GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The last time a high school football game was played, Kimberly's streak of state titles was stopped at five as Muskego topped the Papermakers 24-21 in the Division 1 state title game at Camp Randall Stadium.
For the first time in a long time Kimberly coach Steve Jones had to address his team after a postseason loss.
"I think when we get time to reflect on it, there's so much to be proud of and I'm really proud of these kids, I'm really proud of this coaching staff because of the effort and time they put in," he said.
And now it's a new year for Kimberly. After going 12-2 last season and having its state-record winning streak snapped at 70 games, can the Papermakers bounce back?
Meanwhile, St. Mary's Springs (Division 5) and Iola-Scandinavia (Division 6) enter this season trying to defend state titles, something Springs is very familiar with, while the Thunderbirds are new to this experience.
Also, West De Pere was one half away from winning the Division 3 state title before Catholic Memorial rallied and defeated the Phantoms
"We were close, just not close enough," Phantoms coach Jack Batten said after the loss. "We kind of ran into a buzz-saw."
This season West De Pere returns a lot of talent, including quarterback Josh Blount. No question the Phantoms should be ready to roll.
Speaking of being ready to roll, watch out for Bay Port. The Pirates have won 27 straight conference games and Gary Westerman has plenty of talent returning, including defensive stalwart Max Meeuwsen and running back Isaiah Gash. Can anybody in the Fox River Classic Conference ready to challenge them?
How about Ashwaubenon? Coach Mark Jonas is gone after 10 seasons and replacing him is former Little Chute coach Brian Ryczkowski, who led the Mustangs to a Level 4 appearance a year ago.
Also, watch out for Fond du Lac, Winneconne, Kiel, Kewaunee and Crivitz which are trying to defend conference titles.
Practice starts Tuesday and the first games kick off Aug. 22. Expect another great season.
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