Spotlight Winter Sports Preview 2010
Written by John Giffin Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:23Opting to stay in the Heart of America League, the Canton-Galva Eagles have experience returning on the boys’ team this season following a 6-18 overall record and 2-12 in the HOA in 2009-10.
Nick Vogts returns as the Eagles’ leading scorer. The junior guard averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 assists.
The Eagles also return their third-leading scorer, senior guard Taylor Myers, who averaging 6.9 points in eight games.
The senior will be joined by classmates Nathan Bray and Tad Wedel. Bray...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:23Canton-Galva girls’ coach Barry Fritz knows the ball is going to have bounce just right if his team is going to have a successful season this winter.
For Fritz, 49-80 in seven years at CGHS and 274-145 for his career, that means staying away from injuries, foul trouble, sickness, turnovers and giving up offensive rebounds.
That’s a tall order.
Key to this year’s team are returning starters Kimmy Voth, a 5-foot, 4-inch guard, and Cayla Sommers, a 5-10 post. Voth averaged five points and two rebounds per game while Sommers contributed four points and five rebounds per outing.
Fritz sees guard play as the team’s strength. Three juniors are most likely to join Voth in the battle for playing time at that position: Scarlet...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:21The Goessel girls faced a big enough challenge this season with the departure of four starters from a team that finished 11-9 overall and 6-5 in the Heart of America League.
But when returning all-state senior Kendra Flaming went down for the season with a knee injury, the challenge for coach Ryan Hoopes and his 2010-11 squad became even more formidable.
“Others will need to step up quickly,” said Hoopes, in his fourth season with the Bluebirds. “It will be interesting to see who fills those spots.”
Heading his list of candidates are three returning letter-winners: senior Shanna Klassen, a 5-foot, 7-inch post player; senior Jennifer Van Horn, a 5-10 guard and post; and sophomore Johanna Hoffman, a 5-6 guard.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:21With three starters and four letter-winners returning from last season’s 11-11 squad, look for the Goessel Bluebird boys to soar above sea level this winter.
Even with three starters back, coach Justin Coup said this year’s rendition will have a very different look.
“This group will be completely different than any team we have had,” said Coup, who is in his 13th season at the helm. “We will be very deep at the guard/forward position. Our quickness and ability to handle the ball is a definite asset as we head into the season.”
But Coup is concerned about his team’s inside play.
“Our inside presence could be a weakness and our ability to get to the boards,” he said. “We must be very focused on those two areas as...
Written by John Giffin Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:20Last season, the Marion Warriors wrestling team sent seven people to state, four of them placed.
Among those who made the trek to Hays were five underclassmen who return to the Warriors squad this season.
The lone placer is Colten Johnson. He finished 2009-10 fifth as a sophomore in the Class 3-2-1A 160-pound weight division with a 4-2 record.
Senior Randy Regnier (119 pounds), sophomore Brody Carroll (130) and senior Andy Shipman (135) return this season as state qualifiers last year. Regnier finished 1-2 at Hays and. Carroll and Shipman went 0-2.
Regnier finished the season 24-7, Carroll finished 31-12 and Shipman ended with a 19-12 record.
Junior Cole Lewman returns from an injury sustained last season. Coach Chad Adkins...
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