Hawks want more

The Shawano Hawks got a taste of playoff football last year.

Going 4-4 a season ago, Shawano qualified for the WIAA tournament but lost to Ashwaubenon.

Hawks senior quarterback Lukas Postl wants another shot.

"We want to go there again and move on; not lose in the first round," Postl said.

The biggest obstacle in the way of a return to the playoffs for Shawano is the loss of 19 seniors from last year's team, many of them major contributors.

Four of those players were starters on the Hawks' offensive line. Guards Mike Heinz and Jesse Waldvogel and offensive tackles Scott Heinz and Todd Heinz became starters as sophomores and have been fixtures on the Hawks' line since.

"All four of them played and were starters each year I've been here," Hass said.

One player that could help at guard is junior Christian Krueger. At offensive tackle, Hass is looking at juniors Joe Kahlow and Hunter Ludvigsen.

Anchoring the line at center will be returning starter Bo Reopelle.

He's not the only key returning starter for the Hawks.

Shawano will also return a lot of skill position and defensive players, including last year's starting quarterback, wide receiver and fullback.

Senior fullback Michael Stupecky rushed 169 times last season, earning 838 yards and eight touchdowns.

Postl, who rushed for 436 yards and six touchdowns, completed 46 percent of his passes last year. He passed for 794 yards, four touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Junior flanker Mitchell Mazemke, who caught five passes last year for 143 yards, could become one of Postl's main targets.

Another target could be senior tight end Kyle Jones. The Hawks got a lot of production from the tight end position a year ago, when Dan Lohff led the team in receptions with 16 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

Hass is also excited about some of the players returning to the Hawks' defense.

Junior linebacker Sam Stupecky had 83 tackles, three sacks, one fumble recovery and five tackles for loss playing his middle linebacker position last year. Senior defensive end Kenny Casper had 52 tackles, two sacks, five tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Senior cornerback Joe Steel had 34 tackles, three passes defensed and one caused fumble.

Hass also says to keep an eye on senior nose tackle Andy LeClaire, junior linebacker Alex Mickelson, junior linebacker Logan Webster and sophomore linebacker Alex Frechette.

Hass will need production from all of them if he wants to reach his ultimate goal: win a Bay Conference championship. That is no easy task with last year's undefeated state champion, West De Pere, in the conference.

"To be the best, you gotta beat the best," Hass said. "That's the approach we have going in. We have to do what needs to be done to be successful."

By: 
Gerrard Diaz
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Tasting playoffs not enough
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