Prescott fall coaches give outlook to Kiwanis
The upcoming fall sports season was the topic of discussion during the weekly Prescott Kiwanis meeting.
Coaches Patti Tulip (volleyball), Matt Smith (football) and Steve Peterson (cross country) gave a presentation about each one of their respective teams and goals for the upcoming season.
The highlights from each coach follows:
Last year's Middle Border Conference champions lost five starters, but the cupboard isn't bare.
"From what I've seen, we have (a group) of very strong hitters," Tulip said. "The goal for us is we will need to work more as a team." Top returners mentioned included Andrea Lewis, Maddy Brunner, Anna Weiser and Katy Severson.
"This year was one of the hardest we had in picking teams," Tulip continued, noting due to an unusual large numbers of sophomores, some will be playing on the C-team.
Tulip said Osceola and Baldwin-Woodville will be challengers for the MBC crown. She also mentioned once playoff time comes, Prescott will be in Division 2, meaning the Cardinals will avoid perennial powers Eau Claire Regis and Grantsburg.
She concluded with only four home games on the schedule this year, she asked those in attendance to come because they'll need as much support as possible.
The volleyball teams start their season Thursday with a quadrangular at St. Croix Central. Tulip is assisted by Mari Lucas (junior varsity) and Cheryl Brownell (C-Team).
The 2013 Cardinals start their season tonight (August 23) at Barron. Last year, Prescott finished 7-4 and advanced to Level 3 of the Division 5 playoffs.
Smith said Prescott returns 24 letterwinners, including 13 seniors.
"If we stay healthy, we could go some good things," Smith said. "We bring back a lot of experience, but we have depth issues as well...Our younger guys will definitely get experience."
The coach continued by saying, he was happy with the team's strength numbers, and was happy with their speed.
"We don't have a Sam Smith (last year's speedster), but we have decent team speed," he concluded.
Matt Smith said the Middle Border will once again be a tough conference this year for football. Durand is a perennial power, despite being the smallest school in the conference. Osceola returns a lot of letterwinners, Ellsworth has a junior class they have been looking forward to for years, and of course, Somerset, the defending Division 4 State Champion.
"We have to find four wins somewhere," he said. Four wins in conference play will give the Cardinals a playoff berth.
Peterson is in his first year as coach, replacing Dave Vortherms, who was promoted to High School Principal.
It's a bit of rebuilding season for both squads as each lost their top runner from last year (Victoria Simones and Cole Hauenstein). Matter of fact, the boys team will be replacing the three top runners from last year from a team that finished seventh at conference and 12th at the sectionals.
Simones was the only departure from a girls team which was fourth in conference and was incomplete at sectionals.
Numbers will play a factor in each team's success, Peterson said.
"Ideally you would like to have four boys and girls in each grade, meaning 16 for both," he continued. "We have 13 boys and seven girls that are out."
Prescott starts its season Thursday with the annual Extreme Invitational at River Falls.