Erik Chouinard of North Branch is participating in intercollegiate football at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. He is a 6-0, 201-pound sophomore linebacker.
Chouinard is one of 55 student athletes in camp for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III team, which last season was nationally ranked in the Top 20 much of the way.
Central Lakes College is expected to contend for another Minnesota College Athletic Conference championship and battle perennial rival Rochester Community and Technical College for Southern Division honors.
CLC has been in the hunt each of Head Coach Greg Medeck’s five years during a 41-14 career. The Raiders have made three consecutive post-season bowl appearances.
“We are seeing good competition at every position,” Medeck said. “The outlook is promising for the 2012 season for this experienced and motivated squad.”
CLC opens its season Aug. 23 at Northland (Thief River Falls, 6 p.m.) and plays its first home game in Brainerd Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Mesabi Range.
Central Lakes College, a community and technical college in Brainerd and Staples, is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system of 32 public universities and colleges.