MARCUS - New to the 8-player game this fall, the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn football Eagles could be a real force in District play this season, with several highly skilled seniors back to bolster the team.
With a sweet mixture of athleticism, speed and size, MMC appears to have all the components under first-year coach Kyle Oswald to go a long way in the 8-player game this year.
A dozen talented lettermen are back from last year's 4-6 record in the 11-player game, including Isaiah Petersen, Tyler Prunty, Levi Letsche, Derek Simonsen, Lee Hueser, Tanner Utesch, Jake Meehan, Andrew Hoefling, Dylan Rolfes, Nathan Zubrod, Jared Gross, and Dylan Spieler.
In addition, promising newcomers, including Connor Holmes, Reece Jackson, Erik Nelson, and Justin Theisen will impact the team as the season plays out.
Coach Oswald lists his solid group of seniors as a major team strength, while overcoming past shortfalls and reaching for new levels are among chall,enges the Eagles face down the road.
Oswald is assisted by Steve Phillips, Jerome Holmes, and Al Hoefling.
MARCUS - With just one returning varsity starter, the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn volleyball team will be a work in progress all season as first-year coach Mandy Falkena focuses on fundamentals and steady improvement for the many underclassmen filling out the lineup.
The lone returning starter is Kayla Theisen, who accompanies three other letter winners from last season - Alex Dreckman, Alison Meehan, and Bethany Specht.
Among promising newcomers who will impact the Eagles varsity squad and freshman Sarah Dreckman, and sophomore Haley Moser.
The Eagles were 11-13 over all last year and finished 4-6 in the rugged War Eagle Conference.
Falkena, a Granville Spalding graduate, is assisted this season by Miranda Kosters.
MARCUS - First-year Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union cross country coach Mark Fisher greeted a dedicated nucleus of runners this season, but low numbers on both boys and girls teams will have to translate into quality and not quantity as the Eagles compete in 2012.
Returning runners for the MMC-RU boys inc;lude Zack Kellog, Nathan Ruba, Ben Brady, and Mark Peters. Among promising newcomers is Roman Galles.
The MMC-RU girls team boasts just three returning starters in the persons of Nicki Schwarz, Sarah Bird, and Kimberly Schroeder, with Schwarz a returning All-Ware eagle Conference performer last season.
Among his teams' strengths, Fisher sees a very dedicated group that has been working hard this year. Those low numbers are among his teams' shortcomings.
"We're hoping to improve on those numbers as the season progresses," said Fisher.