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The Elcho-White Lake Wolverines will bring an interesting twist into its 2017 football season as they visit Capital South Conference foe Belleville Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.

The Wolverines were 0-7 in the former Northern Lakes Conference in 2016 and 1-8 overall while Belleville was 1-3 in 2016 in its league and 5-4 overall.

This season the Wolverines will be playing eight-man football, joining the 69 other Wisconsin schools with enrollments under 200 that competed in 2016.

In the new 8-man set up, the Northern Lakes, Marinette & Oconto (M&O), and Packerland conferences have been combined and then divided into MONLPC-large and small school divisions competing with eight players each. The change applies to football only.

The Wolverines (175 student enrollment for 2016 school year) will be situated in the MONLPC Small Conference, the other teams include Crandon (230), Florence (112), Laona/Wabeno (218), Three Lakes/Phelps (192), the Northern Elite (Niagara, Goodman, Pembine (241), Crivitz (200), and Suring (123).

The MONLPC Large Conference is comprised of Algoma, Coleman, Kewaunee, Oconto, Peshtigo, Southern Door, and Sturgeon Bay.

As far as the switch to 8-man football, assistant Wolverine coach Corey Smith said, This realistically does not change much for us at all, as our division is made up of teams from the Northern Lakes, and Crivitz and Suring, both of which we've played in non-conference games in the past.

After a few weeks of practice, Smith offered this perspective as far as the squad, led by head coach Greg Kizirian, and assisted by himself, George Maule and Frank Bernhagen.

Regarding our strengths, our team seems to be very cohesive this season. The boys have been working hard and are really enjoying practices so far. Our senior leadership has been phenomenal thus far and I believe they're hungry for more success. We have some athletic receivers and experienced running backs. Our defense so far has been practicing well. We as coaches have noticed that our boys are doing a great job at getting defenders to the ball, Smith explained.

The 30-man Wolverine roster is comprised of nine seniors, eight juniors, six sophomores, and seven freshmen.

We will mostly be running the Wing-T, which the boys have been running for a while now, Smith noted. Defensively we work out of a five man front.

Smith offered an assessment of Friday’s scrimmage against Marion-Tigerton.

The scrimmage went very well. Our offense was successful and we played very strong defense. Of course, there were areas to work on, which we have addressed, but we feel that we have definitely picked up where we left off at the end of last season, which is a great starting point for us.

I think our number one challenge for this season will be our mentality and attitude. We had one win last season against Gillett, which was our first win in a few years. They're now playing in the MONLPC 8 division, so we will not play them. It can be difficult to look at our conference and schedule and focus on the fact that we don't play that team again, but I think our team is up for that challenge.

Eight-man football history

The fallout from the WIAA’s recent conference realignment for Northeastern Wisconsin, enrollment differences, and a growing number of teams making the switch to 8-player football prompted representatives from the M&O, Packerland and Northern Lakes conferences to discuss options, according to a number of conference representatives.

It was a situation of need, Packerland Conference commissioner Terry Dooley said. Everybody in that package needed some kind of relief.

The proposed change was adopted by the WIAA for a two-year period.

According to the WIAA website, it sponsored reduced-player football prior to the advent of the football playoff system in 1976. In the late 1950s, 78 schools fielded reduced-player squads, 72 of which were eight-player teams and six that were six-player. That number dwindled to just a few programs by 1969.

Information available on the WIAA website indicates that the 2017 8-man football season will conclude with a Jamboree on Oct. 28 at Stiehm Stadium in Schofield. The top eight teams in the North and South, paired based on geography and overall record, will compete.

According the site, The Jamboree is not a state championship. It is a showcase of 8-player schools to provide exposure and incentive to WIAA member schools considering utilizing 8-player football to maintain their program.



Wolverine 2017 Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 17 at Belleville, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 24 at White Lake vs. Augusta, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31 at Wabeno vs. Rebels, 7 p.m.

Satruday, Sept. 9 at Elcho vs. Crivitz, 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 15 at Three Lakes, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22 Homecoming at White Lake vs. Florence, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29 at Niagara vs. Northern Elite, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7 Homecoming at Elcho vs. Suring, 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13 at Crandon, 7 p.m.
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Elcho-White Lake Wolverines kick off 2017 season with 8-man football
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The Elcho-White Lake Wolverines will bring an interesting twist into its 2017 football season as they visit Capital South Conference foe Belleville Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.

