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Photos by Kimm Anderson / St. Cloud Times Former Paynesville back Josh Bungum (No. 1, pictured) and former New London-Spicer all-purpose back Jake Essler are two of St. John’s University’s top offensive weapons this year. The two former area prep stars also are helping lead the team into a new era under head coach Gary Fasching, who replaced legendary head coach John Gagliardi. Gagliardi retired following the 2012 season after 64 years in college coaching.

College football: Essler, Bungum are team leaders as SJU heads into new era

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Like many high school football stars, New London-Spicer’s Jake Essler and Paynesville’s Josh Bungum had a nice buffet of options set out before them as they contemplated their post-prep playing days.


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Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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