Former Baldwin coach starts third season with Hesperia

Doug Bolles

BALDWIN — Former Baldwin football coach Doug Bolles looking for a turnaround season at Hesperia.

Bolles is in his third season with Hesperia, also nicknamed the Panthers. He coached Baldwin to 10-2 season and a district title in 2014. He went to Hesperia in 2016 and the Panthers were 5-5 and made the playoffs.

But Hesperia was 0-9 last season.

The Panthers play in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division.

“The numbers are low with 17 or 18, so depth will be a factor,” Bolles said. “We can’t have any key injuries. But the guys we have are quality football players and good kids, they’re fun to coach and have great attitudes. After last season there’s nowhere to go but up. Realistically with our schedule, we’re taking it one game at a time, but anywhere from four to six wins are a good possibility if everything goes right.

“I’m settling in now in my third season as head coach and I’m really happy with my coaching staff moving forward. I look for Kent City and Morley Stanwood to be at the top of league.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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