Both Sleepy Eye football teams held their end-of-year banquets recently where various players were recognized.

Both Sleepy Eye football teams held their end-of-year banquets recently where various players were recognized.

 

For Sleepy Eye Public, Coach Cory Haala presented some statistics from the season. Senior Matt Berkner led the team in rushing yards with 886 on 131 carries with seven touchdowns, while Saul Ibarra had 355 yards on 66 carries and three touchdowns. Berkner also led in receiving with 23 receptions for 421 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Berkner led with 32 solo tackles and 45 assists, while Ken Capacia had 26 solos and 40 assists. Dylan Klein added 22 solos and 34 assists, and Daniel Fischer had 34 total tackles plus four sacks.

 

Overall, the team averaged 20.7 points per game, and had total rushing yards of 1,811 and 1,030 yards passing for a total offense of 2,841 yards. Haala mentioned the Indians gained 1,200 more yards on offense than last year, and the team gave up 100 less points than last year defensively.

 

“Unfortunately we probably should have won two or three more games, two losses in particular in the last few minutes of the game. The coaching staff doesn’t want our win-loss record to take away from the positive improvements we showed this season.”

 

A total of nine seniors on the team will graduate this year and were recognized at the banquet.

 

“Our seniors will be missed,” Haala said. “They are great kids and were very coachable, they all made a positive impact in our improvement this season.”

 

Meanwhile, St. Mary’s had its football and cheerleading awards night. For team awards, Luke Fischer was named Rookie of the Year, while Most Improved went to Nathan Schroepfer. Senior Carter Krzmarzick was given three team awards, the Charlie Hale, the Lineman, and the Leadership Awards. The defensive team award went to Lucas Heiderscheidt, while the offensive team award went to David Surprenant.

 

For cheerleading, both the Spirit Award and the Coaches Award went to Emily Reinarts, while Taylor Pelzel received a Leadership Award.