 180

KOSTAS BAUCK 4 11 5’10 180

MAX FRANK 5 11 6’1 205

JACOB GOVE 6 12 6’1 175

HUNTER GARCIA 7 11 6’5 180

JOE BOHANOCK 8 11 5’10 170

PARKER PETTIT 9 12 6’0 200

ARIE VANDENBERG 10 12 6’1.5 210

MASON TWINEHAM 11 11 5’9 185

RYDER HAYNES 12 11 5’9 155

COLE TIMOTHY 14 12 - -

FOREST AMBRIDGE 15 12 5'10.5 155

JACK ZIMMERMAN 16 12 5’9 180

CONNOR HINDBERG 17 11 6’1 170

KODY BREWSTER 18 11 5'10.5 190

ELI ALLSHOUSE 19 11 5’11.5 160

SHANE SHERRILL 20 11 5’6 155

GRAHAM DUNKEL 21 11 6’1.5 180

WESTON BENEFIELD 22 12 6’1.5 225

KHYRIN RIDDLE 23 11 6’0 195

KOBY BARLOW 25 12 5’11 165

VINCENT COLSON 27 12 5’8 180

TY EACREAT 28 11 6’0 180

NICK WEISGRAM 30 11 5’7 140

OWEN WIMMER 31 12 5’11 185

TYSON HODGES 33 11 5’8 215

KODA HARTLEY 37 12 5’11 175

JOEY HUGHES 44 12 6'1 205

MATT CHAPMAN 52 11 6’1 220

BEN STOCKTON 53 12 5’10 210

CARSON LAYBOURNE 55 12 6’3 315

RYAN MCELROY 58 12 5’10 225

CAMERON BARRETT 63 11 5’11 265

TYSSEN CASE 66 12 5’10 240

AUSTIN SMITH 67 12 6’1 210

LEVI DUMARS 70 11 6’0 340

LEVI DORREL 74 11 6’1 250

WYLAN DORREL 77 12 6’5 295

MANNY COLON 81 11 5’10 290

TYREL NEELY 87 11 6’3 265

BLAYNE KANNING 88 11 6'2 215

Sandpoint High School

Football 2022

Colors: RED AND WHITE

Mascot: Bulldog

ADMINISTRATION:

Principal: Jacki Crossingham

Assistant Principals: Kris Knowles,

Derek Dickinson & Kari Granier

Athletic Director: Kris Knowles

HEAD COACH: Ryan Knowles

ASSISTANT COACHES:

Jeremy Thielbahr

George Yarno

Chad Loutzenhiser

Dylan Benefield

Scott Albertson

Travis Garrison

Steve Wimer

EQUIPMENT:

Jerrett Robson

Garrett Wuollet

Brian Jensen

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Lucas Hansen

Kostas Bauck

Max Frank

Grade // 12

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 205

Grade // 11

Height // 5’10”

Weight // 180

Grade // 11

Height // 5’10”

Weight // 180

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 205

#6

#7

#8

#9

Jacob Gove

Hunter Garcia

Joe Bohanock

Parker Pettit

Grade // 12

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 175

Grade // 11

Height // 6’5”

Weight // 180

Grade // 11

Height // 5’10”

Weight // 170

Grade // 12

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 200

#10

#11

#12

#14

Arie Vandenberg

Mason Twineham

Ryder Haynes

Cole Timothy

Grade // 12

Height // 6’1.5”

Weight // 210

Grade // 11

Height // 5’9”

Weight // 185

Grade // 11

Height // 5’9”

Weight // 155

Grade // 12

Height // NA

Weight // NA

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Forest Ambridge

Jack Zimmerman

Connor Hindberg

Kody Brewster

Grade // 12

Height // 5’10.5”

Weight // 155

Grade // 12

Height // 5’9”

Weight // 180

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 170

Grade // 11

Height // 5’10.5”

Weight // 190

#19

#20

#21

#22

Eli Allshouse

Shane Sherrill

Graham Dunkel

Weston Benefield

Grade // 11

Height // 5’11.5”

Weight // 160

Grade // 11

Height // 5’6”

Weight // 155

Grade // 11

Height // 6’1.5”

Weight // 180

Grade // 12

Height // 6’1.5”

Weight // 225

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#25

#27

#28

Khyrin Riddle

Koby Barlow

Vincent Colson

Ty Eacreat

Grade // 11

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 195

Grade // 12

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 165

Grade // 12

Height // 5’8”

Weight // 180

Grade // 11

Height // 6’0”

Weight // 180


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#33

#37

Nick Weisgram

Owen Wimmer

Tyson Hodges

Koda Hartley

Grade // 11

Height // 5’7”

Weight // 140

Grade // 12

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 185

Grade // 11

Height // 5’8”

Weight // 215

Grade // 12

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 175

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Joey Hughes

Matt Chapman

Ben Stockton

Carson Laybourne

Grade // 12

Height // 6’1”

Weight // 205

Grade // 11

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Weight // 220

Grade // 12

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Weight // 210

Grade // 12

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Cameron Barrett

Tyssen Case

Austin Smith

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Height // 5’10”

Weight // 225

Grade // 11

Height // 5’11”

Weight // 265

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Height // 5’10”

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Grade // 11

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Grade // 12

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Football season in Sandpoint has arrived, along with the chance

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students and coaches to a highly supportive community, fall

football in Sandpoint has an impact that is felt both in and

outside of the stadium.

“We have a very competitive team that works really hard,” says Sandpoint

High School football head coach Ryan Knowles, who’s looking forward

to what his team will accomplish this season. “I am excited to see how we

stack up against the best teams in the area.”

Every year, Sandpoint’s youth football teams rely closely on the local

community for its energy, encouragement, and essential support

through fundraising. The Sandpoint Football Foundation has been a key

component of that fundraising, as a nonprofit organization specifically

created to provide support for middle and high school students

participating in Sandpoint football programs.

