KIMBERLY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Kimberly High School football team is headed to State yet again. The senior class is looking to cap a career that has featured zero varsity losses since they stepped through those high school doors.
“I still remember coming out of the tunnel at Camp Randall with Danny Vandenboom as a freshman and putting my arm around him and saying isn’t this cool? Because I knew he was going to be a very special kid and we still talk about that to this day. It’s going to kind of be cool four years later to walk out of the tunnel again,” said head coach Steve Jones.
“I don’t think we fully understand what we are doing right here, right now. I don’t fully appreciate it, hopefully a few years down the road I can look back and really kind of take it all in and say ‘hey that was pretty sweet.’” Said Vandenboom.
“It’s pretty sweet,” said senior linebacker Tyler Staerkel. “Time really does fly. I was just thinking about it the other day, looking back.”
With 55 straight wins, Kimberly is already the most dominant team in Wisconsin high school football history, but completing a fourth straight perfect season this week would further cement the Papermakers’ place in history. Only once before has a team won four or more consecutive championships, Stratford did it, but did it in division six, while Kimberly is dominating the largest division in Wisconsin high school football.
“D1 is the top. It is the biggest schools in the state and you are getting to see some of the very best talent,” Jones said. “You will see that with Franklin. They have some unbelievable skill that we will have to try to do our best to contain. For these kids to be able to do it at the highest level is unbelievable.”
“It would mean the world to me,” Staerkel said. “There’s no other way I would want to end my high school career, obviously it will not be easy. We have to go down there and compete.”