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Wesclin Boys Soccer 2014
Front row, from left, Seth Terwilliger, Josh Kelley, Mytchel Kuhl, Jose Sanchez, Louis Gonzalez; second row, Collin Henderson, Gavin Hodges, Trent Calvert, Cody Johnson, Oliver Wuebbels, Will Smith, Ken Hagarty, Chris Trimble; back row, head coach Terry Calvert, Josh Brown, Quinn Kelly, Danny Wiggins, Greg Takacs, Caleb Powell, and Dillan Schorfheide.
Calvert expects seniors to lead Wesclin's 2014 soccer campaign
by Daniel Chamness
First-year Wesclin soccer coach Terry Calvert likes what he sees from the Warriors so far, and has solid expectations for his senior-led squad
"We will win more than we lose this year," said Calvert. "There is a lot for me to work with. We have six seniors who have looked very good in practice and have shown great leadership."
Calvert, himself a former Wesclin and Greenville College player, is also grateful to have a very knowledgeable assistant coach with a track record.
Wesclin assistant Shawn Petroski played on the United States Under 20 World Cup Team in 1997, followed by four years of college soccer at McKendree and six years of professional soccer.
"He will help us tremendously," said Calvert.
Senior Josh Brown returns as a center striker and is a proven goal-scorer. Outside wing Ken Hagarty and forward Seth Terwilliger are both experienced players with scoring knacks.
"Josh will lead the team in shots," said Calvert. "I expect him to use his speed. We are going to get him the ball as much as possible. He's very aggressive when he is close to the opposition goal. Ken has a strong left foot with good speed, and he will set up some offensive opportunities for us."
The Warriors also return center midfielder Greg Takacs, midfielder Caleb Powell and goalkeeper Cody Johnson, all seniors.
"Cody led the conference in saves a year ago and we expect him to be the top goalkeeper in the league," said Calvert. "Greg will be our team captain on the field. He gives the other athletes something to follow. He has great work ethic. Caleb will control the distribution of the ball when we start the play at our end of the field."
Juniors Dillan Schorfheide and Oliver Wuebbels both got varsity time last season, and a pair of freshmen, Trent Calvert and Danny Wiggins, should have an impact as varsity players.
Wesclin Football Cheer 2014
Front row, from left, Piper Caesar, Deanna Ryan, Madilyn Glover; back row, Mary Elizabeth Isaacs, Madeline Oelrich, Madison Dorries, Madison Spires, and coach Jessica Eilers.
Wesclin Dance 2014
Front row, from left, Rachel Washburn, Mariah Marlar, Madison Locke, Brittany Kohlbrecher, Emily Billhartz, Brittany Billhartz; second row, Makala Kohlbrecher, Savannah Macke, Hannah West, Allyson Daiber, Alexa Davis, Alyson Woods, Jacqueline Oelrich; back row, coach Lisa Middleton, Miranda Porter, Mary Smith, Kyra Daiber, Paige Thomas, Alyson Kleiboeker, Haley Middleton, Katherine Krausz, Rylee Hodges, Tori Beimfohr, Mackenzie Dorries, Juliana Gratzl, and Courtney Meinhardt.
Wesclin Football 2014
Front row, from left, Mitchell Kollmann, Justin Goff, Travis Arrington, Spencer Bagwell, Jonathon Moffatt, Jay O'Brien; second row, Micah Reichert, Valentin Avalos, Cameron Tanuvasa-Lole, David Hoag, Holden Evans, John Owens; third row, Nathan Herr, Blake Meyers, Travis Hilmes, Noah Radloff, Ryan Mugele, Bailey Kollmann, Alex Schlesinger; fourth row, Kyle Elmore, Austin Zweifel, Kayden Blavesciunas, Aaron Quitmeyer, Blake Laird, Hayden Rapien, Mike Cornwall; fifth row, Blake Rowold, Chris Cornwall, Jordan Wheat, Jason Robinson, Austin Miller, Antonio Williams, Zach Swaim; back row, assistant coaches Noki Tanuvasa-Lole, Seth Gooch, and Calvin O'Rear, head coach Ric Johns, and assistants Tim Poelker, Scott Miller, and Scott Westbrook.
Wesclin grid coach expects improved Warrior squad
by Daniel L. Chamness
A winless 2013 was a new experience for even for someone as experienced as Wesclin head football coach Ric Johns. The Warriors' 0-9 campaign last year was his first winless season since he began coaching in 1981, a career that includes a couple of state championships.
"A lot of things went wrong for us last year," said Johns. "We were a new staff and we had so many young kids. They got a baptism by fire being so young and playing in a conference that good. The positive thing is they had great attitudes... then and now... and we retained most of our players."
Johns expects a better performance from the 2014 edition of Wesclin football.
The Warriors return several quality players. Two of Wesclin's returning running backs each rushed for over 500 rushing yards last season.
Fullback Mitchell Kollmann, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior, had 558 rushing yards on 131 carries, and scored a couple of touchdowns.
Halfback Justin Goff had 554 rushing yards on 58 carries, and caught eight passes for 241 yards as Wesclin's primary breakaway threat. Goff finished the 2013 campaign with eight touchdowns.
"We are looking for Mitchell to be a workhorse for us at fullback," said Johns. "We also need him to be a better linebacker on defense. Justin is our most dangerous offensive threat. He is a much better football player this year."
