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The Union Knights opened the 2015 football season on August 28, finding both the weather and their guests from Gladbrook-Reinbeck to be disagreeable. On an evening that included nearly two hours of weather-related delays, the Knights struggled to get their offense going. Not only did the Rebels shut down the Union running game, their defense picked off four passes, leading the way to a 13-6 win in a non-district contest.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck took their opening drive 73 yards in nine plays, scoring on a 9 yard fourth down pass to grab an early 7-0 lead.
An interception late in the first quarter gave the Rebels the ball at the Union 29 yard line. Less than a minute later, they cashed in the opportunity when Eric Stoakes rambled 21 yards for a score to extend the lead to 13 points.
Union’s lone score came later in the second quarter following Jace Glenn’s block of a Rebel punt. Union scored on the first play from scrimmage following a delay of more than an hour due to lightning strikes in the area.
Unfortunately, the Knights could not muster another serious threat in the second half, as the Rebel defense held Union to 146 yards of total offense.
On Friday night, Union will travel to Center Point for another non-district game.
Become a Union Booster Club Member
School time is here and so is the start-up of our 2015-2016 sporting events and fine arts program.
Through memberships of this great community, the Union Booster Club was able to fund $37,722.26 in requests from coaches and directors during the 2014- 2015 school year.
The tailgates will be firing up with the opening of our home football games along with 50/50 raffles. Join the Union Booster Club by September 6th and you will be entered into a drawing for a free 2-person Season Pass to attend all Union home events. The winner will be announced at the home football game on September 11th.
Membership levels: $20- Single; $30 Family; $50 Red; $100 Black; $250 Silver; $500+ Knight.
Join today by using the membership form inserted in this edition of The Progress Review or by obtaining a membership form from Union Community Schools. Thank you for your support.
If the Union Knights football team only goes as far as their offensive line can take them, then fans have every reason to be optimistic about the 2015 season. Union opens the season Friday, hosting a Gladbrook-Reinbeck team that advanced to the Class A state championship game a year ago.
In 2014, the combination of a lot of experience (20 seniors) and youth at key skill positions resulted in an overall record of 8-3, a Class 2A District 6 championship and the school’s seventh consecutive trip to the postseason. As the team prepares for the 2015 campaign, hopes and expectations are high that Union can improve on an 8-3 record from a year ago and advance beyond the second round in the state playoffs.
The foundation, anchored by returning starters Carter Hennessy, Tate Renaud, Daycen Douglass and Michael Ahrendsen, is a strong one, indeed, and opponents will have to contend with a front that averages 6’2” and 260 pounds. The primary beneficiaries of this experience are expected to be a pair of juniors, John Boisen and Isaiah Vaughan. Both return to the starting backfield, eager to turn the valuable experience they gained a year ago into bigger and better results in 2015. There is no doubt that Boisen, who began the 2014 season as the starting quarterback, and Vaughan, one of the top running backs in the district before an injury cut his season short, will have important roles in the Union offense, traditionally one of the most productive in the state. Boisen, though, will have a new array of receivers to throw to, a group eager to use their talent to gain varsity experience.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Knights return a majority of their starters, though replacing Second Team All-State performer Alex Barz and First Team All-District lineman Dakota Hopper will require some very big shoes.
Fortunately, Union has an experienced pair of shoes in the kicking game, as Dakota Hora, returns to lead the team’s placekicking duties.
Certainly, the Union Knights will be one of the teams expected to contend for another district championship in 2015. And with weapons at a variety of positions on the field, they should also be a lot of fun to watch.
The 14th annual “We Build Champions” Football Camp will be held Sunday, August 30th at the park in Dysart. The camp is open to boys and girls of ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT enrolled in grades K-2. Individual skills will be emphasized and flag games.
Registration will be from 12:30-1 PM in the shelter house in the Dysart Park. Camp will run from 1-3 PM. The cost is $25 to attend and a parent/guardian must be present for registration.
Joe Hadachek, Union Knights Head Football Coach, will organize the camp with assistance from current Union players and coaches.
Checks may be made out to Joe Hadachek Football Camps and mailed to Chris Behrens at 3236 230th Street, Clutier, IA 52217.
Date Opponent Time Site
8/27 Denver (FR) 6:00 Home
8/28 Gladbrook-Reinbeck (V) 7:00 Home
8/31 Gladbrook-Reinbeck (JV) 6:00 Home
9/4 Center Point-Urbana (FR/V) 5:00 Center Point
9/8 Center Point-Urbana (JV) 6:00 Home
9/11 Roland-Story (FR/V) 5:00 Home
9/14 Roland-Story (JV) 6:00 Home
9/18 South Tama (FR/V) 5:00 South Tama
9/21 South Tama (JV) 6:00 South Tama
9/25 East Marshall (FR/V) 5:00 Le Grand
9/28 Williamsburg (JV) 6:00 W’msburg
10/2 A-P (FR/V) • Homecoming 5:00 Home
10/5 Aplington-Parkersburg (JV) 6:00 Home
10/9 Iowa Falls-Alden (FR/V) 5:00 Iowa Falls
10/12 Iowa Falls-Alden (JV) 6:00 Iowa Falls
10/16 Anamosa (FR/V) 5:00 Home
10/19 Anamosa (JV) 6:00 Home
10/23 South Hardin (FR/V) 5:00 Home
Date Opponent Time Site
8/29 FR Tournament 9:00 Dike-NH
9/3 BCLUW / Janesville 5:00 Home
9/5 V Tournament 9:00 CR Washington
9/8 Sumner-Fred (JV/V) 6:00 Home
9/10 Columbus (JV/V) 6:00 Waterloo
9/12 V Tournament 9:00 SE Polk
9/15 Denver (JV/V) 6:00 Denver
9/19 V Tournament 9:00 Benton
9/19 FR Tournament 9:00 South Tama
9/21 FR/SO G-R / Vinton-S 4:30 Home
9/22 Hudson (JV/V) 6:00 Hudson
9/29 Wapsie Valley (JV/V) 6:00 Wapsie Valley
10/1 D-NH / CF / Indee 5:00 Home
10/3 V Tournament 9:00 Waverly-SR
10/3 FR Tournament 9:00 Grundy Center
10/6 Jesup (JV/V) 6:00 Jesup
10/10 JV Tournament 9:00 Wapsie Valley
10/13 Dike-NH (JV/V) 6:00 Home
10/17 V Tournament 9:00 D’port Central
10/17 JV Tournament 9:00 Dike
10/22 A-P / Benton 6:00 Home
Date Opponent Time Site
9/1 Oelwein 4:30 Oelwein
9/10 Grinnell Invitational 4:30 Grinnell
9/15 Starmont Invitational 4:30 Arlington
9/22 Vinton-Shellsburg 4:30 Vinton
9/24 Grundy Invitational 5:00 Grundy Center 9/29 J-Hawk Invitational 4:30 Jesup
10/6 Wolverine Invitational 4:30 Fox Ridge GC
10/13 Union Invitational 4:15 LPC Golf Club
10/17 NICL Conference 9:30 Reinbeck
10/24 Districts 4:00 TBA
Date Event Site
9/27 Instrumental All-State Workshop UNI
10/10 State Marching Band Festival CR
10/20 Fall Vocal Concert UHS
10/24 All-State Music Festival Auditions Hampton
11/7, 8 Fall Play UHS
11/17 NICL Honor Band TBA
11/19-21 All-State Music Festival Ames