The Wolverines were 0-7 in the former Northern Lakes Conference in 2016 and 1-8 overall while Belleville was 1-3 in 2016 in its league and 5-4 overall.

This season the Wolverines will be playing eight-man football, joining the 69 other Wisconsin schools with enrollments under 200 that competed in 2016.

In the new 8-man set up, the Northern Lakes, Marinette & Oconto (M&O), and Packerland conferences have been combined and then divided into MONLPC-large and small school divisions competing with eight players each. The change applies to football only.

The Wolverines (175 student enrollment for 2016 school year) will be situated in the MONLPC Small Conference, the other teams include Crandon (230), Florence (112), Laona/Wabeno (218), Three Lakes/Phelps (192), the Northern Elite (Niagara, Goodman, Pembine (241), Crivitz (200), and Suring (123).

The MONLPC Large Conference is comprised of Algoma, Coleman, Kewaunee, Oconto, Peshtigo, Southern Door, and Sturgeon Bay.

As far as the switch to 8-man football, assistant Wolverine coach Corey Smith said, This realistically does not change much for us at all, as our division is made up of teams from the Northern Lakes, and Crivitz and Suring, both of which we've played in non-conference games in the past.

After a few weeks of practice, Smith offered this perspective as far as the squad, led by head coach Greg Kizirian, and assisted by himself, George Maule and Frank Bernhagen.

Regarding our strengths, our team seems to be very cohesive this season. The boys have been working hard and are really enjoying practices so far. Our senior leadership has been phenomenal thus far and I believe they're hungry for more success. We have some athletic receivers and experienced running backs. Our defense so far has been practicing well. We as coaches have noticed that our boys are doing a great job at getting defenders to the ball, Smith explained.

The 30-man Wolverine roster is comprised of nine seniors, eight juniors, six sophomores, and seven freshmen.

We will mostly be running the Wing-T, which the boys have been running for a while now, Smith noted. Defensively we work out of a five man front.

Smith offered an assessment of Friday’s scrimmage against Marion-Tigerton.

The scrimmage went very well. Our offense was successful and we played very strong defense. Of course, there were areas to work on, which we have addressed, but we feel that we have definitely picked up where we left off at the end of last season, which is a great starting point for us.

I think our number one challenge for this season will be our mentality and attitude. We had one win last season against Gillett, which was our first win in a few years. They're now playing in the MONLPC 8 division, so we will not play them. It can be difficult to look at our conference and schedule and focus on the fact that we don't play that team again, but I think our team is up for that challenge.

Eight-man football history

The fallout from the WIAA’s recent conference realignment for Northeastern Wisconsin, enrollment differences, and a growing number of teams making the switch to 8-player football prompted representatives from the M&O, Packerland and Northern Lakes conferences to discuss options, according to a number of conference representatives.

It was a situation of need, Packerland Conference commissioner Terry Dooley said. Everybody in that package needed some kind of relief.

The proposed change was adopted by the WIAA for a two-year period.

According to the WIAA website, it sponsored reduced-player football prior to the advent of the football playoff system in 1976. In the late 1950s, 78 schools fielded reduced-player squads, 72 of which were eight-player teams and six that were six-player. That number dwindled to just a few programs by 1969.

Information available on the WIAA website indicates that the 2017 8-man football season will conclude with a Jamboree on Oct. 28 at Stiehm Stadium in Schofield. The top eight teams in the North and South, paired based on geography and overall record, will compete.

According the site, The Jamboree is not a state championship. It is a showcase of 8-player schools to provide exposure and incentive to WIAA member schools considering utilizing 8-player football to maintain their program.



Wolverine 2017 Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 17 at Belleville, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 24 at White Lake vs. Augusta, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31 at Wabeno vs. Rebels, 7 p.m.

Satruday, Sept. 9 at Elcho vs. Crivitz, 1 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 15 at Three Lakes, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22 Homecoming at White Lake vs. Florence, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29 at Niagara vs. Northern Elite, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7 Homecoming at Elcho vs. Suring, 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13 at Crandon, 7 p.m.
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