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Coach: Robb Myhre, 17th season with Nooksack Valley (88-79)

Home Field: Sid Lambert Field at Nooskack Valley High School

Last Season: 1-9 (0-6 NWC)

Key Losses: QB/RB Joe McNeely; WR/DB Michael Jackson.

Top Returnees: WR/LB Kyle Veldman; QB Casey Bauman; OL/DL Kirk Veldman; WR/DB Michael O’Bryan; OL/DE Evan Blankers; RB/LB Colton Kautz; WR/DB Austin O’Bryan; WR/DB Tre Silva.


HISTORICAL COMPARISON: Kirk Veldman & Brad Holt

Kirk Veldman
Brad Holt

Veldman has been starting on the offensive line since his freshman year, and he was named All-League 1st Team as a sophomore last season. His steady improvement gives the Pioneers a 270-pound beast to run behind, as well as a personal protector for quarterback Casey Bauman.

Holt was similar in size to Veldman, maybe an inch or so taller, and he could clear a path with the best of them. Holt also got a little run as a goal line back… maybe we’ll see Veldman do the same?


2015 RESULTS

Anacortes 47, Nooksack Valley 33

Montesano 56, Nooksack Valley 0

Cascade Christian 42, Nooksack Valley 8

Mount Baker 64, Nooksack Valley 30

Lynden Christian 19, Nooksack Valley 14

Meridian 49, Nooskack Valley 28

Mount Baker 57, Nooksack Valley 14

Lynden Christian 35, Nooksack Valley 28

Meridian 42, Nooksack Valley 6

Nooksack Valley 51, South Whidbey 8


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2016 SCHEDULE

09/02 – at Blaine – 7 PM

09/09 – Granite Falls – 7 PM

09/16 – at Coupeville – 7 PM

09/23 – at Mount Baker – 7 PM

09/30 – Meridian – 7 PM

10/07 – at Lynden Christian – 7 PM

10/14 – Mount Baker – 7 PM

10/21 – at Meridian – 7 PM

10/28 – Lynden Christian – 7 PM


It has to feel like Deja Vu for Coach Robb Myhre and the rest of his coaching staff, all 11 returns from both sides of the ball are back! That can only mean good things for the boys in purple.

“It’s really about developing that confidence this season,” Myhre said. “It’s going to be important for us to get off to a good start, and set the tone for the rest of the year. We need to know that we can compete with the rest of the conference.”

Casey Bauman
Casey Bauman

Junior Casey Bauman returns at quarterback after putting up very big numbers as a sophomore (60% completion percentage, 1736 yards, 14 touchdowns to just eight interceptions). At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds he’s already starting to get some looks from a few colleges. He also led the team in rushing last year with 276 yards and three more scores.

Colton Kautz
Colton Kautz

Senior Colton Kautz is back at running back after missing more than half of 2015 with an injury. He’s a 200-pound back that averaged 4.5 yards per carry last year, with 15 receptions and five total touchdowns. The Pioneers have a bevy of receivers that will rotate in and out. Usually with four on the field, they will go with Michael O’Bryan (51 receptions last year), Kyle Veldman (36), Tre Silva (36) and sophomore Austin O’Bryan, who was a back up quarterback last season.

Luke Winter
Luke Winter

The offensive line will be led by three-year starter Kirk Veldman at left tackle. Junior Luke Winter is back at left guard, with 225-pound senior Zach Daniels at center. 260-pound senior Tyson Mergel will man the right guard position, 220-pound senior Alex Boots is back at right tackle. Everyone is back in the same spots on the line, and everyone is a year better and a year bigger, averaging 241 pounds from tackle to tackle.

Kyle Veldman
Kyle Veldman

Coach Myhre is as excited about his front-four unit on the defensive line since his 2009 team. Mergel and Kirk Veldman will play in the middle with Winter on the outside along with Evan Blankers, who was an All-Conference 1st Team selection last season. Kyle Veldman is one of the league’s hardest hitters, and he’ll be back at inside linebacker. But, many players are in the running to play next to him. Senior Mark Coppinger missed all of last year, and he will be in the mix along with Kautz and senior Tanner Schoonover.

