Whatever the task, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord and not for man. Colossians 3:23
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With junior-laden team, Crean Lutheran football team looks for success
Whatever the task, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord and not for man. Colossians 3:2Crean Lutheran’s varsity football team, under second-year head coach Randall Reynoso, plans to utilize the talents of players on both offense and defense. “All of our guys go two ways, they’ve got to be ready for four quarters, offense, defense, special teams,” Reynoso said. “So we’re going to try and shrink the game down a little bit and play mistake free football.”
The Saints’ sophomore laden team finished 4-6 overall its first year in the Empire League. But Reynoso believes the future is bright with a more experienced junior-oriented team taking the field. Among the players that the Saints will be looking toward are Ryan Williams and Sean Arldt, who will both play on the offensive and defensive lines. “Those are the senior guys who have to step up,” Reynoso said.
Two juniors, Sam Held (tackle) and Graham Wyckoff (guard) are two other key players. In addition, Caleb Fluegge has been more of an outside linebacker but he will also need to help at the guard position on offense, Reynoso said. Sammy McMillan, a junior, will be Crean Lutheran’s center. Crean Lutheran has two quarterbacks. Senior Grant Olbricht, who started two games last year, was scheduled to start.
Crean Lutheran also has a transfer quarterback from Foothill, sophomore quarterback Brody Jones. The other offensive threats will be junior Matthew Mahoney, who Reynoso said has been the “starting split end and he’s been the main guy on offense.” Among the newcomers are junior Evan Olbricht, who was in his first year of football last year and will play the flanker/tight end spot. Joseph Friske, a junior receiver, is kind of an “end zone target guy,” Reynoso said.
“Our team mission is Colossians 3:23. It’s not about any one individual person, no matter how talented you are or where you come from, it’s really about our team mission,” Reynoso said.
Crean Lutheran has six home games at Portola High, including the Sept. 20 homecoming game with Village Christian.
Coach Reynoso is also excited about the Crean Lutheran freshman football team. “This is the first strictly freshman team we’ve ever had,” Reynoso said. “It’s the first step toward the right direction building the program. The longer you can retain these kids and have them in the program, the more success you are going to have and the better experience you can create. You have a football player who has been in the program three or four years and he’s more in tune with our philosophies and what we’re trying to accomplish. “The freshmen are going to be speaking the same language as the varsity guys, so we really won’t miss a beat.”
The head freshman team coach will be Carson Hantula, who is also the quarterbacks coach on the varsity team. “He’s working specifically on the offensive side of the ball this year with our quarterbacks and he will handle some pass game responsibilities for the varsity level and will be the head coach and offensive coordinator for the freshmen,” Reynoso said. “We have nine games and we’re expecting big things for them so it should be really good for us.”
Mr. Randall Reynoso - Head Coach & Offensive coordinator
Coach Reynoso has been coaching nine years, four of them at Crean Lutheran. He began playing football at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs. He continued his education at the University of San Diego, Cerritos College, and UC Irvine while earning his degree in Political Science. Coach also has a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and teaches U.S. History at Crean Lutheran.
Coach’s proudest accomplishment is marrying his high school sweetheart, Sarah, and raising their children, son Cooper (3) and daughter Rielle (1), together.
His favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." He states it is the center of our football program, and it always calls on him to do his best, no matter the circumstance because God has called him to do so.
“I am very excited to enter our second year together with my coaches, players, and parents, building an awesome foundation for many years to come."
Mr. preston walrath - offensive/defensive line
Coach Wrath has been coaching for 19 years and is excited to be joining Crean Lutheran for his first year.
Coach is a local who went to school at Capistrano Valley High School. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is currently a teacher and Site Administrator for Orange County Department of Education. He played 27 years of football including youth, high school, Division 1, and even played overseas. He believes this sport is one that deserves honor and respect and has the best teaching principles for young people, and he is committed to handing down the sport with all that is due.
Coach Walrath’s greatest accomplishment is being a father and a husband. He lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife Marie and 8-year-old daughter, Siena.
Coach Walrath’s favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,” because fear is limiting and confidence is empowering. It has been vital to him knowing that through God he has the confidence to leap towards greater heights.
“The level of understanding from the athletes is really great, and I am looking forward to seeing how these young men transition that knowledge gained and all of their off-season training on game night. I really feel like we have a great mix of amazing student-athletes who are going to surprise people, including themselves.”
