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Warrior girls have experienced core, but limited depth
Warrior girls have experienced core, but limited depth

Warrior girls have experienced core, but limited depth

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The Peabody-Burns girls have seven seniors and letter-winners returning: (from left) Tabitha O?Neal, Becky Morris, Danielle Savage, Traylee Woodruff, Jessica Gillet, Julie Wedel and Bayleigh Clark. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

The good news for the Peabody-Burns High School girls? basketball team is that coach Darren Schroeder begins his fifth season with a core of seven returning seniors and letter-winners largely intact.

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Burhoop will lead Centre girls as only returning starter
Burhoop will lead Centre girls as only returning starter

Burhoop will lead Centre girls as only returning starter

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The Centre High girls? basketball team has six seniors and letter-winners back from a team that went 17-5 in Kelly Steiner?s first year as coach. They are: back row (from left), Brooke Carlson, Justine Jennings, Kylie Burhoop; front row, Samantha Alvarez, Amy Hajek and Shelby Deines.

The Centre High School girls? basketball team enters its second year under Kelly Steiner having posted a 17-5 regular season record before flaming out against Hope in regional play in 2006.

In 2007, the Cougars will lean heavily on senior Kylie Burhoop to provide a veteran presence on the defensive glass.

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Cougar boys regroup amid tough Eisenhower League
Cougar boys regroup amid tough Eisenhower League

Cougar boys regroup amid tough Eisenhower League

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After posting an 8-13 overall record but going 4-2 in league play, the Cougars have five seniors and letter-winners returning this year. They are: back row (from left), Zach Slayden, James Weber, Michael Kaiser; front row, Ben Krause and Bryant Brunner. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

In his second season coaching boys? basketball at Centre High School, Cody Schafer is looking at an Eisenhower League full of parity with a sense of opportunity.

But having lost the bulk of their scoring and four starters to graduation, the Cougars face an uphill climb.

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Bluebird boys’ quality depth bodes well for new season
Bluebird boys’ quality depth bodes well for new season

Bluebird boys’ quality depth bodes well for new season

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A balanced attack will help the Goessel Bluebirds as they try to follow up last year?s fourth-place finish in the state tournament with another solid season. ?Our scoring will be spread out and our five seniors will be counted on,? coach Justin Coup said The team?s seniors are: back row (from left), Seth Ott, Sam Lehrman, Nathan Ensz, Cameron Voth and Kurtis Duerksen. The Bluebirds also expect big contributions from junior lettermen: front row (from left) Travis Fensky, Austin Unruh, Kendall Voth and Craig Banman. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

The Goessel High School boys? basketball team returns one starter from the squad that went 23-5, won the Heart of America league with a 10-1 record and placed fourth at the Class 1A state tournament a year ago.

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Goessel girls will do battle in HOA with young squad
Goessel girls will do battle in HOA with young squad

Goessel girls will do battle in HOA with young squad

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Experienced players Jennifer Raymond (left) and Aspen Frey will feature prominently for the Goessel girls this season. The same is true to a lesser extent of every player on the Bluebird roster of 11 players. First-year coach Ryan Hoopes said, ?They are a hard-working group of girls and very coachable.?

In the wake of a 10-13 season that saw the Bluebirds post a 5-6 Heart of America league record, the Goessel High School girls? basketball team lost its top five scorers.

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Eagle boys set on soaring high for third straight season
Eagle boys set on soaring high for third straight season

Eagle boys set on soaring high for third straight season

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Having graduated four major contributors from a 14-9 team, the Canton-Galva boys will lean heavily on returning starters Ted Regehr (left) and Andrew Westbrook (not pictured). The team also has a strong group of players stepping into larger roles, including junior Destin Nightingale (right).

Success breeds success, and the Canton-Galva boys? basketball team knows the saying is true from recent experience. For consecutive seasons, the Eagles reached the sub-state finals. The 2007 season begins with that achievement in full view?even though it will be difficult to repeat.

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Canton-Galva girls return core of last season?s success
Canton-Galva girls return core of last season?s success

Canton-Galva girls return core of last season?s success

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The core of the Canton-Galva girls basketball team is seven members deep. Avoiding injuries and foul trouble are keys for the Eagles. The team?s rotation is: (from left) back row Kaitlyn Bressie, Kaitlin Dailey, Kaycie Shearer; front row Shannon Williams, Kylie Haines, Allie Enns, Ashley Vogts.

The good news for fans of the Canton-Galva High School girls? basketball team is that the Eagles? core of players remains largely intact after a 14-win season.

With seven members of last year?s team ready to play again this season, coach Barry Fritz enters his fourth year at CGHS with a group that showed a knack for winning close games last year.

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Despite key voids, MHS boys should have better depth
Despite key voids, MHS boys should have better depth

Despite key voids, MHS boys should have better depth

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With six returning letterwinners, the Marion boys have a mix of experienced players and new players from last season?s 11-10 squad. The six letterwinners include three juniors and three seniors: back row, Luke Gordon, senior Justin Heidebrecht, Elliott Hett, senior Chase Carlson; front row, Mitchell Leppke and senior Calvin Jeffrey.? Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

After posting an 11-10 record on their way to fifth place in the Mid-Central Activities Associa?tion in 2006, the Marion boys come into 2007 with two very large holes to fill at the top of their roster.

Gone is Travis Hett, whose propensity for creating open looks off the dribble and knocking down difficult shots generated open chances for teammates.

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Marion girls expect to improve on last season’s
Marion girls expect to improve on last season’s

Marion girls expect to improve on last season’s

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In his first year at the wheel, coach Randy Savage will have seven returning seniors and letter-winners to shuffle around his Warrior girls? lineup. They are: back row (from left), Kristen Steinborn, Lindsey Hett, Julia Zeiner and Kaylee Heerey; front row, Amanda Richmond, Lauren Helmer, Kimber Hardey.

After an 0-11 season in league play and a 2-15 mark overall, the Marion High School girls? basketball team will have plenty of room to improve.

Randy Savage, in his first year as head coach, will have a deeper rotation at his disposal than his predecessor, Daryl Enos, had last year.

The Warriors lost Erin Carr and Morgan Cady to graduation, but bring back Kimber Hardey, Lauren Helmer and Austin Percell for their senior seasons.

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Marion wrestlers build new team with 3 state qualifiers
Marion wrestlers build new team with 3 state qualifiers

Marion wrestlers build new team with 3 state qualifiers

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Three state qualifiers headline a group of six seniors and letter-winners returning to Marion?s wrestling program this year. They are: back row (from left), Thomas McGee, Hank Collett, Chuck Holub; front row, Cody Wildin, Dillon Wildin and Pascal Otterbach.? Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

After a successful season in his eighth year, Marion High School wrestling coach Chad Adkins expects more of the same from his squad this year.

Despite having graduated seniors John Barr, who qualified for state at 152 pounds, and Ben Leppke, who wrestled at 160, the Warriors will have veteran depth through the midsection of their lineup.

Led by three returning state qualifiers, the Warriors have high hopes for building on the foundation for success they laid a year ago.

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