A solid nucleus of seniors must lead the Cherokee Braves football team this season, with several promising underclassmen standing by to impact the varsity squad in rugged Class 2A District I action.
Among those seniors at skill positions are quarterback Zac Taylor, running back/wide receiver Marc Husman, wide receiver Eric Wilkie, and receivers Ben Sampson, and Nathaniel Morgan.
Playing vital roles at the skill positions are underclassmen Luke Zieman, Levi Lundquist, and Connor Voge, amoing others.
Several senior linemen will play both ways for the Braves, including Stetson Dagel, Grayson Roosa, Skyler Mongan, Devin Mongan, Lane Peterson, Chase Wiese, Zac Bennigsdorf, Daniel Curtis, and Matt Aguirre.
First-year head coach Travis Schipper is well aware of the tough opponents in District 1, starting with non-district foes Storm Lake and Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove, before entering District action against traditonal powerhouses Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Central Lyone/George-Little Rock, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sioux Center, Sheldon, and Orange City Unity Christian.
"We have some early injuries and will need to play a lot of kids without much varsity experience, but these kids are working hard and listening to the coaches.
"One of our main strengths is the offensive and defensive lines. They are senior dominated. We lack experience at the quarterback position and in the receiving corps. We also need to improve in our defensive secondary."
Two senior starters are among five returning letter winners who will lead the youthful, inexperienced Cherokee Washington High volleyball team this season.
Those seniors - the only ones on the team - are Megan Carlson and Megan Hummel, along with underclassmen letter winners Maddy Woodall, Ariana Smith, and Emily Haselhoff.
The team took a jolt early this season when Carlson, the libero and one of two senior leaders, was lost for the season with a broken ankle. Both Hummel and Carlson were All-Lakes Conference honorable mention last year.
Coach Julie Hummel lists leadership, attitude, athleticism, and work ethic as among her team's strengths, and the lack of varsity experience as a team shortcoming.
Coach Hummel is assisted by Sue Ann Johnson, and Kate Leavitt.
The Cherokee Washington High cross country teams will feature quality over quantity this season, with three experienced starters returning to bolster the girls team and two veterans back for the boys squad.
First-year coach Matt Hoskinson will count on leadership and experience from Hanna Bennigsdorf, Danni Roethler, and Sydney Hart for the WHS girls, and Jaden Lux, and Andy Pitts for the boys.
Among promising newcomers who will impact the boys team are track and field distance ace Eamon Adamson, Brendon Nelson, Hunter Morrow, and Connor Ogren, along with Abby Lubeck for the girls squad.
"Our one weakness is our lack of depth on both teams. We could use easily another 10 runners on both teams to give us some flexibility and make us more competitive with other teams around the area. Hopefully, those athletes who have not found a place in a fall sport will be willing to try cross country and help not only their school but themselves for the upcoming winter sports."