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Morning Sun
  • Stolte signs with FSCC

  • Girard senior Trenton Stolte inked his letter of intent Friday afternoon to play football at Fort Scott Community College.

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  • Girard senior Trenton Stolte inked his letter of intent Friday afternoon to play football at Fort Scott Community College.
    Stolte’s classmate Anthony Scholes already signed with the Greyhounds and former teammate Matt Perez finished his freshman season.
    “The coaches there were really interested in bringing me there,” Stolte said. “That kind of set itself apart. . . . Hopefully, we’ll get together and work hard. I mean, all of us are hard workers and we’ve all worked together since we were little. . . . It will be kind of a second home.”
    “I think he’ll do great,” Girard head coach Leon Miller said. “He was a multipurpose player for us. He blossomed into a very good tight end for us and he was our Special Teams Player of the Year for not only his blocking but his coverage skills. Defensively, he was solid at the linebacker position. I think he’s got a well-rounded repertoire, skill-set, so I think he can definitely find a spot and help out.”
    Stolte said that he will be playing wide receiver in college.
    During his senior year, through 11 games, Stolte caught 11 passes for 252 yards and six TDs, averaging 22.9 yards per catch and more than one TD per every two catches. The Trojans relied heavily on their old-fashioned smash-mouth running attack but used their passing game as an effective change-of-pace. Stolte recorded three catches and two TDs against both Southeast and Columbus, a Class 4A state playoff game which Girard won 34-7.
    “It was definitely the best season of my life and I’m going to remember it for a long time, keeping the tradition alive,” Stolte said.
    “He does some nice things once the ball is in his hands,” Miller said. “Once in the open field, he’s a threat to take it all the way. I was proud of the year he had and I think good things lay ahead of him.”
    Girard recorded its first win over St. Mary’s Colgan since 1999 and its first Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League football title since 1999. The Trojans won nine straight games between a season-opening loss to Caney Valley and a season-ending playoff loss to Chanute. Girard finished CNC play 6-0.

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