A cool summer morning for the 1-st day of high school
football practice in Wisconsin.
News 8's Kyle Deckelbaum takes us to West Salem .
where it's a day of *many* firsts for the Panthers.
With that .
it's high school football season.
Jehn The anticipation in putting our time in the weight
room in the offseason and the summer and now the rubber
meets the road, so to speak.
In West Salem .
it's the start of a new era .
in more ways than one.
For the first time in a decade and a half .
Wayne Sackett isn't on the sidelines.
Meet new head coach Justin Jehn.
He was an assistant under Sackett for 11 years.
Jehn It's always been an aspiration for me to be a
Schauf While it was different to see Coach Sackett
go, because you're used to him being the head coach,
coach Jehn is a great coach and very similar to Coach
Kastenschmidt Energetic for sure.
He's funny and he's just a good guy to get used to.
Jehn leads West Salem into a new conference.
After years of debate .
the Panthers are playing in the M-V-C.
Jehn We're always going to have a competitor on the
Now it's a different school, sometimes some bigger
schools to compete against.
But we really need to prepare the same way.
Schauf We can't change anything so seeing as they're
better schools in the MVC that we can play and get
more competiton, like Central, Holmen, Logan, teams
that are really solid teams, that helps us get ready
for the postseason.
Kastenschmidt I'm a little excited, if you can't tell.
In West Salem .
When it comes to recent playoff success in our area
Logan takes the cake.
The Rangers have won three playoff games each of the
last two seasons.
So on day one .
a new year .
but the same message.
Knoble Last year is behind us.
This is your team, this is your expectations.
What do you want to get out of this year?
Elmore He wants us all just to work hard, do it for
the seniors, do it for yourself.
And you only got three or four years of football so
take them wisely.
Knoble We're ready to rock baby.
It's, the kids are excited and we're fired up to be
With Mitch Schreiner gone .
it's a four-way battle for the starting quarterback
Get this .
two of the guys competing are brothers!
John and Matt Kind.
I just heard John talk to Matt and say, don't think
about it so much, Matt.
And that was just about bending over and picking up
So, they give each other a little here and there,
but they're good.
We're your home for high school football.
Join us Sunday .
August 17-th for the second annual News 8 Highlight
Zone High School Football Preview Show.
We'll make stops at all five regional Wisconsin conferences
*and* schools in Minnesota.
Team previews .
feature stories and expert analysis from wis sports
dot net's Travis Wilson and former Aquinas coach Dan
The News 8 Highlight Zone High School Football Preview
Show airs Sunday .
August 17-th after our 10 P-M newscast.