Strive Spring Sports Preview 2012
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:11Canton-Galva returns almost its entire softball team from last year in the hunt for a state tournament berth this season.
“Our main goal, like most other teams, is to get to the state tournament,” said coach Dale Dvorak, who begins his first year with the Eagles. “I just want to maintain the excellence that has been here.”
Leading the list of returning players is pitcher Aly Bressie, who was 17-5 last season and also batted .500 with five home runs.
The Eagles also return a...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:10The Goessel golf team welcomes a new coach but also a solid group of experienced players to lead the Bluebirds back to state this season.
“I feel we will be very competitive at the meets this year,” said coach Chad Lindeman. “I believe a number of the golfers will be able to shoot in the 80s to low 90s, which is always a plus for this level.”
GHS returns five members of the state-qualifying team among their upperclassmen-heavy roster of seven juniors and two seniors.
Seniors Braden Unruh and Stephan Goertzen will look to complete their high school careers with another state-qualifying effort.
Other qualifiers include juniors Shane Goertzen, Trey Schmidt and Davis Cook. Other letter-winners returning for Goessel are Dan...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:09Returning state qualifiers Tia Goertzen and Ali Buller will set the pace this season for a young Goessel track team.
“We are looking forward to a good year again,” said coach Chad Guhr, who returns for his fifth year at the helm.
Goertzen, a junior, will be competing in the triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and the 4x100, while Buller, also a junior, will compete in the 4x400.
They will be aided by seniors Alex Schmidt, Brittny Czarnowsky and Makaila Schmidt.
“I’m looking for some good things out of Makaila Schmidt and several other younger girls,” Guhr said.
The girls’ squad added four freshmen this spring: Chelsea Stika, Tara Race, Erin Brubaker and Makayla King.
Because of the smaller number of athletes...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:08With six returning state qualifiers to anchor a solid squad across the board, the Marion track team looks to be on pace for a competitive season.
“We have a lot of kids who can run pretty decently,” said coach Grant Thierolf. “We’ll just let them mature and get faster.”
Though boasting fewer numbers overall, the girls’ team did not lose anyone to graduation and returns some strong contenders in both track and field events.
Senior Whitney Gordon, a state qualifier in the high jump last year, is back for that event and the hurdles.
“We look for her to be better this year,” Thierolf said. “We’re just going to put a little bit more time into hurdles this year, and we think she’s going to be much better...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:07The Marion softball team will depend on young but hard-working players to make up for a lack of upperclassmen this season.
“We have a bunch of young girls who are working really hard,” said Chad Adkins, who moves up to head coach after being an assistant.
“We’ve asked them to do some things they’re not real fond of, and they’ve done everything we asked,” Adkins said. “They’re working really hard.”
The main challenge will be a lack of numbers, Adkins said. He won’t have enough players to field a junior varsity team.
Marion will rely heavily on its sophomores and juniors. The Warriors only have one senior returning and gained just two freshmen from a small class of nine.
“We’re not very big,” Adkins said...
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