“Our mission is to provide fundraising opportunities for kids and

programs to alleviate the personal costs of equipment, purchase and

maintain proper safety equipment, help provide meals for programs,

help with personal costs of staff development clinics” and much more,

the foundation states. Their efforts provide critical components that set

players up for their best, safest fall season possible.

Sandpoint High School players are fitted with top-quality, highly safe

football equipment, and the foundation’s efforts have been critical to

making that happen.

As a nonprofit 501c3 organization, fundraising is the Sandpoint Football

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sponsored by Taylor & Sons Chevrolet. The Taylor & Sons Sandpoint

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SHS cheer coach and team excited for season

Last year marked Heather Dinkins

second season as coach of the

Sandpoint High School cheer team.

Each season brings with it success and

challenges, and Heather is proud of how

her team overcame hardship to come out

on top.

“I am most proud of how they faced adversity

with injuries and different sideline and

competition teams to still qualify for state in

two routines,” Heather smiles.

She is excited about this cheer season, as she

has brought in outside help to ramp up the

team’s tumbling and stunting. “I am looking

forward to seeing how far we can advance,”

Heather shares. “My team also has half of

the girls that have never cheered before,

so it’s a big learning curve—but they are

doing awesome!”

When it comes to her role as a coach for

these young student-athletes, she finds seeing

these kids “push themselves to accomplish

what they didn’t think possible and develop

synchronized teamwork” the most fulfilling.

As a coach, Heather wants her girls to

walk away with learned lessons like time

management, teamwork and responsibility.

Ultimately, her goal each year for each

member of her team is “that they become

a better version of themselves throughout

the season.”

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

All summer long you could find the SHS

cheer team working hard at practice 7 to

10am Monday through Friday, working on

cheer jacks, stretching, kicks and jumps,

tumbling, halftimes and cheers, stunting and

conditioning, according to Heather. Now that

school’s back in session, practices are held 3 to

5pm five days a week.

As a member of the cheer team, Heather

expects these athletes to be enthusiastic about

learning. “We push the limits every day,” she

affirms. You have to be willing to try and

forgiving when others mess up—especially

in stunting.”

The local cheer team has built an audience of

its own, and you can see them performing and

cheering on SHS’s football games, boys’ and

girls’ basketball, as well as wrestling matches.

From December through February, the team

is busy performing at their own

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Sylvia Kappen remembered

by RACHEL KELLY

S

ylvia Kappen was born

Sylvia Hadley in Pohnpei,

Micronesia, in 1962. She was

raised by her grandparents

and didn’t really know her mother. Most

of her family that she did know were from

her father’s side of the family; she was

the oldest of 15 children. She came to the

states when she accompanied her aunt as

a nanny to her nephews (whom she would

call her brothers). She began to reside more

permanently in the United States when her

aunt remarried, and her uncle adopted

her and very much regarded her as part of

their family.

Sylvia grew up both wanting a closer

family, while appreciating the family that

she had. This was a lesson that she learned

young, and throughout her life she valued

the importance of what it means to be

family. Because family was what she valued

most, and also at times what she lacked, she

poured herself into raising her children.

She also extended that hand of family out

to whomever was around her.

“It was something I loved about her. She

was very open. She had a way of bringing

people together, and of appreciating people

for who they were,” says Kraig Kappen,

Sylvia’s husband.

She would later work as a gifted beautician

and was very successful in the Bellevue

area. She met Kraig through a mutual

friend, who suggested that she cut Kraig’s

hair. On their first date in 1991, they went

out to dinner. After dating for four years,

the couple were married on September 22,

1995, which was the anniversary of their

first date. Sylvia danced a Polynesian dance

for her husband at their ceremony, and

they then celebrated their reception at the

restaurant where they went on their first

date. In 1997, they had their first son, which

prompted their move from Washington

back to Sandpoint, Idaho, where Kraig

was from.

First and foremost, Sylvia was a mother.

Her boys were her first love. As a result,

where her sons went, so did she. She picked

up many friends and family along the way

for whom she would have a lifelong impact.

Much of her community involvement came

as a natural result of the activities that she

shared with her sons. When they were in

preschool, she got involved in the decisions

that impacted their lives and volunteered at

their school. Later, she would return to teach

there for 12 years. “She just didn’t believe

in closing doors,” says Faith Rasmussen of

Little Lambs preschool. When Sylvia’s boys

moved on to grade school and beyond, she

always found ways to be involved in their

day to day. She immersed herself in the

PTA for many years, and when her oldest

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played high school football, she was a dedicated team

mom. She was very active in church and emphasized

her relationship with Jesus. It was something that she

lived out in the way that she loved others.

“She had a quiet, kind way about her,” says Faith.

“She had a real gift of service. She gave and gave but

was never resentful about it.” Faith, who describes her

relationship with Sylvia as one where they raised their

children together, often reminded her friend that she

might be burning the candle at both ends. However, it

may have just been that Sylvia had a lot of life to fit into

her 52 years.

Wherever Sylvia was, there was life! She loved to organize

luaus and gatherings where she would cook for several

hundred people. She had an open-home policy and invited

her larger community to share in the blessing of food and

community. It wasn’t long before her food became legendary,

and she was occasionally hired to cater for community events.

She traveled to see her family, her siblings, cousins, and

aunties. She prized quality time with those she loved best. So,

when her sons started football with the Sandpoint High School

football team, she volunteered her time to cook.

“I feel that I can humbly say that our household is stable, but even

so, it’s pretty crazy,” says Coach Ryan Knowles. “Everyone is going

different directions. And so, when I thought about our team and

our edge, I thought that we should start feeding the boys on the

team. We lifted and we ate, and that was our edge.”

