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Bark River-Harris senior Ethan Ives (center) signs his letter of intent to play point football at UW-Stevens Point on April 9, 2024, at Bark River-Harris High School. (Adam Hinch/Daily Press)

HARRIS – After three years as the starting quarterback for the Bark River-Harris football team, senior Ethan Ives signed his letter of intent to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and will begin classes in the fall of 2024.

Ives will study business administration in finance at UW-Stevens Point.

“There are so many opportunities in this field of study” Ives said. “I strive to grow and excel in this field, no matter what direction I take in this field.

Ives chose UW-Stevens Point because of its location.

“The community there somehow feels like home” Ives said. “I have a lot of family in Wisconsin and I’m not far from home, so it feels like a home away from home.”

In his three years as the starting quarterback, he completed 93 of 186 passes for 1,265 yards and 16 touchdowns. On the ground, he accumulated 453 yards and eight touchdowns on 139 carries. He was an all-conference quarterback his junior season and earned All-UP honorable mention his sophomore and senior seasons. He also earned All-Conference honors as a punter. Ives recorded 19 wins as the Broncos' quarterback and led them to winning records in all three seasons.

“I coached Ethan from fifth through eighth grade. Even at that young age, he was the smartest player on the field.” said Steve Kwarciany. “He studied playbooks and knew what was expected of him. He’s not the biggest, toughest or fastest athlete on the field, but I would take 11 kids like him on both sides of the ball because anything can happen and that’s how championships are won.”

Ive's best season came in his junior year when the Broncos posted a 48-0 home win over West Iron County and a 60-7 home win over Gwinn to an 8-3 record.

“He’s a great competitor.” said former Broncos coach Al Stenberg. “He gives 100% every game. He’s the kind of kid you want leading your team.”

The Broncos defeated St. Ignace 44-20 in the district semifinals before falling to Iron Mountain 32-16 in the 2022 district final.

“He’s an all-around great kid and athlete.” Broncos coach Caleb Adams said. “He constantly gives himself on the field and in the weight room and the character he shows shows why he was our senior captain last season. His teammates trust him and he will do his best to help his teammates. He is truly what an athlete should be.”

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