Centre looks to improve, win district title

Coach Kelly Steiner is starting his 10th year of coaching the Centre High School football team. Steiner, who has an overall record of 43-36, looks for his team to improve on the success of last season after Centre’s first playoff victory since 2010 against Marmaton Valley.

In order to do this weight room attendance will be key for the younger players to improve after the loss of two seniors.

“Due to the youth having to take more of a role it will be important to improve each day to improve on last year’s record,” said Steiner.

The team has many strengths which include having four seniors that will provide good leadership for the team which have been under Steiner since junior high.

One senior, Jensen Riffel, one 1st team All League last year as well as Kansas Pregame Mention. Other key seniors are Braxton Smith, Jensen Riffel, Aidan Svoboda, Dalton Stika and Jacob Hird.

Junior Aidan Svoboda received Honorable Mention All League. Other key juniors are Elias Jirak and Lane Methvin. Sophomore guards Kyle Peterson and Quinten Bina will also be key players.

The team will need to improve defensively.

Another challenge will be to stay healthy. Having young players fit into new roles will be a challenge as well this season. But the team is ready for the challenges.

Goals include winning the district and going farther in the playoffs.

“We will work to get better everyday and hopefully win the district,” said Steiner. “We look forward to playing several good teams in our league and district.”

Coming—The Cougars kick off their season against Peabody-Burns at 7 p.m. on Sept 6.