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The money for the food was raised for the team, and Sylvia and the other team moms would devote themselves to feeding 80 to 90 people

five days a week. Eating a meal after practice was a part of making sure the boys on the team were healthy, and that the whole family

got fed amid the busy family schedule (often siblings and parents joined in on the communal meal). Wherever Sylvia was, community

followed and people gathered. Her meals and her compassionate spirit brought people together and allowed her an opportunity to care

for her people.

In remembrance of Sylvia, her community has done many things. She was well loved in Micronesia, for whom she had ties to royalty.

Her great grandfather was king before the island’s occupation. For many weeks, the people of the island mourned, and most likely will

hold her in remembrance on the anniversary of her death for years to come. The Sandpoint football teams are remembering Sylvia by

naming their yearly golf scramble and auction after her, which she had a large hand in starting. In Sandpoint, her community remembers

her through their collective memory and still supports her family with love as only a tight-knit community can. Most of all, Sylvia

is remembered by Sandpoint by continuing in Sylvia’s legacy of love. Because of her, we in Sandpoint are that much closer and that

much more generous.

Sylvia passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack, surrounded by friends—as is fitting. In heaven she has found a place where her

scars are healed, and her body is whole. She is remembered by her husband Kraig and their two sons. She is remembered by her extended

family, and her brothers and sisters. She is remembered by her friends, her church, and her island. She is remembered by the whole of

the Sandpoint community, for whom she loved and was loved by.

“It was something I loved about her.

She was very open. She had a way

of bringing people together, and of

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Junior VARSITY SCHEDULE 2022

GAME

GAME

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September 1

Coeur d'Alene High School

Home - 6pm

2 7

September 9

Sentinel High School

Away - 3pm MST

3 8

4

5

September 17

Lake City High School

Away - 10am

September 24

Lewiston High School

Home - 6pm

October 1

Lake City High School

Home - 11am

October 6

Lakeland High School

Home - 5pm

OPEN

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Please note, game days and times may change. Visit

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NAME # GRADE HT WT

RYKEN AMES 2 10 5’9 155

GARRETT KRAMER 3 10 6’1 150

KAIDEN ROSE 5 10 5’9.5 130

NOAH MILLER 7 10 5’9.5 135

REECE DRIGGS 9 10 5’9.5 130

DREW LEHMAN 11 10 5’11.5 175

DALLEN ADAM 12 10 5’9.5 145

JESSE TURNER 13 10 6’3 190

TRENT PECK 15 10 - -

VAN LEE 16 10 5’10.5 160

GABE HARTLE GROF 17 10 - -

MELKAM MANNING 18 10 - -

CHASE VINEYARD 19 10 - -

ASHLEI HAWKINS 20 10 5’4 135

JESS HERMAN 21 10 5’10.5 175

WYLIE WIMMER 22 10 5’8 165

ZEB STOOPS 26 10 6’0 205

ALEX GARCIO-HOOPER 27 10 5’5 165

ISAAC VERMEER 31 10 6’1 185

WYATT BURNETT 32 10 - -

DALTON WILLIAMS 34 10 5’9.5 205

LEVI WOOD 35 10 - -

SAM LIDNER 36 10 5’7.5 150

GAGE MCELROY 37 10 5’7 150

REID BRADBURN 43 10 5’7 160

REECE WOLFF 44 10 6’3 180

ALEX GARRISON 52 10 5’10 160

COOPER WILLIAMS 53 10 - -

GABE MACIAS 55 10 5’8.5 230

ANDY BREWSTER 57 10 5’9.5 190

GAVIN WALTERS 68 10 6’2 285

ETHAN BOWEN 72 10 - -

TRISTON TOMCO 73 10 6’2 200

KAYDEN GARCIA 77 10 5’11.5 240

EVAN SOLCE 78 10 6’2 330

TANNER WILLIAMS 79 10 5’5 190

LUCAS JOHANSEN 84 10 5’10.5 160

Sandpoint High School

Football 2022

Colors: RED AND WHITE

Mascot: Bulldog

ADMINISTRATION:

Principal: Jacki Crossingham

Assistant Principals: Kris Knowles,

Derek Dickinson & Kari Granier

Athletic Director: Kris Knowles

HEAD COACH: Matt Waterous

ASSISTANT COACHES:

Warren Eggar

Kyle Perry

Travis Garrison

EQUIPMENT:

Jerrett Robson

Garrett Wuollet

Brian Jensen

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playing characters! She recalls being

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to, but dance is where she shined. “I was enamored

by how athletic art could truly be,”

she says.

After graduating, Katelyn would have a

wonderful opportunity of cheering for the Los

Angeles Rams, opening up many doors and

room to explore the professional dance and

choreography world. Between 2018 and 2022,

she spent time dancing and choreographing in

Los Angeles and San Diego, and performing.

Today, Sandpoint High School is elated to

have Kate as its new dance coach!

“Growing up a dancer, you learn from various

teachers, coaches and choreographers. I

always admired specific instructors for

different reasons—but the biggest was always

the ‘ability to inspire,’” recalls Kate. “That is

what drew me to coaching at Sandpoint High

School. I truly strive to give these athletes

and this program the love and attention

it deserves!”

She admits that stepping in as a new coach,

in a new area, was a bit daunting, but

“the Sandpoint High School Dance Team

members and families have been nothing

but welcoming, generous and collaborative

with me. The girls have been dedicated

to their art, and I believe it will show in

their performances!”

Kate is honored and humbled by her new role

to be able to share her experience, knowledge

and creativity with the team! “I hope to

expand on genres of dance, instill confidence

and poise, while implementing a professional

mindset. Dance is an ever-evolving world, and

I was on the hunt for open-minded dancers

that shared my fire for growing the program

and showing support to all artists in the

district,” she shares.

