Kingsland Knights optimistic about fall season
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 4:58 AM
It's another new season for the Kingsland Knights as teams in all three sports look to an exciting fall season.
"The kids put in some good summer miles and strength training," said new head coaches Amber Uhlenhake and Mollie McMahon. "We have the numbers on the guys side, they just have to want it enough. "
Listed on this year's roster are Clayton Freimuth, Dane Gillespie, Tyler Kaster, Richard Swanson, Zach Buchholtz, Ryan Swanson, Filip Swanson, Tom Mettler and James Hayes-Hall. For the gals, Erica Earley, Jamie Thompson and Melinda Woods will be running.
"Our guys team will be pushing for individual placements," said the coaches. "And if they do that as a scoring group, we won't sit at the bottom as in recent years. The girls will have to push their individual races. Erica will be a strong contender to finish in the top."
The coaches see Plainview-Elgin-Millville and Chatfield as the conference favorites.
Both coaches have college running experience, but this is their first shots at coaching.
Coach John Fenske heads into his third year as the head coach for the Kingsland football team. This year's team has 26 players, grades nine to 12, with six seniors leading the way: Marshall Oeltjen, Jordan Kohn, DJ Smith, Justin Kraling, Tyler Messner and Tyler Mack. There are four juniors on the roster, including Lenny Moore, Jordan Meskill, Ethan Cronk and Broc Fiegel, and six sophomores, Jacob Rindels, Josh Bradley, Chase Ganser, Marcus Plaehn, Julius Wolf and Allen Junge. Ten freshmen are listed for the team, some of whom coach Fenske sees getting significant playing time: JJ Fenske, Eaen O'Byrne, Quinn Larson, Logan Back, Derek Clement, Ben Gryszynski, Cole Beevers, Aaron Greene, Jake Martin and Cody Krahn.
"We will be young and will have to learn fast," says Fenske. "We hope to improve every week and to be a contender in the end."
Fenske sees Southland and Caledonia as the teams to beat in the TRC-South, and hopes his Knights are right "in the middle" of things.
Last year Kingsland finished with a 3-6 record. Assisting with this year's squad are Brent Stinson and Andrew Pederson.
Lisa Bicknese Kimball starts her fifth year as the head coach at Kingsland High School. Coach Kimball returns five gals with considerable varsity experience: Cheyenne Losey (All-Conference, led team in kills and second in ace blocks), Jessi Kaster (All-Conference Honorable Mention, led team in ace blocks and one of the tops in digs), Lizzie Tart (setter), Brianna Musel (led team in ace serves) and Kaylee Beevers.
Other returning letterwinners are Mikaylah Hellickson, Sarah O'Connell, Sara Rasmussen, Katie Apenhorst, Joclyn Pierce, Brittany Erding and Gabriel Drees. And other players that could "see the floor," Haley Colton, Rialie Fenske, Megan Back and Marissa Bornholdt.
"I think we can be competitive in the Three Rivers and the section," said Kimball, "if we continue to work hard and can come together as one team and stay healthy."
Kimball sees Wabasha-Kellogg, Caledonia and Fillmore Central as the TRC favorites.