Former CHS standouts join Fighting Saints program
Kettle Falls High School graduate and former KFHS football and basketball standout Brian Strobel is one of six Carroll College football players to be named to the USA Football News NAIA Pre-season All-American Team.
Strobel has been a standout in the defensive secondary for the Saints since arriving at the Helena, MT school three years ago. Strobel earned All-Frontier Conference first team honors last season in the secondary. The 5-11, 212-pounder had 90 total tackles last season, caused as fumble and had three interceptions.
Carroll head coach Mike Van Diest, who has led the Fighting Saints to six national championships and 12 straight Frontier League titles in his 13 years at the helm in Helena (Carroll is 157-22 during his tenure), is effusive in his praise of Strobel, who transferred to Carroll from Central Washington University.
“Brian is one of the top performers on the defensive side of the ball in the Frontier Conference,” said Van Diest, who led the Saints to the national championship game last season for the eighth time in the past 10 years.
Carroll’s defensive team leader
“For the past three years, Brian has been one of the most consistent and dominating players on our defense. He is, without a doubt, our leader on defense. We look forward to Brian being one of the top players in the NAIA this season.”
Two Colville High graduates and standouts on the 2010 Indians’ team that lost only one game are walk-ons at Carroll.
Sawyer Bardwell, 2010 Northeast A League Offensive Most Valuable Player at quarterback and first team defense in the secondary, is listed as a wide receiver on the Carroll roster. The 6-4, 205-pounder, who played baseball last spring at Mt. Hood Community College (Gresham, OR) before transferring to Carroll, is rehabbing from an injury sustained late last spring.
His teammate on that 2010 team, Blake Sjordal, is listed as a 5-10, 195 pound defensive back on the Saints’ roster. Sjordal, who attended Spokane Falls Community College his freshman year, was the defensive MVP at linebacker for the Indians during that outstanding 2010 season. He was also the league’s best running back and was an All-State selection. Sjordal was an outstanding catcher during his career at CHS.
Carroll College (13-2 last season) and a 24-20 loser to St. Xavier in the NAIA title game, will open the 2012 season on August 24 at Havre, MT against MSU Northern.
The Fighting Saints will be on the road again on Sept. 1 for a non-conference date at Hillsboro Stadium against Big Sky Conference member Portland State University.