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Prairie Valley football: Nighthawks enter into new conference

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Prairie Valley football: Nighthawks enter into new conference
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The Prairie Valley football team is aiming for a championship in their first season in a new conference.

The Nighthawks entered the North Star Conference on a one year commitment this season. Next year, they will compete closer to home in the Prairie Conference.

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Last season, the Nighthawks went 5-3 and lost to Pelican Rapids in the Section 8 playoffs. They finished second in the Pheasant Conference North Division with a 5-2 record. Head coach John Sieling hopes the Nighthawks will finish near the top of the North Star Conference this season.

“The opponents will be brand new to the Nighthawks as they hope to be competitive and be in the fight for the conference title,” Sieling said.

But for the Nighthawks to finish on top, they will need to replace some holes at their skill positions. The Nighthawks lost 10 letter winners, including last year’s starting quarterback Logan Riedel.

“Juniors Skyler Meiners and C.J. Marotto will compete with both players seeing action at that position,” Sieling said.

The Nighthawks have 12 letter winners returning this season. Sieling expects one of the team’s strengths to be the offensive line, which has players returning with size.

The toughest contest for the Nighthawks will likely be their first of the season against Red Lake County Central in Red Lake Falls on Friday, August 30.

“Red Lake County finished strong last year and return many of their players,” Sieling said. “It will be a tough test for the Nighthawks.”

The toughest contest for the Nighthawks will likely be their first of the season against Red Lake County Central in Red Lake Falls on Friday, August 30.

“Red Lake County finished strong last year and [returned] many of their players,” Sieling said. “It will be a tough test for the Nighthawks.”

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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