Category: Season Previews

Numbers low but aspirations high for CHS track team
Numbers low but aspirations high for CHS track team

Numbers low but aspirations high for CHS track team

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The Centre High School returning seniors and letter-winners for track and field are (from left) sophomore Dallas Rosenow, senior Nellie Hill, sophomore Carlye Simons, sophomore Josie Peterson and senior Kylie Burhoop. Not pictured is sophomore Samatha Seifert, who will join Simons, Rosenow and Burhoop on the Cougars? 4×100 relay.

The Centre High School track team, though short on both numbers and experience, has high aspirations headed into the new season.

Centre has 12 boys participating, eight of whom throw in one or more event.

Michael Kaiser, the only senior for the boys, is one of two distance runners on the team.

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Remnant of state runner-up team to lead GHS in ’08
Remnant of state runner-up team to lead GHS in ’08

Remnant of state runner-up team to lead GHS in ’08

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The Goessel High School track team was hit hard by graduation, but with first-year coach Curtis Guhr at the helm, the team will continue to aim high. The returning seniors and letter-winners are: back row (from left), Travis Fensky, Anthony Esau, Craig Banman, Weston Hiebert, Cameron Stultz, Grady Stultz; front row, Aleesha Hines, Kristen Hoffman, Aspen Frey.

The Goessel High School track squad and first-year coach Curtis Guhr have intact a strong remnant of the 2007 regional champion boys? squad that placed second at state.

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Four letter-winners to lead GHS golf toward state goal
Four letter-winners to lead GHS golf toward state goal

Four letter-winners to lead GHS golf toward state goal

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The Goessel High School golf squad back has a roster of 18 that will be led by these returning letter-winners: back row (from left), Derek Brown, Nathan Ensz, Cameron Voth; front row, Sam Lehrman, Tyler Schmidt, and Jake Schrag. All are seniors except Schmidt, who is a sophomore.

Coming off a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A state meet, the Goessel High School golfers have four returning senior letter-winners at the top of the roster.

The team, headed by Nathan Ensz and Derek Brown, has 18 on the roster, and is a expected to be deep and highly competitive by coach Greg Bontrager.

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Qualifying athlete for state is hope of CG track coach
Qualifying athlete for state is hope of CG track coach

Qualifying athlete for state is hope of CG track coach

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Key contributors to this year?s Canton-Galva track team include: back row (from left), Troy Vogts, Jesse Evans, Bo Moddlemog, Marc Jowers; front row, Allie Enns, Kaitlin Dailey, Caitlin Nelson, Marianna Redden, Shannon Williams, Sara Unruh, Sabrina Hamilton.

Canton-Galva High School track coach Lyle Silsby comes into spring with the hope that the new season will see at least one Eagle qualify for state competition.

Silsby said that the regionals last year were disappointing on account of not having a state qualifier. Contending with limited numbers, Silsby also said relays will be hard to put together and will ?mainly be for fun.?

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Speed and experience will fuel Eagle baseball success
Speed and experience will fuel Eagle baseball success

Speed and experience will fuel Eagle baseball success

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Forming the heart of the Canton-Galva baseball team this year are: front row (from left), Brett Middleton, Bryant Baldwin, Logan Rierson, Cody Johnson; back row, Eric Larson, Andrew Westbrook, Ted Regehr, Brett Williams, Taylor Myers.

With speed on the base?paths and a solid set of veteran batters, the Canton-Galva baseball team has its sights set on coach Joe Rierson?s first trip to the state tournament since 1998.

Rierson guided the team to a state championship in 1996 and has a core of seven returning letter-winners, six of whom earned all-league honors a season ago.

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Eagle softball gears up with a nucleus of five veterans
Eagle softball gears up with a nucleus of five veterans

Eagle softball gears up with a nucleus of five veterans

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Returning for the Canton-Galva softball team this spring are: front row (from left), Kalie Tector, Ashley Vogts; back row, Kaycie Shearer, Kaitlyn Bressie, Brianna Scott.

With six players returning after graduating five seniors from last year?s squad, coach Barry Fritz?s Canton Galva High School softball squad has both a stable foundation and a measure of uncertainty entering the new season.

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Marion girls gearing up for big track accomplishments
Marion girls gearing up for big track accomplishments

Marion girls gearing up for big track accomplishments

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The returning seniors and letter-winners for the Marion track team are: back row (from left), Julia Zeiner, Brett Billings, Adam Regnier, Justin Heidebrecht, Ryan Jones; middle row, Kayley Heerey, Hank Collett, Kristen Steinborn, Camille Christensen, Charlie Holub; front row, Kimber Hardey, Amara Prescott, Kalaya Jackson.

A season ago, a trio of senior girls led the Warriors to what coach Grant Thierolf termed ?the best finish in program history.?

His words do not contain a hint of overstatement.

The Marion girls are coming off a fourth-place team finish at the Class 3A state meet?not to mention the championship they won in the Mid-Central Activities Association or the myriad individual honors they obtained in the process.

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Consistency key to return trip to state for Marion golf
Consistency key to return trip to state for Marion golf

Consistency key to return trip to state for Marion golf

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The Marion High School golf squad has four returning letter-winners back after a fourth-place finish at state. They are: (from left) sophomore Lindsay Hett, senior Keith Jones, Luke Gordon, senior Jake Bredemeier.

With the graduation of Travis Hett, who took second place at the Class 3A state tournament last season, the Marion High School golf team has its work cut out for it.

?If we can stay consistent, we?ll be pretty good,? coach Rex Ostmeyer said. ?We return basically everyone from a team that tied for third in state last year.?

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As the lone senior, Jeffrey will lead young Warrior team
As the lone senior, Jeffrey will lead young Warrior team

As the lone senior, Jeffrey will lead young Warrior team

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The Marion baseball team includes (from left) Chase Carlson, Will Case, Logan Richmond, Isaac Hett, Adam Maag, Brian Fruechting, Zan Fine, Calvin Jeffrey. Coach Shawn Craft said every game, and especially the games early in the season, are ?critical for our confidence, to get our young guys going.?

The outlook for the Marion High School baseball team begins with senior Calvin Jeffrey, but also includes a group of six sophomores who started for the Warriors as freshmen.

Among those sophomores, Brian Fruechting will have the biggest role to play, filling the shoes of ace of the pitching staff and cleanup batter.

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Six seniors to lead Warrior softball team this spring
Six seniors to lead Warrior softball team this spring

Six seniors to lead Warrior softball team this spring

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The Marion High School softball team has six returning seniors: (from left) back row Tacy Taylor, Lauren Helmer, Megan Schmidt; front row Austin Percell, Lana Carroll. Not Pictured: Kristen Waner.

The Marion High School softball squad has six seniors returning to lead a team that goes 21 deep.

The Warriors lost six players to graduation, but increased their numbers to the point of being able to field a full-fledged junior varsity squad.

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