Warrensburg-Latham's Fricke brings unique style to Cardinals

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Lincoln native Aaron Fricke was 13-23 in four seasons as head coach at Piasa Southwestern. Lincoln native Aaron Fricke was 13-23 in four seasons as head coach at Piasa Southwestern.

WARRENSBURG -- It's a lot of fun to watch first-year Warrensburg-Latham head coach Aaron Fricke at a practice, simply because his style isn't what you normally see.

Others shout as a base level, then dial it up to nuclear when there's a mistake. Fricke is the kind of coach who rarely brings the volume north of an indoor voice, and yet he may as well be shouting because he gets your full attention. His stare is Eastwood-esque, and it's a package that proves that you don't have to be a screamer to command respect.

In the Ernest Hemingway spirit, Fricke would rather plainly and directly tell you how to improve, using few words. It's a cerebral style that shows why he won a scholar-athlete award as Lincoln's quarterback in 2005.

The Cardinals figure to throw the ball considerably more in 2018 with the dynamic duo of Dionte and Diondre Lewis moving on to Millikin's football team. Junior Nathaniel Hayes steps in as the starter at quarterback. Seniors Mitchell Leathers, high jump star Jorden Tedford, first-year football player Tanner Dawson and team leader Will Kent represent a deep group of receivers. Other notable contributors include senior linebacker Davis Brumbagh and soccer star Shawn Troike, who will kick.

2017 record: 6-4
2016 record: 7-5 (third round of 1A playoffs)
Head coach: Aaron Fricke (first year at Warrensburg-Latham; previously at Piasa Southwestern)

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