Amy Makela is back for her third season as Houston volleyball coach.
The Lady Wildcats were 5-17 overall last year and 1-11 in the SCAL.
Graduating off that team was Nicole Maier.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Jenna Mounts, Katherine Everett and Jenna Winner; juniors Allie Voisard and Jenna Green; and sophomore Sara Monnier.
“Every year, I challenge my athletes to give their best, be more disciplined, and to develop into better individuals by the time the season ends; but at the same time, they need to have some fun,” Makela said.
She hopes the team will be competitive in the SCAL
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Ron Boeke, Bill McKinney and Tyler Roeth will take over as coaches of the boys cross country team.
Graduating off last year’s team was state qualifier Devon Jester.
Returning letterwinners include senior Troy Riley and Azen Reier and sophomore Dakota Francis.
“We have a good mix of returning letter winners and first year runners for our team this year,” McKinney said. “Troy Riley and Azen Reier will provide good senior leadership to the rest of the team, with Troy coming off a second year as a regional meet qualifier last season. Incoming freshmen Tristin Freistuhler and Ethan Knouff both had very good track seasons last spring, so they should be able to contribute right away. And we have a few other first year runners that should compete for varsity spots. As long as the team can stay healthy and develop throughout the season we expect to be competitive this season.”
He sees Russia as the league favorite again, but expects Anna, Botkins and Fort Loramie to have strong teams and hopes Houston will be competitive and right in the mix.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Boeke, McKinney and Roeth will coach the girls team as well.
Returning letterwinners included juniors Emma Mertz and Kaitlyn Ellison and sophomore Morgan Ely.
“The girls team returns regional qualifiers Emma Mertz and Morgan Ely from last year, so they should be the front runners and team leaders,” McKinney said. “We have a few new faces this year that should come in right away and make an impact. We should have enough runners to field a full team this year so if we can stay healthy and progress well throughout the season we hope to have a competitive team this year.”
He sees Russia as the favorite for the girls in the SCL, but said Botkins and Fort Loramie will be strong as well. He hopes Houston can be in the middle of the pack by the SCL meet.
Scott Bayless returns as the coach.
Graduating off last year’s team was Justin Bertsch.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Zach McKee, Nick Shoemaker and Deion Booher, junior Tristan Stangel and sophomore Cameron Via.
“The team put many hours in over the summer getting ready for the 2015 golf season, plus we hosted our Inaugural Houston Golf Team Golf Outing at Shelby Oaks Golf Course to raise money for the program,” Bayless said. “All of the players are looking forward to a great season and with six seniors in the golf program, we are looking for talent to join the team in the upcoming years.”
Bayless hopes to be competitive with the other teams in the SCL.
Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News