Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Whitehall Vikings 2015 Football Preview

2015 ScheduleSchedule
School Mascot Name: Vikings
2014 Record: 9-3
Conference/Division: West Michigan Conference
2015's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 4
Record last 3 seasons: 14-16
Record last 10 seasons: 49-47

Head Coach: Tony Sigmon
Head Coaching Experience: 3rd year
Assistant Coaching Staff:
C.J. Van Wieren - Quarterbacks/Safeties
Keith Stratton - Defensive Coordinator/Running backs
Lotrel Watkins - Receivers/Cornerbacks
Matt DeRose - Offensive & Defensive Line
Don Rake - JV/ Varsity Assistant
Dan Minert JV/ Varsity Assistant Coach
Captains:  TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 8
Returning Starters on Defense: 7
Returning Key Players:
Nate McWhinnie C - 2016 (All Conference)
Isaac Morris T/DE - 2016 (2yr starter)
Cain Priest T - 2016 (3yr starter)
Zarren Aylor QB - 2016 (3yr starter)
Nolan Throne SL/CB - 2016 (3yr Starter)
Connor Rake WR/FS 2016 (3yr starter)
Keenan Aylor WR/SS - 2016 (3yr starter)
Juwan Britton FB/CB - 2016
Jody Jansen DT - 2017
Luke Morningstar OLB - 2016
Upcoming Players:
Michael Fox SL/LB 2016
Thomas Pickard RB/LB - 2016
Team Strength(s) for 2015:
Depth, senior leadership, majority returning players on both sides of the ball
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2015:
Stephen Ogden G/T - 2015 (All State Honorable Mention)
Cheston Manns WR/DB - 2015
Gunner Lamb LB - 2015 (Alma College)
2015 Season Outlook:
Most proven, deepest & experienced team coming off a deep playoff run. With a tough conference schedule, we're going to have to play every game like a playoff game.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
In my opinion it's a wide open run for the conference title, due to the toughness of each team in the West Michigan Conference.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Michigan High School Football Team Previews for 2015 Season

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Jalen Shaffer - NorthPointe Christian - OLB/RB - Class of 2018 Player Profile and Interview

  • High School:
    • Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian
  • Graduation Year:
    •  2018
  • Primary Position:
    • OLB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • RB
  • Height:
    • 6'1"
  • Weight:
    • 180 lbs
  • #1 Most Memorable Game:
    • On defense when we played Kelloggsville, I had 8 tackles and a pick six as well as an 80 yard touchdown on a kick return.  On offense, when we played Godwin Heights, I had 20 carries and 150 yards with 2 touchdowns against a tough aggressive defense.  
  • Athlete you try building your game around:
    • Kenny Willekes, who graduated from NPC this past year and will be playing   for MSU this coming year.  Kenny is an aggressive tackler that plays with an edge, but is very fundamentally sound.   
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year JV
  • Greatest High School Achievement:
    • Maintaining a 3.7 GPA even though I am a three sport athlete (Football, Basketball, and Track)
  • Offseason Goal (s):
    • Bigger, stronger, faster
  • Stats:
    • Last year I had over 1000 all-purpose yards as a RB and QB and I had 51 tackles.
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Michigan, Northwestern, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Grand Valley, Hillsdale, Wheaton
  • Intangibles:
    • As a linebacker, I read the play quickly, shed the blocks quickly, and go after the ball aggressively.   Also, I have a third gear speed that kicks in. Against Hopkins, Calvin Christian and Stockbridge, I chased down and caught their skill players from the opposite field that were at least 10 yards ahead of me.
  • How I play the game:
    • I am smart, coachable, and a team player.  

The D Zone - How has recruiting been going so far for you this season?

Jalen Shaffer - "I just started the recruiting process by signing up with NCSA."

What has been your biggest challenge in High School football so far?

Jalen Shaffer - "My biggest challenge was moving from QB to RB last year because all of our running backs got injured last year."

What are keys to performing at your positions?

Jalen Shaffer - "As a linebacker, it's important to be aggressive, yet stay smart and fundamentally sound with reads, tackling, etc."

What are some personal goals you have set for this upcoming season?

Jalen Shaffer - "I hope to be brought up to Varsity by midseason.   I also want to help NPC have the top ranked defense in the OK Silver Conference for a 4th straight year."

What would you want a college coach to know about you, if he was interested in recruiting you?

Jalen Shaffer - "I play with intelligence and have good speed and athleticism.  I am very coachable, unselfish, and will do everything I can for the team."

What are things you have learned from Upperclassmen and try to apply to your work ethic or routine?

Jalen Shaffer - "From my upperclass brothers, I have learned that even the little things matter to be successful, whether that takes place in the weight room, in the classroom, or out on the football field."

What is a team your school looks forward to playing and why?

Jalen Shaffer - "We look forward to playing Hopkins every year because neither the varsity or JV of NPC have beaten them yet.  They are tough, aggressive and play with an edge."

Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous? 
  • Most Improved Award- NPC track team 2015.