River Valley boys track and field coach Mike Persinger greeted 10 experienced lettermen to the squad this season, including State qualifiers Tanner Cobb in the shot put, and Zac Gander in the high jump.
Along with that quality duo, lettermen back to carry the load this year include Drew Payne in high jump/sprints, Jeremy Gebers in sprints, Josh Pansegrau in middle distance, Adam Schirmer in distance, Parker Goettsch in sprints, Skyler Kollars in throws, Nathan Utesch in middle distance, and Mason Alitz in throws.
AMong the newcomers who will impact the varsity squad are freshmen sprinters Kyle Lewis and Sam Briese, and middle distance runner Wyatt Fitch.
Coach Persinger lists team strengths as a good array of sprinters, and the fact that Cobb (shot put) and Gander (high jump) have a great chance of possibly breaking some school records in their specialties.
AMong team shortcomings is a lack of middle distance runners, and inexperienced throwers, according to Persinger, who will be assisted by Jacob Burger.
Ten reliable letter winners return to guide the fortunes of the River Valley girls track and field team this year, under the tutelage of coach teena Dreckman.
Among promising newcomers who will figure in the team point totals each meet are Amber Shen in sprints, Alicia Redenius in sprints, Mary Foley in sprints, Tonya Redenius in hurdles/sprints, Ashley Hunwardsen in middle distance, Paige Korver in middle distance, and Morrgan Reusch in sprints.
Coach Dreckman lists good numbers and returning letter winners as her main team strengths, and said too many girls think they are sprinters and she needs to convert some to middle distance and distance events.
Jacob Burger will assist Dreckman in coaching this season.
Returning lettermen include Austin Moeller, Casey Herron, Tanner Zahnley, and Ethan Brown, who will be required to do much of the heavy lifting for the Wolverines and head coach Bill Mathers.
Among the promising newcomers who will impact the River Valley varsity are Morgan Carstens, Jesse Bogenrief, Tyler Boock, and Jason Oliver.
A major team strength is the experience and skill of four-year starter Austin Moeller, according to coach Mathers. Conversely, a lack of experience from the rest of the squad will be a team shortcoming the Wolverines must work hard to overcome as the season progresses.
Two experienced letter winners are back to lead the River Valley girls golf team this season, under the direction of new coach Brian Bode.
Those letter winners include Emilee Droegmiller and Jasmine Smith, who will provide guidance and leadership to a trio of promising newcomers.
Coach Bode list inexperience and low numbers as major team shortomings this season.