Osgood Journal Sports
August 7, 2007
'07 Milan Indians pow wow
for a black & gold debut
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
The tribe and their chiefs met at the Milan High School football
field for a preview of all levels of Milan's football program
athletes to kick-start their upcoming season on Friday evening,
Indian fans rallied with hopes and intentions high as they
look to this year's games. Not questioning if they will have
to battle, but showing support regardless of single game outcomes.
The 2007 Indian team includes six seniors: Nick Yatsko #18,
Matt Richmond #60, Tanner Roark #74, and senior letter winners
Brandon Davey #63, Ryan Ison #78 and Patrick Mays #88.
Junior players include: David Herron #7, Jared Ison #10, Keith
Schornick #11, Jason Garner #15, Justin Day #34, Zak O'Neal
#34, Andrew Perkins #44, Alex Hooker #51, Zak Smith #73 and
Sherman Wingate # 81.
Sophomore players are: Cody Marsee #3, Grayson Miller #14,
Travis Pennington #35, Kevon McGuire #21, Zach Turner # 24,
Derek Walker #42, Justin Willis #54, Tyler Clemens #55, Nate
Haugh #60, Michael Brandes #60, Nick Cunningham #72, Adam
Spears #75, Ben Jackson #77 and Tyler Allen #88.
Freshman team members include: Cory Hunter #2, Chris Hunter
#6, Alex Layden #12, Aaron Roth #19, Brandon McKeown #22,
Cody Strunk #31, Hunter Storey #45, Cory Jewett #50, Zack
Ollman #52, Matt Arkenberg #53, John Halcomb #64, Tyler Smith
#65, Adam Lee #71, Brian Russell #76, Daniel Holman #85, Adam
Ison #86 and DJ Rogers #87.
In all, there are 18 letter winners along with a host of 31
non-letter winners including freshmen and players just starting
with the program this sesson.
The letter winners returning include: David Herron #7, Jared
Ison #10, Keith Schornick #11, Zach Turner #24, Justin Day
#34, Travis Pennington #35, Zak O'Neal #36, Andrew Perkins
#41, Alex Hooker #51, Nate Haugh #61, Brandon Davey #63, Michael
Brandes #66, Nick Cunningham #72, Zack Smith #73, Ben Jackson
#77, Ryan Ison #78, Tyler Allen #88 and Patrick Mays #89.
Head football coach of the Milan Indians, Ryan Langferman,
pursues his labor of love of the sport as a key motive with
the desire to make the program better for not just himself,
but for each team member as well
Partly because of his passion and compassion, Milan High School
is the first high school in the state of Indiana to be honored
by being invited to take part in the CAREacter "STAR
Athlete of the Week" Program.
The five basic requirements of nominated individuals are:
Attitude, Character, Grades, Community Service and Performance.
The coach is the person that selects a candidate for nomination,
based on the criteria mentioned.
The programs motto, "do right", emphasizes that
"Student athletes don't care how much we know until they
know how much we care." Care More/Complain Less.
The program was initiated by Lenoir City High School educator
of 31 years and coach, Dave Moore (not presently coaching).
"Performance isn't just based on how they play for two
hours on Friday or Saturday night," Coach Moore has stated,
"It's how they perform all week in practice, on and off
The selected award winner will receive a certificate and a
T-shirt depicting a star and the five points of criteria pictured
interlocking in the five points of a star. Once initiated,
the program will continue with boys' and girls' basketball
in the winter and baseball and softball in the spring.
Prior to the addition of Milan High School, the program was
available to 45 high schools in nine East Tennessee counties,
along with a few schools in Kentucky and Georgia. In addition
to high schools, athletes at Carson Newman College, Maryville
College, UT Chatanooga and the University of Tennessee participated.
The CAREacter STAR Athlete of the Week Program is a non-profit
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Pictured above, the
Milan Indians are given a football training break to
rehydrate at the water hydrant at field side. Below
left, Indian seniors Tanner Roark (left) and Nick Yatsko
(right) are welcomed additions to the Indian team. Both
are on the Indian wrestling team and perform well. Below
right, from left, Head Football Coach and Defense Coordinator
Randy Combs instruct their players on the next set of
plays they want run.