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Whippets Working For More Successful Season

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/21/2013

It's been tough sledding in Whippet country the last couple of years. With just two wins over the last two seasons, Shelby is looking for positive changes under their new regime. Erik Will takes over as Whippets head coach this season and although he can't determine whether this years bunch looks improved from where the team was a year ago, feels satisfied with his teams camp.

"Both sides have a lot of work to do, but we are progressing, we are moving forward." Will says. "The best thing about this is the kids are doing a nice job of taking coaching and taking constructive criticism and we're just excited to see where we go from here."

Although Will could not say whether the club is ahead of where they were last year, senior linebacker/lineman Tristan Kehres can. As one of the leaders on the team, Kehres says he has felt a different vibe amungst the players.  

"I feel like we're farther ahead." Kehres says. "This year the coaching's much more intensified and everybody seems to be buying in more than they were the last couple years."

Kehres is now in his fourth season with the program and although they have been down the last couple of years, remembers the success Shelby experienced his first year of high school.

"Our freshman year that team went 8 and 2 and made the playoffs." Kehres says. "We'd like to be the next class to make it to the playoffs and we're starting that building block here. After I graduate I want to be able to come back and say hey, I played here, I sarted the great ride Shelby's been on."

To start a great ride this season, the Whippets will have to knock off a Madison team opening night that won the OCC last year and made a trip to the playoffs. Will says he scouted the Rams over the weekend and that his squad will need to be sharp to compete with them.

"They're a good football team." Will says. "That's a football team that if you don't do things really well they're going to make you pay."

The Whippets will have their preview against Galion on Friday, their last action against another program before opening the regular season at Ram Field August 31.

   
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