Spotlight Winter Sports Preview 2011
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:33The Canton-Galva Eagles welcome a new coach to the girls’ basketball team this season as they look to improve on a 4-17 record last year.
The Eagles lost in the first round of sub-state last year to Pratt-Skyline.
“We will look to build off a four-win season last year,” said coach Dale Dvorak. “With a new coach and a new system there are lots of questions, but the ladies are working extremely hard.”
The Eagles return three seniors, two of whom were varsity starters last year...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:32
The Goessel girls’ basketball team returns five starters this year, and is eager to improve on a 6-16 record last season.
“The Lady Bluebirds did a lot of growing up last year,” said coach Ryan Hoopes, who is back for his sixth year at the helm.
“Coming off a season where they lost eight games by four points or less, they are eager to get better and compete with confidence and win those games.”
Returning starters for the Bluebirds include senior guards Aimee Flaming and D’Ambra Kruger.
“(Kruger) missed a few games last year, but she’s going to be a key player for us,” Hoopes said. “She’s not extremely big, but she’s been working hard at the post and she’s come a long way.”
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:31An experienced boys’ basketball team welcomes long-time assistant coach Curtis Guhr as its head coach this year.
“I’m pretty excited about the whole thing,” Guhr said. “We have quite a few guys back this year, so I’m looking forward to keeping going what we did last year and hopefully adding my own stamp to the program.”
Last year the Bluebirds went 11-11, losing in the semifinal round of substate.
Goessel has eight seniors and letter-winners returning, and Guhr is looking to them to be key to the Bluebirds’ success.
“All these guys played last year, so I look to them to step up,” Guhr said. “I also have some younger guys who will hopefully step in and fill some shoes.”
Among them is senior Braden Unruh...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:30A strong Marion wrestling program is gearing up for a season anchored by the experience of team captains Colten Johnson, Cole Lewman and Brody Carroll.
The roster boasts 24 wrestlers this season, with three seniors among the group of nine returners.
Carroll is going to be one to watch this season in the 138-pound weight class, as he took fifth place at state last season and has his eye on a state title.
“He is determined to be a state champion and has worked very hard to make that happen,” said coach Chad Atkins. “Brody will be the kid to beat everywhere we go. We believe he is up to that challenge and are excited about his season.”
Another Warrior expected to make ripples is Johnson, a senior who has placed at state and...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:29A young team that struggled last season may find its stride this year as several players return with varsity experience.
“I would look for us to be improved from last year,” said coach Randy Savage, whose team finished 2-7 in the Heart of America league and 7-13 overall.
Key reasons are senior standout Whitney Gordon, as well as sophomores Katey Ehrlich, Megan Richmond, Kaelyn Thierolf and Kelly Hess.
“Those are four girls who were freshmen last year and played quite a bit,” Savage said of the latter. “We expect them to be improved quite a bit.”
Also returning for the Warriors are juniors Corey Shields, Erika Herzet and Erin Meierhoff.
Savage said some freshmen may contribute as well.
“We lost three seniors but we...
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