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New era dawns as Lennox High School welcomes new football coach, Shawn Flanagan

Excitement is brewing as the Lennox High School football season is about to get underway. The team is set to kick-off the 2023 season this Friday, Aug. 25 with a home match-up against Chamberlain under the guidance of new head football coach, Shawn Flanagan. Flanagan takes over the reins from the Matt Luze, who led the Oriole program for over a decade.

Hailing from Oregon, Flanagan brings with him a wealth of football experience. A graduate of the University of Sioux Falls (USF) in 2009, Flanagan was no stranger to the gridiron, having played football during his college years. His career as a player spanned multiple institutions, including the University of Oregon, Eastern Oregon University, and eventually, USF. A former offensive lineman, Flanagan also spent some time at training camp with the New Orleans Saints. Flanagan’s last coaching job was at Salem where he where he spent four years as head coach of McCook Central Montrose honing his skills.

Flanagan, along with his wife and three kids, have settled into Lennox where he is excited to lead the Orioles on the field this season.

“To win every game, that’s our goal,” said Flanagan. “And to do our best and give our best effort to win every game.”

The previous season’s record and highlights are in the rearview mirror, and Flanagan has his team’s focus firmly on the future.

Assisting Flanagan this season will be Casey Vietor, Jona Leo, Neal Stratman, Blake Gesner, Matt Wolf, Pat Sees, Chris Kruse, Clint Johnson, Matt Hansen, Nathan DeWitt, Steve Hale and Justin Breske.

Flanagan’s approach to the upcoming season is characterized by high expectations and a relentless pursuit of victory.

While acknowledging the challenges ahead, Flanagan and his team are driven by a steadfast work ethic and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

Flanagan brings enthusiasm to the field this season and under his guidance the hope is the players will rise to the occasion, united by the shared goal of achieving success on the field.

Friday night’s game is set to kick-off at 7 p.m. in Lennox. On Sept. 1 the team travels to Vermillion for a 7 p.m. game and heads to Canton on Sept. 8 for another road game. On Sept. 15 Lennox hosts Custer in a 6 p.m. Homecoming match-up. On Sept. 22 the team will travel to Beresford before hosting Dakota Valley on Sept. 29. The team hosts Madison on Oct. 6 and West Central on Oct. 13 with a road game to Sioux Falls Christian on Oct. 19 wrapping up the regular season.

Team roster this season includes the following players along with their grade, positions, height, and weight:

Lucas Bontje, SR, WR/DB, 5’11”, 170

Carter Benning, SR, WR/LB, 6’1”, 175

Porter Ihnen, SR, WR/DB, 6’5”, 215

Boston Katzer, JR, QB/DB, 6’4”, 195

Ethan Larson, SR, DB/WR, 6’0”, 165

Chase Faulds, JR, WR/DB, 5’11”, 160

Layton Smith, JR, WR/DB, 6’4”, 195

Braeden Harmelink, JR, RB/DB, 5’9”, 145

Ashton Bach, SR, WR/DB, 5’8”, 155

Tate Gerdes, SO, DB/WR, 6’3”, 175

Oaklin Fergen, SO, WR/LB, 5’10”, 160

Triston Butler, SR, RB/LB, 5’9”, 180

Wyatt Bult, SO, WR/DB, 5’11”, 145

Jaxson Bittner, SO, RB/DB, 5’8”, 140

Coyer Fergen, SO, WR/DL, 5’10”, 160

Ramsey Williams, SO, DB/WR, 5’9”, 150

Corban Hanneman, JR, RB/LB, 5’10”, 165

Teegan Musser, SO, WR/DB, 6’4”, 165

Preston Otte, SO, WR/DB, 5’8”, 133

Cole Spieler, SO, WR/DB, 5’10”, 145

Drake Mikkelsen, FR, WR, 6’4”, 185

Chase Lundquist, FR, WR/CB, 5’10”, 145

Grant Larson, FR, 5’10”, 133

Brennen Juffer, FR, WR/DB, 6’4”, 155

Ethan Eitreim, FR, 5’9”, 140

Jayden Hopf, FR, 5’7”, 125

Nolyn Speilmann, FR, RB/LB

Shayden Olean, FR, 5’6”, 140

Jevyn Lefers, FR, LB/TE, 5’11”, 176

Talen Eich, SO, QB/DL, 6’0”, 200

Trey Gerdes, SR, TE/LB, 6’2”, 215

Maxwell Weeldreyer, SO, TE/LB, 6’0”, 175

George Scott, FR,5’7”, 145

Emory Lefers, JR, OL/DL, 6’1”, 215

Mason Reischl, SO, OL/DL, 5’10”, 200

Alec Gates, SO, OL/DL, 5’9”, 170

Jyler Antoine, SO, OL/DL, 5’8”, 200

Dominic DeBoer, SR, OL/LB, 5’11”, 195

Tomislav Cvitan, SR, OL/LB, 6’0”, 180

James Hermanson, FR, OL/DL, 5’10”, 200

Jacob Capon, SO, OL/DL, 5’10”, 185

Caleb Crager, JR, OL/DL, 5’9”, 185

Atticus Larson, JR, OL/LB, 5’10”, 180

Lyncoln Leo, SO, OL/DL, 6’1”, 260

David Bartscher, FR, , 5’10”, 218

Jacob Richert, SO, OL/DL, 5’11”, 230

Madix Havard, FR, OL/DL, 5’9”, 160

Benjamin Heibult, FR, OL/DL, 5’11”, 172

Gavin Horner, SO, OL/DL, 5’9”, 220

Clayton Barrett, JR, OL/DL, 6’1”, 280

Nathaniel Haar, JR, OL/DL, 6’0”, 225

Journey Noisy Hawk-Ellis, JR, OL/DL, 6’2”, 250

Samuel Bambas, FR, QB/LB, 5’7”, 183

Eli Highum, SO, TE/LB, 5’10”, 150

Gabe Veurink, SO, WR/DB, 5’5”, 120

Griffen Boomgarden, SO, WR/DB, 5’7”, 110

Nathan Arens, SO, WR/DB, 5’9”, 145

Cameron Smith, FR, , 5’9”, 132

Hayden Hostetler, SO, WR/DB, 6’0”, 140

Thomas Elledge, FR


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