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High hopes for Wisconsin Heights despite its numbers battle

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MAZOMANIE (WKOW) -- With 23 players, the Wisconsin Heights football team may not look like a very challenging threat to their opponents, but the look of a team isn't everything.

"We may be a little bit smaller in size and stature, but they don't care," Wisconsin Heights football head coach Pete Jopke said of his team.
"They're going to give you everything they have and that's as a coach all I can ask for."

The lack of numbers have caused the Vanguards to make adjustments. They don't play a freshman or JV schedule as everyone contributes to the varsity team. At practice they almost never go 11 on 11 and full-contact drills are used at a minimum to avoid injury. To be able to fill every position on the field some of last year's wide receivers moved onto the offensive line. Though they can't control the quantity of athletes, the Vanguards put a premium on the quality of their effort.

"There's no slacking off practice or games, you have to go hard everyday, otherwise we're not getting better," Wisconsin Heights senior Josh Schoenmann said, who plays both quarterback and free safety for the team.

"It's hard to get a good look in practice because we've got some younger guys that make up the roster. We make it work, we don't have a choice," Jopke.

Despite being outnumbered 2:1 by many of the opponents they face, Wisconsin Heights still holds a 2-1 record. They host Mauston this Friday night.

To see the video version of this story, click on the video link after it airs on 27 News at 10 on Tuesday.

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