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Fall Sports Preview - Alta-Aurelia

Friday, September 14, 2012

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Members of the 2012 Alta-Aurelia football team include, front row, left to right, Joe Hughes, Colten Larson, Jeremiah Anderson, Tyler Robbins, Michael Gonzalez, Nathan Pearson, Ben Kearney, Chase Damewood. Second row, Tyler Saunders, Christian Jarvis, Jacob Ausman, Shawn Henley, Bryce Radke, Parker Meier, Connor Weiland, Matt Hughes, Ryan Meyer. Third row, Jake Berg, Dylan Heiderscheit, Kale Nelson, Mitchell Fritz, Jesse Boehmer, Ben Stange, Connor Napierala, Zach Lukkes, Brandon Glienke, Kyle Freese. Fourth row, assistant. coaches Rory Payne, Grant Peckenschneider, head coach Kevin Hammer, assistant coaches Chris Reinert, Tim Galvin. Fifth row, Jeremiah Ruby, Tristan Bainway, Tyson Kearney, Michael Stender, Kade Lindback, Mitchel McDonald, Spencer Bezoni, Ben Wetherall, Junior Molina, Manuel Murillo. Back, Steven Handwork, Garrett Van Houten, Dylan Ohlson, Jackson Rosenthal, Fidel De Lao, Joe Napierala, Alex Stephan, Shawn Rowell.
A-A football team hopes for better all-around attack

ALTA - Alta-Aurelia football coach Kevin Hammer says that the loss through graduation of All-District player Jalen Henningsen will definitely hurt the Warriors this year, but Hammer, now in his 17th year at Alta, feels that A-A's offense should be more balanced this season than it has been.

Fullback Garrett VanHouten, a three year starter is a very powerful runner, and Quarterback Joe Napierala, like VanHouten a senior, is a two year starter for the Warriors, who had a 1-8 overall mark last season.

Hammer said the offensive line which will block for the pair, as well as for running backs Alex Stephan and Manny Murillo, has an opportunity to be very solid this season, "depending on how quick the younger guys pick up their blocking assignments." Lettermen Spencer Bezoni, Ben Wetherell, Brett Stange, Jacob Berg and Conner Napierala lead the returning linemen, with sophomores Brandon Glienke and Tristan Bainum expected to help out.

Defensively, Coach Hammer says the team will have more overall speed than last year and will also be bigger up front, and he sees the defense as being a team strength. Among the returning defensive starters are D. back Steven Handwork lineman Bezoni and linebackers VanHouten, Murillo and Stephan.

The lack of team depth could be a factor "if we fall into the injury bug," says Hammer.

In conclusion, Coach Hammer says, "If we can stay healthy and make strides early on in the season, this team has the ability to turn the corner and get back to the playoffs and a winning season - something that has eluded them the last two years."


Alta-Aurelia hopes to improve on volleyball court

ALTA - The Alta-Aurelia girls have a couple of new coaches this season in volleyball, with Jen Keitges and Kacee Jensen serving as Co-Head Coaches for the Warriors, who posted a 7-24 overall mark last season.

Alta-Aurelia returns seven players who were starters and/or letterwinners last season - Katie Turnquist, Gracie Winterhof, Kelsi Snyder, Jenna Snyder, Taler Stanton , Cristena Heschke and Tayler Rohwer.

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Members of the 2012 Alta-Aurelia varsity volleyball team include, front row, left to right, Katie Turnquist, Val Hernandez, Taler Stanton, Gracie Winterhof, Kelsi Snyder, Steph Stange. Back, Kaitlyn Miller, Erica Lockin, Jenna Snyder, Tayler Rohwer, Christena Heschke, Olivia Heschke, Izzy Hinkeldey, Shantara McDonald, Micah Barnes.
Kelsi Snyder and Turnquist were each named to the All-Twin Lakes Conference Third Team last season.

Coach Keitges sees serving and positive attitudes as the Warriors' chief team strengths and a lack of varsity experience as a team weakness.

Three freshmen - Micah Barnes, Izzy Hinkeldey and Shantana McDonald - are expected to help the Warriors on the court this fall, according to the coaches.


Alta-Aurelia cross country teams have good numbers

ALTA - Coach Wendell Larson greeted a solid nucleus of runners for this season's Alta-Aurelia cross country teams, with more than 20 participants filling out the boys and girls squads.

Comprising the A-A girls team are Jacey Solko, Stephenie Robbins, Hannah Nelson, Abby Hill, Katie Post, Chayce Glienke, Laura Holmes, Ali Turnquist, and Reghan Harms.

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Members of the 2012 Alta-Aurelia cross country teams include, front row, left to right, Jacey Solko, Jayson Van Haaften, Trenton Delp, Ross Friedrich, Jayden Van Berkum, Nathan Flaherty, Stephenie Robbins. Middle, Hannah Nelson, Abby Hill, Katie Post, Chayce Glienke, Laura Holmes, Ali Turnquist, Reghan Harms. Back, Alex Larson, Matthew Swanson, Josh Baxter, Michael Swanson, Titus Letzring, Tyler Larson, Sean Berg. Absent, Jack Sliefert.
The boys lineup features Jayson Van Haaften, Trenton Delp, Ross Friedrich, Jayden Van Berkum, Nathan Flaherty, Alex Larson, Matthew Swanson, Josh Baxter, Michael Swanson, Titus Letzring, Tyler Larson, Sean Berg. and Jack Sliefert.

The Warriors look to field full teams in varsity and JV meets and continue to show improvement as the season progresses.



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