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.
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.
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.
Fredericksen will be assisted this season by Kelsie Bruhn.