The Spring Hill Bronco fall sports season officially gets underway with a home duel tennis match versus Lansing, Aug.26.

Coach Thomas Sherron welcomed a large squad of 30 players to camp Aug. 16 in preparation for the season opener.

Sherron will look to state qualifiers senior Bri Stites and junior Layne Gilliland to provide leadership.

“We have three incoming freshman and a heavy senior class with six girls playing their last season. The team is excited and working hard to get in shape for the first match.”

In the cross country arena, Coach Rick O’Neil returns and has been busy preparing his squad for a Sept. 2 opener at Anderson County. Despite the hot, humid conditions, O’Neil reports positive and productive pre-season workouts.

In volleyball, Coach Alicia Von Stein enters her ninth season and has been working with a squad of 26.

Goner are four seniors – Jaye Meyer (outside hitter), McKenzie Schick (middle blocker), Haley Jones, and setter Kelsey Carbajo.

Spring Hill will regroup around the likes of Courtney Swope, a senior outside hitter, and senior Mollie Ravnikar, a middle blocker. Brooke Curry, a junior libero, has played on the back row since her freshman year and is a vocal leader, and Jami Hodge, a junior outside hitter.

Others to watch are Ashley Schoenhofer, junior middle blocker, Melody Hanson, sophomore setter, Gwen Getz, sophomore right side, and Macy Carbajo, sophomore setter.

“Our goal is to win sub-state and state,” said Von Stein. “We need to be a great defensive team and keep the ball in play on offense. I’m excited for this year. We lost a lot of experience and leadership but it will be fun to see who steps in and fills roles.”

In the football arena, Coach Anthony Orrick returns for his second year and is busy preparing his troops for an opener versus De Soto, Sept. 3.

Orrick guided the Broncos to a 3-6 record a year ago, including a big season-ending win versus St. James.

“We are looking to build off a strong final game last year,” he said. “We have several returning kids on offense and defense and our goal is to improve each and every week at the highest level.”

It starts with defense and Orrick will run a 4-4 scheme led by Taylor Kettler (d-line), Jesse Chadwick (d-end), Charlie Briggs, (free safety), Patrick Goldman (linebacker), Adam Nunn (olb), Nate Stiles (olb), Tyler Jensen (lb), Bryce Duncan (db), Dylan Splichal (db), Chris Terrazas (dl), and Coby Morris (de).

Offensively, Orrick will have a flexbone led by quarterback Brady Donahue, fullback Jensen, wide receivers Splichal and Carson Kign, and o-linemen Terrazas and Morris.

Orrick thinks Louisburg and Paola will proved the strongest competition in the Frontier League.

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