HOLSTEIN - Six returning players, including four seniors and two juniors form the nucleus of the Ridge View boys basketball team this season.
Under first-year coach Ken Slater, the former Ridge View girls basketball coach, the Raptors will be counting on returning seniors Joe Tokheim, Michael Currie, Austin Drey, and Austin Struchen; and juniors Daniel Jeckell, and Ryan Garthoff.
A dozen promising underclassmen could make an impact on the varsity team, including juniors Michael Tiefenthaler, Nick Babcock, Mason Johnson, and Tyler Drey; sophomores Zack Toekheim, Logan Richard, John Kofmehl, Noah Frahm,and Jesus Nova; and freshmen Jackson Graff, and Garret Lamp.
"We are a fairly athletic club with some team speed and lanky guys," said Slater. "We don't have a true center, but overall we have some length that will help us on both ends of the court.
"They love to play the game. There are a lot of guys in contention for varsity action, so it makes practices competitive - which should help us in in the long run.
"We are inexperienced at the varsity level, with only three returning lettermen. We are also learning a new system, so that will take some time to adjust."
Slater will be assisted by Jeff Mason, and Dale Tokheim.
HOLSTEIN - Five seniors are among 10 returning players who will carry much of the load for the Ridge View girls basketball team this season under the direction of first-year head coach Tyler Phelan.
Also back to impact the squad are juniors Rachel Boyle, Lexi Johnson, Jadyn Mohr, and Anna Davis, and sophomore Karlen Lamp.
With the loss due to energy of Kaitlan Wulf, coach Phelan will be counting on Johnson, Mohr, and Boyle to step up into Wulf's roles.
Phelan sees defense a major team strength and lists the players adjusting to a new coach and other program changes as shortcomings that will have to be worked out.
"Last year our team had no seniors and relied heavily on our juniors," noted Phelan. "With that year of experience we are hoping to win in key situations that we struggled through last year."
Phelan also said the coaches are working hard learning a new offense and will be looking to improve fundamentally in a number of areas.
Phelan will be assisted by Jessica Christensen and Dave Wolver this season.
HOLSTEIN - Fifteen lettermen will provide the nucleus of the Ridge View wrestling team this season, including two-time state qualifier Mike Davidson, who posted an enviable 33-9 mark last season.
Also joining Davidson among the lettermen are Dru Kenny, Nathan Myrice, Tylaw Hansen, Dillion Kunneke, Haydan Johynson, Henry Sippel, Matt Wandrey, Luke Kliegel, Lucas Hanson, Tristin Stibbins, Dylan Richards, Preston Schmidt, and Ethan Bruning.
Other wrestlers who could contribute at the varsity level include Tyler Ehrp, Zach Kenny, Kelby Wunschel, Peyton Boyle, Cody Johnson, Sergio Carbajal, JD Graeber, Ryan Cougill, Joe Kenny, Kyle Schiernbeck, Daniel Ramirez, Hector Solares, Tyler Pichinke, Alex Pichinke, Jori Beyer, and Chance Briner.
"We are excited about the upcoming season and our numbers are really good with around 35 kids," said co-coach Scott Phelps, who works in tandem with co-coach Doug Davidson, and assistant coach Justin Kinney.
"If we can avoid injuries and the kids stay focused and keep working hard to improve, we'll have a good season."