Thirty-three Tomah High School freshmen came out for football in August.
Thirty-two were on the roster by the end of the season.
Thanks to a large and committed roster, the Timberwolves posted a winning record in 2017. They were 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference, and coach Bill Carney said the team was successful despite several injuries to start the season.
“We had a couple of injuries, and we had to do some shifting around,” Carney said during Tomah’s year-end football banquet Nov. 2.
The Timberwolves started the season with five straight victories, capped by a 14-6 victory over Holmen. The first loss of the season was 44-12 against Onalaska, their only MVC defeat, followed by a 42-6 nonconference loss to Stratford.
The finale was a 26-12 MVC victory over La Crosse Central in which Carney said “we played our most physical game of the year.”
Carney was impressed with a roster of athletes who stayed with the program all year. Several players split time on the junior varsity squad.
“What I’m most proud of is that we started the year with 33 players and ended up with 32,” Carney said.
Team members were: Mitchell Erickson, Kale Gnewikow, Boone Mathison, Justin Gerke, Hunter Neumann, Zander Williams, Evan Westpfahl, Kade Gnewikow, Luke Buckendahl, Brandon Lueck, Bodee Littlegeorge, Joey Fowler, Tanner Carlson, Carson Grovesteen, Dante Pemberton, Marcus Schroeder, Brock Greathouse, Jacob Roberts, Austin Eagleson, Sean Gadbois, Colton Riffle, Wyatt Bauman, Willie Bowie, Lane Rowley, Alex Marten, Logan Radek, Caden Harmel, Zachary Pasch, Christian Welch, Evan Long, Devin Bayer, Hayden Peters and Baily Hyatt.