Commitment. Discipline. Effort. Toughness. No sport embodies this spirit more than football. The Marengo Community High School football program and its coaches preach these attributes of teamwork and effort daily. Having played within the Marengo program are six young men who have taken these beliefs and their commitment to football, used it as a springboard, and furthered their playing and academic careers. Each of these individuals are continuing at the collegiate level. Collectively, they are the first team in school history to accomplish the feat of having six players move forward to compete on this higher stage. Of the six, Steven Stachura, a unanimous Big Northern East All-Conference selection, will be going to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Joining him above the border will be 2010 Team Captain, David Diedrick, as he travels to Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Diedrick’s accomplishments include being a John Swanson Scholarship recipient and Marengo Football Kelly Camp award co-winner. Heading south to their new homes at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois are Austin Brettschneider and Kristopher Rosemann. Brettschneider had a great year in the kicking department. Early in week seven last year, Brettschneider made the game winning goal for the soccer team. The following Friday, he made a 36-yard field goal to help the football team beat North Boone. The accolades for the young Brettschneider certainly don’t end there. The Marengo High School Male Athlete of the Year also made the Illinois Coach’s Association Football All-State Academic Team; All-Midwest All-American Academics in Soccer; Big Northern All-Conference in football and soccer, (two years in a row); and was an honorable mention to the MLS All-American Academic Soccer Team.
Millikin University will also be very proud to call Kristopher Rosemann one of their own. According to Marengo Football Coach, Matt Lynch, Rosemann “…is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached.” This work ethic certainly paid off for the focused Rosemann as he was the team captain, a Big Northern East All-Conference Selection, Kelly Camp Co-Winner and, like Brettschneider, a prestigious member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Academic Team. Attending Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois are Angel Botzoc and Manuel Macias. Botzoc excelled in wrestling as well. He was both regional and sectional champion and made All-Conference Wrestling in the Big Northern East. According to marengofootball.com, due to the strong academic and athletic commitments of these six players, over half of their college tuitions will be paid for by their respected universities or colleges.
Marengo currently has two other players in collegiate football. Scott Donley, at Washington University in St. Louis, and Gammal Diaz, who is gearing it up for Briar Cliff University. Coach Lynch looks for other recruits this year to follow in these big footsteps. Keep on eye on the likes of Trae Hoeske, Zach Johnson, Philip Markison, Frank Kaul, Cody Bauman, Clayton Zimmerman, and Colin Stewart, just to name a few. Come out and support the 2011 Marengo Community High School football team, as some of the players you watch may just be preparing themselves for competition at the next level. Through commitment, discipline, effort, and toughness, six young men from the 2010 team proved that this certainly can become a reality.