Spirit Lake Indians MYFL 6th Graders Named League Champs
The sixth grade team representing the Spirit Lake Indians in the Midwest Youth Football League took home top honors after defeating Estherville Black in the A bracket championship game October 17 at Spirit Lake High School. The victory capped a 6-0 season for the Spirit Lake team.
Coach Scott Reynolds said he was proud of the effort from the team after all the hard work they put in on the practice field. “Many of the kids have been together all four years of MYFL competition,” he said, “and in those four years they combined for an impressive 22-2 record.”Reports from other coaches and team parents indicated the Iowa Great Lakes Area team conducted itself like a champion with great teamwork and sportsmanship, reflecting the motto of the MYFL: Winning is an attitude, not a score. Coaches Todd Backhaus and Cory Jungjohan echoed those comments, adding that the kids showed solid growth throughout the year in individual assignments and their deeper understanding of the game of football. They said the team came together and grew week after week, with wins against Ottercreek, Spencer, Algona, Martin County West, Estherville Red, and Estherville Black. The 6th graders dominated the gridiron on offense and defense this year, with 214 points scored versus just 20 points allowed in six games.
Players for the Indians included Cole Marx, Riley Reynolds, Jake Blomster, Max Ditsworth, Nicholas Phomsouvanh, Ethan Backhaus, Chase Clipperton, Nicholas Lammers, Austin Erickson, Olivia Whiting, Zach Jensen, Carver Jungjohan, Jack Latham, Josh Jackson, Preston Gaskill, Nicholas Mandelkow, Sam Norris, Mason Frangenberg, Isaac Early, Vance Katzfey and Drew Deitering.
Other teams in the sixth grade MYFL included Cherokee, Windom, Worthington, Okoboji, Jackson, Sioux County, Hartley, Harris Lake Park, Sheldon, St. James, Pocahontas, Alta-Aurelia and South West United. Spirit Lake had teams representing third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. The MYFL Spirit Lake Community Leader is Chris Beck.The team celebrated its championship at Vintage Block Inn and Suites in Okoboji, viewing game tapes from the year and enjoying pizza, campfires and games.
The Spirit Lake Indians sixth grade Midwest Youth Football League players pose with their trophies after beating Estherville Black in the MYFL Championship October 17 at Hafer Field in Spirit Lake. Undefeated in 2015, the Spirit Lake squad scored 214 points versus just 20 points allowed. The champions included front row Cole Marx, Riley Reynolds, Jake Blomster, Max Ditsworth, Nicholas Phomsouvanh, Ethan Backhaus, Chase Clipperton and Nicholas Lammers; second row Austin Erickson, Olivia Whiting, Zach Jensen, Carver Jungjohan, Jack Latham and Josh Jackson; third row Preston Gaskill, Nicholas Mandelkow, Sam Norris, Mason Frangenberg, Isaac Early, Vance Katzfey and Drew Deitering; and back row Coach Todd Backhaus, Coach Scott Reynolds and Coach Cory Jungjohan.