Published 4:59 pm Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Luverne ready for football season


Luverne High School held its “Meet The Tigers” event Monday night to introduce the band, football, cheer and volleyball teams.

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The event included an introduction of members, songs from the band, routines from the cheerleaders and a cornhole tournament at the end of the function.

New Principal Michael Kilpatrick is eager to be a Tiger once again and experience the Tiger’s traditions.

“I’m looking forward to the great tradition of Tiger football,” Kilpatrick said. “We have a brand new head coach, Jason Rowell. He’s a good, Christian man. One of the things I’m so excited about is not only preparing students for athletics, but also being a positive difference in their lives as well as this whole coaching staff. We’re looking forward to a great season.”

Coach Jason Rowell is new to the staff as well, but has already become a family with his assistant coaches and players.

“I want us to grow everyday as a team and as individuals,” Rowell said. “Our goal is to turn boys into young men and to be great future husbands, fathers and role models in the community.”

The team’s motto for the year is “earned, not given.”

“Everything we get, we want to go earn it,” Rowell said. “We tell our guys everyday not to focus on championships, but focus on being a champion. I’m looking forward to a great year out of these guys.”

Left tackle and senior Jackson Nearor is looking forward to bringing a state championship back to the town.

“I’ve been waiting for a state championship for a few years and I think this is the year to do it,” Nearor said.

Varsity cheer captain and senior Kelsey Morgan has loved the opportunity she’s had to grow close with her teammates over the past few years. She knows this year will be no different even with the current obstacles they face.

“This season I’m looking forward to the friendships that we’ll make through the obstacles we’ll have to conquer,” Morgan said. “It’s going to be a new year for everyone and there’s no better group to handle this than our seniors.”

Junior band member Tyler Johnson has played the snares for the past three years.

“I know it’s a new year with new people, but I’m hoping we have a good season and that everybody just has fun,” Johnson said.

Sometimes new members can have a hard time adjusting to the adrenaline of Friday night lights.

“I hope everyone has fun and is able to just jump back in if they mess up,” Johnson concluded.

The Tigers will open the season with an away game against the Blacksher Bulldogs at 7 p.m. this Friday.