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Returning starters, lettermen to lead River Valley FB

CORRECTIONVILLE - Four returning varsity starters are among nine returning lettermen who will lead River Valley football fortunes this season in the 8-player game.

The returning starters include quarterback Brennan Riedemann, center Mason Alitz, wide receiver Josh Pansegrau, and linebacker Parker Goettsch.

Members of the 2012 River Valley football team include, front row, left to right, Tyler Paulson, Justin Beeson, Sebastian Mesnar, Kevin Ebert, Colton Gray, Cody Volkert, Noah Peterson, Coltin Seivers. Second row, Coy Zollman, Jordan Droegmiller, Jesse Bogenreif, Sam Briese, Hunter Casey, Jimmy Cockburn, Wyatt Fitch. Third row, Parker Goettsch, Nate Utesch, Devon Byers, Mason Alitz, Brennan Riedemann. Back, Josh Pansegrau, Tanner Zahnley, Adam Schirmer.
That talented foursome joins fellow lettermen, running back Jimmy Cockburn, wide receiver Wyatt Fitch, lineman Tanner Zahnley, linebacker Adam Schirmer, and wide receiver Sam Briese to fuel the fires for the Wolverines in 2012.

Among promising newcomers on coach Jacob Burger's squad are wide receivers Nate Utesch, and Hunter Casey.

Riedemann is back as a second team All-District player last season.

Coach Burger lists speed and the Wolverines' passing attack as major strengths this year, while among team shortcomings are several new starters with a lack of varsity experience, team size, and depth.

River Valley posted a 4-6 record last year and finished 2-6 in the District, numbers they hope to improve upon this season.

Burger is assisted by Eric Goettsch, Trent Todd, Brian Bode, and Brian Rose.

One starter back as River Valley VB team reloads

CORRECTIONVILLE - River Valley volleyball coach Pamela Fredericksen greeted just one returning varsity starter this season, but she is a good one in the person of Olivia Goettsch.

Besides Goettsch, coach Fredericksen will rely heavily on a solid nucleus of hard-working athletes to round out the Wolverine varsity and JV squads, including Kelsie Brown., Brianna Colshan, Bailey Fitch, Kennedy Zahnley, Kristin O'Connell, Alya Georgopoulas, Allison Brown, Cheyenne Porter, Brianna Eades, Jordain Volkert, Payton Goettsch, Taylor Goettsch, Jenna Knaack, and Paige Korver.

Among the promising newcomers who will impact the River Valley club in some capacity are freshmen Knaack, Taylor Goettsch, Brown, and Volkert.

Fredericksen lists among her team's strengths the fact the girls work well together, have a solid work ethic, and strive to improve every day.

Inexperience, especially at the varsity level, is the major shortcoming of the youthful Wolverine squad.

Members of the 2012 River Valley volleyball team include back row, left to right, Cheyenne Porter, Brianna Colshan, Alysa Georgopoulas, Kristin O'Connell, Bailey Fitch. Third row, Ashley Hunwardsen, Morrgan Reusch, Kennedy Zahnley, Kelsie Brown, Brianna Eades, Olivia Goettsch, Jordain Volkert, Paige Korver, Ellen Steineke. Second row, Allison Brown, Hailey Klaschan, Christina Martin, Gabby Todd. Front row, Payton Goettsch, Taylor Goettsch, Jenna Knaack, Carre Stevenson.
Last year River Valley chalked up a fine 27-11 match record and went 6-1 in the tough Western Valley Conference North.

Fredericksen will be assisted this season by Kelsie Bruhn.

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