Mr. Jeff Veeder - Defensive Coordinator & Running Backs/ Inside Linebackers
Coach V has 37 years of coaching experience. This is his second year at Crean Lutheran. He is a long-time resident of southern California. After going to high school at St. Anthony in Long Beach, he received his degree at the University of San Diego and now teaches U.S. History at Aliso Niguel High School. He lives in Aliso Viejo with his lovely wife, Christine, and Beau, their dog.
Coach Veeder’s greatest accomplishment is making a difference in the lives of young men. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain," because "Stand Firm" is our defensive philosophy, and this verse reflects that attitude.
“I am most excited to see the growth of our young players and our maturation as a program in year two.”
Carson Hantula - Freshman headcoach & quarterbacks
Coach Car has coached for two years, both at Crean Lutheran. He attended Orange Lutheran High School and then went to Grand Canyon University. He is a Sports Performance Coach at ProSport. He currently lives in Orange. Coach Car is most proud of getting his degree at Grand Canyon University.
His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 16:9, "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." It reminds him of God's perfect timing and plan.
“This year I am most excited about leading the first-ever freshman team in school history.”
alex riedel - wide receivers/ outside linebackers
Coach Riedel has been coaching for 2 years and is excited to join Crean Lutheran this year. He went to Valley Lutheran High School in Phoenix, AZ, and Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. He now works as a Market Development Manager at Pastime Foods, LLC. Coach Riedel is most proud of playing college football at Hamline University. He and his wife, Jaime, moved to Orange County a year ago and reside in Orange.
His favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ," because he sees it as the centerpiece of the Crean Lutheran football program.
“I look forward to building the football and team culture at Crean Lutheran.”
Lane Reiter - Wide Receivers/ defensive backs
Coach Reiter has been coaching for two years, both at Crean Lutheran. He attended Villa Park High School and then Northern Arizona University. He works for OC Parks Maintenance. He lives in Tustin with his father and grandfather. He is most proud of reaching the D1 collegiate level in Track & Field.
His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:3, "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." It means to him you are stronger in numbers and only as strong as the weakest link. Doing only for yourself puts you on an island. Doing good for others brings a greater good for all.
“The second year in a program has a lot of high expectations for returners, and the off-season has proven they are ready to play at a higher level!”
Randy Reynoso - Offensive Line/ defensive line
Coach Randy has six years of coaching experience and has been with Crean Lutheran for two of them. He is a mechanical engineer and business owner. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Julie, for 40 years. They live in La Habra and have four children and 12 grandchildren.
Randy is most proud of being the father of four wonderful people who are faith-filled, good parents, and good contributors to society.
His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who strengthens me," because it is a wonderful testament to us as human beings, recognizing that we can accomplish all things with the help of our Lord. While competing in the sports world, this can be very inspirational.
“These young men of faith have worked very hard and will soon benefit by experiencing many different levels of success.”
will martz - freshman defensive coordinator & running backs/defensive backs
Will is excited to be making his coaching debut this year at Crean Lutheran High School. He attended Orange Lutheran High School and then Grand Canyon University. He lives in Orange with his family: Dad, Brent; Mom, Elaine; and two sisters, Maddie and Sophie. He is most proud of attaining his degree from GCU.
Will’s favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 3:7, "Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power."
Coach is excited about getting the chance to see how the team has developed from spring to fall.
“I am looking forward to our first game and all the excitement that it will bring.”
colin shumate - strength & conditioning
Coach Shu has been coaching for 10 years and is excited to be starting his first year at Crean Lutheran. He earned a BS in Physical Education and Health Science, an MS in Human Health and Performance, as well as CSCS and USAW certifications from San Diego State University where he was proud to receive a full-ride scholarship to play football.
Coach Shu and his wife, Sarah, are transitioning to Orange County from San Diego. Sarah has her DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) and played water polo at SDSU, where she still holds the all-time assists record.
His favorite Bible verse is James 1:2-4, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." He hopes this verse teaches the boys to know we have the hope and faith to face any trial, and God will make us better through all of it and can invigorate us to push through anything . . . from football to beyond.
“I am excited about growing with the team and developing great young men.”
mitch matoon - head athletic trainer
Mitch has been a trainer for eight years, with four of them being at Crean Lutheran. He went to John F. Kennedy High School and Concordia University Irvine. In addition to his undying loyalty to the many teams at Crean Lutheran, Mitch is branching out into teaching Sports Medicine here at Crean Lutheran.