The dance team works hard to hone their

skills, practicing 6 to 7:30am Monday through

Friday, including extra technique classes on

their own time! “The team has been putting

copious amounts of attention into their

strength, flexibility, skills, as well as personal

bond with each other,” affirms Kate. “We

spend our time on conditioning, learning

various performance routines, and tackling

competition season. I am extremely proud of

the devotion and altruism the dancers showed

me over the summer practices!”

This year’s dance team is eager to perform for

you, showcase their spirit the best way they

know how, to support all sports and be a part

of as many school/community events as they

possibly can.

SHS’s 2022-2023 Varsity Dance Team includes:

seniors Maddison Coon (captain), Haleigh

Knowles (captain), Mikah Little, Riley Adam;

junior Lily Barker; sophomores Lena Krause,

Isadora Ghilchrist, Noah Roark, Camille

McClelland, Hannah Loomis; and freshman

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FRESHMAN SCHEDULE 2022

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Away - 5pm

September 8

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Away - 5pm

September 17

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September 22

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Away - 5pm

GAME

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NAME # HT WT

CHARLIE ALDERMAN 6 5’2 125

ISIAAH ARISON 59 - -

JOSEPH BABIN 13 5'10 125

WYATT BALDWIN 23 5’6 131

ZACHARY BEERS 40 5’6 145

WILLIAM BOMBA 33 6’2 200

BRADEN BUCKHOUT 9 6’0 150

RION CORSARO 91 - -

CAMDEN CUNNINGHAM 52 6’3 184

DARRIN FLANIGAN 10 5’8 155

EVAN FLEMMING 70 6’1 267

PAUL GAMBRILL 11 5’10 136

RYATT GARDNER 58 6’0 195

LUCAS GARRISON 31 5’8 130

MAVERICK GOMEZ 25 5’10 138

GRACE HAITT 75 5’8 278

WYATT HAYNES 72 5’11 275

EASTON HOOVER 60 5’7 170

ANDREW HOSS 48 5’7 170

OWEN HUGHS 68 5’10 204

COLEMAN INGE 4 5’7 141

ISAAC JORDAN 76 6’2 195

AARON KEDISH 18 5'7 130

GERRIT KRIELAART 37 5’9 150

MALACHI KROPF 88 5’9 150

MATT KUNDLE 5 5’11 152

LOGAN LINDLEY 54 6’0 152

MASON LITTLE 24 5’7 120

LILLI MARTI 77 5’4 224

JEVEN MEYER 62 5’8 157

TRYSON MOUNTS 86 5’5 125

RORY NEELY 63 5’10 196

JEREMIAH PALMER 44 5’10 180

DYLAN PECK 15 5’7 130

NATHAN PHILLIPS 66 5’11 190

JACOB ROLAND 2 5’6 107

NICKLIOUS SCHERER 3 5’7 139

JAMES SCHRIBER 17 5’9 135

NAME # HT WT

ROYCE SHARP 30 5'4 137

AIDEN SMITH 42 5'9 135

WESTON SMITH 8 5’10 172

ANDREW SPERRY - - -

TANYON SPRINKLE 21 5'7 -

ELI TAYLOR 20 5’10 125

ROMAN TURNBULL 27 5’10 155

ELLIOT VANEATON 47 - -

ROBERT WARREN 84 5’8 142

HUNTER WARWICK 65 5’10 235

DALLEN WILLIAMS 14 6’1 165

DEVIN WILLIAMS 57 5’2 157

GRAYSON WINNIFORD 50 5’9 160

KAMREN ZIARNICK 28 5’6 131

Sandpoint High School

Football 2022

Colors: RED AND WHITE

Mascot: Bulldog

ADMINISTRATION:

Principal: Jacki Crossingham

Assistant Principals: Kris Knowles,

Derek Dickinson & Kari Granier

Athletic Director: Kris Knowles

HEAD COACH: Corey Coon

ASSISTANT COACHES:

Quentin Ducken

Cole Ducken

Sean Lyon

Mike Gal

Donnie Little

EQUIPMENT:

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Garrett Wuollet

Brian Jensen

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football and the lofty goals set for the program.

After coming up just short of a state title in 2021, the bar is raised for the Bulldogs

this year. Preparations began last winter during offseason weight lifting. In spring, it

was time to put on the pads and feel the crack of collision again. “The calendar is very

conducive for us here in Idaho,” explained Coach Knowles. “We have a 10-day window

before school is let out to get in seven practices. We always keep it fun, but they were

also ultra competitive.”

While summer practices can be taxing due to heat, there’s also a unique opportunity

presented to the Bulldogs each season called the Border League Camp. The camp was

started several years ago as a way for teams to scrimmage and compete against other

regional teams they might not always get a chance to play. Many Eastern Washingtonbased

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out of Kalispell, Montana, and Sentinel High

School out of Missoula, Montana. These are

all big-time programs in larger communities,

but the roster size of the Bulldogs was nearly

identical to each of the larger city programs, a

testament to the commitment Coach Knowles

receives from players at a very young age.

“This was just what our current team needed.

Glacier was a state runner-up to Sentinel,

who hasn’t lost a game in over two years. We

absolutely enjoyed the top-notch competition,”

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The format of the camp is somewhere between

practice and a Friday night game. Each school

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all ages and ability levels can participate and

compete. Coaches are also split up to run

different teams, giving those who might not

otherwise be put into game-time decisionmaking

scenarios a chance to call plays or be a

head coach for a day. “Our young guys can see

that there are players on those great programs

that are in the same place developmentally that

they are; it helps them relate to competition

and what it takes to be successful.”

Each scrimmage is scripted with different

opportunities for offense, defense and special

teams. Instead of Bulldogs going up against

other Bulldogs, like most practices, they

were able to test themselves against other

competition. Players are in full pads and play

what Coach Knowles calls a “Thud Tempo,” in

which you play hard and wrap up your tackle

but don’t take your opponent to the ground

or roll on top of them. It’s played at this pace

so that no player suffers a potential seasonaltering

injury, and after the three-day camp,

all teams come out healthy.

