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High School

  • Red Oak boys track embarks on a new season with a new coach

    Even though she has been involved with Red Oak athletics for many years, this will be the first season as boys’ track head coach for Sueann French.

    She worked as an assistant with athletic director Barry Bower in the previous seasons, so French said this isn’t foreign territory to her, but that it is an honor to be the head coach.

    “Being the head coach is more responsibility, it’s a bigger emotional investment,” she said.

  • Courtier and Schraft look to East Mills girls track

     JOEL STEVENS

    Opinion-Tribune

    With just 13 athletes out for the squad this season depth is a concern for East Mills girls track coach Kevin Schafer.

    The Wolverines combined a handful of returning letterwinners and large freshmen class this season.

    Filling all the events, and especially the field events, are a major concern, according to Schafer.

  • Strong group of seniors look to lead EastMills boys' track

    The East Mills boys track team returns eight letterwinners on its 16 member squad.

    Keying that core of returnees is a strong group of seniors, said Wolverines coach Claude Lang.

    “They had a great football season and a great wrestling season and they’re already planning for great track and baseball seasons,” Lang said. “They know this is the last time they get to hang out so they’re pushing and working hard to compete. They want to see how far they can go by the end of the season.”

  • Southwest Valley boys' track's youth looks to shine

    Griswold girls track will have a difficult task of replacing a runner who won 11 championships in her career and is now running at Wichita State.

    Rebekah Topham is no longer on the roster for Griswold. After competing for the final time in Des Moines she told the Des Moines Register, “I can’t believe it’s all over. I can’t believe where all the time went.”

    For head coach T.J. Quick, it’s about who is on the roster this season.

  • Southwest Valley girls track has high numbers but low experience

    Griswold girls track will have a difficult task of replacing a runner who won 11 championships in her career and is now running at Wichita State.

    Rebekah Topham is no longer on the roster for Griswold. After competing for the final time in Des Moines she told the Des Moines Register, “I can’t believe it’s all over. I can’t believe where all the time went.”

    For head coach T.J. Quick, it’s about who is on the roster this season.

  • Griswold girls' track comes back with big numbers

     Griswold girls track will have a difficult task of replacing a runner who won 11 championships in her career and is now running at Wichita State.

    Rebekah Topham is no longer on the roster for Griswold. After competing for the final time in Des Moines she told the Des Moines Register, “I can’t believe it’s all over. I can’t believe where all the time went.”

    For head coach T.J. Quick, it’s about who is on the roster this season.

  • Young team working hard at Griswold

    After three state titles in eight seasons as the head coach of the Griswold girls track team Andy Everett is taking over the head-coaching job for the boys team.

    Everett said he is starting from scratch with this team, mostly because he only has 14 athletes this season, but he said the boys have been working hard and have responded well to the coaching.

    “Practices have been tough and long,” he said. “The attitude has been great.”

  • Five state qualifiers return for Essex girls track

    Last season the Essex girls team sent five athletes to the state meet, and in head coach Liz Skillern’s third season with the team it will be returning all of those athletes.

    Daiton Martin, Bethany Johnson, Jescenia Mosley, Shea Jensen and Devan Gray join a group of 11 returning letterwinners that make Essex a team that  very few are going to want to face this spring.

  • A mix of youth and experience for Essex track

    After a 2-8 season with only nine athletes on the roster, the Southwest Valley boys tennis team is growing in numbers and experience.

    Head coach Pete Nett has 14 athletes to work with this season, including three seniors.

    The team also has six juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

    Even though last season’s team went 2-8, it return’s seven of the nine that were on the roster last season, and those seven will be mentors to the seven other new members of the team.

  • Big numbers could benefit SouthwestValley boys tennis

    After a 2-8 season with only nine athletes on the roster, the Southwest Valley boys tennis team is growing in numbers and experience.

    Head coach Pete Nett has 14 athletes to work with this season, including three seniors.

    The team also has six juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.

    Even though last season’s team went 2-8, it return’s seven of the nine that were on the roster last season, and those seven will be mentors to the seven other new members of the team.