Strive Spring Sports Preview 2011
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:13The Centre golf team will build on past successes and returning experience to seek a state title this season.
“We currently have gone to the state tourney the past three seasons and are looking for our fourth trip to state this season at Emporia,” said coach Greg Wyatt, who is returning for his 11th season.
Centre is slated to host the Class 1A state tournament this season at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
Last year the Cougars finished ninth in state competition after winning...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:12The Centre track and field team will bank on the experience of six returning letter-winners to lead a young squad this season.
The Cougars have two returning competitors from last year’s team in addition to the letter-winners.
“Nine of our 17 athletes have not competed in high school track before,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “We are therefore relatively inexperienced and somewhat young.
“As the season develops, I expect us to become more competitive.”
Senior letter-winner Cole Svoboda will compete in the 400 meters, javelin and long jump.
“Cole narrowly missed qualifying for state in the 400 last year,” Stahlecker said. “He works hard and I expect him to accomplish good things, especially in the...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:10Despite the graduation of four key seniors, second-year coach Mike Brouillette said he is optimistic about this year’s Canton-Galva baseball season.
The return of experienced players is the reason. The Eagles are led by seniors Taylor Myers and Nathan Bray.
Last season Myers, a 2010 all-league performer, led the team in seven offensive categories as well as touting a .422 batting average. On the mound, Myers was 5-1 with a 3.35 earned-run average and threw 56 strikeouts.
Bray’s defensive flexibility will be a huge asset this season as well, Brouillette said. He expects Bray to build on his solid offensive campaign, during which he batted .316.
The Eagles’ junior class enters the season with plenty of playing experience. All...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:09The Canton-Galva track team will bank on team unity and greater numbers to find success this season.
“Our goal this season is to have all athletes continue to work and improve in their personal bests throughout the season,” coach Kelly Unruh said.
He added that he also wants “to have as many athletes as possible reach qualifying standards (for state) in their events.”
The Eagles will have some young blood contributing to the team this year. Canton-Galva has seven freshmen out for track this season. Unruh said he expects them to help this year’s squad.
“We have struggled with numbers in the past,” Unruh said. “We have a few more out this year, allowing for the possibility of having a couple of relay teams.”
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:08The Canton-Galva softball team will look to experienced returners and new talent to seek success this season.
“We have three goals: our first job is to win our league,” said coach Barry Fritz, who is in his seventh year at the helm.“We want to win our league, and then we would like to take the next step and win regionals, and then we’d like to win at least one game for state.”
Fritz said they have increased depth and talent this year, which will hopefully help bring them success.
“We have 18 girls out,” Fritz said. “This is the most we’ve had since I’ve been here and they’re all pretty good softball players. We have pretty good competition for every position.”
He said after coaching state-level talent for...
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