During the camp, teams would hold their

first scrimmage in the morning, have a break,

have lunch, and have a second session in the

afternoon. That lunch was provided by the

Sandpoint High School football team moms,

who seem to step up to any challenge. “The

moms are amazing and absolutely rocked it.

That’s a ton of meals for hungry boys, and with

coaches and staff, about 200 lunches each day,”

said Knowles. Players enjoyed Teriyaki Chicken

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After three days of scrimmaging and scripting

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incredibly pleased with how it went and the

lessons his team was able to take from the

camp. “It was competitive yet controlled. These

boys are ultra competitive, but the camp gave

them exactly what the kids needed, and it

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Border League Camp is just one of the many steps along the way in

preparation for the 2022 season. It’s an important one and a reminder

that hard work will pay off if Bulldogs maintain their focus on the goals

and program Coach Knowles has laid out before them.

As the Bulldogs kick off a new season, there are four goals in place.

Number one is winning the first game. “We have a game against a team

from Ulta, Utah, and we aren’t afraid to challenge ourselves by playing

tougher and bigger teams,” said Knowles. Goal two is to handle the

Conference schedule. A good showing against strong competition and

early season opponents goes a long way in keeping the team’s Max Prep

score high in hopes of hosting home playoff games. Goal three is to win

All-League games and gather the automatic playoff bid. The final goal is

setting the bar high; win a state championship.

“The seniors this year were eighth-graders when I started here, and the

natural projection and trajectory is to win a state title. Some teams are

afraid to talk about it, we are not. The bar is set high and a championship

is the expectation now,” states Knowles.

While there are only a few home games on the schedule this season, if the

team takes care of goals one through three, Memorial Field should be a

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#15

Forest Ambridge has wrestled and played lacrosse at Sandpoint during high school, but for his

senior year, he decided to join the football team. Ambridge said that he started bulking up over

the last year, which led him to decide to take on the new sport. He is the most recent addition

to a stout secondary, as he will slot in at the cornerback position for the Bulldogs.His goals

for his senior season are to earn a starting spot on the defense and improve his game overall.

FOREST AMBRIDGE

Levi Balison is entering his fifth season playing football and his third on the varsity roster for

Reflecting on what this season means for his team, Ambridge said that it goes beyond the 2022

season. As the Bulldogs achieve their goals on the field this year, they are continuing to build

the football program at Sandpoint. “[Achieving our goals] would be the reign of a new era for

Sandpoint football,” Ambridge said. “[This season] is going to make history.”

#2

LEVI

BALISON

the Sandpoint Bulldogs. Over the last several seasons, Balison has proved himself to be a

force on the defensive side of the ball. Last season, he accumulated 34 tackles and two sacks

while playing linebacker. “My position is setting the edge of the defense,” Balison said. “You

have to control that part of the field. It’s pretty sweet.”

Balison plans to continue his football career after high school as well. He said that his season

goals are to earn All-League honors and garner the attention of more college scouts. He

currently holds one offer from Whitworth University.

Besides football, Balison also plays on Sandpoint’s boys’ lacrosse team and loves powerlifting.

This past February, he competed in the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association Drug

Tested Idaho State Championships. Watch for Balison to show his strength and toughness as

a leader on the stifling Bulldogs’ defense this year.

#66

Tyssen

case

Like many of the Class of 2023 football players, Tyssen Case has been playing football since

third grade, growing and improving each year alongside his teammates. “It used to just be

really simple peewee football,” Case said. “But now since we got to high school, we have

really excelled.”

Case provides a dominant presence for the Bulldogs as a nose guard on the defensive line.

His goals for 2022 are to maintain his starting spot and double his last season’s sack total

from two to four. And his team goal, of course, is taking home the 4A state title. “[Winning

state] would mean that we put in all this work for a good reason,” Case said. In addition to

school and football, Case also attends North Idaho College’s Parker Technical Education

Center and is a second-year plumbing apprentice, working every day after practice

until 6pm.

#44

JoEY

#16

Hughes

Joey Hughes moved to Sandpoint from Anchorage, Alaska, when he was in middle school,

and since his arrival into the Bulldog football program, he has watched the team improve each

season. As he enters his senior year, Hughes will step into the important role of replacing

2021 IEL Player of the Year and First Team All-State running back Gerrit Cox.

“It was great to see [Cox] play because he was a great running back,” Hughes said. “I want

to be able to put out as much as he did. I know I won’t be able to, but I am going to try my

hardest and see what I can do.”

Hughes said that he has been impressed by the continued growth he and his teammates

have experienced during his four years of high school. “It has just been constantly getting

better and better,” Hughes said. “So, I am hoping this year we [play] the best we can and win

a championship.”

In 2019, the Sandpoint freshman football team needed players, so Jack Zimmerman’s

basketball coach—who also happened to be the freshman team head coach—Corey Coon

recruited Zimmerman to go out for football. Over the last three seasons, Zimmerman has

blossomed into one of the best defensive backs in North Idaho, earning IEL Defensive

Newcomer of the Year last season.

Zimmerman grew up hanging out with a lot of the guys that are now his teammates, but his

connection to them really grew when he joined the team three years ago. In his senior year,

Zimmerman has his eyes on two goals: winning state and notching five interceptions—one

more than he achieved in 2021.

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zimmerman

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“[Winning state] would mean everything,” Zimmerman said. “Freshman year, I don’t even

think this was even in anyone’s minds, but now it’s just like, ‘Let’s go do it.’”

Zimmerman is also a star outfielder for the Bulldogs baseball team and plans to play

collegiate baseball at a junior college in California after graduation.


#25

Koby

#22

Wes

barlow

benefield

Koby Barlow was destined to play football at Sandpoint High School. Every fall for the last

70 years, the Bulldogs have played their home games on War Memorial Field at Barlow

Stadium, named after Koby’s great grandfather—legendary SHS coach and athletic director

Cotton Barlow.

