The Return of Tennis, Baseball, Soccer, Track, and Golf

What to expect for each sports season

Bob Killgore, Staff Reporter

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As tryouts come to an end, coaches and players think about the expectations for this fresh 2016 season. Coaches expect big things for their players and want their team to have a successful year.

Tennis
After winning state in 2014 and a runner-up finish in 2015, girls tennis continues to dominates every year. Skutt Catholic has a strong tradition in girls tennis and the team will try to duplicate the 2014 season. Some important games are the April 12 meet at South Sioux City, the varsity tournament against Millard West on April 25, and RCC on May 9 at Skutt Catholic. “My expectations for the team is to work hard to improve each player to reach our full potential as a team, and grow more interest for tennis at Skutt Catholic”, said head coach Sheryl Vaughn.

Baseball
Crack, steal, double, and single are just some of the sounds you will hear at the baseball field. Skutt Catholic’s baseball team has never won the class B state championship. They have been runner up in 2008, 2010, and 2014. The goal for the 2016 season is bringing the state championship to Skutt Catholic for the first time. The games that could help Skutt Catholic achieve this goal is April 7 against Gretna, March 30 against Mount Micheal, and March 22 against Columbus. That game is a double header. “The coaching staffs expectations of this year is to be competitive every game of the year and we have a very tough schedule with 12 Class A games. We expect to gradually get better throughout the season and to be at our best when Districts and State come around. As every year we expect to be at the State Tournament and compete for a State Championship. We have a ton of experience with 9 Seniors and 12 players in total experiencing playing time at last years Class B State Tournament”, said head coach Shawn Exner.

Soccer (Boys)
Yellow cards, red cards, and goals will be abundant in this year’s soccer season. Skutt Catholic soccer has always done well throughout its existence. The team is a sixteen time state qualifier and are 5 time state champs. They haven’t won state since 2012 and would like to break that 3 year drought. Some of Skutt Catholic’s biggest threats to their goal is Gretna and Elkhorn South. Both teams were very good last year and will be ranked very high before the season.

Soccer (Girls)
Soccer balls and cheers reign as girls soccer gets ready for another season. Much like the boy’s team, they have been very good for a long time. The girls have won 5 state championships and appeared in 18 state tournaments. However, they haven’t won state since 2011. Like the boys, the girls will try to break their state drought this season. Their biggest threats to their goal is Elkhorn South and Gretna.

Track
Will we find the next Usain Bolt this track season? Find out when the 2016 track season begins. The distance and mid distance team this year will try to put up points at state for the first time since 2006. In track, long distance means the 1 and 2 mile run. The mid distance team is the 800 (2 laps around the track). Field has put up points at state but the distance team hasn’t done it in 10 years. “It’s hard to tell this early in the season because we haven’t had time trials yet, but we have a big team this year and I’m excited to see what we can do”, said senior captain Jacob Baumert.

Boys Golf
Four, hole in one, and birdie are some sounds you will be hearing this golf season. The golf team hasn’t won a state championship since 2006. They have finished runner up and third twice since 2006. Golf’s main goal this year is try to win state, just like many of the spring sports goals this season. “With hard work and focused practice, we hope to contend at RCC and qualify for state tournament where we expect to do very well. We have four strong and capable seniors to lead the team”, said head golf coach Duane Baylor.

Bob Killgore - Sports Editor

Bob joined The Flightline in January of 2016. His interests include cross country and track. He enjoys watching MLB baseball and his favorite baseball team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can email him at [email protected]