Coaching Transition Smooth, Evergreens Again Eyeing Playoffs

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM CDT

Minong, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- They posted a (6-4) record a year ago and made the WIAA playoffs, so the formula for success is pretty simple this season for the Northwood Evergreens.

"Just execute," Evergreens senior captain Mike Meyer said. "We've put our time in and worked hard. The guys that are on the field, you'll see they're the ones who put the time in."

"We have to pretty much just execute and do what we're taught," Northwood junior Jacob Dahlberg said. "We've got a new coach, and it should be good."

That new coach is Brian Trettin, a Superior native who spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Ashland.

"He's pushed us very hard this summer and in practice," Evergreens senior captain Josh Malone said, "pushed us beyond our comfort level, so we're all excited."

"It's the best group of kids I've ever been around," Trettin said. "They're hard-workers, they do anything you ask them to do, they go the extra mile. I've really been blessed to be around these kids, the coaching staff, the administration, the parents, and the community members."

After a first-round playoff exit last season against Hurley, the Evergreens have been anxious all summer to get back to game action here in 2011.

"There's a lot of preparation put into summertime with lifting and practice starting on August 3," Northwood senior captain Phil Larson said, "so we're excited to hit the game field and hit somebody besides our teammates."

"We want to be a disciplined, hard-working team, a team that goes out and is physical," Trettin said. "We will play our hardest every Friday night and lay it all on the field."

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