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Barnes Aims to Build Beaver

Brock Kappelmann - August 15, 2022 3:43 pm

He graduated from Turpin High School in 2012 and has coached under Justin Hannah the past five years at Turpin.  So John Barnes is no stranger to Turpin’s rival, Beaver.  When Tanner Bowman took a head coaching position at Pond Creek-Hunter, Barnes made the move to the rival in Beaver County.  He says he likes the Beaver community and thinks Beaver has some good young players.  But Barnes is asking for patience as he inherits a job the most challenging district in the state in B-1.   Barnes is the fifth Duster coach in the past seven years.  When Mike McVay stepped down after the 2015 season, he had been at the helm for 21 years.

Beaver was 1-9 2021 but has six starters back on both sides of the ball.  There are 16 Dusters out for football.  Some of the key players are Sr. RB/LB Dalton Walker, Sr. TE/DE Jadian Pina, Jr. RB/WR/DB Levi Hugg, Sr. LB Matt Brunken, Jr. RG/DE Josh Kasparie, and So. QB Koby Stafford.

The Dusters were featured during Sportsguys on Monday morning.


August 26- Cherokee

September 2- at Sharon Mutual

September 8- Buffalo

September 16- at Tyrone (102.7)

September 23- Okeene

October 7- Turpin

October 13- at Hollis

October 21- at Laverne

October 27- Balko-Forgan

November 4- at Shattuck


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