The following is a report by Knoxville Middle School coaches this past season in regard to their respective teams.

8th Grade Football

Coach Will Lee said the 8th grade Panthers turned in a record of 4-1-1 overall while the B-team was 3-2-1.

Lee replied, “This year’s team was very deep at almost every position. We lost four starters to injury during the season and were still able to have a lot of success. We ran a very deep playbook with a lot more variety than a lot of middle school teams are able to run. This group has a lot of smart, athletic, high character kids that were very fun to be around.”

7th Grade Football

Panther Coach Jason Gramlich stated, “The Knoxville 7th grade football team showed a tremendous amount of improvement from the beginning of the season to the end. Each individual player got better each week by working hard in practice and performing well in games. I look forward to seeing this group continue to improve and stay together as I think they will provide a lot for our football program in the years to come.”

Cross Country

The Panthers were coached by Jamie Vander Veer. He stated, “The boys and girls teams both had a successful season this fall.”

The boys squad finished second at the South Central Conference Meet.

Henry Picard and Ezra Schmidt earned All-Conference honors by placing 7th and 8th. The boys also had strong performances by Jensen Finnegan in 12th, Ethan Russell in 16th, and Joe Finnegan in 17th.

The girls team finished fourth at the SCC Meet. They were led by Olivia Bacon who finished 7th and earned All-Conference honors. Ella Rankin and Janie Maasdam also had good races, finishing in 22nd and 23rd respectfully.

Perry Bell can be reached at sports@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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