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Ellsworth running back/defensive back Dennis Schutz is the 2013 Republican Eagle All-Area Football Player of the Year after helping the Panthers to their first Middle Border Conference title since 1999. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

All-Area Football: Schutz leads the Panthers' resurgence

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It’s been a tough decade for Ellsworth football. The last time the Panthers posted a winning record was in 2006, a season that had as many combined victories as the season before and the season after.


Ellsworth has endured three winless seasons since 2002 and has posted five or fewer victories in every season from 2002-12, with 2006 excluded.

But this year, everything came together. 

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Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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