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Fall Sports Preview - Cherokee Washington

Friday, September 14, 2012

Members of the 2012 Cherokee Braves football team include, front row, left to right, Zac Bennigsdorf, Nathan Fowler, Luke Zeiman, Aaron Boisen, Carlos Aguilar, Hunter Eaton, Levi Lundquist. Second row, Jeff Wiemold, Eric Wilkie, Nathaniel Morgan, Chase Wiese, Skyler Mongan, Devin Mongan, Stetson Dagel. Third row, cheerleaders Jennifer Davis, Hanna Henson, Katie Bice, Yesenia Castro, Abby Lubeck, Kristin Gerhart, Mariah Clyde. Fourth row, Ben Sampson, Zac Taylor, Marc Husman, Lane Peterson, Grayson Roosa, Kyle Comstock, Matt Aguirre. Fifth row, coach Travis Schipper, assistant coaches Scott Koch, Chad Osler, Austin Todd, Bruce Dagel, Mike Nixon, Lynn Jolly. Back, Carl Bechtel, Kevin Fajardo, Blake Booth, Jared Conover, Zane Young, Michael Rosewall.
Experienced seniors must lead Cherokee Braves football

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 seniors will lead Cherokee volleyball this year

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.

Members of the Cherokee Washington High 2012 volleyball team include, front row, left to right, Kaely Hummel, Grace Teusink, Alexia Gerdes. Middle, Megan Hummel, Brookelyn Hoeppner, Karissa Wych, MaCenzie Wood, Lauren Woltman, Ariana Smith. Back, Sara Ramirez, Sammy Hirschman, Megan Carlson, Emily Haselhoff, Jasey Stowater, Maddy Woodall.
Among promising newcomers include Alexia Gerdes, Sara Ramirez, Brookelyn Hoeppner, and Kaely Hummel who must step up to patch the holes left by injuries.

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.

Veteran runners to lead Cherokee cross country teams

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.

Members of the 2012 Cherokee Washington High cross country team include, front row, left to right, Kris Williams, Brendan Nelson, Abby Lubeck, Merrick Harrison, McKayla Benson. Middle, Connor Ogren, Amber Lundquist, Isabelle Reusch, Dallas Ellis, Jaden Lux, Eamon Adamson, Danni Roethler. Back, Bailey Gaydo, Andy Pitts, Breeana DeVos, Hanna Bennigsdorf, Sydney Hart, Samantha Conley, Taylor Bute, Max DeVos, Haily Mummert.
Regarding team strengths, Hoskinson said, "We are lucky to be returning some veteran runners this year on both teams. We also had quite a few runners come into the early days of practice with a great set of base miles in place which has allowed us to be more aggressive in our training earlier in the season. These veteran runners have also helped out our young and inexperience runners as they build up miles and learn how to run this great sport.

"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."

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