Fall 2012 Extra Point
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:59The Tabor men’s soccer team will look to improve on last year’s 11-5-2 season behind the leadership provided by 16 returning players, while the Bluejay women aim to get their feet under them after posting a 6-11 record last season.
Grant Brubacher begins his sixth season as head coach.
Men—The Bluejays hope to improve on a quarterfinal stalemate with McPherson College during KCAC postseason last year.
Tabor was picked to finish fifth in this year’s coaches poll, coming in...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:58The Canton-Galva cross-country team welcomes several new faces to this year’s squad while returning just two runners.
“This is going to be a learning season for most of my runners,” coach Lyle Silsby said.
Bringing experience to the team is senior Eli Janzen, who will lead the boys’ squad and is the best runner on the team, according to Silsby.
“Eli has been training hard all summer and has come into this season in the best shape he has ever been in,” Silsby said. “His goal was to cut about 30 seconds or more from his 5K time, so he put in a lot of miles this summer.”
Also returning is sophomore Katie Diehl, who suffered injuries last season but hopes to stay healthy and improve last year’s times this...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:57Jenny Loyd, assistant coach for three years, will ascend to the helm of a young Eagles volleyball team this year.
“We graduated five senior players that had been the backbone of the Canton-Galva team for the past several seasons,” Loyd said.
“We have no returning senior players for this season, but we do field a solid junior class of seven hardworking young ladies that will have the opportunity to step up and lead our team.”
Heading that junior class are returning starters Jennifer Likes at the middle blocker position, Erika Smith as an outside hitter and Betsy Shobe as libero.
The Eagles also bring back three returning letter-winners in setter/hitter Lauren Ballantyne, setter/hitter Lindsey Unruh and server/back-row passer...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:57The Canton-Galva Eagles hope a new coach will breathe new life into the football program in 2012.
“We’re taking over a program that has seen little success in recent years,” said Jeff Savage, a Montana native and veteran coach.
Savage coached most recently at Central High School at Burden after coming to Kansas five years ago. He was 17-7 in three seasons there.
“They had one winning season in 23 years when we got there,” Savage said. “We were fortunate to get things turned around there. We won the district championship the three years we were there.”
Central also broke several national records in eight-man football, relying heavily on the passing game.
But Savage faces an uphill climb if he hopes to see the Eagles...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:56Goessel activities director Tyler Schroeder steps in for his first year at the helm of the Bluebird cross-country team this fall.
“I’m excited this year because, first of all, we have good numbers, which not only makes for a good team, but it helps for the athletes to compete,” Schroeder said. “Everyone can find someone to run with and improve every day.”
The Bluebird boys are weighted toward upperclassmen, with two senior and four junior letter-winners setting the pace.
These include seniors Dan Smucker and Grant Flaming and juniors Heath Goertzen, Ben Weins, Nathan Czarnowsky and Jake Herrel.
“I see some of our top contributors here from last year and they are ready to do well,” Schroeder said.
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