“I have a long history with football [at Sandpoint],” Barlow said. “The stadium is called Barlow

Stadium. [My] great grandfather and grandfather coached there, and my dad has a long history

with football as well, so I just couldn’t not play.”

Since he joined the Bulldogs football team his sophomore year, Koby Barlow has improved his

skills and made an impact in the defensive backfield. “Our motto for the DBs [defensive backs]

is ‘No Fly Zone,’” Barlow explained. “Any ball in the air should come down, [either] with us or

on the ground.” In addition to football, Barlow also plays baseball and golf at SHS.

In his senior season, Wes Benefield plans to continue leading Sandpoint to new heights.

Head coach Ryan Knowles calls Benefield the “heart” of the Bulldogs’ defense, and

for good reason. Last year, Benefield racked up 125 total tackles, including 10 tackles

for loss at the middle linebacker position, earning him both the 4A and Inland Empire

League (IEL) Defensive Player of the Year honors.

“I just need to do the same thing [again] and expect what I already have,” Benefield

said. “I got a big role to fill.” Benefield said the key for this year is to come out strong

in the first half, setting the tempo for the entire game. “We can’t be lazy in the first half

[of games]. We need to come out hot and stay hot.” Benefield hopes to continue his

football career at the collegiate level. He currently has offers from College of Idaho and

Whitworth University.

#27

vincent

colson

Vincent Colson has been playing football for three years, but this season will be his first in

a Sandpoint Bulldogs uniform. Colson and his family moved to Sandpoint from Phoenix,

Arizona, in December 2021. During this past spring, Colson joined the first-hour weightlifting

class, which gave him an opportunity to get to know Coach Knowles and his teammates.

Colson said he quickly recognized the winning culture that permeates the Bulldogs’ program.

“Here everyone wants to win as a team,” Colson said.

Colson is a defensive back, and he noted that he will primarily line up as a strong safety and

strongside linebacker this season.Although he is new to the team, he hopes his hard work

and dedication will make a positive impact in 2022. “I just need to stay dedicated,” Colson

said. “I need to have that image in my mind that I want to get there as much as everyone else,

so that I don’t hold anyone else back. We can all win state together this year.”

#77

wylan

dorrel

When Wylan Dorrel first started playing football his freshman year, his position was running

back. Fast forward to his senior season, and he is a 6-foot-5-inch, 288-pound offensive

lineman, opening holes for the dynamic Bulldogs rushing attack.

Dorrel’s skills as a left tackle earned him 4A Second Team All-State and First Team All-

League honors last season. This year, Dorrel’s focus is to improve his skills and get stronger.

Also, a rematch with Skyline in the playoffs is already on his mind.

“To me personally, especially if we got to go against Skyline for the third time in the playoffs

or the finals—in an actual state [playoff] game—and to actually get over that hump would

be monumental,” Dorrel said. “It would be like winning state all three years. That would be

awesome.”

Dorrel plans to play football in college and study either psychology or oceanography—two

subjects he is passionate about. He currently has an offer from University of Idaho.

#10

Parker Pettit drops back, looks, throws, and it is caught by Arie VanDenBerg—touchdown

Bulldogs! Sandpoint fans can expect to see a lot of that this season. The connection between

Pettit and VanDenBerg goes beyond the football field and dates back to their days playing

peewee football together. “We are best friends off the field [and] hang out most days,”

VanDenBerg said. “I have known him since fifth grade when we started playing football

together, and we just had a bond that stuck ever since.”

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Heading into the 2022 season, VanDenBerg, Pettit and the entire Bulldogs roster are ready

to make history. “I know everyone is motivated,” VanDenBerg said. “Everyone is pumped

up because they know what it is like to go through the playoffs and have a hard road to

the [championship].”

Aside from catching passes, Bulldogs fans can expect to see VanDenBerg get some snaps

at defensive end again this season. VanDenBerg is hoping that his senior season garners

him consideration from college coaches in the area, as he would like to play football at the

next level.

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During his sophomore year, Jacob Gove decided to make the switch from soccer to football,

joining the Bulldogs squad as a kicker and punter. Since joining the football team, Gove said

he has felt welcomed and acknowledged as an important part of the team.

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“My goal is just that I want to contribute,” Gove said. “Even though I am the kicker, I want to

put forth as much effort, if not more, than everybody else.”

Coach Knowles introduced Gove to John Zima, a kicking and punting coach who trains athletes

across the country via video lessons.

Thanks to his training with Zima and a lot of hard work, Gove said his field goal range in

practice is 55 yards and his best punts go 50 yards or more with a hangtime of four-plus

seconds. If any games this season come down to a last-minute field goal, Bulldogs fans can

have confidence in their senior kicker.

Koda Hartley started playing football in fourth grade and has grown up with the core group

of athletes that will highlight Sandpoint’s 2022 football roster. According to Hartley, the

connection that he and his teammates have—especially those who played together since

elementary school—is the force that will propel them to victory this season. “I think [our team

chemistry] will take us all the way,” Hartley said.

After high school, Hartley said he hopes to attend an in-state college or university where he

can study something in the medicine field, potentially nursing. Hartley is also on Sandpoint’s

golf team, and he says golf is a sport he would like to play at the collegiate level.

Right now, however, Hartley is ready to give everything he has to the Bulldogs football team,

playing free safety and wide receiver this season. “It’s senior year, so it really is all or nothing,”

Hartley said.

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The 2022 Bulldogs offensive line will be led by the veteran presence of Carson Laybourne, a

First Team All-State and all-IEL award winner last year and a preseason First Team All-State

nominee in his senior season.

