Winter sports preview

Kate Hennessey, Brendan Davidson, Riley Arns, Austin Cleveland, sports editor, sports staff

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  • Girls' varsity swim and dive: Poppy Rost, junior: “I think a lot of teams are gonna try to go after us this year. Two years ago we were second at state so we always had a target on our back. [Since] we did win state last year, it’s gonna be that much more intense. [But] we work together, we really use our strengths to continue to succeed, [so] I think we have a lot of potential to go back to state this year. It’s a long grueling season, and we [need to] know to use each other and [that] it’s gonna get tense sometimes, but know [we’re] teammates and [we] keep working [together].” Matt Beasley, head varsity coach: "We have a lot of girls that I would love to see do more once we get to state. We have a bunch of people that are new to the team this year that are very talented so it would be great to get them some experience at the state level. Overall, I hope for the younger kids to step up and make it to the state meet."

  • Wrestling: Jake Hibbard, senior: "[This season we] have a lot of good juniors, seniors and some sophomores have stepped up. I'm excited to get strong, get back in shape and try to get as far as I can with the team." Craig Dickinson, head varsity coach: "We have 14 weight classes, from seniors Orlandis Coats at 106 pounds to Robert Lee at 285 pounds. [They're] some of the leaders on the team along with Freeman Reinhold and Trashaun Galvin. Guys like Galvin give great senior leadership that we lacked last year because we were a young team. This year, almost everyone came back and put time in with their club teams in the spring, went to camps and lifted weights to stay in shape. They're doing what they need to do to be competitive."

  • Boys' varsity basketball: Jonah McDowell: “We have a very different team because we lost seven seniors, so there’s a lot of new faces. We’re going to have to work out our team chemistry, [but] I think we can make a good record into the postseason.” William Gunn, head varsity coach: “[Having only three returning players] make[s] us a young team [in terms of] expectations. But I think because they don’t have a lot of experience as being team players together, we will have to develop quickly as a group. I do have high expectations for this group, but it’s going to be guys doing things in roles they’ve never done before. So that’s exciting, but it’s also kind of scary too. I think all of them are going to bring something to the team, whether it’s shooting or defense, and I feel confident I can put any of our 12 guys in the game and they can get stuff done for us. I’m excited about taking this group that doesn’t have a lot of varsity experience and bringing them along as they gain that experience.”

  • Girls' varsity basketball: Ashley Anderson, senior: "I think a lot of teams are [going to] try to go after us this year. Two years ago we were second at state so we always had a target on our back. [Since] we did win state last year, it's [going to] be that much more intense. [But] we work together, we really use our strengths to continue to succeed, [so] I think we have a lot of potential to go back to state this year. It's a long, grueling season, and we [need to] know to use each other and [that] it's [going to] get tense sometimes, but know [we're teammates and [we] keep working together." Monica Tritz, head varsity coach: "I'm looking forward to my seniors. This will be my fourth year I've had them, so I'm excited to see their maturity over the last four years. Obviously, there's certain pressures and expectations [because of winning state], but this is a new team, a new look and it's a new year. We have to take [one] day at a time. We don't look past our practice tomorrow."

  • Varsity hockey: Trevor Buchanan, junior: "Our season last year was a disappointment with the talent that we had. This year we have the talent but we need more heart, and we need to trust the process." Mark Fisher, head varsity coach: "A big goal this year is to execute in crucial times. We maintained the majority of our core team from last year, and this year we need to build on our successes and get over the hump."

    Leah Albers

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