Spring Sports Preview

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It is a new year, and that means that it is time for the start of the spring sports season. All of Wesleyan’s spring athletes and coaches are preparing for tryouts or the beginning of practice. The Wolves’ spring sports teams had a record-breaking last year, but now they are getting ready for their best season yet. Here is what the Wolves will be up to this spring:

Varsity Soccer:

The boys’ and girls’ varsity teams had an incredible last season, and both came home with a state win. This year, the girls’ varsity team will be coached by Head Coach Guillermo Vallejo and Assistant Coach Ashley Kuehne, and the boys’ varsity team will be coached by Head Coach Billy Coxhead and Assistant Coach Joe Tamel. Sophomore Kaitlyn Bobo was a member of last year’s state winning girls’ varsity team, and she said, “My favorite part about the team is all the fun memories and jokes we have, and that I get to play soccer with my friends. Bobo and many others are very optimistic about this season. Bobo said, “For this season, I think as long as we keep our competitive edge we can get really far again!”

Varsity Tennis:

Last year was a successful year for the varsity tennis teams. The varsity boys’ team, led by Head Coach Jonathan Sykes, made it to the State Final Four match. The varsity girls’ team, also coached by Sykes, made it past the Area Finals and into the second round of state. Sophomore Elizabeth Schneider has been playing tennis at Wesleyan since she was on the middle school team in seventh grade. When asked about the upcoming season Schneider said, “We have some good freshman players joining this year, and the juniors will play a big role in leading the team to a win. Come out for tennis!”

Varsity Baseball:

The varsity baseball Wolves are back and ready for another great season. Coached by Head Coach Brian Krehmeyer and Assistant Coach Michael Mann, the team came very close to winning the state title last year. Krehmeyer said, “We lost in game three of a best of three series in the state semi-finals to Savannah Christian. That had been the best finish our team had had since 2016, when we lost in the state finals.” Krehmeyer has been a baseball coach at Wesleyan since 2006, and he believes that the Wolves will contend for the state title this year. Krehmeyer said, “We have the players in place to have a similar type season or an even better season than last year.”

Varsity Golf:

After an impressive last year, the varsity golf teams are ready to beat their competition this spring. The varsity boys’ team is coached by Head Coach Andy Free, and the varsity girls’ team is coached by Head Coach Cameron Alexander and Assistant Coach Ryan Hodges. This year will be Alexander’s fifth year coaching golf, and about the 2019 season she said, “We made it through area pretty easily and came in sixth at state, and our girls played really well. It was a hot few days and they worked really hard.” This year, the Wolves are back and ready to take the win. Alexander said, “I think our team is going to be awesome. Our two lowest scorers Connor Carroll and Jayda Richardson are coming back, and with them leading the team I think we could go as far as we could hope for. I anticipate we’ll make it to state and really be in the running for one of the top places.”

Varsity Lacrosse:

The varsity boys’ team will be coached this year by Head Coach Connor Breslin, and the varsity girls’ team will be coached by Head Coach Anna Myrick and Assistant Coaches Ellen Riggins and Scott Schroer. Last season, both teams finished well, with the boys’ team making it to the second round of state and the girls’ team making it to the Elite 8. Sophomore Gray Bradach has been playing lacrosse since sixth grade, and about the 2019 season she said, “We lost in the elite 8, but overall we did really well, and you could definitely see improvement throughout the whole season.” Bradach and many others are confident that the upcoming season will be one to remember. Bradach said, “If we work as hard as last season and gain great leadership, then we could do really well.”

Track and Field:

Track is back and ready to break some new records. The team will be coached by Head Coach Candler Baxley and Assistant Coaches Isiah Hill, Justin Krueger, Chad McDaniel, Chip Myrick, Brittany Stevens and Chris Yoder. This will be sophomore Nea Sander’s second year on the team, and she enjoys running the 300 and 400 meter hurdle events. Sanders said, “My favorite part about being on the track team is the friendships you make, because freshman year I hadn’t really known anyone, and I made a lot of friends through track.” Freshman Kate O’Shields is also excited for the season to start, especially since it will be her first year on the varsity track team. O’Shields said, “I am really excited for the season, and I hope to become better as a runner and also get closer and have fun with my teammates and amazing coaches.”

As February starts, these teams will begin to have their first games and meets. All of these talented athletes and coached will have another shot at beating their competition and coming away with a area or state win. With hard work and determined attitudes, the Wolves could make the 2020 springs sports season the best one yet.

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