Last Season: 11-2, Lost in Prep Bowl XXXV
Returning Starters: 8 O, 6 D
Player to Watch: Nick Waldo, OL/DL
Winona returns a majority of its starters from last year’s runner-up squad, making them the clear No. 1 team in Class AAAA. 14 players return, including eight on offense, led by two-way lineman Nick Waldo, who will assume the leadership role up front after Jacob Stanislawski’s graduation.
Almost the entire roster of offensive skill players returns for the Winhawks. Logan Smith and Dakota Matthees are two big, athletic targets on the outside for quarterback Riley Bosteter. Dan Jonsgaard and Robert Warren will get the bulk of the carries in the running game.
The defense won’t be as experienced, but two players are back at each position group, including Waldo and Bryce Heftman up front. Jonsgaard and Jonah Boelter will be the veterans at linebacker, but the loss of Brody Hogenson, leading tackler for two straight seasons, will need to be addressed.