HOLSTEIN - Senior lettermen Isaiah Miller, Blake Woodke, and Josh Mohr will be asked to carry much of the load for this year's Ridge View boys basketball team, again under the tutelage of coach Shannon Tesch.
Miller, a 6-6 power forward and three-year varsity regular who can score in bunches, Woodke, a 6-2 small forward, and shooting guard Mohr will man the wings and work hard to keep the Raptors in the thick of things in the tough Western Valley Conference.
A bevy of talented juniors will be on hand to fill in the varsity spots and to step up and be counted this season. They include shooting guards Marc Meyer, Austin Graff, and Travis Hoeppner; point guards Kyle Wessling and Seth Johnson; and power forwards Paul Bainbridge, Heath Clark, and Kris Alesch, with Alesch at 6-3 the tallest of that power forward group.
Two sophomores also will impact coach Tesch's club and they are shooting guard Joe Tokheim, and small forward Austin Struchen.
HOLSTEIN - Ken Slater returns to the helm to guide the fortunes of the Ridge View girls basketball team this season and has six talented letter winners back, including five seniors with ample varsity experience.
Back to carry the load for the Raptors are forwards Egypt Clayton, Nicole Snyder, Roxanne Grundmeier, and Brooke Wiese; and guards Jessica Mathes and Emily Schiernbeck.
Four sophomores with much promise also will be on hand to impact the varisty squad this season, including Dana Hustedt, Kaitlin Wulf, Katie Boyle, and Rachel Hunt. A few freshmen also will be in the mix, according to Slater.
Slater had this to say about his team strengths this season - "The varsity consists of five seniors with considerable experience. They also are coming off a great volleyball season in which they made it to the state tournament. They have set the bar high and they compete extremely hard. It may take some time to covert that volleyball success to basketball success, but I believe that will definitely help the team in the end."
"This team is very capable and we just need to come together, play hard, and play smart. We do those three things and the wins will take care of themselves."
Slater sees IKM-Manning, OA-BCIG, Lawton-Bronson, and Logan-Magnolia as the teams to beat in the sprawling, rugged Western Valley Conference.
HOLSTEIN - With 11 returning lettermen, the Ridge View Raptors should have little trouble filling all the weights for this wrestling season.
The Raptors are comprised of wrestlers from Galva-Holstin, Schaller-Crestland, and River Valley, as the former Aurelia/Galva-Holstein/Schaller-Crestland (AGHSC) program ended when Aurelia agreed to whole grade sharing with Alta.
Those returning Raptor lettermen include seniors Spencer Snyder, Greg Davis, Tyler Kenny, Vance Kreutz, and Adam Spahr; junior Logan Schafer; and sophomores Michael Davidson, Dru Kenny, Cody Kell, Tylar Hansen, and Nathan Myrice.
"We feel we have a good mix of upperclassmen and youth on our squad and if everybody works hard on a daily basis, we can put a competitive team on the mat," said Phelps. "We are excited about the season as we start another new era this year.
"We will have seven weights where we have some experience, and seven weights where we are going to be young and inexperienced, so we'll see how they improve and gel together."