Plenty of offensive firepower returns for the Greendale football team this season.
The Panthers return five offensive players who made the Woodland Conference all-West Division squad last season, either on first team or honorable mention.
That list is led by junior quarterback Josh Ringelberg (5 feet, 11 inches and 183 pounds), who threw for 1,568 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for 752 yards and 15 scores in the regular season alone.
If his two WIAA playoff games are added, Ringelberg passed for 1,934 yards and ran for 881 more, according to Wissports.net.
"He grew as the season went on," head coach Rob Stoltz said. "He is multi-dimensional, a playmaker and a heady player. You just need to give him some structure and let him play.
"Having a player like him is great, and we have him for two more years."
Also returning are two first-team choices in senior running back Jake Zywicki (5-11, 190) and senior wide receiver Mitchell Brees (6-3, 188).
Zywicki led the Woodland West in rushing with 832 yards and tallied seven touchdowns, while Brees caught 36 balls for 534 yards and five scores to top all receivers in both divisions.
Also back at receiver are junior Cody Kmetz (6-2, 186), senior Nate Miller (6-2, 200), senior Brian Goyette (6-0, 186) and junior David Johnson (5-11, 173), and they are joined this season by junior Ty Ramirez (6-2, 200).
"This group is extremely talented," Stoltz said. "Brees and Kmetz are probably among the top three receivers in the division. We are stacked at receiver."
The offensive line is keyed by senior tackle Jake Maxwell (6-6, 285), who is highly-rated in the state and has already committed to Northern Illinois, which played in the Orange Bowl last season.
Senior guard Chris Halbur (6-2, 212) is back as a three-year starter and senior tackle Riley Fragosso (6-4, 267) will also help bolster the line.
The defense is strong at tackle with Maxwell, Fragosso, senior Allan Dunday (6-1, 213) and senior Matt Vraney (5-10, 210).
Linebacker Miller and defensive back Brees both made the all-division first team, and other key players include sophomore linebacker Tristian Pipp (6-2, 202) and junior free safety Jack Ringelberg (5-10, 179).
Greendale has 26 seniors on its roster, the most in Stoltz's 13 years.
"We are athletic and fast, and we have experience," he said. "Now we just have to try to find all the pieces."
Player to watch: Greendale has plenty of offensive weapons, but the leader is junior quarterback Josh Ringelberg, who passed for 1,934 yards last season, according to Wissports.net. Ringelberg is both a running and passing threat and an overall tremendous athlete.
Date to circle: The Panthers will face a number of major tests in Woodland Conference play, but their potential should be shown early when they host Cedarburg today. Cedarburg returns its quarterback, tight end and top running back and should contend for the North Shore title.
We say: With Ringelberg, running back Jake Zywicki and wide receivers Mitchell Brees and Cody Kmetz all returning, the Panthers should have a powerful offense. If the defense, which returns seven starters, can be strong as well, Greendale will contend for the Woodland Conference West Division crown.
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