Five veterans back for CHS

These seniors and returning letter-winners will anchor Centre’s team this season: front row (from left) Emily Schlesener, Kate Basore; (back row) Alexius Kendrick, Shelby Pankratz, Katie Marler, Summer Espinosa.The Centre volleyball team will be under new leadership this season as Susan Saunders steps in as head coach.

Centre returns five players with starting experience on its 12-girl roster. That list is highlighted by a pair of first team, all-league selections from a year ago: Summer Espinosa, an outside hitter and setter; and Shelby Pankratz, a setter and hitter. Both are seniors. Senior setter and hitter Katie Marler also returns.

Two juniors complete Centre’s list of returning starters: middle hitter Kate Basore and outside hitter Emily Schlesener.

Centre’s roster also features senior Alexius Kendrick; juniors Haizea Diego and Grace Peterson; sophomores Grace Knepp, Kayla Gosnell and Athena Salamone; and freshman Emma David.

A year ago, Centre went 5-2 in Wheat State League play and finished the season 10-15. The Cougars will play without graduated senior Whitney Gutsch as they look to improve upon last season’s successes.

The Cougars were scheduled to open the season at Canton-Galva Tuesday, who, along with Herington, are new additions to the Wheat State League this year. Centre will travel to Little River Tuesday.

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