Tiffany McBride returns as Newton boys cross country coach.
State qualifier Brady McBride returns for his senior year, along with seniors Brett Sullivan and Atley King and sophomores Tristen Benedict and Cody Skilling.
Joining them will be freshman Ryan Mollette and Charlie Walker.
“Last year this group of guys made it to regionals for the first time in our school’s history,” McBride said. “The team worked very hard at track season and all posted PR’s. With everyone returning and the addition of 2 very good freshman our team will make a very strong showing in our league.”
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
McBride is also the girls coach.
Returning letterwinners are senior Vivian Brauer and Rose Studebaker and sophomore Macy Flanary.
New to the team are senior Emmi Fisher, sophomore Tatum McBride and freshman Jayln Hunsbarger and Lexi Oburn.
“After not fielding a team the last few years, we will be led by sophomore Macy Flanary,” McBride said. “Our girl’s conference is very strong this year. We are excited to compete as a Team with experience and some very talented athletes.”
Randall Jamison returns as coach.
The Indians will be lead by seniors Brock Jamison and Wade Ferrell.
Jamison was the CCC Player of the Year last year and Ferrell finished in the top 15 of the CCC.
“We have a great all-around class that will compete at each match,” Jamison said. “Four freshman have made the team and will play a key role in our success, along with all our returning players from last year.”
Brent Hodges returns for his 15th season as coach.
The Indian have been a mainstay towards the top of the Cross County Conference, MVSSCA top 10 team poll and Southwestern District since Hodges took over.
Last year, the Indians went 10-6-2 and 3rd place in league, were led by Treyton Lavy, Nelson Clymer and Nick Honeycutt.
“Our goal was to get into the district finals and hopefully have enough to win it,” Coach Hodges said. “We came up shy of what our goal was. With last season injuries and a short bench during tournaments hampered that goal but the young players gain tons of experience on the field.”
While the losses of such players like Jonny White, Levi Armentrout and Dustin Coate would be detrimental to most schools, Newton still has one of the top returning rosters in the league and district
They include junior goalkeeper Nelson Clymer, who brings 14 career shutouts and 232 saves, Senior center-midfielder; Treyton Lavy, lead the team in scoring with 15 goals and eight assists. All CCC and MVSSCA senior Kyle Demido led the team in assists with 13 and set a single game record of five, Junior Nick Honeycutt had 14 goals and five assists on a short season, missing the last six games for an injury. Senior Defender Andrew Diltz will lead a returning core in the back for Newton.
With such talent returning for the Indians boys’ soccer team, Hodges hopes to yet again be contenders for not only a district title, but possibly a state run this season as well.
He expects the league to be very competitive for the top spot with Bethel, Franklin Monroe and Miami East all having strong teams coming back this season. and hopes his team’s drive will lead them to the top spot.
Stan Fessler takes over as coach.
Graduating off last year’s team that finished 13-6 overall, set a school record for wins, advanced to the sectional finals and won the schools first CCC title in the sport were Trelissa Lavy, Brooklyn Koble, Madison Tebics, Erica Cavender, Brittany Ross, Kaitlyn Bucholtz, Liz Deeter, Legacy Hanshaw, Alexis Johns and Autumn Gydosh.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Erin Sweitzer, Rylee Schaurer and Alexis Bryant; juniors Kassidy Alexander, Brittany Koble, Kaylee Kesler, Aliya Stine, Anna Miller, Holly Buchholtz and sophomore Paiton Miller.
“We lost a great group of 10 seniors last year, five of which were starters — so we have some voids to fill,” Kessler said. “However, we have depth and experience with the three current seniors, as well as the junior and sophomore classes. We also have a great group of freshman, who all show much potential.
“I have no doubt that this group of girls will step up and continue where we left off last year with a winning season and continue to go far in the postseason. We would like to capture another CCC title this season.”