Kickoff Show: Jeff Olson, Ishpeming Hematites

2017: 3-6, missed playoffs

Key losses: QB Donald Denofre, TE/DB Aaron Corkin, OT Eric Heidelberger

Key returners: QB/DB Gavin Sundberg, RB/LB Drake Sundberg, RB/DB Hunter Smith

2017 was one of the most tumultuous seasons for Ishpeming football, with injuries and a tragic death at the school forcing the Hematites to forfeit two games. Many starters that missed most of last season due to injury are back, along with the sophomores who received more playing time than they ever expected. Can Jeff Olson bring the Hematites back to the playoffs for the first time since winning the state championship in 2015?

Kickoff Show: Dion Brown, Gwinn Modeltowners

2017: 3-6, missed playoffs

Key losses: RB/DB Marlin Moton, OL/DL Logan Kruhlik

Key returners: TE/LB Tucker Taylor, QB/DB Austin Forbes, RB/LB Seth Aho

Dion Brown’s Modeltowners were plagued by injuries and off-field issues, causing them to regress from their 2016 playoff season. Now back at full strength, Coach Brown thinks Gwinn can be a force in the WestPAC.