Winona Senior High School varsity football team
Pictured from left are (front row) Jonah Boelter, Riley Bosteter, Nick Waldo, Dakota Matthees, Bryce Heftman, Nick Fratzke, Josh Bade, Robert Warren, (second row) Terrell Hall, Levi Schewe, Ben McMartin, Canon Parker, Dan Jonsgaard, Logan Smith, Tommy Roberts, Jacob Gunn, Koltan Benrud, Justin Obiofu, River Heaser, Dane Reinardy, (third row) Austin Mlynczak, Jack Rutkowski, Matt Leahy, Cole Reinardy, Connor Sanvik, Chloe Lemieux, Brittin Winter, Taylor Fulton, Brandon Scott, Matt Kahn, Ethan Ringo, Trevor Pomeroy, Sam Kanne, (fourth row) Dean Mackenzie, Matt Thorn, Bennett Heftman, Cal Brinkman, Jackson Nibbelink, Aaron Witt, Ethan Prodzinski, Garit Wollan, Dayne Gamoke, Lance Thorn, Brady Machajeski, (fifth row) Colton Beier, Zach Weilandt, Bryan Cassellius, Jacob Dumais, Jack Thompson, Brayden Borzyskowski, Briar Volkman, Ethan Cummings, Jacob Petersen, Jackson Cichosz, Shawn Mugo, Sonny Thao, (sixth row) Corey Lee, Travis Steine, Marcus Teachout, Steve Gilbertson, Lukas Anderson, Garrett Johnson, John Cassellius, Chris Geurink, Jake Ledger, Ryan Steinhoff, Jeremy Graves, Nate Pollock, and Wayne Beisel.
Winhawks’ wide receiver Levi Schewe finds an opening in the second half.
Winona Winhawk and Red Wing Winger boosters huddled in Halloween costumes under stadium blankets on Saturday night at Paul Giel Field to watch undefeated Winona jump to 9-0 for the season, retaining top seed and moving on to round three. With two more games between Winona and the Minnesota varsity big four, Winona Senior High’s team proceeds confidently into the next round, facing the also-undefeated second seed Kasson-Mantorville Komets for the section finals in Rochester on Friday, November 3. Both teams sit at 9-0 for the season.
The ‘Hawks weren’t complacent in their meet-up with the 0-8 Wingers. Senior quarterback Riley Bosteter blasted two passes in the first for 14-0. Senior Dakota Matthees delivered the first score of the game, and Winona senior Josh Bade ran in one Bosteter pass in the first and was 6-6 in the game on extra point attempts. The rest of the Winhawks’ scoring took place in the second quarter, where Bosteter ran one in himself for a nine-yard gain, and let go of the ball long enough for sophomore Trevor Pomeroy to run in two more, rushing 158 total. Winhawk stalwart Terrell Hall brought in the fifth touchdown of the game in the second with a 59-yard gain. The Wingers stuck close to Hall for the duration, although he received a pass in the first and found himself unguarded — looking as surprised as anyone. The Winhawks entered halftime with 42-0, and the boisterous Red Wing bench became a more somber place, ending the first half with negative four yards rushed.
The scoreless third was a battleground as the Wingers struggled against the Winona defense which seemed to sift effortlessly through the Red Wing line. Red Wing was plagued by penalties throughout, and although senior Seth Yeatman ran a two-yard touchdown near the end of the fourth, it was too little, too late. Red Wing’s #23 Tre Moore had a rough time, lifting off to make a catch in the second and getting hit in midair hard enough to knock him almost into the sidelined Winona players.
If Kasson-Mantorville falls this coming Friday, the Winhawks can expect to meet Fridley or DeLaSalle, who stood at 5-3 and 4-4 as of press time.
In spite of the cold, Winona fans stuck to the stands until the clock ran out on the 42-6 final score, eager to cheer their untarnished regional champs. Next Friday was the distant future; this was an undefeated Saturday night with an excited team and excited fans, clapping and cheering each other on.