Members of the 2012 Ridge View boys track and field team include, front row, left to right, Paul Irwin, Nate Myrice, Heath Clark, Kyle Wessling, Seth Johnson, Austin Graff, Kris Alesch, Travis Hoeppner, Joe Tokheim, Alex Miller. Middle, Manager Josh Myrtue, Austin Mentzer, Christian Egger, Michael Davidson, Mason Johnson, Henry Sippel, Matt Wandrey, Jason Kenny, Sergio Carbajal, Derrick Williams, Dakota Hunt, Manager Jori Beyer. Back, Chris Madsen, Dantae Schafer, Daniel Jeckell, Nick Babcock, Ryan Garthoff, Aaron Cuthrell, Brian Stamp, Zach Tokheim, Anthoney Bainbridge, John Kofmehl.
Sixteen talented lettermen will bolster the Ridge View boys track and field team this season, led by last year's State qualifiers Seth Johnson, Austin Graff, and Dru Kenny - each top sprinters for the Raptors.
The other top returning lettermen include Kris Alesch (hurdles/high jump), Paul Bainbridge (distance), Heath Clark (sprints), Travis Hoeeppner (sprints), Kyle Wessling (hurdles/jumps), Michael Davidson (throws), Christian Egger (distance/hurdles), Nathan Myrise (throws), Joe Tokheim (middle distance), Sergio Carbajal (hurdles), Ryan Garthoff (sprints), Jason Kenny (distance), and Matt Wandrey (sprints).
Members of the 2012 Ridge View girls track and field team include, front row, left to right, Nicole Snyder, Gretchen Kistenmacher, Dana Hustedt, Melissa Brandt, Kate Mathes, Meg Kofmehl, Rachel Hunt, Susie Collier, Jordan Woodke, Katie Boyle. Middle, Anna Davis, Angela Livezey, Rose Joens, Jadyn Mohr, Sydney Kistenmacher, Emily Kenny, Brooke Lindgren, Cheyenne Spahr. Back, Michaela Kron, Hope Clark, Emily Brosamle, Bailey Winterhof, Savannah Nelson.
Other returning athletes include Nick Babcock and Dakota Hunter, and newcomers Paul Irwin, Dan jeckell, Mason Johnson, and Josh Myrtue, along with 11 promising freshmen who could impact the squad.
Coach Randy Galvin lists numbers, returning experience, hurdlers, distance rinners, and throwers among his main team strengths, with overall team depth, especially in middle distance events, a team concern.
Members of the 2012 Ridge View boys golf team include, front row, left to right, Tylar Hansen, Cody Kell, Tyler Albers, Isaac Jepsen, Haydan Johnson, Michael Currie, Derek Kai, Austin Drey. Back, Tyler Drey, Harrison Gebers, Brody Stoltze, Logan Richard, Dylan Richards, Coach Chad Hustedt.
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Four varsity lettermen return to pace the Ridge View boys golf team this season, under the tutelage of first-year coach Chad Hustedt.
The four lettermen back include Tyler Albers, Isaac Jepsen, Michael Currie, and Hayden Johnson.
Among promising newcomers who will impact the Raptors' varsity is freshman Logan Richard, according to Hustedt.
Among his team's strengths, Hustedt lists a good group of players with good attitudes who want to get eductaed about the game of golf.
The relatively low numbers of players out for the sport is a team shortcoming, according to the new coach.
Three of last year's top players are back to lead the Ridge View girls into the Western Valley Conference golf season for coach Ken Slater.
That trio is comprised of Jade Vondrak, Maddi Schubert, and Taylor Henry.
Members of the 2012 Ridge View girls golf team include, front row, left to right, Elizabeth Wulf, Maddison Schubert, Taylor Henry, Jayde Vondrak, Lyndsay Naberhaus. Back, Ashley Albers, Emily Foristal, McKinley Schubert, Lexi Johnson, Jordyn Vondrak, Caitlyn Gottschalk, Karlen Lamp.
Several underclassmen also have the potential to impact the Raptors' varsity this year, including seniors Elizabeth Wulf and Lindsay Naberhaus; sophomores McKinleu Schubert, Lexi Johnson; freshmen Ashley Albers, Karen Kamp, and Emily Forristal. Also, newcomers Ashley Shindoll, Jordan Vondral, and Caitlyn Gottschalk may figure into the mix, according to Slater.
Among his team's strengths, Slater sees the girls striving to improve through meaningful practice sessions, and lists the fact they are very coachable as a real positive.
A team shortcoming is the lack of playing a lot of golf for several players. "It will take some time," noted Slater.