Another senior, Travis Arrington, and junior Jason Robinson will anchor the offensive and defensive lines. At Arrington 6-1 and 230 pounds, Arrington will start on the offensive line and play nose guard on defense. Robinson, 6-3, 230, had 50 tackles last season, includig a team-leading 12 tackles for loss.
"Travis did everything in the last year that would make him a better football player," said Johns. He is very good in the weight room and has gotten bigger, stronger and faster in the last year. I think Robinson has a great chance to be an all-conference player for us."
Junior Blake Laird returns for Wesclin and the Warriors also picked up two former Mater Dei players, juniors Mike and Chris Cornwall. Laird is a linebacker and will be a utility player on offense. He finished with 42 tackles and recovered a fumble last season.
"The Cornwall brothers both bring a ton of good, positive attributes to the team," said Johns. They will be solid players. I like the fact that Blake can play where we need him on offense."
Wesclin Golf 2014
Front row, from left, Cameron Kapp, Trenton Applegate, Dalton Kouchnerkavich, Erik Wellinghoff, Jake Mueller, Thomas Taglieri, Kyle Layton; back row, coach Tom Hund, Trevor Alexander, Brendan Klein, Cameron Cathcart, Brad Griesbaum, Nick Thoele, Jordan Groennert, and Mike Thoele.
Sectional is realistic goal for 2014 Wesclin golfers
by Daniel L. Chamness
Coming off a 14-11 season, Wesclin's golf team returns a number of high-quality players who should lead the Warriors to an even better 2014.
"We should be better than we were last year," said Wesclin golf coach Tom Hund, who has been at the helm for 15 years.
Two Wesclin players qualified individually for sectionals last season, and both of them--Mike Thoele and Jordan Groennert--return.
Thoele, a senior, averaged 45 strokes per nine holes last year, and Groennert, a junior, averaged 48 strokes per round.
"Those two should help us advance from the regional to the sectional, which will be held on our home course (Governor's Run in Carlyle) this year," said Hund. "It is a realistic goal to make it to the sectional as a team."
Overall, the Warriors have five golfers returning who carded sub-50 rounds last season. Jake Mueller finished his season by averaging 46.5 strokes per nine holes, while Nick Thoele, Mike's twin brother, averaged 48 strokes per round. Thomas Taglieri is coming off a season in which he averaged 48.3 strokes per round, and Erik Wellinghoff averaged 52.
Cameron Cathcart, Trevor Alexander, and Trenton Applegate are all expected to challenge for varsity time this season as well.
Mike Thoele and Taglieri each shot a round of 44 in Wesclin's opening match of the season, a victory over Freeburg at The Orchards in Belleville. Thoele had the low round of 43 in the Warriors' loss to Greenville.
Wesclin Volleyball 2014
Front row, from left, Mary Hagarty, Aspen Lohman, Amanda Silva, Olivia Dryden; second row, assistant coach Lindsay O'Rear, Mayghen Mugele, Olivia Krebs, head coach Becky Musso, assistant coach Broderick Pritchett; back row, Hannah Christman, Makenzie Kunz, Nadine Kuhn, Carrie Rakers, Allyson Isenhower, Kitana Caesar.
Warriors strive to rise to level of conference opposition
by Daniel Chamness
Wesclin volleyball coach Rebecca Musso embraces the degree of difficulty that faces her team each year.
"The Cahokia Conference, in my opinion, is the best conference in southern Illinois," said Musso. "Playing tough teams year in and year out makes us a better team. We should have some success this season. We have a few injuries, but once we get healthy, we could surprise some people."
The Warriors return seven letterwinners from last year's 10-22 squad.
Four-year starter Alison Isenhower finished the 2013 campaign with 237 assists, 224 digs, 151 kills and 37 service aces. Classmate Carrie Rakers, a middle hitter, finished her junior season with 30 kills and 30 blocks, despite missing much of the year with a knee injury.
"Alison is a great all-around player," said Musso. "She makes smart decisions on where to put the ball and leads the team on the court. She is rehabbing a broken foot, but we'll have her back eventually. Carrie gives us a powerful middle presence. We're looking for her to anchor our front line this year. She is determined to succeed and be at the top of the conference at her position."
A number of underclass athletes return with varsity experience.
Mayghen Mugele had 76 kills, 71 digs and 22 blocks as a sophomore outside hitter. Sophomore Olivia Krebs has shown potential as a hitter, and junior Amanda Silva picked up 86 kills last season.
"Mayghen pulls her teammates to her level," said Musso. "We are looking for her to be very versatile on the front line and bring a big block to the middle. Amanda knows what we want and is smart with her decisions. Olivia has a powerful swing and needs to keep working toward becoming more consistent."
Junior setter Mary Hagarty junior defensive specialist Aspen Lohman were both varsity letter winners last season. Hagarty will be the primary setter until Isenhower is able to return to the lineup. Hagarty had 171 assists and 169 digs last season, and Lohman had 196 digs as the team's libero.
"Aspen is consistent and very vocal," said Musso. "We want her to be on the court 99 percent of the contest. She reads the ball well and is a leader in the back line. Mary will handle the setting duties until Alison (Isenhower) is able to return."
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