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Year of building for Bearcat gridders

The Webster Area Bearcats had a great season last year going 10-1 and falling short to Winner in the semifinal 11B contest with a strong senior base. Prior to that the Bearcats were in 9AA.

The Cats lose 13 seniors, three of whom were All-State players. They were Coby Reetz (RB,WR,OLB, C) Sterling Rausch (RB-LB) and Carter Fawcett (C-DT).

Besides losing the senior base the Cats will see a slight change in coaching as they are having an involuntary shake up in as head coach Tanner Christensen, is on military assignment.  Christensen was also on a military assignment last year during the middle of the season, and we are going to proceed this year like we did last year when Christensen was gone, with Wade Rausch taking up the head job and myself moving in to join Kyle Braun as assistants. Rausch was also a head football coach in Ipswich for five years, and has been a long time assistant football and head wrestling coach.

The Cats will be looking for leadership from top returners senior Colby Torrence, (DE), junior Jaydon Keller (QB/RB/LB and senior Jake Case.

Coach Adam Mines said, “The kids are working hard and they have pride. We have low numbers and are very young. Our current roster has just 23 kids, and 10 of those are freshmen.”

The Cats coaching staff expects for the athletes to work hard and improve as the year goes on.

Webster opens with their first two games at home with Garretson Aug. 21 and Roncalli Aug. 28. The Cats travel to Groton Sept. 4, have a bye week, travel to Redfield Sept. 18, host Milbank Sept. 28, go to Mobridge Oct. 2, host Flandreau Oct. 9 and play in Sisseton for the last regular season game Oct. 16.

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