Strive Spring Sports Preview 2012
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:15If a team is only as strong as its weakest player, the Tabor men’s and women’s tennis teams should be in good shape this season with a strong batch of newcomers mixing with returning all-conference performers Amanda Faber, Amanda Brown and David Simmet.
“The expectations are high for this season, especially for the women,” coach Chad Gayer said. “We’ve got a really good guys’ team too, so I’m excited.”
Heading into spring break, the Tabor women sported a 2-2 record and...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:14The Centre golf team has no seniors out and has fewer than half the numbers it had last year, according to Greg Wyatt, head coach.
“We had 16,” he said, “and this year we are down to seven—four boys and three girls. It’s going to be a rebuilding year for the squad.”
Centre placed fourth as a team in the Class 1A regional tournament in 2011.
Wyatt’s only two returning letter-winners this spring are junior Dylan Svitak and sophomore Kodey Johnson.
Svitak came in 28th at regionals with a 108 and Johnson was 30th at 116.
With only a handful of practices so far, Wyatt said the game plan is simple.
“We need to work on getting better each day and improve the short game and putting,” he said. “We need to keep the ball...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:13Even with more students out for track and field this season, Centre coach Alan Stahlecker says it’s still going to be a rebuilding year.
“We had 16 competing last year and 24 or 25 out this year,” he said. “It’s a pretty young team—mostly freshmen.
“I am not even sure if Ellie (Miller), one of last year’s letter-winners, will be able to compete.”
Miller, one of his four juniors, is recovering from an injury, leaving senior Theo Kassebaum and sophomore Cacey Simons as Stahlecker’s two experienced athletes.
“Of our three seniors this year,” he said, “Theo is the only placer, taking seventh in the 100-meter hurdles last year at state.”
“Cacey is our other experienced player,” Stahlecker said. “She...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:12The Canton-Galva track team returns two seniors this year to lead an underclassmen-heavy squad of 12.
“We are a small team, having to split kids with softball and baseball,” coach Kelly Unruh said. “But the kids we have are incredibly hard workers, and they give us everything they have.”
Seniors Justin Hiller and Darci Enns return to run middle distances for the Eagles.
“Both seniors are great leaders for the younger kids, and they bring a strong work ethic to the team as well,” Unruh said.
Junior Eli Janzen will be back to run distance and fellow junior Clayton Boaz will throw for CGHS.
Sophomore Trevor Unruh will contribute in the field events—javelin and shot put—and also run the 800 meters.
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:11The Canton-Galva baseball team hopes to improve last year’s record with experienced hitters returning.
“I think that this season will be on the up from last season,” coach Darrin Fisher said. “We have three leading seniors, but we also are very young at other positions.”
The three seniors are Kolby Moddelmog, Nick Vogts and Tyler Miller.
Fisher is looking for newcomers Conner Farnham and Tanner Klingensmith to make contributions this season.
He said some strengths for his team this year are unity and leadership from the returning seniors.
But the Eagles will have to overcome the weaknesses inherent in starting young players in the infield and having young arms on the mound.
“Our goals for this season are to compete in...
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