Team: West Point-Beemer
Colors: Red and White
Head Coach: Troy Schlueter (4th season) (20-10 record)
2018 record: 7-3 (lost to Gothenburg in 1st round of Playoffs)
Returning Starters: N/A
The West Point-Beemer Football Team has a host of returners from last year’s 7-3 playoff team. Head Coach Troy Schlueter tells KTIC Sports who some of them are.
“Some of the names that you’ll probably know already are Jesus Barragan at Quarterback and Free Safety…we’re expecting him to have a big year. Jesus Ramirez has been playing for a couple years. I’m expecting him to have a huge year. I don’t think he’s missed a weightroom in his whole high school career to be honest with you…he’s a stud. Gavin Voelker’s coming back…played both sides of the ball last year. Arturo Barrios, Alejandro Edeza, there’s a lot of kids coming back so we’re excited.”
Schlueter says newcomers who could make an impact include Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Transfer Harrison Jordan, and Wayne transfer Korbin Hardenbrook, who also used to play for Pender.
He adds there are 18 or 19 returning letterwinners back from last year.
West Point-Beemer said goodbye to last year’s seniors in Ben Vander Griend, Jose Salazar, Kade Hughes, Blake Anderson, Jose Alvarado, Gage Vance, Kirby Hughes, Chase Eisenhauer, Dylan Newkirk, Jakob Andreason, Luis Medina, Martin Quinones, Ethan Mayes, and Jesus Medina.
West Point-Beemer is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances. Bob Jensen of the Huskerland Prep Report feels the Cadets will be a borderline playoff team this year.
“This year’s team it’s probably going to take a step back. I mean it’s tough in a program like that to lose just killer senior classes and still have the same amount of firepower. But they’re going to be good. And in large part because they believe they’ll be good. There was a confidence around that program that I don’t know existed prior to a couple years ago. I think they’re going to be right on the edge of a playoff type team, they’ll be in that mix. Probably going to have to steal a win somewhere to make it, but they’ll be competitive. And that program is in a real good place right now.”
West Point-Beemer opens up the season at Arlington on August 30th in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull. Schlueter says the Eagles return a lot of kids on offense.
“I know they return starting Quarterback, at least three other offensive linemen, they got I believe their starting tailback is back as well. I think one of the receivers is back…this is speaking offensively of course. And then I think from what I’ve been hearing they maybe had one of their linemen transfer out go over to Bergan. But other than that I think they got a pretty good group of linemen offensively and defensively.”
The Cadets won last year’s game in West Point, 39-22, and also won 39-8 in Arlington two years ago.
2019 West Point-Beemer Cadets Football Schedule:
08/30/19 @ Arlington
09/06/19 Boys Town
09/13/19 Columbus Scotus
09/20/19 @ Douglas County West
10/04/19 @ Boone Central/Newman Grove
10/18/19 @ Pierce
10/25/19 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS)