Elk River Star News 2017 Fall Sports Preview

Visit us on the web at www.erstarnews.com • Saturday, August 26, 2017/ Star News / 5 2017 he S tar N ewS Spectrum • zimmerman • elk river • rogerS Elk River Elks Fall Sports Preview by Eric Oslund Sports Reporter Football Photo by Eric Oslund Audrey Neuerburg-Chapman may only be entering her freshman year of high school, but she is expected to be one of Elk River’s top girls. depth in some areas, but this could be a very good football team.” Outlook: If the depth develops this team has a chance to be very good. elks Girls soccer Last year: 0-14-2 Coaches: Brian Cloud, Julie Steuter Steuter (head), Ryan Captains: Ciara Servaty, Nathan Cairns, Bailey, Lauren Kolles Mari Wallstead, Tony Coach says: “We should have a number of seniors that we will look to for leadership and guidance but we also know there are a number of younger play- ers who are assertive and could find their way on to the team.” Outlook: The Elks have been training hard throughout the summer and believe they are ready to improve from where they ended last year, and continue to improve throughout the Photo by Eric Oslund season. Sorensen (head), Derek Dorholt, Reed Harmon, Jake Holbrook Captains: Grant Warner, Carson Friestad, Lucas Holbrook Returning starters: Noah Adams, Friestad, Lucas Holbrook, Danny Riley, Warner Also in the mix: Talon Heath, Brady Eastmen Coach says: “This is a very soccer-mind- ed group of players. We may be young, but they understand the game and that could be the difference we are look- ing for.” Outlook: The Elks know that a lot of teams may be overlooking them after a 3-13-1 sea- son last year, but believe they have the talent to surprise some people. Cross-country Last year: The boys were sixth in their con- Hailey Odegard is one of Elk River’s five ference and fifth in their captains for the 2017 season, and will be Boys soccer section, while the girls expected to help lead the Elks to a better finish Last year: 3-13-1 were fifth in their con- Coaches: Ryan ference and fourth in than the year prior. GO eams! T Photo by Erik Jacobson Sherrod Kpahn is one of five returning starters from Elk River’s 2016 state championship team. their section. Coaches: Mike Niziolek (head), Brian Gilbertson, Jill Varty Returning seniors: Jessica Holmquist, Lindsey Stiegler, Alexi Jacks, Madison Coonradt, Noah Haaf, David Schwappach, Thomas West, Carson Pixley Expected con- tributers: Audrey Neuerburg-Chapman, Jessica Holmquist, Madison Mitzuk, Ava Trombley, Annica Carr, Makayla Leuthold, Elaina Kuhnau, Angel Fredin,LucasGustafson, Miles Olofson, David Schwappach, Joseph Gustafson, Noah Haaf, Thomas West, Michael Almich Coach says: “It will be a wonderful season. I know that I have 70 runners who want to be the best distance run- ners they can be. They work hard in practice, are positive and are enjoying their experi- ences in cross-country running.” Outlook: The Elk River cross-country team has been consis- tently one of the better teams in Section 7AA and once again expect Elks Fall Preview to page 9 Cheering for you District 728! Good Luck from Your Hometown Stores! BETTER FRESH. BETTER VALUE. TM Good Luck District 728 Teams! After the game stop by! 19216 Freeport St. 13855 Rogers Dr. Rogers 763-428-6464 Home of the Great Hamburger! H 16 Beers on Tap 651 Main St., Elk River 763-441-0401 2015 763-441-3461 18185 Zane St. NW Elk River, MN 55330 Elk River 763-241-1124 rt Last year: 13-0, state champions Coaches: Steve Hamilton (head), Mike Cross, Mike Breyen, Ben Gustafson, John Pink, Ryan Korolewski,Danny Kohler, Brad Olson, Luke Nowitski, Eric Klaers, Mark Leadens, Aaron Osterman, Chad Westberg, Tobby Stroud, Mike Miller, Alex Sears, Garrett Ott, Mavre Johnson. Captains: Mitch Stroh, Sherrod Kpahn, Ronnie Audette, Patrick Boland, Lafeyette Bade Returning start- ers: Audette, Kpahn, Jackson Smith, Boland, Stroh Also in the mix: Adam Nelson, Collin Nelson, Jackson Smith, Carter Baldwin, Reese Norby, Max Weisberg, Nick Eull, Jimmy Heinzen, Cory Hughes, Devon Garrison. Coach says: “Best offseason that we have had since I have been here. Big numbers and the physically strongest team that I have ever had. We need to develop