Mitch is very proud to be the first in his family to attend and graduate college. He resides in Fullerton with his wife Melody and beautiful daughter, Fynnley (1).
His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:3, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves."
“I am looking forward to the brotherhood that is built during the course of the year, battling as a team through all of the challenges they will face throughout the season.”
aubree gooden - athletic trainer
This is Aubree’s second year as an athletic trainer for Crean Lutheran. She attended La Verne Lutheran High School and Concordia University Irvine. She now lives in Upland.
Aubree’s favorite Bible verse is Revelation 2:10, "Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life." To Aubree, this verse is a constant reminder we will be tested, but the Lord will always keep His promise of eternal life with Him.
“I am excited to see how these young men grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.”
Team Award Winners
2018 (Team Captains Tom St. George, Jack Johnson, Cole Harris, Max Bahou)
Scholar Athlete- Seth Holbrook
Scout Team Player of the Year - David Huff
Rookie of the Year - Nolan Folsom
Most Improved Player - Ryan Williams
Lineman of the Year - Max Bahou
Special Teams Player of the Year - Connor Gace
Defensive Player of the Year - Tyler Buban
Offensive Player of the Year - Jack Johnson
Weightlifter of the Year - Tyler Buban
323 Award - Luke Frisbee
MVP - Tom St. George
Scout Team Player of the Year - Braeden Bailey
Newcomer of the Year - Tyler Buban
Most Improved Player - Michael Berelowitz
Lineman of the Year - Ben Beavers & Christian Maurier
Special Teams Player of the Year - Andy Richardson
Defensive Player of the Year - Dane Schumacher
Offensive Player of the Year - Gunnar Ashmon
Player of the Year - Ryan O'Keefe
Hardhat Award - Kyle Livermore
323 Award - Issac Holbrook
Coach's Award - Coach Chris Conlin
JV Saints Award - David Huff
JV Defensive Player of the Year - Seth Holbrook
JV Offensive Player of the Year - Grant Olbricht
JV Player of the Year - Chase Kanegae
323 Award - Robert Briones
Player of the Year - Zach Macadam
Offensive Player of the Year - Gavin Folsom
Defensive Player of the Year - Tanner Atkinson
Special Teams Player of the Year- Jack Johnson
Lineman of the Year - Tanner Atkinson
Newcomer of the Year - Kyle Livermore
Scout Team Player of the Year - David Jeong
Hardhat Award - Isaac Holbrook
Most Improved Player- Christian Maurier
Scholar Athlete- David Jeong
JV Player of the Year- Tyler Buban
Coach's Award- CoachTrevor Stokes
Team MVP - Garrett Cox
Offensive MVP - Nick Ellwein
Defensive MVP - Daniel Albright
Lineman of the Year - Andrew Ryan
Most Improved Player - Zach Macadam
Rookie of the Year - Jack Johnson
Scout Team Player of the Year - Sunny Su
Hardhat Award - Gavin Folsom
323 Award - Reagan Schmidt
Team MVP - Matt Frisbee
Offensive MVP - Paul Sardo
Defensive MVP - Luke Hamilton
Most Improved Player - Gavin Folsom
Rookie of the Year - Anthony Cooper
Hardhat Award - Reagan Schmidt
323 Award - Samuel Fluegge
Offensive MVP - Adam Barrett
Defensive MVP - Isaiah Hobus
Most Improved Player - Samuel Fluegge
Rookie of the Year - Tanner Atkinson
Hardhat Award - Matt Frisbee
323 Award - Philip Murphy
ALL LEAGUE WINNERS
First Team All-League: Tom. St. George, Jack Johnson
Second Team All-League: Max Bahou, Cole Harris, Nolan Folsom, Tyler Buban
First Team All League: Dane Schumacher (Co-Defensive MVP), Gunnar Ashmon, Tom St. George, Ben Beavers, Christian Maurier, Ryan O'Keefe, Issac Holbrook
Second Team All League: Tyler Buban, Max Bahou, Braeden Bailey, Kyle Livermore, Cole Harris, George DeBoede, Joe Kelly.
