Webster's Kroll named coach of weekPackers honor former Northwestern Tiger
By: By Mike Granlund, For The Telegram, Superior Telegram
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by Mike Granlund and his alter ego, Lance Boyle.
Jovin Kroll, a 2002 graduate of Northwestern High School, has the Webster Tigers’ football team on a serious roll, with seven straight victories to start the season and a No. 7 state ranking according to the WisSports coaches poll.
To add to the excitement in Webster, this week the Green Bay Packers have named Kroll the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week. Besides the recognition, the designation carries a $1,000 donation to the Tiger football program.
Kroll, who was an assistant to Jeremy Voeltz before taking over the reins when Voeltz accepted the Spooner head coaching position, was a tight end and punter at Northwestern and went on to become a nationally ranked Division III punter for the UW-River Falls Falcons. At UWRF he was named to the Division III Academic All-American football team.
After six years as an assistant at Webster, Kroll felt he was ready for the job as the head man. With encouragement from his parents, Jerry and Carole Kroll of Amnicon, his wife Breena (nee Breena Lind), and her parents, Andy and Nancy Lind of Iron River, he devoted his efforts to turning the program around after last season’s 1-7 record.
“I knew we had some talented athletes, and they have bought into our system and we have had success,” Kroll said. “We got the players out for the team, and they bought into the weightlifting program. We have a good group of seniors, with an all-senior offensive line, and some really fast running backs. It’s been a lot of fun. We would like to win our final two games and then see how far we can get in the playoffs.”
Kroll led Webster to a 21-6 victory over Cameron on Friday to improve to 7-0 and clinch a playoff berth in the 2013 WIAA state tournament. Kroll’s team travels to Saint Croix Falls High School today in an effort to secure sole possession of the North Lakeland Conference championship.
Webster will likely be placed in Division 6 for the WIAA football playoffs that start Oct. 25. Kroll is hoping for a home game in Level 1.
Kroll and his staff oversee a program of 49 players. His assistant coaching staff includes Joel Anderson, Craig Dorn, Andy Lind, Rob Scherrer and Andy Smith.
Kroll is the school’s language arts teacher, and Breena is a counselor at Webster. They have two children, Kamden and Kyan.
Other former Tiger coaches are enjoying successful seasons as well.
Bob DeMeyer spent a few years as an assistant for the Tigers, and one year as head man, before taking over the Superior Spartans, who are having a great year at 6-1 and face unbeaten Menomonie tonight at Ole Haugsrud field.
Jimmy Hogan spent time as a Northwestern assistant and a Superior assistant before accepting the Duluth Marshall head coaching job last season. The Hilltoppers had a great year last year and are currently 5-1 this season under the former Army Ranger’s tutelage.
Brain Amys, a physical education teacher at Solon Springs, was thrust into the head coach position for the Northwood/Solon Springs eight-man team this year just before the season began when Brian Trettin moved over to Hayward for a teaching position. Amys’ Evergreens are young and somewhat undersized, but the future looks bright for the squad with some talented youngsters in the fold.
Don’t feel bad for current Tiger coach Dennis Scherz. With a 4-3 season record, the Tigers must win both of their remaining games to automatically qualify for the playoffs. With only nine seniors on the team, Scherz knew it would be a challenging year. But with so many underclassmen that have played and a freshman team that beat Barron last week to go to 5-0, the future looks bright for Northwestern football.
Former Tiger Jake Schiff is enjoying a good season as a starting defensive back for the UW-Stout Blue Devils. Schiff had a banner day two weeks ago in a loss to nationally ranked North Central as he had eight tackles and an interception. Schiff is a 2010 graduate of Northwestern and played on the 2009 Tiger team that went 12-2 and advanced to Level 4 of the WIAA playoffs.
The announcement this week of the new athletic complex to be built near the high school in Superior adds to the number of northern Wisconsin football teams that have artificial turf fields. Osceola and Cumberland in Wisconsin and Esko in Minnesota unveiled new fields this season.
And other schools that previously installed rugs include Northwestern, Chippewa Falls, Rice Lake and D.C. Everest. The Eau Claire schools also use Carson Park, and Menomonie plays at UW-Stout. Both Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East also have turf fields.
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