Easton Valley High School is off to what could be a promising fall sports season, starting with the first volleyball game Aug. 26.
Here is what you can look forward to as the 2019-20 season gets under way:
Easton Valley football is looking to take a big step in 2019. Coach Tony Johnson has seven returning seniors who saw extensive playing time in 2018. With only one senior starter last year, that means all positions have experience coming back this year.
Quarterback Nate Trenkamp leads the offensive with big playmaker and wide receiver Cade Jargo to pass to. Junior Kolton Murphy should step in and fill the running back position.
On the defensive side, middle linebacker Braydin Farrell will lead the defense again this year.
Coach Johnson will have about 25 kids out for football. He said the team’s goals will be to win the district championship this year and go undefeated. Johnson said his players have been working out in the weight room three times a week since Nov. 3.
Being an eight-man football team also means a lot of travel time because there are few eight-man teams nearby. Midland in Wyoming is the only team that is less an hour away. The rest of the district is one to two hours away, which leads to late bus rides back home, the coach said.
Easton Valley cross country coach Mike Kelly said he’s really excited to watch his runners compete against other schools.
“They are very young and inexperienced but they really get after it,” Kelly said of his runners.
The number of boys and girl on the team are low but the kids just like to run, Kelly said. After they run they go through stretching exercises; they hit the weights three days a week.
Kelly has seven boys and but only two girls on the team this fall. Kelly said two promising young runners are sophomore Aidan Gruver and freshman Carter Jargo; junior Austin Franzen could be in the front pack as well.
Of the two girls on the team, one is running cross country and playing volleyball. The coach said Jaysie Wood is someone who could do both and have success.
“She will push herself,” Kelly said.
The Easton Valley volleyball team will have a good senior leadership, head coach Denise Lawson said.
But, EV had to replace the top three ladies they lost to graduation. Their talents totaled 413 kills for the team. Incoming seniors Raeann Carlson (94 kills) and Macy Wilhelm (90 kills) have the most experience.
Lawson said some girls will play different positions this year than last year as she is looking for setters. The coach said she is looking for consistency in all her hitters this year, starting with the front line straight through to the back row.
Only two players possess a lot of net experience, but Lawson said she expects three girls to step into that role this year. Lawson will lean heavy on her nine seniors to get the best effort out of the whole team. There are 32 girls freshman through senior on the volleyball roster, which she said is about normal.
Projecting end-season results, Lawson thought the EV team could rank in the top three in the Tri-Rivers Conference this year. And as usual, the conference should be strong again this year, she said.