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Larned player follows in footsteps 28 years later

Larned High’s’s Jeromy Bartz (5) intercepts a pass against Ellinwood during a September game. Larned beat the Eagles 60-0.

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LARNED — When Jeromy Bartz plays in Larned High’s first football playoff game in 28 years, he’ll think of his father.
He always does.
Larned (7-2) travels today as a heavy underdog against state-ranked Andale (9-0), a Class 4A perennial state contender.
But Jeromy and his freshman brother, Brandon, are accustomed to accepting challenges without their father Michael, who died in July due to a heart attack. Their parents, Michael and Sandi, were Larned High classmates who were destined to be together.
Jeromy’s father, Michael Bartz, played on Larned’s last playoff team in 1985. But Michael didn ...

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