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Varsity Coach:                    Jon Kitna                   Junior Varsity Coach:     Dalton Strunk  Freshmen Coach:               James Scott           

2023 Season Outlook

This season will bring new looks to the Thunderhawks as thirteen-year head coach Rick Haynes retired, and the Hawks hired former Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna as head coach.  Kitna will bring ten years of high school head coaching and sixteen years of NFL experience to Lakota East.

The 2023 Thunderhawks return four starters on both offense and defense as well as several players that earned experience in 2022.  On the offensive side of the ball, the Hawks will be led by junior transfer and four-star quarterback Jamison Kitna.  Kitna will have seniors Andy Vogelmann (WR) and Derek Jackson (TE) as key targets in the Hawks new pro-style offense.  Anchoring the offensive line, which will average 295 pounds, will be senior left tackle Nick Fritzsche.  The Hawks are also excited about several other offensive players that will be getting their first start this season. 

Defensively the Thunderhawks will also be sporting a new look moving from the traditional 5-2 defense of the past to a more modern attacking even front filled with a variety of stunts, blitzes, and coverages.  The defensive Hawks will be led by senior linebackers Marvin Richter, Wyatt Pleasant, and Hezekiah Holliman.  Up front in the trenches, the defense will rely on the run-stopping abilities of juniors Marcus Osner and Parker Elam. The secondary will see several Hawks vying for starting positions including senior Payton Peck and juniors Nick Miller and Connor Kruse.

The Hawks will open their season on the road against Centerville, a strong GWOC champion contender.  East will open GMC play at home in week two against Hamilton.

East Side Pride

GMC Champions   2004 (Co-Champs)
Playoff Qualifier   2012, 2014, 2018, 2019

Upcoming Events

vs. Lakota West H.S.(H)
Senior Night - Golf, Tennis, Cross Country
10/06/2023 Fri. 7:00 pm
Lakota East High School
Junior Varsity
at Lakota West H.S.(A)
10/07/2023 Sat. 10:00 am
Lakota West High School
at Lakota West H.S.(A)
10/04/2023 Wed. 6:00 pm
Lakota West High School

News & Announcements



Posted on: September 11, 2023

  The Thunderhawks suffered a very tough loss on Friday night on a last-second field goal by Fairfield. After falling behind 28-14 late in the 3rd quarter, the Hawks mounted a courageous comeback that fell just short.  QB Junior Jamison Kitna

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Posted on: September 5, 2023

East FB fell to undefeated Princeton last Friday, 30-16. The Hawks got some offense but not enough to overcome the athletic Vikings team. Some positives include the defense holding Princeton scoreless in two of the four quarters.  The offense racked up

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Posted on: August 28, 2023

East Football stumbled against Hamilton this past Friday in the GMC home opener by a score of 21-0. Costly turnovers and big yardage to cover on third downs kept the Hawks off the scoreboard.  Lebanon transfer Rider Hooks rushed for 83 yards on 14

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