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Horns new coach boasts versatile team


August 24, 2017

Dakota Kuhns/Western Nebraska Observer

Dakota Kuhns/Western NEbraska Observer The Kimball Longhorns boast a team of experienced upperclassmen and talented young athletes. New head coach Ben Aarestad and his team of assistant coaches plan to improve daily. The Horns will play their first game on Friday, Aug. 24 against Centura in North Platte. Shown here from front left, are Parker Kudebeh, Connor Cluff, Toby McManigal, Christian Van Pelt, Ethan Ratzlaff, Corey Gardner, Samuel Cajero and Javon Coyle. Middle row, from left, Ethan Greenwood, Jake Jenkins, Zane Anthony, Andrew McCloud, Austin Lulf and Weston Walker. Back row, from left are Beau Hanks, Jaden Mohr, Brayden Tyan, Luis Portillo, Corey Travis, Stephen Bateman, Brenden Walker, Izaac Reuter, Paycen Harroun, Colton Mielke, Kole Bush, Izaac Glanz and Byron Rowley.

The Kimball Longhorn football team returns from a disappointing 1-8 season with high hopes and a new coach, Ben Aarestad, who brings with him a 17-23 career record. Assisting Aarestad on the field are Gene Mohr, Luke Dea and Jarrod Williams.

The Longhorns return several versatile athletes as starters, three offensive starters and three defensive, including seniors Paycen Harroun, an offensive and defensive lineman, and Kole Bush, a wide receiver and linebacker.

"Paycen will be our most consistent lineman this year," Aarestad said. "Kole will be a versatile player, as he will be playing wide...

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