Michael OBryan
Michael OBryan

The outside linebackers will be Austin O’Bryan and senior Jeremy Dykes. Junior Levi Ten Kley is back as one of the starting cornerbacks with Silva on the other side. Michael O’Bryan will be the safety. Kautz will handle all of the kicking duties, and was the All-Conference punter last season. Silva and Michael O’Bryan will be returning kicks, as they did last season.

It’s always hard to predict what a team will do when so many players return. Even though they won one game last season, it was the last one of the year. I believe that they will win much more this year, and challenge for a playoff spot.

Prediction: 4-5


2016 Roster

H# A# Name Height Weight Position Year
Clancy Coppinger 6′ 0″ 135 WR/LB 9
Mason Lentz 5′ 8″ 190 OL/DT 9
1 1 JEREMY DYKES 6′ 1″ 170 WR/LB 12
2 2 Casey Bauman 6′ 5″ 210 QB/LB 11
3 3 Kyle Long 5′ 6″ 130 WR/LB 9
4 4 Brenan Blankers 5′ 7″ 130 WR/LB 11
5 5 Austin O’Bryan 5′ 7″ 165 WR/LB 10
7 7 EVAN NEITLING 5′ 6″ 135 RB/DB 10
10 10 Keldon Weidkamp 5′ 7″ 150 QB/DB 9
11 11 Halston Boersema 6′ 0″ 140 WR/DB 10
12 12 Logan Clabaugh 5′ 7″ 110 WR/DB 9
13 27 KYLE VELDMAN 5′ 11″ 185 WR/LB 11
14 14 BAYLOR GALLEY 5′ 7″ 125 WR/DB 10
15 15 Michael O’Bryan 5′ 10″ 165 WR/DB 12
18 18 Zach Johnson 5′ 11″ 140 QB/LB 9
20 20 Conner Passe 6′ 0″ 150 WR/LB 11
20 82 JORDAN VEENING 6′ 4″ 180 WR/DB 11
21 21 Cameron Bauman 5′ 7″ 130 WR/LB 9
22 22 Devin Lackey 5′ 6″ 145 RB/LB 10
23 23 Braden Leyba 5′ 6″ 130 RB/LB 9
25 25 Tre Silva 5′ 9″ 155 WR/DB 11
28 28 Ryan Veening 6′ 1″ 170 WR/LB 9
31 31 Travis Cunningham 5′ 8″ 150 WR/DB 9
32 32 MARK COPPINGER 5′ 11″ 175 WR/LB 12
34 34 Cole Eldridge 5′ 11″ 160 WR/DB 9
44 44 Colton Kautz 6′ 1″ 200 RB/LB 12
50 50 Alex Boots 6′ 2″ 220 OL/DE 12
51 51 Hayden Hester 5′ 9″ 210 OL/DT 10
52 52 LOGAN RODRIQUEZ 5′ 10″ 190 OL/LB 12
53 53 Evan Blankers 6′ 2″ 175 OL/DE 12
54 54 Easton Zylstra 5′ 11″ 200 OL/DE 9
55 55 Luke Winter 6′ 1″ 230 OL/DE 11
56 56 Zach Daniels 5′ 10″ 225 C/DT 12
57 57 JORDAN PRINK 6′ 0″ 210 OL/DT 10
60 60 Levi Harlan 6′ 2″ 210 OL/DE 9
62 62 Cy Encinias 6′ 1″ 205 OL/DE 10
64 64 Hunter Morgan 5′ 5″ 160 C/DT 9
65 65 LANDON BRULAND 6′ 2″ 165 OL/DE 10
66 66 Conner Bruland 5′ 8″ 140 OL/LB 9
68 68 KIRK VELDMAN 6′ 1″ 270 OL/DT 11
69 69 Dane Winter 5′ 6″ 155 OL/LB 9
71 71 Tyson Mergel 5′ 11″ 260 OL/DT 12
74 74 Joey Leazer 6′ 1″ 110 OL/DT 10
78 78 Cooper Clawson 5′ 8″ 175 OL/LB 10
79 79 DEVON HUSKEY 5′ 10″ 250 C/DT 11
81 81 Adam Dugger 6′ 0″ 180 WR/LB 10
85 85 Tanner Schoonover 6′ 1″ 170 WR/LB 12
86 86 LEVI TENKLEY 5′ 11″ 155 WR/DB 11
88 88 NICK AVERYS 5′ 9″ 150 WR/DB 10