The Canton-Calva Eagles have had cheerleaders for a long time and their coach has been Treva Prieb for 15 years of that time.
“I take great pride in being a Cheer Coach. This year will mark my 15th year Coaching Cheerleading at Canton-Galva. I began coaching at the Junior High level and later started a youth cheer program. I have been coaching high school cheer for the past five years. My fabulous Assistant Coach, Jennifer Becker, has been Coaching High School Cheer with me for four years and prior to that Jennifer stepped in and took over my youth program coaching for three years. We have a huge passion for cheerleading. We believe the life lessons that are instilled in our youth are immeasurable. Together, we make a great team,” said Prieb.
Not only does the squad cheer on the sports teams, but they also compete.
“KSHSAA started a statewide cheer competition for cheerleading three years ago and were blessed to have been able to compete all three years,” said Prieb.
The inauguration year for cheer was three years ago (2017) in which the team advanced to the finals and placed 6th.
“In 2018, we placed 1st Runner-up and 2019 we again placed 1st Runner-Up. We are gunning for 1st place this year and hope that Covid does not squash our dreams. Our team motto this year is ‘Leave a Legacy’,” said Prieb.
This year the squad has nine returning veteran varsity cheerleaders and two new freshmen to round out the squad of eleven.
“We have a lot of talent on our team and are extremely excited to get to work so that we can prepare to cheer on our Canton-Galva Eagles. For us, November is where we have our eye on the prize.,” said Prieb.
They will compete the first weekend in November at the Washburn Showcase to prepare them for KSHSAA Game Day competition on November 21st. In February they hope to compete one last time during the school year at Rally in the Valley.
“This season is full of uncertainties, but we remain positive and are thrilled that we are still able to cheer. We are working hard to follow the guidelines provided to us and continuously check the KSHSAA Spirit page for updates on regulations due to Covid. That has been a bit of a damper, but this group of young ladies are amazing, and we are anxious to #leavealegacy,” said Prieb.
The Canton-Galva Eagles cross-country team is much smaller this year but they will still be giving it their all.
“Unfortunately we only have three high school runners out this season, so we will not be running for any team honors, only individual. Both the boys are very dedicated and have worked hard over the summer, and barring injury or COVID shutdown, have a good chance of making it back to state to try and improve on the times and placings that they earned last year,” said Head Coach Lyle Silsby.
The two boys are junior Morgan Becker who took 8th Place in 2A Boys last year at state with a time of 17:25 and junior Christian Darrah who took 12th Place in 2A Boys with a time of 17:34.
“Both boys return from last season, and both have trained very hard over the summer and are looking good so far in practice. Both are motivated to return to state and to improve on their state times from last year,” said Silsby.
Senior Sarah Kendall also returns and is looking to do well.
Coming – The team gets started with their season at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 32 Tescott.
Canton-Galva is coming off of an amazing State Champion win from last year and they are extremely excited and optimistic for this season.
“With making playoff runs the last two years, we return a lot of experience playing at a high level against top competition which should set us up this year for another deep run. This year’s team returns lots of size and athleticism at multiple positions which will make us competitive in all three facets of the game,” said Head Coach Shelby Hoppes.
Hoppes returns for his fourth year at Canton-Galva. The 2019 record is 13-0 and the League record is 6-0. His record at Canton-Galva is 27-7 and the overall-coaching record is 27-7.
While the team does have a lot of strengths, they do still face some challenges.
“One of the challenges this year will be overall depth after graduating a large senior class. We will need young players to step in and fill those rolls that the 2019 seniors left.,” said Hoppes.
Offensively they return Tyson Struber, who is one of the top receivers in 8-Man D1, Brayden Collings, who is one of the top running backs in 8-Man D1, and Keaton Littrell who was an All-State Lineman as a Junior.
Defensively, Brandon Huff will lead this unit at linebacker and Connor Koehn will set the edge at defensive end, both coming off all-state seasons as juniors. Huff also received honorable mention Wheat State League, 1st Team All-State Wichita Eagle, 1st Team All-State Topeka Capitol Journal, Sports in Kansas Non-Senior Top 100 and Sports in Kansas Defensive POY Finalist. Koehn also received honorable mention All-State Topeka Capitol Journal and Sports in Kansas Non-Senior Top 100. Koehn also received honorable mention All-State Topeka Capitol Journal and Sports in Kansas Non-Senior Top 100.
Tyson Struber also returns after being selected as the SIK defensive player of the year as a sophomore. He also received 1st Team All-State Topeka Capital-Journal, 1st Team All-State Wichita Eagle, Sports in Kansas Non-Senior Top 100, Sports in Kansas Offensive POY Finalist, Sports in Kansas Defensive POY, Several of the team also received Honorable mentions and awards based on their performances last year.
Keaton Littrell received honorable mention All-State Topeka Capitol Journal and Sports in Kansas Non-Senior Top 100. Brayden Collins received honorable mention All-State Topeka Capitol Journal.
While the Eagles are on the younger side, they have been working hard and they are ready to see what they can do this season on the court.
“We lost several seniors last year, so this has been a rebuilding year for sure. These young ladies have put in hard work over the summer and it is showing on the court. We hope to continue to keep building throughout the season and become better at the game. This group of ladies are dedicated and like to enjoy their time on the court, so they are very grateful that we are getting to play each day,” said Head Coach Cloe Hedlund.
Those returners are Emily Peterson, Alexa Bell, Brecken Pearson, Madison Leach, Taygen O’Hara and Gracie Kidd.
In addition to the normal obstacles brought on by the pandemic, the ladies will be facing some of the issues brought on through the rebuilding.
“The challenge this season is that most of the ladies will be playing in a new position, so it will take some time to feel comfortable in those new positions. I am excited to see the progress throughout the season with this challenge,” said Hedlund.
Coming – The Girls get started with a Quad at Goessel at 6 p.m. on Tues, Sept 8.