Leadership key for GHS season

Goessel has eight returning seniors and letter-winners to lead the Bluebirds this season. Pictured from left are Drew Lindeman, Zach Zogleman, Carson Sterk, Josh Schmidt, Jordan Griffin, Miguel Guerrero, Kenny Hammond, Trevor Beisel.<p>
Goessel has eight returning seniors and letter-winners to lead the Bluebirds this season. Pictured from left are Drew Lindeman, Zach Zogleman, Carson Sterk, Josh Schmidt, Jordan Griffin, Miguel Guerrero, Kenny Hammond, Trevor Beisel.<p>
Success for the Goessel football team this season hinges on building positive leadership and trust, according to fifth-year coach Garrett Hiebert.

While the Bluebirds will play without Luke Unruh, Matt Regier and Chase Flaming, nine starters do return from last year’s 3-6 campaign.

Goessel’s list of returning starters begin with four seniors.

Josh Schmidt, a 5-foot, 6-inch, 140-pound quarterback returns to anchor the team under center. He will also contribute at defensive back.

Miguel Guerrero (5-7, 170) returns to contribute on offense at running back, on defense at defensive back and on special teams as kick and punt returner.

Trevor Beisel (5-8, 170) returns to serve as a running back, defensive back and kick and punt returner.

Kenny Hammond (5-10, 230) returns on the offensive line and at defensive end.

Two juniors return as starters: tight end and defensive end Jordan Griffin (6-2, 185) and linebacker Carson Sterk (6-1, 180).

Sophomore tight end and long snapper Drew Linde­man (6-3, 185) completes Goessel’s returning starters.

Hiebert also will rely on sophomore letter-winner Zach Zogleman (5-7, 140) to contribute at running back and defensive back.

Additional players returning with varsity experience include juniors Nathaniel Schmucker (5-8, 185) on the offensive and defensive lines; and Jayce Schmidt (5-8, 140) at tight end and defensive back; and sophomore Cameron Nolte (5-10, 210) on the offensive and defensive lines.

“In the past year, we have improved greatly—both on the field and off the field,” Hiebert said. “For us to continue to improve, we have to continue to build positive leadership and trust. We will not be successful if this does not happen.

“Beyond this, we must redefine what effort, toughness, and discipline mean for us as a team. It will be critical that we get better in practice every day and play each play as if it is our last.”

Goessel will kick off its season by hosting Wakefield Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.