ST. CLOUD - After an 0-9 2011 season, the Apollo Eagles started their 2012 season with five straight losses. However, the team did not let a slow start keep them down for long.

Apollo rattled off three straight wins to finish the regular season then posted a 26-9 win over Sauk Rapids in the section playoff opener before falling in the second round to Sartell.

The Eagles will return 17 starters from last season and expect to contend for a Central Lakes title in 2013.