‘Roller Coaster’ Grid Campaign
Boone Central/Newman Grove coaches, players and fans may have felt, at times, as if they were visiting an amusement park during the 2016 football season.
The campaign, afterall, had many similarities to a roller coaster ride, as most well recall.
At times exhilirating, at others frustrating.
The season definitely included a number of highlights. The Cardinals posted some impressive offensive numbers, although 13 turnovers (8 interceptions, 5 fumbles) hurt the cause.
Boone Central/Newman Grove rushed for 1,999 yards, averaging 5.01 yards per carry. The Cards added 1,111 yards through the air, with 52 percent passing, for a total yardage figure of 3,110 (345 per game).
Junior QB Dylan Gentrup thrived in BC/NG’s spread attack, racking up a 1,000/1,000-plus season. Gentrup rushed for 1,060 yards (5.73 per carry) and passed for 1,111 (62-of-118, .525) to lead the Cardinals in both categories.
Rushing help was provided by Levi Krueger (448/88/5.09), Carter Henry (301/92/3.27) and Trey Schafer (130/19/6.84). BC/NG’s leading receivers were Cody Nelson (24/431/17.96), Will Frey (11/223/20.27), Derek Stuhr (10/192/19.20), Henry (7/96/13.71) and Krueger (7/85/12.14).
Gentrup also led scoring with 14 rushing touchdowns and 11 TD passes. Nelson caught six touchdowns, Krueger totaled five TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) and Henry scored three touchdowns (1 rush, 2 rec.). Frey had an excellent season kicking, as he converted 16-of-18 PAT attempts and booted two field goals.
On the defensive side of the ball, Krueger led Boone Central/Newman Grove with 79 total tackles (solo & assists). Other leaders included Dalton Wagner (57), Jon Merten (44), Henry (42), Nelson (36), Caden Ranslem (33) and Ethan Dozler (32).
Krueger recorded 34 solo tackles, leading a Card list that included Wagner (21), Nelson (20), Henry (19), Tanner Schafer (18), Merten (17), Zachery Nissen (14), Dozler (11) and Trey Schafer (11).
Gentrup intercepted two passes in 2016, while Nissen, Brenden Beierman, Tanner Schafer and Nelson all picked off one pass attempt. Krueger and Henry recovered three fumbles each and Gentrup had two fumble recoveries.
Gentrup also returned 16 kickoffs an average of 23.88 yards, averaged seven yards on four punt returns, and punted 25 times, averaging 30.48 yards.
Volleyers Make Strides
While the final record was not what the Cardinals hoped for going into the 2016 volleyball season, Coach Susan Roberts felt the Boone Central/Newman Grove program did make strides during the 11-18 campaign.
“In reflecting on the season, it was good to see we made some growth as a program,” Roberts commented. “Our final record did not show improvement in terms of wins and losses, but when looking at the season as a whole, I feel we have a good deal to proud of.”
Roberts said her team met some of its preseason goals and made strides in specific areas, including establishing a new school record (records dating back to 2011, when started). The Cardinals’ ace block total of 114 broke the previous mark of 105 in 2013.
“Overall, we are happy with the progress we made over the season,” Roberts praised. “We gained good experience with some of our younger players that should carry over, helping them continue to build a strong program and be successful next season.
“I am grateful to all our players and coaches for their hard work and dedication to our program, especially our seniors.”
Roberts noted that several individual records were also set during the 2016 season. Senior Tessa Hedlund established marks for Season Passing Grade (2.44 on 3.0 scale), Career Passing Grade (2.33) and Career Serve Receive (93.8%). Junior Nicole Woebbecke set a new mark for Season Ace Serves (36).
Along with its 160 aces on 90.8 percent serving, Boone Central/Newman Grove had an 81.1 attack percentage, with 766 kills on 2,714 swings (0.093 attack efficiency). Defensively, the Cards had a 2.20 pass rating on 1,628 serve receptions, made 114 blocks (1.33 per set) and totaled 1,134 successful digs (13.2 per set).
BC/NG had five players serve above 90 percent, led by Lauren Hedlund (94.7%) and Tessa Hedlund (94.3%). Others were Woebbecke (93.2%), Kelsey Thompson (90.6%) and Carsen Grape (90.6%). Woebbecke (36) led aces, along with Thompson (30), Jenna Kramer (27), Tessa Hedlund (21) and Karley Zoucha (20).
Kramer was Boone Central/Newman Grove’s dominant presence at the net in 2016, leading the team by big margins in kills (258) and blocks (47.5). Other kills leaders were Zoucha (147), Woebbecke (143), Tessa Hedlund (94) and Grape (84). Four Cards hit better than 80 percent – Woebbecke (85.2%), Lauren Hedlund (84.7%), Zoucha (82%) and Tessa Hedlund (81.7%), with Woebbecke (0.172) and Kramer (0.151) tops in attack efficiency. Thompson directed the attack for the most part, registering 646 assists in 2,322 set attempts (27.8 assist percentage).
Following Tessa Hedlund’s team-leading 2.44 pass rating on service receive were Kramer (2.23), Mya Donelson (2.21) and Lauren Hedlund (2.15). Cardinal dig leaders included Woebbecke (200), Donelson (197), Tessa Hedlund (184), Thompson (161), Lauren Hedlund (134) and Zoucha (107).