November 10, 2016
By David Nordby The Brillion News
HILBERT – As the only starter from Stockbridge playing on a team predominately filled with players from Hilbert, junior Chris Langteau is putting the Stockbridge in Hilbert-Stockbridge Wolves football.
“I take a lot of pride in representing [Stockbridge], being the only high school player to start both ways,” the running back and linebacker said. “I work day-in and day-out to stay in it.”
Now in his second year in the football program, Langteau feels like he’s a part of the team chemistry and not worrying about taking away from it.
“The team works very hard every practice and then we all come together,” Langteau said. Last year, Langteau was worried about disrupting the team’s chemistry. The co-op between the two schools has been mostly positive, but not without challenges.
“It’s a work in progress,” Coach Mike Breckheimer said. “Every year we do it’s going to get better I think. The kids get to know each other more.”
Breckheimer also pointed out how the Stockbridge players return home after practice away from Hilbert. In order to counteract that, Breckheimer and his staff turned their weeklong off-season camp into over night bonding.
“It’s more for team chemistry than for x’s and o’s,” Breckheimer said, adding that now the camp is something the kids look forward to.
As for Langteau, he’s proven to be a welcome addition on the field as well.
“Chris is a great asset that we have … He understands the game. He’s very intelligent,” Breckheimer said.
Hilbert-Stockbridge’s feeder system is Sherwood football, where Breckheimer had the chance to coach Langteau since middle school.
Langteau admits that he felt uneasy coming in, but now feels as much a part of the team as anyone.
“They were thinking I wasn’t going to be very good and weren’t friends with me, but now it’s good,” Langteau said smiling, almost in amusement at how far he and his teammates have come.
Please see the complete story, and additional coverage of Hilbert-Stockbridge’s football team, in the November 10, 2016 edition of The Brillion News.