Spotlight Winter Sports Preview 2011
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:40A Peabody-Burns girls’ team that lost only one starter to graduation looks to improve on last season’s 2-19 record behind the leadership of ninth-year coach Darren Schroeder.
The Warriors lost in the first round of sub-state last year.
“A nice nucleus returns for us, so we should have plenty of experience and understanding of the program returning,” Schroeder said.
“This group is committed to hard work and becoming a better team. I like the chemistry and diversity that this...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:39The Peabody-Burns boys will have to capitalize on their base of returning varsity experience this year if they’re going to improve on last season’s 5-16 record, which included a loss in the first round of sub-state.
“The team will have better depth with the return of two seniors Matt Hiebert and Brody Kyle,” coach Brian Simmonds said.
Both Hiebert and Kyle were starters on last year’s squad.
“But most of the depth of the team will come from the junior ranks.”
Three returning letter-winners—Hunter Pickens, Austin Savage and Seth Topham—are expected to make significant contributions this season, too.
Another junior looking to play at the varsity level this year is a 6-foot guard Christian Gard.
Also joining the...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:36The Centre girls will need some young players to step up and help their two returning starters if the Cougars are to claim many this season.
“We are experienced in our backcourt guards,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “We don’t have an awful lot of experience on the front line, so we’re going to need some people to step up and develop there.”
Returning for the Cougars are two sophomores who played varsity last year, Cacey Simons and Bryanna Svoboda.
“Brianna’s our point guard,” Stahlecker said. “She handles the ball really well and is a great defensive player. Casey is a good all-round player and the best scorer we have.”
Simons was responsible for almost all of Centre’s points last year, Stahlecker...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:35The Centre Cougars boys face a rebuilding year this year, as they return no starters and only five letter-winners from last season’s 13-8 squad.
Last season’s squad went 5-3 in the Wheat State League, good for a second-place tie, and were sub-state runners-up.
“We are going to be fairly small and inexperienced this year,” said coach Greg Wyatt, who begins his third year as the boys’ coach. “We will have to rely on playing good, solid defense as well as being fundamentally sound on offense.”
Returning for the Cougars are seniors Trevor Hageberg, a 6-foot, 3-inch forward, Kordell Harding, a 6-1 forward, and Shane Methvin, a 5-9 guard.
The other letter-winners are junior guards Justin Deines and James?Wyatt.
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:34With a broad senior base, the Canton-Galva boys are on the hunt for uncommon success on the basketball court this season.
“I am excited that we have five seniors who have played in a lot of varsity games,” said coach Jake Sims, who returns for his second year. “They played a lot for me last year, so they understand what I expect.
“That doesn’t mean wins necessarily, but it should mean competing in more games.”
The Eagles have seven seniors out, but also will definitely count contributions from several younger players, Sims said.
“Devon Helton and Trevor Unruh, they’re definitely going to have to step up to contribute on the varsity level,” Sims said. “Depth is obviously a concern for us. The quicker they can...
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