Madelia boasts young squad in head coach’s final season

MADELIA – Terry Arduser announced that the upcoming season will be has final one as head coach.

Arduser, a Madelia native, coached the Blackhawks from 1984-2001. He came out of retirement in 2009 to revive a struggling program. He coached at the former Morgan High School from 1974-1981.

“I’m looking for some good things this year,” Arduser said. “It’s going to take hard work, and we are a young team.”

The Blackhawks finished 8-3 last year. They won seven consecutive games before coming up one shy from the state tournament last year, losing 28-12 to Nicollet in the Section 2 9-Man championship game. Nicollet also ended Madelia’s season two years ago.

“We need to get better, and take away something from [last year’s] loss to Nicollet,” Arduser said.

The head coach said his team had a good B-squad recently that only lost to Mountain Lake Area a year ago, so he is hoping the success there will transfer to this year’s varisty squad.

Junior Kyle Schultz will be Madelia’s starting quarterback. He is heading into his second year at that position.

Arduser called Schultz a “triple threat” because he can pass, run and punt.

“He’ll be one of the better players in the area,” Arduser said.

Junior Derrick Van Hee will play running back. Landon Martinez will be one of the team’s other running backs.

Jack Denn, a middle linebacker, returns for his fourth year as a starter. He has been named to the All-Conference team the past two seasons.

Jack Kortuem will play tight end. He is coming back from a shoulder injury last season.

Austin Denn will be playing offensive and defensive tackle.

There are about 36 players out this year, which Aruduser said is slightly down from the past.

Mark Denn and Steve Willaert serve as offensive coaches while Nick Willaert is one of the team’s defensive coaches. Lon Peterson is also an assistant coach and a former player.

Madelia plays in the South Confederacy Conference. The Blackhawks will host Southwestern United at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Arduser said he thinks Nicollet, Mountain Lake Area, and Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman are the top teams to watch this season in Section 2. Cleveland could be a surprise team this year.

“It should be interesting [to see] how it goes this year,” he said.

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