By Travis Smola
With a new school year comes a new fall sports season. Vicksburg’s varsity teams are looking forward to the competition.
On the volleyball courts, the team the Lady Bulldogs are fielding is almost completely unchanged from last year after losing just one senior and bringing up one sophomore. Seven seniors are helping mentor the younger players.
“There’s a lot of leadership. As long as our leaders lead, we have the potential to be a very good team,” head coach Katrina Miller said during an August 22 tournament.
Her assistant coach and husband Chad, agreed. “When we play together, we can scare a lot of people,” Chad said.
The varsity soccer team had a rough season last year but there’s hope with senior veterans and a solid defense. “We’re going to continue to rebuild and hopefully be competitive this year,” head coach Mike Moldovan said.
Six seniors will be leaders of a team that will likely be strongest defensively. The Bulldogs were shut out often last year, so Moldovan is hoping they can get the scoring going this year.
The Lady Bulldogs golf team experienced a coaching change this year. Taking over for Rob Johnson is new head coach Brodie Hock. Last year was something of a rough season for the girls as they finished last in the Conference.
Hock said the smaller team is working primarily at getting acclimated to playing a difficult game. “Our goals are to have fun, finish and get better in the process,” Hock said.
Vicksburg tennis showed some strong play at the end of the 2015 season and head coach Warner Offord is hoping for more of the same for the boys in 2016.
“We’re going to surprise a lot of teams,” Offord said. “Every day we come out and we’re getting better and better.”
Six seniors will help lead the way for this team, which plays on newly resurfaced courts this season.
In cross country, Lucas Wolthuis takes over as head coach for both teams. And there has been quite a bit of turnover for both the boys and the girls. With just four seniors between them, many of the newer runners may take some time to adjust. The boys took 11th and the girls took 9th place in their most recent event in St. Joseph.
“We’re largely a newcomer team,” Wolthuis said. But he said he’s excited to be a part of the program and be able to work with the new up and coming runners.