Laybourne stands at an imposing 6-foot-4-inches tall and weighs 305 pounds. He has given

opposing defensive lineman fits since earning a starting spot in his sophomore season. He

was a big part of an offense that averaged more than 200 yards rushing last year.

After graduation, Laybourne hopes to continue playing football at the college level. He said

he has looked at schools such as Eastern Washington, Idaho State and University of Idaho.

Wherever Laybourne goes, he is sure to make an impact at the next level, but he also knows

that first he has more work to do with the Bulldogs this season. Like many of his teammates,

Laybourne is hungry for a state title.

“[Winning state] would probably be the highlight of high school and probably my life, to be

honest,” Laybourne said. “It would be cool to go third, second, first.”

Owen Wimmer is another member of the group of players that has played together since

childhood. The team’s bond and brotherhood are what Wimmer says makes he and his teammates

better each time they take the field. “Most of us have all been playing since fourth

grade—ever since we could start playing,” Wimmer said. “We have grown in the game together

[and] I think that really has a huge effect now because we have this connection on

the field that is crazy.”

Wimmer will primarily play linebacker in his senior year, but he said that he might slot in at

running back occasionally. His goals for this season are to do the best he can personally and

as a teammate to help his team win the state championship. Wimmer added that his team

is experienced, but there will always be a new challenge each season. When he graduates,

Wimmer plans to attend college to study fire science.

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Ryan McElroy’s senior year is not going to be like the one he might have always dreamed of,

but he is making the most of it. McElroy has played football since he was 8 years old, and

when his family moved from Oregon back to his father’s hometown of Sandpoint last year, he

joined the Bulldogs football team.

He felt comfortable right away at Sandpoint and was a key contributor as a junior, starting

at nose guard. “This team was very welcoming, bringing me into the team and showing me

around,” McElroy remembered.

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Then, in the 2021 state semifinal game against Blackfoot, McElroy tore his ACL. Currently,

McElroy is continuing to recover from his injury through physical therapy, and he hopes to

be back on the field in the coming months. Until then, he will be on the sidelines cheering

his teammates on every Friday night. After graduation, McElroy plans to become a wildland

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Sandpoint will be led again this year by arguably one of the best quarterbacks in

the state of Idaho—back-to-back IEL Offensive Player of the Year Parker Pettit. His

senior season will be the finale to an impressive career under center for the Bulldogs.

This year, his motivation is to get the bad taste out his mouth from the 2021 4A State

Championship game.

“It sucked losing in state last year,” Pettit admitted. “That was one of the worst

experiences ever. That pushes me hard to get better every day.”

During his high school career, Pettit has been trained by private quarterback coaches

like Russel Wilson’s personal QB coach Jake Heaps and former Washington State

University head coach Mike Price.

Pettit currently holds offers from Whitworth and MIT (yes, that MIT), but he is

reportedly being looked at by several other schools, including some Division I

programs. Despite his past success and all the hype it has earned him, Pettit remains

humble and focused on two goals this season: win state and earn All-State honors.

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Austin Smith only started playing football his sophomore year, but over the last two

seasons he has blossomed into a strong contributor on the offensive line. Smith plays

right tackle for Sandpoint, and he said he enjoys working with a group of teammates

that are talented and push him to get better.

“[Being on the offensive line] is really fun because we are so talented and work so well

together,” Smith said. “We enjoy football a lot more [and] we aren’t getting beat all the

time. Life is easier because we are working well together.”

In preparation for his final season, Smith said that he is locked in and ready to go.

“Every practice you are thinking about ‘I’m doing this to win that state championship,’”

Smith said. “It’s the last year to do so, so it’s the last chance. You’ve got to put

everything on the line.”

Next year, Smith plans to attend a trade school in order to pursue a career as a diesel

mechanic.

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Ben Stockton is another Sandpoint Bulldog who has played since he was in third grade.

Over the years, he has developed strong relationships with his teammates on and off

the field. Stockton is another key leader on the offensive line, starting at center for

the Bulldogs. He lines up alongside some talented players like Wylan Dorrel, Carson

Laybourne and Austin Smith, but Stockton kidded that his job is to keep them all in

order and on the same page on the field.

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stockton

“It’s kind of hard to get them coordinated sometimes,” Stockton joked. “But they work

it out.” Besides football, Stockton also competes as a thrower on the track and field

team. He is still narrowing down his post-graduation aspirations, and he has not ruled

out playing college football.

Overall, Stockton is just excited to get back out this season and compete alongside

some of his closest friends. “It’s pretty fun knowing we have been a team and brothers

for a really long time and now stepping right up and getting more done,” Stockton said.

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timothy

Cole Timothy grew up in Sandpoint, playing football since fourth grade with many of

his senior teammates. Oddly enough, this season is also Timothy’s first on Sandpoint

High School’s football team. That is because his family moved to Boise when he was in

eighth grade and just recently moved back up to North Idaho.

Timothy said he has felt right at home with his friends in Sandpoint, allowing him to

quickly adapt back to the Bulldogs team.“It is just like being back and hanging out with

my friends again,” Timothy said. “Nothing really changed, they just accepted me back.”

This season Timothy said his goal is to play at least one quarter of every game and earn

his varsity letter while playing free safety. He also hopes to be an encouragement to his

team as they chase a state championship together.

Timothy has plans of moving back to Southern Idaho after high school and potentially

getting his real estate license. When he is not on the football field, Timothy loves playing

basketball and video games.

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Sandpoint Golf Scramble

Raises Funds for Football

Local fundraiser a success for Sandpoint football

by RACHEL KELLY

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On August 4, 2022, the Sylvia Kappen Memorial Classic,

formerly known as the Sandpoint Golf Scramble, was

held at the Idaho Club to raise funds through the Football

Foundation for Sandpoint Football Leagues. The event was a

huge success, raising approximately $15,000 in funds for local programs.

