Tough Friday night for West De Pere assistant and North Dickinson grad Regan Budek.
Budek, West De Pere head jayvee coach and varsity wide receivers assistant, watched his Phantoms fall to unbeaten Waupaca 16-14 in a Wisconsin Division 3 state semifinal. Senior Beau Ash's only field goal of his career, a 22-yarder in the final two minutes, provided the difference.
Waupaca stopped West De Pere's 39-game winning streak and bid for a third straight state title. That was the first loss for West De Pere's seniors.
"They had a quite a career, but I know all of them wanted in the worst way
to get back to state," Budek said. "They definitely set a high standard for
themselves and for all future Phantom football players. They are a
great group of young men."
On that same evening, North Dickinson ended a great season with a setback to undefeated Saint Ignace in a Division 8 state quarterfinal. The Nordics finished the regular season unbeaten, notched another league title and extended their playoff streak.
"Coach Reddinger always finds a way to get it done, each
and every year," said Budek, a starting defensive back on the Nordics' 1998 Class D state finalists.
Budek, with 10 years on the West De Pere staff, is joined by defensive backs coach Adam Janquart - husband of former Kingsford star Kerry (Nora). Seymour, coached by Niagara's Matt Molle, is the last team to beat West De Pere in the regular season.
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North Dickinson's 5-foot-10 Breanne Stroud did "great things" in the post last season for Gogebic Community College, Coach Stephanie Justinak told The Daily Globe.
Justinak cited the sophomore's rebounding, defense and offensive skills.
Florence's Chyanne Schaut, a 6-foot center, is playing at UW-Marinette. Coach Jeff Sunstrom said Schaut will start at times