Former Spartans Contributing at St. Scholastica

By KBJR News 1

September 17, 2010 Updated Sep 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM CDT

SUPERIOR, WISC. --- Of the 98 rostered football players at St. Scholastica this season, eight of them are graduates of Superior High School, and Spartans head coach Bob DeMeyer says that's no accident.

"The kids at Scholastica did a real nice job of working," DeMeyer said. "They didn't miss workouts. It was important to them and they wanted to play beyond the high school level."

The former Spartans are not only playing at the college level, but making a significant impact on the field for the Saints.

"You look at our roster," Saints head coach Greg Carlson said, "and there's a lot of starters and contributors that are Superior football players."

In fact, the first touchdown in St. Scholastica history was scored by former Spartan running back Matthew Johnson, and the first TD through the air was caught by former Superior wide out Mike VanMassenhove, success Coach Carlson attributes to the competition they faced in high school.

"They're used to playing against tough DB's or running against fast linebackers," Carlson said. "I think the kids are well-seasoned when they come out of that program because of the competition."

With the help of the Superior grads, the Saints program started its third year with a (2-0) record, and the coaching staff plans on recruiting some more former Spartans.

"We'll keep crossing the bridge if we keep getting kids like that on our team," Carlson said.

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