First Team All League: Patrick McNerney, Zach Macadam, Tanner Atkinson
Second Team All League: Robert Briones, Ryan O'Keefe, Gavin Folsom, Michael McNerney
First Team All League: Garrett Cox, Daniel Albright, Nick Ellwein, Andrew Ryan, Daniel Ruiz, Tanner Atkinson, Gavin Folsom, Robert Briones
Second Team All League: Reagan Schmidt, Matthew Volz, Luke Walcher, Aaron Fink, Michael McNerney, Patrick McNerney, Ben Beavers
First Team All League: Paul Sardo, Matt Frisbee, Luke Hamilton, Nick Ellwein, Andrew Ryan, Tanner Atkinson
Second Team All League: Mark Sharp, Austin Heyer, Luke Walcher, Gavin Folsom
First Team All League: Adam Barrett, Isaiah Hobus, Matt Frisbee
Second Team All League: Daniel Wang, James Long, Luke Hamilton, Mark Sharp, Andrew Ryan, Nick Ellwein, Tanner Atkinson
First Team All League: Teddy Hung, Riley Tooker, Daniel Kuntz, Tommy McMillian, Blake Cox
Second Team All League: Luke Hamilton, Paul Sardo, Adam Barrett, Alex Yoon, Chris Hansen, Matt Frisbee
ALL CIF PLAYERS
Offensive Line - Christian Maurier (Sr.)
Defensive Line - Tom St. George (Jr.)
Utility - Dane Schumacher (Sr.)
Linebacker - Garrett Cox (Sr.)
Defensive End - Daniel Albright (Sr.)
Defensive Tackle - Andrew Ryan (Sr.)
ALL IRVINE TEAM PLAYERS
Offense: Jack Johnson, Max Bahou
Defense: Tom St. George
Offense: Ryan O'Keefe, Issac Holbrook, Christian Maurier
Defense: Dane Schumacher, Gunnar Ashmon, Tom St. George
Offense: Jack Johnson, Patrick McNerney
Defense: Tanner Atkinson, Zach Macadam, Robert Briones
Offense: Garrett Cox, Tanner Atkinson, Reagan Schmidt
Defense: Daniel Albright
Offense: Nick Ellwein
Defense: Luke Hamilton, Matt Frisbee
ORANGE COUNTY ALL STAR PLAYERS
2018 Jack Johnson
2017 Dane Schumacher
2016 Robert Briones
2015 Andrew Ryan
2018 Seniors (Class of '19) - Max Bahou, Michael Berelowitz, Luke Frisbee, Tom St. George, Cole Harris, Jack Johnson
2017 Seniors (Class of '18) - Gunnar Ashmon, Braeden Bailey, Ben Beavers, Anthony Cooper (Porkchop), George DeBorde, Jack Eliot, Isaac Holbrook, Joe Kelly, Kyle Livermore, Christian Maurier, Patrick McNerney, William Nomura, Ryan O'Keefe, Andy Richardson, Dane Schumacher
2016 Seniors (Class of '17) - Tanner Atkinson, Kyle Betz, Robert Briones, Aaron Fink, Gavin Folsom, Ryan Lidd, Zach Macadam, Michael McNerney, Dylan Rapp, Joey Tosti
2015 Seniors (Class of '16) - Daniel Albright, Garrett Cox, Nick Ellwein, Robert Grey, Andrew Ryan, Daniel Ruiz, Reagan Schmidt, Karl Schumacher, Matthew Volz, Luke Walcher
2014 Seniors (Class of '15) - Samuel Fluegge, Matthew Frisbee, Luke Hamilton, Travis Knight, Matthew Ma, Youssef Nakhla, Paul Sardo, Mark Sharp
2013 Seniors (Class of '14) - Adam Barrett, Isaiah Hobus, Philip Murphy, Ryan Leuteritz, Daniel Wang
2012 Seniors (Class of '13) - Greg Baker, Blake Cox, Daniel Kuntz, Alex Yoon, Tommy McMillian, Teddy Hung, Chris Hansen, Riley Tooker
2011 Seniors (Class of '12) - Joe Atkinson, Charles Jones, Josh Kilduff, Chasen McNaughten, Marcus Wondergem
2010 Seniors (Class of '11) - Rylan Beisner, Luke Bonenfant, Dylan Cantral, Marc Corey, Luke Gibbons, Brandon Geimont, Matt Homan, Spencer Loose
2009 Seniors (Class of '10) - David Caulderwood
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