HC tabbed 7th, 8th in GPAC preseason polls

Great Plains Athletic Conference commissioner Corey Westra speaks
during GPAC media days Thursday in Lincoln.

LINCOLN — Thursday marked the 15th annual GPAC football media day, and as is the case every year, each coach was excited to boast about this year’s team.

But there was another theme the coaches talked about, and that was how good the conference is as a whole. The GPAC ended with three teams — Morningside (4), Northwestern (13) and Dakota Wesleyan (21) — ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

“I believe that our conference has become better than ever from top to bottom,” said Steve Ryan, who is the coach of last year’s GPAC champion Morningside.
“There are so many good football teams in this conference — to not focus each and every week you’re going to get beat.”

Hastings College head coach Tony Harper said with each team being so competitive, it’s easy to see why each coach is looking forward to the season.

“Everybody in the GPAC Media Days is fired up, even I’m smiling,” he said.





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