“This year we had so much participation that I had to turn people away,

which I never like to do. But there’s only so much space,” says Coach Ryan

Knowles of the Sandpoint Bulldogs. Invites are sent on a relatively closed

loop, with past participants invited first and new participants invited as

space allows. All in all, there were 120 participants in this year’s scramble.

This year the Golf Scramble was held in Memoriam for Sylvia Kappen,

who served the football program as a dedicated team mom. Even after

her boys graduated from football, she continued to show up for the boys

of the community for the following five years until she passed away in

March. When Coach Knowles decided that feeding the teams was a vital

part of making sure the kids were healthy and strong, Sylvia poured

herself into preparing and organizing team meals five days a week. With

a hectic football schedule, Sylvia knew from experience the difficulty

of getting a square meal into the boys who played football. She and the

other team moms fed upward of 80 people every evening. “She headed

all of that up. Sometimes she didn’t turn in receipts, absorbing some of

the costs and dedicating her time. She really took care of all the boys,”

says Knowles. Sylvia was dedicated to mothering her boys. Much of

her opportunities for caring for the community were a natural result of

that care.

It goes without saying that Sylvia was well loved by her team and her

community. So when the Golf Scramble was named in her honor (Sylvia

loved golf), and the dinner and celebration at Dover Bay that followed

was to be held in memory of her, 175 people attended to show their

support. At the dinner, Sylvia’s husband and children were in attendance

as honored guests. Kraig Kappen, Sylvia’s husband, said a few words

in honor of her name and legacy. It was an incredible opportunity to

bring everyone together in support of a program that Sylvia loved and

supported wholeheartedly.

The funds, raised through the Football Foundation, were made possible

in large by The Idaho Club. The Idaho Club donated the golf course

and amenities for the attendees. The funds were raised, however, by the

enthusiasm of the community. All funds go directly toward the kids

participating in Sandpoint football programs of all levels. Funds will

be used to buy equipment for the first- through sixth-grade programs.

The middle school programs will be provided with new shoulder pads,

safety equipment and jerseys. The safety equipment for the kids who play

in Sandpoint is state-of-the-art due to the success of the this yearly golf

scramble, for which some of the largest parts of the funds are dedicated. A

large part also goes to travel and food for the teams, which are especially

important in the high school league, who require charter buses and food.

The teams eat after every practice and on the road. The price of safety,

health and travel adds up over time.

Instead of the costs being absorbed by individual families, the Sandpoint

community has a yearly opportunity to come together to directly support

the children who participate. A community coming together to support

families large and small is exactly the kind of thing that Sylvia Kappen

inspired on a daily basis. It seems fitting that a gathering such as the

yearly golf scramble was named in her honor.

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(Rocky Mountain)

Ready to Rumble

Bulldogs fall short in season opener as they ready themselves for in-state competition

by CHRISTIAN WEANER

Losing is never fun—especially to open the season—but according

to Head Coach Ryan Knowles, the Sandpoint Bulldogs trip to

Rexburg to compete in the 2022 Rocky Mountain Rumble was a

positive experience overall.

As Sandpoint moves into its slate of games against in-state competition,

putting the 16-15 defeat against Utah’s Class 5A Alta High School behind

them, Coach Knowles and the team are ready to make the necessary

adjustments and push forward this season.

“There is a ton of positive from this trip,” Knowles said. “I thought we

traveled really well, and I thought our players were very in-tune to

how to travel and how to prepare for the game. It just came down to

some execution that we need to clean up, and that’s why we are going to

practice all week.”

Coach Knowles was excited for his team to have the opportunity to play

in this year’s Rocky Mountain Rumble—an annual showcase of some

of the best high school football teams in Idaho and Utah. This season,

eight games were played August 26 and 27 at Madison High School in

Rexburg, Idaho, and every team competing was a 2021 state qualifier in

their respective state and classification.

Being located in the panhandle of North Idaho, scheduling is not easy for

Knowles and the Bulldogs program, which is why their season-opening

game against a quality opponent was so important to the team.

In 2020, the Idaho High School Athletics Association (IHSAA) opted

to base 4A playoff seeding on MaxPreps computer rankings. Therefore,

playing schools with high MaxPreps rankings is essential for teams like

Sandpoint, who hope to avoid away games in the early rounds of the

state tournament.

“(Playing Alta) will absolutely help (our MaxPreps ranking),” Knowles

noted. “Their national ranking and their state ranking and what they do

after this all year will help us too with that. It’s nice to be playing quality

opponents like Alta.”

One thing Coach Knowles noted about the Bulldogs matchup that fans

might not have realized is that Alta High School is more than double the

size of Sandpoint.

According to U.S. News, Alta has an enrollment of 2,210, while Sandpoint

has 923 students.

“It was a good battle,” Coach Knowles said. “I think highly of Alta, and

they think highly of us and how competitive the game was. I don’t think

they knew much about us. It was good to see an opponent like that.”

Despite the loss, Coach Knowles said he was happy with 85 percent of his

team’s performance but admitted that the other 15 percent is what cost

them the game.

The Bulldogs met several of their team goals for the game, including

running the ball for more than 170 yards, not turning the ball over on

offense and creating at least three plays of 25 yards or more. However,

penalties, poor special teams and several key missed opportunities

slowed down the Bulldogs’ attack, resulting in the one-point defeat.

“I think [the game] game down to details,” Coach Knowles said. “Playing

a team that is in their third game of the season—who has eight quarters

under their belt—[Alta] had polished some things that we had not really

yet, and it was absolutely the difference in a one-point game.”

In the end, Knowles is thankful that Sandpoint had the opportunity to

play a team from Utah for the first time in school history, and he believes

the trip down to Eastern Idaho gave his team a successful blueprint for

future road games this season.

“As far as the Rocky Mountain Rumble goes, it is a tremendous event put

on by the committee down there, and I hope that we can do it again in the

future,” Coach Knowles said.

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