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2017 HS Football Previews : St. Mary's Springs Ledgers


The 2016 season for St. Mary’s Springs certainly fell short of where the team was used to being and wanted to be when the season ended. The Ledgers, coming off of back-to-back State Championships and four titles in five years saw the season end at the hands of Darlington in Level Four of the WIAA Playoffs. Springs comes into this year once again the favorite in the Flyway Conference race, but will have the task of replacing some key seniors who contributed to their success.

“The ones we are going to have the hardest time to replace are the linemen”, Ledgers coach Bob Hyland said. Michael Buetow, a unanimous first-team all-conference selection and Lineman of the Year in the Flyway Conference who also earned All-State honors departs, along with Mason Steffes, another all-conference selection. Who will replace those key linemen? “I am really excited about our sophomore linemen” says Coach Hyland. “We’ve got a sophomore line that probably averages 6-foot-one or better, so if those kids can continue to develop, we’ll be in great shape”.

Also gone on offense for St. Mary’s Springs are unanimous first team all-conference selections Blake Bauer at quarterback and Fintan Floyd at running back. Bauer threw for over 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016, while rushing for another 7 scores. Meanwhile, Floyd ran for just over 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2016.

All is not lost for the Ledger offense; however, as coach Hyland expects Senior Mitch Waechter, who was an all-conference receiver and defensive back last season, and Cade Christensen to contend for the starting job. Running Back Clay Schueffner returns as well for the Ledgers offensive attack. Schueffner ran for 969 yards last season with 20 touchdowns and was a first-team all-conference selection on both offense and defense. Schueffner has earned scholarship offers from a number of college programs during the offseason, including Indiana State, St. Cloud State and Winona State among others.

The Ledgers schedule for 2017 includes another challenging non-conference slate. Springs will open with Markesan and face both teams who played in the Division 5 State Championship Game last year, Amherst and Cedar Grove-Belgium.

2017 St. Mary’s Springs Schedule:

8/18: At Markesan – 7:00 pm

8/25: Amherst – 7:00 pm

9/1:  At Watertown Luther Prep - 7:00 pm (Game against North Fond du Lac cancelled - NFDL will not field a varsity team in 2017)

9/8: Cedar Grove-Belgium – 7:00 pm

9/15: Winnebago Lutheran – 7:00 pm

9/22: At Omro – 7:00 pm

9/30: Laconia – 1:00 pm

10/6: At Mayville – 7:00 pm

10/13: Lomira – 7:00 pm

Listen to the 2017 KFIZ High School Football Preview Show, Friday August 11th at 6:00 pm on KFIZ. You can hear the interview with Springs head coach Bob Hyland in its entirety along with other coaches from around the area. The show is brought to you by AirTech Heating in Fond du Lac. 

Read Other 2017 Previews: 

Fond du Lac


Winnebago Lutheran

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